What a busy weekend.

Managed to get away to the coast, very wet on Saturday, but almost saw some sun on Sunday.  My daughter got 2nd place in her dance competition. But while we were away my son managed to break his kneecap! You win some and lose some.

We are doing well with walking for a purpose. If you haven't contributed yet, there is still time to.

Talking about still time, have a thought about our other initiative, hat day for Mental health, a very important part of Rotary and something that has been so important for all of us this year. So please see if you can squeeze something in.

I would like to set up a Christmas giving appeal, but don't have any recipients on the top of my mind. If anyone has a favorite organisation we could get behind, please let me know and we will promote it.

Enjoy the sunshine, It's been a magnificent day

President Warrick


Hay Indigenous Student Scholarships

On behalf of the school, I would like to thank the members of the Rotary Club of Canberra Burley Griffin for your continued support of our indigenous students in 2021.

The four recipients of the 2021 scholarships have made good academic progress and developed resilience with the Covid restrictions and learning from home.

Milly has just completed Year 8 and has applied herself to lessons at school. She has chosen Food Technology, Visual Arts and Music for her electives in Year 9. Milly has used the funds for school fees and a laptop which she has found very useful for completing homework and assignments when not at school.

Jonty has has continued to enjoy school and make satisfactory progress.  He has chosen Food Technology, Visual Arts and PASS (Physical and Sport Studies) as his Year 9 electives. The scholarship covers his school fees this year and next and several school uniform items.

Indyanna has just completed Year 9 and is the most academic of the scholarship recipients. She came in first in English, History and Food Technology. She is going to study Textiles Technology through Dubbo Distance Education School. She is also continuing to study Commerce and Food Technology as electives. She has used half her scholarship funds on school fees and will put the balance toward a lap top. She is planning to attending university upon completing school.

Trinity has just completed Year 10 and has started a School Based Traineeship in Retail, working at the Hay Foodworks Supermarket, and studying Retail by distance. This is a great pathway for Trinity as neither of her parents have post school qualifications. She will take English Studies and VET Hospitality in Year 11. Trinity has used her scholarship to pay for her school fees and a calculator.

The recipients for the scholarships for 2022 are three students who have just completed Year 7: Andrew J, Faith K , and Harrison D and Indyanna W going into Year 10. 

The Awards Day presentation will be through Zoom on Thursday, 16th December. At this stage it is scheduled to start at 10 am. Taking our indigenous students to Canberra next year will be a wonderful opportunity for them. Can I suggest either early Term 2, which is the beginning of May or late Term 3, in September, to avoid the Canberra winter. Last time we joined up with Balranald Central School students. Is this what is also intended for the 2022 trip?


Anne McNally

Careers Advisor/VET Coordinator

Hay War Memorial High School


Walking with a Purpose

President-elect hard at work behind mask in Nara Park.

Lift the Lid” on Mental Illness

As you know our fund raiser was extended from October until the end of November to allow you more time to get together with friends (without restrictions).  However, the start of December is nearly upon us.

May I implore you to dig deep, as we are some way off our target, to support Mental Health research in Australia. We are partnering with Australian Rotary Health to support those in our community with mental illness.

Get your friends together, in person or virtually and host a Hat Day Party to “Lift the Lid” on mental illness OR just make a donation.

“Lift the Lid” on Mental Illness is an initiative of Australian Rotary Health, one of the largest non-government funders of mental health research in Australia.  Australian Rotary Health was established in 1982 and has raised more than $33 million towards research projects since that time.

More than ever we need your support.  Please click on the link below to make your donation to make a difference.

100% of proceeds will go towards funding vital mental health research.

Sharon Green, Hat Day and Lift the Lid on Mental Illness Promotor

Peace Project

I was able to make a short presentation during a 2 hour live Zoom/Facebook presentation to recognise the International Peace Pole Day on Tuesday. The event was organised by “May Peace Prevail on Earth International”. Thousands of people tuned in to watch from around the world.

This morning I received the message a below from Seiko Takase the daughter of Chiyoji Nakagawa founder of the first Peace Bell that he donated to the UN in 1954. I spoke about the fact that Peace Bells and Peace Poles were first thought of in 1954 and 1955 from Japan at the end of the war and following the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We have communicated with Seiko previously.

Michael Rabey




Dec. 2nd

Dec. 9th

Dec. 16th




Commonwealth Club




B. Andrews

R. Brown



R. Dew

P. Judge



M. Barolits

G. Howieson



R. Brown

L. Scrivener



P. Davies

A. Conti


If Unable To Attend On A Day You Are Rostered, Please Organise A Replacement.

THIS WEEK'S LUNCHEON MEETING (Dec. 2nd at the Commonwealth Club)

To note your attendance please email Russell at:

by 5.00PM Monday

Just a quick reminder if you are not one of the 12 people that are on our list as attending every meeting "regular", you must email Russell if you are planning to attend.

If you are a "regular" attender and plan to miss a meeting, then you need to advise Russell that you will not be at the meeting.

We have to provide numbers to the Commonwealth Club by Tuesday morning and with limited capacity of the Club due to Covid-19 late comers will miss out.

Ross Brown and the Door Team.

