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February District Newsletter Now Out!
Read this month's district newsletter for lots of exciting news about our upcoming conference - speakers, venues, and more!
Conference 2022: Featured Speaker Dr. Rizsa Albarracin

Dr. Rizsa Albarracin

Medical Scientist and Founder of the Shepherd's Arms Medical Outreach Program

Born to poor and uneducated parents, Dr Rizsa Albarracin grew up in a remote and impoverished village in a tropical jungle in the Philippines. Her childhood years were filled with struggles for survival. Her village lacked basic infrastructure such as roads, electricity, medical clinic, and schools. Despite these, she was determined to get an education. In her primary school days, she walked over 10 kilometres everyday through the jungle, often barefoot, to attend a school, which was significantly under-resourced. At the age of 12, she left home to attend high school in a nearby town where she supported herself by working as a maidservant. Her diligence and hard work granted the opportunity to work and study abroad (Australia and New Zealand), while continuing to provide support for her family and the wider community back in the Philippines.

Through sheer determination, faith, courage, and diligence, Rizsa trekked her way out of poverty and now devotes her time to improving the lives of many disadvantaged children and marginalised communities in the Philippines and in other parts of the world, such as India and Africa. She is actively involved in managing the Shepherd’s Arms Children’s Home, a not-for-profit charity that cares for children that are neglected, abused, orphaned, or abandoned in Bohol, Philippines. Over the years, she has also built a small medical clinic, established self-sustainable projects, libraries, scholarship programs, and community support initiatives.

Rizsa currently works for Queensland Health and is also affiliated with the University of Queensland. She also sits on the Management Committee of the Humanitarian Projects International Inc., a not-for-profit charity that exists to bring hope and a future to orphans and other underprivileged people of the world. 

District Grants 2022-23 - Call For Applications
District 9620 is now calling for applications for District Grants for club projects for the 2022-23 Rotary Year. We have made some changes in the way we will manage the District grant process. Full details of the process can be found on the District 9620 website District Grant Administration and Financial Management Plan 2022-2023.

Applications close 30 April 2022 and clubs will then be advised of approval, or otherwise, following assessment of all applications. To be eligible for a District Grant clubs must meet the following qualification requirements:
  1. The club must be in good financial standing with RI and District
  2. At least two Club members must have completed a Rotary Foundation Grant Management Seminar and the Club must have signed the Club Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)(Rev1).
  3. Club must have a Grant Management Plan
  4.  All District and Global Grant Reports must be up to date
For Full Details, Click the button below.
Rotaract Paddo Information Night 28th February
President-Elect Training Seminar (PETS) 5-6 March
PETS 2022 will be held at the Toowoomba City Golf Club on Sat-Sun 5-6 March at the Toowoomba City Golf Club. All Presidents-Elect are required to attend unless excused by the DG-Elect. If you are a President Elect, you have likely already received an invitation by email, but if you haven't, or if the email system mangled the link on its way to you, then you can get more info and register by clicking the button below.
Applications for 2023 Rotary Peace Fellowships Close 15th May
Board Games for Timor-Leste 25th March (Brisbane)
DIK Needs Help to Sort Books!
Vale Mark Ledwidge
We wish to advise that PP Mark Ledwidge of the Rotary Club of Archerfield passed away on 7th February 2022 after a short illness.
Our thoughts and prayers with his family at this sad time
ESRAG February Chapter Meeting - on Zoom
Logan Club has Changed Venues
Event Reminders (In case you missed them last time)
RAWCS Tonga Appeal

The effects of the Volcano and Tsunami on January 15th will be far-reaching, impacting the Tonga Community for months, possibly years to come.

Communication remains problematic with international and inter-island call still no possible due to the damage to the undersea cable.

Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) will be working with Rotary New Zealand World Community Service (RNZWCS) and Rotary Club of Nuku’alofa (Tonga) in providing aid and assistance to the affected communities’ and restoring their livelihoods.

RAWCS has registered a Rotary Australia Relief Fund project to seek financial assistance from Rotary Clubs, the public and private sector.

Donations to the RAWCS Relief Fund are tax deductible.

