I have seen a few members delivering meals to people through Helping Hands. Thank you, from what I can see it is making a difference.

We are planning a Zoom meeting on Wednesday at 5:30 - see my separate email, to put together some plans for an "incognito art show". This will hopefully be a major fundraising event and something we should be able to pull together. Looking forward to your ideas...

Hopefully, everyone is taking care of themselves. Please reach out to me or someone else if you need anything, although with golf back on the agenda again, I am sure there will be some more recreation about

Stay Safe and Keep Well

President Warrick


International Peace Day

Apologies for the sound mishap during the International Day of Peace Ceremony last week.

You can now see, on Facebook through the Club's website or on the Canberra World Peace Bell Facebook page, the speech by DG Leo Farrelly and the speech by Fred Smith.

As of Friday last, the Fred Smith Speech had reached 4957 people and been viewed 2,100 times.

Michael Rabey



As mentioned in last week's meeting, it would be a great help to the Club financially if everyone were to pay the equivalent of a regular lunch for attending current lockdown Zoom meetings. This could be done preferably by depositing in the Club account. Thank you.

Also, a friendly reminder for those who have not paid their dues yet to please do so. Feel free to contact me with any concerns.


Ross Brown



Guest speaker: We will hear from Michael Bennett about Aboriginal trackers in New South Wales.


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George Wilson

September Duty Roster


Sept. 30th




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The Toast and Acronym of the Week: The Editor-in-Chief and Cub Reporter of this newsletter made a toast to the Rotary Club of Malta in recognition of Malta's Independence Day last week. He also tested us on our knowledge about Rotary acronyms with SWSL, "Save Water Save Lives", which refers mainly to international Rotary projects, such as drilling bores in Timor Leste.


Our Guest Speaker: Harold Sharp. Topic: Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC).

Last week we were inspired by a virtual visit from the ROMAC Chair Harold Sharp and his wife Gina who gave us a thorough briefing on the services provided by Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC for you acronym collectors). The organisation was founded back in 1987 providing surgery and medical services for a 7-year-old Fijian girl, Jessie, who had suffered major burns from a kerosene fire. She could not be treated in Fiji so was taken to Sydney where she stayed with Rotarians for many months while being treated for her burns.

The operational model that has developed over the years is quite unique and it enables a wide range of cases to be treated at minimal cost and with maximum cultural support. All costs are covered for the patient with airfares paid, surgeons fees either waived or heavily discounted. Patients are accommodated by volunteer Rotarians or local community diaspora members. Agreements are negotiated with hospitals to provide accommodation at fixed or heavily discounted rates. All administration costs and living expenses are covered by donated funds from Rotarians and the public via fundraising events.

There is a plethora of humanitarian stories that can be told about major surgery and other treatments provided to patients from most of the Pacific Islands that are our neighbours. They range from separating con-joint twins to the reduction of a brain tumour. New Zealand Rotary also contributes to and utilizes ROMAC services.

Since its foundation, the organisation has supported some 570 patients to obtain vital medical treatment that would allow them to lead a more normal life. There are some 30 children on the waiting list. To support normal operations (non-COVID) ROMAC needs funds of $750K to $1M per year. Donations are tax-deductible and are easily made at the Donations tab on their website They are also seeking Rotarians to serve on the voluntary management and admin teams.

Graeme Howieson


The Long Run: "Run Ronny Run"

A BIG thanks you to all the members that supported me with my fund-raising efforts in aid of The Prostate Foundation of Australia. Thanks to your generous help we have raised $739 dollars for this very worthy cause. I also managed to Walk not Run 102klm and will keep going until the end of the month.

It's not to late if there are any members still wanting to offer their support with a last-minute donation just look up the link, I sent to you earlier.

Once again thank you.

Ron Rabey

FUTURE EVENTS (Covid Permitting)

7 October - Hyeji Kim, Foundation Global Grant Scholar from South Korea, will give us an update on her online Master's studies at the ANU

14 October - We will welcome back Fred Smith who will present again on Afghanistan and enable us to congratulate him for being the winner of this year's Chief Minister's Rotary Peace Prize

28 October - Membership Committee Workshop

30 October - Canberra Nara Park Candle Festival



Sept 27 Turkmenistan Independence Day (from Soviet Union in1991)

Sept 30 Botswana Independence Day (from the UK in 1966)

Oct 1 People's Republic of China (1949), Independence Days of Cyprus (from the UK in 1960), Nigeria (from the UK in 1960), and Tuvalu (from the UK in 1978)

Oct 2 Guinea Independence Day (from France in 1958)

Oct 3 Germany Day of Unity (1990), Iraq Independence Day (from the UK in 1932)


Sept 27 (1962) Rachel Carson's Silent Spring published - inspired the environmental movement

Sept 28 (1066) William the Conqueror landed in England beginning the Norman Conquest

Sept 29 (1829) The Metropolitan Police of London (The Met) founded

Sept 30 (1954) The US Navy submarine USS Nautilus commissioned - first nuclear-powered vessel

Oct 1 (1844) Ludwig Leichhardt departed Jimbour (QLD) to begin the exploration of the Northern Territory

Oct 2 (1902) Beatrix Potter's The Tales of Peter Rabbit published

Oct 3 (1913) US Federal Income Tax signed into law (at 1%) by President Woodrow Wilson.



I took my wife to a restaurant.

The waiter, for some reason, took my order first.

" I'll have the rump steak, rare please"

He said "Aren't you worried about the mad cow"

" Nah, she can order for herself"

And that's when the fight started...

My wife sat down next to me as I was flipping channels.

She asked, "What's on TV ?"

I said "Dust"

And that's when the fight started ...

My wife was hinting about what she wanted for our upcoming anniversary

She said " I want something shiny that goes from 0 to 150 in about 3 seconds"

I bought her a bathroom scale.

And that's when the fight started ...

I rear-ended a car this morning... the start of a REALLY bad day.

The driver got out of the other car, and he was a DWARF !!!

He looked up at me and said " I am NOT Happy"

So I said, " Well, which one ARE you then ?"

And that"s when the fight started ...

One year I decided to buy my mother-in-law a cemetery plot as a Christmas gift.

The next year I didn't buy her a gift.

When she asked me why I replied,

"Well you still haven't used the gift I bought you last year"

And that's when the fight started ...

Eric Carmody

[Ed. note: Neither RCCBG nor the Editor-in-Chief are responsible for the political correctness of this content! ]

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