Eric Carmody presenting the Certificate of Appreciation to Shu Hirata from Nagasaki and his interpreter.
Monday 13th March 2023
We had 4 Members of our club help out at the Black Opal parking at the Race Course. Thanks to those people who spent at least 3 to 4  hours of their weekend supporting the Murrumbidgee club. We will get a proportion of their proceeds based on the hours the members put into the Parking.
Cheers Andrea
Duty Roster 
The next meeting will be on the 2nd March at the Commonwealth Club at 12.15 for 12.30.
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Welcome and Opening of the Meeting
Astrida Upitis
Keith Gray
John Little
Judy R
Toast to Rotary at Work
Sally Goodspeed
Bill Andrews
Linda Wilkinson
Thanks to the Speaker
Judy Raymond
Eric Carmody
Monica G
Our guest speaker last Thursday was Mr Shu Hirata from Nagasaki.
He is involved with the Peace Wing in Nagasaki and he spoke to us on the horrors of the dropping
of the Atomic bomb on the 9th of August 1945 at 11.02 A.M.
The population of Nagasaki at the time was 240,000.
The bomb created an air temp. approx. 4,000 degrees.
The immediate result was 73,900 dead and 75,000 injured. Many to die later and 18,400 homes
 Mr Hirata spoke of his family and how the bomb affected them. His Grandfather and Mother
survived the bomb blast but his Grandmother and three of her children died in the days after the blast.
It was chilling to hear first hand just what suffering the people who survived went through in the
days to follow.
Japan surrendered several days after the dropping of the bomb and the question asked was
how many lives could have been saved if only they had made that decision earlier.
The world must never have to go through a situation like what happened in
Nagasaki ever again.
Eric Carmody
This week Russell Dew and Warrick Howieson will speak about Computer
Scams and how you can avoid loss of data and also financial loss.
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This email is being sent to all members of D9705.
As you are all aware PETS along with Learning and Development is being held in both Merimbula and Orange over the next few weekends. 
At both of these events Blayney Rotary will have a DV Safe phone box available for you to drop off your old phone, so they can be reused for victims of domestic violence.
DV Safe Phone specialise in erasing, testing and distributing your old mobile phone to someone in need.
If you wish to find out more information about DV Safe Phone you can find them on Facebook
Kind regards 
District Secretary Elect
Blayney Rotary Secretary
0419 623 293
Dear Russell Dew,
 President’s Project , District 9705
     (2022-23 cohort)
While managing the District’s response to the floods in Eugowra in December and January I was amazed again and again at the results that Rotary achieved when they were working together. I really think this is one of our hidden strengths. Accordingly I have spoken to a number of clubs and now launch a project known as the President’s  Project. The aim of the project is to fund the building of a school in Timor Leste.
The funds for the school would be raised by clubs across District 9705 contributing. I ask clubs to each donate $1000. If a club can’t afford this amount then I ask them to donate $100 or even $10, so that at the end we can say every club in the District contributed to this project. If a club is wealthy I also encourage them to donate $2000 which would help make up the total, assuming some clubs won’t be able to donate a $1000.
The community where the school is selected is done by the Spend It Well Program, and they will raise money for all the admin costs.
They have chosen the Eluli School, about 3 hours drive from Dili. It is in the Liquid District, west of Dili on the north coast. Roads are bad and access isn’t easy. There are 157 students at the school - they have 2 buildings, each with 3 classrooms.  One building is okay (for years 1-3).  However the building for year 4-6 is in terrible condition.  There are toilets, but in poor condition. There is also water.  The school has 6 teachers.  You can see photos in the document below (the first photos are of the building that needs replacing, the later ones are of the building which is okay). The posters and painting on the walls are a good sign of engaged teaching - many schools don’t have anything like this.  As you can see there’s a serious lack of school furniture - Spend It Well would raise funds separately for this.
The cost of building this school will be around  US $55-60, but on the dearer end because of the remoteness.
From Spend It Well’s email:
The team at Spend it Well would like to thank our donors and partners who have enabled us to help so many Timorese children this year.
Together during 2022 we:
  • Built 4 new schools for 842 children at  Coitapa, Vatunau, Budin and Ediri (total of 14 new classrooms and 15 toilets)
  • Provided school stationery packs for all of Coitapa's children
  • Installed a basketball court for one of the new schools
  • Drilled bore water supplies for 2 schools that had been without water
  • Ran flourishing "teaching gardens" in 2 schools – growing and harvesting vegetables and fruit with and for school children and their families
  • Delivered recycled Australian school desks and chairs to 732 children in remote schools
  • Relocated a refurbished Australian playground to a rural Timorese school 
As always 100% of our donations went directly to our projects.
Account details are below.  Clubs can check Spend It Well’s new website which is great and shows past projects and how they work.  
If using this method please remember to add the reference number and once you complete the bank transfer, please email and so that funds can be properly allocated and a receipt can be provided in the correct name.
1. Amount donated 
2. Date donation made 
3. The name to appear on the receipt(s) 
National Australia Bank
Name: Australian Communities Foundation
BSB: 083-004
ACC: 78-126-4534
Reference:  21725
Spend it Well has a sub-fund within the Australian Communities Foundation (Fund 21725).  Donations made to this account are tax deducible and are placed in our sub-fund for use solely for the agreed project. 
Kris Webb will be the guest speaker at Parkes Rotary on Monday 20 March.
Parkes Rotary has already contributed the first $1000 to start this project. 
Robert Shore
Membership and Innovation
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ESRAG Oceania has hit the ground running as we plan and prepare for our events at RICON23.  Read all about how you can be involved either at the ESRAG Action Summit, RAGTime, the House of Friendship or one of the many environmental tours on offer.

