International Student Support

Posted by Craig A Clarke on Apr 20, 2020
Local Rotary club supports the forgotten section.
 Welcome to our newest Community Support Program, resulting directly from the COVID -19 pandemic that is currently griping Australia.
The Federal and Queensland State Governments are doing a great job at most levels, but incredibly early into this crisis our members identified one section of our community that had slipped through the net.
At our recent weekly online meeting, it was brought to the members attention that the participants in one of Australia’s largest exports were being forgotten.
That group is the Overseas Students studying at our Universities and Colleges. Students who pay full tuition to study for their degrees as well as rent, travel, food, and other necessities of life. While studying, these students would normally hold down jobs serving tables in your restaurants, serving drinks in your favourite hotel and many other vocations.
Unfortunately, for them they seem to be the only section of our society that are not entitled to any relief from either the Federal of State Governments.
The Rotary Club of Brisbane Taylor Bridge based in Corinda have decided to support these students with the introduction of out “International Student Food Relief Project”.
Members will start packing the BOXES today (20/4/20) at Cilantro Fresh, ready for distribution through “Together We Are Stronger”, hopefully from tomorrow.
A huge thanks to Cilantro Fresh in Oxley Road, Corinda for both letting us use her premises, but also donating 100kg of rice and helping us order the non-perishable good such as
beans, pasta, tinned tomatoes, long-life milk, and  cooking oil.     
In the boxes we will also be providing staples of fruit and vegetables such as potatoes, onions, garlic, pumpkin, carrots, green beans, apples and oranges.
A huge thank you to Ben Bartlett and his team from of JH Leavy, who is helping us source the fruit and vegetables through their Darling Group.   
Ben has not only arranged access to wholesale prices, but he has also donated a large delivery for our first boxes, and he is incredibly supportive of the project.
In addition to the food, some BOXES will include Hygiene Care Packs sourced from the Rotary Club of Brisbane International, to help with mental as well as physical health.
We also have 20 only, $20 Essentials cards to be distributed to the recipients identified as most needy. These cards were made available by our Rotary Club purchasing 10,
and one of our members, Fernanda, and her husband Ross donating the other 10.
International Student Support Craig A Clarke 2020-04-19 14:00:00Z 0

COVID-19 forces meeting changes.

Posted on Apr 07, 2020
The Rotary Club of Brisbane Taylor Bridge has had to change there meeting format due to the current pandemic situation.
Social distancing laws have seen us move to electronic meetings on the ZOOM platform.
We are still operating at full capacity and welcome inquiries from the public.
Our meetings are usually open to anyone, so if you are interested in joining in please contact the Secretary for the details.
Secretary Ted Crowe is available at Ted Crowe
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COVID-19 Update

Tonight at our weekly meeting, the members present resolved to continue meeting each Tuesday evening at our regular venue.
We are, however, putting in place over the next few days, a facility for those who are not comfortable attending a group meeting.
The meeting approved the setting up of a ZOOM platform so members and Friends can dial in and enjoy and participate in the meeting.
Sometime before the meeting next Tuesday evening, I will publish an invitation link.
These arrangements will be reviewed on a weekly basis, and amended as the need arises.
COVID-19 Update Craig A Clarke 2020-03-16 14:00:00Z 0

Welcome Emily

Tonight the club had the pleasure of welcoming our newest member, 18 year old Emily Relf.
Emily, pictured here with President Steve Bennett during her induction, has been involved with our club for many years.
The Rotary Club of Brisbane Taylor Bridge was Emily's sponsor club for her 2017 year in the Slovak Republic as a Rotary Exchange Student.
Welcome to Rotary Emily.
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Xavier Graduates

With the start of each new year, we welcome back to the district, the Rotary Exchange Students whom have spent twelve months overseas.
The students left Brisbane in January 2019, and returned recently, on January 11th  2020. 
Among to cohort was our own Xavier Cichero, who returns home after a year in Austria.
Xavier looking splendid in his traditional Laderhosen.
The students were presented with their Graduation Certificates by David Bray, Chair of the District 9630 Rotary Youth Exchange Committee.
On hand to offer advice to the newest Rebound students, were Tzani Castley-Priest and our own Emily Relf.
Emily was in the Slovak Republic through 2017.
We present to you "The Class of 2019."
Also on hand with the Rebound students, new and old, were our current district Inbound's.
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A New Year Begins

Posted on Jan 21, 2020
You know a new year has begun when the Annual Interclub Bowls Challenge Cup is up for grabs.
A bumper field of entries from six Rotary Clubs assembled at the Club Oxley greens to do battle.
A massive thanks to Brisbane Taylor Bridge's Franz Sauter for putting it all together again this year.
Once again the Cup was won, and retained by, The Rotary Club of Brisbane Taylor Bridge.
Left to Right are Franz Sauter, the competiton convenor, with the winning team, members Lachlan Clarke, Kevin Clayton and James Halliday.
Congratulations to all concerned.
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Elves bring Christmas Cheer.

As mentioned in the article about our last meeting, we had been supporting the Rotary Club of Brisbane River City (RCBRC) with the "Be An Elf" Christmas gifts for children.
Rosemary Brady delivered our gifts to RCBRC tonight and assisted them with the final wrapping and packaging.
Thanks to Emily Wood and the RCBRC crew for putting this together.
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Merry Christmas

Posted on Dec 11, 2019
Tonight was our final meeting of the year, and we take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe and happy Festive Season.
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Our last 2019 Meeting.

Our final meeting for 2019 was held tonight, and we had the pleasure of welcoming our Assistant Governor, Dr Wendy McIntosh.
We heard from Sophie & Lee Julian.
Sophie, who works for "UV Solar" in our local area. UVS have a number of complete Solar Electricity packages which no longer attract Australian Government Subsides, and are therefore of little value to them.
UVS are prepared to donate six complete packages, along with the cost of shipping them to Tonga, for fitting to six High Schools in that country. They also have several electricians and their apprentices willing to head to Tonga, at their own expense, to install and commission these units at the schools.
The Rotary Club of Brisbane Taylor Bridge has agreed to partner with UVS to register this project with Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS), apply for a District Simplified Grant from D9630 and develop a working relationship with a Tongan Rotary club, to try and remove the cost pressures from those willing to travel as volunteers to facilitate this program.
We are very excited about moving this forward in 2020.
Last night also drew to a close our involvement with the "Be An Elf" campaign.
Under the guidance of the Rotary Club of Brisbane River City, our members sourced and donated Christmas gifts for 15 children who otherwise may have received nothing.
A huge thank you to all the members, their families and friends who donated a host of treasures to make their Christmas quite special.
As usual, it's just another case of "Service Above Self", our ever present motto in Rotary.
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More Friendship and Fun!

Posted on Dec 08, 2019
This afternoon a large group of our members, along with their families and friends, gathered in Graceville Memorial Park for our end of year function.
A huge thanks to Steve, Chris and their crew for putting together some wonderful food, and to the members who contributed with share plates.
After lunch there was a good deal of spirited action on the Boulles/Bocce pitch. Lots of fun, and I guess some winners and losers.
What a delight it was to catch up with Emily Relf, one of our past Outbound YEP Students.
Emily spent her year on exchange in the Slovak Republic in 2017.
Another great social event to finish off the year.
More Friendship and Fun! 2019-12-07 14:00:00Z 0

2019/2020 Board Elected

Posted on Dec 03, 2019
Tonight our members attended the 2019 Annual General Meeting, where one of the agenda items was the election of Office Bearers for the Rotary year July 1st 2019 to June 30th 2020.
The results of the elections are as follows;
PRESIDENT:                                Mary-Ellen Nielsen, elected at the 2018 AGM.
PRESIDENT ELECT:                    James Halliday.
SECRETARY:                               Franz Sauter.
TREASURER:                              Debra Calder.
CLUB ADMINISTRATION:        Jamie Knowlman.
CLUB SERVICES:                       Steve Bennett.
PUBLIC IMAGE:                        Ted Crowe.
MEMBERSHIP:                          Rosemary Brady.
YOUTH SERVICES:                    Margaret Willis.
The meeting also appointed two non-board positions;
PROJECTS AND EVENTS:                   Robert Hartley.
This sees the Rotary Club of Brisbane Taylor Bridge with a strong leadership team moving forward.
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Another Year Ends. 2019-12-01 14:00:00Z 0

Hitachi Visit

Tonight, our members along with members from several other clubs were treated to a tour of the Hitachi heavy machinery assembly plant at Wacol.
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St Jude empowers Young Women

St Jude's Logo
"Some people believe that girls are not supposed to go to school or get a good education. They should stay at home and do the chores and wait for marriage. What I want to say is that girls can make changes. Girls can educate society and become future leaders. Girls can change the world!”

These are heart-felt words from one of our current St Jude’s girls about to finish primary school. Juliana knows what many other girls in her community, without the chance of a St Jude’s education, are facing and it’s bleak.

It concerns me when I hear about girls as young as 12 taking care of younger siblings, nursing sick relatives or being a carer for a parent rather than sitting in class. They may never attend school again.

This is why I’m taking a scary and thrilling step for St Jude’s: opening another school – a girls’ secondary school!

It’s the next step for St Jude’s, and a giant leap of faith for me! A leap I can boldly take because I have good people like you at my side.

Why a secondary school? And, why for girls? A new secondary school for girls means more girls able to compete in the workforce, more graduates accessing higher education and future generations with a role model and mentor to ensure they reach their potential too. Educated women ensure their children are educated, healthy and are empowered to change the world.

With more girls to educate, staff to employ and a campus to renovate, our resources need to stretch even further. I know you are already supporting us in a big way as a sponsor, but I'd love for you to share our news with a friend and encourage them to support us so that more girls like Juliana can drive change and tip the scales in their own favour. 
With thanks,
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Sherwood Street Festival.

Tonight was the Sherwood Street Festival, an annual event showcasing local community groups, street stalls and a whole lot of fun.
At the invitation of the Rotaract Club of South West Brisbane, some of our members assisted with breakdown and cleanup duties at the end of the festival.
Congratulations to Team Green members and friends and our local Rotaract Club, who worked together in a very efficient manner to ensure that Sherwood Road was reopened in a timely manner.
Sherwood Street Festival. Craig Clarke 2019-11-14 14:00:00Z 0

District Governors Visit

Tonight's meeting was our annual official visit from the District Governor, Ros Kelly.
Ros led the discussion on many topics including redistricting, our current theme and where our club see's itself within the of "Rotary Connects The World".
Also attending tonight with Ros was "Betty the Bilby" and our Assistant Governor, Wendy McIntosh from the Rotary Club of Lockyer Valley. 
District Governors Visit Craig Clarke 2019-11-11 14:00:00Z 0

QCWA Still Relevant?

