Firstly, No lunch this week. Instead we have our International Dinner at Pride of Siam 7 Duff Pl, Deakin ACT Thai Banquet 6:30 for 7 pm With the funds raised going to Shelterbox Remember to look for last minute updates on the Facebook Page RCCBG
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.
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 [...]
Andrea Exchanging Banners with President Adele (ROCKS) I had the opportunity to attend a meeting of this wonderful club while I was holidaying on the island this year. Thee president, members and other guests warmly welcomed Brian and I to their fortnightly meeting, followed by drinks and a dinner to celebrate President Adele’s [...]
Concealed entry to Cu Chi Tunnel System On Day 2 we began with a tour of some of Saigon’s important buildings including the former Presidential Palace before unification, Notre Dame Cathedral, the War History Museum showing the brutality of a decade of American conflict, Central Post Office and the huge Ben Thanh Market. [...]
Our third guest speaker was Jillian Thomsen, Australia’s 2008 youth ambassador to the United Nations Youth Assembly in New York. Jillian had previously volunteered in Takmao, Cambodia, working with landmine victims and in disability inclusive development as a community development officer for Rose Rehabilitation Cambodia. Gillian presentation focused on her experiences in Afghanistan. How people, [...]