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International House and Rotary International Newsletter ISSUE 2 l APRIL 2014


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International House has had an incredible start to the year with a new group of young people joining the community and lots of exciting initiatives that are in full swing. This is the second issue of the rotary international newsletter which has been produced out of a desire from our Rotarian friends to have a source of information to update them on what is going on at a International House and the activities that are occurring between Rotary Clubs and International House.

• About International House • Thank you • International Women’s Day Breakfast • Indigenous Youth Leadership Camp • RYLA • Volunteers • Joint Meetings

About International House

Thank you!

International House began as a Rotary International Golden Anniversary Project founded in 1965 by the Rotary Club of Brisbane.

Since December, we have had all of the Rotary Clubs listed below host their meetings at International House.

Many Rotary Clubs and Rotarians played an integral role in supporting the fundraising and developing the values that International House would have as an organisation.

Above: International House grounds.

This relationship continues to be central to the values that International House has in nurturing and supporting globally aware citizens. Above: Members of the Rotary Club of Kenmore.

• Rotary Club of Brisbane Planetarium • Rotary Club of Ashgrove-The Gap • Rotary Club of Fortitude Valley • Rotary Club of Kenmore

In May and June, we look forward to welcoming the Rotary Club of Toowong Changeover, Rotary Club of Redcliff and Rotary Club of Kippa Ring. Please contact us to obtain more information about how to host one of your meetings at International House.

International Women’s Day Breakfast — District 9600 and 9630 Districts 9600 and 9630 joined forces with Women in Rotary, Officeworks and International House in celebrating established and emerging Women in Business with an International Women’s Day Breakfast on 12 March. The morning was well attended by Past District Govenor Dai Mason and his wife Sue as well as Founder of Women in Rotary, Kerry Hausenger who flew up from Melbourne. Thank you to all those who came along to showcase their support for the advancement of women in Australia and to listen to the robust conversation from our panel of women Laura Stokes, Jade Demnar, Lisa Bateson, Jaime Lee Walker and Tara Castle. Thank you to Officeworks and Rotary District 9600 and 9630 for their support and donation.

Above: (left to right) Carol Wells, Jade Demnar, Dr Carla Tromans, Lisa Bateson, Jaime Lee Walker, Officeworks Manager, Kerry Hausenger, Tara Castle and Laura Stokes.

Indigenous Youth Leadership Camp (IYLC) International House is proud to be hosting its 3rd Annual Indigenous Youth Leadership Camp (IYLC) in July 2014. Each year the IYLC welcomes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students from around South East Queensland to International House to work with residents in a mentor/ mentee relationship to develop their personal and professional skills. This initiative continues to develop and grow and has been strongly supported by Rotary Clubs both financially and by Rotarians offering their skills sets and networks to support the camp. In 2014 we look forward to growing this initiative further and are eager to showcase Rotary throughout the camp to be held in July. If you or your Rotary Club are interested in hearing more about ways to support this initiative please contact International House.


Joint Meetings

The call for nominations to be a part of RYLA 2014 was met with strong interest amongst our IH residents.

Are you interested in growing your Rotary friendship base? Why not host a joint meeting with another Rotary Club at International House?

Above: IH Alumnus, Emma Karlsen at RYLA

Submissions were reviewed at the March Board of Management Meeting and a total of four International House residents were among the six young people District 9600 will be sending to this year’s camp. Amongst the group is Kade Hamalainen who spoke at a Rotary Meeting in 2013 and who was recently awarded a Gratitude Award at International House’s first formal dinner for 2014. International House has been nominating residents to attend RYLA for many years and continues to appreciate and value the support that the program gives in enabling and empowering future leaders of the world.

On Thursday 27 February, the Rotary Club of Fortitude Valley and Rotary Club of Ashgrove-The Gap hosted a joint meeting to at International House to celebrate World Understanding Month. They welcomed a number of special guests including District Governor (2012-2013) Trevor Taylor and wife Robyn, as well as the guest speakers Peace Fellow Erica-Rose Jeffrey, past International House Student Club President Kelsie Herbert and current International House Student Club President Soe San Htike (PiPi).

Peace Practioners Series Please join us at the Peace Practioners Series run by Peace Fellow, Marion Akiteng on 17 April 2014 between 3–5 pm at International House, Ivor Cribb Room. No registration needed.

Contact us Thank you for reading the IH Rotary International Newsletter. If you have any feedback or would like to make a suggestion for a story to feature in the next issue, please contact us by any of the details shown below. T F E A W

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Follow us Above: IH Advancement Director, Laura Stokes and Lisa Bateson presenting a cheque.

Does your Rotary Club need volunteers? Interested in helping to cultivate the next generation of Rotarians? International House is full of eager young people who are interested in volunteering, interning and developing their skills. If your club is supporting a worthwhile community initiative and would like volunteers, please contact us. laura_stokes

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