Notes on the run
I hope everyone who was there got information that was useful at LJ Hooker last Thursday. Sorry I had to run off so quickly, but was double booked for the evening, otherwise I would have suggested retiring to a local Bar/Restaurant.
This week's speaker, David Wright, is from the NCA, talking about our namesake, Lake Burley Griffin and water quality. I do remember when I was regularly swimming and sailing in the lake, quite often the sailing led to swimming, accidentally.
We have the Rotary Aussie Peace Walk rapidly coming up towards the end of March. This is a great event and this year a lot of effort has been put into making it more accessible for local people. The marketing has been great with the Kombi van popping up all over the place, I met up with Chris and the crew at the Multicultural Festival a few weeks ago.
Have a great week and see you at the Commonwealth Club on Thursday.
Last week’s meeting
Last Thursday evening ten members and one spouse enjoyed an informative social meeting at LJ Hooker Dickson. Accompanying Lindsey Burne, one of the Dickson Franchise Owners, were Sarah Lound, head of the Property Management Division; Andrew Browne, Sales Representative; and Greg Lyons, a partner with Lindsey in the Commercial Division. All freely shared their knowledge of the Canberra property market. LJ Hooker also kindly catered for the event. Thanks to Michael for lining this up, and thanks to Lindsey and team for their generous hospitality.
Stephen McMillan
Next meeting
Our next Club meeting will be held on Thursday, 7 March 2024, at the Commonwealth Club. We’ll hear from David Wright, from the National Capital Authority, talking about Lake Burley Griffin and water quality. Please RSVP to Ross asap, if you haven’t already done so.
Duty Roster
7 March
14 March
21 March
28 March
Ross and Eric
Ross and Eric
Social Meeting
Open meeting; introduce President; and Toast to Rotary
Monica Garrett
Eric Carmody
Astrida Upitis
Social Meeting
Thank speaker and write up for Bulletin
John Little
Juris Jakovics
Liz Scrivener
Social Meeting
If you are not able to perform your allocated duty, please arrange a replacement and President Warrick. Please advise Stephen of any planned absences to avoid being rostered on while away.
Rotary Club of Canberra Sundowners Birthing Kit Packing
For the past five years, the Rotary Club of Canberra Sundowners has purchased supplies and packed birthing kits. A birthing kit is a simple and effective tool for basic infection prevention and first-line childbirth care. Each component has been selected to support the principles of cleanliness at birth for mothers, newborns, and birth attendants in high-risk and emergency settings. They are distributed to developing countries where childbirth often happens in unsterile environments.
In April 2023, the Club purchased and packed 2,000 kits ($10,000) and has set an ambitious target of raising $15,000 this year to purchase and pack 3,000 kits, with the packing day scheduled for Saturday, 4 May.
To raise funds, the Club will be holding a Trivia Night on Wednesday 13 March 2024 at the Hellenic Club in Woden. The evening will be emceed by former ACT Young Person of the Year and 2023 King’s Birthday honour awardee, Heidi Prowse OAM, and promises to be fun-filled while raising funds for Birthing Kits. 
How we can help:
There are several ways to help to make this activity a bigger success than ever:
  1. Come to the Trivia Night: put a table together and come along to the Trivia night on Wednesday 13 March 2024 – secure your spot now ($35 per person) through the Trybooking site:
  2. Make a donation: If you or your members are not able to make the trivia night but would like to make a donation, please contact us at and let us know. We would love to hear from you!
  3. Come to the packing day: Save the date for Saturday 4 May to come along to the birthing kit packing day. More information will be available soon.
For more information, contact Tara Pullen, President of the Rotary Club of Canberra Sundowners, on 0411 950 118.
Aussie Peace Walk: still time to register!
The Aussie Peace Walk will kick off on Friday 22 March, at 4:45 pm, with a Flag Ceremony walk from Albert Hall to the Peace Bell, followed by the Opening Ceremony. Saturday sees the 42km, 21km, 12km, and 7km walks and an Intercultural Family Picnic. The event concludes on Sunday, 24 March, with 24km, 12km, and 7km walks and the closing ceremony in Albert Hall at 3 pm. The full program is at:
If you enter the event by 10 March, you’ll receive a personal event passport with your name and event details printed on the front. If you enter after 10 March, you’ll still be able to walk but won't get a customised passport.
Nusa Tenggara Association (NTA) Fundraising Dinner, 13 April
Join the NTA community at the Southern Cross Club, Woden, on Saturday 13 April at 6:30 pm to enjoy a fabulous evening with great people, and fabulous Indonesian food and music. At the same time, you’ll help raise funds to tackle poverty and malnutrition in the poor farming communities of eastern Indonesia.
The guest presentation will be: Rising in the East? Meeting the challenges of gender equity and social justice in the face of climate changes and increasing resource exploitation in NTT. Emeritus Professor Kathryn Robinson will share her knowledge about gender relations, land use and economic anthropology in NTT. Kathryn is an anthropologist, academic researcher and development advocate (CAP-ANU) engaged with Indonesia since 1970
Tickets: $80 each, tables of 10 are very welcome! If you are unable to attend and would like to make a donation, please click on the booking link and then select Donation.
Rotary elsewhere
This sign greets motorists entering Narrandera from the south.
Stephen McMillan
The importance of editing
Illustration courtesy of Facebook
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