Hi Everyone,

Lovely Autumn weather - when we get a break from the rain, which we seem to have done for the weekend at least.

Thank you for all of your purchases towards the Trachoma Project.  If you can let me know of anything that you have purchased recently, that would be great.  

I think we have enough Items and Money donated to cover the rest of the project.  A very big thank you to everyone for their support and I look forward to putting everything together in a week's time.

This week we have Judy Ford - Representing Heart Health Australia joining us, Judy is also a Rotarian and on the District Membership committee. 

It was nice to see a new peace bell coming together in Albury some good work being done there. I will show some pictures.

Have a great week, 

President Warrick


Ukraine Assistance Project

The following is an excerpt of a letter from Piotr Kaczorowski, president of the Rotary Club of Warsaw.

Dear Rotary Friends and Donors!

Once again thank you for your generous contribution. You support our joint Rotary work.

It's been 3 weeks since the last report. We promised to report every week and we intend to do so from the beginning of April.

The last weeks were full of challenges and required adaptation, not only for refugees from Ukraine, but for us Rotarians.

For example, managing and spending larger amounts of aid obtained from donors to achieve aid goals also required us to do homework and internal education and discipline.

Last 3 weeks of Rotarian work
Significant sections of the completed projects:

- equity projects, funded by funding from rotarians, rotary clubs and friends
- non-equity projects:
- launch of a logistics center and a donation hub
- help for searching for the job
- donations from clubs and districts
- Zabka (ang. Frog) grocery network
- internal projects
- adapting the structure to the implementation of aid projects, including establishing the management and
spending of funds provided by donors
- visit of Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta and his wife in Warsaw (20-21 March)
- preparing upcoming projects...

On Wednesday May 11 at 9 PM Canberra time (1 PM Warsaw time) there will be a Zoom meeting between members of the Rotary Club of Warsaw and members of the Rotary Club of Canberra Burley Griffin. The meeting will be conducted in English.

We will be discussing further how the funds raised and distributed through the Rotary Club of Warsaw are being used to assist those fleeing from Ukraine during the current crisis.

We will hear first hand of the work of members of the Rotary Club of Warsaw to assist the over 400,000 evacuees from Ukraine who have passed through Warsaw.

Please add the time and link to your diaries and join this Zoom meeting.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 876 3937 2051

Michael Rabey

Peace Scholars

I joined a ZOOM meeting today and heard from 4 of the scholars.

Here is a link to download the seminar booklet (in pdf format) from the current cohort of Peace scholars:

Michael Rabey


News from Shanghai

I contacted Past President Terry Newman last week to check “how are ya goin’ ? “ following news that Shanghai was going into total COVID lockdown.

Terry said his hometown Shoujou is not locked down but most commerce is suspended particularly deliveries, imports and suppliers.

He has had an extremely tough time for over 2 years and I sense he is very concerned about the overall situation.

I passed on our love and best wishes to Sonoe and their family and reminded him we are here to help where we can.

Past President Bill Andrews

THIS WEEK'S MEETING (5th of May, 12.15 for 12.30 pm, Commonwealth Club)

Speaker: Judy Ford, Member of the District Membership Committee.

Topic: Heart Health Australia

DUTY ROSTER: April / May 2022


May 5th

May 12th

May 19th

May 26th


Ross B.

Ross B.

Ross B.

Ross B.


Bill A.

Juris J.

Graeme H.

Russell D.


Michael R.

Andrea C.

Robert L.

Eric C.


Sue L.

Ron R.

Linda W.

Olek G.

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

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LAST WEEK'S MEETING (28st of April, 12.15 for 12.30 pm, Commonwealth Club)

Speaker: Dr. Stephen Utick. Topic: The Rotary Environmental Program


Stephen is the District representative for the Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG). His role is to help clubs and Districts plan, implement and evaluate projects related to Environmental Sustainability, mitigation of climate disruption and awareness of Climate Change.

