Hi Everyone,

Well - Cricket was a washout over the weekend, and the Canberra show entries didn't win a thing! Oh well, always next year...

Stay tuned for details on a new project coming out of Rotary's End Trachoma initiative, we will be making some kits up for a school in the Northern Territory. I know I said in Katherine - I was slightly off though. Robinson River School is 799 km from Katherine. We need to make 25 kits and I will be giving out some details as we go along.

It looks like the parking went well at the Canberra show and most people managed to stay dry(ish). I'm sure there will be some tales too

We are assisting with the Goodwin Village Markets this Friday and Saturday, another good piece of help

Have a great Week

President Warrick


Royal Canberra Show

Over the three days of the show our Club helped the Rotary Club of Woden collecting parking fees at 3 of the nominated parking areas. Many thanks to Ross and Collette Brown, Peter Davies, Michael Rabey, Sharon Green and Sally Goodspeed.

I personally can only speak for the Sunday afternoon 12 - 4 p.m. shift. It was very busy, no time to sit down and the majority of show attendees were looking forward to the show and happy to pay the $10 fee. When I explained (to some) that we were from Rotary and would receive some of the fee to go towards Rotary activities in the community they were very supportive.

I would particularly like to thank Sally Goodspeed who worked all Sunday afternoon. Sally has attended a number of our meetings and wanted to participate in a community service activity with Rotary. I think she enjoyed her time and met a number of Rotarians and their helpers from the Woden Club. Although we were both tired at the end we felt that we had done something worthwhile to raise funds.

I would also like to thank Ross Brown for co-ordinating our club’s contribution and The Rotary Club of Woden for asking us to participate.

Sharon Green


Peace Project

If you have been watching Facebook then you may be aware that Amnesty International has approached the Club to provide the striker for the Peace Bell for their Vigil for Ukraine. The vigil will be held at 5.30 pm on Friday, 11 March. Hopefully many members will be able to at dinner to show their support for Ukraine.

The other event coming up at the Peace Bell is set for Sunday ,20 March at 2 pm. This is to recognise Harmony Day in conjunction with the Canberra Multicultural Community Council. Seven new languages will be added to the Peace Pole at Lennox Gardens at this ceremony.

Michael Rabey

THIS WEEK'S MEETING (Commonwealth Club, Thu. Mar 3rd, 12.15 for 12.30)

Richard Johnston, President, Kingston and Barton Residents Group will describe the Inner South Canberra Community Strategic Plan.

Richard has qualifications in architecture, planning and environmental studies. He came to Canberra in 1978 as manager for a private consultant firm and joined NCDC in 1980, then transferred to the new ACT Government in 1989. He retired as a branch head in ACTPLA in 2006, spent a few years chasing cows and doing up a heritage property out of Bungendore and moved to the Kingston Foreshore in 2017, when he got involved with the Residents Group, of which he is now President. He is a Life Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia.

George Wilson

DUTY ROSTER: March 2022



March 3rd

March 10th

March 17th

March 24th

March 31st


Ross B.

Ross B.

Ross B.

Ross B.

Ross B.


Stephen M.

Juris J.

Eric C..

Warrick H.

Sue L.


Peter D.

Michael R.

Andrea C.

Graeme H.

Bill A.


Sharon G.

Linda W.

Peter J.

Ron R.

Olek G.

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


Alice Hathorn told us about the method used by her local Landcare group ACT Urban Woodland Rescue to transform a suburban park in Weston Creek, from barren and weed infested to biodiverse native woodland meadow. They have dedicated two years to restoring the park’s natural biodiversity, controlling serious invasive weeds such as African Lovegrass and Chilean Needle Grass. They have been measuring the health of this environment based on the insect life and the bird life and have had over 40 species of local birds and over nine species of native butterflies return. Alice and her team at ACT Urban Woodland Rescue are encouraging other communities to do the same in their local areas.

George Wilson



Since the invasion of Ukraine, the Baltic Tour is not likely in the near future and certainly no longer to St. Petersburg.

Juris Jacovics



-- 3 Mar: Richard Johnstone President, Kingston and Barton Residents Group will speak about the Inner South Canberra Community Strategic Plan

-- 5 Mar: Goodwin Village Markets, 6.30 am (contact Peter Davies on

(0407 219 922) to volunteer

--10 Mar: Allan Hawke will speak about his book on history of Blundell’s cottage

-- 11 Mar: Amnesty International Event at Peace Bell Vigil for Ukraine, 530pm


--17 Mar: Richard Matthews, Convener of Diplomats for Climate Action Now, will speak on the topic "Why Australia should be a leader in climate action"

--19-20 Mar: District Conference in Temora

-- 20 Mar: Harmony Day Event at Peace Bell, 2pm.

-- 26-27 Mar: Rotary Peace Walk (contact Peter Davies on

(0407 219 922) to volunteer


Given the international events of this week, we could not find anything on the lighter side.


Mar 1: Zero Discrimination Day

Mar 3: Bulgaria National Day

March 6: Ghana National Day


Feb 28 (1991): The first Gulf War ended

Mar 1 (1872): Yellowstone National Park established, world's first national park

Mar 2 (1995): Researchers at Fermilab announced discovery of the "top quark"

Mar 3 (1939): In Bombay,Mohandas Gandhi began hunger strike in protest at autocratic rule in British India

Mar 4 (1519): Hernan Cortes arrived in Mexico in search of the Aztec civilisation and its wealth

Mar 5 (1872): George Westinghouse patented the air brake

Mar 6 (1788): The First Fleet arrived at Norfolk Island to found a convict settlement

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