Hope it was a great weekend for everyone, the Canberra weather has been kind to us recently. It is nice seeing everyone back out and about around town, I sure have been. Although I am very sick of a family of Myna birds that live on a corner I regularly go past and love taking pot shots at my head!

Looking forward to seeing everyone back in person again on Thursday.

All of our events are progressing nicely and we will hear more about them this week at the Commonwealth Club.

We will have a pack of information for the Walking with a Purpose fundraising event. The Art show discussions and planning have begun and we have engaged in discussions with a theater about staging the Fred Smith concert, hopefully to be held with the Multicultural festival. Thank you to everyone for moving these forward. Look out for more information and more areas where you can help out coming your way soon. 

Other events on the horizon of course include the Christmas Party,  which believe it or not is coming up on Thursday, the16th of December, that's next month! 

See you all on Thursday (Well except those who have managed to go on a trip further afield).

Keep safe

President Warrick


Walking on Purpose

Members should have received an email from Warrick showing instructions for the "Walking on Purpose" project. This may be the best way, this Rotary year, for each member to contribute to the Club's fundraising project.

Please copy the letter attached to that email and forward it to as many of your personal contacts as you can. You will be surprised at the results. People like to assist, especially for an organisation such as ours with a proven track record.

Take the action requested and let's see the outcome. The hope is that every member will participate in this simple project, and as you walk you will be doing your own health a favour.

Ron Rabey, Bill Andrews and Michael Rabey


Mental Health Fund Raiser

Don't despair that you may have missed our deadline. We have extended this fundraising activity until the end of November. 

With Covid restrictions easing and the weather warming up, we look forward to hearing about your activities and hopefully reaching our target of $2,250.

We are now halfway - please put your best hats on and send in some photos of your completed activities. 

Kids in Care

Calling for volunteers to help with fundraising in December for Kids in Care.

During December, on Saturday leading up to Christmas, volunteers are required for 2 hours shifts, to do gift-wrapping in Big W Woden and Gungahlin.  The roster runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Please email Sharon if you are able to assist with this Community Service endeavour.

For those of you unfamiliar with Kids in Care:

"Our purpose is to advance social and public welfare by providing support to any at-risk children and those living in poverty without discrimination within the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

We wish to further enhance the emotional, mental and physical well-being of all children involved in the Child Protection system of the ACT.

The goal is to preserve the children’s social and environmental development."

Sharon Green

Working With Vulnerable People Cards

A reminder for all us to check the validity of our Working with Vulnerable People Cards.  If you don't have one please go your local government website and complete the application process.

Stephen McMillan



Membership Survey

We hope to send out a Membership Survey prior to the end of November. 

Please keep and eye out for this and take the time to provide your feedback to the Club so that we can continue to provide 'service above self' to communities both here and overseas.

Sharon Green


Just wanted to send a thanks to all the members who donated their lunch money while in Lockdown. During September and October we raised $2,263.98 for the Community account. Great effort by all.


Treasurer Ross


Thursday, Nov 4th at the Commonwealth Club. Please email Russell to note your attendance at:


Guest speaker: Our Club Secretary, Sue Lloyd, will be presenting on the topic of

World Polio Day.

"Together we will continue to make a difference. Giving children and their parents

hope for a world without Polio

Thank you members for your support in helping the world to eradicate Polio.

We are so close!

Thursday 4 November Raffle

Tickets $1 each or 6 for $5.00

All proceeds will enable our Club to become a

Clem Renouf End Polio Now Club

(we need $290)"

Sue Llloyd

Also this week, our National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) 2022 participant, Bronwyn McGauley, will visit us, along with her mother Judy Wyld. Bronwyn will introduce herself to the Club and tell us of her aspirations for NYSF.

Stephen McMillan

Please note that Hugh Watson, last week's speaker, will attend our meeting at the Commonwealth Club on Thursday with a supply of his book. For each one sold for $30 he will donate $5 to the Club's charities.

George Wilson



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


The Toast: Ron Rabey made a toast to the Rotary Club of Glasgow where the COP25 environmental conference will be held.

Acronym of the Week: John Little  presented us with the acronym ERPC meaning Endowment-Rotary Peace Centres.

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

Guest speaker: Hugh Watson, author

Our speaker last week was Hugh Watson who should be well  known to our Club members. When Hugh visited our Club last he described his first novel "HOME GROWN" which was a very interesting read, especially to Canberrans as the story line was set in Canberra and lots of local landmarks got a mention.

Hugh grew up in the Bega region but did not start writing until later in life after various careers.

His second novel, the subject of his talk this visit, is titled " THE SILO " and if half as interesting as his first novel, it will be a MUST read for all.

Hugh bases his characters on people he has known so some names may be familiar.

He also explained how hard it is to get a good agent and then to publish. He has promised to donate 10% of the profits to the Royal Flying Doctor, a very generous offer.

We are told that Novels Three and Four are in progress and we await these in due course.

When these books see the light of day we must have Hugh back to the Club with some of his books for us to purchase as will be the case this Thursday.

Thanks again to Hugh for an interesting Zoom meeting.

Eric Carmody


Nov 1 Algeria Anniversary of the Revolution (Start of war of independence from France, 1954); Antigua and Barbuda National Day (independence from UK in 1981)

Nov 2 Tonga Constitution Day (constitutional monarchy established 1875); International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

Nov 3 Dominica Independence Day (from UK in 1973); Federated States of Micronesia National Day (independence from US in 1986)

Nov 5 World Tsunami Awareness Day

Nov 6 International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict


Nov 1 (1512) Ceiling of Sistine Chapel painted by Michelangelo exhibited publicly for the first time

Nov 2 (1917) Balfour Declaration proclaimed British support for the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people

Nov 3 (1838) Times of India, the world's largest circulated daily newspaper in English founded

Nov 4 (1922) Howard Carter discovered entrance to tomb of Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings

Nov 5 (1605) Gunpowder Plot: Guy Fawkes arrested

Nov 6 (1861) Jefferson Davis elected to 6-year term as President of the US Confederacy

Nov 7 (1861) First Melbourne Cup horse race held


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