Googong Fitness Trail becomes a Reality Canberra Weekly 2022-08-06 14:00:00Z 0 #JerraRotary,Fitness,Googong
Jerra Rotary Helps With Flood Appeal 2022-05-04 14:00:00Z 0 Flood appeal
QPRC Thanks Jerra Rotary 2021-05-25 14:00:00Z 0
Karabar Housing Backyard Blitz 2021-04-07 14:00:00Z 0 Karabar Housing Co-operative

Community working together!


Community working together!

On Saturday 21 Nov 2020, Rotary Clubs of Jerrabomberra & Queanbeyan, to carry out a joint back yard blitz, on Karabar’s property in Collett St Queanbeyan. Many hands made great work at getting in and removing a few years of vegetation. Over the next few weeks, we will n West, joined forces with Karabar Housing Coopfinish off cleaning up, planting and mulching planter beds for the residence. 
Community working together! 2020-11-24 13:00:00Z 0

Life-changing gift for Powerchair football team

Life-changing gift for Powerchair football team
What happens when, a group of Rotary Clubs led by the Rotary Club of Aurora Gungahlin (RCAG) Canberra, get together?
A Canberra based Powerchair football team can be formed!
A group of great kids now have the hardware to compete in interstate Powerchair Football competitions and hopefully one day the Australian POWEROOS.
Life-changing gift for Powerchair football team 2020-11-18 13:00:00Z 0 Powerchair football,soccer,wheel chair
Making Life a Little Easier Chilly Chilman 2020-10-24 13:00:00Z 0 JerraRotary,Rett Syndrome,TADACT
What does the Rotary Club of Jerrabomberra actually do? 2020-10-02 14:00:00Z 0 JerraRotary
Jerra Rotary Year Thus Far         2020-09-17 14:00:00Z 0 JerraRotary

Rotary Foundation Month

Posted on Nov 01, 2019

"The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world."

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World polio Day


World Polio Day

Oct 24 is World Polio Day
Some people may think that polio has been eradicated. It has not. We are very close but we cannot afford to be complacent.
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Karabar Housing Cooperative Bathroom Reno 2019-10-13 13:00:00Z 0

Googong Vision

Posted by Eleanor Oyston on Aug 23, 2019
Googong Vision. 14 August 2019 by Eleanor Oyston
Hi Everyone,
As you know Rosemary Flanagan and I joined Jerra Rotary with the view to understanding how Rotary worked! We found a buzzing group of like-minded folk contributing to many aspects of life in their local community and internationally - just what we hope is possible in our new and fast growing township of Googong.
Googong Vision Eleanor Oyston 2019-08-22 14:00:00Z 0 Googong
Googong Vision Eleanor Oyston 2019-08-21 14:00:00Z 0 Googong

Reo Arrives in Oz

Posted on Aug 11, 2019
On July 27, 2019, Jerra Rotary welcomed Reo to Australia to begin his year of adventure as a Rotary Youth Exchange student. He is from District 2630 in Japan. We will hear alot more about him as the year progresses.
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Rotary Theme 2019-20

Rotary Connects the World
RI President Mark Daniel Maloney’s theme for 2019-20, Rotary Connects the World, asks Rotarians to strengthen the many ways that Rotary Connects the World, building the connections that allow talented, thoughtful, and generous people to unite and take meaningful action through Rotary service.
Rotary Theme 2019-20 2019-07-24 14:00:00Z 0

