Hi Everyone,

A pity the Brumbies went down on Saturday night. Still they are in the finals so there is always hope. Jess did get a win at netball though. I think that places her team near the top of the ladder

This week we will hear about Mt Everest from the Australian Himalaya Foundation. After following Ken from Berry on his quest to climb and paraglide from the top it will be a very interesting perspective

Invites for the Change Over Dinner have been sent out. I will pop some on the tables this week as well. Could you please RSVP via the link in the email or let me or Ross know please.

Have a great week

President Warrick


Humanitarian Aid for Ukraine

We had 18 members and guests join the Zoom meeting with the Rotary Club of Warsaw. We heard of the work being undertaken by the oldest Rotary Club in Poland to assist those fleeing Ukraine and passing through Warsaw. Members can be confident that our donations recently sent to the Warsaw Club are bring out yo very good use. Thanks to Olek and Bill for their efforts.

Michael Rabey


Excerpts from the Rotary Club of Warsaw - Report #3 on projects

SOS Wioski Dzieciece Foundation: cooperation with Hotel Raffles Europejski Warsaw, participation during charity night - future cooperation in common projects also with new refugee center and psychological clinic for children from Ukraine(Warsaw surroundings)

Religious House of the Sisters of Mary: 17 people (2 families with one disabled child: 3 adults, 14 children); needs: food, cosmetics and cleaning products, shoes, prepaid card for mobile phone)

Temporary orphanage in Nadyby (40 km from the Ukrainian-Romanian border): 30-50 children from 3 to 12 years old found on the streets of towns and villages near Kyiv, which were destroyed by the Russian army and from Mariupol. There is a constant rotation of children in the center. We provided specialized food (mainly modified powdered milk) for young children and sweets for the elderly. Also sheets and bedding sets as well as personal hygiene items. This project is outside of our typical area of operation but there was cooperation with transport from our Rotary logistic center in Warsaw.

Home Night shelter in Łazienkowska hosted by Through the Eyes of Heaven Foundation:
food, household and hygiene products for 35 people.

Refugee center in cooperation with The Pine Club (Klub Sosnowy), Rotary Club of Warsaw and Anglican Church: Financing for 1385 person-nights, with average of 7 days per person

Received at Logistic hub "Warsaw" for re-distribution: medicines, hygiene products, food, blankets, baby care products, diapers etc.

Transportation to the center for war refugees from Ukraine located in the Kaputy sports hall in Ożarów Mazowiecki

Project with the City of Warsaw: formalities related to obtaining a job, financing medical checks benefitting 200 women/mothers from Ukraine.

In summary during the last 48 days we have helped about 320 people using: 27,452 USD

Rotary Club of Warsaw

Peace Project

District 9705 voted yesterday 75% for and 25% against to support our Resolution to be submitted to Rotary International asking RI to endorse the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.


Annual Reports

All Director, Chair and Executive Annual Reports must be with Secretary Sue by Tuesday 6 June to give time to collate, compile, print and assemble in time for the Club Changeover. 

Many thanks

Sue Lloyd



New Member

Sally Goodspeed has been approved as a new member for our club.  We will induct Sally on the 26th of May and look forward to seeing as many members as possible at this event.

Sharon Green


Diplomatic Member Ambassador Yamagami


Earlier this month in Cowra and Canberra, Ambassador YAMAGAMI laid wreathes and prayed for peace, recognising how important Japan-Australia reconciliation and our common challenges are. In the latest edition (#74) of his embassy's "News from Under the Southern Cross", the Ambassador discussed the Cowra Autumn Festival (Koyo Matsuri) and the commemorative service for the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea.

Note from Bill Andrews

Greetings from Broome WA. Golden sunsets every evening and still 30 degrees.

Stay warm





It was also a pleasure to conduct a tour to the Peace Bell for visiting Rotarian Helen and husband Jeffrey Puller from the Rotary Club of Maryborough QLD. Helen spoke of their unique Peace Pole that has been unveiled in Maryborough and also on the success of their student safe driving program. We should continue to see if we can join with the proposed Student Safe Driving Program being considered for Canberra.

It was also a pleasure to conduct a tour to the Peace Bell for visiting Rotarian Helen and husband Jeffrey Puller from the Rotary Club of Maryborough QLD. Helen spoke of their unique Peace Pole that has been unveiled in Maryborough and also on the success of their student safe driving program. We should continue to see if we can join with the proposed Student Safe Driving Program being considered for Canberra.

Michael Rabey



Music for Ukraine

On Tuesday, 31 May, 2022 at Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music, 7pm:

A fundraising concert for the people of Ukraine, featuring Ukrainian folk music and works by Brahms, John Taverner, Valentin Silvestrov and many others.

Tickets - General admission Adult $75, Concession $55

Proceeds donated to the Australian Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal and Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders)

Sharon Green


THIS WEEK'S MEETING (26th of May, 12.15 for 12.30 pm, Commonwealth Club)

At our meeting next week, Simon Balderstone will describe the work and importance of the Australian Himalayan Foundation AHF is working in partnership with the people of the remote Himalaya to improve living standards through better education and training, improved health services and environmental sustainability.



May 26th


Ross B.


Russell D.


Eric C.


Olek G.

