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Monday 7th November 2022
Andrea Conti
There is no update on the Presidents activities this week.
Duty Roster  (November 2022)
10th Nov
17th Nov
24th Nov
‘Welcome & Opening the Meeting:
John Little
Russell Dew
Olek G
Toast to
Rotary at Work:
Keith Gray
Michael Raby
Bill Andrews
Thank Speaker and Write Notes
Sally G
George Wilson
Judy Raymond
If Unable To Attend On A Day You Are Rostered, Please Organise A Replacement.
Native Bees of the ACT and NSW
This Weeks meeting we will have Peter Abbott speaking about the 63 Native Bee Specis in the ACT and NSW. He will have his book available for purchase at the meeting.
Last Week's Meeting Presentation (3rd November) about the Zonta Breakfast Club
Serina Bird presented information on the Club Activities in Canberra. The Club aims is to empower Women through Service and Advocacy. Zonta stands for Women’s rights and to make the world a better place. They were founded in Buffalo, New York in 1919 and has in some ways had a parallel development to that of Rotary International. The organization now boasts 27000 individuals across 62 countries.
Their Advocacy involves Social Media, The UN Woman’s Orange World, the Zonta walk on the 25th November and the Peace Bell Ringing Event on the 10th of December. The Orange world activity involves having buildings in Canberra bathed in Orange light at night including Old Parliament House, Kings Avenue bridge and the Canberra Times Fountain in Civic. At 7.00 AM on Saturday the 10th December a ringing of the Peace Bell will be held to strike the Bell for every women who has died of Domestic Violence in Australia this year. Zonta has given the Burley Griffin Club a donation of $200 towards the Peace Bell Activities.
Other activities include
  1. A homelessness committee to care for women who are homeless because of domestic violence
  2. Birthing kits to promote clean environments for women in third world countries to have their babies.
  3. Breast care cushions for women who have undergone Breast operations.
  4. Kitchen packs for women to establish household utensils when they have been forced out of their homes.
  5. Supporting women to reach their work potential through education. Scholarships are provided to promote women in STEM subjects, business and public affairs and Doctoral candidates in the ANU Astronomy program.
  6. Supporting young mothers with Scholarships and $500 to two Canberra mothers each year
Their fund raising activities include an Art show, Preloved Fashion sale and a High Tea event. If you want to support their activities in any way you can contact Serina at Zonta Breakfast <>
You are invited to a choir concert “BALTA” on Thursday, November 17 at 8:00pm at the Polish White Eagle Club, 38 David St., Turner ACT 2612.
What does the eighth best choir in the world sound like?
Lovers of music have a wonderful opportunity to find out because BALTA, the Latvian female choir holding this place according to the German organisation Interkultur, will be performing in Canberra on November 17, 2022.
BALTA has performed in Latvia, USA, Germany, Belgium, Norway, Austria, South Korea, China, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Poland, Spain, Slovakia, and Italy. They have regularly taken part in a wide range of choral competitions and festivals frequently securing first prize, a gold medal or the Grand Prix in competitions. The list of the choir’s competition achievements would happily fill this page.
BALTA was founded in 1999 by Professor Māra Marnauza, who continues her work as the choir’s artistic director and conductor. Prof. Marnauza is also one of the Principal Conductors at the Latvian Song Celebration which event takes place every 5 years and involves 14,000-16,000 choristers. She has also been a jury member at choral competitions in Latvia, Austria, Italy, Estonia, and Germany as well as presenting masterclasses in Europe, USA, China and South Korea.
The program in Canberra will include traditional Latvian songs as well as choral works by the well-known Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds as well as international composers - Ricardo Lafuente Aguado, Juan Hernando Sanz, Josep Robert Selles, James Stevens, Ola Gjeilo, Kim Andre Arnesen and Anna-Mari Kähärä among others.
This concert forms part of the celebration of Latvia’s Independence Day.

