A great weekend, I hope everyone else had one as well

My son Thomas and I competed in the City2Surf - Virtually, I may have accidentally on purpose planned a course that was downhill. But it worked for me.  It was good to see other people competing in the same run, as we circled around the lake.  Good to have done it and I hope to be back to a real one next year.

Planning is beginning for our next events. Expect to see some gears turning soon with:

Walking with a Purpose

Incognito Art Show

Afghan Refugees - Fred Smith Concert

Thanks to all for your input and support of these events.

One more week of Zoom meetings, then we hope to resume at the Commonwealth Club the week after, I still do not have the "Official" confirmation, but will let you know when I do

Enjoy the sunshine

President Warrick


Mental Health Hat Day Parties

Last Sunday the Kemsley Place Lockdown Gang got together for a Hat Day BBQ, not only so we could be together, but to raise money for mental health research. Between us we raised close to $200

Neighbours. Ya gotta love em. Come on fellow Rotarians, don’t you have friends you’d like to raise a glass with and help a worthy cause?

Linda Wilkinson

There is still time to follow Linda's example and raise money and awareness for Mental Health Research.

Get your friends together, in person or virtually and host a Hat Day Party to “Lift the Lid” on mental illness, an initiative of Australian Rotary Health, one of the largest non-government funders of mental health research in Australia. It was established in 1982 and has raised more than $33 million towards research projects since that time.

More than ever we need your support so please click on the link below to make your donation to make a difference (100% of proceeds go directly towards funding vital mental health research).

Sharon Green

The Peace Bell

The Club appreciates the support of the ACT Government by providing the new solar lights at the Canberra Rotary Peace Bell. The lights add to the amenity of the area and improve safety after hours on the deck of the pavilion.

Michael Rabey

Kids in Care

You may recall that when PDG Steve Hill spoke to the Club earlier this year about the Rotary Emergency Services Community Awards, he also spoke about Kids in Care, an initiative supported by ACT Policing and the Rotary Clubs of Canberra.

The purpose of Kids in Care Inc. is to advance social and public welfare by providing support to any at-risk children and those living in poverty, without discrimination.  The focus is on enhancing the emotional, mental and physical well-being of all children involved in the Child Protection system of the ACT. 

To support this work, Kids in Care is conducting a Christmas raffle this year, with tickets costing $2 each.

If you would like to support this very worthy cause, tickets can be purchased through the  link Kids in Care XMAS RAFFLE 2021 (

Please direct any queries to Club Secretary, Sue Lloyd, who is also the Secretary of Kids in Care.

Monica Garrett

THIS WEEK'S LUNCHEON MEETING (Thursday, Oct. 28th via Zoom)

Guest speaker: Hugh Watson, who is a friend of the Club and who has spoken to us before, will describe his second novel, The Silo. He says it is a thriller set in the brutal world of country politics. In The Silo, he draws on his country roots and political background to immerse readers in a story about corruption, blackmail, murder and shadowy international investment.

You are invited to attend this scheduled Zoom meeting:

Time: 12:15 Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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George Wilson



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.Ross Brown


R. Rabey


S. Green


J. Little


E. Carmody

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There were 18 members present via Zoom. President Warrick mentioned that this will probably be our second last Zoom meeting.

The Toast: Ross Brown proposed a toast to the Rotary Club of Pambula.The Pambula Club alternates meetings between Pambula and Eden and has a board made up of all women except for one. They are involved in several environmental projects in the area.

Acronym of the Week: This week Bill Andrews presented ACRE which stands for Australian Campaign for Rabbit Elimination and mainly operates in Queensland.

Juris spoke briefly about the Nusa Tengarra Association (NTA) giving an update on the program of aid for parts of Indonesia.

