Rotary Club of Ginninderra

Ginninderra - Sparkling like the stars

Chartered 30 June, 1977


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Service Above Self

Tuesday evenings, 6:00 pm for 6:30 pm
Raiders Club West Belconnen
Hardwick Crescent
Holt, ACT  2615
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Rotary Club of Ginninderra
Next Meeting Tuesday 21 April 2015
Raiders Club West Belconnen – 6pm for 6.30
This Week's speaker Ian Foster re "Gallipoli"
Next Week's speaker Vic Mason from Mackay "How to load a coal-ship the easy way".
Last Week's speaker was David Shaw from the National Zoo and Aquarium
David coordinates guides at the National Zoo and Aquarium (the Zoo).  He gave a very interesting talk about the evolution of the Zoo from very precarious beginnings through various owners to its current status as a major tourist attraction.  He also noted that it is becoming an accommodation hub with various options.  One can even stay in one of a number of stylish apartments with a wild tiger, lion or bear almost, but not quite, in your lounge or bedroom.  An interesting experience. Bernie R's comment that he would "draw the lion" at having a lion peering into his bedroom got the prize for the lamest joke.  
Other matters
  • Vic Mason from Mackay has joined us for a few weeks.  He and his wife are in Canberra for a while to assist their daughter and son-in-law with the birth of their latest child/grandchild.  Congratulations to the happy grandparents.  As Malcolm Fraser once said "there is no such thing as a free lunch" (or even one that you pay for).  So Vic is to give a presentation next week 28 April about "How to load a coal-ship the easy way".
  • Steve F noted that:
    • RC of Gungahlin Sunrise is establishing an Interact Club at Harrison School. They have invited members of our club to attend the launch. Steve has details.
    • A Protection Officer is needed for the Club.  Margaret Maroney was elected unanimously.  Our thanks to Margaret for ?volunteering?
    • The Rotary Clock project is proceeding. The major issue now is to find a convenient date to unveil it.  Peter McA (ie the editor) is to assist in liaising with politicians.
  • Ken H asked Committee Chairs to email annual report information to him asap.  He noted that the Annual Report is a good marketing tool.
  • Barry Howe reported on:
    • The success of another Lunchtime Melodies in April.  He advised that the Lunchtime Melodies for 13 May will be a choir, band and dance ensemble from Saint Francis Xavier (SFX) College.
    • Bunnings' BBQ on 10 April was very successful with a satisfying profit. Barry has even more admiration for the work that John usually does organising those BBQs
    • The Youth Conference at Parliament House is on 9-16 May.  Our Club has 3 nominees, quite an achievement.  Organisers are seeking assistance with hosting interstate attendees. Steve and  Barry have details.

District Training Assembly 2015-2016 Tumut 18-19 April
4 members of RC of Ginninderra attended the training assembly.  Monica (wearing the mantle of incoming District Governor), Steve (wearing the mantle of incoming District Secretary), Margaret M and Peter McA (2 mere mortals aka "worker bees") attended.  It was a very pleasant event. In an earlier life, your humble editor used to joke that the most important events at a conference are the morning and afternoon teas and the dinners, because that is where you often meet like minded folks doing some really interesting things. This conference was no exceptions.  The presentations were also quite good.  
Going to Tumut in the Snowy Mountains at this time of the year, one goes prepared. It was cold and the rain did not help.  But Canberra on both Saturday and Sunday was colder and wetter than Tumut. So one could perhaps claim to have been to balmy Tumut. 
As they say in the classics "a good time was had by all". 

The 4 Way Test - Rotary's Core Principle

The 4 Way Test

Of the things we think, say or do:

1. Is it the TRUTH?

2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?


4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?


 Editor’s Note

As noted in a recent email, I shall be OS for a while from this week.  An interim editor is sought for a few weeks, At least until Pauline returns from her OS trips.  If you can help, please contact me.

Editor:Peter McArdle 0409929695







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