Another busy week

We have a board meeting on Wednesday the 8th - Still trying to locate a convenient venue - Look out for some more information

Unfortunately we had a loss at cricket this week, but given that we had a break in the Weather to actually play, I guess we can consider that a win...

We have been busy planning and re-planning events,

Fred Smith Concert - After much consideration, and contract reading the risk to the club at the Canberra Playhouse was a bit too much. We do want to put the event on, and so does Fred, we are replanning for a date a little later in March - gives us more time to sell tickets and at a different venue

Christmas Party - Much like the cricket has been difficult to predict due to the weather, we have some concerns for having an outdoor event, we will now be at Gary's Kitchen in Erindale. A venue where Eric Carmody is considered a local!  Indoors and plenty of food options. We will select a banquet for most people - See the attached invitation - Please respond to the invite on club runner.

President Warrick



Hay and Mildura Indigenous Student Scholarships

We now have two lots of scholarships underway; Mildura Primary School for 2 scholarships and 4 scholarships to the Hay Memorial High School.

Peace Project

Members are directed to the Facebook page of the Peace Bell to see the latest unveiling of Peace Poles donated by the Rotary Club Coonamble. These two peace poles at Coonamble Primary PP 197 and Coonamble High School PP 206 have been decorated with paintings and carvings by Elders and students.

Michael Rabey

Walking with a Purpose

President-elect hard at work behind mask in Nara Park.


Bill lost Amanda in long grass walking the Kama Track to the Molonglo River cleaning up rubbish as they went.


Spontaneous” shot of Bill pretending to bag mountains of litter

Peace Project

Members are directed to the Facebook page of the Peace Bell to see the latest unveiling of Peace Poles donated by the Rotary Club Coonamble. These two peace poles at Coonamble Primary PP 197 and Coonamble High School PP 206 have been decorated with paintings and carvings by Elders and students.

Michael Rabey




Dec. 9th

Dec. 16th


Commonwealth Club




R. Brown



P. Judge



G. Howieson



L. Scrivener



A. Conti


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

THIS WEEK'S LUNCHEON MEETING (Dec. 9th at the Commonwealth Club)

We have trialed a process using the Club Runner "Event Planning" tool. All of our members were emailed an invitation to our Lunch meeting for 9/12/2021 (our AGM) on Saturday afternoon.

The email asks that you accept or decline the invitation, all you have to do is click on your choice and click on Save - BUT don't forget to put your dietary requirements in the Comments Box first!

If you have indicated you will be attending, you will receive an email confirming your booking.

You have until 5.00PM on the Monday before the meeting to accept or decline the invitation (for the meeting on the 9th This will be 6/12/2021), if you try to action the invitation after this time it will not allow you to book for the event.

We will then advise The Commonwealth Club on the Tuesday morning of the numbers that have accepted - you must book to be able to attend.

It is a very simple process so you just need to monitor your emails.

For all future meetings we plan to have the invitation sent out a full week before the meeting, but you only have around 4 days to action the email.

We will be using this Event Planning tool for as many Rotary activities as possible, such as registering to help at the Stomp, Candle festival etc.

Our apologies for the invitation being addressed to Andrea, a small oversight by the team.

Love to get feedback on your thoughts.

Ross Brown and the Door Team.


Rotary Toast: Russell Dew made a toast to the Rotary Club of Honiara.


Ross reported that the club has a running total of $3667 in donations from the Walking with a Purpose.

There were 19 members at the meeting today.

Bill Andrews reported on a successful working bee at the Nara Peace Park last Saturday.

We now have two lots of scholarships underway: Mildura Primary school for 2 scholarships and 4 scholarships to the Hay memorial high school for indigenous students.

Sharon issued an invitation for Rotarians to attend the Zonta Cub function @6.30 am at the Peace Bell on 10th December.

George reported on his recent flight over and trip to Central and Northwest NSW.

Guest Speaker: Professor William Coleman told us about the book he has just written, a concise history of the forming of the Commonwealth of Australia and the constitution.

The book is called ”The retelling of the creation of The Australian Federation,1889-1914”

He discussed in detail many of the short comings of the way the Commonwealth was set up and the inherent problems within the constitution.

He also mentioned the friction that arose among our founding fathers as to where the capital should be with even the town of Dalgety being a strong contender!

Peter Davies


The Darwin Awards: OZ or Outback Savvy

A drover, who just moved to Queensland from Victoria , walks into a bar and
orders three glasses of XXXX .He sits in the back of the room, drinking a sip out of each one in turn.

When he finishes them, he comes back to the bar and orders three more.

The bartender approaches and tells the drover, "You know, a glass goes flat after I draw it. It would taste better if you bought one at a time."

The drover replies, "Well, you see, I have two brothers. One's in 'Tassie', the other one's a 'sandgroper'. When we all left our home in Echuca',we promised that we'd drink this way to remember the days when we drank together. So I'm drinking one beer for each of my brothers and one for myself."

The bartender admits that this is a nice custom and leaves it there. The drover
becomes a regular in the bar, and always drinks the same way. He orders three
mugs and drinks them in turn.

One day, he comes in and only orders two mugs. All the regulars take notice and fall silent.

When he comes back to the bar for the second round, the bartender says, "I don't want to intrude on your grief, but I wanted to offer my condolences on your loss.

The drover looks quite puzzled for a moment, then a light dawns in his eyes and he laughs. "Oh, no, everybody's just fine," he explains, "It's just that my wife and I joined the Salvation Army and I had to quit drinking.

"Hasn't affected my brothers though." !!!!!!!

Eric Carmody.


Dec 6 Finland Proclamation of Independence (from Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republlic in 1917)

Dec 7 International Civil Aviation Day

Dec 9 Tanzania Independence Day (from UK in 1961); International Anti/corruption Day

Dec 10 Human Rights Day

Dec 11 Burkina Faso (became autonomous republic in French Community in 1958)

Dec 12 Kenya Jamhuri Day (independence from UK in 1963); International Universal Health Coverage Day


Dec 6 (1998) In Venezuela Hugo Chavez was elected president commencing a decline resulting in the country's current position as a failed state

Dec 7 (1732) Royal Opera House opened at Covent Garden in London

Dec 8 (2019) First confirmed case of Covid-19 in China

Dec 9 (1868) First traffic lights, resembling railway signals, installed outside Palace of Westminster

Dec 10 (1768) First edition of Encyclopedia Britannica published

Dec 11 (2005) The “Cronulla Riots” began and spread to other Sydney suburbs

Dec 12 (1901) Guglielmo Marconi transmits first transatlantic radio signal

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