President’s Report, 2016

As usual, we have had an active and eventful few months to start the Rotary year.

I signaled my intention to push for increased membership during this year, and we commenced well with an induction at the Changeover event, although I don’t claim any credit for this. We have since inducted 3 further members and have another one approved, which will bring our total to 27.

We have membership initiatives in place with the Interact Club at Aviation High School, corporate membership being finalised and an upcoming drive for renewed interest from the aviation sector and airport businesses.

Our major fundraiser was once again the Melbourne Cup event at the Novotel Brisbane Airport, which was fully subscribed. A great day was had by all attendees. Thanks must go to the chief organiser Samantha Quinney, ably assisted by many members and others. Thanks also to the management and staff of the Novotel who once again put on great service and were very supportive. Funds were raised for ROMAC, Lifeflight and the Rod Walker Endowment Fund. Next year we will move to the new larger venue at the Pullman complex near the domestic terminal, and will need to rethink the planning, the organisation and the target market.

Our relationship with Aviation High School continues to grow and blossom. The Interact Club there was started several years ago, and has now become a key element of the school’s student development program and community outreach. It has produced some outstanding active leaders, some of whom are now joining us here as they leave the school. We have also initiated a community awards program which seeks to acknowledge those Interactors who have made significant contributions to Interact, and have engaged with our club in a meaningful way. 3 inaugural awards were made at the recent school awards night. Having Interactors regularly attending Rotary meetings is a unique feature and achievement, and one that all parties can be proud of.

We have identified a new community outreach in Hummingbird House, and our thanks go to John McGhie for his efforts in coordinating our involvement in the grounds maintenance there, from mowing lawns and weeding gardens to finding sponsors for equipment and managing the eager shed builders. This work is greatly appreciated by the staff at Hummingbird House, and I’m sure by the children and their families who spend time there.

Our weekly club program continues to entertain, educate and provide enjoyment for our members. We are proof that you can bring together a diverse collection of men and women, young and not so young, from a variety of backgrounds and professions and occupations, and form them into a cohesive group that is strong in itself and in its purpose to serve the greater good.

We continue to support a range of other programs and initiatives as the need arises – local, national and international – as we see fit and are able to do so.

I look forward to the next 6 months and am excited by the prospect of what we can achieve together.

Denis Keating
President 2016-17