Hope everyone had a nice sunny weekend. It was a pity to wake up to some drizzle on Monday. I was surprised by the number of people out and about, good news and bad news I guess.

Thank you to Monica for giving us so much information about indigenous doctors and the issues they are facing as well as showing how things are changing, hopefully for the better.

This week we have District Governor Leo Farrelly joining us on Zoom.

We have had a good response to the food drive, but more is always needed - let me know if you are keen to help.

We had a presentation on the Wattle Project food pantry a while ago. I remember members were interested in setting something up. Over the weekend I heard about another one, The Dignity and Desire Women’s and Baby Street Pantry. This one is in Gungahlin and caters to well women and babies. It is located at the organiser's house. Some food for thought (no pun intended) for those who were thinking about a project along those lines.

Stay safe.

President Warrick


Have you registered for the International Day of Peace webinar on the 21st September? It looks like around Diplomatic Missions have already registered. There have been many Rotary Members planning to join us from around Australia

Michael Rabey



Our Guest Speaker: A visit to RCCBG by District Governor Leo Farrelly

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George Wilson


The Toast:

Michael Rabey made the toast to the Rotary Club of Sutherland, NSW, noting their involvement in the Peace Pole project.

Our Guest Speaker: Monica Barolits-McCabe, CEO of the Indigenous Doctors Association (AIDA) .


Monica is originally from the Northern Territory and has extensive accounting, policy and management experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

We heard that AIDA was formed in 1997 with fifteen founding members. The peak body represents Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctors and medical students, and is currently represented on over forty medical, health and health workforce committees nationally.

AIDA advocates for a health system that is culturally safe, reflective of needs and inclusive of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s cultural values, all with a view to improving health and life outcomes.

A particular focus of Monica’s presentation was the situation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and COVID, especially in western New South Wales. The vulnerabilities of the population were outlined in terms of the inequities in the social determinants of health, especially inadequate housing, education and racism. While vaccination rates have improved, mis-information by “anti-vaxxers” and mistrust in government have been factors at play in the relatively low take-up of the vaccine to date.

For me, this presentation was a good opportunity to get to know one of our members better, and to appreciate the challenges of her work. On behalf of the Club, I thank Monica for taking the time in her busy professional life to tell us about the important work of AIDA.

Monica Garrett

Acronym(s) of the Week

Andrea Conti presented us with two acronyms to test our knowledge of the many Rotarian activities world-wide:

RTN (Rotarian)

RAGES (Rotary Action Group for Endangered Species)


Malhotra Family Cook and Deliver 2000 meals a day for Canberrans in Need



As I mentioned in last weeks meeting, Garry Malhotra has been doing an amazing job cooking 2000 meals a day for needy Canberra families. There is a link to a write up in the Canberra Times here:

There are two ways we can help:
1. Deliveries and Donations
Area Governor Adam de Toth is coordinating efforts for Rotary to assist meal deliveries. Meal deliveries are 11:00 am to about 2:00 pm. Two people make the task easier than one.

Adam's contact details are: & 0402 464 327
Donations are being organised through the Rotary Club of Tuggeranong, they are working on tax deductibility through the RABS project but in the meantime,
They are using this bank account:
BSB 633 000 Account # 183618479 Account Name: Rotary Club of Tuggeranong
Please include your/club name and the description "Helping Hands"
I am happy to coordinate for anyone from our club who would like to sign up for a delivery run with or without a helper. Let me know by Monday and I will put in a list.

Warrick Howieson

Canberra Memorabilia

Warrick presented us with some memorabilia he found on the internet related to the Canberra of yesteryear.




Sept. 16th

Sept. 23rd

Sept. 30th






Ross B.

Ross B.

Ross B.


Eric C.

Linda W.

Olek G.


Andrea C.

Michael R.

Russell D.


Ron R.

Robert L.

Greg G.


Liz S.

Graeme H.

Sharon G.

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Subject: Who is to blame?

Before we get too hung up on blaming the State Govt or the Federal Govt for our Covid situation let's review some facts:

1. We had to bring in mandatory quarantining in hotels because we couldn't trust people to stay home after returning from overseas.

2. We then had to bring in security because we couldn't trust people to stay in those hotels.

3. We then had to bring in  ADF because we couldn't trust the security guards not to have sex with those in quarantine in the hotels.

4. We had to get police to door knock and check up on people because we couldn't trust those who were meant to be self-isolating to actually stay at home.

5. We also have to have police and ADF reinforce the metropolitan Melbourne zone and State borders because we can't trust people to follow the restrictions.

6. We are now being asked to use masks because we cannot trust people to social distance when they are in public.

7. Through it all our supermarkets have had to introduce shopping restrictions because we couldn't trust people not to take more than what they needed.

So we can get as mad as we want at politicians or health officials for imposing restrictions on the country where the virus originated but essentially it's our own fault that we find ourselves here. Selfishness and lack of empathy seem to be as much of a disease as Covid itself.

The quicker people start following directions the quicker this situation will improve.

Eric Carmody.

FUTURE EVENTS (Covid Permitting)

21 SeptemberInternational Day of Peace Webinar

28 OctoberMembership Committee Workshop

30 October – Canberra Nara Park Candle Festival


Fun with our language - homographs, heteronyms et al.
Homographs are words of like spelling but with more than one meaning. A homograph that is also pronounced differently is a heteronym.

You think English is easy? I think a retired English teacher was bored...
1) The bandage was *wound* around the *wound*.
2) The farm was used to *produce produce*.
3) The dump was so full that it had to *refuse* more *refuse*.
4) We must *polish* the *Polish* furniture.
5) He could *lead* if he would get the *lead* out.
6) The soldier decided to *desert* his dessert in the *desert*.
7) Since there is no time like the *present*, he thought it was time to*present* the *present*.
8) A *bass* was painted on the head of the *bass* drum.
9) When shot at, the *dove dove * into the bushes.
10) I did not *object* to the *object*.
11) The insurance was *invalid* for the *invalid*.
12) There was a *row* among the oarsmen about how to *row*.
13) They were too *close* to the door to *close* it.
14)The buck *does* funny things when the *does* are present.
15) A seamstress and a *sewer* fell down into a *sewer* line.
16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his *sow* to *sow*.
17) The *wind* was too strong to *wind* up the sail.
18) Upon seeing the *tear* in the painting I shed a *tear*.
19) I had to *subject* the *subject* to a series of tests.
20) How can I *intimate* this to my most *intimate* friend?

Graeme Howieson


Sept. 15 International Day of Democracy, Independence Day for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua

Sept. 16 International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, Independence Day of Mexico and Papua New Guinea

Sept 17 World Patient Safety Day

Sept 18 International Day for Equal Pay, Independence Day of Chile

Sept. 19 Independence Day of St.Kitts and Nevis


Sept 13 (1845) Michael Faraday discovers “Faraday effect” , the influence of a magnetic field on polarised light

Sept 14 (1914) HMAS AE1, first RAN submarine, lost at sea off Papua New Guinea

Sept 15 (2000) Summer Olympics begin in Sydney.

Sept 16 (1810) Father Miguel Hidalgo rings his church bell in Dolores Mexico and makes his “Cry of Dolores” commencing the War of Independence from Spain

Sept 17 (2011) The “Occupy Wall Street” movement begins in New York City.

Sept 18 (2007) Buddhist monks join anti-government protesters in Myanmar(Burma) starting the “Saffron Revolution”

Sept 19 (1982) First “emoticons” :-) and :-( sent at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh.


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