Kerryn & Robert's Outback Adventure short

Posted by Kerryn Dunlop on Jul 25, 2019
Our Outback Adventure
by Kerryn Dunlop
Last month my husband Robert and I went on an outback adventure with my mother Corinne who is the Co-Ordinator of the Merimbula Uniting Church Op Shop at Tura Beach.
Our mission was to get much needed supplies to our poorest Aboriginal communities.
Brian and Ann Lamont who live just out of Bungendore make four trips a year to the outback. We decided to take a load out to Alice Springs with my 80 year old mother so she can see where her op-shop donations go and more importantly get an idea of how we can better help the cause and what items may be needed.
Lamont’s packed our trailer for us. A little over 650 kilos. We went to Alice Springs, but instead of coming back the same way, we did a loop up through Mount Isa and down through Cobar to home.
6,500 klm over our 16.5 days.
Mums’ job on our travels was to keep a running journal for our own records but also for future travellers who might like to take a load to the outback.
We stayed in Alice 3 nights. Our first night we went to the house of Bryan McKain, Adviser in the Central Australian Region for the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. One third of the trailer was left for him to get to parts of the Fink River Mission, a section run by a new couple down south of town. One 25kg box was going to a Gym Trainer – exercise clothing for women.
Next morning, we went to the Yipirinya High School and met with Principal Chris Harvey and Sue the Liaison Officer. They got one third of the trailer which was children’s clothing plus 200 tennis balls. From there we headed out to Ntaria and the Fink River Mission of Hermannsburg and one third of the trailer went to the Ntaria Op-shop run by Marion Swift. They’ve been light on staff due to the Hermannsburg Choir travelling overseas.
If you are interested in seeing more on our Outback Adventure and notes from mum’s travel journal you are more than welcome to like the Facebook Page “Outback Adventure with Corinne Nicolson of Church Op Shop”.
Kerryn & Robert's Outback Adventure short Kerryn Dunlop 2019-07-24 14:00:00Z 0

Kerryn & Robert's Outback Adventure

Posted by Kerryn Dunlop on Jul 24, 2019
Our Outback Adventure                                                                                                  JULY 2019 
By Kerryn & Robert Dunlop
Last month my husband Robert and I went on an outback adventure with my mother Corinne.
The mission: to get much needed supplies to our poorest Aboriginal communities.
Kerryn & Robert's Outback Adventure Kerryn Dunlop 2019-07-23 14:00:00Z 0

2019 City2Surf

Posted by Bruce Miller on Jun 10, 2019
City2Surf done & dusted for another year. Join us next year for the 50th year.
2019 City2Surf Bruce Miller 2019-06-09 14:00:00Z 0


Join us  Thursday's
Jerrabomberra Public School
630 - 730 pm
Meetings Bruce Miller 2019-06-09 14:00:00Z 0

2019 NYSF

Posted by Bruce Miller on Jun 10, 2019
2020 NYSF applications are now closed. The selection process will take place at Jerrabomberra Public School
on June 22nd and 23rd. If you are an NYSF candidate and would like coaching on the selection process please contact us
If you would like to know about NYSF please see the website via this link.
2019 NYSF Bruce Miller 2019-06-09 14:00:00Z 0

PHF Presentation

Posted by Bruce Miller on Apr 13, 2019

Recognising the efforts of local businesses

Congratulations to Mick Bulcher from Bakers Delight Jerrabomberra who received a Paul Harris fellowship during the Australia Day breakfast BBQ. He received this honour for his generous contributions to the community and to Jerra Rotary.

PHF Presentation Bruce Miller 2019-04-12 14:00:00Z 0

Jerra Primary School Monster Fete

Posted by Chilly Chilman on Oct 29, 2018
It was all happening yesterday at the Jerra Primary School Monster Fete!
Jerra Rotary didn’t so much as have our ducks all in a row, but all over the pond……... (Slight exaggeration, more like kids wading pool) refer the photos of the day P1 to P5.
It all started on the 17th Oct at the Monthly Board meeting.
We had been displaced from the common room to a smaller meeting room, due to the school fete committee.
Mr Pemmer had one of his brain fart ideas (that he is known for 😊), WE SHOULD take 50 of our 1000 little ducks out for their first outing, being the Jerra Fete!
Chris went straight around and asked the committee to find us a spot.  I volunteered to help him, and all was set for us to create Jerra Rotaries First Pluck a Duck Raffle.
It was a sensational day for the fete, and we were placed in a great spot that gave us excellent walk past traffic.
For those of you that love stats, beside the fact after costs we made $489, ref below:
  • 8 hours labour
  • Total sales $860.
  • Prize Cost $371.
  • Net $489.
  • Pool Purchase $29.
  • Prize Roll Over $144.50
  • 19 Raffle Draws
  • Average Draw Time 16 minutes
  • Average Tickets Sold 27 per draw.
I think it wasn’t a bad effort at $2 a ticket or 3 for $5.
Thank you Anton for pulling this together so quickly, and I apologies that we didn’t have time to get others involved, it just happened.
That said, it’s a fun way to raise funds and interact with the crowd, especially when you’re accompanied by reclusive & shy Mr Pemmer, it can only be but an enjoyable day (the little kids loved playing with the ducks, which brought the parents over).
had one of his brain fart ideas (that he is known for 😊), WE SHOULD take 50 of our 1000 little ducks out for their first outing, being the Jerra Fete!
Jerra Primary School Monster Fete Chilly Chilman 2018-10-28 13:00:00Z 0
Jerra Rotary goes to new heights !.   Paul Roger 2018-04-15 14:00:00Z 0 Paul Roger ShelterBox Nepal Trek