Guest speaker: Rob Byrne, Senior Coordinator, Foundation Services Topic: The Rotary Foundation(TRF)

Rob gave us an overview of the Foundation breaking his presentation into 5 areas;

1. WIIFM(what's in it for me)

There are District grants, small projects; disaster response, i.e. for local disasters like bush fires etc., and global grants for large projects, i.e. $40,000 plus.

TRF delivers outcomes, builds Rotary reputation and Strengthens our club. The Foundation is Our Charity.


Into two areas, Australian Rotary Foundation Trust for overseas projects and The Rotary Foundation PBI LTD. which funds large projects in Australia.


The multiplier effect of the fund for Australia is huge! $3.96M turns into $8m for Australia to distribute!


Annual funds are growing @ 6%, Global grants @ 102%.

Rotary are looking to generate more funds from corporate areas as it hasn’t had much input from that area in the past.

TRF has a new website,

Rob suggested that members donate $10 each through our fund raiser web site,


Through the Centurion Club and Paul Harris, etc.

Peter Davies


Trip to the Baltics in 2023 or 2024?

A couple of weeks ago I asked at our meeting who would be interested in joining an organised trip by our Club to the Baltic States, ie. Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, and perhaps an optional onward trip to St. Petersburg, Russia.

There was quite a good show of hands – perhaps 8 or 10 – which together with spouses and friends makes a viable group.

Perhaps you weren’t at the meeting but would like to register your interest.

The idea would be that apart from visiting interesting tourist sites and some off-track places, we would make visits to some selected Rotary clubs. That can start ongoing friendly relationships, with future inter-club visits a possibility, and starting projects afar, such as Peace Poles.

I should point out that all three of the Baltic States are members of the European Union, NATO and the European monetary union. They are one of the cheapest areas in Europe to visit because they are still recovering from some 50 years of occupation under Soviet rule between WWII and 1991. However they are highly developed now, innovative and specialised in various ways. They also have rich cultural histories. Their medieval town centres are vibrant treasures. Compared to Scandinavia, they are much cheaper to visit.

The St Petersburg idea is due to the fact that it is comparatively close to Tallin, the capital of Estonia, and well known for its art treasures, and probably quite cheap to visit too. Our diplomatic member, Ieva Apine, would not accompany the tour to St Petersburg for diplomatic reasons and because present day Russia is not exactly friendly with the Baltics.

It would be good to have a register of interested people. Please let me know by email to <>.

Juris Jacovics


Oct 26 Austrian National Day (Declaration of Neutrality, 1955)

Oct 27 St. Vincent and the Grenadines Independence Day (from UK in 1979), World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

Oct 28 Czech Republic National Day (Creation of Czechoslovakia, 1918)

Oct 29 Turkey National Day (Republic of Turkey declared, 1923)

Oct 31 World Cities Day


Oct 25 (1616) Dirk Hartog, the second European to land in Australia, set foot on an island now named for him near Carnarvon WA

Oct 26 (1985) Australian Government returned Uluru to the Pitjantjatjara people

Oct 27 (1982) China announced that its population had reached 1 billion.

Oct 28 (1834) Pinjarra massacre occurred at Swan River Colony (now Perth) with 30 Noongar people killed by British colonists

Oct 29 (1969) First computer to computer link established on ARPANET, the precursor of the internet

Oct 30 (1629) King Charles I granted(gave) the Bahamas to Sir Robert Heath

Oct 31 (2011) Global population reached 7 billion


1. There’s a fine line between a numerator and a denominator. (…Only a fraction of people will get this joke.)

2. What do dentists call their x-rays?

Tooth pics!

3. Did you hear about the first restaurant to open on the moon?

It had great food, but no atmosphere.

4. What did one ocean say to the other ocean?

Nothing, it just waved.

5. Do you want to hear a construction joke?

Sorry, I’m still working on it.

6. Did you hear about the fire at the circus?

It was in tents!

7. What’s the difference between a hippo and a zippo?

One is really heavy and the other’s a little lighter.

8. Why should you never trust stairs?

They’re always up to something.

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