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2022 Council on Resolutions: 17-Oct to 01-Nov
Item no. Title Result
To request the RI Board to consider encouraging senior
members to increase their level of engagement with new
• Yes: 278
• No: 176
To request the RI Board to consider including the vice president
of the club among the officers listed in the Official Directory and
also providing him/her with the same access to resources and
services available to the club president on My Rotary
• Yes: 306
• No: 144
To request the RI Board to consider lowering the minimum
number of members a club must have to sponsor a new club
from 20 to 15 members
• Yes: 230
• No: 224
To request the RI Board to consider allowing retired
professionals to add the word ‘retired’ to their classification in
Rotary’s member database
• Yes: 313
• No: 140
22R-05 To request the RI Board to consider changing the Rotary Youth
Leadership Awards name to the Rotary Young Leaders Awards
• Yes: 203
• No: 248
22R-06 To request the RI Board to consider improving the access and
readability of the Board meeting minutes
• Yes: 365
• No: 86
22R-07 To request the RI Board to consider eliminating the logo and pin
of the RI president
• Yes: 151
• No: 298
To request the RI Board to consider relaxing the qualification
requirements for assistant governor and granting districts the
discretionary authority to make their selections for this role
based on local conditions
• Yes: 134
• No: 322
To request the RI Board to consider adopting “Clean and Safe
Water for Everyone” as Rotary’s primary goal after polio
• Yes: 159
• No: 296
22R-10 To request the RI Board to consider endorsing the Treaty on the
Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
• Yes: 175
• No: 275
22R-11 To request the RI Board to consider requesting Rotary clubs to
contribute US$10 per member to reduce the spread of Covid-19
• Yes: 26
• No: 428
To request the RI Board to consider recommending charging
certain beneficiaries in order to provide broader and more
sustainable community service
• Yes: 51
• No: 400
22R-13 To request the Trustees to consider designating a new area of
focus devoted to the development of culture
• Yes: 61
• No: 391
To request the RI Board to consider conducting Rotary events in
a manner that takes global environmental issues into
• Yes: 259
• No: 194
1. *AT&T fired1President John Walter after nine months, saying he lacked  intellectual leadership. He received a $26 million severance package. Perhaps it's  not Walter who's lacking the intelligence. 
2. *WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM OUR FRIENDS: Police in Oakland, CA  spent two hours attempting to subdue a gunman who had barricaded himself  inside his home. After firing ten tear gas canisters, officers discovered that the man was standing beside them in the police line, shouting, 'Please come out and give yourself up.'  
3. *WHAT PLAN B? An Illinois man, pretending to have a gun, kidnapped a motorist and forced him to drive to two different automated teller machines, wherein the kidnapper proceeded to withdraw money from his own bank accounts. 
4. *THE GETAWAYS! A man walked into a Topeka, Kansas Kwik Stop and asked for all the money in the cash drawer. Apparently, the take was too small, so he tied up the store clerk and worked the counter himself for three hours until police showed up and grabbed him. 
5. *DID I SAY THAT? Police in Los Angeles had good luck with a robbery suspect who just couldn't control himself during a line-up. When detectives asked each man in the line-up to repeat the words: 'Give me all your money or I'll shoot', the man shouted, 'That's not what I said!'
6. *ARE WE COMMUNICATING? A man spoke frantically into the phone: 'My wife is pregnant, and her contractions are only two minutes apart'. 'Is this her first child?' the doctor asked. 'No!' the man shouted, 'This is her husband!' 
7. *NOT THE SHARPEST TOOL IN THE SHED! In Modesto, CA, Steven Richard King was arrested for trying to hold up a Bank of America branch without a weapon. King used a thumb and a finger to simulate a gun. Unfortunately, he failed to keep his hand in his pocket. (Hellooooooo...!!!) 
8. *THE GRAND FINALE! Last summer, down on Lake Isabella, located in the high desert, an hour east of Bakersfield, CA, some folks, new to boating, were having a problem. No matter how hard they tried, they couldn't get their brand new 22-foot boat, going. It was very sluggish in almost every manoeuvre, no matter how much power they applied. After about an hour of trying to make it go, they putted into a nearby marina, thinking someone there may be able to tell them what was wrong. A thorough topside check revealed everything in perfect working condition. The engine ran fine, the out-drive went up and down, and the propeller was the correct size and pitch. So, one of the marina guys jumped in the water to check underneath. He came up choking on water, he was laughing so hard. Under the boat, still strapped securely in place, was the trailer! 
*Now remember, these are all true stories, and these people vote and have children! 
Eric Carmody
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