Hello Everyone:

Got the tomatoes planted over the weekend. Everything is in full swing for summer weather.

Our club is in full swing too. Hopefully everyone has been out promoting our walking with a purpose fundraiser. I have had some good feedback and sponsorship from those that I have contacted.  Get out there, both in contacting people as sponsors, then out in Canberra's nature trails and grab a bit of litter.

We are also beginning planning for the Fred Smith concert, the Canberra Theater has been very receptive to us, more news as that progresses

You will probably have a survey from Rotary International pop up. This is an annual survey to see what Rotary needs to do to help all of us thrive as Rotarians, look out for it and complete it when you can.

For the early birds - Brian Schmidt - ANU chancellor - is presenting at the Commonwealth club with the Rotary Club of Canberra Sunrise, on the future of the Universe. 7:15 for 7:30 Thursday the 18th of November, followed, on the same day, at our meeting by Allan Hawke, a former ANU Chancellor, at our meeting

Enjoy your week

Keep safe

President Warrick


Walking on Purpose

Have you sent out your email to your friends and acquaintances to seek their help in sponsoring you with your Walk on Purpose?

Look to your contacts list on your phone and computer and you will find the people you should contact. You will be surprised at the outcome. Where you walk and how far you walk is up to you. We have been collecting lots of plastic, bottles and other rubbish already.”

Fred Smith Concert

Save the date! Fred Smith Concert to welcome the new Afghanistan arrivals to Canberra - 8pm on the 17th February at the Canberra Theatre Playhouse.

Make up a group to attend on the concert with you, you will not be disappointed.

Michael Rabey


Call for Nominations for 9705 District Governor for 2024 - 2025

  • Close: Sunday 9 January at 10.00pm

  • Interviews: in Canberra on 29 January 2022

Nominations are called for from Rotarians within District 9705 to fill the position of District Governor for the Rotary year 2024 – 2025.

District 9705 has over 80 Rotary and Rotaract clubs, with approximately 2000 Rotarians. These clubs are organised into six regions each with no more than 15 clubs and administered by an Area Governor who assists the District Governor in the administration of the District.

The current District Governor-Elect is Geraldine Rurenga (PP Brindabella E-Club) and the District Governor-Nominee is Andrea Grosvenor (PP Queanbeyan).

Sue Lyons

THIS WEEK'S LUNCHEON MEETING (Nov. 11th at the Commonwealth Club)

To note your attendance please email Russell at:


Guest Speaker: Neil Hermes

Topic: The Conservation of Swift and Superb Parrots in Canberra



Nov 11th

Nov 18th

Nov 25th









R. Brown

A. Conti

R. Brown


G. Howieson

S. Lyons

L. Wilkinson


R. Dew

T. Waring

P. Davies


R. Rabey

B. Andrews

S. Green


M. Garrett

L. Scrivener

J. Little

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


Guest speaker: Sue Lloyd spoke to the Club to commemorate World Polio Day (24 October). She provided information on Rotary's “End Polio Now” campaign and her experience in India while helping to eradicate polio there.

Rotary is a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. This has reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent since the first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979.

Rotary members have contributed more than US$2.1 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect nearly 3 billion children in 122 countries from polio. Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by governments to contribute more than US$10 billion to the effort.

Today, polio remains endemic only in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The goal of ridding the world of this disease is closer than ever. But it’s crucial to continue working to keep other countries polio-free. If all eradication efforts stopped today, it’s estimated that within a decade polio could paralyse as many as 200,000 children each year.

Sue told us of her visit to India some eight years ago, when she volunteered to be part of a Rotary group helping administer oral polio vaccines. After a 2 ½ hour drive from Lismore to Brisbane Airport, Sue's husband drove home (ahead of an early start at work the next day); Sue met another volunteer, and they travelled to Hyderabad together.

The first day in India was spent shopping, an experience Sue enjoyed, and the second day was the District 9640 Desk project presentation.

The third day was National Polio Immunisation Day .and they were part of the immunisation campaign, administering the Sabin vaccine. Due to poor coordination with Rotarians from another country, Sue and others went to another area and entered a doctor's surgery full of people.

Sue gave small souvenirs of Australia to children as they came out of the surgery, having received the vaccine. She was asked to come inside, and given a chair in the middle of the room. She held a baby girl while another person gave it the vaccine, cameras recording every moment. Then others moved away, and she and the baby were alone in the middle of the room. As she looked down at the baby, the importance of the work became real to her – that child would now no longer be in danger of contracting polio and suffering its devastating consequences. The baby was so beautiful that she said she could still see her smile to this day.

