The Key – 31st March 2014

This week

On Monday 31st March we will be hosting Sarah Maina, who has migrated from Kenya to Australia and now lives and works in Canberra. Sarah will speak about her journey and aspirations. Sarah’s presentation will be followed by a combined Club Assembly and Board Meeting, during which we will plan for the last quarter of the Rotary year.

Last week

Last Monday night, although several members were unable to attend (though all had forwarded apologies) we had a great meeting. As 23rd March is Pakistan’s national day, during our customary Rotary toast we remembered District 3272, Pakistan, which is having its District Conference this weekend. Pres Ian recounted a solemn moment at the 2013 RI Convention in Lisbon when the convention had a minute’s silence for those Pakistan volunteers who had recently been killed working on our behalf to eradicate the scourge of polio from their communities.

We hosted Susichhya Bajracharya (Susy) and her husband Anil Acharya, who emigrated from Nepal in 2008. Susy described their experiences of undertaking migration, updating qualifications, living in Queensland communities and finally settling and working in Canberra. Suzi now works as a well-qualified nurse at Calvary Hospital while Anil is working in aged care. (see pic with colleague Sandra).

We were also delighted to welcome a visiting Rotarian, Sheree Park. Sheree has been a member of Mt Warning, Murwillimbah’s breakfast club. Sheree has now moved to Canberra and works with the Accor hotel group. It seems Sharee enjoys being on the move and cycles early on most mornings, as part of her training for the triathlon. We look forward to seeing her again.

After dinner, we had reports on the Steve Bell family donation to RAWCS, the BBQ at the opening of GEO [Gungahlin Enclosed Oval] and progress of the amended Rules

The Club has received a request to supply a BBQ service at the Motor Neurone Disease Walkathon on Sunday 6 April from about 9am – 11.30am. Although it may not be very profitable, Pres Ian explained to the meeting that a friend is stricken with this disease and asked that we consider it as a community service. The meeting agreed to this BBQ, with Ian to Coordinate. Pam, Liz and Bob have agreed to assist.

Invitations in our region include:

7.30pm Friday 4th, & 2pm & 7.30pm Saturday 5th April, Shen Yun

The world’s No. 1 classic Chinese dance and music show, comes to Canberra in April for the eighth year. Member Holly Wei is happy to organise tickets for the three shows.

Tuesday 15th April Ginninderra Rotary Club dinner to Hear Minister Simon Corbell

Hear Mr Corbell speak on his vision for Belconnen Precinct in 2030, although no doubt he will be happy to answer questions on most subjects within his Portfolio. This is a partner’s night.

Other Important Rotary Dates for this Year

Members are reminded to register early for these great opportunities

  • District Assembly, Bega (3-4 May 2014)
  • Rotary Peace Scholars visit Canberra (3-6 May 2014, formal dinner 5 May) Rotarians who are interested in helping should email the Convener: garth.britton@netspeed.com.au
  • Annual Rotary International Conference in Sydney (1-4 June 2014)
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The Key – 24th March 2014

This week

On Monday 24th March our Guest Speaker is Susie Bajracharya from Nepal. Susie will tell us about how and why she came to Australia and how she and her husband have settled into Aussie life. We will meet in the Soccer Club Boardroom.

Last week

Last Monday night a great deal was learnt about the operations of the volunteer Rural Fire Service (RFS) when several members of the Gungahlin team gave us an extensive tour of their operations at the Joint Emergency Service Centre.

Members, partners and friends of our Club enjoyed the opportunity to ask so many questions about the training and work of these terrific volunteers and to take the opportunity to climb into the fire-fighting trucks to see how it all works. It was a pleasure to have Monica Garrett, District Governor Nominee, and Graeme Kinraid, Assistant Governor, and his son David, join us for the tour and dinner afterwards.

Invitations in our region include:

7.30pm Friday 4th, & 2pm & 7.30pm Saturday 5th April, Shen Yun

The world’s No. 1 classic Chinese dance and music show, comes to Canberra in April for the eighth year. Member Holly Wei is happy to organise tickets for the three shows.

Tuesday 15th April Ginninderra Rotary Club dinner to Hear Minister Simon Corbell

Hear Mr Corbell speak on his vision for Belconnen Precinct in 2030, although no doubt he will be happy to answer questions on most subjects within his Portfolio. This is a partner’s night.

Other Important Rotary Dates for this Year

Members are reminded to register early for these great opportunities

  • District Assembly, Bega (3-4 May 2014)
  • Rotary Peace Scholars visit Canberra (3-6 May 2014, formal dinner 5 May) Rotarians who are interested in helping should email the Convener: garth.britton@netspeed.com.au
  • Annual Rotary International Conference in Sydney (1-4 June 2014)

The Key – 17th March 2014

This week

On Monday 17th March – we meet at the main entrance of the Joint Emergency Service Centre, Gungahlin – members, partners & friends of the Club will visit the Centre for a guided tour by our local RFS. This should be a lot of fun and extremely informative. Please advise Liz Friend asap if you would like to come. Children 16 years & over welcome.