Speaker: Professor William Coleman

Topic: His book - THEIR FIERY CROSS OF UNION: A Retelling of the Creation of the Australian Federation, 1889-1914

Prof. Coleman argues that the making of Australia's federation was the accidental upshot of a contest for personal political supremacy; that the cause's leadership was mediocre; its democracy superficial, its motivations banal, its ideals more imperial than patriotic, and its consequences injurious to Australia's economic welfare, military security, industrial peace, and social harmony. Australia's Federation was at least one generation premature, and badly botched, with enduring consequences.


Speaker: David Lindenmayer, ANU Fenner School of Environment

Topic: We had the opportunity to see David’s book on the Great Forest which he describes as an extraordinary landscape now under severe threat. The book has photographs that reveal the mountain ash forests of central Victoria to be one of Australia's great natural treasures. Mountain Ash is the tallest flowering plant on the planet. The forests were 20 million years in the making. They are now under severe threat from logging and wildfires, such as the catastrophic fire that struck on Black Saturday in 2009.


Darwin Awards

The Darwin Awards salute the improvement of the human genome by honoring those who accidentally remove themselves from it in a spectacular manner! The following either received the award or should have.

1. I am a medical student currently doing a rotation in toxicology at the poison control centre. Today, this woman called in very upset because she caught her  little daughter eating ants. I quickly reassured her that the ants are not harmful  and there would be no need to bring her daughter into the hospital. She calmed  down and at the end of the conversation happened to mention that she gave her  daughter some ant poison to eat to kill the ants. I told her that she better bring  her daughter into the emergency room right away. 

2. Early this year, some Boeing employees on the airfield decided to steal a life  raft from one of the 747s. They were successful in getting it out of the plane  and home. Shortly after they took it for a float on the river, they noticed a  Westpac Rescue Helicopter coming towards them. It turned out that the chopper  was homing in on the emergency locator beacon that activated when the raft  was inflated. They are no longer employed at Boeing. 

3. A man, wanting to rob a Bank of Queensland, walked into the Branch and wrote  'Put all your money in this bag. 'While standing in line, waiting  to give his note to the teller, he began to worry that someone had seen him  write the note and might call the police before he reached the teller's  window. So he left the Bank and crossed the street to the NAB Bank.  After waiting a few minutes in line, he handed his note to the teller. She read it  and, surmising from his spelling errors that he wasn't the brightest light in the  harbour, told him that she could not accept his stickup note because it was  written on a Bank of Queensland deposit slip and that he would either have to  fill out a NAB deposit slip or go back to Bank of Queensland. Looking  somewhat defeated, the man said, 'OK' and left. He was arrested a few minutes  later, as he was waiting in line back at the Bank of Queensland. Happened in  Noosa!

4. A bloke walked into a little corner store with a shotgun and demanded all of the  cash from the cash drawer. After the cashier put the cash in a bag, the robber  saw a bottle of Scotch that he wanted behind the counter on the shelf. He told  the cashier to put it in the bag as well, but the cashier refused and said, 'Because I don't believe you are over 21.' The robber said he was, but the clerk still  refused to give it to him because she didn't believe him. At this point, the  robber took his driver's licence out of his wallet and gave it to the clerk. The  clerk looked it over and agreed that the man was in fact over 21 and she put the  Scotch in the bag. The robber then ran from the store with his loot. The cashier  promptly called the police and gave the name and address of the robber that she  got off the licence. They arrested the robber two hours later. 

5. A pair of robbers entered a record shop nervously waving revolvers. The first  one shouted, 'Nobody move!' When his partner moved, the startled first bandit  shot him.

6. Seems this bloke wanted some beer pretty badly.. He decided that he’d just  throw a brick through a bottle shop window, grab some booze, and run. So he  lifted the brick and heaved it over his head at the window. The brick bounced  back knocking him unconscious. It seems the liquor store window was made of  Flexi-Glass... The whole event was caught on videotape.. Perth WA ..

Eric Carmody.


Nov 29 International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

Nov 30 Barbados Independence Day (from UK in 1966); St. Andrews Day (Scotland); Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare

Dec 1 Central African Republic Day (became autonomous territory within the French Community in 1958); Romania National Day (union of Transylvania and Romania in1918); World AIDS Day

Dec 2 Lao National Day (establishment of Lao People's Democratic Republic in 1975); United Arab Emirates National Day (nationalisation from British Protectorate Treaties in 1971); International day for the Abolition of Slavery

Dec 3 International Day of People with Disabilities

Dec 4 International Day of Banks (??)

Dec 5 International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development; World Soil Day


Nov 29 (1899) FC Barcelona founded by Catalan, Spanish and Englishmen

Nov 30 (1982) Michael Jackson album “Thriller” released, best selling album in history

Dec 1 (2000) Vicente Fox inaugurated president, first peaceful transfer of power to an opposition party in Mexico's history.

Dec 2 (1988) Benazir Bhutto sworn in as Prime Minister of Pakistan, first woman to lead Islam-domiated state.

Dec 3 (1854) Battle of Eureka Stockade in which 20 gold miners killed by state troopers in Ballarat.

Dec 4 (1829) British Governor General issues regulation declaring those abetting “suttee” in Bengal guilty of culpable homicide.

Dec 5 (2017) International Olympic Committee bars Russia from 2018 Winter Olympics for doping in 2014.

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