As the saying goes " From SMALL things BIG things grow". That has to be true in relation to our  Peace Pole program. Michael Rabey gave us an update on the program at last Thursday's meeting and aren't the results impressive? There are now Poles all over the ACT and NSW and we have just placed our first Pole in WA. Who knows where this program is going to end?

Robert Laine gave a presentation on “Outback Travel in the Time of COVID”, his tour being cut in half by the WA border closure. The photo below shows the hardship he endured by being limited to the Queensland outback.

Now that we have lost Tony Brickwood, Russell Dew has kindly taken over the role of supervising the numbers for lunch and liaising with the Commonwealth Club. As you are all aware it is very important we get the numbers right, otherwise it can cost our Club a lot of money we can not spare. If you are a regular or pre-paid, email Russell if you are NOT going to attend and if not a regular, you must email him at by COB Tuesday if you ARE going to attend.

Happy to report that new member Sue Lloyd has now been inducted into our Club and no other Club can pinch her.

At our Zoom meeting this week at 12.30 pm. we will hear from Jacek Kozlowski who will speak to us from Poland. Jacek is the Coordinator of the Warsaw World Peace Bell. and his work includes promoting Japanese culture and activities in Poland. Our Rotary club took the idea of donating Peace Poles to schools from Jacek. If you are able to join the Zoom meeting please use the link below to join the meeting.

Meeting ID: 821 6857 0619

For those who will be attending the joint meeting with the Canberra Club on Monday, June 7th, please pay your $40 to Ross well in advance so we can get accurate numbers.



May 27th


Zoom meeting




Andrea Conti




Liz Scrivener



If unable to attend on a day you are rostered, please organise a replacement.


27 May, Thursday, 12.15 for 12.30 PM: Our weekly Rotary meeting (via Zoom) with Jacek Kozlowski

7 June, Monday, 1215. for 12.30 PM: Joint meeting with Canberra Rotary Club (at the Commonwealth Club) with Governor General



Given that we have so much international contact with ambassadors, overseas Rotary etc. it behoves us to learn some foreign phrases. The following relates to when the Japanese ambassador visits us:


G'day (good midday)

Konnichi wa

My name is (Robert)

Watashi no namae (Robert) des

Thank you


Good bye




Eat whatever you like because you will still DIE. Don't allow motivational speakers deceive you:

1 The inventor of the treadmill died at the age of 54.

2 The inventor of gymnastics died at the age of 57.

3 The world bodybuilding champion died at the age of 41.

4 The best footballer in the world Maradona died at the age of 60.

5 Jim Fix, who popularised, jogging died at 52.

So, how did doctors come to the conclusion that exercise prolongs life when:

1 The KFC inventor died at 94.

2 Inventor of Nutella brand died at the age of 88.

3 Imagine, cigarette maker Winston died at the age of 102.

4 The inventor of opium died at the age of 116 in an earthquake.

5 Hennessey inventor died at 98.

The rabbit is always jumping up and down but it lives for only 2 years and the turtle that does't exercise at all, lives 400 years so, take some rest, chill out, stay cool, eat, drink and enjoy your life even though you will still die.

I'm sending my Nike trainers back for a refund.



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