We meet on a regular basis on Monday evenings at 6 o'clock(except Public Holidays) in the New function Room at the Coorparoo RSL Club just behind Coles at Coorparoo. No need to attend every meeting but when you see the interesting guest speakers we have each week it is hard to keep away.
NEXT MONDAY MEETING - 16 SEPTEMBER
The next meeting will be held at the Stepping Stone Club House
9/61 Holdsworth St Coorparoo
MEETING 22 JULY
Past President Bruce Wallace has been inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Master Plumbers Associations
National Forum at a recent conference in Canberra. The national body has recognised Bruce’s integral role in
the growth and development of the Queensland association over 40 years. First elected to the Master Plumbers
Association Queensland Council in 1983, Bruce has held many roles there over the years, including President,
Junior Vice President, Senior Vice President, Councillor/Monitor, and Treasurer. He served as MPAQ
President in 1986-88 and 1998-2000 and was awarded Life Membership of MPAQ in 2006.
Phil Gough suggests we have members give a short talk on their "brush with someone famous" at the meeting
on the 29 July.
Barbara Fletcher said that Stepping Stones are having Xmas in July at 12 for 12.30 on Thursday 25 July.
Richard Edwards mentioned that the Royal Flying Doctor Service is having a Field Day on 15 October. The
event will be held at the Burke & Wills Roadhouse at Four Ways, Cloncurry. (It’s well worth a Google
search!) President Terry will decide if we are to have a representative attending.
David Ambrose spoke about ROMAC. The current patient is an eight weeks old baby, who now weighs 3.9
kg, and whose wind pipe is fused to his esophagus. He will have surgery soon.
MEETING 12 JUNE
Guest speaker Lieutenant Colonel Amanda Johnston, one of about fifty serving female officers in the Australian Defence Force, and the only female officer commanding a regiment.
Amanda gave an erudite presentation that included insights into her time and involvement in the Australian army that included deployments in 2006 to Israel, Lebanon and Syria as a United Nations Military Observer (UNMO) with the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation.
Some of Amandas comments are included below.
" The Anzac Spirit had its birth at Gallipoli 100 years ago,and while most stories from that fateful campaign dwell on courage in the face of ineffective and indecisive leadership, enduring qualities in the allied soldiers were truly remarkable then and remain today."
"The first enduring trait is leadership, and while the Gallipoli campaign is not famous for this in the senior officers, it shone in the heroics of the many young officers and non-commissioned ranks. "
Today as a commander of a Regiment, Amanda pays much attention to how to empower junior leaders and young officers to allow them maximum opportunities to lead.
Lt Col Amanda Johnston said the Anzac Spirit forged at Gallipoli will never be forgotten. The original Anzacs showed us qualities of leadership, mateship and teamwork, courage, respect and sacrifice, and our current soldiers demonstrate the same things. We should be proud of our heritage. This is the spirit of Anzac.
Stones Corner Rotary were joined by other Rotary clubs and guests to listen to an inspiring presentation by Gemma and Felix about the life of the School of St Jude in Tanzania. The school survives on donations and sponsorships and with a budget of six million dollars a year would love your support. The first graduates finishing this year will undertake a 12 month give back program in local schools before starting their university education.
Last Monday nights speaker was Charlotte Watts, our successful nomination to the National Youth Science Forum held in January, this year at the Australian National University, in Canberra.
NYSF is unique in Australia.
Students during year 11 are selected to attend the NYSF the following year. They learn how to make informed decisions about courses and careers in the sciences and gain a professional skill set to help them realise their potential.
Just fifteen of the best science and community minded students are selected from our Rotary District to join up with 111 students from other Districts to gain a greater insight in the world of science with a view of a career in it.
The two week event entails long days of seminars, lab visits, forum debates, public speaking, Parliament House visit, Government House visit followed by the evening with Social activities.
Charlotte was most appreciative of our club nominating and supporting her.
Charlotte is one of twenty Australians who have been selected to visit NASA in the USA.