Hi everyone

Last meeting for the year coming up, the Christmas Party. It's at Gary's Kitchen in Wanniassa. Look for the invitation and reply.  If you have difficulties, please let me know

The only cricket on was the ashes, which was well won by the Aussies.

We will resume meetings, casually at first in late January then resuming at the Commonwealth Club in February

We do need some help in scheduling speakers moving into the new year. George has done a stunning job but would like to take a step back so I am on the hunt for one or more individuals to assist. I'm sure there are a few people who can help.

President Warrick


Peace Project

Fred Smith has decided to stage the Concert to welcome Afghan evacuees himself. Funds raised will be directed to students of the families.

Members are encouraged to support Fred efforts by promoting the concert to friends and family and to encourage all to purchase tickets from the concert.

The date is the 17th February at the Canberra Playhouse Theatre.

Michael Rabey

Operation Cleft

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

Please accept Christmas and Seasons Greetings from Operation Cleft Board in Australia. We also bring greetings from Surgeons, Parents and Children in Bangladesh. Please find our summer newsletter here: Operation Cleft – Gift a smile for life

Operation Cleft Australia is a proud humanitarian project of the Rotary Club of Box Hill Central.

Even with all the challenges thrown at us all by Covid-19, thrilled to let you know that we accomplished over 1,600 life changing Cleft surgeries in last 12 months. This would not be possible without your/your club support and generous donation from many other Australian Rotary Clubs.

Thank you for continuing to make a difference in the lives of so many desperately needy Bangladeshi children, and their deeply appreciative families. You have helped to provide a new beginning, a hope, a smile, and a future.

Thank you,

Operation Cleft Team

THIS WEEK'S MEETING (Dec. 16th), )

The meeting will be our Christmas Party and last meeting of the year.

It will take place this coming Thursday at 6.30pm at Gary's Restaurant, 26 Denigan Street, Wanniassa next to the Erindale Shopping Centre.


Rotary Acronym: IFCR (International Fellowship of Cricket-Loving Rotarians)


Speakers: Bill Andrews and Stephen McMillan. Topic: The Nusa Tenggara Assocation


Jack wakes up with a huge hangover after attending his company's Christmas Party. Jack is not normally a drinker, but the drinks didn't taste like alcohol at  all. He didn't even remember how he got home from the party. As bad as he was feeling, he wondered if he did something wrong.

Jack had to force himself to open his eyes, and the first thing he sees is a couple of aspirins next to a glass of water on the side table and, next to them, a single red rose!! Jack sits up and sees his clothing in front of him, all clean and pressed. He looks around the room and sees that it is in perfect order, spotlessly clean. So is the rest of the house. He takes the aspirins, cringes when he sees a huge black eye staring back at him in the bathroom mirror.

Then he notices a note hanging on the corner of the mirror written in red with little hearts on it and a kiss mark from his wife in lipstick:

"Honey, breakfast is on the stove, I left early to get groceries to make you your favourite dinner tonight. I love you, darling! Love, Jillian"

He stumbles to the kitchen and sure enough, there is hot breakfast, steaming hot coffee and the morning newspaper. His 16-year-old son is also at the table, eating. Jack asks, "Son... What happened last night?"

"Well, you came home after 3 a.m., pissed out of your mind, you fell over the coffee table and broke it, and then you puked in the hallway, and got that black eye when you ran into the door. All in all, one hell of a performance Dad."

Confused, he asked his son, "So, why is everything in such perfect order and so clean? I have a rose, and breakfast is on the table waiting for me??

His son replies, "Oh THAT... Mum dragged you to the bedroom, and when she tried to take your trousers off, you screamed.....

"Leave me alone, I'm married!!"

Broken Coffee Table $239.99, Hot Breakfast $4.20, Two Aspirins $0.38,

Saying the right thing, at the right time……PRICELESS

Eric Carmody.


Dec 16: Bahrain Independence Day (from UK in 1971); Kazakhstan Independence Day (from Soviet Union in 1991); Qatar (from Ottoman Empire in 1878)

Dec 18: International Migrants Day; Arabic Language Day


Dec 13 (1642) Abel Tasman was first European to sight New Zealand

Dec 14 (1909) NSW Premier signed Act formally transferring land to Commonwealth to create the Australian Capital Territory.

Dec 15 (2010) A boat carrying asylum seekers crashes into rocks off Christmas Island killing 48 people

Dec 16 (1782) Muharram Rebellion, the first anti-British uprising in the Indian subcontinent, occurred

Dec 17 (546) The Ostrogoths under King Totila plunder the city during the Siege of Rome

Dec 18 (1900) The Puffing Billy Railway opened for traffic in Victoria

Dec 19 (1967) PM Harold Holt is officially presumed dead


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