The Key – 8th September 2014

Next Monday

Next Monday, 8 September, we will welcome Dr Adele Yates. Adele was a former NYSF (National Youth Science Forum) participant and now works as a
Microbiologist/Food Scientist with Food Standards Australia/New Zealand. It will be interesting to listen to Adele’s views about the opportunity to have been a NYSF participant and to hear about her career path since that then.

Last week

Last Monday night we welcomed guest speakers Yasser Dabhoiwala and
Dr Nazre Sobhan from the Canberra Muslim Community Incorporated (CMC Inc). We began the meeting with the our National Toast, recognising the long record of Muslim interactions with Australia – the 17th century Macassan traders from the Indonesian archipelago, the first camel drivers on the 1860 Burke and Wills expedition, the first mosque in Marree, South Australia, in 1861 and the multicultural breadth of Australia’s, and indeed Gungahlin’s, Muslim community today.

Yasser Dabhoiwala and Dr Nazre Sobhan are Gungahlin residents. They spoke about the diverse nature of their local community and the role and plans for their new Mosque and community centre on The Valley Avenue, Gungahlin. Much of the fundraising for their new Mosque is focused in Gungahlin. The Canberra Muslim Community Incorporation’s vision is to build a place where the Canberra’s Muslim community can worship, learn and strengthen their connection and bonding to Islam and their community. In particular, this will offer an opportunity to engage with younger and future generations closely and to support and guide them for their spiritual advancement and growth through the Mosque and community centre.

Upcoming events

Our Youth, Our Future – Combined Districts’ Conference

From 14th to 16th November at the 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.