Tonight we heard from Norma Lovelace, a longtime member of the Queensland Country Women's Association (QCWA). 
Norma has a long history with the QCWA, which was established in 1922. Norma outlined the history, growth and role of the CWA in Australia.
The Country Women's Association of Australia (CWAA) is the largest Women's NGO in Australia with over 17,000 members. Its objective is to advance the rights and equity of women, families and communities in Australia through advocacy and empowerment, especially for those living in regional, rural and remote Australia.
Its membership is diverse and includes women from all age groups; from urban and rural areas; from indigenous, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities; both working and retired.
For more information, there are several publications available and most could be found in your local library. 
Past President Jamie Knowlman thanked Norma for her time and insight into the QCWA and their worldwide affiliates.
QCWA Still Relevant? Craig Clarke 2019-11-04 14:00:00Z 0


Posted on Oct 31, 2019
The Rotary Club of Brisbane Taylor Bridge Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 03 December 2019, at The Croll Memorial Centre, 2 Clewley Street, Corinda, at 7.00pm.
The members of the Rotary Club of Brisbane Taylor Bridge are requested to attend.
2019 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING  Craig Clarke 2019-10-30 14:00:00Z 0

Massive Community Based Meeting

Posted on Oct 29, 2019
Tonight we had an action packed and very full program at our weekly meeting. Recently the Rotary Club of Brisbane Taylor Bridge sent a team to a remote region in Papua New Guinea. The P.N.G. Gulf Association sought our assistance with refurbishing a very rundown kitchen area and dining hall at the Malalaua School. In September 2018 our team visited the school to assess the scope of works. Through our partnership with the P.N.G. Gulf Association we were able to supply funding and expertise to see the project completed.
At the meeting, Zillah Carius, the President of the P.N.G. Gulf Association spoke of the difference this project had made, the gratitude of the students and staff, and she presented President Steve Bennett with a Certificate of Appreciation from her association.
We were also joined by Michael Reynolds from our local Oxley Men's Shed.
Michael updated the meeting on the expansion of their premises, and the new activities they do.
Following Michael we welcomed Roger Crawfoot from Australian Rotary Health, the major recipient of our recent Trivia Night.
Presient Elect and organising committee chair, Mary-Ellen Nielsen, presents Roger with a cheque for $3500 to help with Mental Health Research.
Also in attendance were one of our very generous event sponsors.
Georgina Gill, our event Raffle coordinator, presented David and Cassie Kitchen from Ballistic Brewing with a Certificate of Appreciation, for their ongoing support.
Massive Community Based Meeting Craig Clarke 2019-10-28 14:00:00Z 0

It's Summertime!"

Posted on Oct 23, 2019
With summertime upon us again, it's time for swimming lessons. This week our club made a donation of 120 pairs of new swimming goggles to The Milpera  State High School in Graceville so their stuents don't have to share this year.
"Milpera State High School"  is a special purpose state high school which teaches English language across curriculum areas. It also provides settlement services to newly arrived immigrant and refugee background young people to prepare them for living and studying in Australia. The average number of students at any one time is about 200 but, as there are continuous enrolments and exits, approximately 500 students will attend Milpera during the course of one year.
This picture shows President Steve Bennett, President Elect Mary-Ellen Nielsen along with Franz Sauter from our club presenting the goggles to staff and some of the students at MSHS.
A huge thanks to Peter McMahon from McMahon's Swim Centres for his assistance in sourcing the googles.
It's Summertime!" Craig Clarke 2019-10-22 14:00:00Z 0

A Trivial Story

Posted on Oct 12, 2019
Tonight was the running of our Trivia Night, in support of Australian Rotary Health (ARH) and other community projects. ARH has a focus on funding research into mental health.
The venue was our meeting place in Corinda.
Past Presidents Ted Crowe and Margaret Willis where into the theme of the evening which was "Cluedo", a board game from deep in my past.
Also very much in character were our President Elect, Mary-Ellen Nielsen (Miss Scarlett) and Fernanda (Mrs White).
Thanks must go to our naming sponsors "The Clue Detective Puzzle Agency" and everyone who contributed goods, services and time to make the event a huge success.
The round winning teams were treated to a wonderful basket of goodies, along with overall prizes for the top three teams.
There were the usual raffle draws and the 
The eventual winning team on the night, representing The Rotary Club of Brisbane Centenary, captained by their President, Craig Carson.
A Trivial Story Craig Clarke 2019-10-11 14:00:00Z 0

August - A Busy Month.

Posted on Sep 04, 2019
August has been an extremely busy month for us at the Rotary Club of Brisbane Taylor Bridge. We have introduced another new member, been on a dinner visit and a great guest speaker.
We welcomed Frank Sauter to our roster. Frank, who is originally from Lucerne in Switzerland,  was previously with the Rotary Club of Rocks Riverside before it was RC Oxley and eventually closed.
Later in the month we had dinner at the Danish Club in Newstead. Pictured in the foreground of this picture with our Danish YEP student, Nicolai isanother Inbound YEP student, Carla. Carla is hosted by the Rotary Club of Paddington in D9600. She is on exchange from Greenland, which is a Danish colony.
Last night Kat Bhathena from Group 61 spoke to us about their work on recruiting Companions to spend regular time with our isolated and lonely friends. Kat was thanked by Rosemary Brady on behalf of the club.
August - A Busy Month. Craig Clarke 2019-09-03 14:00:00Z 0

Welcome to our Newest Member

Posted on Jul 30, 2019
Last night we welcomed our newest member, Lachlan Clarke, who has transferred to us from the Rotary Club of Greater Springfield.
Lachlan was welcomed into our club by President Steve Bennett.
Last night's guest speaker was Frank Sauter, previously with the Rotary Club of Oxley, who spoke to us about his recent journey as a member of a Rotary Donations In Kind team, delivering donated goods to schools and medical practices in Timor-Leste.
Frank spoke with passion about the trip, the island and the gratitude of the people when receiving the 40 foot shipping container full of much needed supplies such as desks, chairs, computers and microscopes, to name a few, for the schools as well as beds and linen etc, for the medical teams.
To round off a very busy meeting, President Steve Bennett presented our Rotary Exchange Student, Nicolai Borup his club shirt. Next week, on August 6th, Nicolai will be our guest speaker and will share a little of his life in Denmark.
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Pushing Barriers

Posted on Jul 23, 2019
Tonight we were fortunate to have Tracey Tucker, co-founder of "Pushing Barriers" speak to our club. "Pushing Barriers" was set up to support migrant students and assist them to start their participation in structured sport within the local communities.
Rotarian Robert Hartley presents Tracey with a Certificate of Thanks for her time to address us tonight. You can find more information on "Pushing Barriers" at 
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Welcome Nicolai

Posted on Jul 21, 2019
This afternoon we greeted Nicolai Borup, our new Inbound Rotary Youth Exchange student. Nicolai arrived from Sydney with three other students bound for Paddington in 9600, Marochydore in 9600 and Townsville in 9550. These students were a part of the Danish team for Australia.
The Danish YEP team prior to departing Copenhagen for Sydney.
Nicolai says goodbye to mum, Charlotte and younger brother, Tobias.
After a long flight via Dubai and an overnight stay in Sydney, Nicolai is met by his first host parents, Craig and Debbie Clarke.
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The Rotary Wheel keeps on turning.

Posted on Jul 18, 2019
With our 2018/2019 Rotary Youth Exchange Student, Veronika Musilova, having departed our shores, and safely arrived home in the Czech Republic our attention moves to welcoming our 2019/2020 Inbound Student, Nicolai Borup from Denmark, who will arrive in Brisbane on Sunday July 21st at about 2.00pm. Right now Nicolai will be saying his goodbyes to family and friends before he departs Copenhagen, and flies via Dubai and into Sydney on Saturday. After an overnight stay he will fly up to Brisbane where we will meet him. The members of the club will be able to get acquainted with Nic at our meeting on Tuesday evening.
The Rotary Wheel keeps on turning. 2019-07-17 14:00:00Z 0

Changeover Breakfast

Posted on Jul 14, 2019
This morning the Rotary Club of Brisbane Taylor Bridge held its Annual Changeover Function. This year President Elect Steve Bennett decided on a breakfast meeting, held at the Brisbane Golf Club, Yeerongpilly. PP Margaret Willis did a sterling job as the MC for the function which was attended by the majority of our members. We were also joined by family and friends, and members from neighbouring Rotary Clubs. Special guests were our Immediate Past District Governor, Jitendra Prasad and his wife Nim, and our Assistant Governor, Wendy McIntosh. Prior to the Induction of the New President, the outgoing Presidential Team recognised some of the members for their contributions during the 2018/2019 Rotary Year.
Past President Stephen Ganko applauds a stunned Past President Ted Crowe when he is recognised with an additional Sapphire for his Paul Harris Fellow for his outstanding contributions throughout the year.
Past District Governor Jitendra presents Ted with his new PHF.
A member of the Presidential Team, Debra Calder (L) presents Mary-Ellen Nielsen with the Community Service Award for her work with Milperra School, Australian Rotary Health (ARH) and Rotary Overseas Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC).
2018/2019 President Jamie Knowlman present Steve Bennett with the Rotarian of the Year Award for being in almost everything, as well as keeping the books in good order.
Following the award presentations, Jamie inducted Steve as the President for 2019/2020. Steve then shared his vision for the coming Rotary Year, and introduced his board for the year.
Congratulations to all of the award recipients, and to Steve and his wife Chris, for putting together a great function.
Photographs courtesy of Lachlan Clarke.
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2019 District 9630 Changeover

Posted by Craig Clarke on Jun 30, 2019
This afternoon, Debbie and I attended the D9630 Changeover luncheon at Picnic Point, in Toowoomba. The event was attended by more than 100 Rotarians and "Friends of Rotary". The guests heard addresses from DG Jitendra, DGE Ros Kelly and several others, all kept to a disciplined timetable by the MC, PDG Elwyn Hodges.
Outgoing District Governor, Jitendra Prasad, gave a spirited and emotional closing address which earned him a standing ovation from the guests.
Past District Governor, Nick Curry was presenting President Nim a 3rd Sapphire for her PHF, an award she will probably never wear, because at the same time he presented both Jitendra and Nim diamond pins for reaching the level of Major Donors to the Rotary Foundation. 
Our Past President, Stephen Ganko was on hand to receive his 2019  -2020 Assistant Governors badge. Congratulations Stephen, on you selection for another year.
I aopolgise for the picture quality. It was a difficult venue with a lot of backlight.
2019 District 9630 Changeover Craig Clarke 2019-06-29 14:00:00Z 0

Farewell Veronika

Posted on Jun 25, 2019
Tonight, Veronika Musilova visited the club to give her final presentation to the members. Veronika, who is our Rotary Youth Exchange student from the Czech Republic who returns home in a couple of weeks. During her exchange she has been co-hosted by the Rotary Club of Greater Springfield.
Veronika entertained us with tales of her host families, school and her travels.
Farewell Veronika Craig Clarke 2019-06-24 14:00:00Z 0

I bet this is a first!

