12 September 2022





This Week's Meeting and Fundraising Lunch (Thursday,15th of September, 12.15 for 12.30 pm)

This is our last call for members and guests to join us for a memorable fundraising lunch at the Commonwealth Club from midday to hear from  Brad Tucker, astrophysicist extraordinaire.

Brad returns to explain the history of the Universe - 'Exploding stars, Supernova and Cosmology.'

He will make additional comments on space junk, the Arnhem land space station, and Aboriginal stone arrangements.  

Proceeds will go to our Rotary Indigenous projects in Education and Environment protection including the Hay scholarships and the Mawonga Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) near Hillston.

Ranger Lesley Woods, who is doing a PhD at ANU, will be present to share
her aspirations.

To guarantee your seat please register here: RSVP

See you there!

Bill Andrews and George Wilson


Duty Roster (September 2022)


Sept 15th

Sept 22nd

Sept 29th


Ross B.


Ross B.

Welcome & Opening the Meeting:

Linda W.

(Public Holiday)

Sally G.

Toast to

Rotary at Work:

Michael R.


Bill A.

Thank Speaker and Write Notes

Stephen M.


Juris J.

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

Next Week's Meeting (September 22nd)

There will not be a meeting next week as we join the rest of Australia in observing the National Day of Mourning for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and celebrate her remarkable life and reign.

Among communications received is the following from the Rotary Club of Warsaw which we are supporting in their relief work for refugees of Ukraine.



Australian Rotary Health Newsletter (August edition)

Are We Neglecting the Mental Health of Intensive Care Survivors?

Australian Rotary Health has begun funding a project that awards direct focus to the mental health of those admitted into the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

One in ten Australians will be admitted to ICU in their lifetime and more than 90% of these people will survive. However, these individuals are often left with new psychological and physical challenges, such as post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety and poor physical mobility which can impact the survivor’s return to work, social involvement and overall quality of life. The number of survivors continues to grow in recent decades, prompting a need for further research in this field.

PhD candidate, Evelyn Sloan, from the University of Melbourne, is receiving a General Health Funding Partner PhD Scholarship, co-funded by Sharon Green and Marcel Skjald to conduct research to inform the creation of targeted interventions that improve the quality of life for these vulnerable individuals.

Evelyn grew up on a farm while attending school in the nearby town of Albury before she moved to Melbourne to commence her tertiary education. She completed a Bachelor’s in Science and graduated from the Doctor of Physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne in 2019.

Her project aims to not only understand the long-term impact of critical illness on recovering Australian intensive care survivors but also to test novel community-based telehealth rehabilitation programs as well as review previously trialled post-intensive care rehabilitation programs.

We wish Evelyn all the best in her research!


Sharon and Marcel in Alaska

We visited Anchorage Alaska, the biggest town in Alaska, but not the capital, with a population of 300,000. It seemed like Rotary was everywhere as we walked around the town. It currently has 8 Rotary Clubs in the town.

1. The Anchorage Light Speed Walk is a scale model of the solar system. The Anchorage Downtown Rotary Club decided in 2004 to adopt this project as it's Rotary International Centennial project. Taking the walk, you experience the relative size of the planets and their distance from the Sun. The scale was chosen so that a leisurely walking pace mimics the speed of light. On this scale, each step equals the distance light travels in one second (300,000 kilometers or 186,000 miles).

2. The Anchorage East Rotary Plaza was a wonderful space with "Rotary" everywhere as you can see from the photos.  It was a project to "clean up" the area and give the Club an opportunity to fund a meaningful contribution to the city.


Sharon Green



National and International Days This Week

12 Sept: UN Day for South-South Cooperation

15 Sept: International Day of Democracy; Independence Day of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua

16 Sept: Mexico Proclamation of Independence; Papua New Guinea Independence Day; International Day for Interventional Cardiology; International Day for Preservation of the Ozone Layer

17 Sept: World Patient Safety Day

18 Sept: Chile National Day; International Equal Pay Day

19 Sept: St. Kitts & Nevis Independence Day

Anniversaries of Historical Events This Week

12 Sept (1792) Court martial began for instigators of the mutiny on the Bounty

13 Sept (1955) Swiss inventor George de Maestral was granted patent for "velcro"

14 Sept (1741) George Frideric Handel finished his "Messiah" oratorio after working non-stop for 23 days

15 Sept (1928) Scottish bacteriologist Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin

16 Sept (1908) Carriage-maker William C. Durant founded General Motors in Flint Michigan USA.

17 Sept (1900) Queen Victoria proclaimed that the Commonwealth of Australia would come into existence on 1 January 1901.

18 Sept (1899) Scott Joplin was granted a US copyright for "Maple Leaf Rag", the most famous ragtime music composition



Great truths that adults have learned:  

1) Raising teenagers is like nailing jelly to a tree.  

2) Wrinkles don't hurt.  

3) Families are like fudge...mostly sweet, with a few nuts.  

4) Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground. 

5) Laughing is good exercise. It's like jogging on the inside.  

6) Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fibre, not the toy.    

Great truths about growing old  

1) Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.  

2) Forget the health food.. I need all the preservatives I can get. 

3) When you fall, you wonder what else you can do while you're down there. 

4) You're getting old when you get the same sensation from a rocking chair that  you once got from a roller coaster.  

5) It's frustrating when you know all the answers, but nobody bothers to ask you  the questions.  

6) Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician. 

7) Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.

Eric Carmody


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