In 2020/21 ESRAG had 1414 members, mainly in developed world nations and they have supported 41 projects.

ESRAG has been the result of Rotary adopting a new focus on Environmental projects in 2020 with a focus on 6 major categories: 1) Biodiversity; 2) Circular Economy; 3) Climate; 4) Food Systems; 5) Pollination and 6) Sustainable living to reduce waste.

Each club should have an Environmental Ambassador to help promote the above objectives including helping other clubs with their projects. One in our Region is the saving of Bush Bees from extinction by Dr James Clugson. Another is the Wellby nursery developed with the help of Indigenous children, Hall Rotary aims to reduce the food miles travelled by emphasising local produce and our Burley Griffin Club project of Adopt a Tree.

The focus should be on cherishing the land as the people of our First Nations did for many thousands of years since many Flora and Fauna in Australia are heading toward extinction.

Other ways to promote environmental awareness is by having Seminars and Speakers at our local luncheon meetings. Plus awards for Environment protection via the Environmental Awards to promote community projects.

In the future the use of Citizen Scientist’s may be an avenue for Rotary to promote Environmental projects.

The main issue that the world is fast approaching 2 degrees Celsius of Global warming and has already achieved 1.5 degrees of Global warming since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. There is no Plan B if Global Warming becomes excessive



A paraprosdokian is a sentence or statement with an  unexpected ending. It means “against expectations” in Greek 

Will glass coffins be a success? ……………..Remains to be seen. 

What’s the difference between a hippo and a zippo? ………One is really heavy  and the other is a little lighter. 

Hear about the new restaurant called Karma? …………There’s no menu - you  get what you deserve. 

I went to buy some camouflage trousers yesterday………but couldn't find any.

What do you call a bee that can’t make up its mind? ……..A maybe.

I tried to sue the airline for losing my luggage………… I lost my case 

Is it ignorance or apathy that's destroying the world today?..........I don't know  and don't really care. 

I wasn’t originally going to get a brain transplant,…….but then I changed my  mind. 

Which country’s capital has the fastest-growing population?.........Ireland. Every day it’s Dublin. 

I saw an ad for burial plots, and I thought: ………“That’s the last thing I need!”

Need an ark? ……….I Noah guy. 

You’re not completely useless,……… can always serve as a bad example.

I broke my finger last week…………….On the other hand, I’m okay.

Don't spell part backwards…………..It's a trap.

And the Lord said unto John, “Come forth and you will receive eternal  life.”……….But John came fifth, and he got hell. 

Did you hear about the guy who got hit in the head with a can of soda?..........He  was lucky it was a soft drink. 

To the mathematician who thought of the idea of zero………Thanks for  nothing! 

Son: "Dad, can you tell me what a solar eclipse is?"…….Dad: "No sun.”

Eric Carmody


May 2 World Tuna Day

May 3 Poland Constitution Day; World Press Freedom Day

May 5 World Portuguese Language Day

May 8 Israel Independence Day: Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives in World War II


May 2 (1829) Captain Charles Freemantle of H.M.S. Challenger declared the Swan River Colony (later named Perth) for Britain

May 3 (1978) The first unsolicited bulk commercial email (later known as "spam") was sent by a Digital Equipment Corporation marketing representative to every ARPANET (internet) address on the west coast of the USA.

May 4 (1886) Haymarket Affair: a bomb was thrown at police trying to break up a labour rally in Chicago. Police fired into the crowd. There were 8 dead and 60 wounded as a result. This event was the origin of future labour May 1 observances (the US does not observe May 1st).

May 5 (1260) Kublai Khan, grandson of Genghis Khan, became ruler of the Mongol Empire


May 6 (1840) The world's first adhesive postage stamp (the "Penny Black" of Great Britain) was first used

May 7 (2000) Vladimir Putin was inaugurated president of Russia

May 8 (1886) Pharmacist John Pemberton first sold a carbonated beverage named Coca-Cola, as a patent medicine

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