Posted by Craig Clarke on Jun 23, 2019
This evening, Debbie and I had the honour of attending the Annual Changeover for the Rotary Club of Brisbane International. This club, as we know is the home of the District Governor, Jitendra Prasad.
19 clubs from within District 9630 were represented to welcome the new club President and Board.
Pictured here, new RCBI President, Nim Prasad, soon after being inducted by her husband, DG Jitendra. How often would that happen.
Also pictured with Jitendra and Nim is President Catherine Smith from the Rotary Club of Wellington Point (D9630). We believe (but as yet unconfirmed) that Catherine is the youngest of the 35,000+ Club Presidents in the world.
Congratulations to all.
I bet this is a first! Craig Clarke 2019-06-22 14:00:00Z 0

Youth Exchange Graduation

Posted on Jun 22, 2019
Earlier this afternoon the District Rotary Youth Exchange Program held their 2018 - 2019 Inbound Student Graduation Ceremony.
They couldn't have asked for a more perfect day for the function held at Darling Point Park, Lower Esplanade in Manly.
This cohort of YEP Inbound Students will head home in early July, and the 2019 - 2020 Inbound cohort will arrive later in July, where we will welcome Nicolai to our club.
Veronika received her Graduation Certificate from District Governor, Jitendra Prasad, and D9630 YEP Chair, David Bray.
She also received a novelty award from D9630 Rotex.
For her outgoing nature and her ability to make new friends, her adventurous spirit, and because she is comfortable in any environment she was selected as the student "Most likely to run away and join the circus".
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Thank You Benawarra

Posted on Jun 18, 2019
Thank you to Sandiellen and Paul from the Benawarra Community Development Association for speaking to the members present tonight.
 It was a most informative and interesting presentation which could lead to further collaboration in the future.
Past President Jamie Knowlman presents a Certificate of Thanks to Sandiellen Black and Paul Devine from The Benawarra Community Delvelopment Association.
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Members Forum/Training Day

Posted on Jun 11, 2019
Last Sunday some of our incoming club management board attended the 2019 Members Forum at Rotary Headquarters, Bostock House - Wacol.
As well as the 2019/2020 board members, the day was open to all Rotarians, especially newer members looking to gain a greater understanding of the workings of Rotary International.
Thanks to the incoming board members and new members that attended from clubs all over the district.
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Welcome to our Newest Member

Posted on Jun 04, 2019
Tonight the Rotary Club of Brisbane Taylor Bridge welcomed a new member.
Membership Director, Margaret Willis (Left) welcomes our new member Fernanda (Fefe) Serra de Queiroz to the club.
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Youth Protection Training

Posted on Jun 04, 2019
Tonight our club was privileged to have the District 9630 Youth Exchange Committee Chair, David Bray, visit our meeting and talk to the membership about our responsibilities and requirements in relation to our work with young people within our club projects.
David (Pictured) spoke on all facets of Rotary Youth Programs in relation to the application of the Rotary International Youth Protection Policy.
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Helping Troubled Youths

Posted on May 22, 2019

Last night Kate and John Butler spoke to us about their charity organisation, Vitae, which was formed in 2006 to redirect young males who are heading down a pathway to delinquency.

These boys are not yet criminals, but are on the verge and need intervention. Generally, they lack a good male role model and this is what Vitae seeks to provide.

The Vitae Challenge is a 12-month program directed to 11 – 13 year-old boys and relies on school counsellors to identify those boys who are at risk.

Generally, these youths are mostly on the south side of the river and mainly in the Logan area.

The Challenge costs about $2,500 per child and consists of 2 phases; Bush and Mateship.

The Bush phase is 2 x 5-day sailing trips to Stradbroke Island, spaced about one month apart, which separates them from external influences and develops a sense of self-worth, self-reliance and teamwork.

The Mateship phase provides the boys with an alternate older male role model who can act as a mentor and requires that person to spend about 6 – 8 hours per month, keeping in contact with the boy by phone or other electronic means weekly and by a face to face monthly meeting which could be a simple chat, a meal or attendance at a sporting match or other function or activity—the range of activities is unlimited as long as the activity does not expose the boy to any danger or illegality.

For further detail please visit their website

Rotary Club of Brisbane Taylor Bridge member, Coreen Auld, thanks John for their presentation to the meeting.
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Happy Birthday

Tonight's club meeting was a celebration, marking seven years since the Rotary Club of Brisbane Taylor Bridge was chartered on May 7th 2012.
Several charter members were on hand for the celebrations.
(L to R) Past member Damian Ebzery, Stephen and Rhonda Ganko, Steve Bennett and the Charter mentor, Graham Osterfield from the Rotary Club of Brisbane Centenary.
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Thank You from Australian Rotary Health.

Posted by Craig Clarke on Mar 27, 2019
Last night, Roger Crawfoot, the District Chair for Australian Rotary Health (ARH) visited our club.
He presented President Debra with a certificate celebrating that our club has attained a contribution level to ARH equal to $250 per member.
Well done to all, but a great thanks must go to Mary-Ellen and her team, for their drive and passion throughout her organisation of our 2018 Trivia Night.
Thank You from Australian Rotary Health. Craig Clarke 2019-03-26 14:00:00Z 0


Posted by Craig Clarke on Mar 27, 2019
Put this date in your calendar, April 16th 2019.
It is our Annual Small Business Forum.
A panel, moderated by Graham Young and featuring Kate Carnell, the Australian Small Business Ombudsman and other small business powerhouses.
This is a FREE event but we will ask for a gold coin donation at the door.
Booking details with Trybooking are on the flyer.
2019 SMALL BUSINESS FORUM. Craig Clarke 2019-03-26 14:00:00Z 0

2019 District 9630 Conference

Last weekend, a group of our club members attended the 2019 Rotary District 9630 Conference at the Royal International Convention Centre in Bowen Hills.
Past President Craig Clarke, the Conference Registrar, along with the other organising committee members, from many clubs in our district, spent 18 months putting the conference program together.
2019 District 9630 Conference  Craig Clarke 2019-03-04 14:00:00Z 0

Taylor Bridge Win!

Winners are grinners, and the team from the Rotary Club of Brisbane Taylor Bridge were all smiles after winning the 2019 Western Cluster Challenge Cup at Club Oxley.
Left to right, Jill Divola, a friend of our club is pictured with two of our members, James Halliday and Georgina Gill and also the event convenor, Frank Sauter from the Rotary Club of Jindalee.
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They come in, they go out!

As the cycle of the Rotary Youth Exchange Program continues, we say farewell to Xavier Cichero.
Xavier has departed this afternoon for his 12 month exchange in Austria.
Xavier, pictured here, is sponsored by Brisbane Taylor Bridge, ready to go, along with Josephine Stockdale who is sponsored by Greater Springfield..
33 students from several Rotary Districts boarded SQ236 to Singapore where they met another big bunch of students from Sydney and Melbourne.
In Singapore, the Rotary escort volunteers need to get them into their correct groups for their onward fights to European countries.
The concept of "Herding Cats" is quite similar.
They come in, they go out! Craig Clarke 2019-01-18 14:00:00Z 0

Trivia Night Helps Mental Health Research

Tonight, Roger Crawfoot, the Chair of D9630 Australian Rotary Health attended our meeting to collect a cheque for some of the proceeds from our 2018 Trivia Night.
Roger addressed the meeting on where to research funds are directed.
Trivia Night Helps Mental Health Research 2019-01-14 14:00:00Z 0

Welcome Home James

Debbie and I went to the International Airport to welcome home James Goss.
James has spent the last 12 months on the Rotary Youth Exchange Program in Sweden.
It was a noisy bunch at arrivals, four students from our district, as well as several from as far away as Gladstone landed on the same plane.
Greater Springfield also had a large presence as James' father is a member there.
Welcome Home James Craig Clarke 2019-01-04 14:00:00Z 0

Welcome home James

Posted on Jan 05, 2019
Last night we welcomed home, James Goss of Springfield Lakes.
James has just spent the last 12 months on the Rotary Youth Exchange Program in Sweden.
His exchange was jointly sponsored by the Rotary Club's of Greater Springfield and Brisbane Taylor Bridge.
Welcome home James Craig Clarke 2019-01-04 14:00:00Z 0

2019 - 2020 Board Elected

The the club Annual General Meeting tonight, the Board to lead the Rotary Club of Brisbane Taylor Bridge through the 2019 - 2020 Rotary year was elected.
The Office Bearers elected were;
President.                                             Steve Bennett
President Elect                                    Mary-Ellen Nielsen
Secretary                                              Robert Hartley
Treasurer                                             Debra Calder
Club Administration Director           Jamie Knowlman
Public Image Director                       Craig Clarke
Membership Director                       James Halliday
Rotary Foundation Director.           Warren Floyd
Youth Services Director.                  Craig Clarke
This board will take the reins on July 1 2019.
2019 - 2020 Board Elected Craig Clarke 2018-11-26 14:00:00Z 0

Bush Opera shines for our Country Cousins

Posted on Nov 17, 2018
Tonight a small group of wonderful people made a big difference to the lives of our Country Cousins on the land.
A little over 90 generous soles attended the "Bush Opera" function hosted by the Rotary Club of Brisbane Taylor Bridge and the Boulevard Gardens Function Centre in Indooroopilly.
President Jamie Knowlman and Jackie.
Past President Stephen Ganko and Rhonda.
Mary-Ellen Nielsen & Lester Drew.
Kev Clayton keeping "The Boss" honest.
The event was held to raise much needed funds for the Rotary District 9630 Drought Relief Program, which has been operating for five years.
Our Drought Relief Program has raised and distributed in excess of A$1.6 million to struggling farmers in Southern Queensland.
The success of this Program has been assisted by the contributions from "Hand, Heart Pocket", the charity arm of the Australian Freemasons, and a contribution from the Channel Nine - National Farmers Federation Appeal.
"The Tatty Tenors" and the "Brisbane Opera" kept the guests entertained, and the Master of Ceremonies, Mr Ben Davis from Network Seven kept the program flowing.
Winners are grinners, Rhonda & Stephen search for that ticket. They found it.
After the auction was completed and the raffles drawn it was time to tally up the proceeds.
At the conclusion of the formal proceedings the event organiser, Past President Ted Crowe, was able to present the Drought Relief Program Chair, Past District Governor Phillip Charles with a cheque for $14,500 to assist with their great work out west.
A huge thank you goes out to Ted Crowe and all who supported him in the coordination and hosting of this event, and in particular Tom and Shirley, our hosts from the Boulevard Gardens Function Centre.
Ben Davis, with Past President Ted Crowe and Past President Margaret Willis.
Thanks also to our MC, Ben Davis and all of our fabulous entertainers, who donated their time and talent to make this event so successful.
Bush Opera shines for our Country Cousins Craig Clarke 2018-11-16 14:00:00Z 0

Bohemian Rhapsody Captivates Audience .

