Cancellation of 2024 Blackwood St.Halloween Festival 2024-06-27 14:00:00Z 0

D9620 Tree Planting 2024

14 APRIL 2024
Mitchelton Rotary Club members Ellie and Josephine planting trees
D9620 Tree Planting 2024 Ian Cameron 2024-04-24 14:00:00Z 0

Sausi WASH project in PNG Operational

Ian Cameron, Mitchelton RC & Wes Nichols Toowong RC
The Sausi  water sanitation & hygiene (WASH ) project in Madang Province in Papua New Guinea (PNG) is finally operational, after many challenges that have been resolved over the last five years by the project team.
Over 3,000 people now have access to a safe reliable drinking water supply.
Sausi WASH project in PNG Operational Ian Cameron 2024-04-11 14:00:00Z 0
100 Years of Rotary in Queensland Tree Plot Ian Cameron 2024-04-02 13:00:00Z 0
Neighbour Day 2024 Ian Cameron 2024-03-26 13:00:00Z 0

2024 Citizenship Ceremony

Mitchelton Rotary Club
Annual Citizenship Ceremony
26 January 2024
Our 21st Citizenship Ceremony
Mitchelton Rotary Club  celebrated its 21st Citizenship Ceremony this year, with 37 conferees taking Australian citizenship, at an event at Arana Leagues Club.
Project planning commences in September each year with many administrative tasks such as, applications to host, complying with Federal Government guidelines for hosting, invitations, collating gift bags full of all things Australian-pencils, flags, tim tams, erasers, koala key rings, Australian condiments and an Australian Native plant donated by Brisbane City Council, along with the behind-the-scenes chaos that comes with all events.
Don Biffin our longest running MC doing a magnificent job over the years with diverse cultures coming together, his pronunciation of names has been impeccable.
 Arana Leagues Club has as a community service from that day continued to provide at no cost the Ceremony room hire, morning tea and hot and cold beverages for all conferees and guests every year, we now have the capacity to welcome 40 conferees with the option to have up to four guests each.   
Ralph Davies, our clubs current President and 8-year veteran of coordinating the Citizenship Ceremony attends the annual planning meeting in Brisbane, while witnessing many changes over the years nothing prepared us for the global pandemic, throughout this period we were able to continue with the ceremony adhering to health guidelines, and guest restrictions.
The Brisbane Jubilee Choir does a very professional performance each year, and the amazing tones of the choir have supported our club for over 5 years and the choir begins practicing in early November, throughout the pandemic our Citizenship Ceremony was the only performance they were able to attend, we have thoroughly enjoyed the relationship with the choir and look forward to it each year.
Our new Presiding Officer, Councillor Andrew Wines has officiated for the last 2 years, with Everton MP Tim Mander giving a speech of welcome for the event.
Mitchelton Rotary Club congratulates our new citizens, and our Club is proud to be able to host the Citizenship event as part of our service to our local community.
2024 Citizenship Ceremony Ian Cameron 2024-02-17 13:00:00Z 0

Rotary Christmas Raffle Winners

Mitchelton Rotary Club is happy to announce our lucky winners of this years Christmas Raffle. Drawn by Jillian Warren at Picabeen 11.30am Tuesday 12th December.

First Prize: Yvonne from Aspley
Second Prize: Dee from Mitchelton.

Mitchelton Rotary Club has donated $1500 to Picabeen for Christmas hampers from the Christmas Raffle sales.
We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. 
Thanks to all our supporters.

Our club members are dedicated people who share a passion for both community service and friendship. Becoming a Rotarian connects you with like-minded individuals who share a similar passion and drive to give back to those in need.

Our club welcomes new members.

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Club News

What a stellar meeting held this week!! The agenda was packed with exciting topics, including a new strategic plan for the Club, updates on the international water project, and confirmation of the Blackwood Halloween event. On top of that, three Paul Harris awards were presented to very deserving volunteers and club members. Seeing such outstanding leadership and dedication to the community is always inspiring. 
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In loving memory of Col Dash

With great sadness, we announce the passing of long-serving Rotary Club member Col Dash on Monday, July 3rd, 2023, at the St Vincent Aged Care nursing home on Church Road in Mitchelton. 

