The Toowoomba Metropolitan Rotary Club
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August Bulletin 2023
Hi Rotarians, here's the latest newsletter. We've had a lot happen this last couple of months.     
The big news from the last couple of months was change over. Jamie finished his year and Wendy has started her year. It was a good night with great attendance and a significant showing from other Rotarians from other districts. Thank you to everyone who made it such a bright night and special thanks go to Fee, Robyn, Wendy and Jamie for doing what they did to make it a great night. Monte Carlo is our next big thing and that's this coming Saturday night. See the link below for your tickets. Then after that, Carnival of Flowers. We had a meeting at the Good Samaritan College recently which is one of the best meetings we've had for a long time. This continues on with our theme of diversity and inspiration with our morning meetings. If you have any good guest speakers who you would like to bring along to a meeting, please let Wendy know.  
This years Rotary theme is: Create Hope in the World. The address from the new RI President Gordan McInally is here. 
A reminder that August is one of those months that has five Wednesdays in the month, so there will be no meeting on 30 August. (But be sure to put in your diary 6 September for our first meeting of next month where the District Governor Paul Roger will be attending). 
Bulletin Editor, 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
Sep 06, 2023
District Governor - Paul Roger

District Governor,  Paul Roger to attend our Wednesday morning meeting to meet the club and share his thoughts.  

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Upcoming Events
Recover Legal Monte Carlo Night
Cobb & Co Museum
Aug 26, 2023
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Tony's Kitchen meals
Tony's Kitchen
Sep 04, 2023
Breakfast Meeting
Urban Grounds
Sep 06, 2023
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Breakfast Meeting
Urban Grounds
Sep 20, 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 - our youth program is accelerating under Jahna. 
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. 
Centenary Heights State High School Interact Club
In the past years, the Rotary Club of Toowoomba Metropolitan has been kind enough to support the Centenary Heights State High School Annual Awards Ceremony by providing Rotary Club of Toowoomba Metropolitan Prize for Community Service. 
This prestigious prize is awarded annually to a student from any year level who has accomplished significant community service throughout the school year, and has been in our awards program since 2009. 
Last year, the Awards Ceremony was conducted on the 21st of October 2022 and was held at the Caldwell Theatre in the school grounds - Juniors (Years 7 to 9) from 9:30 am to 11:30 am and Seniors (Years 10 to 12) from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm.
After the award ceremony, the Rotary Club of Toowoomba Metropolitan received a thank you letter from one of the recipients, Dylan Hickey. He was very appreciative of the Rotary Club's continual support in sponsoring the Rotary Club of Toowoomba Metropolitan Award for Outstanding Service as well as their ongoing commitment to Centenary Heights State High School. 
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.
Lockyer Valley High School Grant
The Rotary Club of Toowoomba Metropolitan has been granted to assist the residents and families of Lockyer Valley who were impacted by the flood last year.
The monetary donation was invested into the neighbourhood, and the vouchers were prepared. One of our members, Wendy Byron, organised the Rotary Grant project to support Lockyer State High School students' needs for school materials and other relevant aid.
As a result, the true purpose of Rotary International funds has been made clearer, being not only for overseas projects and third-world needs but also for homegrown support during times of disaster.
A local advocate for a group of International Seasonal Workers at Grantham (that was impacted severely by the flooding), identified 16 members needing support. Those individuals benefited from this project by handing over $13 - $120 vouchers for use at Spano’s IGA Gatton on Friday, 3rd of March 2023. 
The Rotary Club’s president, Jamie Smith along with Bill Mason met with Michael and Ian at the Lockyer District High School to present the vouchers and discussed some of the effects of the flooding. An excellent result that benefits everyone involved.
Photo from last years Rotary Foundation Dinner at Burke & Wills. 
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