The month of October was kind enough to give us five Thursdays – a good excuse for a social night. A Blood Drive had been on the cards for a few months and this was a great opportunity for those happy to donate to get together as a group before we met for dinner. Truth be told from 6 willing donors, only 3 were able to successfully complete a donation. The remainder were unable to donate due to a number of reasons – those questionnaires are getting stricter year on year but hey, our hearts were in the right place.
After donations were completed we continued to Verve Restaurant where the remainder of the group joined us for a fantastic dinner of Pizzas, Pastas and other assorted Italian fare. While a few of us were keen to kick on afterwards, it was a school night so we called it with a busy Rotaract weekend ahead with Logan Rotract’s Smart Pups Dinner, Operation Christmas Child and our Dinner with a Difference in the days following. Looking forward to our District Christmas Party Camping Weekend in a few weeks’ time.
It was the combined effect of having a couple of wonderful contacts at the Rotary Clubs of Booval and Ipswich through RYLA, and seeing how much fun our friends from Rotaract South West Brisbane had at the Gympie Country Music Festival that drew us to put up our hand to help out at the Rotary Club of Booval’s 2nd Annual Country Music Festival.
Six of our members made the trip out to Swifts Sports Fields at Yamanto for the event. While none of our members claimed to be huge fans of the genre of country music the atmosphere made it easy to settle into the groove for the afternoon. The Rotarians of Booval and Ipswich had everything under control when we arrived so we were happy take the opportunity to catch up with District Governor Phillip and Marlene while ensuring that the bar had drinks for the afternoon at an appropriate temperature.
Soon enough we were commandeered into looking after the Children’s Farm Race where I think the adults had more fun than the kids. Following that the group moved onto the positions of chief adjudicator, administrator and measuring team in the
Gumboot Throwing Competition where 2 of our members Billy Nabil and Mark Hams could only find it in them to place 2nd and 3rd consecutively – surely a reason to return next year to better these results. The standout of the day was Anthony Liu’s raffle ticket selling where after a solo 5 hours shift he was able to raise over $300. Great job Anthony and we look forward to coming back next year. A big thank you to Phil Gray from the Rotary Club of Booval for the Invitation