2017 Full Moon Walk

Posted by Bruce Miller on Apr 29, 2017

Full Moon Walk



On Feb 11th members of the Rotary Club of Jerra and friends

enjoyed an athletic social outing. Eleven outdoor loving friends met at the base of

Mt. Jerrabomberra to walk the 2.5km to the lookout at the summit.


In the middle is Liz Miller wearing her Australian Rotary Health workout shirt to help build awareness for physical and mental health. Help promote health by becoming an ARHsport champion at


At the top we treated ourselves with cheese, biscuits, fresh fruit, and a toast

to good friends and good times as we enjoyed the full moon rising.

2017 Full Moon Walk Bruce Miller 2017-04-28 14:00:00Z 0


Posted by Bruce Miller on Dec 09, 2016

How can you say no to this face?



Chilly is an active member of Jerra Rotary who is passionate about International and Men's health issues.

Chilly is looking good with his Movember facial hair.

Movember Bruce Miller 2016-12-08 13:00:00Z 0


Posted by Bruce Miller on Oct 24, 2016

In September of 2015 the International Director for Jerra Rotary, Robert Chilman (aka Chilly), was advised of Noa and his condition. From that day Chilly promised to do all he could to get Noa approved by ROMAC for surgery. Upon his return from Tonga after the successful completion of Lapaha Primary School Refurbishment Chilly then set off to Fiji to begin the application process. In February of 2016 Noa’s surgery was approved and scheduled to take place in Canberra.


Believe it or not, that was the easy part. Noa and family live in a small village on the island of Levuka off the eastern coast of Fiji and approximately 80 km from Suva, Fiji’s capital. Needless to say, it was a major task getting all the necessary paperwork done for Noa and his mother Emeli, to travel to Australia. After many months of being persistent on everyone’s part, all the paperwork was ready. Happy days ROMAC can now kick into high gear, and wow are these guys & gals good. But wait, we still have to deal with Fiji airline, one minute they are flying out of Nadi, no Suva, no Nadi, no Suva. And there’s more, on the morning they are due to fly to Australia some low ranking official at Fiji Air told them they could not board the plane without a return ticket. Chilly sprung into action and called the right people at ROMAC, and they sorted things out, thanks, Kelsey and Barry. Noa and family are now Australia-bound. The trip began at 1:30 am when they flew from Levuka to Nadi to Sydney.

That is where Chilly picked them up from the airport then they had a three-hour drive back to Canberra. Everyone is now safely back at Chilly’s place where they will live for the next couple of months while Noa has his operation and recovery time. Special thanks to Chilly, Jerra Rotary, and all the beautiful people at ROMAC.



Noa Bruce Miller 2016-10-23 13:00:00Z 0

Beginning of the Fitness Trail Refurbishment

Posted by Bruce Miller on Oct 24, 2016

Community Service Update



On Sunday October 9th a Jolly band of Jerra Rotarians gave a face lift to station one of the Communities beloved fitness trail around Lake Jerra.



Special Thanks to Tim and Nichole Overall for their support and to

Peter Bray for his guidance throughout the planning phase.

I would also like to thank the Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council.












