Hi Everyone,

What a great concert - and a great amount of assistance to the Afghan refugees

On top of the actual concert money, Michael and I (as well as the community) raised over $4000 on the night, which will go to a learn to swim program. There was a great feeling of support, I even had someone ask me, from the queue of people lined up to donate money, if we needed any swimming teachers.

An effort to be proud of Fred, sings, reads poetry and speaks from the heart and this was a great show.that bright out his talents.  

We are back at the Commonwealth club this week. Hearing from Alice Hathorn, from ACT Urban Woodland Rescue

Make sure that you get in touch if you can help at the Canberra Show on the weeknd, or with the Goodwin Village  market stall or the Aussie Peace Walk

Have a great Week

President Warrick


Peace Project

The Fred Smith Concert on Thursday 17th was an outstanding success and it looks like close to $25,000 will be raised for the Afghanistan Evacuees students. This include $4,000 donated on the night to support a Red Cross women’s and children’s swim program.

On Friday 18th Peace Pole 150 was unveiled in Cowra. the Senior Rotary leadership team where present as was the Mayor of Cowra Bill West and members of the Rotary Club of Cowra.

Michael Rabey


THIS WEEK'S MEETING (Commonwealth Club, Thu. Feb 24th, 12.15 for 12.30)

Alice Hathorn will tell us about the method used by local Landcare group, ACT Urban Woodland Rescue, to transform a suburban park in Weston Creek, from barren and weed infested to biodiverse native woodland meadow.

NOTE: Duty Roster to follow in separate message


-- 25 Feb: Launch of Sundowners Rotary Club, Press Club

-- 3 Mar: Richard Johnstone President, Kingston and Barton Residents Group will speak about the Inner South Canberra Community Strategic Plan

-- 5 Mar: Goodwin Village Markets, 6.30 am (contact Peter Davies on

(0407 219 922) to volunteer

--10 Mar: Allan Hawke will speak about his book on history of Blundell’s cottage

--19-20 Mar: District Conference in Temora

-- 26-27 Mar: Rotary Peace Walk (contact Peter Davies on

(0407 219 922) to volunteer


Vladimir Putin, wanting to get on the good side of voters, goes to visit a school  in Moscow to have a chat with the kids. 

He talks to them about how Russia is a powerful nation and how he wants the  best for the people. 

At the end of the talk, there is some time for questions. 

Little Sasha puts her hand up and says "I have two questions: Why did the Russians take Crimea? And why are we sending troops to  Ukraine?" 

Putin says "Good questions..." But just as he is about to answer, the bell goes,  and the kids go for lunch. 

When they come back, they sit back down and there is room for some more  questions so another girl, Misha, puts her hand up and says, 

"I have four questions. My Questions are: 

Why did the Russians invade Crimea? Why are we sending troops to Ukraine?  Why did the bell go 20 minutes early for lunch? And where is Sasha?"


Feb 21: International Mother Language Day

Feb 22: Saint Lucia National Day

Feb 23: Brunei Darussalam National Day, Guyana National Day, Japan Emperor's Birthday

Feb 24: Estonian Independence Day

Feb 25: Kuwait National Day

Feb 27: Dominican Republic Independence Day


Feb 21 (1848) Karl Marx and Frederich Engels published the Communist Manifesto in London

Feb 22 (1928) Bert Hinkler piloted first solo flight from England to Australia and landed in Darwin 15.5 days after takeoff from London

Feb 23 (1905) First Rotary Club formed in Chicago by Paul Harris and 3 others

Feb 24 (1831) Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek proclaimed. It was the first treaty under the Indian Removal Act. Choctaws of Mississippi ceded land east of the river for land in the West.

Feb 25 (1932) Hitler, stateless for 7 years, obtained German citizenship and was able to participate in the 1932 election.

Feb 26 (1616) Galileo banned from teaching or defending the view that the earth revolves around the sun

Feb 27 (1900) British Labour Party founded

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