The Toowoomba Metropolitan Rotary Club
Chartered 2021
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Our second bulletin - April 2023
Hi Rotarians, here's the second instalment of our newsletter. We've had a lot happen this last couple of months.     
Hi Rotarians, here's the second installment of our newsletter. We've had a lot happen this last couple of months.    After a fantastic Christmas break up and rally organised by Barry and co, we took a well earned break. We have had a few good guest speakers come in and there's more on the way. Having a good guest speaker in a meeting is not only enlightning but it helps you get an outside perspective of who needs what.   After all, we are service club. It should give us ideas on where to channel our efforts. Unfortunately, the Monte Carlo night got cancelled because we couldn't get the numbers. But the committee has already met last week and looking to line something up for spring. Run the Range is our next big event so make sure you contact Tressa if you haven't already and get yourself lined up for a job.  There's quite a bit happening over the next few months as well and change over will be here before we know it (just about to enter us again in the Carnival of flowers Float comp). So Directors, start thinking about what you want to put in your report.  Pres. Jamie

The 9620 Conference

No, not the 90210 conference, but the 9620 conference. Every year, our district holds a conference where guest speakers are invited and Rotarians share news about their projects right through to what's happening with Rotary and other parts of the world. The conference was held at the Brisbane City Hall (a magnificent venue) and went for most of the day Saturday and half the day on Sunday. Some of the guest speakers were of a very high calibre and included Sir Peter Cosgrove, Brendan Nelson and Noel Pearson amongst many others. Some of the key take aways from the conference were:
1. 50% of the money that goes to the Rotary Foundation comes back to the clubs. We really need to put in for some more grants!
 2. If you haven't heard of "teacher in a box" – google it and check it out. It's amazing.
3. We should do a member satisfaction survey.
4. Have a look at the work that "Australian Rotary Health" is doing.
5. Good guest speakers really make an event, so let's keep on thinking of good people to come along and talk to us and our meetings. 
6. It is so good to catch up with other Rotarians and find out what they do to make a difference. Got lots of inspiration.
7. It was so nice to catch up with our mates/club members and just have a drink and a laugh.
Our very own Wendy was on the Conference organising committee and she was like a blue bottomed fly the whole weekend. Other members in attendance were Leroy & Sharon Palmer and Paul & Fiona Schmidt-Lee along with Jamie Smith.  
A little more information about the conference and speakers below.  
Don't forget Run the Range is on the 7th of MAY. Click the photo for more info. 
See Our Upcoming Speakers
Apr 05, 2023
Travelling and Volunteering in Africa

Check out his website to get a sneak peak of what he does:


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Upcoming Events - The Rally & the AGM
Tony's Kitchen meals
Tony's Kitchen
Apr 03, 2023
Breakfast Meeting
Urban Grounds
Apr 05, 2023
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Breakfast Meeting
Urban Grounds
Apr 19, 2023
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Tony's Kitchen meals
Tony's Kitchen
May 01, 2023
Breakfast Meeting
Urban Grounds
May 03, 2023
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Breakfast Meeting
Urban Grounds
May 17, 2023
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
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Club Tree Planting Project
(article reproduced from "press release")
The 26th of February saw the coming together of 20 members of the Toowoomba Metropolitan Rotary Club, the Darling Down's Rotaract Club and the Toowoomba West Special School to bring to fruition the planting of 100 "trees". This aligned with the project of DG Tim Keeler AM to celebrate 100 years of Rotary in Queensland. This project aligns with Rotary International's environmental impact mission: helping the environment, providing practical solutions to climate change and saving habitats. 
This project driven by President Jamie Smith has seen the Metro Club, and The Darling Down's Rotaract team combine with Toowoomba Regional Council (contribution of Trees/shrubs) to develop a 'greenfield' area at Toowoomba West Special School into an area that will now generate many hours of learning, enjoyment, and sensory activities to the school and local community members. 
Glenn Gatehouse - Principal of Toowoomba West, and Toowoomba Metropolitan International Director and all-round good guy, has committed ongoing maintenance and management to ensure the sustainability and success of the planting.
Toowoomba Metro and Darling Downs Rotaract members will assist in any capacity we can to engage with these young people to continue their engagement and encouragement into successfully engaging as fruitful contributors to our community through demonstrating Rotary in Action. 
The best comment on looking at Rotary's Impact and the future of Rotary in the community come from Jamie's teenage daughter who helped out - her comment follows:
Jemimah said "I will be able to bring my kids here and tell them that I planted this". Jamie commented that it was just magic to hear that with dirt smeared on her face. 
It was a fun morning and we had it knocked over in no time. Big outcome with minimal input.
Pictured are 20 plus enthusiastic tree planters, diggers and as you can see machine/digger drivers!! From Toowoomba Metro, Darling Downs Rotaract Club and the Principal of Toowoomba West Special School.
Blue Cards and Youth Protection

We still don't have everyone with a blue card.  Please get onto this before RTR. 
Wayne Wright is our youth protection officer and I really would encourage everyone to get a blue card and all you need to do is contact Wayne on the below address and get things started 
If you do one thing out of this newsletter, this is the one. You'll need one for Run the Range.
Metro club members attended the 2023 Rotary District 9620 Conference with a theme of "Leadership Hands Heart and Mind" in Brisbane City Hall, King George Square last 24th to 26th of March 2023. The Centenary Year of Rotary in Queensland was sponsored by Bendigo Bank, Sun Engineering, White Lady Funerals, Brisbane City Council and Queensland Government. . Sir Peter Cosgrove, Holly Ransom, Noel Pearson, Hon Brendan Nelson, Dr Julia-Rose Satre, Maha Sinnathamby, Phil Slade, John Hale, William McInnes and Dean Merlo served as the Speakers during the event.  The photo at the very top has all the volunteers who made it such a special weekend.  
Rotary Youth Exchange Students
The Rotary French District recently addressed the Rotary District 9620 Club President to enquire about obtaining a host family for a young woman who has been awarded a scholarship to study at the University of Southern Queensland from 1st July through 30th October 2023.   The rotary student exchange program has been going for decades and some of our own members have been involved in it. It's a wonderfully rewarding experience for not just a student but for the host family as well. If you would like to get involved in the youth exchange program, have a chat with Jamie and/or Jahna and I will connect you with who you need to speak with.  A little more information below:
This student, who recently turned 21, is pursuing a dual degree in geography and history at the University of Nanterre in France. One of the key social concerns this student sought to study is minorities and their integration into today's community. When the university offered an exchange, this student decided to apply to Australia because of its highly developed historical and geographical studies. This student exhibits empathy and embodies the principles that Rotary upholds. After having made several experiences of solidarity, this student is prepared to invest in the projects and activities of the club that will wish to welcome them.
Photo from last years Rotary Foundation Dinner at Burke & Wills. 
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