One hundred and eighteen Rotary members and guests turned out last Monday at the Commonwealth Club for a combined meeting to hear the Governor-General give a talk on the many fine points of Rotary. Twelve members from our Club were in attendance and enjoyed the day.

Our planning day is next Sunday the 20th and will be held at the Deakin Soccer Club between 11am and 3 pm.You do not have to attend the full day but we would like as many members as possible to attend and give some input into how the Club should proceed next Rotary year and the best way to raise funds so we can carry out as many projects as possible.

Can all directors please have their completed reports with Bill before the 21st June so we can prepare them for the change over evening.

Next Thursday our guest speaker will be Chris Edwards who will talk to us about the Rotary Peace Walk. Usual place and at the usual time, see you all there for my last meeting at the Commonwealth Club as your President.

President Eric


Here is a link to Aussie Peace Walks that Chris Edwards will speak about on Thursday. Our Club assisted for the first walk in March.

Michael Rabey


For the second year running we have been delighted to be advised today of an anonymous donation to our Indigenous Trust Account of $500. This donation is to specifically support one of the four scholarships that we will issue this year for indigenous students at the Hay Memorial High School. We have been awarding these indigenous scholarships for some years and have developed a very good relationship with the school and its students.

If you were considering an end of financial year tax-deductible donation you may wish to assist with a part or full scholarship for Hay students. Our Indigenous Trust is able to provide tax-deductible receipt. Our goal is to award four scholarships of $500 each this year to Hay indigenous students.

COVID-19 has continued to limit many of our fundraising events. For example, our normal Stomp dance events have not been held since 2019. In the same way the Candle Festival has also not been held since 2018. As a Rotary Club we are looking for alternative fundraising events to replace those that have been run previously. In the meantime, any assistance you may be able to give at this time for our Indigenous Scholarship program would be very much appreciated.

Michael Rabey


Sunday 20th of June

11:00AM - 3:00PM

Location: Deakin Soccer Club, 3 Grose St. Deakin

Get your ideas ready so we can discuss them and plan some great activities. Topics will include meeting formats; planned activities as well as a workshop on an upcoming Multi-club project.

Warrick Howieson


1) There are 12 members that have indicated they will be at every meeting, if you are one of these and can't attend you must advise Russell that you won't be there.

2) If you are not one of the 12, you must email Russell by 5.00 PM the Tuesday before the meeting advising you will be attending.

If you don't turn up and we are expecting you, you will be receiving an Invoice from Ross, as the Commonwealth Club will be charging us for your meal.

Russell's email address is:

DUTY ROSTER (CC= Commonwealth Club)


June 17th

June 24th



via Zoom

Speaker/ Topic

Chris Edwards

Rotary Peace Walk

Mercy Ships:

A Story of

Hope & Healing


Ross Brown



Andrea Conti

Michael Rabey


Ron Rabey



Russell Dew



Eric Carmody

Bill Andrews

If unable to attend on a day you are rostered, please organise a replacement.


15 June(Tue., 12.15 pm: St Vincent’s Primary(Aranda),

at the Peace Bell

15 June (Tue.), 10.30 am: Women's Event at the Arboretum.

21 June(Mon.), 4 pm: Clermont School(Qld) at the Peace Bell

1st July (Thursday), 6 for 6.30 pm: Change-over Dinner at the Royal Canberra Golf Club



Yesterday, the Baltic Community Associations of the ACT held “Baltic Remembrance Day” in memory of the persons affected by the tragic events of June 1941 when more than 40,000 leaders and other elites, were deported mainly to Siberia from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

Juris Jakovics, President of the Canberra Latvian Association and a member of our Club opened the Commemoration followed by Ieva Apine, Chargé d'Affaires of the Latvian Embassy, who gave the main address. She reviewed the history, context and importance of the 1941 event and emphasised that crimes against humanity such as this one should not be forgotten in the hope that they are never repeated.

Our Club was represented at this event by Membership Committee Chairperson Sharon Green and your Newsletter Editor as part of an on-going program to support local community activities and promote peace.



Given that we have so much international contact with ambassadors, overseas Rotary, local non-English etc. it behoves us to learn some foreign phrases. When we have Latvian-speaking visitors:


Hello Juris

Sveiks Juri !

How are you? (polite)

Kā Jums iet?

My name is Juris

Mani sauc Juris

Thank you


You're welcome

Lūdzu !

Goodbye (short form)

Uz redzīti !

(Thanks to Juris)



14 June:

Argentina surrenders to Great Britain to end Falklands/Malvinas War (1982)

15 June:

King John signs Magna Carta (1215)

Able Tasman returns to Batavia (now Jakarta) after “discovering” Tasmania (1643)

17 June:

Iceland declares independence from Denmark (1944)

Statue of Liberty arrives in New York City(1885)

18 June:

Coronation of Li Yuan beginning three centuries of Tang Dynasty (618)

 “This was their finest hour” speech of Winston Churchill (1940)

20 June:

Romans and Visigoths defeat Attila the Hun (451)

University of Oxford receives its charter (1214)

Highest-ever temperature recorded in the Arctic Circle:38 degrees Celsius (2020)



--John Travolta tested negative for coronavirus last night.

Turns out it was just Saturday night fever.

--I saw an ad for burial plots and thought to myself " That's the last thing I need".

--Intelligence is like underwear

It is important that you have it, but not necessary that you show it off.

--A courtroom artist was arrested today for an unknown reason... details are sketchy.

--Whatever you do, always give 100%... unless you're donating blood.

--What did Snow White say when she came out of the photo booth ?

Someday my prints will come.

--Dad are we pyromaniacs ? Yes , we arson.

--What word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it ? Short.

--I've finally told my suitcases there will be no holiday this year. Now I am dealing with the emotional baggage.

--Don't let your worries get the best of you. Remember, Moses started out as a basket case.

(Thanks to Eric)


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