This Week's Meeting (4th of August, 12.15 for 12.30 pm, Commonwealth Club)

Roland Breckwoldt returns 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

Duty Roster: August 2022


August 4th

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August 18th

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Commonwealth Club

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Ross B

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Welcome & Opening the Meeting:

John L

Sally G

Stephen M

Juris J

Toast to

Rotary at Work:

Monica G

Warrick H

Russell D

Peter D.

Thank Speaker and Write Notes

Eric Carmody

Sue L

Michael R

Bill A

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

Last Week's Meeting (July 28th)

Last week was a Club Assembly to discuss our plans for 2022/2023. We also heard from President Andrea about the regionalisation project for Rotary.

Next Week's Meeting (August 11th)

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.

Note from the Treasurer

From the 1st of July 2022, the Commonwealth Club put our meal cost up by $2.00 to $35.00. Initially we decided to absorb the increase, unfortunately in the longer term it is not sustainable.

As a consequence of the increase, from this Thursday 4/8/2022 the meal cost will increase from $36.00 to $38.00 and for non-Rotarian members the cost will be $40.00.

Treasurer Ross


Peace Ceremony

Just a reminder that a ceremony will be held at the Canberra Rotary Peace Bell from 11am 6 August to remember the events in Hiroshima and Nagasaki from 1945.

During the ceremony the Australian Military Wives Choir will sing while Canberra School children present Paper Cranes to be hung from the pavilion. The ceremony will have Rover Scouts as the MC and our District Governor Elect Andrea Grosvenor will speak.

Members are encouraged to attend with their families to ensure a strong attendance in the day. Please recommend the ceremony to your circle of friends as well.

Michael Rabey

Fundraising Dinner for our Indigenous Projects

Please ask your friends and associates to come as well. It should be a good evening.

In addition to Dr Brad Tucker we will also have Lesley Wood, a new Ranger at Mawonga Aboriginal IPA as a guest to talk about our plans to assist the Ngiyambaa people.

If you haven't received your e-Invitation as yet please let me know.

Bill Andrews


Fundraising Dinner

Supporting Local Indigenous Communities

through our

Education and Environment Projects

Special guest speaker will be

Dr Brad Tucker- ANU Astrophysicist on the topic of
Exploding stars, Supernova and Cosmology, the study of the Universe

Date: Thursday, 15th September 2022

6.30pm for 7.00pm

Venue: Deakin and Me restaurant
7 Geils Court, Deakin

Cost: $70 per head

Includes wine, but you can BYO.
Payments can be made via Electronic Funds Transfer to

Rotary Club of Canberra Burly Griffin
BSB 062-902
Account Number 0090 3929
Use the Description “Surname / Dinner 15 Sept 22”

Please RSVP by 7 September 2022

Some auction items will be for sale.

All funds received are used for the ongoing scholarship and excursion programme at Hay War Memorial High School, and to support indigenous environment projects.

Brad Tucker is an enthusiastic friend of our Club and renowned media personality. His interest range as far as the NASA launch facility in Arnhem Land Australia’s space programme and the universe, with recent focus on, our own Stonehenge and meteor strikes.

Our scholarship programme with Wiradjuri students at Hay War Memorial High School has supported students with their studies for the past 8 years.

Our thanks to all our supporters.

President Andrea Conti


On our travels home we stayed over night in Warwick and were most impressed with the Jumpers and Jazz event. The photos below are just a small sample of the Main Street where every tree was decorated in an artistic knitted piece of art. Unfortunately we missed the Jazz as performances were set around weekends.

Setting the theme for the festival in Warrick.

Each piece had a story attached

Ukraine was not forgotten

Michael Rabey



Rotary Club of Canberra

I'm here to invite your club members to attend a meeting of the Rotary Club of Canberra on Monday, 8 August at 12:30pm to participate in a brief address and Q&A session from our newly minted Independent Senator for the ACT, David Pocock.

An agenda can be accessed via this link.

The cost, for those interested is $37.00 per person, payable on the day of the event via card, lunch, tea and coffee are included (the typical commonwealth club stuff).

If you have any members whom are interested, could you please let us know by Wednesday the 3rd August, via a quick email to:

I look forward to cross attendance between our clubs to share ideas and ways of thinking, there's a lot to be learned from working together.

Let me know if you have any questions, always happy to help!

Warm Regards,

Shawn Wilson

Club Service Director | 2022-23 

Rotary Club of Canberra

Santa Barbara (Bogotá) Colombia

Because it was the anniversary of Colombia's Independence last week, a toast was made at our meeting to the Santa Barbara Rotary Club. Its projects include:

1. Abrigarte (clothe yourself) involving collection points for used clothing;

2. Ayudagua (help through water) with 3 components:

A. Ayudagua technology to produce 300 litres of drinking water a day.

B. Aguajira to bring the technology to an indigenous community in the State of Guajira

C. Ayudagua Fundraising through the selling of bottled water with 100% of the proceeds going as a donation.

3. Paz Positiva (Positive Peace) to promote peace in Colombia. Includes training sessions throughout Colombia for youth to strengthen leadership of the peace process in the country. It is a joint project between Rotary and the Institute for Peace



National and International Days This Week

Aug 1 (to 7th) World Breastfeeding Week; Benin National Day

Aug 4 Cook Islands Constitution Day

Aug 6 Bolivia Independence Day; Jamaica National Day

Aug 7 Cote d' Ivoire National Day

Anniversaries of Historical Events This Week

Aug 1 (1774) English chemist Joseph Priestly discovered oxygen by isolating it in its gaseous state

Aug 2 (1610) English explorer Henry Hudson entered the bay in Canada later named after him.

3 Aug (1492) Christopher Columbus set sail from Palos de la Frontera (Spain) for the "Indies" with 3 ships (Niña, Pinta and Santa Maria).

4 Aug (1693) Date traditionally ascribed to Dom Perignon's invention of champagne.

5 Aug (1305) William Wallace, leader of Scottish resistance to England, was executed.

6 Aug (1538) Bogotá (Colombia) was founded by Gonzalo Jimenez de Quesada

7 Aug (1420) Construction began on the dome of the Florence Cathedral designed by Filippo Brunelleschi.


The Grim Reaper came for me last night, and I beat him off with a vacuum  cleaner. Talk about Dyson with death 

I went to the cemetery yesterday to lay some flowers on a grave. As I was  standing there I noticed 4 grave diggers walking about with a coffin. 3 hours  later and they're still walking about with it. I thought to myself, they've lost the  plot!! 

My daughter asked me for a pet spider for her birthday, so I went to our local  pet shop, and they were £70!!! Blow this, I thought, I can get one cheaper off  the web. 

I was at an ATM yesterday when a little old lady asked if I could check her  balance, so I pushed her over. 

I start a new job in Seoul next week. I thought it was a good Korea move.    

I was driving this morning when I saw a parked NRMA van. The driver was  sobbing uncontrollably and looked very miserable. I thought to myself, that  guy's heading for a breakdown. 

Statistically, 6 out of 7 dwarfs are not Happy.

My neighbour knocked on my door at 2:30am this morning, can you believe  that 2:30am?! Luckily for him I was still up playing my Bagpipes. 

Paddy says "Mick, I'm thinking of buying a Labrador ."Blow that" says Mick  "have you seen how many of their owners go blind?" 

My girlfriend thinks that I'm a stalker. Well, she's not exactly my girlfriend yet. 

The wife has been missing a week now. Police said to prepare for the worst. So  I have been to the charity shop to get all her clothes back. 

Eric Carmody


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