Posted on Nov 01, 2018
The "End Polio Now" program through Rotary International has once again managed to secure an early release on an eagerly anticipated premier movie.
Bohemian Rhapsody, which opens in theatres tomorrow, was tonight screened at the Regal Twin Cinema in Graceville, at a Polio Plus fundraiser. Every dollar raised at this event will be matched with two dollars from the "Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation".
Congratulations to the Rotary Club of Sumner Park on hosting this event, and on gaining the support of other local Rotary Clubs, and friends of Rotary.
We are not sure of the numbers of attendees, or the funds raised, but the crowd looked pretty healthy to me.
Bohemian Rhapsody Captivates Audience . Craig Clarke 2018-10-31 14:00:00Z 0


Posted on Oct 30, 2018
Say hello to Veronika Musilová from the Czech Republic.
Veronika is here on the Rotary Youth Exchange program, and is being co-hosted by the Rotary Club of Greater Springfield and our club.
She is attending The Springfield Anglican College and will be a familiar face with us for the next six months.
​​​​​​​Welcome Veronika.
MEET VERONIKA! Craig Clarke 2018-10-29 14:00:00Z 0

End Polio Now

October 24th, over the years it has been infamous for many reasons, some good and some bad. In 1929, October 24th was known for the "Black Thursday" Stock Exchange crash and in 2008 for the "Bloody Friday" crash that wiped off 10% of the worlds wealth in a split second, but in 2012, on October 24th, Rotary International, along with their GPEI partners announced "World Polio Day" to celebrate India joining the Poli Free Club. Each year we celebrate a different theme, and the 2018 is "End Polio Now"
On this day, a group of our members joined with friends of the "End Polio Now" movement to march as a sea of red, from outside the Treasury Casino, across the Victoria Bridge to Southbank, to raise awareness of the program.
To help us celebrate, the District 9630 Governor, Jitendra Prasad was able to have the Brisbane City Council light the Victoria Bridge and the Storey Bridge in the "End Polio Now" colours of RED & YELLOW.
End Polio Now Craig Clarke 2018-10-23 14:00:00Z 0

Trivia Night a Winner

Posted on Oct 21, 2018
Last night the club hosted the 2018 Annual Trivia Night.
There were winners and losers, but the real victor on the night was the "Australia Rotary Health" (ARH) organisation, with all of the proceeds from the event donated to them.
These valuable funds will allow ARH to continue funding research it to mental health/illness.
About 100 people supported the event last night, going head to head over five rounds of challenging questions posed by our Quizmaster, Club Treasurer, Steve Bennett.
The theme for the event was "Go Tropical" and RCBTB member, Mary Hartley won the "Best Dressed" prize.
Rotary District 9630 Australian Rotary Health representative, Roger Crawfoot was on hand to support the event, and was overwhelmed by the community support.
Roger will be invited back to the club to accept our donation of  about $2850 on behalf of Australian Rotary Health and their ongoing fight against mental health disease.
The balance from the raffles, $1105 will be donated to the District 9630 Drought Appeal, in particular the the "Family Fun Days" program. These days are specifically held to help combat mental illness in our farming communities.
Trivia Night a Winner Craig Clarke 2018-10-20 14:00:00Z 0

How's Your Heart?

Posted on Oct 09, 2018

Our guest speaker tonight asked that very question.

Mary Ellen introduced Dr. Ivan Lim of GROW MEDICAL.

 Dr. Lim presented of “Matters of the Heart” and encouraged us to know the warning signs of a heart attack. Chest pain, pressure or squeezing of the chest, pain in the neck or the left shoulder, nausea and/or shortness of breath are all signs to watch for.

Heart attacks can occur out of the blue, but some risk factors are high blood pressure, overweight, high cholesterol, Diabetes, smoking and lack of physical activity. 
What generally happens is that atherosclerosis and/ or blood clots form and block the artery which prevents oxygen from reaching the heart muscles, causing heart damage or heart attack. The blockage is most commonly opened by use of a stent, although sometimes more serious surgery is required.
Genetics can play a role, but family lifestyle is more commonly the principal factor. 
Dr. Lim urged us to get a regular a check-up and closed with “You have the power to stop a heart attack”.
How's Your Heart? 2018-10-08 14:00:00Z 0


Posted on Oct 07, 2018
While the last couple of days has brought some relief to a small area of our drought affected country, much more rain is desperately required.
While it is out of our reach to make it rain, we can support and assist our farmers by supporting fundraising activities within our communities.
The Rotary Club of Brisbane Taylor Bridge invites you to be a part of one such event.
Our "Bush Opera - Supporting Our Farmers" will one held on Saturday November 17, at The Boulevard Gardens function centre in Indooroopilly.
Please help us make it just a little easier for our friends on the land.
For any further information, please go to
HELP US HELP OUR FARMERS! Craig Clarke 2018-10-06 14:00:00Z 0

Members Assist CWA In Oxley.

Posted on Oct 07, 2018
Rotary Club of Brisbane Taylor Bridge members James Halliday, Deb Calder, Leanne Ford, Steve and Dylan Bennett, Georgina Gill joined President Jamie Knowlman in volunteering to spruce up the Oxley branch of the Country Women's Association (CWA) hall this morning.
The weather was kind and the rain stayed away, however the community service project ground to a sudden holt when the paint ran out.
Well done and thank you to those who were available to help today.
A return visit will be required to complete the project in the very near future, so there is an opportunity for other members to assist.
If you know of a community service project that someone in the local area might require assistance with, please have them contact President Jamie Knowlman on 0403 054-314.
Members Assist CWA In Oxley. Craig Clarke 2018-10-06 14:00:00Z 0

Sherwood Welcomes New Top Cop.

Sgt Michael Coulson, O.I.C., Sherwood Police Station which manages the Sherwood Policing District. Station has 18 Police operating through 24 hours per day. In general, the district has a low crime rate, so their role is to maintain public safety and gain the trust of the community. 


He spoke of crime in our area and mentioned that 50% of intrusions are result from doors being left unlocked so he counselled us to lock our doors ( including cars) and not to leave keys in obvious places such as kitchen benches. He also counselled us to be aware of strangers in the area. 

Given enough notice, Sherwood Police are happy to set up a stall at Community events. Coffee with a Cop is such a community engagement where the Police set up a stall at a shopping centre or similar where the public can meet Officers, have a chat and afterwards enjoy a beverage at their expense. 

Michael also mentioned that Snr. Constable Matt Shaw was the officer at Oxley’s Police Beat. Matt can also discuss many areas of police interest with the club. 

To report a crime, phone PoliceLink on 131 444 or visit Sherwood Police Station between 8.30 am and 3 pm Monday to Friday or call on 07 3716 4011. 

Sherwood Welcomes New Top Cop. Craig Clarke 2018-10-06 14:00:00Z 0

Rotaract Shield Presented

Posted on Aug 12, 2018
The Rotary Club of Brisbane Taylor Bridge Rotaract Challenge Shield presented.
PP Craig Clarke presents the Rotaract Challenge Shield to members of the Rotaract Club of South East Brisbane.
The annual challenge shield, which is competed for by our District 9630 Rotaract clubs throughout the year, was presented last night at the 2018 District 9630 Rotaract Changeover Dinner.
The shield was donated to the Rotaract District by The Rotary Club of Brisbane Taylor Bridge in 2012.
The clubs undertake many and varied tasks to accumulate points throughout the year to try and win this most valued of possessions.
Rotaract Shield Presented Craig Clarke 2018-08-11 14:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker: Ian Miller, Principal, Milpera State High School

Posted by Ted Crowe on Mar 13, 2018
Members listened intently to the presentation by the Principal of Milpera State High School, Ian Miller, on the role, structure, students and needs at the School. Milpera is a unique school where the student population is entirely made up of migrants or refugees with little or no English language capabilities. The primary aim of the School is to lift the level of English to a standard where the students can return to mainstream education at other schools or to pursue TAFE or tertiary studies.
Currently, the School has a student population of 180 from 22 different countries, ranging from Year 6 to Senior Level. Students remain at the School until their language proficiency would allow them to transition to other schools, which can take months or years. There are four graduations each year.
The School has 180 volunteers registered to provide support for the team of dedicated teachers. Discussions included how our Rotary Club could assist.
President Margaret presented a Thank You Certificate to Ian, with an undertaking that we would donate 20 doses of vaccine under Rotary’s PolioPlus Campaign in his name.
Guest Speaker: Ian Miller, Principal, Milpera State High School Ted Crowe 2018-03-12 14:00:00Z 0


Posted by Ted Crowe on Feb 25, 2018


Members and friends of five Rotary Clubs turned out to plant 240 trees at the Oxley Creek Common in Sherwood, on Saturday, 25th February, in conjunction with the Oxley Creek Catchment Association (OCCA).
The project stems from a pledge by the Rotary International President, Ian Risely, to plant 1.2million trees worldwide, one for every Rotarian. The trees were planted on the banks of a section of Oxley Creek to help stabilise the banks and improve water quality of the creek as well as bird life in the Common.
The Rotary Clubs of Brisbane Taylor Bridge, Inner West and Archerfield, donated funds to purchase the trees and to cover the cost of maintaining the trees until they become established. Other clubs represented on the day were Oxley and the Rotary Nomads.
The co-ordinator, Margaret Willis, President of the Brisbane Taylor Bridge Rotary Club, said the project was a great example of clubs working together on a local project.
Small Business Forum Ted Crowe 2017-09-28 14:00:00Z 0

Congratulations President Margaret

Posted on Jun 25, 2017
This morning, members and friendsof the Rotary Club of Brisbane Taylor Bridge gathered for the Annual Changeover function.
At this function the 2017 - 2018 Club President, Margaret Willis, was inducted.
Immediate Past President, Craig Clarke, passes the "Chain of Office" to President Margaret during her induction.
Congratulations President Margaret 2017-06-24 14:00:00Z 0

Bon Voyage Emily!

