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
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.


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.


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


  • 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)

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.