The Rotary Club of Canberra Burley Griffin was chartered on 10 March 1987 when twenty five businessmen who had common interests in the ideals of Rotary, joined to form a luncheon club. Without any history or cultural restraints, the Club ambitiously developed programmes which were new to Rotary and was the first Club in Canberra to introduce women members. Since then we have been honoured to include Edna Barolits, our first indigenous member and who served as secretary in the early nineties.
Some of the projects which were enthusiastically committed to by the Rotary Club of Canberra Burley Griffin in those early years, included PolioPlus, Life Education; the development of twinning agreements, particularly with the Rotary Club of Nara, Japan, and extensive international programmes, particularly in times of natural disaster. We were the first Canberra club to assist villagers in Sri Lanka after the tsunami with new fishing boats.
Our Club has grown to a membership of approximately thirty five members who continue to search for new opportunities in pursuit of Rotary’s ideals of world peace.
We welcome newcomers and visitors to Canberra, and hope that you will join us for lunch to share our enjoyment of Rotary.
Message from the ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr MLA for the World Peace Bell website hosted by Rotary Club of Canberra Burley Griffin
I commend the Rotary Club of Canberra Burley Griffin for its vision and determination to bring the World Peace Bell to Canberra.
The Bell, which is made from the melted coins of United Nations member countries, is a significant symbol of peace and has been installed in cities around the world.
I am very proud that this will be only the second World Peace Bell in Australia and will ring out on special occasions throughout the year, including the Canberra Nara Candle Festival, to remind Canberrans and visitors to the capital that our goal is for a peaceful world.
The location of the Bell adjacent to the Canberra Nara Peace Park is fitting and I know it will become an iconic part of the park and the foreshores of Lake Burley Griffin.
Thank you to the businesses who have already pledged their support for the World Peace Bell. I encourage Canberrans to get behind this inspiring project and I look forward to seeing it come to fruition.
Andrew Barr MLA