Hi Everyone,

A good mixture on the weather front over the weekend.  Got enough sun for Jess to place a game of Netball and for the team to have a win too.

Planning is well underway for the changeover dinner - Thursday Night - 30th June at the Commonwealth Club you should have an invitation in your inbox already. Thanks to Andrea for leading this and getting things moving.

Thanks for the helpers last week putting together the bags to go up to Robinson River - they look great.  I'd really love to hear your thoughts about this project and if we should keep things going.  Please let me know.

Would also love to hear from a few people who can help out with planning for a mini stomp event.  I was chatting to a colleague at work who has attended in the past and thought it sounded like a good idea, so from a survey of 1 we can confidently press ahead! 

Have a great week - enjoy the sunshine and the last of autumn leaves

President Warrick


Doris Women's Refuge

The  Club is making a $2000 donation to the Doris Women's Refuge.  The refuge provides supported short and medium term accommodation and transitional support for women and children leaving domestic or family violence. 

"Our women are always in need of new kitchen items, as we like to ensure they have all the essentials for their transition into their own property. These usually include items such as a microwave, toaster, kettle, dinner set, saucepan set, cutlery, utensils etc. They are so happy to receive this to assist in setting up their new kitchen and these happen to be items that we have very few of at the moment."

Our funds will be used for the above items.

We hope to have a representative of the Doris Women's Refuge to speak to our club about their services at a future meeting. 

Peace Poles

We continue to receive requests for Peace Poles. In the last week we have heard from the Rotary Clubs of Melrose, Wooloongabba, Padstow, Belconnen and Picton. Clubs are now hearing about the project by word of mouth. We have now reserved over 240 Peace Poles with them being placed in every state and Territory

Michael Rabey. 


New Member

Sally Goodspeed has been approved as a new member for our club.  We hope to induct Sally on the 26th of May and look forward to seeing as many members as possible at this event.

Sharon Green

Latvian Composer Honoured at Canberra International Music Festival 2022

In the context of a selection of world famous composers, a Sydney Australian Latvian composer, Ella Macens, was selected as one of two Latvian composers whose works were rendered by choirs at the Festival. The composition by Ella has the title While Winter is Here and was sung by a mass choir as a World Premiere.

My wife Margita and I happened to be at the concert almost by accident, as guests of Ella’s patrons, our friends through Rotary Sharon Green and Marcel Skjald. Marcel, who is of Danish ancestry, related to me that he and Sharon had wished to support a work that would involve as many musicians as possible, so that the benefits would spread widely after two years of suppressed employment for musicians during the worst of the pandemic.

It was indeed a most enjoyable evening, in the ambience of exciting music and interesting conversations, not only with Ella, our friends from Rotary, and the director of the combined choir, but also with Viktorija Mačēna and Andrejs Mačēns, Ella’s parents.

Juris Jakovics



World Bee Day

Canberra's Capital Region Farmers Market, run by the Rotary Club of Hall, is gathering its worker bees for what will be a buzzing hive of activity to celebrate World Bee Day. Taking place just after the official World Bee Day on 20 May, the Market will celebrate on Saturday 21 May 2022.

World Bee Day at the Capital Region Farmers Market will offer Market stallholders bee-friendly displays and exhibitions, honey and bee themed food created by Market producers, a display of hives, native plants, flowers and their growers, local and regional honey producers and information to help educate how people can help contribute to saving our bees.

Rotary Club of Hall

Safe Families

I joined a Zoom meeting for Safe Families the other day. This Rotary Centenary project has raised many issues regarding family violence. This includes the link below which deals with men's safety. .

Michael Rabey


National Volunteer Week(NVW)

This is Australia’s largest annual celebration of volunteers. From Monday 16 May to Sunday 22 May 2022. National Volunteer Week will celebrate the significant contribution of Australia’s almost six million volunteers. 

The theme for National Volunteer Week 2022 is Better Together  which acknowledges that volunteering brings people together; it builds communities and creates a better society for everyone. National Volunteer Week is a chance for all of us to celebrate and recognise the vital work of volunteers and to say thank you. Together, through volunteering, we are changing communities for the better. We are, Better Together

2022 Volunteering Expo: Please share and click “attending” on this Facebook Event
Date – Saturday 21 May 2022. 
Time – 10am – 4pm 
Location –Former Transport Depot, Kingston. – 21 Wentworth Ave, Kingston ACT 2604 
Cost: Free to attend! 

The Volunteering Expo is a one-stop shop for individuals to find out about volunteering opportunities in the Canberra community whilst enjoying great food and live music. 

The Expo provides a unique opportunity for the public to engage with volunteer-involving organisations, register their interest in roles and learn more about the programs on offer in Canberra. Please share with your networks to encourage Canberrans to join us to find them their perfect volunteering role. 

Members of our Club may wish to attend the Volunteering Expo to find out how other volunteer organisations work in Canberra and/or to find an organisation that we may partner with in the future.

THIS WEEK'S MEETING (19th of May, 12.15 for 12.30 pm, Commonwealth Club)

We will hear from Kim Houghton who is research director at the Regional Australia Institute He will tell us about RAI’s policy and research portfolio. RAI is an independent think tank dedicated to building robust regional economies and a better quality of life in our regional towns and cities.



May 19th

May 26th


Ross B.

Ross B.


Graeme H.

Russell D.


Robert L.

Eric C.


Linda W.

Olek G.

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

The Notes should summarise the speaker's main points, be used in commenting on the speech, and sent to for inclusion in the weekly News Notes. Thanks.


Topic: In lieu of a speaker we put together "End Trachoma" kits.


26th May -

At our meeting next week, Simon Balderstone will describe the work and importance of the Australian Himalayan Foundation AHF is working in partnership with the people of the remote Himalaya to improve living standards through better education and training, improved health services and environmental sustainability.


--I hear they voted to remove daylight savings time.

I won't lose any sleep over it.

--I’m going to stop making tire puns.

They’re not gaining much traction anyway.

--Why are lasers always right?

Because they make a great point.

--What does a Jedi’s broken roof do?

Leak Skywater.

--I asked my friend Sam to sing a song about the iPhone.

And then Samsung.

--My dog swallowed a whole bag of Scrabble tiles so we took him to the vet to get him checked out.

No word yet.


May 16 International Day of Living Together in Peace

May 17 Norway Constitution Day; World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

May 18 Somaliland Independence Day

May 20 East Timor Independence Restoration Day; World Bee Day (To Bee or not to Bee, that is the question)

May 21 Montenegro Independence Day; International Tea Day; International Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development


May 16 (1943) Operation Chastise began, the famous "Dambusters" raid with RAF Squadron 617 dropping bouncing bombs on the Mohne and Eder dams in the Ruhr Valley.

May 17 (1859) Members of the Melbourne Football Club codified the first rules of Australian rules football

May 18 (1642) Ville-Marie (later Montreal) founded by the Societe Notre-Dame de Montreal

May 19 (1976) Gold ownership legalized in Australia

May 20 (1310) First production of shoes for both the left and right feet.

May 21 (1881) American Red Cross founded by nurse and humanitarian Clara Barton

May 22 (1570) First atlas, Teatrum Orbis Terrarum, published by Abraham Ortelius in Antwerp with 70 maps

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