Jerra Fitness Trail Project home page


Beginning of the Fitness Trail Refurbishment Bruce Miller 2016-10-23 13:00:00Z 0
Cleaning out our lake Bruce Miller 2016-08-20 14:00:00Z 0

Australian Rotary Health

Posted by Bruce Miller on Aug 12, 2016
On the left is District 9710 Australian Rotary Health Director Graeme Kinraid on the right is Australian Rotary Health Ambassador Chris Edwards.
The official launch of Australian Rotary Health sport in Jerra. The Rotary Club of Jerrabomberra supports healthy lifestyles through daily exercise and community engagement. Please click here for more information.
Australian Rotary Health Bruce Miller 2016-08-11 14:00:00Z 0

National Tree Day Walk

Posted by Bruce Miller on Aug 03, 2016
Jerrabomberra Bush Walk
On Sunday, July 31st 25 members of the community met to celebrate national tree day with a walk through the bush around Jerrabomberra.
Queanbeyan Landcare, Molonglo Catchment Group, Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council (QPRC) and local landowners organised the walk as part of the Stringybark to Environ Revegetation project funded by the NSW Environment Trust. The walk took in recent native plantings on the ridges and explored the local vegetarian. National Tree day is an opportunity for all of us to give back to the environment.
National Tree Day Walk Bruce Miller 2016-08-02 14:00:00Z 0

2016 Change over dinner

Posted by Bruce Miller on Jul 24, 2016
Rotary Club of Jerrabomberra
Change over dinner
25 June 2016

Meet the new board of directors


Left front Beverley McKay Community Services, Left rear Bruce Miller International, Liz Mulvaney President, Mary-Rose Mulvaney Secretary, Cathy Hobbs Youth, Terry Spencer Treasurer, and Anton Pemmer Club service.

2016 Change over dinner Bruce Miller 2016-07-23 14:00:00Z 0
Hey Tosser Bruce Miller 2016-07-20 14:00:00Z 0

Close the gap

Posted by Bruce Miller on Apr 25, 2016
Demand equal rights and health equality
Close the gap Bruce Miller 2016-04-24 14:00:00Z 0
Platypus Sightings Bruce Miller 2016-04-24 14:00:00Z 0

Clean Up Australia Day

Posted by Bruce Miller on Mar 16, 2016
Clean up Australia Day
On the morning of March 6 members of the community met on the shores of beautiful Lake Jerrabomberra. The goal was to collect as much trash from in and around the lake. During our clean up Australia day campaign we removed enough trash to fill 7 large trash bags. What a great way to spend a Sunday morning. Hanging out with friends, enjoying the nice weather and making our community beautiful for the enjoyment of all.
Clean Up Australia Day Bruce Miller 2016-03-15 13:00:00Z 0

Keeping in Touch

Posted by Bruce Miller on Feb 23, 2016

Keeping in touch

Elizabeth Perez graduation from Uni  

Elizabeth Perez was our clubs second international exchange student arriving in January 2007. She came from Mazatlan, Mexico.

Elly attended Karabar High during her time with us and made many friends at school as well as other exchange students in district 9710. 

We have kept in touch with Elly via Facebook and it was was with great pleasure to see her graduate from University. 

Elly moved from her home town to Playa del Carmen in 2013, which is located along the Caribbean Sea in the state of Quintana Roo in Mexico, to complete her degree. This is a popular tourist area in eastern Mexico and very appropriate as her degree is in Administration and Tourism so she is living in the best city in Mexico to use her qualifications. 

Hosting exchange students is one of the most rewarding experiences Rotary has to offer. The exchange student becomes part of the family and when they succeed in life the host parents are proud.

