The Key 28th April 2014

This week

On Monday 28th April we will meet in the Soccer Club Boardroom for our Club Assembly/Board Meeting. Members are reminded to look at their current responsibilities and consider whether they want to change or swap roles. Please advise if you are unable to attend.

Last week

Last Monday there was no meeting due to the Public Holiday.

India Beats the Odds, Beats Polio …

The May edition of Rotary Downunder brought us the news from Rotary International General Secretary, John Hewko, that “India beats the odds, beats polio”. This story was recently aired on CNN and gave Rotary significant coverage. CNN International has 200 million subscribers around the world. The feature story was also selected to be posted on CNN’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/cnn, 10 million fans) and to CNN’s Twitter feed (https://twitter.com/cnn,12 million followers). Rotary’s general and “End Polio Now” Facebook and Twitter feeds have also re-posted and shared.

Both the video and the online feature showcase Rotary and National PolioPlus Chair,Deepak Kapur, who was interviewed.

Rotary International is credited as “the organisation that led the effort to rid India of polio”, which the video calls “one of the biggest global health achievements of recent times, and a triumph for India’s government and partners that fought the disease”.

You can see and hear the feature and read the full text at: http://cnn.it/Q0Tjxh

Invitations

Saturday 3rd May the Rotary Club of Ginninderra also extends and invitation to their Trivia Night to raise funds for the eradication of Polio.

Details:

  • 7pm, West Belconnen Leagues Club, Hardwick Cres, Holt.
  • Donation of $15pp covers your contribution to the Rotary Polio Fund.
  • Food & drinks available from the bistro and bar.

RSVP as an individual or team (up to 10) by COB Thursday, 24 April 2014 to Bill Wattam wwattam@bigpond.net.au and/or Allan Black – famblack@tpg.com.au.

Other Important Rotary Dates

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 – 21st April 2014

This week

On Monday 21st April we will be enjoying the Easter Monday holiday and so there not be a club meeting.

Last week

Last Monday night we welcomed Walter Steensby from the Community Organic Growers Society, which members and guests found very interesting and, as expected, there were plenty of questions. The issue of terminology was explored, as well as the central role of improved soil quality, the tenure of plots, plot security and their non-commercial requirement. The society is investigating better disabled access and may later bring a submission to us for consideration.

This group has a great website so if growing and eating organic produce interests you, check it out at http://www.cogs.asn.au/. They also have an updated Facebook page.

Invitations

Saturday 3rd May the Rotary Club of Ginninderra also extends and invitation to their Trivia Night to raise funds for the eradication of Polio.

Details:

  • 7pm, West Belconnen Leagues Club, Hardwick Cres, Holt.
  • Donation of $15pp covers your contribution to the Rotary Polio Fund.
  • Food & drinks available from the bistro and bar.

RSVP as an individual or team (up to 10) by COB Thursday, 24 April 2014 to Bill Wattam wwattam@bigpond.net.au and/or Allan Black – famblack@tpg.com.au.

Other Important Rotary Dates

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 – 14th April 2014

This week

On Monday 14th April we will be hosting Walter Steensby from the Community Organic Growers Society, which members and guests will find very interesting and there is certain to be plenty of questions. This group has a great website so check it out at http://www.cogs.asn.au/
The meeting will be held in the Soccer Club Dining Room, McKellar.

Last week

Last Monday night we welcomed Doug Crane, our Club’s RYLA participant. Doug spoke about how much he enjoyed the week with other young people and also how valuable he found the experience, particularly what he learnt from a diverse range of expert speakers at the camp. Doug thanked members for their support and offered to provide assistance with future RYLA efforts of our Club.

The photo shows Doug with Rotarian Vicki, who first suggested Doug to the club as a RYLA candidate.

We also welcomed a visitor, Caitlin Geranium, who is looking to join a local club and found us via our website.

A new Website (well, new to some)

One of the handouts at this year’s PETS was an intro to the Rotary Australia website. It’s very readable and worth a visit. http://www.rotaryaustralia.org.au/

ROMAC News

Member Sandra shared the good news that Juliette and 14 year old Reedly, from Vanuatu, have arrived and happily settled in her home while Reedly undergoes medical treatment in the coming months.

Several members have already met them and we look forward to hearing news of Reedly’s progress. The photo shows Juliette and her son, Reedly, getting used to Canberra temperatures – a little lower than Vanuatu.

Sandra, the District Chair of ROMAC and active club member, is tireless in promoting and contributing to the success of ROMAC and the welfare of the many children who have come through this program. She’s always keen to include other Rotarians in the support network.

