Hi everyone

Welcome back to the regular meetings, back at the Commonwealth Club.  We have a couple of meeting here, a guest speaker and then a club forum, before the Fred Smith concert on February 17th.

We had some nice summer sessions at various locations around Canberra, some great conversations and sunshine.  I had to miss one due to being in Quarantine, I am aware that there is a certain nervousness among club members, if anyone would like to talk about it, please feel free to reach out.

We have been steaming ahead with the Incognito Art Show, we have a website and some wonderful arthritis have already said they will donate to us.  We will discuss this at the club forum on Feb 10.  If you have a idea for something no matter how small, let me know and I will pop it on the agenda for that day

Looking forward to seeing everyone on Thursday, relaxed and refreshed 

President Warrick


Peace Project: Fred Smith Concert

While the Fred Smith Concert is not technically a Club project the Board have agreed for our Club to assist Fred where ever possible. As at this morning 369 tickets have been sold for his concert on the 17th February. The capacity of the theatre is 600 so there are stull lots of tickets available. If you plan to attend the concert but have not purchased your tickets yet I suggest you do so as soon as possible. The Book button as part of the flyer below will take you directly to the Canberra Theatre Booking site. Please also pass the information to your friends, family and associates who you feel my be interested in attending. Proceeds will be converted to Canberra Centre Gift vouchers and then passed to the approximate 60 recently arrived Afghan Students for their educational supplies. Lets warmly welcome the recently arrived Afghanistan Evacuees as well as helping the students with their supplies.




Please note that the door crew will be sending out a ClubRunner invitation every week for the Thursday Meeting. Members must accept or decline the invitation by 5.00PM Monday evening, so we can provide numbers to the Commonwealth Club by the Tuesday before the meeting.


Ross and Russell Door Crew


This week's speaker is John Miller, a nominee from Keith. John is Managing Director of Miller Health Pty Ltd, and Director of Integrated Health Systems. He is a physical educator, presenting corporate health seminars and designing health, fitness and wellbeing programs. More information at


Gadigal elder Uncle Allen Madden presented the Welcome to Country at the recent fourth Test of the Ashes at the Sydney Cricket Ground and ended the welcome with a reminder that "where there's a will...there's relatives."

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Jan 31: Nauru Independence Day (from Australia, New Zealand & UK, 1968)

Feb 2: World Wetlands Day

Feb 4: Sri Lanka Independence Day (from UK in 1948), International Day of Human Fraternity

Feb 6: International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation


Jan 31 (1949) ¨There Are My Children¨, first television soap opera, broadcast by NBC in Chicago

Feb 1 (1884) First of volume of the Oxford English Dictionary published (A to Ant)

Feb 2 (1536) Pedro de Mendoza founded Buenos Aires, Argentina

Feb 3 (1959) Rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. (The Big Bopper) Richardson killed in plane crash in Iowa, and event known as "The Day the Music Died".

Feb 4 (1992) A (failed) coup d'etat was led by Hugo Chavez who was elected President of Venezuela 7 years later.

Feb 5 (1869) The largest alluvial gold nugget in history, later known as "Welcome Stranger", was found in Moliagul near Bendigo VIC

Feb 6 (1819) Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles founded Singapore.


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