Welcome to the Rotary Club of Fortitude Valley
President Larry O’Toole invites visiting Rotarians and anyone interested in sampling Rotary to join us at Ruggers Restaurant, Brothers Rugby Club Thursdays at 5:45pm for 6:15pm
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Rotary clubs have water projects on tapFor millions of people throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America, getting clean water is a daily struggle. In fact, more than 80% of all sickness in the world is attributed to unsafe water.
The Rotary FoundationIn 1917, RI President Arch C Klump proposed that an endowment be set up “for the purpose of doing good in the world”
RI President K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran chose “Be a gift to the World” as his theme for 2015-16.Using their talents, expertise, and leadership, Rotary members worldwide are asked to be gifts to the world this upcoming 2015-16 Rotary year.
Rotary International President K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran called his address to incoming district governors the "most significant moment of my life."
"All of you have been given so many gifts. And you have now been given this great gift: one year to take all your talents, all your gifts, everything that you are and can become -- and Be a Gift to the World," said Ravindran, revealing his presidential theme at the annual five-day training meeting in San Diego, California, USA. "You have one year to take that potential and turn it into reality. One year to lead the clubs in your district and transform the lives of others. The time is so short, yet there is so much to be done."
Highlighting Rotary's biggest challenge, the eradication of polio, Ravindran said, "A future without polio is a gift that we have promised to the children of the world. And indeed it is a gift that we will give."
Ravindran, a member of the Rotary Club of Colombo, Sri Lanka, used Rotary's successes in the fight to eradicate the disease as an illustration of the impact Rotary members can have in the world. When Rotary set a goal of eradicating polio 25 years ago, it was endemic in 125 countries, and more than 1,000 children were becoming paralyzed each day. Today, polio remains endemic in just three countries, Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. And in all of 2014, only 333 cases were reported. "We will battle on. We will prevail," he said.
Ravindran discussed some of Rotary's other challenges, including membership.
"We have to find a way to bring back the fundamentals that built our organization: the emphasis on high ethical standards in all aspects of our lives, and the classification system that encourages a diversity of expertise in each club," he said. "Too often these ideas are viewed as little more than inconvenient obstacles to increasing our membership. But they have been essential to Rotary's success, and we ignore them at our own peril."
Ravindran told attendees that the focus on branding is essential to helping Rotary grow. "We need to reposition our image, which we recognise has faded in many parts of the world," he said.
Rotary also needs to continue to raise funds for The Rotary Foundation, attract new members, and encourage greater participation from current members, he added.
"There are no easy answers to any of these questions. And yet the answers must somehow be found. We are the ones who must find them," said Ravindran.
The president-elect closed his speech emphasising that now is the time to make real change.
"You have one year to build monuments that will endure forever, not carved in granite or marble, but in the lives and hearts of generations. This is our time. It will not come again. Let us grasp it," he said.
Under1RoofUnder1Roof was an initiative of the Rotary Club of Fortitude Valley started in 2006 and has now attracted funding of $300,000.00 from the State Government’s Department of Communities. Minister Karen Struthers announced the funding at the launch of a video on the club’s Under 1 Roof project on 14th December 2011.
Under 1 Roof has evolved from an approach by the Fortitude Valley Rotary Club to community service agencies in the Fortitude Valley district to find out how the club could best support efforts to reduce homelessness in the area.
Members of the Under 1 Roof consortium include the Rotary Club of Fortitude Valley, Brisbane Housing Company Ltd, BRIC Housing, Mission Australia, 139 Club, New Farm Neighbourhood Centre, Footprints, Brisbane Youth Service, Communify and QuIHN.
Fortitude Valley Rotary Club Past President Julie Heckenberg said the funding would allow the consortium to better co-ordinate services and deliver stronger outcomes for clients. “We initiated the project because we wanted to bring together all the organisations that were working to assist homeless people in our community, so they could create an integrated web of support across their services,” Ms Heckenberg said.
“The consortium ensures there is ‘no wrong door’ for people in need in our community, and all the local services and agencies are now working in a more coordinated way to significantly reduce homelessness in Brisbane.” Brisbane Housing Company Chief Operations Officer Samantha Evans said almost 100 clients have been supported by the consortium this year to transition into sustainable housing or ongoing support.
To View the Video about our Under1Roof Project Click on the button below.
To View Statistics on it's success click on the reports below
Rotary in District 9600
The Rotary Club of Fortitude Valley is one of 68 clubs in Rotary District 9600 which includes parts of South-East Queensland, Papua New Guinea,Solomon Islands, and Nauru. To read more about our district Click Here