Breaking News
Seminar at QUT: "Understanding Community Attitudes Towards Experiences of Homelessness" 29th September (RC New Farm)
Children's Hospital Sri Lankan Dinner 30th September (Brisbane)

Join us for a delicious Sri Lankan Banquet at the Bangkok Milton in Toowong supporting a joint project between the Rotary Club of Brisbane, the QUT Sri Lankan Students Association and the Rotary Club of Colombo Reconnections in Colombo, Sri Lanka. This project is funding the training of staff at the Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children in Colombo in the treatment of Children with autism.

  • $65 p.p. 
  • $45 for full-time students
  • BYO
  • Book your tickets using the button below.
Rotary Club of New Farm Annual Dinner 20th October 

The Rotary Club of New Farm

invites you to their



the Parliament House Annexe

  • RSVP 30th September to Monica Fraser (Contact Button Below)
  • Strict COVID and security procedures will be in place
  • Limited seats remaining
Vale PDG Bill Waterfield OAM
It is with sadness that we advise of the passing of PDG Bill Waterfield OAM  on Thursday 2nd September, aged 91 years.
Our sincere sympathy to his wife Ann and family.
ABC Radio Brisbane Community Spirit Awards (Nominations Close 26th September)

Know someone who is making a difference in your community?

Nominations are now open for our annual ABC Radio Brisbane Community Spirit Awards, recognising the positive change-makers in your neighbourhood.

We want to celebrate the power, strength and diversity of vibrant communities, so if you know someone who deserves to be recognised for their contribution to life in Brisbane, we want to hear from you.

How you can participate:

  • Nominate a local community individual or team and highlight the amazing work they've done in your community.
Ethiopian Culture International Dinner New Date 25th September (Bribie Island)
  • Cost: 50 p.p.
  • BYO
  • Where: Bribie Respite Centre Community Hall, 108 Arcadia Ave., Woorim 4507
  • When: 25th September 6pm
Cirrus Aircraft Opera in the Hangar Now on 30th October
We have rescheduled this event and bookings are now open for this date.
If you have already  booked and still are able to come, then just leave your booking in place.
If you have booked but would like a refund please request by email or through trybooking.

Underground Opera Company are a unique group of performers who perform in unusual venues - here in Caloundra we have chosen the Caloundra Air Museum Hangar, half full with old planes as a backdrop!!   This is a Black tie Event,  Bubbles and Paella on arrival, sweets in the interval and a standing ovation at the end, we think!

Tickets: $100 p.p.
Bookings: Book by clicking the button below.
Supporting: (Ending Youth Suicide)

Service and Engagement

We’re celebrating Membership and New Club Development Month in August. We know that the main reasons our members join and stay with Rotary are community service and friendship. That makes this month the perfect time to learn more about how to further engage with our global community and make a positive difference.  

Strengthen your service projects by contacting a Rotary Action Group, sponsoring a Rotary Community Corps, working with your district community or international service chair, collaborating with one of Rotary’s service and project partners, or finding inspiration at Rotary Showcase.

Connect with new people by taking part in a Rotary Friendship Exchange, joining a Rotary Fellowship, attending a project fair, or collaborating with an Intercountry committee.

Learn more about how these programs and opportunities can enhance your membership experience on the Rotary Service in Action blog.

Rotary Community Corps support our Action Plan

Rotary Community Corps (RCCs) increase our impact by involving community members who aren’t Rotary members in service activities and introducing new members to Rotary. The 2021 Rotary Programs and Offerings Survey found that many members who joined Rotary in 2019 and 2020 had participated in this program. It also found that members’ experience with RCCs was overwhelmingly positive, with 90% saying that working with an RCC deepened their relationship with the community, enhanced their understanding of local needs and priorities, and provided more opportunities for sustained local impact

Each year, Rotary surveys presidents whose clubs sponsor at least one RCC. In the latest survey:  
  • 58% said working with an RCC increased the club’s local service impact 
  • 57% said it enhanced awareness of Rotary in the community 
  • 13% said it grew the club’s membership 
If you want to partner more closely with community members to enhance your service projects, consider sponsoring an RCC. These collaborations help people better understand your club’s work and attract prospective members who share our commitment to service. 
Brand News

New Learning Centre Course: Public Relations and Your Club

Rotary’s newest self-paced learning module, Public Relations and Your Club, is now available. Take this 15-minute online course and learn strategies for using media and public relations to gain visibility, increase awareness of club initiatives, and promote your impact in the community.