Dinner afterwards 7.15pm at the Raiders Club, Gungahlin, table reserved. Details: 5.30pm Joint Emergency Services Centre, Anthony Rolfe Ave, G.

Local happenings

Last Sunday saw members, friends and three of our local school students turning sausages at Magnet Mart. Our Club is supporting the World Challenge fund-raising efforts by students who are heading off to various overseas destinations later this year.

Invitations in our region include:

Thursday 20th March, fund-raising movie night in Manuka

Organised by the Rotary Club of Canberra which has secured the premiere of the first feature length film produced in Saudi Arabia. The other first is that the Director is a woman. All proceeds will be directed to BLAZE AID to be dispersed to relieve some of the hardship of our rural communities affected by fire, flood and drought induced famine. Refreshments from 6.30pm. Tickets by prepayment (flyer attached).

7.30pm Friday 4th, & 2pm & 7.30pm Saturday 5th April, Shen Yun

The world’s No. 1 classic Chinese dance and music show, comes to Canberra in April for the eighth year. Member Holly Wei is happy to organise tickets for the three shows.

Tuesday 15th April Ginninderra Rotary Club dinner to Hear Minister Simon Corbell

Hear Mr Corbell speak on his vision for Belconnen Precinct in 2030, although no doubt he will be happy to answer questions on most subjects within his Portfolio. This is a partner’s night.

Other Important Rotary Dates for this Year!

Members are reminded to register early for these great opportunities

  • District Assembly, Bega (3-4 May 2014)
  • Rotary Peace Scholars visit Canberra (3-6 May 2014, formal dinner 5 May) Rotarians who are interested in helping should email the Convener: garth.britton@netspeed.com.au
  • Annual Rotary International Conference in Sydney (1-4 June 2014)

The Key 10th March 2014

This week

No Meeting Monday 10th March as it is a Public Holiday but there is plenty of news and interesting reading in The Key this week.

Next week

Next Meeting, 5.30pm Monday 17th March – change of venue – members, partners & friends of the Club will visit the Joint Emergency Services Centre, Gungahlin, for a guided tour by our local RFS. This should be a lot of fun and extremely informative. Numbers are restricted to 25 so please advise Liz Friend asap if you would like to come. Children 16 years & over welcome. Dinner afterwards 7.15pm at the Raiders Club, Gungahlin, table reserved. Details: 5.30pm Joint Emergency Services Centre, Anthony Rolfe Ave, G.

Last Week

Last Monday night we enjoyed a social night at the Fosters and it was a nice surprise to have AG Graeme Kinraid call in to say hello and to enjoy dessert, pavlova. Thanks go to Pamela and Ian for their hospitality.

Local happenings

Last Thursday President Ian was invited to attend a senior assembly at Gold Creek School. He presented cheques totalling $400 towards the expenses of the students going to Cambodia and Vietnam later this year as part of their World Challenge commitment. In past months team members have been very supportive members of our Club’s BBQ squads and their hard work made a significant contribution towards the club’s donation. It seems that this group will be making further contributions
during the year.

While at the school, Ian spoke with staff regarding Rotary programs relevant to secondary students and their schools – Interact, RYPEN, RYLA, NYSF, MUNA, etc.

Invitations in our region include:

Thursday 20th March, fund-raising movie night in Manuka

Organised by the Rotary Club of Canberra which has secured the premiere of the first feature length film produced in Saudi Arabia. The other first is that the Director is a woman. All proceeds will be directed to BLAZE AID to be dispersed to relieve some of the hardship of our rural communities affected by fire, flood and drought induced famine. Refreshments from 6.30pm. Tickets by prepayment (flyer attached).

7.30pm Friday 4th, & 2pm & 7.30pm Saturday 5th April, Shen Yun

The world’s No. 1 classic Chinese dance and music show, comes to Canberra in April for the eighth year. Member Holly Wei is happy to organise tickets for the three shows.

Tuesday 15th April Ginninderra Rotary Club dinner to Hear Minister Simon Corbell

Hear Mr Corbell speak on his vision for Belconnen Precinct in 2030, although no doubt he will be happy to answer questions on most subjects within his Portfolio. This is a partner’s night.

Rotary Updates from President Ian (Club President 2013/14 & 2014/15)

PETS – Presidents’-Elect Training 2014

This was held at the Ainslie Football Club on Sat/Sun, 1-2 March and all but a few clubs were represented. Certainly all clubs in our own local areas were represented and it was a good opportunity to renew old and to form new bonds This year a greater attempt was made to actively involved participants in their learning and it is to be hoped that this trend continues in future.