The House of Friendship will need volunteers to chat with visiting Rotarians from around the world, and is a lovely opportunity for you to share the good work and make new friends.

Our next Chapter Meeting on Tuesday 21 March will showcase 2 amazing projects: Adopt-a-Tree and Trees For Survival NZ.  Join us to hear how you can replicate these projects in your district or club.


It's paradoxical that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but  the idea of getting old doesn't appeal to anyone." - Andy Rooney. 
 "The older I get, the better I used to be." – Lee Trevino, Professional Golfer.  "Nice to be here? At my age it's nice to be anywhere." – George Burns. 
 "The older I get, the more clearly I remember things that never happened. - Mark Twain. 
 "First you forget names, then you forget faces, then you forget to pull your  zipper up, then you forget to pull your zipper down." - Leo Rosenberg. 
 "Old age is like a plane flying through a storm. Once you are aboard there is  nothing you can do about it." - Golda Meir. 
 "Old people shouldn't eat health foods. They need all the preservatives they  can get." – Robert Orben.
 "You spend 90 percent of your adult life hoping for a long rest and the last  10 percent trying to convince the Lord that you're actually not that tired." – Robert Brault. 
 "At my age, flowers scare me." - George Burns. 
 "The years between 50 and 70 are the hardest. You are always being asked  to do things, and yet you are not decrepit enough to turn them down." - T.S.  Elliot. 
 "The important thing to remember is that I'm probably going to forget." – Unknown. 
 "At age 20, we worry about what others think of us... at age 40, we don't  care what they think of us... at age 60, we discover they haven't been thinking of  us at all." -Ann Landers. 
 "We don't grow older, we grow riper." - Pablo Picasso. 
 "I was thinking about how people seem to read the Bible a lot more as they  get older, and then it dawned on me—they're cramming for their final exam."- George Carlin, Comedian. 
 "Everything slows down with age, except the time it takes cake and ice  cream to reach your hips." - John Wagner. 
 "Grandchildren don't make a woman feel old, it's the knowledge that she's  married to a grandfather that does." - J. Norman Collie. 
 "When your friends begin to flatter you on how young you look, it's a sure  sign you're getting old." - Mark Twain. 
 "You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks." - Joel Plaskett. 
 "Looking fifty is great—if you're sixty." - Joan Rivers. 
 Time is a great healer so put on a smile and keep moving forward. " – Anonymous. 
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