Posted by Craig Clarke on Jan 21, 2017
Yesterday we farewelled Emily Relf. our Outbound Rotary Youth Exchange Student who is heading to the Slovak Republic for 2017.
Pictured here at the departure gate at Brisbane Airport Domestic Terminal with her father Adrian, her mother Natasha and sisters Isabel and Charlotte as she was catching her flight to Sydney to meet up with the rest of her student cohort who are travelling to the same area of Europe as she is.
Bon Voyage Emily! Craig Clarke 2017-01-20 14:00:00Z 0

Welcome Home Jacqui

Posted by Craig Clarke on Jan 09, 2017
It seems like only yesterday that Jacqueline Rashad left our shores to embark on her adventure as a Rotary exchange Student in Solthurn in South Central Switzerland.
It was in fact almost 12 months ago.
Last night Jacqui jetted back into Brisbane to complete her exchange year.
Met by her family, friends and President Craig Clarke at the airport, the first thing she commented on was the heat.
Jacqui left -12 celsius temperatures 24 hours earlier, so it was a shock.
Also on the same flight from District 9630 were five other returning students.
Left to Right: Kate from Roma (France), Katie from Morningside (Sweden), Casey from Bayside (Denmark), District YEP Chair Wendy Howitt, our Jacqui, Laura from Toowoomba (Switzerland) and Lachlan from Tennyson (Germany).
Welcome Home Jacqui Craig Clarke 2017-01-08 14:00:00Z 0

Be informed on Community Issues

Senior Constable, Ben Harm, who is the officer in charge of the Centenary North Police Beat, visited us again recently to speak about crystal meth, more commonly known as ICE. Believe it or not, it is not a new drug. It has been around since the early 1900s and has had many uses before now. The key issue today is the increase in ICE usage as it is of a higher quality and more pure thus it is more addictive. The effects of ICE are not pretty, with many users losing weight, having sleep problems, initial euphoria followed by a big down which results in violence. It is a poison so it also has significant effects on skin (lesions), teeth etc.
If you suspect someone is on ice or that someone may be having an unusual or dangerous reaction to it ring 000. On ICE people can overheat, dehydrate, have fits/seizures, collapse, panic and suffer from paranoia/psychosis. Encourage them to take a break - eat, drink, sleep, encourage them to seek treatment. Don't forget, if you see anything suspicious, no matter how big or small, tell the Police, they want to know. You are NOT wasting their time. Call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Policelink 131444 (non urgent)
Be informed on Community Issues 2016-11-19 14:00:00Z 0

Halloween Trivia Night - A Success!!

Thank you to all who attended our annual Trivia night on Saturday 22nd October at Corinda State High School. The club raised over $2000 for our charities. The Halloween theme resulted in some great costumes and decorations. Thanks to all club members who helped set up, organise the food and drinks and clean up. For more information and photos go to
Halloween Trivia Night - A Success!! 2016-10-30 14:00:00Z 0

Rotary Fun Run helping Wesley Choices

Presentation of a $7000 cheque to Janine Porter-Steele from Wesley Choices Program, by Graham Osterfield on behalf of the Centenary & Taylor Bridge Rotary Clubs. The funds were raised at the Rotary Fun Run held in May.
Rotary Fun Run helping Wesley Choices 2016-10-30 14:00:00Z 0

Why haven't you joined Rotary yet?

Here are two more of our wonderful club members that you could get to know...Margaret (left) and Lizzie. Margaret has worked as an education manager, has run her own business that saw her meet with Bill Gates regularly and is now in Real Estate. Lizzie has a background in hospitality and food (was a chef) and now is involved in food quality control. Lizzie's daughter has been involved in a Youth Exchange to Sweden so Lizzie wanted to join Rotary to give back. Both women are enjoying the fellowship, fun and the community involvement that is all part of Rotary. Come and see us on a Tuesday night at 6.45pm at Corinda State High School.
Why haven't you joined Rotary yet? 2016-10-30 14:00:00Z 0

Farewell Elisa

Posted by Craig Clarke on Oct 26, 2016
Club Secretary, Elisa McDonald is taking a Leave Of Absence until mid 2017.
Elisa, and her husband Cameron are expecting their first child in early December and we wish them the very best.
On her final night, Elisa hosted a group of our members at her workplace, the Corinda Compounding Chemist in Oxley Road.
During this visit, Elisa introduced us to the lab and some of the equipment used to make compounded medicines.
Surprisingly in this time of technology and mechanisation, a great deal of compounding chemistry is still done manually, as our Youth Exchange Student, David from Switzerland, found out.
The evening was very intriguing and informative, thanks Elisa.
Farewell Elisa Craig Clarke 2016-10-25 14:00:00Z 0

Meet Robert

Meet Robert - one of our newest members. Originally from South Australia, Robert has led a life full of many different experiences. He grew up on a farm, played AFL in Adelaide and worked in the banking sector. Robert has travelled and lived in various countries as well including South Africa and Papua New Guinea. Currently a mortgage broker, he is looking forward to giving back. Welcome Robert!!
For more information go to 
Meet Robert 2016-09-28 14:00:00Z 0

Our District Governor Visits

What a big week, we had our District Governor Doug St Clair and his wife Sue, visit us. Doug spoke to us about how Rotary is Serving Humanity and that one good work at a time is all we can do. Doug also inducted our newest member Bill. Bill comes to us from Toowoomba. Doug pointed out that one new member could have that one new idea that could change the world. No pressure Bill :) 
Our District Governor Visits 2016-09-24 14:00:00Z 0

Our RYLA attendee

This week, we heard from Ben, who recently attended the RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) leadership camp. Ben spent the week learning important life and leadership skills and finding out more about himself. He admitted that at the camp he found out he was impatient and at times intolerant and closed minded. Through the team building and trust activities he learnt to be more open minded and tolerant. Ben has promised to share what he has learnt with others and ensure this enlightening experience is beneficial to more than just himself.
Our RYLA attendee 2016-09-08 14:00:00Z 0

Meet Rosie - another of our newest members.

Rosie comes to us from the Lockyer Valley club and has a long association with Rotary. She was fortunate enough to go to the US on Youth Exchange a few years ago and that YEP year in Missouri began her appreciation for Rotary. Rosie was in the Lockyer Valley, in Grantham, when the floods of 2011 hit and it was through this all consuming experience and seeing the devastation and hurt left behind that Rosie helped the Rotary Club of Lockyer Valley to raise money for those directly affected. Rosie then became a member of the club. Rosie has a 3 year old son, who is the love of her life and she is currently on the District Youth Exchange Committee. Welcome Rosie.
Meet Rosie - another of our newest members. Kirsten Binnie 2016-08-29 14:00:00Z 0

Welcome to our newest member

Welcome to our newest member, Robert. It was an exciting night with Robert's induction. He is keen to give back to the community through Rotary and the club is looking forward to what Robert can bring on board.
Welcome to our newest member Kirsten Binnie 2016-08-29 14:00:00Z 0

Stories from Switzerland

This week, we heard from our Youth Exchange Program (YEP) student, David. He has come to Australia from Lucerne in Switzerland.
David has hit the ground running; helping out with car parking and the CTK Fun Run on the weekend.
He showed us pictures of his family, his mum and dad and brother, lots of skiing shots and the view from David's house is amazing.
At 16 he is an exceptional young man who speaks German, English, French and a bit of Italian. David filled us in on Swiss politics, national military service and much more.
To see more visit
Stories from Switzerland 2016-08-03 14:00:00Z 0

QLD Police visit our meeting

Last night our guest speaker was Senior Constable, Ben Harm, who is the officer in charge of the Centenary North Police Beat. Ben spoke to us about local crime in both our area and gave us lots of advice. Call Policelink on 131444 if you see anything suspicious (non-urgent) , no matter how big or small or you can even use the Policelink app or online. Call 000 for emergencies and life-threatening issues.
More on this can be found on our Facebook page
QLD Police visit our meeting 2016-07-19 14:00:00Z 0

Meet David

Posted by Craig Clarke on Jun 02, 2016
On Wednesday July 22nd at 6.50am, David Siegrist will arrive from Luzern in Switzerland for his 12 month Rotary Youth Exchange with the Rotary Club of Brisbane Taylor Bridge.
Debbie and I were lucky enough to be hosted by his family for a couple of days.
Meet David Craig Clarke 2016-06-01 14:00:00Z 0

Switzerland and Youth Exchange

Posted by Craig Clarke on Jun 02, 2016
Hello Taylor Bridge.
Since last we spoke Debbie and I have had the pleasure of visiting Jacqui Rashad, our Rotary Youth Exchange Student in Switzerland.
Thanks to Jacqui's family for hating us for dinner last night. 
Switzerland and Youth Exchange Craig Clarke 2016-06-01 14:00:00Z 0

Congratulations Cindy

Posted by Craig Clarke on May 09, 2016
Our warmest congratulations to our Rotary Exchange Student, Cindy Wu from Taiwan, who along with her cohort and partners celebrated at the District 9630 ROTEX Youth Exchange Formal last Saturday evening.
Well done to everyone that was involved, a wonderful time was had by all who attended.
Congratulations Cindy Craig Clarke 2016-05-08 14:00:00Z 0


The Youth Services Director, PP Stephen Ganko and the Youth Exchange Program Officer, PE Craig Clarke are very pleased to announce the Emily Relf has been selected to progress to the next level the process.
Emily is a Grade 10 student at Lourdes Hill Girls College in Hawthorne.
She now progresses onto the District 9630 Student interviews on June 4 & 5, and if successful there she will head to the September Training Cap.
Congratulations Emily, we hope to see you at the club really soon.  
CLUB SELECTS 2017 ROTARY YOUTH EXCHANGE STUDENT. Craig Clarke 2016-04-24 14:00:00Z 0


Posted by Ted Crowe on Mar 29, 2016
Members were enthralled listening to the background and the journey of Al (Alice) Mabin, BEFA Asia Pacific 2015 Female Entrepreneur of the Year.
Al mainly spoke about the cattle drive in 2013 where 18,000 cattle were moved around 2,000kms from central Qld to southern NSW. This drive is depicted in her book ‘The Drover’ featuring many beautiful photographs of the epic journey, including the hardships experienced along the way. Al gave an autographed copy to Dee as a prize for the upcoming Girls Day Out event. Thanks Al.
Al’s next book, to be published next week, is called ‘The Driver’. It will be about Australia’s transport industry and features personalised stories about individual businesses that rely on the industry for their survival. Look out for it.
The theme of her presentation to our Club was ‘follow your passion’. We got the message … thanks Al.
Photo shows Al Mabin chatting to Rotarian Euan Brown.

