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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).
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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You are most welcome to attend one of our meetings (currently alternating between Zoom and face to face) to learn more about who we are and what we do in the community, both here and abroad. Just send us an email and one of our members will be in touch with you.
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We meet In Person & Online
Mondays at 12:30 PM
Commonwealth Club
25 Forster Crescent
Yarralumla, ACT 2600
We currently meet at the Commonwealth Club alternating with a Zoom meeting online because of COVID-19. Please note face to face meetings are currently not on Monday's. To join an online meeting contact us via Facebook post @RotaryClubOfCanberra.
J. C. Olson Trust Relief Charity
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’.
Meeting Responsibilities
Front Desk 27 October 2020
Front desk organizer
Russell-French PHF, OAM, Alison
Front desk assist
Dakin, Hugh
Raffle prize
Shaw, Christine
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Community Service
Club Service
International Service
Rotary Foundation
Public Image
New Generations
Membership Chair