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:
  • Annual Rotary International Conference in Sydney (1-4 June 2014)