Col was 87 and moved into St Vincent aged care home to support his wife, Brenda 92, a retired schoolteacher. The couple had been married for over 61 years and lived in the same house since marriage in Gaythorne. Col had a long and distinguished career, working for the Queensland Health Department in marketing and promotion, with his last office at the RNA exhibition precinct in Brisbane. His retirement in 1986 gave way for him to take up the role of club presidency, which he held three times over the years through hard times and good. Col was a member of the Mitchelton Rotary club for 53 years and held multiple board positions over the years, including foundation chair, honorary member and has been awarded 3 Paul Harris Fellow pins. Col was a very active member of his community, and his contributions to the local club were immeasurable. He was involved in various projects, from developing the club's membership history to running the local Probus. He was also instrumental in contributing with hands-on support with the Brookside art show that ran for over 10 years, cancer fund door-knocks for 10-plus years, charity events, and paint your heart out projects.
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100 Trees for 100 Years 

Hi Community!!
Saturdays tree planting event to celebrate 100 years was a great success, a combined total of 211 plants found new homes with contributions from community, individuals and council. A huge thankyou to all the volunteers that came along to help! A big shout out to club member and community leader Ian Cameron for coordinating another positive eco friendly event that reflects not just his personal passion but that of Rotary too, to strengthen the conservation and protection of natural resources, advance ecological sustainability, and foster harmony between communities and the environment. We look forward to watching these trees grow and provide endlessly for the future.
Another shout out to Bushcare Group on behalf of Mitchelton Rotary , we could have not held the event without the great support of the Bushcare group.
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Friends within Rotary

Mitchelton Rotary Club held a great meeting last night with fellow rotarian Monique joining us all the way from Rotary Heerlen, in The Netherlands, Monique spoke about how she came across our club and after sharing some insights into each other club functions we have both been left with inspiration, Rotary isn't just a club it brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.4 million members of more than 46,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping those in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. 
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100 Trees for 100 Years 

2023 marks 100 years of Rotary in Queensland, to commemorate this centenary year Mitchelton Rotary Club will be planting 100 trees in Mitchelton to align with the Rotary International New Area of Focus for projects being Supporting the Environment, this event supports this ambition while continuing to support the community. 
The Tree Planting Event will be held at-the Mc Conaghy Street Park, 171 Mc Conaghy Street, Mitchelton, Saturday 1st April 2023 between 2-3pm.
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Annual Citizenship Ceremony 
A brief history 

Mitchelton Rotary Club celebrated its 50thyear serving the community and abroad in 2017, a milestone that has allowed the club an opportunity to reflect on major ongoing projects that continue to provide service above self and continue driving the club. 
Recently reaching the 20thCitizenship Ceremony, we would like to share some insight into the project and how all aspects of community come together to welcome our newest citizens.
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Lift The Lid Trivia Night

Mitchelton Rotary Club are hosting a Trivia night in support of Mental Health and would love to see you there in your best, biggest, boldest hat you can come up with, this is your opportunity to be part of history as we work together to relegate mental ill health to the history books.
We’re asking you to get involved wear a hat, bring your family, friends, colleagues, and team mates to Mitchelton Rotary Trivia Night. 
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Blackwood Halloween Festival 

Another successful fun festival 
Mitchelton Rotary Club would like to thank the community that turned out for another successful festival this year, we hope you all had a great day and enjoyed yourself, a big thank you to all parents that were so great with the crowd and helped in all ways, and a big thankyou to club members that make this day such a success. 
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Centenary Celebration

Australia and New Zealand Celebrate 100 years of service 
It’s a special time. Rotary in Australia and NZ celebrates the First 100 years of Service in 2021.
In 1921, four Rotary Clubs were created in Melbourne, Auckland, Wellington and Sydney. From there, Rotary and Rotaract clubs were created everywhere across Australia and NZ. We all share a centenary in 2021.  To celebrate this special occasion, we are committing our club and that of the more than 250,000 Peace Poles that stand in approximately 200 countries around the globe, symbolizing the common wish for a world at peace.
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2021- 2022 Presidency Changeover 

Mitchelton Rotary held their Presidency and Board changeover for 2021-2022 this week at the Arana Leagues Club, 
As we thank Dean and Sandy for the exceptional leadership for the last four years we welcome Ian R as President and Ian C as Secretary.
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The project site is located on the Ramu Highway, about two-thirds of the way between Lae and Madang, in Madang Province, in Papua New Guinea.
This project aims to bring water from the Gaiko Spring via a gravity-fed pipe and tank system to 48 community taps for 3,000 residents of Sausi, in Wards 11 and 12, the elementary school, primary school and Evangelical Brotherhood Church (EBC) facilities, establish a water supply committee, provide a ten-day training repeated, at least, annually by the EBC Health Clinic, and upgrade handwashing and toileting facilities where needed. 

