The President's Report

Another reminder that we are still short of members registering to help out with the Rotary Peace Walk in March. The more help the more income the Club will earn. The Covid training that has to be passed to participate is not all that hard. ( I got through with no trouble, if I can do it you can )

Our speaker last week, Phillip Gibbons, gave us some very interesting facts relating to bush fires in Australia and what we can all do to protect ourselves and our property.

I have also asked Directors if they could keep Robert informed with updates of what their committees are doing to put in the weekly newsletter.

Also if you would like to become a Centurion but not pay the $100 upfront, just pay Ross a couple of dollars extra each week until you reach the donation required. He is happy to keep an updated record and this way the Club can have as many Members as possible qualify.

President Eric

Duty Roster for February 2021


Thursday, February 18th

Thursday, February 25th


At the Commonwealth Club

On Zoom


Ross Brown

Ross Brown


Michael Rabey

Tony Brickwood


Greg Gibbs

Warwick Howieson


Sharon Green

Graeme Howieson


Andrea Conti

Robert Laine

Peace Project

As has become a regular event at the Peace bell we will be striking the bell to remember the New Zealand earthquake on 22nd February at 10.50 am.

This is the 10th anniversary of the event and it would be very much appreciated if members could attend at that time. If you are able to be there could you please let me know by return email. It would be terrific if 4 or 5 members could be at the bell for this ceremony.

Michael Rabey


Climate Change

We are looking at options to establish a rubbish collection site to raise awareness and enable people to clean up an environment, yet to be chosen.

I would like to base it around a model from a group in the US, “Sunset Vision” that look after the environment at Sunset Beach, North Carolina.

We are just seeking some info from that club before we move forward with formalising a plan.


Warrick Howieson


Social Activities

Thanks to all of those who responded to my Expression of Interest request for The "potential" Barefoot Bowls event. Sadly, we are well below the numbers that would make this event viable and FUN. There were of course people who were interested but the proposed timing of the event did not suit them.

I suggest that we re-visit this at a later date and perhaps look to also inviting 'friends' of our Rotary Club to get a good turnout.

Sharon Green

Upcoming Events

Rotary Aussie Peace March (26-28 March)

STOMP 2021 (probably in July)

Marwonga Indigenous project as a result of successful fundraising in December

Hay War Memorial High School indigenous students visit (later this year)

Peace Bell bookings (currently flooding in)

Interesting Facts

Why do men's clothes have buttons on the right while women's clothes have buttons on the left?

Because when buttons were invented they were very expensive and worn primarily by the rich. Since most people are right-handed, it is easier to push buttons on the right through holes on the left. Because wealthy women were dressed by maids, dressmakers put the buttons on the maid's right. And that's where women's buttons have remained ever since.


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