New areas of focus icons

Rotary’s area of focus icons promote the causes that reflect the critical humanitarian issues that our members address worldwide. The Brand Centre has newly redesigned graphics for individual areas of focus and the whole list in various colours and easier-to-use formats. You’ll also find guidelines for using them. Use these icons in social media, on websites, and in other materials to show the causes your club supports

Event Reminders (In case you missed them last time)
Shelterbox High Tea Hat Fundraiser 11th September (Loganholme)
Zone 8 Virtual Conference 11th and 12th September
The Zone 8 2021 virtual conference wil be held on Saturday the 11th and Sunday the 12th of September.  Conference plenary sessions will be held on Saturday and Sunday from 11:30am to 1:30pm and ther will be interactive breakout sessions on Sunday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm. Check out the link below to find out more about the great lineup of speakers and interactive session leaders.
Drive for Rural Relief 26th September (RC Paddington)
RAWCS Showcase (Greater Brisbane South) Sep 26 
All Rotarians are invited to attend this Showcase to get an insight into this Australian-based program and its various activities which was established by the Rotary Districts of Australia to assist Rotary Clubs and Districts with the delivery of their World Community Service Projects.
This series of events kicks off on the 26th September at Bostock House and Rotarians from the Rotary Clubs of the Stenhammer, Ravindran, Dochterman and Boyd Clusters plus the Rotaractors from the Rotaract Clubs within this area are particularly invited to attend this running of the event. The full list of dates is below, and locations for later events will be advised as confirmed.

It would be great if each Rotary club could send at least one representative to one of the days. Rotary Clubs are also invited to display any of the RAWCS Projects that they are presently involved with. Further information will be given by a series of short presentations .

Global Virtual Oktoberfest 26th September (BREW Fellowship)


We will have different hosts and guests each hour as we travel around the globe starting in New Zealand to Australia, India, Ukraine, Munich, Africa, South America, USA and ending in Hawaii 24 hours later.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Ride The Range 10th October (RC Toowoomba)
For 11 Years we’ve had ONE simple to goal with Rotary Ride The Range. To RIDE and RAISE Money for our CHARITY Partners. #RTR2021 in Toowoomba is no different!
Rotary Ride The Range has SIX Fully Supported Rides  including South East Queensland’s Toughest and Longest Charity Ride –  THE 200 with an EPIC DOUBLE RANGE CLIMB.
#RTR2021 has a ride option to suit everyone, from the HardCORE to the SOCIAL rider.
The Rotary Club of Toowoomba is committed to looking after each and every rider, our volunteers, sponsors and supporters. We LOVE to Ride!  We also LOVE to Serve.
We look forward to welcoming you to Toowoomba for Rotary Ride The Range on SUNDAY 10.10.2021
Beenleigh Cane Parade 16th October (RC Beenleigh)
The Rotary Club of Beenleigh is thrilled to announce the return of the Beenleigh Cane Gala Ball & Parade on the 16th of October 2021, and it’s going to be sweeter than ever!
From 10am will see the heart of Beenleigh come alive with floats, walking groups, schools and bands making their way through our streets in the Beenleigh Cane Parade. Come, bring the family and friends, and enjoy the spectacle smack bang in the middle of Brisbane and the Gold Coast.


There are a few ways you can help the Rotary Club of Beenleigh pull of this amazing event.
1 - Bring your family and friends and enjoy the festivities on the day – or perhaps you’d like to let your Rotary spirit shine and volunteer!
2 - We need assistance with marshals along the parade route on the day. Are you interested in helping? Contact for more information!
Come and join us for a dose of community spirit and the sweeter things in life!
Beenleigh Cane Gala Ball 16th October (RC Beenleigh)
As the sun sets on the cane fields, put on your black-tie best and join us as we celebrate our community with a sumptuous dinner, entertainment and dancing the night away.
SATURDAY, 16TH OCTOBER 2021 At Beenleigh Events Centre (Crete St, Beenleigh)
Join us as at 6pm as we enjoy a pre-dinner drink and canapes, followed by a two-course dinner, all crafted with a focus on celebrating local produce. 
Tickets are $110 each, and table bookings are available for groups of 10.   Click on the button below to reserve your tickets.
Proudly hosted by the Rotary Club of Beenleigh in conjunction with Quota Beenleigh and Soroptimist International Beenleigh.
World Polio Day Gin, Bubbles and High Tea 24th October

Enjoy a fun afternoon of prosecco, canapes and a special World Polio Celebration Gin Cocktail. Your attendance will help Rotary to eliminate polio from the world once and for all and if you’re lucky you’ll be the recipient of a spot prizes from our generous sponsors! Covent Garden is a tropical garden oasis, a contemporary gin house (with 400+ gins to indulge in), as well as one of Australia’s very few fully coeliac friendly / gluten free restaurants.

