Recognizing Everyday Heroes



The Rotary Club of South Brisbane holds a special event each year to honor some special people in our community who go about their jobs either as professionals or volunteers and are able to make a genuine difference. While these people don’t ask for recognition from their peers or the community the Rotaractors and Rotarians in this area believe it is worthwhile to operate this event as an opportunity to say thank you. Nominations for outstanding service to the community were taken from stations in the greater South Brisbane area from each of the 4 Essential Services Organisations. Each of the nominations was then scrutinized before final awardees were chosen from each of the Police, Fire, Ambulance and State Emergency Services.

The Awards evening was held at the Greek Club in South Brisbane on the 17th of August and in addition to the Rotarians, Rotaractors and distinguished crowd of award recipients and their guests, we were joined by Guest Speaker Police Commissioner Ian Stewart. Amongst other things the Commissioner addressed the crowd on the importance of such events to each of the Essential Services Organisations in boosting morale. The event was a great success with in excess of 75 people gathering for the evening which is also a rare opportunity for us as community members to interact with those wonderful people within the Police, Fire, Ambulance and State Emergency Services.

A Changeover to Remember

At the end of each Club year, Members join together with friends and family to celebrate the achievements of the previous year, thank the outgoing board and welcome a fresh batch of enthusiastic board members. This year the event was held at the Fox Hotel back on the 26th of June. After our delicious dinner President Mark ran through a presentation summarizing the achievements of the past year – the funds that we raised, the charities that we benefited and the large amount of fun that was had. The club was able to raise close to $15000 which is a great achievement.

Incoming President Craig then gave us a rundown on his plans for the year ahead and I am sure the 15/16 Club year will be another great one. Then it was time for something new. Anyone who has had anything much to do with the club since its inception would know Joe Thompson and would have seen his continual commitment to the building and maintaining the health of the club. We opted to name the Innaugural Rotaractor of the Year Award after Joe as a means of thanking him for all of his support over the years. Alisha Radford was picked buy the outgoing board as this years winner. She is the longest serving Club Member, has held the Role of President and just about everything else and has given a lot back to the RYLA, RYTS and RYPEN Youth Programs over the years.

After all the formalities were out of the way it was time to sit back, have a drink and enjoy ourselves. It was certainly one of our best changeovers to date. Lets hope we see your smiling face at next years event!!