In June/July each year, Rotary Clubs all over the world have their Change Overs and hand over leadership responsibility to their new Boards of Directors. On Thursday night 5 July 2018, the Rotary Club of Bribie Island joined in the tradition and held a very special dinner to say farewell to President Jeff Eustace and his Board and welcome new President John Oxenford and his Board.
The dinner, which was held in the beautiful Pandanus Room at Pacific Harbour Golf and Country Club, was a great success with the Room decorated to signify the outgoing Rotary International 2017- 2018 theme of “Making a Difference” and the new 2018-2019 theme of “Be the Inspiration”. The new Governor for District 9600, Wendy Protheroe and District Governor Elect, Darryl Iseppi, were in attendance together with Past District Governors John Lane and his wife Bo and George Grant and his wife Mary.
Councillor Brooke Savige and her husband Michael and representatives from the Moreton Hospice, the Lions Club of Sandstone Point, Dragons Abreast, the Pumicestone Probus Club, TS Koopa, the Post Polio Network and Bribie Island State School as well as Rotarians and partners from Caboolture, Redcliffe Sunrise and Bribie Island clubs. Special guests for the evening, who travelled from the Gold Coast to attend were Karin Kolenko and Gold Coast Benji. Karin and Benji are supporters of the Rotary Club of Bribie Island and are well known for their charity fundraising efforts throughout Queensland.
The event was registered as a World’s Greatest Meal (WGM). The WGM campaign helps raise money for Rotary’s End Polio Now program which is working to rid the world of polio. For every dollar Rotary raises the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation add another two. On Thursday night $240.00 was raised making the contribution $720.00.
Bribie Island Rotarian and local Historian, Barry Clark, was MC for the evening’s proceedings and kept the audience entertained with his snippets of interesting facts and amusing anecdotes. Honorary Bribie Island Rotarian and Post Polio advocate William Peacock OAM were presented with a Paul Harris Fellow for his tireless work and support of the End Polio Now Campaign. The delightful quiet achiever of the Club, Gillian Parry, was named Rotarian of the Year and retiring Rotarian, Ron Ward, was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of his decades of service to Rotary.