Grill'd Local Matters Program 

Hi Community!!
Grill'd Local Matters Program has chosen us to be a part of their June fundraiser!!
If you're feeling hungry and in the area, grab a burger and drop your token in the Rotary Jar!! 
All monies raised will be going towards our Rotary Youth Programs. 
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Mitchelton Rotary Street Library project 

Hello Community! The Mitchelton Rotary Club are excited to share with you some secret squirrel business that has been happening through Covid. We have teamed up with the Ferny Grove Men's Shed located at the Brisbane Tramway Museum to build the first two Street libraries that will be delivered to the community when the final touches have been added. 
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Street Library Project update 

Hi Community! 
Another progress picture of Mitchelton Rotary Club Street Library Project, we have completed the first library and it is ready for installation! The art work is reflective of the location...any ideas where this one could be? We will advise of locations when the installation has been completed!  
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Christmas Raffle Winners

Winners of the Christmas Raffle
The Mitchelton Rotary Christmas Raffle was drawn today at the Picabeen Community Centre's Christmas Celebration.  
The lucky winners are as follows:
1st Prize - Ticket 534 - Shirley from Keperra
2nd Prize - Ticket 1278 - Frankie
Both of the winning tickets were sold at Brookside Shopping Centre.  Many thanks to the management at Brookside for allowing us to sell our tickets from that location and also to each and every one of you that supported us by buying your tickets. 
Already we have been able to assist Picabeen with Christmas Hampers for those in the community who are less fortunate than us and also a donation has been made to the North West Youth Accommodation Service to help the youth in our local area.

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Water for Peace

The Supurunda Water Supply Project in PNG has been a benchmark project for Rotary.
In 2018 eight villages covering five culturally diverse groups agreed to put aside past enmities to ensure they could enjoy the mutual benefits of a safe, clean water supply. The resultant water system is now a common and enduring thread that, no matter what else happens, will unite them and will be protected by them for everyone to enjoy into the future.
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Mitchelton Rotary Christmas Raffle Location and Times!!

With Christmas just around the corner, Mitchelton Rotary will be out and about in the community for our annual Christmas Hamper Raffle. This year we have themed our hampers "Lazy Summer Days" as we think we all deserve a  few of those this summer! Tickets are just $2.00 each, 3 for $5.00 or a book of 6 tickets for $10.00.
See below for our remaining locations and selling times.
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Blackwood street Halloween Festival 


Each year, the Rotary Club of Mitchelton coordinates the Blackwood street Halloween festival, however, in light of the current health crisis, this annual community festival, which is one of the most popular – and definitely the spookiest – events  on the northside of Brisbane has had to be postponed this year. 
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Picabeen Defibrillator Presentation

Mitchelton Rotary Club has seen many challenges in its 50 years of community service, none more confronting than the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic.  Throughout lockdown and restrictions the club has continued to support our struggling local organisations with financial donations toward their ongoing work in the community.

The Club were successful in securing a Rotary District Grant in March for a defibrillator for the Picabeen Community Centre.  Our then President, Sandy Maguire, made contact with the Mitchelton Ambulance Station to co-ordinate a training session on how to use the machine as part of the Presentation to the Centre.

We were finally able to turn this in to a reality with the presentation of the defibrillator to the Picabeen Community Centre on the 21st July 2020.  Dean Parham, Mitchelton Rotary Club President, presented the machine to Martin Turrell, President of Picabeen and Martin responded with a warming speech of thanks for the donation and recognised the important work that local community organisations do before, through and after Covid-19.


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India celebrates three years without polio

Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
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Saving lives in Ghana

What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
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Helping people with disabilities make their own music

Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
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Finding Safe Haven

For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
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