Message from the District Govenor

Dear Friends, Happy New Year! Here we are at the start of 2019! Nim and I would like to wish you all and your families a happy, healthy and rewarding New Year! I firmly believe that 2019 will belong to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. As we reflect on the year that has passed and approach this New Year, let’s ponder on what we can do as a club to continue to be the inspiration in our community. What changes do you personally plan to make to see changes in yourself, in your clubs and the community around you? What changes are required to make your club more relevant? What changes are you make to meet your “Why” in Rotary? What changes are you making as you endeavour to meet your Rotary moment and actually be the inspiration. Nim and I have now visited majority of the clubs in the district and perhaps like you, I feel this is a great time to reflect on the past six months and take stock of what needs to be achieved before turning over our gavels and chains of office in June. I am in no doubt that the next six months will continue to be as inspirational as our focus will turn towards the following events: District Conference:  Scheduled for 1-3 March – the 2019 conference promises to be an absolutely amazing weekend of profound Rotary knowledge, fun and fellowship for the delegates. We will embrace diversity and connect the community with fantastic, relevant and dynamic “hand-picked” key note speakers, blended with presentations by our club’s. And be prepared for the DG Gala Dinner which will be inspired by an International theme urge and humbly request you to register now and be included in the draw to win a BMW for a weekend, and remember the conference registrations closes on 22 February 2019. Presidents Forum: Scheduled for Saturday 2nd February at Bostock house, all the presidents are humbly requested to register and attend as we take a stock of the last 6 months, prepare a dashboard of our KPI’s and importantly establish the platform for the next 6 months. This will be a great forum to discuss how are we tracking against our strategic plans and to achieve the challenges presented to the club during my visit to the club. Clubs that are well run and effective probably undertake these reflection sessions on a quarterly or biannual basis anyway. Interplast Team to Labasa, Fiji Islands The Interplast team, funded by our district is visiting Labasa, Fiji Islands from 2nd March to 9th March 2019. I am organising a team from the district to visit Labasa, departing Brisbane on7th March returning on10th March 2019. We will be experiencing Interplast team at work in the hospital, and witness first-hand the joy of Rotary at work at an International platform. Please let me know if you are interested to accompany me on this rare opportunity. Rotary Day RI President Barry Rassin has urged us to organize a fun, informal community event called Rotary day. The event will offer the chance to showcase Rotary, and chance to impact in the community, build long term partnership and increase interest in membership. I therefore encourage clubs to pool their resources and host this event. Your Assistant Governor’s will be discussing this in the next few weeks. Moving Forward January is Vocational Service Month. I am very passionate about both Vocational Service in Rotary and the various fellowships that Rotary has to offer to all of us. I love the fact that we are all classified into Rotary – I love the fact we all bring something to the table – we are all less fortunate through Rotary Projects. Remember “no one can do everything but everyone can do something” to help the less fortunate. The founder of Rotary, Paul Harris, said, “Of all the one hundred and one ways in which men can make themselves useful to society, undoubtedly the most available and often the most effective are within the spheres of their own occupations.” Vocational Service is the means for Rotary to develop and support Rotarians as they apply the ideal of service in their occupations. Vocation is the essence of Rotary. This is why Vocational Service is referred as the bedrock and the shining principle of Rotary” As we enter the New Year let’s also reignite our passion for Rotary and it’s awareness. If we are going to truly bring Rotary to others, we need to have a clear and cogent statement of what Rotary is all about. RI President Barry Rassin has continually stressed the new vision statement “together we unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.” This is undoubtedly the core essence of what we stand for and I ask each of you to embrace this statement so that you can unhesitatingly give it meaning and make others aware of what Rotary does in the world at home and abroad. As we start a new calendar year, let us continue to reverberate RI President’s message of "Be the Inspiration" and let others know about it. There is no doubt that 2019 is going to be another challenging year for us all, but as difficult as it may be for us - it will be even harder for those less fortunate than ourselves. In July last year I asked Clubs to look at the needs of their local communities – to seek out avenues for service directed towards being the inspiration, celebrating your unique Rotary journey and searching your Rotary moment– and as I visit Clubs and read your bulletins I am amazed at the great humanitarian work the clubs are doing locally. Thank you for all you have done and please keep up the good work – noting that the need has never been greater! Already much planning has started for the new year and in this spirit, please join me to congratulate all our incoming club leadership team duly appointed. We need to assure them of our full supportin their efforts to set us on our course for the future of our club, district andRotary as awhole.As this newsletter goes to press DGE Ros Kelly is in San Diego at International Assembly where she will hear from incoming RI President Mark Maloney what our Rotary Theme will be for 2019/2020. We wish her all the best.  However, in the excitement of preparing for the coming Rotary year let us not forget that we still have a lot of work to do this year. Our unique inspirational journey is to BE THEINSPIRATION. Thank you for being part of our Rotary family and for your passion, love, time and effort for Rotary. I reiterate that 2019 will belong to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. As we are One Vision, One Mission, and with One Rhythm, One Rotary. Jitendra Prasad District Governor 2018/2019


What is Rotary?


We take action locally and globally.

Each day, our members pour their

passion, integrity, and intelligence

into completing projects that have

a lasting impact. We persevere until

we deliver real, lasting solutions.


Rotary unite more than a million


Through Rotary clubs, people from all

continents and cultures come together

to exchange ideas, and form friendships

and professional connections while

making a difference in their backyards

and around the world.


No challenge is too big for us.

For more than 110 years, we’ve

bridged cultures and connected

continents to champion peace,

fight illiteracy and poverty, pro-

mote clean water and sanitation,

and fight disease.

People of Action Rotary is where neighbours, friends, and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders and take action to create lasting change.
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Our District consists of 52 clubs and almost 1200 Rotarians covering an area from Redland Bay, south of the Brisbane River to Beenleigh, along the western line to Charleville and south to St George.  Each club has its own unique character, its own short and long term goals and projects, its own mixture of members, gender, ages, vocations and experience but the one thing that unites us all is the desire to serve and to make a difference in the world.  Rotary’s core values are service, fellowship, diversity, Integrity and leadership.  These core values form the foundation on which we perform and conduct ourselves. They define what we stand for and inspire us to support the ideal of Service above Self. As the world is changing, we too as an organisation, need to change or adapt, however, our core values will never change. In the 2017-18 Rotary year our theme was Rotary Making a Difference and we were encouraged to broaden our horizon.  This year, 2018-19 our goal is to Be The Inspiration in the world, in our communities and in the lives of others. How we do this is up to each individual and each club but the one common factor in everything we do is our commitment to our core values and the ideal of service above self. We live in a changing world, the way we act, communicate and conduct our daily lives is changing.  If Rotary is to grow and prosper in this changing world then we need to adapt to these changes.  We need to be relevant to our membership and to the members we are trying to attract to our organisation.  I am honoured and privileged to serve you as your District Governor for 2018-19.  I know each and everyone one of you have commitments outside Rotary, to family and friends and to work, and rightly so.  I ask that you do what you can and when you can, to help make a difference in our communities and across the world. YIRS Jitendra Prasad District Governor 2018-2019  E: Ph:    07-38092055 Mob:  0402422777
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