Donate through

Project  Tonga Volcano Eruption and Tsunami Disaster

2 Special Guest Speakers (Brisbane High Rise)
The Rotary Club of Brisbane High Rise has 2 very special guest speakers coming up in February at their regular morning meetings (7:15-8:30am Thursdays at the United Service Club.
Dr. Jennifer Cronin will be speaking on 10th February on the topic of "Hong Kong's Golden Age - still to come?" and on the 17th February, Stan Gallo will be speaking to the topic: "What's it all about then? - Cyber Risk and the Dark Web"
Click on the photos for more details.
Music Trivia Night Feb 19 2022 (Brisbane Taylor Bridge)
Bookings for the House of Friendship Close 26th February
Heroes and Villains Trivia Fundraiser 5th March (Toowoomba Metropolitan)
Fundraiser: Special Guest Speaker Defence Minister Hon. Peter Dutton MP (Brisbane)
Proceeds from this event will go to our club project to enable TB immunisation in Timor-Leste
Tickets: $99 p.p. Registration Essential.
Trivia Night 12th March (Brookfield)
RC Brisbane International 5th Birthday Cruise 25th March
Opera in the Gardens 3rd April (Rotary West)
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Upcoming Events
Guest Speaker Jennifer Cronin (Brisbane High Rise)
United Service Club
Feb 10, 2022
7:15 AM – 8:30 AM
DIK Book Sorting Day
DIK Warehouse
Feb 12, 2022
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Fun Fundraiser (Global Nurses and Midwives)
Feb 15, 2022
ESRAG February Chapter Meeting
Feb 15, 2022
7:25 PM – 9:00 PM
Guest Speaker Stan Gallo (Brisbane High Rise)
United Service Club
Feb 17, 2022
7:15 AM – 8:30 AM
District Leadership Team Training
Feb 19, 2022 – Feb 20, 2022
Music Trivia Night (Brisbane Taylor Bridge)
Sherwood-Indooroopilly RSL Sub-Branch
Feb 19, 2022
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
District 9620 Board Meeting
Feb 24, 2022
5:30 PM – 6:45 PM
2022 House of Friendship Bookings Close
Feb 26, 2022
Rotaract Paddo Information Night
Paddo Tavern
Feb 28, 2022
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
ROMAC Trivia Night (Caloundra Pacific)
Unity College
Mar 03, 2022
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
President Elect Training Seminar (PETS)
Toowoomba City Golf Club
Mar 05, 2022 – Mar 06, 2022
Heroes and Villains Trivia Night (Toowoomba Metro)
Clive Berghofer Grand Atrium - Clifford Park Racecourse
Mar 05, 2022
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Defence Minister Hon Peter Dutton MP (Brisbane)
United Service Club
Mar 07, 2022
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Trivia Night Fundraiser (Brookfield)
Brookfield Showground Hall
Mar 12, 2022
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
International President Elect Training Seminar
Bribie Island
Mar 15, 2022 – Mar 16, 2022
District 9620 District Conference
The Events Centre, Caloundra
Mar 18, 2022 – Mar 20, 2022
Board Games for Timor-Leste (Brisbane)
St. Phillips Church Hall
Mar 25, 2022
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
RC Brisbane International 5th Year Dinner Cruise
Mowbray Park Ferry Terminal
Mar 25, 2022
6:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Opera in the Gardens (Rotary West)
Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens
Apr 03, 2022
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
District 9620 2022 Tree Planting Project
Stretton Wetland Reserve
Apr 10, 2022
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
District 9620 Board Meeting
Bostock House and Zoom
Apr 28, 2022
5:30 PM – 6:45 PM
D9620 District Leadership Team Meeting
Bostock House and Zoom
Apr 28, 2022
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Deadline: Applications for District Grants 2022-3
Apr 30, 2022
RYPEN Camp Duckadong 2022
Camp Duckadong
Apr 30, 2022
Sensitivity Training for Peace Counsellors
The University of Queensland GP North Building
May 07, 2022
Applications for 2023 Peace Fellowships Close
May 15, 2022
District 9620 2022 Interact Conference
St. Aiden's Anglcan Girl's School
May 15, 2022
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
RYLA CAMP (Dateclaimer)
May 16, 2022 – May 22, 2022
Run the Range (Toowoomba Metropolitan)
May 22, 2022
District 9620 Board Meeting
Bostock House
May 26, 2022
5:30 PM – 6:45 PM
District Assembly
Bostock House
May 29, 2022
Rotary International Convention 2022 - Houston
Jun 04, 2022 – Jun 08, 2022
District 9620 Board Meeting
Bostock House
Jun 11, 2022
10:00 AM – 11:15 AM
D9620 District Leadership Team Meeting
Bostock House
Jun 11, 2022
11:30 AM – 3:00 PM
District 9620 Changeover
Jul 02, 2022
Rotary Foundation Info Day and D9620 Orientation
Bostock House
Jul 24, 2022
12:00 PM – 3:30 PM
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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