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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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Keen on making a contribution to your local community and perhaps even assisting those in need overseas? Would you also like to have some fun along the way with like-minded people? Why not join us?
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.
In the meantime, why not scroll through our News and see what we get up to.

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Mondays at 12:30 PM
Commonwealth Club
25 Forster Crescent
Yarralumla, ACT 2600
We currently meet at the Commonwealth Club on most Monday lunchtimes - with the occasional Zoom meeting or site visit planned instead. Please check the Events section and our Facebook page for details of upcoming meetings and events.
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 17 May 2021
Front Desk
Dakin, Hugh
El Kadi PHF, Rim
Raffle Prize
Ganly PP PHF, Rosemary
24 May 2021
Vocational visit - St Andrew's
Front Desk 31 May 2021
Front Desk
Dakin, Hugh
Griffin, Ben
Raffle Prize
Griffiths OAM PP PHF, Richard
Front Desk 07 June 2021
Front Desk
Dakin, Hugh
Griffiths PP PHF, Barbara
Raffle Prize
Hawley, PHF, John
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Community Service
Club Service
International Service
Rotary Foundation
Public Image
New Generations
Protection Officer