Keeping in Touch Bruce Miller 2016-02-22 13:00:00Z 0

Australia Day BBQ 2016

Posted by Bruce Miller on Feb 12, 2016

Thank you Jerra



Another successful Australia Day. Jerra Rotary would like to thank the members of the community for starting their day with us


Australia Day BBQ 2016 Bruce Miller 2016-02-11 13:00:00Z 0

Jerra Wetlands Breakfast Walk

Posted by Bruce Miller on Feb 12, 2016

Jerra Wetlands Breakfast Walk 




​ On 7 Feb 2016 a group of friends met at

Jerrabomberra wetlands and embarked on a magical adventure


Jerra Wetlands Breakfast Walk Bruce Miller 2016-02-11 13:00:00Z 0

BBQ Meeting

Posted by Bruce Miller on Feb 01, 2016
BBQ Meeting
You never know what to expect at Jerra Rotary meetings. Our meeting on 21 Jan was held next to the Community centre at the Rotary pavilion. This was an informal meeting filled with fun and laughter and a bit of rain. I think we need to come up with a new song "Cooking in the Rain". Everyone present had a great time.
BBQ Meeting Bruce Miller 2016-01-31 13:00:00Z 0

Haunted Pententiary

Posted by Bruce Miller
A Night @ the Haunted Penitentiary
A fund raising event for the
Treehouse - Queanbeyan Special Needs Group Inc
30 December 2015
​Sponsored by Mysterious Queanbeyan by Moonlight Tours,
​the Rotary Club of Jerrabomberra​
1st ​Record, Stage & Lighting Specialist
Over the course of its long and colourful past, Queanbeyan's had it's share of convicts, bushrangers, prison escapees – and many a reputedly haunted location linked to crime and mayhem.
In a unique regional event, the public will have the chance to explore this mysterious and darker side when they enter the 'Twilight Zone' to spend a Night @ the Haunted Penitentiary.
The evening will be hosted by Queanbeyan's Mistress of Mystery, Nichole Overall, creator of the popular Mysterious Queanbeyan by Moonlight Tours and the successful Ghost Train of the Limestone Plains, who says the night will be the creepiest of experiences.
'Participants will be able to walk through 330m2 of deserted corridors, silent rooms, restricted areas and empty cells – although, perhaps not so empty. It's a place where your worst nightmares come together behind the barred windows.'
The historic record also notes that many a factual misfortune has occurred in the area.
'The now abandoned building at the heart of this stands on ground which has witnessed much. If a pre-requisite of a haunting is a particularly intense tragedy or emotion, there's been no shortage of them here,' comments Nichole, who's spent almost a decade unearthing Queanbeyan's secrets.
So, does Judge Callan, killed when a horse he'd just purchased pinned him against a fence, continue to hold court over the area? Is there a Sister from the nearby Convent still keeping watch on her charges? And what of all those who tragically met their end in the watery depths of the nearby Queanbeyan River – do any remain behind?'
Nichole says that people will need to come along and decide for themselves during this one-night only event where the darkest and most terrifying elements of the city's history and mystery intertwine.
'This will be the only chance to explore what lies within as we also raise much-needed funds for another local entity, the Queanbeyan Children's Special Needs Group.'
'To paraphrase the most famous of those to walk amongst the shadows, Dracula, we welcome you to our dominion, but we make no promises - you can go in, but will you come out?'
This is a one-night only event not to be missed! The evening includes a terrifying journey inside an abandoned building transformed for the occasion, music and a BBQ when all the screaming is done.
Saturday, December 30th
0413 671 123
Haunted Pententiary Bruce Miller 2015-12-23 13:00:00Z 0

School Renovation, Lapaha Tonga

Posted by Bruce Miller on Dec 08, 2015


With the return of our 15 volunteers on the 7 October from another successful trip to Tonga carrying out refurbish and renovation works on the school buildings and ablutions blocks at a local primary school in the village of Lapaha which is a 40 minutes drive from the Capital Nuku'alofa, singled the end of a 5 year association and the end of the 3 staged Rotary International Matching Grant and RAWCS project. 2010 - First trip and lodgment of a matching Grant with Rotary International. 2013 - Stage 1 local contractors carried out the works associated with the matching grant reinstating fresh water to the school and refurbish the boys toilet block2014 & 2015 - Stage 2 & 3 were RAWCS Projects both with 15 Volunteers who carried out extensive refurbishment to the original school building and security & pest control meshing to the main building and the other buildings. International Director Robert Chilman

School Renovation, Lapaha Tonga Bruce Miller 2015-12-07 13:00:00Z 0


Posted on Dec 08, 2015

Happy and healthy at home. Baby Fitz and Mother Freda returned home on 16 September 2015 and are doing well. Earlier this year Fitz came to Australia for life-saving surgery to remove a large tumor. Fitz was able to receive his operation thanks to the ROMAC program. ROMAC stands for Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children.