Motor Neurone Disease Fund-raising event – Walk t’ d’feet

Last Sunday morning we supported this event by providing a BBQ/cool drink service, initially regarding it as the provision of a community service. With the first fine weather after a succession of rainy days and a good rollup we in fact did a steady trade, augmented by the many passers-by who stopped for a snack.

The organizers were very appreciative. The BBQ crew (above) was joined by two MND family members, who enthusiastically supported the cause. During the event, one of the walkers, the President of Forbes Rotary Club, who is herself confined to a wheelchair, introduced members of her support team to us.

Amaroo School Market Day

The Middle & Senior Schools (Yrs 6 – 10) held a Market Day to expose students to as many community organisations as possible and we were invited to have a display. It gave us a chance to promote Rotary programs focused on secondary students and a lot of interest was shown (including names submitted!) in launching an Interact Club at the school (fingers crossed). Several key staff members expressed support as well. The students showed a mature interest in serving communities, both local and global, and were a friendly and responsive audience.

Invitations:

Saturday 3rd May the Rotary Club of Ginninderra also extends and invitation to their Trivia Night to raise funds for the eradication of Polio.

Details:

  • 7pm, West Belconnen Leagues Club, Hardwick Cres, Holt
  • Donation of $15pp covers your contribution to the Rotary Polio Fund
  • Food & drinks available from the bistro and bar.

RSVP as an individual or team (up to 10) by COB Thursday, 24 April 2014 to: Bill Wattam wwattam@bigpond.net.au and/or Allan Black – famblack@tpg.com.au

Other Important Rotary Dates

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)

Magnet Mart BBQ – Sat 26 April

In about 2 weeks we have a BBQ that may be very busy – on a Saturday on a long weekend. The current crew list is below but more helpers will be needed – let Ian know ASAP if you are able to assist.

The Key – 7th April 2014

This week

On Monday 7th April we will be hosting Doug Crane, our Club’s participant in RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards), for this year. Doug will speak of his experience of the training program. RYLA is for young people, ranging from 18 to 25 years, emphasising leadership, citizenship and personal growth. The meeting will be held in the Soccer Club Dining Room, McKellar.

Last week

Last Monday night we enjoyed listening to our Guest Speaker, Sarah Maina, talking about her life. Sarah came to Australia in 2009 to study nursing in South Australia, leaving her husband and young family in their home in Kenya.

After graduating in 2013, Sarah moved to Canberra for work and continues to seek a permanent home in Australia, hoping that her family will be able to join her for a new life in Canberra soon. The journey has not been easy for Sarah and her determination to settle in Australia has meant that she has been required to constantly meet immigration requirements, however she hopes that it won’t be long before her dream is realised. Members wish Sarah and her family the very best.

Following our Guest Speaker, we held a Club Assembly/Board Meeting, managing to cover many topics and progress many matters.

Club updates

GEO BBQ postponed

Unfortunately, due to the weather the ACT Government postponed the official opening of the Gungahlin Enclosed Oval. It is anticipated that a new date will be set soon and we will be able to participate with the same BBQ arrangements.

Wells Station

On Tuesday, Pres. Ian and Member Liz visited Wells Station to meet with Beth Peters, from the ACT Chamber of Commerce, and nominated representatives of the Wells Station Management Committee who are working closely with the nearby Harrison School to facilitate a link to the farm and its heritage-listed buildings. Our Club has been keen to find out more about this community effort with the idea of becoming involved, along with other volunteer groups in the area and the ACT Government. The photos below show the old stone BBQ, farm buildings and a beautiful shady area ideal for the planned outdoor classroom for children.

ROMAC News

Member Sandra has been coordinating the arrival of a little boy from Vanuatu who will come to Canberra for medical treatment as soon as the paperwork can be finalised. ROMAC (Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children Ltd) is a humanitarian program of the 27 Rotary Districts of Australia and New Zealand.

Invitations

Tuesday 15th April the Rotary Club of Ginninderra is having a partner’s night dinner. Speaker: Minister Simon Corbell.

Saturday 3rd May the Rotary Club of Ginninderra also extends and invitation to
their Trivia Night to raise funds for the eradication of Polio. Details: 7pm, West Belconnen Leagues Club, Hardwick Cres, Holt. Donation of $15pp covers your contribution to the Rotary Polio Fund. Food & drinks available from the bistro and bar. RSVP as an individual or team (up to 10) by COB Thursday, 24 April 2014 to Bill Wattam wwattam@bigpond.net.au and/or Allan Black – famblack@tpg.com.au.

Other Important Rotary Dates

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)