This year far greater use was also made of modern media and of District’s and RI’s online resources. This was made easier by the wifi environment at the venue. It was made abundantly clear that club officers are expected to develop a range of competencies in these domains and several convenors demonstrated the breadth of current online support. At the same time it was acknowledged that many clubs and Rotarians will struggle through this period of change and therefore the more time-consuming paper-based communications, forms and returns will be retained alongside the emerging media
forms and direct online links.

This year a wide range of support material was made available to the attendees, much of it online or on a USB stick given to each club representative. These largely replaced the voluminous past handouts. I will be circulating relevant material to Club members over the next little while.

The Saturday sessions covered a lot of the basics of Rotary and club administration and were fairly predictable. The Sunday, however, was far more participatory and as we sat in our AG-based clusters, the friendships and confidence this had engendered led to a number of frank and useful exchanges of approach and information when various problem-solving scenarios placed before us.

Due to unusual situations in our own Club I have now attended three PETS weekends and this was, I think, the best and most down-to-earth. If members have not had this opportunity and wish to grow as Rotarians and give more back to our wonderful organisation, I strongly recommend that they attend District Assembly in May, at Bega.

Review of our Constitution and Bylaws

Every three years Rotary International conducts its Council on Legislation, updating and amending various policies, expectations and requirements for clubs and Rotarians. Each Club is expected to review its constitution, rules and bylaws every three years, both to take into account its own changing needs as well as outcomes of The Council.

Our Club has undergone many changes in its first 5 years and a major review of our core documents, including their consistency with current RI requirements, is therefore underway. The review has sourced advice from the clubs of Hall, Ginninderra and Canberra, as well as RI publications. When the review is complete, the new rules will be put before the Club for endorsement and then submitted to the ACT-ORS to renew our incorporation.

Other Important Rotary Dates for this Year!

Members are reminded to register early for these great opportunities;

  • District Assembly, Bega (3-4 May 2014)
  • Rotary Peace Scholars visit Canberra (3-6 May 2014, formal dinner 5 May) Rotarians who are interested in helping should email the Convener: garth.britton@netspeed.com.au
  • Annual Rotary International Conference in Sydney (1-4 June 2014)

The Key – 3rd March 2014

This Monday

On Monday 3rd March we are having a social night at the Fosters’ for members and partners. Please advise Pres. Ian if you are attending and if you are bringing salads, nibbles, etc to share. Bring your BBQ meat. Time: 6.30 for 7pm. Address: 6/29 Temperley Street, Nicholls.

Last Monday

Last Monday night we had a travel night. When members were asked to bring their memories along on a memory stick, which was also referred to as a USB stick, our less cyber-savvy friend found a photo of a precious memory for him, his recognition as a PHF some years ago but when he found a nice looking stick from the garden wasn’t sure how to balance one on the other!

Members who took a more conventional approach took us to Mexico, California and Hawaii and Portugal – often accompanied by more or less appreciative comments by fellow club members.

Advance Notice – 5.30pm Monday 17th March

Members, partners & friends of the Club visit the Joint Emergency Services Centre, Gungahlin, for a guided tour. Numbers are restricted to 25, so please advise Liz Friend if you would like to join us. Children 16 years & over are welcome. Afterwards, club meeting & dinner at the Raiders Club, Gungahlin.

Invitations in our local area include

Saturday 1st March Hall Rotary Club has invited our members to celebrations to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the commencement of the Capital Region Farmers Market (see attachment). These markets operate on most Saturday mornings at Epic. Time: from 7.30 to 11.30am.

Tuesday 4th March Canberra Rotaract has organised a top grade Speaker, Avril Henry, who will speak on “Gen Y, Gen X and the Baby Boomers: Working past the Stereotypes”. This is a great opportunity to support our Rotaract membership. (flyer attached) Details: 6-7pm, Hellenic Club in the City, 13 Moore Street, Civic. Entry by donation towards local & international projects supported by Canberra Rotaract. RSVP by 3 March canberra.rotaract@gmail.com or phone Pres. Rebecca Bamford 0438864695

Tuesday 15th April Ginninderra Rotary Club dinner on to hear Minister Simon Corbell speak on his vision for Belconnen Precinct in 2030, although no doubt he will be happy to answer questions on most subjects within his Portfolio. This is a partner’s night.

Other Important Rotary Dates for this Year

Members are reminded to register early for these great opportunities;

  • District Assembly, Bega (3-4 May 2014)
  • Rotary Peace Scholars visit Canberra (3-6 May 2014, formal dinner 5 May) Rotarians who
    are interested in helping should email the Convener: garth.britton@netspeed.com.au
  • Annual Rotary International Conference in Sydney (1-4 June 2014)