This Week's Meeting (11th of August, 12.15 for 12.30 pm, Commonwealth Club)

Peter Taylor from the ANU Fenner School will speak to us on the topic Reinterpreting a bit of Cape York history; denial and its consequences.

Duty Roster: August 2022


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Commonwealth Club

Commonwealth Club


Ross B

Ross B

Ross B

Welcome & Opening the Meeting:


Sally G


Stephen M


Juris J

Toast to

Rotary at Work:

Warrick H

Russell D

Peter D.

Thank Speaker and Write Notes


Michael R


Bill A


Sue L

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

Last Week's Meeting (August 4th)

Roland Breckwoldt returned for the third time to tell us about his latest book - The New Ringer. Born at the Tatura Internment Camp, Victoria, in 1944.


Roland grew up wanting to be a "cowboy". His book is a memoir and coming-of-age story of his time in Outback Queensland as a ringer (stockman) on Augustus Downs in the Gulf of Carpenteria at the age of 16.

George Wilson

Next Week's Meeting (August 18th)

The Latvian Ambassador, Margers Krams, will be joining us and speaking on the topic of Latvia in the Baltics, EU & NATO and the world; a realistic appraisal


Parkes Rotary Club: The $5 page

I came across this great idea recently (well I thought it was a good idea anyway). It is the $5 Facebook Page. It is designed to provide financial and moral support and encouragement to charity events and causes.

For the price of a coffee or a hot chocolate we can easily “do some good” for those people raising funds for good causes.

Sharon Green

The $5 Page

The idea of this page is to draw attention to causes, events, people, charities that may not draw a lot of attention, and to provide, financial and moral support and encouragement to those people.

Rather then encouraging single large donations to a cause the page seeks to have multiple people regularly make small donations to many causes. By donating a minimum of $5 each fortnight you will total only $120 a year in donations. At the same time if we have a lot of donors each making a $5 donation the cause will receive moral and financial support it may not have expected.

While most posts will be about Rotary or ShelterBox causes they may not be limited to such. If you know of an event or cause that need support please send a message.


Here is our first cause to support. It is a Rotarian from the Coolamon Rotary Club. The trek is a fund raiser for ShelterBox, which provides emergency housing for people displaced by natural disasters and military conflicts.

The trek is a difficult one over 9 days. Garth is 79 years old and setting an example for all of us. Please click on the link below and donate $5 or more to Garth to show him some support. When you donate please mention the $5 page in the comments on his donation page.

Once you have donated please write a comment, or done, in the comments on this post. Thank you.

The Rotary Club of Parkes


National and International Days This Week

Aug 9 International Day of the World´s Indigenous Peoples; Singapore National Day

Aug 10 Ecuador National Day

Aug 11 Chad National Day

Aug 12 International Youth Day

Anniversaries of Historical Events This Week

Aug 8 (1509) Emperor Krisnadeva Raya was crowned marking the beginning of the regeneration of the Vijayanagara Empire in southern India

Aug 9 (1898) Rudolf Diesel of Germany obtained patent for his internal combustion engine, later known as the diesel engine


10 Aug (1846) Act of US Congress passed establishing the Smithsonian Institution, now the world's largest museum and research facility

11 Aug (3114 BCE) The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, used notably by the Mayans, began

12 Aug (1981) IBM introduced its first Personal Computer (PC-DOS version 1.0)


13 Aug (1521) Aztec Emperor Cuauhtemoc captured in Tenoctitlan by Spanish troops under Hernan Cortes ending the Aztec Empire

14 Aug (1980) 17,000 workers went on strike at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk, Poland, which marked the beginning of the Solidarity movement



Local Police hunting the 'knitting needle nutter', who has stabbed six people in  the rear in the last 48 hours, believe the attacker could be following a pattern. 

Bought some 'rocket salad' yesterday but it went off before I could eat it! 

Murphy says to Paddy, "What ya talkin into an envelope for?" "I'm sending a  voicemail ya thick sod!" 

Just got back from my mate's funeral. He died after being hit on the head with a  tennis ball. It was a lovely service. 

19 Paddies go to the cinema, the ticket lady asks, "Why so many of you?" Mick  replies, "The film said 18 or over." 

An Asian fellow has moved in next door. He has travelled the world, swum with  sharks, wrestled bears and climbed the highest mountain. It came as no surprise to learn that his name was Binder Dundat.

Eric Carmody.

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