Guest Speaker on St Jude's School, Tanzania

Posted by Ted Crowe on Mar 15, 2016


Guest speaker at this week's meeting was Noella Phillips from Brisbane Highrise Club. Noella spoke about the amazing St Jude's School in Tanzania, founded by a young Australian Gemma Sisia. The school opened its doors in 2002 with 3 students and 1 teacher. It now provides a solid education to 1,900 students from impoverished families. Rotary in Australia has been heavily involved from the start, with many clubs providing financial support and/or volunteers during construction and in the school's operations.
Guest Speaker on St Jude's School, Tanzania Ted Crowe 2016-03-14 14:00:00Z 0

Community Garden Project

Posted by Craig Clarke on Mar 15, 2016
Thanks to a determined group of our members lead by Elisa McDonald and Susan Richmond, after encountering some obstacles our Community Garden
is finally coming together.
The Community Garden looks amazing. Check it out at the Sherwood Neighbourhood Centre in Thallon Street, SAherwood.
Community Garden Project Craig Clarke 2016-03-14 14:00:00Z 0

Change of Meeting Venue.

Posted by Craig Clarke on Feb 15, 2016
The Rotary Club of Brisbane Taylor Bridge is pleased to announce that from
Tuesday March 1st 2016 we will have a new meeting venue at
The Paradox Room at Corinda State High School is located at 46 Pratten Street, Corinda Q4075.
Change of Meeting Venue. Craig Clarke 2016-02-14 14:00:00Z 0

Bon Voyage Jacqui!

Posted by Craig Clarke on Jan 17, 2016
Yesterday saw President Kirsten, Cindy, Debbie and myself at the Brisbane International Airport for the departure of our
2016 Outbound Rotary Youth Exchange Student, Jacqueline Rashad, who is spending her 12 months away in Switzerland.
Jacqui was out the front followed by Katie Sand from the Rotary Club of Roma and Casey Barton from the Rotary Club of Redlands Bayside.
Jacqui's parents, Maurice and Patricia were very grateful to our club for making it possible.
Bon Voyage Jacqui! Craig Clarke 2016-01-16 14:00:00Z 0

New Years Eve Fellowship.

Posted on Dec 31, 2015
Youth Exchange Student Cindy Wu from Taiwan and President Elect Craig Clarke catch up with Rotarian Laureen Vanderwolf from the
Rotary Club of Warwick Sunrise at the "Gladfield Driver Reviver" on the Darling Downs between Cunninghams Gap and Warwick.
What a fabulous job the service clubs and other volunteers do at these establishments.
New Years Eve Fellowship. Craig Clarke 2015-12-30 14:00:00Z 0


Posted by Craig Clarke on Dec 14, 2015
With the Festive Season upon us, we are taking a short break.
We will be back to our regular meetings on Tuesday 2nd February 2016.
Between now and then we will have three combined meetings with Forest Lake and Brisbane Rocks Riverside in the New Year.
Monday 11th January we will be at the Rotary Club of Forest Lake's meeting, held at Brisbane Lions Soccer Club (Cnr Garden & Pine Roads, Richlands).
Tuesday 19th January, we will host both clubs for a BBQ and Barefoot Bowls Night at Club Oxley.
Wednesday 27th January Forest Lake and ourselves will be hosted by the Rotary Club of Brisbane Rocks Riverside, again at Club Oxley, for a great Guest Speaker.
Hope to see you in 2016.
PE Craig Clarke.
WE ARE TAKING A SHORT BREAK. Craig Clarke 2015-12-13 14:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker from CREATE Foundation

Posted by Margaret Willis
Last week, we were very fortunate to have Jacquie Reed, CEO of the CREATE Foundation enlighten us about the Foundation and the services it provides.
The CREATE Foundation, incorporated in 1999, is the national peak consumer body representing the voices of over 40,000 children and young people in out-of-home care, and those who have transitioned from care up to the age of 25. Its vision is that all children and young people in care reach their full potential; its mission it to create a better life for children and young people in care.
The Foundation does this by connecting children to each other, to the Foundation and to their communities, and to empower them to build self-confidence, self-esteem and skills that will enable them to have a voice and be heard. This is facilitated through clubCREATE, training programs, youth advisory workshops, the SpeakUp program and future grants schemes which provide bursaries to children, as well as supplying laptops, driving lessons and contributing to health plans.
It was concerning to note that nearly half the children in care are under 5 years old, one-third are separated from their siblings, 35% of young people will experience homelessness after leaving care, and there is a ten times more likelihood of indigenous children being in care.
Ways to support the Foundation include volunteering to write birthday cards, donating Christmas gifts, help run Connection events, fundraising or once-off donations, and becoming a Corporate Partner. One of the current fundraisers is the Paint It Purple Campaign which encourages the community to paint its fingernails purple, take photos and post with a donation on its website.
Judging by the number of questions, we found the session extremely interesting and informative. Thanks Jacquie for imparting your knowledge and passion!
Guest Speaker from CREATE Foundation Margaret Willis 2015-11-16 14:00:00Z 0

Double 10 Day.

Posted on Oct 11, 2015
Yesterday was Double Ten Day or 10/10, the National Day of celebration in Taiwan.
Traditionally, it is a day full of fun and photo's so why should this be any different.
Cindy at home before our day out.
Red is a lucky colour in Taiwan.
Not quite the outback!
Forest Hill War Memorial.
A fine collection of beer cans.
Normally a picture outside the Empire Palace in Taipei would be a highlight, all we could was the Empire Theatre.
We hope you enjoy the pictures.
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"Outside The Box?"

Posted by Craig Clarke on Sep 13, 2015
Did you know that the largest Rotary Logo in the world rests in Lamon Bay, Atimonan, Quezon, Philippines?
The project was a combined effort of Rotarians and fishermen in creating an artificial reef to protect and help grow the fishing industry.
This is certainly an interesting way of thinking outside the box to promote Rotary, don't you think?
"Outside The Box?" Craig Clarke 2015-09-12 14:00:00Z 0

Another Busy Week.

Posted by Craig Clarke on Aug 30, 2015
As we passed the two week mark I am happy to say that our brand new Inbound
Rotary Youth Exchange Student, Cindy has settled in wonderfully.
She slipped into our family effortlessly and is very keen to be involved in everything we do.
Cindy's introduction to school at St. Peters College at Indooroopilly has been fantastic.
She has made many new friends and has become popular with students and teachers alike.
Last weekend we attended a BBQ hosted bt RC Greater Springfield and RC Goodna for Seniors week where Cindy was able to meet some locals.
Sunday we visited the Ipswich City Council Nature Reserve at Queens Park where she was 
able to get acquainted with some of our more traditional fauna.
Thursday evening was spent at the 10th Annual Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival at 
The John Ried Pavilion, RNA Grounds in Brisbane.
And Friday night Cindy had an excursion with her Year 11 Drama Class to QPAC
to see the production of Dracula currently playing at the Cremorne Theatre.
Let's see what this week holds.
Another Busy Week. Craig Clarke 2015-08-29 14:00:00Z 0

Cindy Settles In

Posted by Craig Clarke on Aug 16, 2015
The last few days have been a bit of a blur for Cindy.
Thanks to Margaret Willis who accompanied Cindy and I to St Peters on Thursday to assist in the process at the school.
This weekend she has attended the "2015 Language and Culture Camp" at Highfields on the Darling Downs.
This is the first time that all of the Inbound Students in our district have had the opportunity to meet one another.
They had a great weekend learning about Australia and also having lots of fun.
When I tell you that Cindy is cracking the wipe, I mean Cindy is cracking the whip.
This morning was the perfect opportunity for final photographs, swapping of email and Facebook details before departure.
Cindy Settles In Craig Clarke 2015-08-15 14:00:00Z 0

Meet Cindy

Posted by Craig Clarke on Aug 11, 2015
Cindy gas arrived from Taiwan and is looking forward to meeting everybody.
She was met at the airport by YEP Chair, Wendy Howitt.
Meet Cindy Craig Clarke 2015-08-10 14:00:00Z 0

The Lucky Soup Story

An audience of around 200 listened intently to the ‘Lucky Soup Story’ at Corinda State High School recently. Hosted by the Rotary Club of Brisbane Taylor Bridge and compered by Kelly Higgins-Devine from ABC Radio, the captive audience heard about the lucky escape by the group of 8 Australian trekkers during the earthquake in Nepal on 25 April.
Stephen Ganko, one of the trekkers and a member of the Rotary Club, talked about the lead up to the trekking expedition, the training and meticulous preparation for the quite demanding planned trek to Base Camp. Beginning full of excitement and trepidation, the party trekked for several days until reaching a point just short of Base Camp when their Sherpa guide insisted, despite some mild protest, they stop for a rest and some potato and garlic soup. A stop that in all likelihood saved their lives.
After resuming the final leg of the trek, they were about 30 minutes from Base Camp when the earth started to rumble, then shake quite severely to the extent that they could hardly stand up. A deafening roar followed, described like being surrounded by jet engines. Above them up the mountain they could see the huge white cloud of snow rumbling towards them. It became very clear that they were about to be engulfed in an avalanche.
Dashing for any cover they could find, particularly a large boulder nearby, the members of the party experienced fierce winds and driving snow, the force being severe enough to blow the lenses out of one of the trekker’s glasses. Visibility was non-existent. Breathing drew snow into their lungs. After what seemed to be an eternity but probably only minutes, it passed. In another twist of luck, the avalanche’s progress was slowed by a valley in front of the trekkers’ location. They were fortunate that only the fringe of the avalanche reached their place of refuge. 
Miraculously, there were no real injuries. After dusting themselves off and confirming that each member was OK, it was decided, again at the insistence of the Sherpa, they should not go any further and should head down the mountain instead. A very wise decision as it turned out.
Backtracking, the severity of the earthquake soon became apparent. Death and destruction were witnessed. Historic buildings now in ruins. Nepal had suffered a major earthquake, the worst in about 80 years. The death toll amounted to over 8,500 with 17,000 seriously injured. The earthquake left Nepal in disarray. In addition to the human casualties and the destruction of thousands of homes, the economy is also in ruins. At the heart of Nepal’s economy is tourism, now drastically curtailed due to the earthquake. Livelihoods have been destroyed along with the local infrastructure.
Accompanying Stephen Ganko on a Q&A panel moderated by Kelly Higgins-Devine, were the 7 other members of the trekking party.  Special guest for the evening was Michael Groom, the very accomplished mountaineer who led the trekking party. In 1995, Groom became the fourth person ever to summit the four highest mountains in the world without the aid of bottled oxygen. He has been to the top of Mt Everest twice. Michael gave a short talk about Nepal and its beautiful people.
The main aim of the ‘Lucky Soup Story’ event was to raise funds to assist the Nepalese people. Rotary has committed to building 1,000 low cost shelters as well as social infrastructure such as schools. Each shelter costs about USD3000-5000. Our ‘Lucky Soup Story’ evening raised around $10,000 in ticket sales, donations, raffles, etc. These funds will go direct to Rotary in Nepal to assist in the recovery efforts. Clearly, more funds are needed. If anyone wishes to donate to the cause, please contact Ted Crowe, Rotary Club of Brisbane Taylor Bridge, on 0415 515 000.
The Lucky Soup Story Ted Crowe 2015-08-01 14:00:00Z 0

Congratulations Taylor Bridge.