Sue encouraged the Club to become a Clem Renouf End Polio Now Club – which requires a donation of $10 per member each year (currently $290 for our Club). She arranged a raffle to raise funds for this, which raised $170. The remainder of this year's contribution will come from Club funds.

Stephen McMillan

Also last week our National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) 2022 participant, Bronwyn McGauley, visited us, along with her mother Judy Wyld. Bronwyn introduced herself to the Club and told us of her aspirations for NYSF.

Bronwyn and her mum with Stephen McMillan:


The Toast: Last Monday being the National Day of Algeria (Anniversary of the Revolution) Robert Laine gave a toast to the Rotary Club of Algiers which has a project aiding children with cancer and a replanting project in the Bainem Forest of Algiers (see below).




Acronym of the Week: Last week Graeme Howieson tested our knowledge of Rotary acronyms by presenting us with RYDA. After several wrong guesses it was finally revealed: Rotary Youth Driver Awareness program.


Rotary at Work in Mildura

On our travels throughout NSW and VIctoria we have seen many signs of Rotary’s activities in the various country communities.

Wandering through the Saturday community market in central Mildura, on the banks of the Murray river, we came across the Mildura Deakin Rotary Club.

We were attracted by their vibrant branding that stood out amongst the other stalls.  (refer to photo of their stall).  The two Rotary members were delighted to tell us a little bit about their club.  They have 20 members, it is a breakfast club and it is mainly composed of business people. They looked quite corporate in their Rotary shirts with their names on them.

Each year they raise funds for Rotary by putting together “Giving Back Hampers”. consisting of products totally sourced from the Sunraysia region, with proceeds going to local causes and projects.  The cost of the hampers range in price from $25 to $105 and they look fabulous (yes I did buy one).

 Their stand highlighted Rotary activities in the region and their Giving Back Hamper helps to support local producers.  Like many areas they have been greatly impacted by Covid 19. Much of the club’s fund raising has been curtailed or cancelled. The Rotary club purchases the items for the hampers from the producers, sometimes at less than retail prices. The items are not given to them for free. For some producers it has been their only source of sales for many months.

Later, we were walking through the main shopping precinct where there were many empty shops for lease. However, Rotary, never one to let a good opportunity go past, had another banner and promotional material for their Giving Back Hampers in an empty shop window.

So good to see Rotary at Work in the Community.

Sharon Green and Marcel





Ageing well, so true !

I love approaching 80, I learn something new every day and forget 5 other things.

A thief broke into my house last night. He started searching for money so I got up and searched with him.

Just remember, once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed.

It's weird being the same age as old people.

When I was a kid I wanted to be older...this is not what I expected.

Chocolate is God's way of telling us he likes us a little chubby.

Marriage Counsellor: "Your wife says you never buy her flowers.Is that true?"

Him: To be honest,I never knew she sold flowers."

I see people about my age mountain climbing; I feel good getting my leg through my underwear without losing my balance.

I'm at a place in my life where errands are starting to count as going out.

I don't always go the extra mile,but when I do it's because I missed my exit.

You don't realize how old you are until you sit on the floor and then try to get up.

A recent study found women who carry a little extra weight live longer than men who mention it.

We all get heavier as we get older, because there's a lot more information in our heads.

Never sing in the shower ! Singing leads to dancing. dancing leads to slipping,and slipping leads to paramedics seeing you naked. So remember...don't sing !

Eric Carmody.


Nov 9 Cambodia Independence Day (from France in 1953)

Nov 10 World Science Day for Peace and Development

Nov 11 Angola Independence Day (from Portugal in 1975)

Nov 13 World Antibiotic Awareness Day

Nov 14 World Diabetes Day


Nov 8 (1519) First meeting of Aztec Emperor Moctezuma II and Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes in Tenochtitlan, Mexico

Nov 9 (1914) Australian cruiser Sydney sinks German cruiser Emden off Cocos Island

Nov 10 (1871) Henry Stanley encounters David Livingstone near Lake Tanganyika with the words: "Dr. Livingstone, I presume"

Nov 11 (1880) Bushranger Ned Kelly hanged at Melbourne gaol

Nov 12 (1919) Ross and Keith Smith take off from London on first flight to Australia

Nov 13 (1856) Great bell of "Big Ben" chimes for first time outside Westminster palace

Nov 14 (1889) New York reporter Elizabeth Cochrane (alias Nellie Bly) begins 72 day journey around the world to surpass the 80-day trip of Jules Verne's fictitious Phileas Fogg (see photo below).

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