Rotary

Two Days, Two Speeches

Two Days, Two Speeches

  Speaking at both Pine Rivers Daybreak and Toowong clubs have been highlights of my time in Brisbane so far. Along with the other three clubs I’ve spoken to, these clubs foster a fun, welcoming environment. They clearly value international…

International House

International House

Allan invited me to join my host club’s meeting at the University of Queensland’s International House (IH), a facility the Rotary Clubs of Brisbane have supported for decades. Dr. Carla Tromans, the director, and student residents gave an overview of the…

Rotary Club of Ashgrove/The Gap

Rotary Club of Ashgrove/The Gap

Last Wednesday, I gave a presentation to the Rotary Club of Ashgrove/The Gap. One of the members, Shaughn Forbes, has helped me set up more than a dozen meetings with clubs in District 9600. I spoke on the connection between…

Rachel Smith Presentation

Rachel Smith Presentation

Michael Michaux of the Toowong Rotary Club invited me to Rachel Smith’s presentation on sustainable transport. She discussed her findings from researching at the BMW Guggenheim Lab. BMW is looking into increasing  accessibility to cars but not necessarily ownership. The future, she said,…

Fundraising at the Home Festival

Fundraising at the Home Festival

I joined the Rotaract Club of South Brisbane a month ago. Today we were fundraising at the Home Festival, a community market in Kangaroo Point. I left impressed with the generosity of Australians. Hundreds of community members chipped in to…

What I’m Researching

What I’m Researching

Brisbane City Council aims to have one in five trips taken by bike or on foot by 2030. To help achieve this goal, they initiated CityCycle, a bicycle share program, in October 2010. Bike share programs allow users to rent…

Presentation to Kippa-Ring

Presentation to Kippa-Ring

I presented to my host club of Kippa-Ring on Wednesday night. I spoke about Knoxville, Portland, and my research at the University of Queensland. Club President Lorraine Jeffery and the rest of the club gave me a warm welcome.