Posted by Craig Clarke on Jul 13, 2015
Congratulations are due to Past President Ted Crowe upon the recognition of his team at Brisbane Taylor Bridge by the Past District Governor, Phillip Charles, for the direction the Rotary Club is moving.
At the District Changeover dinner the Club's new President, Kirsten Binnie, was on hand to collect the District Governor's Award for the club he considers best upheld the Rotary ideals during 2014-15.
Congratulations Taylor Bridge. Craig Clarke 2015-07-12 14:00:00Z 0

Au Revoir Chloe.

Posted by Craig Clarke on Jul 09, 2015
As sad as it maybe, this morning President Kirsten, Immediate Past President Ted with Margaret, Jamie, Debbie and I said au revoir to Chloe as she boarded her flight for her home in La Loviere in Belgium.
As she departed, she once again sent her thanks to the club, especially her host parents, Stephen and Rhonda, Ted and Margaret, John and Susan, Jamie and Jackie and their families.
We here at Brisbane Taylor Bridge would like to thank the YEP Chair for District 9630, Wendy Howitt and the country coordinators for Belgium, David & Anna Bray for their support to both our club and to Chloe through her exchange year.
Wendy says goodbye to Chloe.
Au Revoir Chloe. Craig Clarke 2015-07-08 14:00:00Z 0

High Tea was a Hoot!

Posted on May 31, 2015
Thanks to Dee Douglas and Mary-Ellen Nielsen today's High Tea was a great success.
They were the driving force behind our first ever fundraising effort in support of the "Days For Girls" Charity.
Dee and Mary-Ellen received fantastic support from other members of our club during the organising process.
"Days For Girls" is an international organisation and for more information please check out their webpage at or contact our Rotary Club through the Contacts tab on this Homepage.
High Tea was a Hoot! Craig Clarke 2015-05-30 14:00:00Z 0

Introducing Cindy.

Posted by Craig Clarke on May 27, 2015
At last night's club meeting the members approved accepting an Inbound Youth Exchange Student from July 2015 to July 2016.
Hsin-Yi (Cindy) Hu was a reciprocal exchange from District 3470 in Taiwan for an
Outbound student in District 9675 (Greater Sydney and Surrounds).
Due to some problems in their District they are no longer in the position to accept
Cindy and several other inbound students.
Many other clubs, like us, are raising their hands to fill the void so as these students are able to come to Australia on exchange.
Introducing Cindy. Craig Clarke 2015-05-26 14:00:00Z 0

Rotarians At Work.

Posted on May 27, 2015
This past weekend saw a large number of our members out working in the community.
The weekend started with members and friends filling two shifts, involved in car parking duties.........
Rotarians At Work. Craig Clarke 2015-05-26 14:00:00Z 0

Welcome Margaret.

Posted on May 26, 2015
Welcome to the newest member of the Rotary Club of Brisbane Taylor Bridge.
Margaret Willis is a fulltime busy professional in the IT industry.
If you would like information about membership please email tto the address on this page.
Welcome Margaret. Craig Clarke 2015-05-25 14:00:00Z 0

Girls Day Out for 'Days for Girls' on Sunday 31st May

Thank you to members Mary-Ellen and Dee for introducing us to the Days for Girls charity and for organising the upcoming Girls Day Out High Tea on Sunday 31st May to help fundraise for the cause. 
Days for Girls is a grass roots charity with a network of teams and chapters around the world that provide quality and sustainable sanitary hygiene kits to girls and women who would otherwise go without due to poverty or a lack of access. 
Girls Day Out for 'Days for Girls' on Sunday 31st May Elisa McDonald 2015-05-15 14:00:00Z 0

R.I.P. Greville

Posted by Craig Clarke on May 11, 2015
It is with great sadness that I say farewell to my old friend and ShelterBox mentor from District 9600.
Greville Easte was a regular speaker and visitor to many clubs and our District Conferences.
Cheers old mate.
R.I.P. Greville Craig Clarke 2015-05-11 00:00:00Z 0

On Safari.

Posted by Craig Clarke on May 11, 2015
We've all heard of "Where's Wally" but today we are playing "Where's Chloe?"
Somewhere in this group of Inbound Exchange Students on their "Reef and Rock Safari Tour" is our own Chloe Bury.
On Safari. Craig Clarke 2015-05-11 00:00:00Z 0

Thank You QEII

Posted by Craig Clarke on May 09, 2015
Thanks once again to the QEII hospital for the donation of their surplus crutches to Donations In Kind.
Thanks also to Mary-Ellen for not only arranging them, but also teaming with the camera shy, Warren Floyd to collect and deliver them to Durack.
Thank You QEII Craig Clarke 2015-05-09 00:00:00Z 0
Mary-Ellen thanks guest speaker Lesley McLeod Elisa McDonald 2015-05-09 00:00:00Z 0

Rotaract Delivers

Posted by Craig Clarke on May 07, 2015
Tonight I joined with about 30 Rotarians and attended the very first Rotary/ Rotaract Networking Evening.
Many clubs were represented as well as the District by DG Phillip Charles and Marlene as well as DGN Doug St. Clair.
Rotaract Delivers Craig Clarke 2015-05-07 00:00:00Z 0

Well Done Team.

Posted by Craig Clarke on Apr 27, 2015
Congratulations to our Chloe and the entire YEP Inbound cohort for the wonderful job they did at the
"2015 Tastes Of The World Expo"
hosted by The District 9630  organisation.
Well Done Team. Craig Clarke 2015-04-27 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Craig Clarke on Apr 26, 2015
Earlier this evening Stephen made contact with his family.
He seems to be safe and well and with his group is starting his trek home.
Can't wait to see him.
CONTACT! Craig Clarke 2015-04-26 00:00:00Z 0

Our Thoughts are with you!

Posted by Craig Clarke on Apr 26, 2015
Please keep our Immediate Past President Stephen Ganko
and his family in your thoughts as we await further news on
his fate and that of his companions in Nepal.
Following the devastating earthquake in Nepal yesterday, during all of
the confusion, one of his party was able to make contact with his wife in
Graceville to let her know that everyone in their party was alright.
At the time of the earthquake they were at Everest Base Camp.
Although they had no exit strategy at the time, information flowing from
DEFAT is saying that all airports are now open and they will be running
international flights around the clock.
Unconfirmed news reports have stated that they have helicopters getting
the injured out so perhaps they will be evacuated soon.
I will post more as I receive information.
Our Thoughts are with you! Craig Clarke 2015-04-26 00:00:00Z 0

2016 Rotary Youth Exchange Student.

Posted by Craig Clarke on Apr 26, 2015
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you all to the Rotary Club of Brisbane Taylor Bridge's 2016 Outbound YEP Student.
Luisa Ganko is the third daughter of club members PP Stephen Ganko and Rhonda Ganko and she is applying for exchange in France.
Luisa is a Grade 12 student at St Peter's Lutheran College in Indooroopilly, and younger sister of Camilla Ganko who exchanged in Belgium a few years ago.
2016 Rotary Youth Exchange Student. Craig Clarke 2015-04-26 00:00:00Z 0

Chloe Shines at Luncheon

Posted by Craig Clarke on Apr 26, 2015
The club's Inbound Rotary Youth Exchange Student from Belgium, Chloe Bury along with ROTEX and the other Inbound Students hosted todays annual "Tastes Of The World" luncheon.
The function is design mainly for the students that are applying to go on exchange in 2016.
The prospective students have the opportunity to visit the displays manned by our current overseas students and ask questions.
They then get to have a sampling of traditional foods from their countries.
The day is designed to help next years student to decide which destinations they wil list on their final applications.
Chloe Shines at Luncheon Craig Clarke 2015-04-26 00:00:00Z 0

"Lest We Forget"

Posted by Craig Clarke on Apr 25, 2015
On this, the 100th commemoration of the landing of the ANZAC troops on the beaches at Gallipoli, we all will have reflected in different ways.
"Lest We Forget" Craig Clarke 2015-04-25 00:00:00Z 0

"Joey's Kicks Off"

Posted on Apr 25, 2015
Yesterday saw members take up their posts for our first roster of the season at the Tennyson Sporting Grounds, to assit with patron car parking for the Gregory Terrace "St Joseph's" rugby home games.
Tidy work team.
"Joey's Kicks Off" Craig Clarke 2015-04-25 00:00:00Z 0

Thank You Mary-Ellen.

Thanks to Mary-Ellen Nielsen the members of our club, along with some partners and guests had another wonderful dining out night.
Bare None at Graceville where great hosts again.
Thank You Mary-Ellen. Craig Clarke 2015-04-23 00:00:00Z 0

Regal Cinema Recognised.

Posted on Apr 22, 2015
Congratulations Paul!
President Ted Crowe makes a presentation to the Paul Roobottom, the complex manager for his ongoing support of our Rotary Club.
Regal Cinema Recognised. Craig Clarke 2015-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
Fundraising for Sherwood Respite Service - John Cridland Elisa McDonald 2015-04-19 00:00:00Z 0

Broadening our Network.