  • $79 p.p.+booking fee
  • Prosecco on arrival
  • World Polio Day special gin cocktail
RC  Cleveland Charity Golf Day 29th October
RAM Annual Conference 13-14 November
Our 2021 RAM Conference, due to be held in Canberra, ACT this year, has been changed into a virtual conference to be held via Zoom. It will now be held from 10am-12pm on 13 and 14 November 2021. Registration is $50.
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Upcoming Events
Zone 8 2021 Virtual Conference
Sep 11, 2021 – Sep 12, 2021
Shelterbox High Tea Hat Fundraiser (Loganholme)
Sep 11, 2021
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
International Day Of Peace Observations
St John's Cathedral
Sep 21, 2021
BREW Fellowship Global Virtual Oktoberfest
Sep 25, 2021 3:00 PM –
Sep 26, 2021 3:00 PM
International Dinner - new date (Bribie Island)
Bribie Respite Centre Community Hall
Sep 25, 2021
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
ABC Community Spirit Awards Nominations Close
Sep 26, 2021
Drive for Rural Relief (Paddington)
Woolies Carpark
Sep 26, 2021
7:30 AM – 3:00 PM
RAWCS Showcase - Greater Brisbane South
Bostock House
Sep 26, 2021
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Research Seminar on Homelessness (Newfarm)
QUT Gardens Point Campus
Sep 29, 2021
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Children's Hospital Sri Lankan Dinner (Brisbane)
Bangkok Milton
Sep 30, 2021
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Ride The Range (RC Toowoomba)
Heller St Park, Picnic Point
Oct 10, 2021
Ride The Range Finish Festival (RC Toowoomba)
Heller St Park, Picnic Point
Oct 10, 2021
10:30 AM – 2:20 PM
Cancer Survivors' Morning Tea (Archerfield)
Souths Sports Club
Oct 16, 2021
Beenleigh Cane Parade (Beenleigh)
Oct 16, 2021
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Beenleigh Cane Gala Ball (Beenleigh)
Beenleigh Events Centre
Oct 16, 2021
6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
RAWCS Showcase Brisbane North
Oct 17, 2021
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
RAWCS Showcase Brisbane North
Oct 17, 2021
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
RC New Farm Annual Dinner
Parliamentary Annexe, Brisbane
Oct 20, 2021
5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
World Polio Day Gin, Bubbles and High Tea
Covent Garden
Oct 24, 2021
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Charity Golf Day (RC Cleveland)
Redland Bay Golf Club
Oct 29, 2021
10:30 AM – 8:30 PM
Cirrus Aircraft Opera in the Hangar (Calpac)
Queensland Air Museum
Oct 30, 2021
5:30 PM – 10:00 PM
District AGM (TBC)
Bostock House
Nov 06, 2021
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Rotary Foundation Seminar (TBC)
Bostock House
Nov 06, 2021
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
RAM Annual Conference
Now Virtual
Nov 13, 2021 – Nov 14, 2021
RAWCS Showcase Sunshine Coast and Hinterland
Nov 14, 2021
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Domestic Violence Info Seminar (Archerfield)
Souths Sports Club
Nov 27, 2021
Remember the Farmers Concert (Karana Bellbowrie)
Kenmore Anglican Church
Nov 30, 2021
2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
RAWCS Showcase - Darling Downs and Western
Dec 05, 2021
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
dummy event
Dec 31, 2021
Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony (Archerfield)
Souths Sports Club
Jan 26, 2022
District 9620 District Conference
The Events Centre, Caloundra
Mar 18, 2022 – Mar 20, 2022
District 9620 2022 Tree Planting Project
Stretton Wetland Reserve
Apr 10, 2022
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
District 9620 2022 Interact Conference
St. Aiden's Anglcan Girl's School
May 15, 2022
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Rotary International Convention 2022 - Houston
Jun 04, 2022 – Jun 08, 2022
District 9620 Changeover
Jul 02, 2022
District 9620 2023 District Conference
Mar 25, 2023 – Mar 26, 2023
Rotary International Convention 2023 - Melbourne
May 27, 2023 – May 31, 2023
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