From the Editor
A reminder: there is no meeting at the Commonwealth Club this week. Instead, we will have an informal meeting at the New Zealand High Commissioner’s residence.
And there’s an opportunity to hear from visiting Rotarians from Kenya and the United States, who are making presentations early next week. Scroll down for more details (and for Eric’s humorous contribution!).
Last week’s meeting
The Values Education Program
Presentation by Liz Bobos, Principal of the Majura Primary School.
Liz gave us a talk on how a school’s values can help guide her school in child development. The Majura school holds three values as the core of its teachings:
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Excellence.
Currently there are a lot of changes within the school system and the core values allow each school to make good decisions based on how these changes can achieve these values. However these values are going to be reconsidered and refreshed in the future. In her previous role as Principal of Lathan Primary School she had six core values. Liz indicated that schools had a greater role for children in providing values since many families had limited exposure to religious instruction and interaction with grandparents who often lived in another city. She reflected on the more challenging and complex environment of social media and the internet in general on school students.

Liz contacted our Club after Googling “Peace” and the Canberra Rotary Peace Bell came up. This led to Majura Primary School being involved with the Club since 2020, when the Club gave funds to the School for a program to encourage students to live out the values.  Subsequently, the Club donated a Peace Pole for the School’s Peace Garden. The Peace Garden has 3 large rocks brought together when the Hackett and Watson Primary schools were combined. The Peace Garden reflected the need for tolerance and compassion when the two schools merged. When the Peace Garden was inaugurated three time-capsules were planted under three gum trees on the site. The Club is also involved in a ceremony each year at which the United Nations Secretary General's message for the International Day of Peace is read. 

Liz thanked the guides (Bill and Russell) for the tour of the Nara Peace park and she said the feedback from students and teachers was very positive as the material was complementary to their Aboriginal Culture Studies. She looked forward to having the Year Six Students visit each year before they did their studies on Aboriginal Culture and possibly having the Year Five students visit as well.
Russell Dew and Stephen McMillan
Invitation to hear Rotarians from Kenya and the United States
Prior to the Rotary International Conference, the Rotary Club of Jerrabomberra will be hosting four Rotarians, three from Kenya and one from US. These Rotarians have kindly agreed to give talks on their clubs’ activities on 22nd May (Kenya) and 23rd May (US). Arrangements will be made for people to attend by zoom (up to a 100 attendees) or in person. Zoom details will be sent soon.
If you wish to attend in person on Monday night, May 22nd, it will be at Jerrabomberra Public School in the library from 7pm to hear from our Kenyan colleagues. This event is limited to 40 people in person. 
If you wish to attend in person on Tuesday night, May 23rd, it will be in the function room at the Tourist Hotel from 6 pm, order a meal and then hear from our US colleague from Washington state. This event is limited to 50 people in person.
It is an opportunity for Rotarians to hear about the work our colleagues do in other countries.
For bookings, please send an email to John Talbot, President, Rotary Club of Jerrabomberra, on
And if you are traveling to Melbourne by car and have room for one or two Rotarians, please let John know as he is looking for transport for two of our guests.
Next meeting
This week we will have an informal meeting at the New Zealand High Commissioner’s residence. Members have been sent the invitation last week.
Duty Roster
No duties are programmed for this week, but please look at the forward program for when you might next be performing a duty. Thank you.
25 May
1 June
8 June
15 June
Ross Brown
Ross Brown
Ross Brown
Ross Brown
Open meeting; introduce President; and Toast to Rotary
Bill Andrews
Keith Gray
Sally Goodspeed
Monica Garrett
Thank speaker and write up for Bulletin
Judy Raymond
Juris Jakovics
Astrida Upitis
John Little
If you are not able to perform your allocated duty, please arrange a replacement and advise Acting President Michael. Please advise Stephen of any planned absences to avoid being rostered on while away.
Pre-Geezers and Old Geezers 
An elderly physician, Doctor Geezer, became very bored in retirement and decided to re-open his medical clinic. 
He put a sign up outside that said: "Dr. Geezer's clinic. Get your treatment for $500 -- if not cured, get back $1,000." 
Doctor Young, who was positive that this old geezer didn't know beans about medicine, thought this would be a great opportunity to get $1000. So he went to Dr. Geezer's clinic. 
Dr. Young: "Dr. Geezer, I have lost all taste in my mouth. Can you please help me?" 
Dr. Geezer: "Nurse, please bring medicine from box #22 and put 3 drops in Dr.  Young's mouth." 
Dr. Young: "Aaagh! -- This is gasoline!" 
Dr. Geezer: "Congratulations! You've got your taste back. That will be $500.”
Dr. Young, very annoyed, goes back after a couple of days figuring to recover his money. 
Dr. Young: "I have lost my memory. I cannot remember anything."
Dr. Geezer: "Nurse, please bring medicine from box #22 and put 3 drops in the patient's mouth." 
Dr. Young: "Oh, no you don't -- that's gasoline!" 
Dr. Geezer: "Congratulations! You've got your memory back. That will be $500."
Dr. Young, having lost $1,000, leaves angrily and comes back after several more days. 
Dr. Young: "My eyesight has become weak --- I can hardly see anything!"
Dr. Geezer: "Well, I don't have any medicine for that, so here's your $1,000 back" (giving him a $10 bill). 
Dr. Young: "But this is only $10!" 
Dr. Geezer: "Congratulations! You got your vision back! That will be $500."   
Moral of story -- 
Just because you're "Young" doesn't mean that you can outsmart an old Geezer. Remember: Don't make old people mad. We don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to make us angry. 
Dedicated to the connoisseurs of puns…
How does an attorney sleep?
First he lies on one side, then he lies on the other side 
I have a few jokes about unemployed people, but none of them work,
How do you make holy water? You take some water & boil the hell out of it.
Will glass coffins be a success? Remains to be seen.
Two windmills are standing in a wind farm. One asks, “what’s your favourite kind of music?” The other says, “I’m a big metal fan”.
Heard about the new restaurant called Karma? There’s no menu, you get what you deserve.
 I went to buy some camouflage trousers yesterday, but couldn't find any.
What do you call a bee that can’t quite make up its mind? A maybe.
I tried to sue the airline for losing my luggage. I lost my case.
 If and when everything is coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.
She had a photographic memory, but never developed it.
Is it ignorance or apathy that's destroying the world today? I don't know and don't really care.
I wasn’t originally going to get a brain transplant, but then I changed my mind.
Which country’s capital has the fastest-growing population?
Ireland, of course. It’s *Dublin* every day.
My ex-wife still misses me, but her aim is starting to improve.
The guy who invented the door knocker got a *No-bell* prize.
 I saw an ad for burial plots, and I thought “that’s the last thing I need !”
Need an ark? I noah guy.
I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not so sure.
Sleeping comes so naturally to me that I can do it with my eyes closed.
What did the grape say when it got stepped on?
Nothing. But it let out a little whine.
What do you call a very articulate dinosaur with a good vocabulary? A Thesaurus, of course.
Eric Carmody
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