We have passed the shortest day of the year now. So, as the days get (marginally) longer we can look forward to a new Rotary year just around the corner.
No netball results this weekend but we have entered dance competition season. Now things really start to get competitive. And I learn to stay away from the hair and makeup department. Thomas and I did get out for a couple of runs this weekend. Taking advantage of the nice weather and some good company.
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the changeover dinner this Thursday night and celebrating the year that was, as well as looking forward to next year where we can Imagine Rotary.
President Warrick
ROTARY THEME FOR 2022 - 2023
This upcoming year, Rotary's theme is  "Imagine Rotary".   President-Elect , Andrea Conti will be elaborating on how our club will align with these seven Areas of Focus at the change over dinner this Thursday.
SPEAKERS TALK - Thu 23 June – Wendy Emerton, Nusa Tenggara Association
Wendy gave us a slide presentation on the work of the NTA.  The focus is on helping poor farming communities to earn more than a subsistence income in our very close neighbouring country.  The NTA operates in the poorest region of Indonesia, where rainfall is highly seasonal and the people endure seasonal hunger.  Children often suffer from the deprivation of food, achieving less growth, both physically and mentally.
The NTA consults with local co-operatives on a range of projects chosen by locals.  Typically, the co-operatives provide the labour and some of the local materials while the NTA monitors progress and provides funding for inputs such as expensive materials.  This would be for projects such as installing communal or household water tanks, building toilets for households and schools, or building appropriate fencing around crops and schools.
Other types of projects include providing expertise on farming practices to increase yields, sometimes doubling or tripling household income.  Another source of income is training in traditional weaving for women’s groups.  School toilets, libraries, library training, teacher training and annual communal gatherings all contribute to well-being and retention of children at school, particularly for girls.  Covid training, particularly at schools, has concentrated on sanitary practices and information.
Wendy was presented with a cheque for the NTA of $1,500 from our club and $1,000 from Hall Rotary Club, courtesy of the efforts of our club members Bill Andrews and Stephen McMillan, who visited Rotary clubs around Canberra, making presentations about the NTA.
Juris Jakovics
Over the Summer months, Sharon and I decided to go and try some new things despite what Covid was up to. One of these was "Shakespeare by the Lakes". The troupe were performing " A Mid-Summer Night's Dream".  We attended on the foreshore of Lake Burley Griffin on the grassy area in front of the National Library of Australia.
To our surprise the Rotary Club of Tuggeranong were providing support to the group in the way of marshaling and the use of their marquees for costume changes and the like.
Sharon and I were very impressed at the amount of branding and the breadth of exposure that the Rotary Club of Tuggeranong achieved.
The show was a great hit with all of the picnickers young and old.
The show was free to the audience with calls for gold coin donations upon exiting the venue. We both highly recommend attending any of the future events.
Editors: Marcel Skjald & Sharon Green
The club has received an email from Mr Katsumi Sato that a commemorative stamp was issued by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications of Japan in the hope that a World Peace Bell will be set up in the Republic of San Marino. The unveiling ceremony will be held in September 2022.
The commemorative stamp sample:
Should San Marino commit to the Bell it will be number 28.
In addition, 
Here is a link of a Facebook post from the Rotary Club of Wallsend talking about Peace and Refugee Week issues and have mentioned our Canberra Rotary Peace Bell.
Whilst I was in Charters Towers I spoke with Robert Murray; past president of the Rotary club of Charters Towers. Robert told me that he received a cold call from me following the visit to our Peace Bell by 10 students from the Greenvale State School back in 2019. This was very early in the project evidenced that Greenvale have peace pole 14 of 100. We are now arranging Peace pole 250 which may go to either Coffs Harbour Daybreak of McLaren Vale South Australia depending who places their order first.
Michael Rabey:
Don't forget the up and coming change over dinner; Thursday 30th of June at 6.30 pm at the Commonwealth Club.
There will be no regular lunch time meeting this week.
This Time 20 Years Ago
A film based in the Greek Odyssey with classic southern music and similarities to the recent election ; worth viewing or listening to.
"O Brother Where Art Thou: Directed by Ethan Cohen".

O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a 2000 comedy drama film written, produced, co-edited and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen and starring George ClooneyJohn Turturro, and Tim Blake Nelson, with Chris Thomas KingJohn GoodmanHolly Hunter, and Charles Durning in supporting roles.

The film is set in 1937 rural Mississippi during the Great Depression. Its story is a modern satire loosely based on Homer's epic Greek poem the Odyssey that incorporates social features of the American South.[10] The title of the film is a reference to the Preston Sturges 1941 film Sullivan's Travels, in which the protagonist is a director who wants to film O Brother, Where Art Thou?, a fictitious book about the Great Depression.[11]

Much of the music used in the film is period folk music.[12] The movie was one of the first to extensively use digital color correction to give the film an autumnal, sepia-tinted look.[13] Released by Buena Vista Pictures (through Touchstone Pictures) in North AmericaFranceGermanyItaly, and Spain and by Universal Pictures in other countries, the film was met with a positive critical reception, and the soundtrack won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 2002, making it the only motion picture soundtrack to have ever received the accolade.[14] The country and folk musicians who were dubbed into the film include John HartfordAlison KraussDan TyminskiEmmylou HarrisGillian WelchRalph StanleyChris SharpPatty Loveless, and others. They joined to perform the music from the film in the Down from the Mountain concert tour, which was filmed for consumer consumption via TV and DVD.[12][15]
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