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On 2nd June 2022, in capital cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth, countries celebrated Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee by lighting Beacons at 9pm. Here in Canberra, District 9705 DG Leo Farrelly and President of the Rotary Club of Canberra were invited to be involved with this significant event on behalf of all Australian Rotary Clubs.
The Australian event was organised by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and was an invitation-only event at the Marion, on the shore of Lake Burley Griffin.
President Sandra was invited to pass the lit torch to the newly elected Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon Anthony Albanese. It was a small but significant event and was reflected many times in different ways, throughout Commonwealth countries.
It was an honour for Rotary to be involved on behalf of Rotarians everywhere across Australia.
Prime Minister Albanese and President Sandra
It's members of our community that work tirelessly in a number of ways that help us to do what we do - as well as the other way around! On the 9th May, it was President Sandra's honour to bestow both Amanda Paroz and Lara Ghaly, both from the Parliamentary Education Office, with Paul Harris Fellow recognition for all the work they have done tirelessly over a number of years (including pre-Covid-19) to ensure a successful RAIC (Rotary Adventures in Citizenship) program.
Amanda, President Sandra, Lara and RAIC coordinator, Natalie
About 15 RCC members enjoyed a delightful garden ramble through the English Garden in Weston Park on Sunday 31 October, taking advantage of our beautiful spring weather. Our group was privileged to have nona-generian Rotarian John Gray (from the Rotary Club of Woden), a retired heritage landscape consultant, provide us with an opening address as to the immense heritage significance of this site.
Rotarian John Gray recites the history of the beginnings of the Garden.
The Assisi Centre for Social Justice and Peace in Uganda has a very strong focus on increasing access to quality education in some of the poorest and most marginalised communities in Uganda. The Centre acts in a rights-based approach therefore, to help disadvantaged children to overcome barriers to education by eliminating the obstacles they face. To this end, the Centre works in more than 50 communities of Greater Masaka Region - in South Central Uganda, to;- improve learning infrastructures, provide free meals to pupils, and to strengthen Hygiene, Water and Sanitation facilities in schools.
Between 12th July – 10th September 2021, Assisi centre for Social Justice and Peace successfully implemented two project activities; the renovation of two classroom blocks and construction of five pit latrine stances at Bukulula Mixed Primary School in Kalungu district, Uganda. These projects were financed by contributions from our Club as well as the generosity of individual Club members and also from a District 9705 Grant.
At least one other Australian Club has offered future support and Rotary Peace Fellow Emily Nabakooza has a number of projects well worthy of recognition.
We are pleased to report that the Centre is now part of a Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) project and as such tax deductible donations can easily be made by other clubs or individuals towards assisting the Centre.
As you may know, Rotary Foundation Australia (RFA) is one of The Rotary Foundation’s eight Associate Foundations around the world. RFA enables Australians – both individuals and organisations – to make tax deductible gifts to the Foundation.
Friday night 2nd July was our Club’s Changeover Dinner, where President Desmond Woods handed over the (heavy) Chain of Office to incoming President Sandra Turner. It was a night of officialdom and fun as the proceedings of the evening were interspersed with a quiz, expertly run by MC and quizmaster, Natalie Vandepeer-Bradley.
Guests included District 9705 DG Leo Farrelly, DG Nominee Andrea Grosvenor and Area Governor Georgie Le Couteur.
In exchange for today's usual lunch meeting, a number of members and several visitors attended a very interesting and informative presentation and tour at ADFA (Australian Defence Force Academy).
The lunch meeting on Monday 7th June at the Commonwealth Club was a special event, with Guest Speakers, Their Excellencies General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia and Mrs Hurley, both Honorary Members of our Club.
Visitors included members and officials from other Rotary Clubs as well as from the Commonwealth Club. A number of previous District Governors attended, as did our current District 9705 DG, Michael Moore, DG Elect, Leo Farrelly and DG Nominee, Andrea Grosvenor. 
Last Monday saw Club members have a vocational visit to St Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Forrest, courtesy of Club member and Church Minister, Rev David Campbell.
Rotarians Natalie and Barbara enjoyed the visit.
Ready for the next sermon?
Members of our Club helped RC Belconnen celebrate their 50th Birthday on Saturday 17th April at Thoroughbred Park. What significant achievements both locally and globally in that time! Congratulations to all Club Members. It was very special to also have the original Charter President, Brian Daniell, attend the dinner. 
International Director, Tiru, has recently received the following email from Joyce Mlacky form the Sponsor Relations Team at the School of St Jude, Tanzania.
Recently, we were pleased to hear from students Caitlin and Holly from Bergmann Anglican School and their experience with the National Youth Science Forum held in January this year.
On 15 February 2021, members of the Rotary Club of Canberra visited the Early Morning Centre in Civic, to hear about how the Centre supports vulnerable people in the community, especially homeless people. Through his work with homeless men, Richard Griffiths provided the opportunity for the Club to visit the Centre and hear from Nicole Wiggins, Director UnitingCare Canberra City, (Early Morning Centre) about the services that the Centre provides to those in need. 
