Brisbane Greeters are in training once more. There is so much happening in this New World City at the moment that it is hard to keep up with it all. Subsequently, Brisbane Greeters are in big demand to make sure everything goes smoothly.
First up are the positions of Brisbane Festival ambassadors. Greeters will front up to a briefing at the South Bank Surf Club at the end of this month. Nice work if you can get it. This year's program, which runs from Saturday the 7th to Saturday the 28th of September, has something for everyone, from the family friendly Santos GLNG City of Lights to the strictly adults only finger puppet show, When Claude met Roxy.
That gracious old lady of the retail world, the Brisbane Arcade, turns ninety this year. I think a nice greeting card from the local councillor and State and Federal MPs is in order, don't you? Brisbane Greeters will be on hand to guide you through this iconic shopping and dining precinct and relate the stories of The Mayne Inheritance. After you hear this tale of madness, murder and philanthropy, you will be invited to make up your own mind about the circumstances of the gruesome death of that timber getter in Brisbane's wild colonial days. It is hoped that the smart new Greeter uniform will be worn for the first time on this momentous occasion.
The bright red Greeter T-shirts were much in evidence last year at the Brisbane Open House. I was rostered at the Old Windmill at my request, and the general public were most disconcerted that I could access the upper stories of this relic of Brisbane's convict days, whereas they were confined to the ground floor only. Greeters have many privileges on this gig, including having first dibs as to which building they prefer to person, preferential treatment in the long queues for the most popular venues, meeting some very enthusiastic members of the public, and a celebratory dinner at the end of the weekend. The launch for BOH will be held in QUT's Science and Engineering Centre early in September.
At the moment, experienced Greeters are taking apprentices on such tours as Sixty Photos in Sixty Minutes x 2, The Brisbane City Council's Public Art and Architecture Tour, The BCC's Cultural Heritage Public Art Trail, the Bulimba, West End, and Teneriffe/Newstead precincts, and Theatrical Brisbane. As you can see, there is something for everyone.
And who got to dance the chicken dance with Sir Llew Edwards at Expo's Twenty-fifth anniversary? I shall take that memory to the grave. Not that any of my fellow Greeters are going to allow me to forget it!
September 7 will reveal just who will be hosting the G20 summit in Brisbane November 15/16 next year. No election required for the group which will be showing its entourage around the many sights of this wonderful city of ours. On the international stage, Brisbane Greeters are ensured of top notch tours with the forty-nine sister organisations when they take their retirement trips overseas. I had wonderful tours of Chicago and The Big Apple recently courtesy of their Greeters.
As you can see, a Greeter's life is more than a happy one. It is certainly not boring, and offers many opportunities for worthwhile community involvement. Does this sound like you? If so, go to www.brisbanegreeters.com.au and follow the links to the volunteering section. You'll be so glad you did.