Posted on Apr 07, 2015
Member Craig Clarke visits the Rotary Club of Greymouth while on holiday in New Zealand
Craig presents club banner to President Christine.
Broadening our Network. 2015-04-07 00:00:00Z 0
Guest Speaker Hannah Olsen talks about Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA) Elisa McDonald 2015-04-07 00:00:00Z 0
Welcome Georgina and Josh Elisa McDonald 2015-03-21 00:00:00Z 0

Jayden Paynter talks about his RYTS experience

Posted by Elisa McDonald
Thank you to our guest speaker Jayden Paynter for giving us an insight into what happens at  a RYTS (Rotary Youth Transition Seminar) camp. Our club sponsored Jayden to attend the camp and it was no doubt a life changing experience for Jayden. The camp is aimed at school leavers to help them prepare for the transition to adult life. Many activities are held during the camp and for Jayden the camp allowed him to realise his self worth. As a School Captain and musician who has already excelled at the highest level, it was interesting to learn that RYTS was still able to offer him so much! When asked about the one activity he found most influential at the camp, it was no doubt 'Ten Little Steps To Make Your Day The Best It Can Be'. It was so influential that since leaving the camp Jayden has practised it everyday without fail. With a promising future ahead of him as a wedding and architecture photographer, his next goal is to become AIPP accredited. Achieving this will make him the youngest photographer in Queensland to ever do so. We wish Jayden the best of luck and every success for the future! 
Jayden Paynter talks about his RYTS experience Elisa McDonald 2015-03-21 00:00:00Z 0

Not To Be Missed

Posted on Mar 15, 2015
Tomorrow nights meeting will be one not to be missed.
With President Ted and Margaret off in Hawaii, PP Stephen Ganko, our Membership Director will step into the Chair.
Our guest speaker tonight is Jayden Paynter who recently attending the RYTS program.
Not To Be Missed Craig Clarke 2015-03-15 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Shines At District Conference

Posted on Mar 15, 2015
The 2014/2015 Rotary District 9630 Conference was held this weekend (March 13/14/15) in Toowoomba.
The conference venue, The Empire Theatre, with it's fully restored Art Deco features was a wonderful backdrop for the event.
Rotary Shines At District Conference Craig Clarke 2015-03-15 00:00:00Z 0

Sailability Shelter Presented

Posted on Mar 10, 2015
The Rotary Club of Brisbane Taylor Bridge was able to present this Shade and Weather Shelter awning to Sailability Graceville.
Thanks must go to the members of the club and to all who assisted in raising the funds for our ongoing commitment to this fine organisation.
Sailability Shelter Presented Craig Clarke 2015-03-10 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Youth Exchange Student: Georgia Newton

Posted by Elisa McDonald on Mar 06, 2015
Members were honoured to have Georgia Newton, returning Rotary Youth Exchange student attend the meeting on Tuesday night. Georgia gave members an insight into the year she spent in Germany hosted by the Rotary Club of Bochlot. Highlights included the delicious German food, meeting other exchange students, the Europa tour and Germany tour organised by her Rotary District. Others included German lessons organised by her Rotary Club, her wonderful host families and her German home town of Bochlot. Hearing Georgia speak about her experience once again reinforced the value of such a program. The benefits both now and in the future for all involved are beyond measure and it's a program that all Rotarians should be proud. Thank you once again to Georgia for her presentation! 
Rotary Youth Exchange Student: Georgia Newton Elisa McDonald 2015-03-06 00:00:00Z 0

Thank you John.

Posted on Feb 25, 2015
Special thanks to last nights guest speaker, Dr John Arvier, the renowned Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon who spoke of his two recent tours into Africa with his Rotary Club (Brisbane High Rise).
John presented on the work the team carried out and their trips to several schools.
The highlight was a stop at the School of St Jude where several of their members sponsor individual students.
Thank you John. 2015-02-25 00:00:00Z 0

Clean Up Australia Day Working Bee.

Posted on Feb 25, 2015
This Sunday at 10.00am we are gathering at our park for some fellowship and serious cleaning up.
BBQ Afterwards (about Noon) BYO everything.
Contact John Newton for further details.
Clean Up Australia Day Working Bee. 2015-02-25 00:00:00Z 0


Posted on Feb 25, 2015
Don't forget the Polio Plus fundraiser on Friday night.
MOVIE NIGHT 2015-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
Report from St Judes. 2015-02-23 00:00:00Z 0

Parking Deal Sealed!

Posted on Feb 20, 2015
President Ted Crowe has announced the completion of the agreement for our club to assist with Car Parking as marshalls at the home games of winter sports at the St Joseph;s College Sports Grounds in Vivian Street, Tennyson for The Gregory Terrace school.
Parking Deal Sealed! Craig Clarke 2015-02-20 00:00:00Z 0

Half Yearly Membership Fees Due Now!

Posted on Feb 17, 2015
Today our treasurer,  Warren Floyd, issued the invoices for the Semi Annual Membership Fees.
Any member who did not receive an invoice should contact Warren directly.
Please assist the entire organisation by paying them in a timely manner.
Half Yearly Membership Fees Due Now! Craig Clarke 2015-02-17 00:00:00Z 0

The Cycle Continues.

Posted on Feb 15, 2015
Congratulations to Georgia Newton on her graduation from the District 9630 Youth Exchange Program.
Last night at the Graduation Dinner Georgia was one of the three keynote speakers.
The first two speakers used PowerPoint presentations but Georgia was able to convey the highlights of her year in Germany with words, her enthusiasm and passion.
The Cycle Continues. 2015-02-15 00:00:00Z 0

Guest speaker Jeff Brown talks Climate Change

Posted by Elisa McDonald
Member Jeff Brown presented in his opinion some of the inconvenient facts about climate change during Tuesday night's meeting. Jeff acknowledged that the climate is changing but not to the extent currently being reported in the media and as a result believes that there is no need to panic just yet. 
Guest speaker Jeff Brown talks Climate Change Elisa McDonald 2015-02-14 00:00:00Z 0

Thanks Jeff

Posted on Feb 11, 2015
Mary-Ellen Nielsen presents a Certificate of Thanks to fellow member, Jeff Brown, at the conclusion of his presentation on Climate Change.
Watch this page for Elisa McDonald's more detailed report later in the week.
Thanks Jeff Craig Clarke 2015-02-11 00:00:00Z 0

Close But No Cigar.

Posted on Feb 11, 2015
Sergeant At Arms, Lynne Spalding has our Heads & Tails winner (Josh) pick a card from the remaining deck looking for the elusive Joker.
No luck this time.
Close But No Cigar. Craig Clarke 2015-02-11 00:00:00Z 0

Make A Note.

Posted on Feb 11, 2015
No meeting next Tuesday night (February 17th).
Thursday February 19th  is our visit to the Sherwood Respite Centre.
Details available on our calendar page.
Make A Note. Craig Clarke 2015-02-11 00:00:00Z 0


Posted on Feb 11, 2015
Last night Aimee Carding and Cameron Crouch were elected as Joint Directors of the Membership Portfolio for the 2015/2016 Rotary Year.
NEWS FLASH. Craig Clarke 2015-02-11 00:00:00Z 0

Hawiian Ocean Canoes to visit Brisbane.

Posted by Craig Clarke on Feb 08, 2015
The Rotary District 5000 from Hawaii is proud to let us know of a great adventure coming our way.
Two traditional ocean sailing canoes will visit Brisbane in 2015.
The voyage, named "Halama Honua" which translates to "to care for our Earth" departed Hawaii in 2013 and before it is completed it will travel over 47,000 kilometres and visit 85 ports in 26 countries.
Hawiian Ocean Canoes to visit Brisbane. Craig Clarke 2015-02-08 00:00:00Z 0

Thanks Junya.

Posted on Feb 03, 2015
The members at tonight's meeting gathered for a picture with the sweet treats sent to us by our past YEP Exchange Student, Junya Nitta from Japan.
Chocolate covered rice wafers with almonds, yum!
Thanks Junya. 2015-02-03 00:00:00Z 0

Welcome Deb.

Posted on Feb 03, 2015
There is no greater joy for a Rotary Club President, than inducting a new member to the club.
Welcome Deb. 2015-02-03 00:00:00Z 0
First Focus Meeting For 2015 2015-02-03 00:00:00Z 0

RYTS Camp a huge success!

Posted on Jan 27, 2015
The 2014 Rotary Youth Transition Seminar, held in December 2014 was another huge success.
The 2014 RYTS cohort celebrate.
RYTS Camp a huge success! Craig Clarke 2015-01-27 00:00:00Z 0

Indooroopilly Ferry vital during construction.

Posted by Craig Clarke on Jan 23, 2015
In this later Picture you can see the construction of the Walter Taylor Bridge under construction.
Many thanks to Graham Osterfield who got these pictures to Dee for us.
Indooroopilly Ferry vital during construction. Craig Clarke 2015-01-23 00:00:00Z 0

Welcome to 2015

Posted on Jan 23, 2015
With the holiday season behind us it's time to get back to the business of ROTARY.
We have already had two joint meetings with Rocks Riverside.
The first was at The Oxley Hotel for dinner and the other at
Club Oxley for Barefoot Bowls and a BBQ.
Welcome to 2015 Craig Clarke 2015-01-23 00:00:00Z 0

Indooroopilly Ferry

Posted on Jan 23, 2015
Crossing the Brisbane River "Old Style."
In this picture the Indooroopilly Ferry transports a horse and cart across the Graceville Reach
at the site of the not yet built "Walter Taylor Bridge."
Indooroopilly Ferry Craig Clarke 2015-01-23 00:00:00Z 0
2015/2016 Club Mangement Decision Craig Clarke 2014-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING TONIGHT Craig Clarke 2014-12-09 00:00:00Z 0
New Rotary Billboard Craig Clarke 2014-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
Hands Accross The World. 2014-11-11 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Dinner

Posted on Nov 07, 2014
The Rotary Clubs of Brisbane Centenary and Sumner Park hosted a District 9630 Rotary Foundation Dinner to celebrate The Foundation Month.
Rotary Foundation Dinner Craig Clarke 2014-11-07 00:00:00Z 0
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING ! Craig Clarke 2014-10-29 00:00:00Z 0

John Lipman on Interplast.

Posted by Craig Clarke on Oct 28, 2014
The guest speaker tonight was John Lipman from the Rotary Club of Cleveland.
John is also the District 9630 Chair for Interplast
John Lipman on Interplast. Craig Clarke 2014-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
A Banner For Belgium Craig Clarke 2014-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
The "Banners" Have Arrived Craig Clarke 2014-10-27 00:00:00Z 0

Weekly Meeting 7 Oct 2014

This week's meeting was once again well attended.
In addition to the usual news and business, it was good to meet and hear from Rotaract’s John Keys and Rushil Bhardwaz talking about Logan Rotaract Club winning the shield donated by our Club. It was impressive to hear about some of the great work done by these clubs while maintaining a rewarding and social atmosphere.
Weekly Meeting 7 Oct 2014 Steve Bennett 2014-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Vocational Visit Elisa McDonald 2014-09-30 00:00:00Z 0
Dining Out at Oxley Craig Clarke 2014-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
Youth Exchange September Camp Craig Clarke 2014-09-21 00:00:00Z 0
Club Represented at YEP Training Camp. Craig Clarke 2014-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
New Club Banners Craig Clarke 2014-09-18 00:00:00Z 0
RYPEN Applicants Craig 2014-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
Photo Gallery Now Here! Craig Clarke 2014-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
New Link to Roster Craig Clarke 2014-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
Focus Meeting Dee Douglas 2014-09-16 00:00:00Z 0

Group Dinner Meeting

Posted on Sep 16, 2014
Next Tuesday, September 23rd, is our monthly dinner meeting at the Thai Malila at 87 Cook Street, Oxley.
Contact Mary-Ellen if you did not receive an invitation.
See you there.
Group Dinner Meeting Craig Clarke 2014-09-16 00:00:00Z 0

Tattler to go electronic!

In the very near future our "Tattler" will become an "E Bulletin" which will be automatically distributed to all members, Ambassadors, Friends of Rotary and District 9630 Officers who have requested it. 
Tattler to go electronic! Craig Clarke 2014-09-11 00:00:00Z 0