Hi Everyone,

Thank you for your patience last week. Sometimes these things happen and we need to re-plan.

This week we are packing up the bags for our End Trachoma project. I will bring along the supplies I have. If you have anything as well please bring it along too.

Netball is back on. Our team had a win. a bit cold and chilly out on the court, but a good excuse to eat something warm.

Don't forget the special Zoom meeting. Wednesday night at 9:00PM.

Until then, have a great week.

President Warrick


Ukraine Assistance Project

On Wednesday May 11 at 9 PM Canberra time (1 PM Warsaw time) there will be a Zoom meeting between members of the Rotary Club of Warsaw and members of the Rotary Club of Canberra Burley Griffin. The meeting will be conducted in English.

We will be discussing further how the funds raised and distributed through the Rotary Club of Warsaw are being used to assist those fleeing from Ukraine during the current crisis.

We will hear first hand of the work of members of the Rotary Club of Warsaw to assist the over 400,000 evacuees from Ukraine who have passed through Warsaw.

Please add the time and link to your diaries and join this Zoom meeting at 8.45 PM.

Meeting ID: 876 3937 2051

Michael Rabey

Gingko Tree Planting

During International Tree Week the planting of second-generation A-Bombed Ginkgo tree (Ginkgo biloba) from Hiroshima has taken place within Lennox Gardens

The ACT Government and the Australian National University have combined to plant a second-generation A-Bombed Ginkgo tree (Ginkgo biloba) within the Canberra Nara Peace Park.

The tree has been grown by seed presented by Green Legacy Hiroshima to the Australian National University. Now five years old the tree has been gifted to the ACT Government by the ANU. The tree is a descendant of a Ginkgo tree that survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on 6th August 1945.

The tree has been relocated to sit adjacent to the Canberra Rotary Peace Bell and near Rotary Peace Pole 100. This trio of peace symbols unite to complete a powerful message of Peace for all who may pass by. May Peace Prevail on Earth.

Michael Rabey


Vale Past Member Ken Groves

Ken was a close friend of mine for nearly 50 years. He was born in Wales in 1928 and served in the Royal navy for a year to the end of WW2. Following that he graduated in Forest Science at Bangor University in Wales, UK and proceeded to a career in forest management in Southern Rhodesia now called Zimbabwe. There he married Margaret, of British origin and a graduate from University of Cape Town and they had two daughters, Penny then Jenny.  

Life became politically difficult for Europeans and the family migrated to Australia where Ken worked for the Australian Government in Melbourne in forestry research. Ken then accepted a teaching job in the Department of Forestry at the ANU in Canberra where he remained as a Senior Lecturer until his retirement. He supervised several hundred students and with his wonderful sense of humour and unlimited story-telling, had a strong constructive influence on their lives. Ken and Margaret had a strong interest in music and over many years Ken sang in choirs in Canberra .

During the later part of his ANU career Ken worked with Keith Gray in the Australian forestry consulting firm Fortech and carried out a series of projects in Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Bangladesh and Australia. Later he also worked with Finnish consultancy Jaako-Pyory in southeast Asia.

Ken enjoyed membership of Canberra Burley Griffin Rotary Club for two years and made a great contribution with his sense of humour and warmth, making strong friendships which have endured.

Over his 94 years Ken had a rich and rewarding life and three major careers in the forestry sector in Southern Africa and Australia. I had the privilege of being a friend for half of our long lives.

Bill Andrews

Satisfaction Survey 2022 (Summary)

Our members have indicated in general that they are mostly satisfied with the Rotary club, that they feel valued, the club makes a difference in the local community. They feel the projects are well run, make good use of people’s time and are meaningful to the members.

Most members feel that their time has been well spent and that in general they feel welcome. Membership dues and requests for donations etc. seem to be about right and that most people agree that they have participated in the various activities and are proud of their club.

Areas for improvement are:

  • Involvement of new members

  • The club needs to improve its profile based on the area demographic

  • Reviewing members skills sets, interests to better align them with activities

  • Improving information from Rotary International (updates) to the club

  • Increase fund raising activities / projects and international options

  • Increase socialization time at Rotary

  • Keeping members informed and improving communications

  • Improve input to the club from all members

  • Evolution of the club to adopt ideas, processes are to slow.

  • Need to improve the profile of Rotary amongst friends, families and colleagues

For a full breakdown of answers to questions and answers to please obtain a copy of the survey results from Sharon Green.

