Hi Everyone,

From one sport to the next - Cricket season may be over but Netball begins with 2 games in a row and 2 wins. A good start to the season, nice and warm, but soon the suncream will be packed away and the jackets will be out.

We had a great turnout for the Harmony Day event yesterday. Thank you to the members that supported the multicultural community. Peace Pole #100 is now full (I think) but we still have plans to enhance the area to make it even more meaningful.

The Walk for Peace is on this weekend, your help at the start would be appreciated. It is a whole lot of fun seeing people off for their walk and admiring the effort people put in.

I will send out a separate email with what we have and still need for the Trachoma project.

Please keep in mind the Incognito Art show, we really need more artists. If you know anyone who is handy with a brush, digital or otherwise, let me know who they are and I will see if we can get them to support us.

President Warrick


Peace Project

Yesterday at the Peace Bell was the recognition of Harmony Day in conjunction with the Canberra Multicultural Community Council and Interfaith Council. Seven new languages were added to the Peace Pole at Lennox Gardens at this ceremony.

Michael Rabey



The Rotary Aussie Peace Walk is this Saturday and Sunday, 26-27 March.

The Start windows Are:

Saturday Event

42 km Marathon: 7.00 am to 7.30 am

21 km: 8.00 am to 8.30 am

12 km: 9.00 am to 9.30 am

7 km: 10.00 am to 10.30 am

Sunday Event

24 km: 8.00 am to 8.30 am

12 km: 9.00 am to 9.30 am

7 km: 10.00 am to 10.30 am

Peter Davies


Shelter Box

The past few weeks have been a trying time for many, with record-breaking floods affecting much of the East Coast, leaving thousands of houses and businesses damaged and many people left homeless or without work.

ShelterBox staff have been amongst the thousands of volunteers that have been helping with co-ordination, delivery of donated goods and the massive task of clear-up. Due to logistical and capacity challenges, a ShelterBox response was not possible at this time, hence no appeal was launched. Instead, we recommend that anyone wishing to support local flood relief, go the Rotary Australia World Community Service appeal page.

ShelterBox is responding to the Ukraine crisis. We have a team in Poland and aid is on the way. We are working on three projects – two within Ukraine and one to support refugees fleeing the country.

They are sending mattresses to ‘collective centres’ like schools, churches and sports centres in western Ukraine. This will ensure people who have fled their homes have somewhere to sleep and keep warm at night. We are preparing to provide shelter kits with tools and rope, high thermal blankets, hygiene kits (including items like soap, washing powder and toothpaste), solar lights, buckets and water carriers to help people survive in buildings damaged by the conflict.

They will be supporting refugees in neighbouring countries with high priority items they can carry with them, like hygiene items and warm winter coats. The UN puts the number of refugees fleeing the country now at 3 million, and millions more displaced within Ukraine, The need is only going to grow, as the conflict continues.


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

Speaker: Christine Helliwell, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology ANU, will make a presentation to us about Secret Australian Operations in WWII Borneo

Christine will talk about her book Semut: a secret Australian operation in WWII Borneo. Professor Helliwell has been carrying out research on Borneo's indigenous Dayak peoples - including living with them in their longhouses and communities for months at a time - for almost forty years.

In recent years she has begun to look into the secret operations conducted by SRD (popularly known as Z Special Unit) in Borneo during WWII with a particular focus on the long overlooked Dayak role in them.

George Wilson


DUTY ROSTER: March 2022



March 24th

March 31st


Commonwealth Club



Ross B.

Ross B.


Sue L.

Warrick H.


Graeme H.

Bill A.


Ron R.

Olek G.

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

LAST WEEK'S MEETING (10th of March):

Speaker: Richard Matthews, Convener of Diplomats for Climate Action Now, will speak on the topic "Why Australia should be a leader in climate action"



--I bought 75% of shares in a vampire hunting business.

I’m the main stakeholder.

--Once upon a time there was a king who was 12 inches tall.

He was a terrible king but made a great ruler.

--Please don’t use odd and obscure colognes and perfumes…

Common scents, people!

--My dentist is a really mean guy.

He always hurts my fillings.

--Interviewer: Describe yourself in 3 words.

Not good at counting.”

--My buddy just got a job in marketing with Kellogg’s cereals.

I guess you could say his job is Raisin Bran awareness.

--How much does an influencer weigh?

An Instagram

--Billy Bob wanted a job as a signalman on the railways.

He was told to meet the inspector at the signal box.

The inspector asked, “What would you do if you realized that two trains were heading for each other on the same track?”

Billy Bob replied, “I would switch the points for one of the trains.”

What if the lever broke?” asked the inspector.

Then I’d dash down out of the signal box,” said Billy Bob, “and I’d use the manual lever over there.”

What if that had been struck by lightning?”

Then,” Billy Bob continued, “I’d run back into the signal box and phone the next signal box.”

What if the phone was busy?”

Well in that case,” persevered Billy Bob, “I’d rush down out of the box and use the public emergency phone at the level crossing up there.”

What if that was vandalized?”

Oh, well then I’d run into town and go get my Uncle Lester.”

This puzzled the inspector, so he asked, “Why would you do that?”

Billy Bob answered, “Well, Uncle Lester ain’t never seen a train wreck before!”


Mar 21: Namibia Independence Day; International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; World Poetry Day; International Day of Nowruz; World Down Syndrome Day; International Day of Forests

Mar 22: World Water Day

Mar 23: Pakistan National Day; World Meteorological Day

Mar 24: World Tuberculosis Day

Mar 25: Greece Independence Day

Mar 26: Bangladesh Independence Day


Mar 21 (1975): Ethiopia abolished the monarchy of 3000 years

Mar 22 (1960): Arthur Schawlow and Charles Townes received first patent for a laser

Mar 23 (1956): Pakistan becomes the first Islamic Republic in the world

Mar 24 (1721) Johann Sebastian Bach dedicated six concertos to Christian Ludwig, a Margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt (Prussia) now called the Brandenburg Concertos BWV 1046-1051

Mar 25 (421): The City of Venice founded

Mar 26 (1651): The San Jose, a silver-laden Spanish ship, was pushed south by strong winds and wrecked on the coast of southern Chile. The surviving crew was killed by indigenous Cuncos

Mar 27 (1886): Geronimo surrendered to the U.S. Army ending the main phase of the Apache Wars

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