Thanks to all members and guests who attended our recent meeting with Guest Speaker, Rotary Peace Fellow, Elly Torres.
Elly spoke of her home country Honduras and her collective efforts to work towards an improved social justice system. It doesn't just happen, it needs the commitment of all and won't change without persistence and the desire for better outcomes. Thank you Elly, for such an insightful presentation - and the interesting facts about the tourist side of Honduras, as well.
Elly is currently the house guest of President Desmond and Elizabeth Woods, who have been showing Elly the sights of the region in recent weeks. Elly is pictured here with President Desmond and our newest Club member, Jerry Nockles.
A number of Club members were available to visit the Romanian Embassy on Monday 2nd November, thanks to the generosity of Romanian Ambassador in Oceania and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps in Canberra, Nineta Barbelescu and husband (and RCC Member) Dan. We thank you both for an exceptional tour of your wonderful collection of Oceania artefacts for some of our Club members today. We all wish you well for your next posting in Malaysia and we are sure Canberra will miss you!
Her Excellency Ms Inês Maria De Almeida, Ambassador for Timor-Leste, addressed our Club on Tuesday 13th October 2020. Ambassador Almeida's presentation follows.
Timor-Leste Ambassador Her Excellency Ines Almeida, with First Secretary to Her Excellency, Sam Soares (L) and President Desmond Woods (R).
Diane Kargas Bray AM, spoke to the Club on Tuesday 29th September about the work of Hands Across Canberra, the Chief Ministers Charitable Fund and future partnerships or opportunities. Ms Bray has agreed to share her presentation, as below.
Thank you for the generous introduction.
Can I start by acknowledging the tradition custodians of the land on which we meet the Ngunnawal people and pay my respects to their elders, past present and emerging and welcome any aboriginal and Torres strait islander guests here today.
Thank you for inviting me here again today to speak to you about the work of Hands Across Canberra, the Chief Ministers Charitable Fund and future partnerships or opportunities.
District 9705 Grant: Assisi Centre for Justice and Peace - Uganda
During the reporting period, a total of $A10,100 was sent to former Rotary Peace Fellow Emily Nabakooza in Uganda for the Assisi Centre for Justice. This consisted of $5,000 from a successful District Grant Application, $500 from the Rotary Club of Canberra East, $500 from Rotary Club of Paddington (Brisbane) $1500 from club members and the remaining $2600 from the Club’s International Service Budget.
The purpose of the $5,000 District Grant is to assist women food stall holders to re start their small businesses closed by COVID-19 lockdown.  
Further to a recent Rotary Club of Canberra presentation by Member, Dr Rim el Kadi, on the horrific outcome of the Beirut Port explosion on the 4th August, Rotary Clubs across the ACT and southern NSW (in Rotary District 9705), have joined together to support Rotary Club of Beyrouth (Lebanon). 
COVID-19 has continued to interrupt some Club activities planned for the latter part of this year. 
The Club has made the difficult decision to postpone our very popular BuyCycle event in Kingston this year as it is not possible to ensure adequate social distancing at the event. We hope to reschedule the event in 2021.
2020 Rotary Seniors' Concert
With great sadness, the Rotary Club of Canberra has decided that it must cancel the 2020 Rotary Seniors Concert. With the support of COTA, Sing Australia, local musicians and many local aged care facilities, the Seniors' Concert has been an annual feature of the Rotary Club of Canberra's support of the local community since 1985. The concert has always been held in the Albert Hall, most recently on Sunday afternoons in late November. The audience of about 300 - 350 seniors has been entertained by up to 100 choristers from Sing Australia, accompanied by a variety of local musicians and soloists.
Given COVID-19 risks, including the age and health of the audience, the large number of participants (including the large choir), and the requirement for appropriate social distancing, it is not possible to hold the event this year. We will review the situation regularly and hope to hold the Seniors Concert again in 2021.
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Her Excellency Ms Inês Maria De Almeida, Ambassador for Timor-Leste, addressed our Club on Tuesday 13th October 2020. Ambassador Almeida's presentation follows.
Timor-Leste Ambassador Her Excellency Ines Almeida, with First Secretary to Her Excellency, Sam Soares (L) and President Desmond Woods (R).
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The JCOT is a Public Fund ‘for the relief of persons in the Commonwealth of Australia, who are in necessitous and deserving circumstances’.
The J.C. Olsson Relief Trust Fund (JCOT) was named in recognition of the outstanding contribution made over many years by Rotarian Jack Colvin Olsson OAM PDG PP PHF, both nationally and internationally to the work of Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, be remembered in perpetuity.
The JCOT qualifies under the provisions of section 78(4) of the Australian Income Tax Assessment Act with endorsements both as an ‘income tax exempt charity’ and as a ‘deductible gift recipient’.
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