Hope you have all kept warm over what was a freezing weekend,

It was great to see everyone for the induction of Yamagami San. I certainly found it to be a great occasion. It was interesting to hear his thoughts on quite a wide range of topics and to hear someone in his position speak so frankly about those issues too [see notes by Russell below].

This week we have another special guest - The New Zealand High Commissioner - Dame Annette King, and who used to be in politics before taking up her role in Australia for 2 and a half years so her perspectives will be quite different in a number of ways.

In between the rain and the snow, I managed to get out for a couple of runs over the weekend. But didn't make any progress on the lectern - unfortunately

This Thursday is another good week to make sure that you are here - unless you have managed to migrate to warmer climes.

President Warrick


Speech by Japanese Ambassador H.E. Shingo Yamagami

Shingo was pleased that he has been able to achieve a lifetime dream of coming to live in Canberra. He has served in many important postings such as New York, London and Geneva with the Japanese Foreign Service but has also worked in a Police function and other Public Service organisations in Japan. So he says that he has a broader view of the world than most of his colleagues in the foreign service.

He believes that he is in a lucky position to oversee the development of a deep and ongoing relationship with Australia at a time when the emergence of the Middle kingdom poses economic and military challenges in the East Asian region. The similarities of Australia and the Japanese economies goes beyond the trade in resources and manufactured goods but extends to the similarities of both democratic cultures, the rule of Law and the aim of peace in the region.

He is envious of the way Australia has dealt so far with the Covid virus and he explained that the challenge for cities like Tokyo with a population of 14 million people living in a high density lifestyle was to keep social distancing in every part of their lives. Japan is now achieving vaccinations of up to 1.0 million people per day to provide immunity to the 126.0 million population.

The first athletes to arrive in Japan for the Olympic games were the Australian softball team and he hoped the Games would bring all the peoples of the world together to enjoy the competition.

The Japanese people have lived with many challenges over the centuries which have included Typhoons, Earthquakes, Tsunamis and even Landslides. The acceptance of the potential disasters in life has given the Japanese people resilience and perseverance which should help them overcome the Covid virus over time. Shingo was in awe of Julie Gillard’s visit to the Fukushima region after the Tsunami as she was the first Head of State to show compassion for the victims and survivors by making a visit in person.

Russell Dew

Mr. Mirko Milic

Also in attendance at the meeting was our Corporate Member Mirko Milic, Chief Operating Officer of Janrule Automotive Group in Canberra (Toyota, Lexus and others). The attached article is about some of the many charitable community efforts he has supported and participated in personally.


Speaker: Dame Annette King, New Zealand High Commissioner




22nd July

29th July


Commonwealth Club



A. Conti



G. Wilson

E. Carmody


O. Gancarz

M. Rabey


G. Gibbs



G. Little

W. Andrews

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


Our former member Andrew Bilski has passed away with his funeral to be held at the Sacred Heart Church 115 Hodgson Crescent Pearce on the 27th July from 12 noon followed by a burial service at Woden Cemetery. A reception will be held at the Mawson Club following the burial at about 230pm.

Given current restrictions in place, for those who can't attend the service will be live streamed at:

In lieu of flowers donations to the Canberra Hospital Foundation are kindly invited.

We pass on our deepest sympathies to his family. RIP Andrew.

Michael Rabey


July 19 National Get Out of the Doghouse Day (U.S.)

July 20 World Cheese Day

July 21 Belgian National Day (Investiture of King Leopold I)

July 23 Egypt National Day (Revolution Day)

July 24 National Day of the Cowboy (U.S.)

July 25 World Drowning Prevention Day



July 19 (1848) 1st U.S. Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York organised by Elizabeth Cady

July 20 (1954) Armistice for Vietnam and partition (North & South)

July 21 (1925) John Scopes of Tennesee found guilty of teaching evolution and fined $100.

July 22 (1942) Over 300,000 Jews in Warsaw Ghetto sent to Treblinka Extermination Camp.

July 23 (1829) William Burt patents first typographer (typewriter).

July 24 (1911) Hiram Bingham discovers Machu Pichu, lost city of the Incas.

July 25 (1997) Scientists announce that 1st human stem cells were cultured in a laboratory.

GENUINE ANSWERS ( from 16 year olds )

Q. Name the four seasons.

A. Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar.

Q. How is dew formed ?

A. The sun shines down on the leaves and makes them perspire.

Q. What guarantees may a mortgage company insist on ?

A.  If you are buying a house they will insist that you are well endowed. 

Q. In a democratic society, how important are elections ?

A. Very important. Sex can only happen when a male gets an election.

Q. What are steroids ?

A. Things for keeping carpets still on the stairs.

Q.What happens to your body as you age ?

A. When you get old, so do your bowels and you get intercontinental.

Q. What happens to a boy when he reaches puberty ?

A. He says goodbye to his boyhood and looks forward to his adultery.

Q. Name a major disease associated with cigarettes.

A. Premature death.

Q. What is artificial insemination ?

A. When the farmer does it to bull instead of the cow.

Q. How can you delay milk turning sour ?

A. Keep it in the cow.

Q. What is the most common form of birth control ?

A. Most people prevent contraception by wearing a condominium.

Q. Give the meaning of the term " Caesarean section "

A. The caesarean section is a district in Rome.

Q What is a terminal illness ?

A. When you are sick at the airport.

Q. What does the word ' benign mean ?

A Benign is what you will be after you are eight.


Eric Carmody.


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