AS far as Rotary changeover dinners are concerned, this was a big one!!

The combined changeover dinner of Rotary Club of Brisbane International (RCBI) and the Rotary Club of Wishart (RCW) was held at the Sunnybank Bowls Club on 15th July 2017.  Some notable attendees included past District Governors, past Presidents, a current Assistant Governor, current presidents of other Rotary clubs and other community based organisations.

Also present amongst the invited guests were Hon. Ian Walker, member for Mansfield who is also the Shadow Attorney General and Shadow Minister for Justice and Planning and Ms Freya Ostapovitch, a former local member for Stretton.

The guest speaker for the night was Dr Vijay Kapadia, a renowned Gold Coast based cardiologist. His speech and presentation about his charity work in Fiji undoubtedly left the crowd mesmerised.

This changeover was very special for multiple reasons. Not only was RCBI celebrating its inaugural changeover, it was a combined changeover with its sponsor club, RCW which in itself was historic. Another reason to celebrate was that outgoing President, Mr Jitendra Prasad, who has been the brainchild behind the formation of RCBI, had recently been announced as District Governor Elect for District 9630. This is a tremendous achievement for both Mr Prasad personally and RCBI, a club he holds so dear to his heart. Mr Prasad is excited about and is looking forward to assuming his responsibilities as District Governor for Rotary District 9630 from 01 July next year.

As outgoing President of RCBI, Mr Prasad also had the honour of passing on the Presidents collar to incoming President Mr Raj Padarath, who outlined his strategic plans to take RCBI to the next level in the New Year.

Bobbey Pawagi stepped in as incoming President for RCW taking over the reins from outgoing President, Mr Brian Hooker.

On a night of fun and friendship, approximately 160 members, guests, family and friends attended this event. As far as Rotary is concerned, this number speaks volumes. DJ Desi provided the entertainment for the night and the dinner choices were excellent. There was Bollywood dance performance by sisters Jacinta and Shanika who displayed versatility in their talents. The Master of Ceremony and event chairperson, Mr Abdul Azam was eloquent in his role.

Whilst everyone was brilliant in their respective roles, it was Dr Kapadia who enthralled the audience with a presentation which can only be described as electric and absorbing. He explained the dire circumstances that the Fiji Islands finds itself in as far as cardiovascular disease is concerned and how extremely limited the resources are so far as treatment is concerned. The revelation of the enormity of the problem was haunting as much as astounding. He left his listeners in no doubt whatsoever as to what action and assistance was urgently needed.

The outgoing Presidents of the respective clubs reflected upon the year that was with pride and passion whilst the incoming presidents showed great commitment as they outlined their visions for the year ahead. The key strategic priorities was to support and strengthen clubs, focus and increase humanitarian service and enhance public image and awareness.

The night was tremendously successful but if the current leadership is anything to go by, it would not be amiss to suggest that RCBI well and truly has its sight set on a very bright and eventful future.

If you are interested in becoming a part of this wonderful organisation, you can do so by contacting either the President Raj Padarath on 0434 023 240 or the Membership Director, Mr Arun Raniga on 0403 301 337 and putting an expression of interest in.

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