District Governor Maureen reported that she’d had a great start to her Rotary year, visiting many clubs; meeting some people from Vietnam who wished to start a Rotary Club there (and had been working on this for several years); and meeting First Lady of Timor Leste and some of the amazing doctors who assist and [...]
On 18 July 2013, Areti Metuamate of the ANU enlightened us all with a delightful and informative presentation on King George Tupou V of Tonga – a unique type of Pacific leader. Areti, who is of Cook Islander descent and attended our lunch-time meeting with his very welcome mother, who didn't look old enough to be his mother, has himself had quite a longstanding relationship with Rotary, his closest friend having been a Rotary Exchange Student who benefitted from that experience enormously and went on to engage in a Rotary Peace Fellowship. Apart from his doctorate studies at ANU, Areti is heavily engaged in student union activities and in working with community groups, including those of a Maori background. In his research over the last 8 years, Areti has focussed on the Tongan monarchy, which is the last independent monarchy in the Pacific. The main conclusion he has drawn from that research is that the Tongan monarchy is quite unique, drawing much of its vigour from its strong and continuing association with the British Crown, but independent from it.
The July 2013 DG’s newsletter contains, as usual, a lot of interesting information on the going’s on around District 9710. As always, the newsletter can be downloaded from our website but some of the highlights are; A Note from DG Maureen Key Rotarian of the Year Award 2012-13 MUNA A Rotary Moment... YEP created direction... [...]
On Saturday 13 July was the Club's Annual STOMP Event. As most of you are aware, this is a mjor fundraiser for the Club and an awful lot of fun! The Annual STOMP dance event was started by Mark McEwen & RCCBG in 2004 in response to the tragic Boxing Day Tsunami. Since that time [...]
Some 50 members and guests enjoyed the Club’s changeover dinner at the Royal Canberra Golf Club on the evening of Friday, 5 July. PDG Len Goodman, accompanied by Joyce, represented the District Governor, and responded on behalf of Rotary International to the toast given by President-Elect Juris. Assistant Governor David Mylan and Pia also attended [...]
Another Rotary year closes and it’s time to reflect and learn from the past twelve months. My aim this year was to lead the club with a small active board supported by member’s assigned responsibility for specific events. This was largely successful however some members missed the structure of the committees. We lost several members [...]