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Topic: Regional Australia Speaker: Kim Houghton, Chief Economist at the Regional Australia Institute (RAI)

Kim told us about the RAI and gave an interesting summary of the issues facing regional Australia.

RAI is an independent think tank dedicated to building robust regional economies and a better quality of life in our regional towns and cities. It was set up ten years ago by the Gillard government to conduct policy-oriented research.

The Institute looks at four types of regional areas: 1) areas near capital cities, such as Newcastle and the Gold Coast; 2) regional cities over 50,000; 3) regional service centres, such as Dubbo and 4) smaller remote areas and towns ("the Heartlands").

Except for the Heartlands, the regions are growing in population and the large cities, such as Sydney and Melbourne, are losing population. Only foreign immigration is keeping the decline from being greater. There are about 9.4 million people in the regions.

Housing is a major issue for the regions with a combination of underbuilding and rise in house prices in the regions (36%) making it difficult for locals and those with limited incomes moving out of cities to find adequate housing.

The migration flow to and from the regions is more or less evenly divided between those who leave and don't return, those who stay and those who go and return.

Many thanks to Kim for giving us a fascinating talk about an important issue.


May 23 International Day to End Obstetric Fistula

May 24 Eritrea National Day

May 25 African Union Africa Day; Argentina National Day; Jordan National Day; Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories

May 26 Georgia Independence Day

May 28 Azerbaijan National Day ; Ethiopia National Day

May 29 International Day of UN Peacekeepers


May 23 (1618) Second Defenestration of Prague (two Catholic Lords Regent and their secretary were thrown out of a window and amazingly not seriously injured by the 21 metre fall - triggered the Thirty Years War)

May 24 (1844) Samuel Morse tapped out "What hath God wrought" as the world's first telegraphic message

May 25 (1868) Aboriginal Australian Cricket Tour of England began vs. Surrey Gentlemen

May 26 (1647) Alse Young became the first person to be executed as a witch in the American colonies

May 27 (1679) The Habeas Corpus Act passed in England strengthening a person's rights to challenge unlawful arrest and imprisonment

May 28 (1742) First indoor swimming pool opened at Goodman's Fields, London

May 29 (1453) Constantinople, capital of the Eastern Roman Empire, fell to the Turks under Mehmed II ending the Byzantine Empire


1.The Australian Alps get more snow than the Swiss Alps.

2. 90% of Australians live on the coast.

3.Tasmania has the cleanest air in the world.

4.The Great Barrier Reef is the largest ecosystem in the world. It is made up of nearly 3,000 individual reefs and can be seen from space.

5. Australia has over 60 separate wine regions.

6. Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world.

7.The Indian Pacific train has the longest straight section of train track in the world.

8.The Great Ocean Road is the world’s largest war memorial.

9. 80% of Australian animals are unique to Australia.

10. Five km. of Uluru is underground.

11. Australia has the world’s longest golf course measuring more than 1,350kms long.

12.Australia is home to 21 of the world’s 25 most venomous snakes.

13. Perth is the only city in the world which can have aircraft land in its CBD.

14. Australia is bigger than we realise, it’s almost the same size as mainland USA.

15.The largest cattle station in the world is located in Australia, Anna Creek Ranch in South Australia, and it’s bigger than Israel.

16.The first Police Force in Australia was made up of the most well-behaved convicts.

17. It would take around 29 years to visit one new Aussie beach every day – there are 10,685 of them!

18. AFL was invented to keep cricketers fit in the off season, there are claims that the game may have been influenced by Indigenous Australians.

19.The world’s largest rock is not actually Uluru, but Mount Augustus in Western Australia, and is actually twice the size of Uluru.

20. Australia is the 6th largest country in the world

21.There are 1 million camels that roam wild in Australia’s deserts, the largest number of purebred camels in the world, are exported to the Middle East.

22.You can fly from Perth to Melbourne faster than you can fly from one end of Western Australia to the other.

23.There are over 60 different types of kangaroos, and a baby kangaroo when born is only about 2 centimetres long.

24.Aboriginal culture is the oldest on Earth – it is estimated that the continent’s original inhabitants have been in Australia for between 40,000-60,000 years.

 25. Australia has 19 World Heritage Listed sites.

 26.91% of the country is covered by native vegetation.

27.33% of Australians were born in another country.

28.Over 300 different languages and dialects are spoken in Australia including 45 Indigenous languages and 21% of Australians don’t speak English at home!

29.WA is home to what is believed to be the oldest evidence of life on Earth – the Stromatolites.

30. Australia is the only continent in the world without an active volcano.

31. In Australia, sheep out number people 2.5 to 1 (in 2020).

32. Australia was the second country in the world to give women the right in 1902.

33. Per capita, Australians spend more money on gambling than any other nation, 80 percent of Australian adults engaging in gambling of some kind.

34. Canberra was selected as the capital because Sydney and Melbourne could not stop arguing which city should be the capital.

35. Australia is home to the longest fence in the world, the Dingo Fence. Originally built to keep dingos away from fertile land, the fence is now 5,614 km long.

36.The Australian dollar is considered to be the most advanced currency in the world – it’s waterproof, made of polymer and hard to counterfeit.

37. Australia is the only continent covered by a single country.

38. The world’s oldest fossil was discovered in Australia – 3.4 billion years old.

39. Australia has around 600 varieties of eucalypt trees.

Eric Carmody

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