Friends of Rotary

A little bit of information about our "Friends of Rotary" concept. From the 1st of July the Club will be launching our "Friends of Rotary" programme.  

Friends of Rotary is a program that invites individuals to team up with Rotary for a year, two years or forever!  Becoming a Friend of Rotary allows you to share our ideals and objectives without the responsibility or commitment required from a full member. But it does allow you to be part of a Rotary club to contribute to the community and to assist in club projects and events when you are available to do so. 

Being a Friend of Rotary allows you to participate in fundraising events and projects or to simply making donations to club projects .  However, some activities are not specifically designed to raise funds. They can be to assist in a hands-on working bee or they can be just to socialise. Rotarians call this fellowship. It’s an opportunity to enjoy activities and each other's company, catch up with old friends and make or develop new ones.""

We already have a number of email lists in ClubRunner for various interested parties and this may be an opportunity to ask if some of those people would be interested in becoming a Friend of Rotary. Also, the people who attend some of our lunch meetings may be interested in formally joining us as a Friend of Rotary.

We are looking forward to launching this and encourage you to think about friends, neighbours, colleagues and community groups to help us increase our profile and contributions to the community both locally and internationally. Thanks,

Sharon Green

THIS WEEK'S MEETING (12th of May, 12.15 for 12.30 pm, Commonwealth Club)

Topic: In lieu of a speaker we will be putting together "End Trachoma" kits

DUTY ROSTER: April / May 2022


May 12th

May 19th

May 26th


Ross B.

Ross B.

Ross B.


Juris J.

Graeme H.

Russell D.



Robert L.

Eric C.


Ron R.

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.


Speaker: Judy Ford, Member of the District Membership Committee.

Topic: Heart Support Australia (HSA)

Rotarian Judy Ford CEO Heart Support Australia gave an impressive talk on the work of the organisation. Judy provided a scary fact that if you have a heart attack in real life your survival rate is approximately 15%. The key aim of Heart Support Australia is to offer Peer support with the benefits of meeting someone who has walked in your shoes, greatly improved mental health, reduction of loneliness, being understood and having questions answered.

If you have not had an experience of heart issues, there is a way to test your risk of having a heart attack. The test is called a coronary CT calcium score. This is a non-invasive CT scan that measures the amount of calcified plaque in your coronary arteries. It is used to calculate your risk of coronary artery disease, heart attack or stroke.

Heart Support Australia is looking to expand the number of support groups around the country. Given that most Rotarians have reached the high-risk age for heart attacks maybe Rotary, and our Club should look at becoming involved as a support group not only for our members but also for the wider community which we serve.

My comment to members is to listen to your body and always be on the lookout for signs. If you think something is not right, then speak with your doctor. That is how I avoided a heart attack and found that I had blocked arteries on two occasions.

Michael Rabey


You think petrol prices are expensive. Have you seen chimneys? They're through the roof.

I recently joined a support group for people who talk a lot. We call ourselves On and On Anon

In Greek mythology Chiron is half man and half horse who had a great knowledge of health and medicine. So he's a Centaur for Disease Control.

A friend of mine is a nun. and she's up at 5 AM every day. "How do you do it?" I asked. "Simple" she answered. "You get into the habit."

It's official. My career is in ruins. I just got a job as an archaeologist.

I was on a train and this woman opposite looked at me and said "Every time you smile I feel like inviting you to my place." "Are you single?" I asked. She replied "No, I'm a dentist."

"Dad, can I eat the cake in the fridge?" "Sure, but the dining room would probably be more comfortable."


May 9 International Day of Argania (an important flowering plant found in Morocco and Algeria); European Union Europe Day

May 12 International Day of Plant Health

May 14 World Migratory Bird Day; Paraguay National Day

May 15 International Day of Families


May 9 (1901) Australia opened its first national parliament in Melbourne


May 10 (1503) Christopher Columbus visited the Cayman Islands (and reportedly opened an offshore account to deposit his 10% of the proceeds from the sacking of the New World)

May 11 (868) A copy of the Diamond Sutra was printed in China making it the oldest known printed book

May 12 (1551) The University of San Marcos, the oldest university in the Americas, was founded in Lima, Peru

May 13 (1787) Arthur Phillip set sail from England with 11 ships of convicts bound for Botany Bay

May 14 (1796) Edward Jenner administered the first smallpox inoculation

May 15 (1869) The National Woman Suffrage Association was founded in New York by Susan Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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