2022/23 Changeover

The Toowoomba Metropolitan Rotary Club had its change over on 29 June at the Middle Ridge golf course. It was a fantastic evening and it celebrated the successes of Leroy and his Board for their inaugural year. 
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The Carnival of Flowers

The Metro Club got involved with the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers for the third time running, this year. We were fortunate enough to get a grant from Heritage Bank that went a long way towards our incredible floral display.  We also had some good support from QB4 who supplied the Kawasaki mule to tow the float. All our families got involved in the float preparation, the paper flower making and marching in the parade on the actual day.
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Metro Club Charters on 1 July 2021

Thursday the 15th of July 2021 saw the business community of Toowoomba celebrate the July 1st Chartering of The Toowoomba Metropolitan Rotary Club. This is the first to be charted in 30 years in Toowoomba. 
The significance of this was not lost on the District Governor Wendy Protheroe, who herself is the Charter District Governor for the new Rotary District 9620, also celebrating a 1st of July 2021 commencement date.  Wendy officiated the formal ceremonial component, assisted by Past District Governors of the amalgamated District 9630 and 9600 Patrice Robinson and Neil Black respectfully, who welcomed and celebrated with Charter President Leroy Palmer and the 28 Foundation members.
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Rotary’s Response to the 1918 Flu Pandemic

An estimated 500 million people worldwide became infected. Many cities closed theaters and cinemas, and placed restrictions on public gatherings. Rotary clubs adjusted their activities while also helping the sick.

This is how Rotary responded to the influenza pandemic that began in 1918 and came in three waves, lasting more than a year.

The Rotary Club of Berkeley, California, USA, meets in John Hinkel Park during the 1918 flu pandemic.

Photo by Edwin J. McCullagh, 1931-32 club president. Courtesy of the Rotary Club of Berkeley.

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Rotary at the Start of the United Nations

Rotary and the United Nations have a shared history of working toward peace and addressing humanitarian issues around the world.

During World War II, Rotary informed and educated members about the formation of the United Nations and the importance of planning for peace. Materials such as the booklet “From Here On!” and articles in The Rotarian helped members understand the UN before it was formally established and follow its work after its charter. 

Many countries were fighting the war when the term “United Nations” was first used officially in the 1942 “Declaration by United Nations.” The 26 nations that signed it pledged to uphold the ideals expressed by the United States and the United Kingdom the previous year of the common principles “on which they based their hopes for a better future for the world.” 


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History of Women in Rotary

Women are active participants in Rotary, serving their communities in increasing numbers and serving in leadership positions in Rotary. The 1989 Council on Legislation vote to admit women into Rotary clubs worldwide remains a watershed moment in the history of Rotary.
 “My fellow delegates, I would like to remind you that the world of 1989 is very different to the world of 1905. I sincerely believe that Rotary has to adapt itself to a changing world,” said Frank J. Devlyn, who would go on to become RI president in 2000-01. 
The vote followed the decades-long efforts of men and women from all over the Rotary world to allow the admission of women into Rotary clubs, and several close votes at previous Council meetings.
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