Notes on the run
When Michael and I started setting up yesterday the we had a lovely warm day. By the end of the Community award ceremony it was windy and the people who were there deserved an award for staying and trying to keep warm
It was a lovely ceremony and great to hear the different stories about what people in our society are an achieving, from active dance classes to  local new papers we had it all.  Great people and it was sunny,  if not a little breezy. Thank to everyone who came out and congratulations to Olek, who was presented with an award from the Canberra Multicultural Society for his work in the Polish community 
We are at Lids4Kids this Thursday at 5:30 should be a great insight into the program they told us about online a few month ago.
Have a Great Week
President Warrick.
Last week's meeting
Our guest speaker at this well attended meeting was Professor Mazim Qumsiyeh. Professor Qumsiyeh is the current President of the Rotary Club of Bethlehem and completed today a 20 plus tour of Australia. Chartered in 2014 the Bethlehem Rotary Club has completed several Global Grants teaming up with Japanese Clubs to help 4500 Children and 1600 Women in the Gaza Strip back in 2014. During COVID they turned their attention to the immediate needs in Bethlehem assisting with food packages for local people and helping 70 Orphans transferred from Gaza. The Rotary Club also promoted the development of a community garden to help supply food for those in need.
October 7 2024 changed everything, especially in Bethlehem, which has relied so much on Tourism. The economy has been devastated so now the club is again helping with food packages, helping with jobs, and trying to follow the goals of Rotary International.
Through the Bethlehem Rotary Club and the Palestine Museum of Natural History the Professor is trying to create an OASIS for people and wildlife in a place of conflict and rapid transformation. 
An idea was promoted by the Professor, looking at the possibility of creating a Community Garden and Peace Park within the grounds of the University of Bethlehem. This has the potential to be funded through a network of interested Rotary Clubs and a Global Grant. This may be something that the clubs in our district including Canberra Burley Griffin may wish to consider for the future.
Those attending were left pondering just what the people in Bethlehem and the Gaza strip are experiencing during this ongoing conflict. This supported our ongoing hope that Peace May Prevail on Earth.
Michael Rabey
Next meeting
Our next Club meeting is a social meeting, at the Lids4Kids facility, 141 Canberra Ave, Fyshwick, starting at 5:30 pm. There is no meeting at the Commonwealth Club.  Lids4Kids in situated in the buildings on the LHS of Canberra Avenue going towards Queanbeyan about 1/2 km from the old Dairy Farmers factory. The main highway is Wentworth Avenue and Canberra Avenue is the road to the LHS which runs parallel to Wentworth Avenue. You will see a sandwich board sign next to the road pointing you in the correct direction.
To see the program of future meetings, visit: Rotary activities Spreadsheet
Meeting invitations
Ross will be away on holidays until the end of May 2024. While he is away Eric Carmody will be sending out the meeting invitations. 
Please respond promptly to Eric's invitations, to make his job a little easier, however if you do need to contact him his email is:   and his mobile number is 0407 221 145.
While Ross is away, he will be travelling in remote areas of WA and will not always have phone access, so be warned if you contact Ross, your request WILL NOT be passed on to Eric.
Duty Roster
23 May
30 May
6 June
13 June
Social meeting
Ross and Eric
Open meeting; introduce President; and Toast to Rotary
Social meeting
John Little
Russell Dew
Faye Powell
Thank speaker and write up for Bulletin
Social meeting
Stephen McMillan
Astrida Upitis
Liz Scrivener
If you are not able to perform your allocated duty, please arrange a replacement and advise President Warrick. Please advise Stephen of any planned absences to avoid being rostered on while away.
Wollundry Rotary Club Photograph Competition and Exhibition
Entries are now open and close on June 3rd, so get your entries in soon!
Entries can be made on any camera type, phone or traditional, and need only be 8"x12" in size.
Since digital photography has become popular, there are thousands of images made each day, many never seeing the light of day. And that's a real shame as there are some excellent shots just waiting to shine out.
Here is the link with full details:
John Egan, Wollundry Rotary Club
Rotary elsewhere
I highly recommend a visit to the Orange Farmers Market on the 2nd Saturday of each month. Hosted by Orange Rotary Daybreak, the market sells lots of local produce and ‘goodies’ (wines, jams, olive oils and vinegars etc).
Astrida Upitis
Here is our Gallery of last week's Rotary activities:
Professor Mazim Qumsiyeh and District Governor Andrea  at last week's meeting
Michael presenting Prof. Maxim with a gift following his presentation to the Club.
Community Service Awards at Canberra Rotary Peace Bell on Sunday - about 50 hearty guests in chilly weather thanked the Wardees for their community work.
DG Andrea Grosvenor and Area Governor Gary Davis  talking at the Awards ceremony.
P Warrick and Farther Michael striking the Bell.
Olek Gancarz receiving his Award
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P Warrick and Michael relaxing after the ceremony - well done all!!
Last week we hosted children from the Geelong Lutheran College who enjoyed a tour of the Nara Peace Park, Beijing Gardens and rang the Canberra Rotary Peace Bell
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