The last fortnight was a busy one for the Rotaract Club of Brisbane CBD. Six of our members were sponsored by the district to attend the Rotary District 9600 Conference (1st to 3rd of May, 2015). Hosted by the Rotary Club of Bribie Island, the conference brought together Rotarians from South-East Queensland, Nauru, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. Despite the wet weather on Friday which cut off access to Bribie Island and left us stuck in our cars for hours on end on Friday, the conference was an a wonderful opportunity to learn more about Rotary and the great work of other charitable organisations. We were especially delighted to have our President Melanie recognised as a Paul Harris Fellow for her work in setting up the club.
However, Rotarians were not the only ones getting together. The District Rotaract Representatives Training also took place over the 2nd and 3rd of May. Our District Rotaract Representative David was able to meet with other representatives from around the country who flew in to attend the training in Brisbane.
Needless to say, our following club meeting was a great opportunity for members to share their experiences. We were also joined by Bill from the Rotary Club of Brisbane High-Rise who spoke about how their club has been supporting the Mamba Primary School in Tanzania. It was especially great to hear their latest projects there have been undertaken in partnership with the local Rotary Club of Mkuu Rombo.
The official Rotary theme for this year is ‘Light up Rotary’. However if I had to choose a theme for the past fortnight, I would call it ‘Making Connections’ as we saw how Rotary and Rotaract connects not only people in the their local community but also across the country and the world.