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.


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.


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 and/or Allan Black –

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