This Week's Meeting (28th of July, 12.15 for 12.30 pm, Commonwealth Club)

This week will be a Club Assembly to discuss our plans for 2022/2023

Duty Roster: July 2022


July 28th


Commonwealth Club


Ross B.

Welcome & Opening the Meeting:

Peter D.

Toast to Rotary at Work:

Robert L.

Thank Speaker and Write Notes

Stephen M.

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

Last Week's Meeting (July 21st)


Last week we heard about the book Edith Blake’s War, from her great niece, Krista Vane-Tempest.

The book covers her grand aunt's story, from training in Sydney to her war service in the Middle East, England and the Mediterranean, and her tragic death in waters where Germany had promised the safe passage of hospital ships.

Her first posting was in Cairo where she nursed soldiers wounded at Gallipoli. Later, at Belmont War Hospital in Surrey, she writes of her conflicted feelings about nursing German prisoners of war even as battles on the Western Front raged and German aircraft bombed England.

In Edith’s remarkable letters to her family back home, she shares her homesickness and frustration with military rules, along with the savagery of the injuries she witnessed in the operating theatre.

The Club is very appreciative of Krista's donation of $75.00 raised from her book sales on the day which will go to the Rotary Foundation.

Next Week's Meeting (August 4th)

Roland Breckwoldt returns for the third time to tell us about his latest book - The New Ringer. Born at the Tatura Internment Camp, Victoria, in 1944, Roland grew up wanting to be a "cowboy". His book is a memoir and coming-of-age story of his time in Outback Queensland as a ringer (stockman) on Augustus Downs in the Gulf of Carpenteria at the age of 16.

George Wilson


The Stomp

Our one and only long term fund raising Dance Spectacular may return in 2023. Last week a small group, led by our Stomp Consultant Graeme Howieson gathered to discuss the possibility running a Stomp again in 2023.  Consultant Graeme has been in discussion with Dance Consultant Guru, Mark McEwen, in relation to the type (mini stomp,standard stomp or no stomp) of event that may be held in 2023.

Watch this space as we will soon be in a position to advise whether we will be proceeding with any "type" of stomp. Then, we will be looking AT YOU to join the working committee (if required).

Sharon Green

Creating Tomorrow’s Rotary

Well, what a start to Saturday morning. At 9 a.m. on the 23rd of July, President Andrea, Sharon Green and possibly other members of our club joined in the “Regionalisation Information Session" (Zoom meeting) or perhaps better titled “Creating Tomorrow: A better Rotary for members, clubs and communities.” I think all members received an invitation to this event.


Rotary membership has declined 24% in the past decade. We have already seen the amalgamation of clubs and indeed districts. If this continues will there be a Rotary of Tomorrow?

Rotary International is considering a project to address membership, public image, communication, leadership, and fundraising challenges to help define a more sustainable future for Rotary.

Our region, or Zone 8, which includes Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands, has been selected as one of two potential regions from across the globe to pilot a regional approach to governance.

To quote from the team working towards the pilot program :

One of Rotary’s strategic goals is to increase our ability to adapt. What current and future members need and want from Rotary changes quickly and, so far, we have not been able to keep up. Today, people want to be a part of an organisation that welcomes diverse perspectives and provides value. They want opportunities to serve, lead, and network, but not necessarily within a rigid hierarchy. Volunteering trends and expectations have clearly changed and we need to adapt to these. Our current governance structure is 70 years old and unfortunately it has not adapted to the needs of today or tomorrow.

We will be invited to vote as to whether we want to participate in this pilot. President Andrea will be providing further information on the proposed pilot program and what it is designed to achieve over the next few months.

If you are interested in reading more about this very exciting project please visit the dedicated website:

Sharon Green


Burley Griffin Bush Badgers Find Horse Gully Hut

It was harder than Eric and I expected but the 2 septuagenarians made the Hut by lunchtime on Monday. Exhilarating walk and much to see -- very big kangaroos, bushfire damage and flooded creeks.

Bill Andrews


Maryborough Peace Poles


Joan and I were delighted to be welcomed by members of Maryborough Sunrise Rotary to the Maryborough Peace Pole installation which sits on a path leading to the cities new arts centre. The Peace Pole has taken over 4 years to come to fruition. It comprises three poles, one featuring sculptured animals of the region, one featuring local indigenous art and the other containing the words May Peace Prevail on Earth stencilled and cut out in a 3.4 metre pole. There are 8 languages featured on the pole including the local Butchella language, Danish, Japanese and English.

The project was delivered by the Rotary Club of Maryborough Sunrise and their members should be very proud of their achievements . The Maryborough Sunrise Peace Pole has been included as part of our Rotary 100 project and stands as Peace Pole 27 of 100. The Maryborough Peace Pole will be officially opened on the 21st September 2022 on the United Nations International Day of Peace.

Michael Rabey


Fred Smith

Fred will be on tour to continue to aid refugees from Afghanistan. He will be in Canberra at the National Press Club the19th of August. Further information:



National and International Days This Week

July 25 World Drowning Prevention Day

July 26 Liberia National Day

July 28 World Hepatitis Day; Peru Independence Day

July 30 Morocco Throne Day; Vanuatu Independence Day; International Day of Friendship; World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

Anniversaries of Historical Events This Week


July 25 (1814) English engineer George Stephenson introduced the first steam locomotive. It was designed to haul coal on the Killingworth wagonway.

July 26 (1533) Francisco Pizarro ordered the death of Atahualpa, the last Inca Emperor, after the latter filled one room with gold and another with silver and refused to convert to Christianity..

July 27 (1377) The city council of Ragusa (now Dubrovnik) passed the first quarantine legislation. It required a 30-day isolation period for all arrivals from Black plague areas.

July 28 (1858) First use of fingerprints as a means of identification was made by Sir William Herschel of the Indian Civil Service.

July 29 (1907) Sir Robert Baden-Powell founded the Boy Scouts in England.

July 30 (1869) The Charles, considered the world's first oil tanker departed the US for Europe with a bulk capacity of 7000 barrels of oil.

July 31 (1865) The first narrow gauge mainline railway in the world opened at Grandchester, Queensland.


Never shout into a colander.

It’ll strain your voice.

Police have confirmed that the man who fell from the 15th floor of the nightclub…

Was not a bouncer.


When I found out my toaster wasn’t waterproof…

I was shocked.


My girlfriend poked me in the eyes…

So I stopped seeing her for a while.


What do you call a Mexican jedi?

Obi-Juan Kenobi.

Did you know Jar Jar Binks has a brother who is a famous author?

Jor Jor Well.

What do you call someone who’s allergic to burnt bread?

Black toast intolerant.


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