Rotary Gungahlin 2015 in Review

For a small club, we sure do achieve a lot. It has been a very productive year, and we are looking forward to 2016 being even bigger and better. Small clubs face many challenges, but I am proud that we do not let our size scare us off getting involved and making a great difference in our local and international community. We each have our own reasons for being a Rotarian, but when it all comes down to it, we all want to make a positive difference in the world and we do that so well as a team. I’ve put together a list of highlights from the year, which gives you an idea of how busy we have been but also how much good work we have done.


  • Sponsored Alison Cantwell to attend RYLA
  • Several members hosted NYSF students
  • Catered the Y.Engage Block Party BBQy engage block party


  • New member Robyn Pearson inducted into the club
  • Held an information stand at the Gungahlin College Market Daymarket day
  • Provided $300 which allowed 3 children with disabilities and their carers to attend Bowlarama through the Lara Jean Association



  • Reedly from Vanuatu came and had his 8-hour operation thanks to ROMAC. Gungahlin Rotary Club was his sponsor club, and Reedly and his mum stayed with Sandra during the recovery time.


  • Continued selling raffle tickets to raise money for HIAM Health, breaking the malnutrition cycle in Timor Leste.
  • Collected donations at our regular monthly BBQ for the devastation of Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu



  • Our whole club was involved in running the BBQ and info stand at the inaugural Celebrate Gungahlin festival with money from the BBQ going back to Communities@Workcelebrate gungahlin
  • Several members attended the District Assembly in Tumut
  • Special visit from the club’s 2010 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar from the USA, Michelle Jester
  • Vocational Excellence award presented to Nikita Jubb recognising her excellent customer service at Australia Post





  • New member Gordana Morphett inducted into the club
  • Supported the Motor Neurone Disease walkathon, raising $400 at the event’s BBQmnd walkathon
  • Paul Harris Fellow recognitions to members Emma Hales and Terry Howard
  • Steve Bell Rotary Award presented to Liz Toussaint from Poetry in Flowers for her Random Acts of Kindness program





  • Moved to our new meeting venue, Tribe Hotel – a great space with awesome meals!




  • New member Katie inducted
  • Sponsored two students to attend RYPEN
  • Attended the Amaroo School Duke of Edinburgh celebrations to witness the achievements of this program that we are supporting.



  • Enjoyed a social night of bowling with the Brindabella Rotaract ClubBowling2015
  • Some members assisted at the Berrima Gaolbreak weekend
  • Some members attended the District Conference in Jindabyne
  • Some attended the Polio Eradication movie night
  • Some hosted midwives that were here from Samoa, Fiji and Tonga with a Vocational Training Team
  • Our club received a Membership Development Award recognising our increase in membership



  • Club approval of our new International Project, an early childhood development program in Timor Leste
  • Began discussing the implementation of a new local Interact club
  • Two RYLA candidates nominated and approved for sponsorship in the January 2016 program



  • Presented Community Service awards to local school studentsAmaroo Presentation
  • Enjoyed our Christmas party
  • Some members will be assisting at the Boxing Day BBQ at Bunnings, organised by Rotary Club of Aurora Gungahlin.



We’re pretty amazing, don’t you think?! Now, go and have a relaxing, fun and safe Christmas and New Year. See you in 2016 for more adventures.


Emma xx


What I love about a Rotary BBQ

by Emma Hales

Getting out of my car at the hardware store this morning, the smell of the sausages and onions cooking on the barbecue beckoned. My mouth was watering as I fumbled around for my $2.50 and bought my sausage sandwich. I ate it quickly and loved every bite – there’s just nothing like a Rotarian-cooked sausage on a cool Sunday morning. I really wanted a second one, but it was time for me to start my shift and relieve some of the others who had been there all morning. I tied on my apron, pulled on some gloves, and started serving sandwiches to hungry customers.

There’s so much more to Rotary than amazing sausages, but let me tell you why our sausage sizzles are important.

  • The money raised goes toward worthwhile causes such as community projects and sponsoring youth programs
  • It gives us a public place to tell people about Rotary and invite them to consider coming along to a meeting or an event.
  • It is a chance for busy Rotarians to contribute to the community by giving a couple of hours of their time when other projects or events may be a little too demanding for them.
  • It’s a chance for Rotarians to chat and get to know each other better, form better friendships, and come up with brilliant new ideas for the club.
  • It’s a low-pressure way to interact with members of the community and brighten their day (and more often than not, they brighten ours too)
  • It prevents people from doing hardware shopping on an empty stomach – a dangerous activity that should be avoided!

So while we want people to know all the wonderful things that Rotary does in the world, I think it’s important to know that a lot of that work starts with a weekend barbecue at your local hardware store or supermarket. Next time the tempting aroma of sausages and onions beckons you from the car park, go and grab a sausage or a drink, have a chat with the friendly Rotarians, and know that you’ve just played a part in making a positive difference in the world.

The Key 6 April 2015

This week’s edition of The Key can be downloaded here: The Key 6 April 2015

Gungahlin Rotary wishes everyone a Happy Easter. Enjoy the long weekend with family and friends, and most importantly, stay safe.

A reminder to members that there will be no meeting this Monday (6th April), but most of us will see each other at Celebrate Gungahlin on Saturday 11th April (See The Key for more info).

The Key 9 March 2015


This week’s edition of The Key is available to download – click here: The Key 9 March 2015.

There is plenty happening in the club at the moment, so we encourage all members to be as involved as possible, and anyone considering joining Rotary… now is a great time to come and get a taste of it!

Also, just a reminder that there will be no meeting on Monday 9 March as it is Canberra Day.

Take care!

Five Peaks Challenge

Hey, cyclists!!

The Woden Rotary club is again running the Five Peaks Challenge on 26 April 2015, in and around Canberra. It is similar to previous years with two distances (118 km and 83 km) but this year in addition to the five peaks (Mt Stromlo, Red Hill, Mt Pleasant, Mt Ainslie and Black Mt) they have added Dairy Farmers Hill (in the Arboretum) for a sixth peak — all peaks can be by-passed if desired.

This is fun day which is non-competitive and raises money for designated charities. All funds raised from the ride go to community projects that Rotary supports.

This year 2015 the major charity beneficiary is: ROMAC – Rotary Oceanic Medical Aid for Children.

To find out more and register for the Five Peaks Challenge, click here.

See you there!

The Key 5 January 2015

Gungahlin Rotary’s first newsletter of 2015… read about how we have contributed to the Bo Children’s Hospital in Sierra Leone, and how we are supporting a project in Timor Leste for malnourished children. Click here for the newsletter: The Key 5 January 2015

A reminder that anyone is welcome to come along as a guest to our weekly meetings. This week will be nice and relaxed as we hear a brief talk from a few members to tell us more about themselves. If you’d like to come along on Monday evening, please contact us.