Breaking News
August District Newsletter now out!
District Newsletter editor Lisa Bateson has dished up another yummy issue for us. Click on the image above to read:
  • DG Wendy's message including notes on discussions with RI President Shehka Mehta
  • about a massive donation to ALIVE Youth Suicide Prevention enabled by the success of the D9600 district conference in Kingaroy
  • about the RI Action Plan
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:
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
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 .

August 20 is World Mosquito Day
Remember the Farmers! Concert Postponed (Karana Bellbowrie)
District 9620 Membership Summit Recording Available
If you missed the Membership Summit held on Sunday morning, you can watch a recording of the meeting here:
Attendees were welcomed by DG Wendy Protheroe and Membership coordinator PDG Jitendra Prasad.
Topics ranged from Membership  profile of the district, absolute numbers, and using the framework of the Rotary's strategic priorities.  Greg Forster encouraged members to look beyond the club and search for your Why and seek Rotary moments, Wendy Byron inspired members to TEEM, Together Everyone Enjoys More, and then IPDG Andy Rajapakse from D9640 challenged to form new types of clubs, and accelerated way of increasing members and DGE Tim Keeler took all on a journey to various types of Membership and challenged all to revisit expectations.
Event Reminders (In case you missed them last time)
Autumn High Tea and Fashion Show 15th August (Greater Springfield Rotary)

Fashion Show by Oh! JoJo Boutique and Obsession Shoes Boutique

Silent Auction, Raffle and Door Prize

Greater Springfield Rotary is working in partnership with Pastor Phil Cutcliffe and the Westside Community Care, to reduce the risk of homelessness in the Springfield area as well as assist those affected by it.

  • $55 per person
Be Part of It! 18th August (Brisbane International)
Bring your own prospects along so thay can be informed about Rotary, or just Rock up to see how these events Roll! Get ideas for your own membership promotion events.
Ethiopian Culture International Dinner 21st August (Bribie Island)
New Beginnings Art Show 21st August (New farm)

View art works created by artists from Daniele Williams’ art classes at the New Farm Neighborhood Centre and 3rd Space, Fortitude Valley.

All works are for sale with proceeds going directly to the artists.

All other funds raised will go towards Rotary New Farms’ “New Beginnings” initiative, supporting the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless.

Cooroy Mountain Spring Festival 22 Aug. (Cooroy)
The Cooroy Mountain Spring Festival will, subject to prevailing Covid restrictions, be held on Sunday 22 August 2021 at 314, Cooroy Mountain Road Cooroy 4563. A once a year opportunity to climb Cooroy Mountain and raise money for local good causes. Adults $10 Children age under 12 Free.
The first climbers set out at 6.30 am and it takes about one hour to reach the summit at a reasonable pace. Last climb starting at 1.00 pm with the festival closing at 3.00 pm.
Cirrus Aircraft Opera in the Hangar August 28 (Caloundra Pacific)

We are eagerly awaiting the Opera in the Hangar event at the end of August. 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, on 28th August from 6 - 10 pm, 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)

Bulawood Dinner and Dance 4th September (Brisbane International)
  • Tickets $65
  • Earlybird tickets $60 until 15th August
Brisbane Billycart Championships September 5th (Carindale)
  • We are always looking for volunteers to help on the day.
  • Age and fitness level are not barriers.
  • This is a wonderful community event that all members of the family can enjoy.
  • Join in the fun as well!!
Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands Virtual Conference 11th and 12th September
Registrations for the 2021 Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands Virtual Conference have now opened.
We have been putting together an interesting program, to promote this year's theme of Learning, Leading, Action.  Spend some time browsing the conference website, which is being updated regularly with speaker information.  There will also be information on the Breakout Sessions being held on the Saturday afternoon.
Drive for Rural Relief 26th September (RC Paddington)
RC  Cleveland Charity Golf Day 29th October
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Upcoming Events
High Tea and Fashion Show (Greater Springfield)
Brookwater Golf Club
Aug 15, 2021
11:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Be Part of It! (Brisbane International)
Salvation Army Hall
Aug 18, 2021
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
World Mosquito Day
Aug 20, 2021
New Beginnings Art Show 21st August (New Farm)
St Michael and All Angels
Aug 21, 2021
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
International Dinner (RC Bribie Island)
Bribie Respite Centre Community Hall
Aug 21, 2021
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Cooroy Mountain Spring Festival (RC Cooroy)
Cooroy Mountain
Aug 22, 2021
6:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Cirrus Aircraft Opera in the Hangar (RC CalPac)
Queensland Air Museum
Aug 28, 2021
5:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Photography Competition Closes (Brisbane Airport)
Aug 31, 2021
Bulawood Dinner and Dance (Brisbane International)
Unidus Community & Conference Centre
Sep 04, 2021
6:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Brisbane Billycart Championships (Carindale)
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
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
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
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
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
Rotary International Convention 2023 - Melbourne
May 27, 2023 – May 31, 2023
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