Welcome to daylight savings. I hope everyone is able to enjoy some of the lovely spring weather. Also that it's not too difficult to get up in the morning.

Thank you for all of the great input on fundraising ideas, a really wonderful set of ideas to build on. I am compiling them now, look for a separate email with those details

We have had lots of people joining our zoom meetings which has been a great way to keep in touch. I know that we are keen to resume back at the Commonwealth Club. I have asked for a date when we can gather back there. I haven't heard anything yet, but I'll let you know as soon as I do

Now that we seem to be gathering some momentum towards being able to travel, I trust some long-awaited plans are being put in place. I hope that you are able to begin to at least imagine being able to catch up with family and friends.

Have a great week

President Warrick


Guest speaker: Hyeji Kim, Foundation Global Grant Scholar from South Korea. Topic: An update on her online Master's studies at the ANU

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George Wilson

October Duty Roster


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

Linda Wilkinson


The Toast: Olek G. made a toast to the Rotary Clubs of Budapest in recognition of our Club's past European tour.

Acronym of the Week: Warrick presented us with RIPPR referring to the "Rotary International President's Personal Representative".

Our Guest Speaker: Michael Bennett. Topic: Aboriginal trackers in New South Wales.

Michael gave us a fascinating history of the Aboriginal trackers working for the New South Wales police up until the last tracker retired in1973. They performed a number of tasks tracking down robbers and murderers, finding missing persons, as well as non-tracking jobs such as horse wrangling which even occurred in Redfern. They learned their skills from an early age accompanying elders hunting etc. Three trackers were highlighted in Michael's talk.

Sir Watkin Wynne was a Wiradjuri man born near Bathhurst in 1816 who became a tracker in 1863 and in 1867 tracked down the bushranger Clarke Brothers who had committed several robberies and murders. A shootout in Jinden, 50 km. south of Braidwood resulted in their capture and unfortunately the amputation of Sir Watkin's arm from a shot he received..

Frank Williams, born in Bourke in 1880, was a legendary tracker with a long history serving the police in various locales such as Brewarrina and Dubbo. He found missing persons and tracked down robbers and rustlers from 1901 to 1951. A difficult part of his career was tracking down other Aboriginals wanted by the law.

Tracker Riley was born in Nymagee in 1884 and began his tracking career in 1911 in Wellington. He took a break and returned in 1918 to work in Dubbo. Of note was his work along the river helping to recover drowning victims. He retired in 1950 to Talbragar Aboriginal Reserve near Dubbo and died in Dubbo in 1970. Sadly, Aboriginal trackers did not have the same benefits as the police such as pensions which Tracker Riley requested but was denied.

Many thanks to Michael who gave us a very informative presentation on an interesting and important topic.

There is more information on Michael's website and in his book, Pathfinders; Aboriginal Trackers in NSW, which is available in hardcopy and as an e-book.



In light of our push for fund-raising ideas, here is a blast from the past. Useful for upcoming "Hat Day" ?


FUTURE EVENTS (Covid Permitting)

14 October - We will welcome back Fred Smith who will present again on

Afghanistan and enable us to congratulate him for being winner of this year's

Chief Minister's Rotary Peace Prize

28 October - Membership Committee Workshop


Oct 4 Lesotho Independence Day(in 1966 from the UK, formerly Basutoland), World Habitat Day

Oct 5 World Teachers Day

Oct 7 World Cotton Day

Oct 8 Croatia Independence Day (from FYR in 1991)

Oct 9 World Migratory Bird Day, Uganda Independence Day (from the UK in 1962)

Oct 10 World Mental Health Day, Fiji Independence Day (from the UK in 1970)


Oct 4 (1582) Gregorian Calendar introduced by Pope Gregory XIII

Oct 5 (1962) First James Bond movie (Dr. No) released in Great Britain

Oct 6 (1903) High Court of Australia sat for the first time

Oct 7 (2001) U.S. invasion of Afghanistan began

Oct 8 (1967) Che Guevara and his men captured in Bolivia

Oct 9 (2006) North Korea conducted its first nuclear test

Oct 10 (1938) Czechoslovakia completed withdrawl of the Sudetenland as part of the Munich Agreement.


Why ????

Why do pharmacies make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy lollies at the front ?

Why do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries, and a diet coke ?

Why do banks leave vault doors open and then chain the pens to the counter ?

Why do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in our driveways and put our useless junk in the garage ?

Why the sun lightens our hair, but darkens our skin ?

Why can't women put on mascara with their mouth closed ?

Why don't you ever see the headline " Psychic Wins Lottery " ?

Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavouring and dish-washing liquid made with real lemons ?

Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker ?

Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour ?

Why isn't there mouse flavoured cat food ?

Why do they sterilize the needle for lethal injections ?

Eric Carmody


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