The Key 1 Sept 2014

Welcome to this weeks edition of The Key!

Our latest guest speaker

Last Monday we welcomed Gemma Wood, a volunteer from St John Ambulance who spoke about the organisation and the vital role played by so many volunteers.

Gemma explained the warning signs for heart attacks and strokes, as well as taking us through the steps required in the administration of First Aid, including Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. Also, Member Terry assisted by happily volunteering

to be a person that required assistance and Gemma demonstrated how to place someone in the recovery position. We also welcomed Member Emma’s brother, Isaac.

Next weeks’ guest speaker

Next Monday, 1 September, members and their guests will welcome guest speakers from the Canberra Muslim Community (Inc), Yasser Dabhoiwala (Executive Member) and Dr Nazre Sobhan (President), who will speak about the nature of their community in Gungahlin and the role & plans for their new mosque. We will meet in the Boardroom, upstairs in the McKellar Soccer Club, 6.30 for 7pm start.

Members are requested to advise Liz or Ian before Sunday of their attendance and the number of guests in order for dinner arrangements to be confirmed beforehand.

Ian and Sandra interviewed on ABC666

Also this week, those who tuned into ABC666 radio on at 3.40pm on Wednesday would have been very pleased to hear Adam Shirley & Kim Lester interview President Ian about Rotary’s role, both locally and internationally. At the beginning of the program a pre-recorded interview with Member Sandra was played. Sandra was asked to speak about her reasons for joining Rotary and also about the aspects of Rotary that she had been involved in.

With a great deal of passion, Sandra explained the work of ROMAC (Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children) and how privileged she felt for being involved in such important voluntary work for our Pacific neighbors. Ian also spoke enthusiastically about the work of Rotary Clubs, mentioning many local Rotary projects and regular activities as well as talking about his strong interest in the areas of student exchange, NYSF (National Youth Science Forum) & Peace Scholars.

It was a good interview and an excellent opportunity to talk about what we do.

Information stand at The G

Last Sunday we established our first information stand at The G shopping Centre. This proved to be a very worthwhile event and we had a very friendly reception from shoppers and traders. Each of us connected with old friends and also had the
opportunity to chat with one another. The work wasn’t hard and the venue very convenient. We have booked the venue one Sunday a month until the end of the year.

Rotary Learning Initiative – highly recommended.

The program is conducted across three sessions and is designed for learning to be a share experience through interactive as well as informative sessions. The opportunity to share that learning with Rotarians from different clubs further enriches the experience and gives access to new personal connections.

  • Session 1 covers: Insights into Leadership, The structure of Rotary, How to Engage Members, What Rotary Foundation is all about, Ethics and Vocational Service and how to go about planning and executing a Service Project.
  • Session 2 covers: Using Strategic planning and analysis to make improvements to your club, Understanding how to use Rotary Foundation and the key concepts of Rotary programs, Good Club Communications, Team Building and how to attract New and Effective Members
  • Session 3 covers: International Service and making connections around the world, Effective Leadership Strategies, Exploring opportunities for personal, community and professional growth and development, Public Image & Public
    Relations, Undertaking meaningful Vocational Service Activities, and finally, Making a Difference using your own experience and growth through RLI to help improve the path for others to follow

Dates for Session 1 are as follows: 7/8 Feb (Shoalhaven) and 21/22 Feb (Goulburn).

Upcoming district conference

Our Youth, Our Future – Combined Districts’ Conference,14-16 November.

National Convention Centre, Canberra. Districts 9710 and 9675 are bringing together over 100 Rotary Clubs for this Conference. Registration is open at: 

Joint meeting

Tuesday 7th October Joint Meeting of the Rotary Clubs of Young, Yass & Gungahlin & it will be a Partner’s night. This will be a makeup for us as our Monday meeting is cancelled (public holiday). Venue: Yass Services’ Club.

Editors note

The Key, is edited by Liz Friend, Contributions from members are very welcome. Please send them to me so they can be inserted on Wednesdays and edited on Thursdays, for distribution before the weekend.


Rotary Gungahlin – District 9710

Meetings: Mondays 6:30 for 7pm | Venue: Belconnen Soccer Club, William Slim Drive, McKellar [Disabled access available]

President: Ian Foster | Secretary: Sandra Mahlberg | ABN 38130861289 | Box 678, Gungahlin ACT 2912 | | |