President’s Report 2017

President’s report for AGM

Rotary Club of Brisbane Airport

19th December 2017


Good morning fellow Rotarians.

In the space of two short years I have had the pleasure of getting to know many wonderful people and be actively involved in the community. I cannot express how much satisfaction and purpose in life this has given me.


At the end of last year, I was nominated to be President. I was taken by surprise but incredibly honoured. Without hesitation, I accepted. Now, six months into my term as President, I am delighted to provide a report on our achievements so far.


In July, the Rotary Club of Brisbane Airport became a recognized volunteer of Hummingbird House. Some time ago, immediately after the house was finished in June 2016, John McGhie became project person on behalf of the club. Ever since, John has overseen the maintenance of the grounds which has included mowing and general garden maintenance of the children’s hospice. A special mention also goes to Brisbane Airport Rotarians Michael, Lloyd and Denis who regularly volunteer their time to maintain the grounds.


The Melbourne Cup Luncheon was held at the new Brisbane Airport Conference Centre. It was a near sell out event with 158 guests including at the door arrivals. This was the biggest Melbourne Cup Luncheon our club has ever hosted. In total we raised $9,600 for CareFlight and $1,000 for Hummingbird House. Special recognition goes to Sam who has been monumental in the success of the Melbourne Cup Luncheon for three years in a row now. Recognition must also be given to all Rotarians who have donated not only their time, but their personal vehicles and trailers to assist in the large task of setting up for the event. Lastly, a big thank you to all the sponsors and businesses who provided prizes and auction items, Alex from the Pullman Hotel and his team who did a fantastic job supporting us on the day.


We also took this opportunity to present Lloyd with a Paul Harris Fellow Award in recognition of his contribution to Rotary and the wider community.


This year we presented four Aviation High Interact students with Brisbane Airport Rotary Scholarships. The scholarships were presented by Director of Youth, Stan and myself at the Aviation High Awards night in October. We were also fortunate enough to sponsor two Aviation High Interact students to attend D9600 Rotary District Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) where these students had the opportunity to improve their communication, problem solving and decision-making skills, engage in team building exercises such as outdoor activities, and listen to inspiring guest speakers. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge our wonderful relationship with the Aviation High Interact Club which would not be where it is today if it were not for Erin Mati and Principal David Munn who have both worked very closely with the club over the last six months.


Other notable achievements have been plenty of fellowship and social activities, the highly successful Melbourne Cup working bee held at Jeff’s home, fundraisers with the other Rotary Clubs and the District Governor’s visit.


Of late, I must acknowledge that some of our members as well as family of our Rotarians have had health issues. I am pleased to report however, that despite these difficult circumstances, the support and assistance offered not only from the Board but the club, has been warmly received.


Unfortunately, there has been no increase in membership since new financial year. While our membership count remains at 25 members, as a club we could significantly benefit by having additional members. Increasing membership numbers will help us establish new committees and share the workload that our current members have undertaken for several years. Furthermore, we are yet to welcome our first corporate member. I am pleased to report however, that Aviation High has expressed interest in becoming a corporate member with our club and discussions are continuing in this direction.


Over the next six months there are several things I want our club to achieve. These include establishing a good working relationship with OzHarvest, hosting a fundraiser for Hummingbird House, create a campaign to increase membership, secure our first corporate membership and plant 25 trees – one for each member – as visioned by Rotary International President Ian Riseley.


Today we are here to elect next year’s Board members. I encourage those who have not been on the Board this year to step-up for next year.  I appreciate the dedication and commitment from those members who are continuing to stay on the Board next year and affirm my support for your efforts.  My thanks go out to all those members who have worked with us in the past.


Your board has been working very hard exploring avenues and projects that enhance the club. I thoroughly look forward to reporting our next lot of achievements in six months’ time.


I encourage you all to continue to show your support for the club by sharing your ideas, stepping up when there are vacancies, inviting guest speakers and promoting the good that Rotary does throughout the world.


In closing, I would like to acknowledge all the members and family members who have volunteered their time over the last six months. Your contributions have been exceptional, appreciated and not gone unnoticed. I would also like to thank everyone who has supported me while in this position of leadership. I am honoured to be part of such a modern, youthful and vibrant club such as ours – so thank you.