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Michael Rabey  2019-2020

Returned to Canberra in 1994 after 22 years away living in Adelaide and Coffs Harbour

Since returning have worked with LJ Hooker as a Real Estate Agent retiring in 2017.

While in Coffs Harbour was a member of the Coffs Harbour City Rotary Club and created the Coffs Harbour Buskers Festival which ran for 5 years and which has since been reborn and run by the local Council

Is a past president of the Coffs Harbour City Rotary Club and was recognised as Paul Harris Fellow by the Club for his work on the Buskers Festival.

Initially joined The Canberra Sunrise Rotary Club and has been a member of the Rotary Club of Canberra Burley Griffin for 12 years

Coordinator for the project to bring a World Peace Bell to Lennox Gardens in Canberra

2018 Awarded a Paul Harris fellow by the Rotary District 9710 for his work on the Canberra Rotary Peace Bell

Coordinator of the Rotary 100 Centenary Project 2021. The project is to distribute 100 Peace Poles to 100 Schools through 100 Rotary Clubs following tours by each School to the Canberra Rotary Peace Bell

Appointed President of the Rotary Club of Canberra Burley Griffin June 2019.

Plans in place for a new public networking event “Rotary Means Business” 26th September 2019 at the Commonwealth Club

IPP Ross Brown 2017-2018

Rotarians, Partners and special guests:

Well what a year!

Our International Theme for 2017/18 was:

“Rotary: Making a difference”

I would like to think that in the past year we have made a real difference in our community.

Some of the highlights of our year:

July – we held our annual “Stomp”, this year with the assistance of David Reid of Bachata Spring with the theme “Latin Winter Wonderland”. Again another very successful event with the organising committee doing an amazing job. Over $12,000 was raised from the event. The Jerrabomberra Wetlands and the Japanese Snipe project were the major recipient from the stomp profits.

Graeme Howieson again was our clubs key person behind the scenes putting in a huge effort, supported by John Little, Wayne Duke and Liz.

August – We again assisted the Canberrang event by providing food and bar services. We supported the Boorowa Central School, to send students to the Annual MUNA event at old Parliament house.

October – A very busy month with another very successful Candle festival event, amidst all the Candle festival planning on the 16th October a very historic moment. With the aid of our Gold shovel we turned the first sod of soil to start construction of the Peace Bell Pavilion.

November – We held our Inaugural Trivia Night to help raise funds for the Peace Bell project, over $3,000 was raised on the evening, with the golden Shovel being auctioned off for $1,000. We had great support from Tim Beard an avid Trivia Buff who ran the night with upmost professionalism.

January – Our club supported a student from Canberra Grammar (Dimitri) to attend the National Youth Science Forum. Thanks again to Stephen McMillan for interviewing and vetting the applicants.

February – By far our busiest month this year, with the official opening Ceremony for the Canberra Rotary Peace Bell. The organising committee spent numerous hours planning and executing the event. Thanks go to the committee, in particular to Linda Wilkinson; a brand new of the club member thrown head first into the deep end – she swam like Shane Gould.

March – Ride for Peace II, no better way to relax after our busy February than to go on a bike ride. Over 70 riders attacked the cycle paths and roads around Canberra, raising over $2,000 for the Peace Bell. Thanks again to the team at LJ Hooker for their involvement in making the ride a success.

We have provided financial support to the tune of $5,000 for the Scout group at O’Connor to assist with maintenance and repairs to their ageing 1920’s hall.

We are keen to develop our relationship with the scouting groups with mutually benefitting projects.

We have held several Nara Park Clean up days to keep the grounds surrounding the Peace Bell in tip top shape.

We also have a very hardworking team working on our Indigenous and Environmental projects.

They are currently searching for a project that will see the club provide assistance to an isolated rural community to help improve the lives of the residents. George and his team are flying out west tomorrow to scope out our next possible project.

Our Membership Committee this year have truly thought outside of the Rotary Box. In May the club passed the By-law amendments necessary to allow the club to have corporate memberships. This membership will include embassies and Business. We already have three new corporate members and one embassy ready to sign the dotted line. This avenue opens exciting opportunities for Rotary with the possibility of new areas of service to the community and access to corporate funds for our projects. Huge thanks go to Juris, Bill, Michael and Greg for their work on these changes. The peace bell is proving to be an invaluable tool in our exposure to the community and is getting the name of Rotary on everyone’s lips. This exposure is to a whole new group of people and Community groups and is providing huge opportunities for new membership.

Guest Speakers, Once again the club has been most fortunate to be exposed to some simply amazing guest speakers, ranging in subjects from Frogs, Bees, Sustainable farming, Nordic Walking and talks by an Ambassador on a Green world.

George Wilson has done an amazing job putting the program together with high quality speakers week after week, well done George.

Yes we have been a very busy club this year and without the support of the management team it just would not have happened.

Thank you to the Board of 20178/18 – you guys and Gals are the best, it has been a very hectic year and one I feel places our club in a very strong position for the challenging years ahead for Rotary.

Yes I think we have made a real difference this year.


IPP Juris Jakovics 2016-2017

President Juris joined Rotary in 2006.  He has served on various committees, particularly on the Indigenous and the International committees and participated in club activities as time and energy permitted (having to take time out for recurring cancer treatment).

Juris spent 30 odd years in the public service in various roles including overseas service.  But it is his community work over the years that he values most.  He has been a member of the Nusa Tenggara Association, a Canberra-based development aid not-for-profit organisation, for over 20 years in various roles including a stint early on as vice-president, working up funding proposals, and designing an accounting system, as well as going on field trips in eastern Indonesia more times than he can remember.

Juris was a member of a Lions club a couple of decades ago where he had a term as treasurer.  He has been active for several decades in the Canberra Latvian community with stints as president, is a vice-president of the Latvian Federation of Australia and New Zealand, and has served in several minor roles in that community over the years since coming to Canberra in 1977, including as treasurer of an Australia-wide Latvian Cultural Festival held in Canberra over a decade ago, and participating in several world tours with an Australian-Latvian folk ensemble in the 1980s and early 1990s.

Juris’ interests are eclectic.  Finance would have to be on the bottom rung, but he believes he can turn his mind to anything.  This club and what it can achieve is his primary interest for the year 2016-17.

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  IPP Ron Rabey 2015-2016

President Ron joined Rotary in 1988… since then he has served as director of most avenues of service in the club, concentrating mainly on Youth and has chaired this committee many times. He also was on the district committee for Youth and was an assistant governor during 1992/93.

Ron first served as President in 1991/2.

A retailer for almost 50 years, Ron was a board member of the Canberra Chamber of Commerce, the Woden Community Committee, has represented his industry at CIT , and was an active member of the Industry Training Committee for Retail.
In 1993 he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to Study Retail in America.
Along with Tony Waring he sponsored our Rotary Golf day for 20 years and was also one of the major sponsors for the Victor Chang Golf Day and Hartley House.

Ron delivering his plans