One could be forgiven if they thought the Rotary Club of Brisbane International (RCBI) has been around for a while. Such was the grandeur surrounding the club which was officially chartered at the District 9630 conference held at the Jupiters Casino at the Gold Coast on the 4th-5th March 2017.

The phenomenal manner in which this club is growing is nothing short of outstanding and it continues to forge ahead in its efforts to serve humanity. You may recall in an earlier edition of Brisbane Indian Times that a group of like-minded and like hearted individuals were brought together in May 2016, all from the tiny island of Fiji, under the banner of the Rotary Organisation. This was the brainchild of Mr Jitendra Prasad, a well-respected accountant in Brisbane and himself a Rotarian since 1987. It was his dream to form an alliance with the local based Fijians living in Brisbane, and use it for the greater good locally and overseas.

The group, originally called the Rotary Club of Brisbane Fiji was formally inducted in July 2016, under the umbrella of the Rotary Club of Wishart. This name was then changed to the Rotary Club of Brisbane International to reflect the true and embracing nature synonymous to Rotary which is non-political and non-religious. The club is not be restricted to people of Fijian background only and in fact already has a member from The Nederlands.

Since its inception as a Satellite club, RCBI has been involved in a lot of projects. However, the one project where they have taken the opportunity to form an alliance with another charitable organisation (Rosies) to feed the homeless on a monthly basis in Woodridge has been well received across the board. The chartering of the club at a district level and at a district conference is historic and it is understood that the club has captured the attention of other Rotary Clubs as well as Rotary International. This is no minor feat and it definitely deserves appropriate recognition.

However, this was never the intention of RCBI as it continues to go about its business in serving humanity. The club is continually looking for like-minded people to join hands and be part of this very exciting opportunity, endeavouring to lend a hand to build communities and bridge continents, make dreams a reality for the less fortunate and more importantly save lives and make a difference.

Please contact Membership Director Arun Raniga on 0403 301 337: President Elect Raj Padarath on 0434 023 240: PR Director Abdul Azam on 0413 503 436 : President Jitendra Prasad on 0402422777 to discuss how you could assist and be part of the Rotary Club of Brisbane International.

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