Prior to March 2015, District 9600 was lacking any Rotaract clubs. It may be surprising that any Australian districts would not have Rotaract clubs, given the recent expansion and enthusiasm of Rotaract around the country. Even more surprising then, this district includes the Brisbane CBD.
That has all suddenly changed. In March this year, the Rotaract Club of Brisbane CBD chartered under the leadership of Melanie Packer, bringing Rotaract to Brisbane city.
Just down the road, at the Queensland University of Technology, Riley Thornton was hatching a Rotaract Club of her own. This became the Rotaract Club of Brisbane Rivercity on July 30th. Excitingly, this club has more than 20 excited charter members.
Meanwhile, Ashley Broad, 2015-16 Rotaract Chair of District 9600, had been pushing for a club north of Brisbane in the area of Redcliffe and North Lakes.
It was Chris Poole who put his hand up and has taken the initiative to pull together a group of eager young people and he will charter the Rotaract Club of North Lakes on 23rd October.
Not to be outdone, uni student Ada Gain will be holding an information night on the 27th August for a new club on the Sunshine Coast, supported by the Rotary Club of Maroochydore.
With so much excitement for Rotaract around the district, momentum is building and there are rumours of interest west of Brisbane as well as in Papua New Guinea (which also falls under District 9600).
The next year is going to be very exciting!