Hopefully, everyone kept themselves dry over the weekend. Now that the sun is out it's time to dry things off I guess.

A colleague at work passed on an activity he did with his kids:

"Folks, I just thought I'd share something which you may want to consider, particularly if you have kids. Last weekend, I suggested to my kids that they bake cookies for their friends and we would go and deliver them as part of our local exercise. The kids also did artwork for their friends, included puzzles, Given that we know some of the parents, I also included some books in some of the care packages. And then we got on our bikes (or for me, running) and went and delivered care packages to letterboxes. I mention this because it apparently was received very well - it made a difference to people who weren't expecting it. Just something to think about."

While most of us don't have kids that age, delivering something, in a safe way to a friend down the road is a good way to make someone's day. If people send me pictures of what they have delivered, we can have some form of virtual awards.

Stay safe

President Warrick


A little reminder for members to pay your annual Membership Dues. You can contact me if you want to make arrangements for alternative payment amounts.

Ross Brown


As discussed at the last meeting all of the September activities at the Canberra Rotary Peace Bell and the Peace Pole ceremonies in Canberra schools have been cancelled. The exception is for the International Day of Peace which will now be conducted via a Zoom Webinar. Links for the Webinar will be sent soon but why not plan your lunch on the 21st to be in front if your monitor so you can join the meeting. Fred Smith will be the keynote speaker.

Michael Rabey



Our Guest Speaker: Monica Barolits, CEO of the Indigenous Doctors Association and RCCBG member.

Monica will share information about current Impacts of Covid on Indigenous communities, particularly in western NSW.

Join Zoom Meeting: Time: Sep 9, 2021 12:30 Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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George Wilson



The Toast: Michael Rabey made the toast to the Rotary Club of Cowra and mentioned that they will be receiving Peace Pole #150 of the 100 which will be placed within the Europa Rotary park in Cowra.


Our Guest Speakers: Greg McRoberts and David Newman from the ACT Prostate Support Group

Greg and David spoke on the topic: Prostate Poses Problems”. They provided a very informative address on that "old man's problem" Prostate Cancer.

We were left in no doubt that it is not an old man's problem at all, and that the key message was that all men over 40 or so need to be regularly checked by the easiest of blood tests for changes in their prostate function.

Greg and David explained their personal journeys with the disease, and importantly the success that modern medical treatment can provide in dealing with the cancer.

Greg was first diagnosed 17 1/2 years ago and has undergone a range of treatments and remains in good health. David was diagnosed at age 57 and underwent surgery 5 years ago and also remains in good health. Both identified family genetic connection as a probable likely link to the disease. If your father had problems, you are twice as likely to see an onset of changes as well.

Interestingly, the disease does differentiate by race, and our indigenous brothers have a higher risk of being affected.

So test early by a simple PSA blood test, watch the readings yourself from year to year, and be alert to any changes.

Eventually, the discussion turned to the 2 elephants in the room: post-surgery bladder incontinence, and erectile dysfunction. Of course, these do not arise in every case but they are risks we need to know about. Similarly, the support groups can refer you to medical Peer Review advisors for a second opinion if you are unsure of the course being suggested - great idea!

Both issues were discussed at length and clearly there is a strong network of support groups and medical advisors who can address the problems if they arise. For more information visit and

Thank you to Greg and David for a most helpful presentation.

Bill Andrews

Acronym of the Week: ROMAC (Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children)

ROMAC provides surgical treatment for children in Australia and New Zealand from developing countries from our Pacific Region in the form of life giving and/or dignity restoring surgery not accessible to them in their home country.

ROMAC commenced in March 1988 out of the actions of an Australian Rotarian who, with a group of surgeons, visited Lambasa in Fiji. They found the child mortality rate as high as 25% in some places.

A New Zealand region was formally established in 2004 and treated its first patient, from Vanuatu, in December 2005.

First and foremost, ROMAC is quite a rare not-for-profit humanitarian organisation being run entirely with volunteers – no paid staff, no leased offices and so it has minimal fixed costs. It can proudly state that every dollar donated goes to giving life and the small expenses are recovered from our investments.

