Hi Everyone,

Sorry for missing the Peace Walk, stuck in isolation, here, but I did get Thomas out as my proxy on Sunday. I have heard of a few people who were there. I'm sure there were many others who helped out as well - Thank You

Don't forget that this week is a zoom meeting this week so not at the Commonwealth Club.  This is going to be a talk from the End Trachoma project and we will hear more about our new friends in Robinson River Northern Territory 

No sport - but Thomas is heading off to camp this week - hope it's warm down by Tathra Beach

Let me know if you have purchased any more Trachoma Bag items so I can keep my list updated. I have got some help making the cloth bags, I'll let you know how we go for numbers.

President Warrick


Rotary Aussie Peace Walk

Another active weekend for members. Over the weekend almost 300 walkers took to the streets and bushlands around Lake Burley Griffin to walk anywhere between 7 and 42 km, walking on one or both part of the Peace Walk.

Thanks to the volunteers from our Club who contributed to making this event a success – to Andrea, who is part of the organising committee (and has been working on this year’s event since last year’s event); to Michael who facilitated walkers ringing the Peace Bell and having a photo taken there(we collected $237 for assistance for Ukraine) and to many Club members who volunteered for various jobs on both days, such as acting as marshals to ensure the safety of walkers. Thanks to Monica, Russell, Eric, Sally, Linda and Warrick’s son Thomas and others who helped out.

Funds raised by this event will go to Rotary’s Give Every Child a Future program, which aims to vaccinate 100,000 children in nine Pacific Island countries against common diseases (for more, see:

The Club’s own Green Team walked 12 km on Sunday morning. Pictured are the team in front of the flag display in Albert Hall at the conclusion of their walk with their certificates of completion (one day walk) or medal (walk on both days). Russell Dew was part of The Green Team and also walked on Sunday but is missing from the picture because he chose to walk a different distance.

Stephen Mcmillan


Fred Smith concert for Afghan Students

Last Friday Fred Smith and I collected the $17,000 in gift vouchers from the Canberra Centre and passed them to the Red Cross for distribution to Afghan Students. While at the Red Cross office we were advised that the learn to swim program for Afghan women and children has started with a very positive reaction from participants.this is being funded from the cash donations made at Fred’s concert.

Michael Rabey


Peter Davies and Ross Brown took themselves off to Wagga to participate in the Gears and Beers Charity Bike ride. Let’s hope they both stayed upright.

THIS WEEK'S MEETING (ZOOM meeting, Thu. March 31st, 12.15 for 12.30)

This week's meeting will be via ZOOM and focus on the End Trachoma Project.

DUTY ROSTER: March 2022



March 31st


via Zoom


Warrick H.


Bill A.


Olek G.

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

LAST WEEK'S MEETING (24th of March) :

Speaker: Christine Helliwell, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology ANU. Topic: Secret Australian Operations in WWII Borneo

At last week’s lunch meeting we were taken to a little known area of the Indonesian archipelago island of Borneo. Christine Helliwell, an ANU Anthropologist, relayed to us details of some of the World War II clandestine operations conducted by Australian Z Special Force members mainly through 1945.

In March 1945 two aircraft parachuted in 8 commandos to the Samut area of North Borneo to principally look for ways to invade the island and report intelligence about the Japanese occupiers. The arrival method startled the indigenous Dayak people making the task of seeking their cooperation for the exercise somewhat more difficult. However their dislike of the Japanese occupiers was even greater and it seemed the Japanese were terrified of the Dayaks headhunting reputation.

Christine relayed to us some of the difficulties in writing about this type of operation as lots of the official and unofficial records had been destroyed. She needed the cooperation of the Dayaks and achieved this partly by living with them for long periods in their famous long houses discovering that the local’s involvement was well documented and very innovative.

Another aspect of the operation was to establish an Australian presence in this area of Borneo to take over control once the Japanese left and thus frustrate the British in their quest to control the oil resources in Borneo.

Graeme Howieson


Every box of raisins is a tragic tale of grapes that could have been wine. 

They say we can have gatherings with up to eight people without issues.  I don't even know eight people without issues. 

Theme parks can snap a crystal-clear picture of you on a roller coaster going 70  mph, but bank cameras can't get a clear shot of a robber standing still. 

Someone posted on Facebook that they had just made synonym buns.  I replied, "you mean just like the ones that grammar used to make?" I am now  blocked. 

Dear paranoid people, who check behind their shower curtains for murderers. If  you do find one, what's your plan? 

The more I get to know people, the more I realize why Noah only allowed  animals on the boat. 

Facial recognition software can pick a person out of a crowd but the vending  machine at work can't recognize a dollar bill with a bent corner. 

When all this pandemic stuff is over, I still plan to wear a mask.  It hides the perpetual look of annoyance I have for most people. 

Covid-19 Fact: 87% of gym members don't even know their gym is closed. 

I never make the same mistake twice.  

I do it like, five or six times, you know, just to make sure. 

My train of thought derailed. There were no survivors. 

If you see someone buying candy, popcorn and a soda at the movies, they are a  drug dealer. There's no other explanation for that type of income.

After a year of this pandemic, I'm either going out for ice cream or to commit a  crime. I'll decide in the car. 

I know it's time to clean out my purse when my car assumes it's an extra  passenger who isn't wearing a seat belt. 

Dr. Oz says rubbing coffee grounds on your naked body will get rid of cellulite.  Apparently, Starbucks doesn’t allow you to do that. Now I am just waiting for  the cops to arrive... 

In the 1980's I fell off my bike and skinned my knee.  

I'm telling you this now because we didn't have social media then. 

Some people seem to have aged like fine wine.  

I’ve aged like milk ... I got sour and chunky. 

Dear Sneeze: If you're going to happen, happen.  

Don't just put a stupid look on my face and then leave. 

Vegetarians live up to nine years longer than meat-eaters.  

Nine horrible, worthless, bacon-less years. 

I still have a full deck... I just shuffle slower. 

Eric Carmody


Apr 1: Cyprus National Day

Apr 2: World Autism Awareness Day


Mar 28 (1939): Spanish Civil War ended when Madrid fell to the Nationalists led by General Francisco Franco

Mar 29 (1901): Edmund Barton was elected Prime Minister in Australia´s first parliamentary election

Mar 30 (1959): The Dalai Lama fled China and was granted political asylum in India

Mar 31 (1877): Test Cricket debut of feared Australia fast bowler Fred "the demon" Spofforth. Australia lost the send test by 4 wickets vs. England at the MCG

Apr 1 (1778): New Orleans businessman Oliver Pollock created the "$" symbol

Apr 2 (1982): Several thousand Argentine troops seized the Falkland(Malvinas) Islands from Great Britain

Apr 3 (1973): First mobile phone call was made in downtown Manhattan, New York City, by the inventor, Motorola employee Martin Cooper to the Bell Labs in New Jersey

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