Breaking News
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.
WASH RAG and ESRAG Kickoff Webinar 26th and 27th August
The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Rotary Action Group (WASH) and the Envoronmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG) are holdiong a kick-off webinar to promote their joint project to distribute Solar water purification devices.
The webinar will be held twice - once at 2am AEST on Thursday 26th August and again at 9pm AEST on Friday 27th August. Click on the link below to get full details on the Friday 27th August edition which is at the most friendly time for Australians.
Shelterbox Deploys to Haiti - an Update

The death toll from the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Haiti has risen to more than 2,000, with an estimated 61,000 homes damaged or destroyed and 135,000 families displaced. The search and rescue to find survivors is the priority right now.

The dire situation has been made worse by the arrival of Tropical Depression Grace, bringing heavy rain, flooding, and landslides. Many people face these conditions without a roof over their heads.

ShelterBox is deploying an operations team to the region.

Our emergency response team will assess damage reports, understand from communities what they need, and work on the challenging logistics of delivering aid during a pandemic. We are also in active discussions with local partners in Haiti, including Rotary International, Habitat for Humanity, and the IFRC, to understand the shelter needs and how ShelterBox can best respond to help displaced families.

Recreational Vehicle Fellowship - Looking for a contact

Recreational Vehicle Fellowship of Rotarians (RVFR)

    We are looking to add this fellowship to the list of those operating in District 9620 on our website.    

    This will provide links to the Fellowship, its newsletter and the occasional article and the ability to have events listed in the district calendar and the Gist.

    However we need a contact person to provide information and updates and field queries from Rotarians who may wish to become involved.

    I understand that RVFR are holding the AGM Muster in Toowoomba October 6-13 2021 (where we have a number of clubs).

    If you are able to assist please email me at -

    John Lane

    District RAGS and Fellowships Representative

Cirrus Aircraft Opera in the Hangar Postponed to end of October

We are very sorry to disappoint those of you have booked for Cirrus Aircraft in the Hangar but  due to Covid restrictions with table spacing etc, we have postponed this Event to the end of October - date to be confirmed .

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)

Passing of a Rotarian
We are saddened to be informed of the passing of 
Name       PDG Ken Smith
Club         Rotary Club of Southport North and Parkwood
Date         passed away August 2021
Event Reminders (In case you missed them last time)
Brisbane Airport Calendar Photography Competition (Entries close 31st August)

Rotary Club of Brisbane Airport Photo Competition and 2022 Calendar

Brisbane Airport Rotary Club invites entries in the inaugural Brisbane Airport Themed Photo Competition.  Photos should meet the theme of “All things big and small at our Brisbane Airport”.  Details, including entry form, at the competition web site:
Bulawood Dinner and Dance 4th September (Brisbane International)
  • Tickets $65
  • Earlybird tickets $60 until 15th August
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 .

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
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Upcoming Events
DG Visit - Gympie
Gunabul Homestead
Aug 24, 2021
5:45 PM – 8:00 PM
WASH RAG and ESRAG Kick-Off Webinar
Aug 26, 2021
2:00 AM – 3:00 AM
DG Visit - Brisbane High-Rise
United Service Club
Aug 26, 2021
7:00 AM – 8:45 AM
District Board Meeting
Aug 26, 2021
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
WASH RAG and ESRAG Kick-Off Webinar (2nd Run)
Aug 27, 2021
9:00 PM – 10:00 PM
DG Visit - Kingaroy and Murgon
SB Care Centre
Aug 30, 2021
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Photography Competition Closes (Brisbane Airport)
Aug 31, 2021
DG Visit - Redland Sunrise & Redland Bayside
Sharks Football Club
Aug 31, 2021
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Bulawood Dinner and Dance (Brisbane International)
Unidus Community & Conference Centre
Sep 04, 2021
6:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Brisbane Billycart Championships - Cancelled
Carindale Recreation Reserve
Sep 05, 2021
8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Zone 8 2021 Virtual Conference
Sep 11, 2021 – Sep 12, 2021
International Day Of Peace Observations
St John's Cathedral
Sep 21, 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
Cancer Survivors' Morning Tea (Archerfield)
Souths Sports Club
Oct 16, 2021
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
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 (Date TBC)
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
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
International Dinner - Postponed
Bribie Respite Centre Community Hall
Dec 31, 2021
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
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
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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