All in all, our team in Australia and New Zealand is nearing 200 totally voluntary individuals plus Rotarians and medical personnel who support ROMAC in the nations it serves.

In Canberra, Dr David Croaker treated his first ROMAC patient in 2007, Lin Zhi Yang from China.

This program has been productive and rewarding for the entire team, and beneficial for the patients who have had a range of life-threatening, life-limiting, interesting and challenging problems.

Canberra has now had 23 ROMAC children, most of who have been under the care of Dr. Croaker at The Canberra Hospital.

Sharon Green






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


Accessing the District Directory

The District Directory has lots of useful information about our District 9705 including a list of Clubs and members. Members should have received an email about the link to it. To access the link, go to our Club Homepage and click on 1) “About us”, 2) “District Directory, and 3) “click here”. The Directory will be downloaded to your computer as a PDF.

Andrea Conti


Long Run” Sponsors Needed

It's on again: "The Long Run”, one of the main fundraising activities for the Prostate Cancer

Foundation of Australia, and I'm up and running again! I need your support.

Last year I was involved and thanks to the generous support of club members I was able to raise

almost $700 dollars for this very worthy cause.

My goal this year is $720.and I'm hoping that you might consider being one of my sponsors.

Any amount would be most welcome, $10, $20 or $30 or maybe even the price of our Rotary

luncheon $36. Its up to you. All donations are tax deductible and you can simple log onto my

Long Run site to make your donation when you are ready. Details are as follows:

The Long Run is1st to 30th September. My goal is to walk 100 kilometers during the month.

So far I've managed to run/walk 7.5 km.

Thanking you in anticipation

Ron Rabey (Run Ronny Run)

FUTURE EVENTS (Covid Permitting)

15 September - Ceremony for the Bicentennial of Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Panama - Nara Park Peace Bell.

21 SeptemberInternational Day of Peace Webinar

28 OctoberMembership Committee Workshop

30 October – Canberra Nara Park Candle Festival


Medical experts in Melbourne today were asked if it is time to ease the COVID lockdowns. Allergists were in favour of scraping it, but Dermatologists advised not to make any rash moves. Gastroenterologists had a sort of a gut feeling about it, but Neurologists thought the government had a lot of nerve. Obstetricians felt certain everyone was labouring under a misconception, while Opthalmologists considered the idea short-sighted. Many Pathologists yelled " Over my dead body " while Paediatricians said ' Oh, grow up "

Psychiatrists thought the whole idea was madness, while Radiologists could see right through it. Surgeons decided to wash their hands of the whole thing and Pharmacists claimed it would be a bitter pill to swallow. Plastic Surgeons opined that this proposal would " put a whole new face on the matter " Podiatrists thought it was a step forward, but Urologists were pissed off by the whole idea. Anaesthetists thought the whole idea was a gas, and the Cardiologists didn't have the heart to say no. In the end the Proctologists won out, leaving the entire decision up to the assholes in politics.



See if you can figure out what these words all have in common.

1 Banana

2 Dresser

3 Grammar

4 Potato

5 Revive

6 Uneven

7 Assess.

Look at each word carefully. you will kick yourself when you discover the Answer. This is so cool...

No. It is not that they all have at least 2 double letters...


Eric Carmody


Sept. 7 Brazil Independence Day, International Day for Clean Air

Sept. 8 Independence Day of North Macedonia, International Literacy Day

Sept 9 International Day to Protect Education from Attack

Sept 12 United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation


Sept 6 (1916) First supermarket opens (“Piggly Wiggly” in Memphis Tennesee)

Sept 7 (1923) Interpol formed in Vienna

Sept 8 (1504) Michelangelo's statue of David unveiled in Florence

Sept 9 (1543) Mary Stuart, 6 mo. old, crowned Queen of Scots

Sept 10 (2008) Large Hadron Collider powered up in Geneva

Sept 11 (2001) Terrorist attacks on World Trade Center (NYC) and Pentagon

Sept 12 (2001) Ansett, first Australian interstate airline, collapses


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