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Freda and Fitz Return Home

Posted on Sep 17, 2015

Freda and Fitz Return Home

Great news!  Freda and Fitz have been given the all-clear and returned home last Wednesday morning at 6 am!!  We wish them well and give special thanks to Vicki Still and Pres. Mez for the generous care of the babe and his mother.  We are excited for them all!  Especially for those waiting at home.
Freda and Fitz Return Home Bruce Miller 2015-09-16 14:00:00Z 0


Posted by Bruce Miller on Sep 07, 2015
Margie Abbott, wife of Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, is well known for her caring approach to children. As a former trained teacher and directly involved with childcare centres in Sydney, Mrs Margie Abbott is well qualified to understand the challenges that babies and children face who require life saving and/or dignity restoring surgery. ROMAC provides "life-giving" surgery for children from our nearest neighbouring countries including Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Island, PNG, Timor Leste an more.
Mrs Margie Abbott made it very clear that her role as Patron was on condition she made a positive difference and that her involvement would ensure even more children would benefit. She is planning a function for ROMAC at Kirribilli House to raise the awareness and support for the "life-giving"work provided by ROMAC. Seen in the picture visiting baby Fitzpatrick Unga and mum Freda at Canberra Hospital. 

Hannah and Fritz

Hannah and Fritz

Hannah and Fritz are two very special guests to our club. Hannah is our German youth exchange student who is wrapping up her year here in Jerrabomberra. Fritz comes to us from the Solomon Islands with his mother Freda. Fritz was born with large tumor which was life threatening. This picture is very special to the club because both Hannah and Fritz became part of our families. We will be sad when they go back to their families but our lives are much richer after spending time with them. Hannah and Fritz thank you and you will be missed.
Hannah and Fritz Bruce Miller 2015-07-11 00:00:00Z 0

Jerra' Rotary Sponsors life-saving operation for Solomon Islands Baby

As part of Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC) program, Jerra' Rotary Club is sponsoring baby Fitz and Mum Freda from the Solomon Islands. Baby Fitz is in Canberra for a life-changing, indeed a life-saving operation to remove a tumor that is attached to his vertebrae. Mum and Bub arrived on 8th June and have settled into one of our member's homes, where they will be supported by the Club over the next 6-8 weeks. All is progressing well, albeit slowly, and Mum & Bub are just starting to adjust to the Canberra winter. 
There has been good coverage of the story by WIN TV, who hope to produce a documentary story, and Margie Abbott, Patron of ROMAC and wife of our Prime Minister, recently visited Freda and Fitz at the Canberra hospital.  
All part of the good work Rotary, and the Jerra' Rotary Club, does both locally and internationally. 
Jerra' Rotary Sponsors life-saving operation for Solomon Islands Baby GWW 2015-06-21 00:00:00Z 0

MS 24 Hour Swim raises over $80,000 in another successful annual event

Over the weekend of 2-3 May Jerrabomberra Rotary members
were out in force once again in support of the annual MS 24 Hour
Swim. President Paul, who has been on the event organising
committee for the past 6 years said “This is a great event that
Jerrabomberra Rotary proudly support through both event
planning and the all-important operational delivery over the swim
weekend”. “Over 7 events the annual swim has raised over
$700,000 and per capita the Canberra event bats well above its
weight compared to other larger state capitals”.
As with past years Rotarians manned the event registration desk
throughout the 24 hours, coordinated the announcements and
spot prizes, and provided an afternoon/early evening and
breakfast BBQ for the hungry swimmers. 
MS 24 Hour Swim raises over $80,000 in another successful annual event 2015-05-05 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Celebrate Australia Day

Each Australia Day the Jerrabomberra Rotary Club put on a  free BBQ for the community at the local Community Centre. This year was no exception and it was well attended by all.
The BBQ is just our way of thanking the Community for their support iduring the previous year.
A large number of Jerra residents took advantage of the yummy sausages and bacon and egg rolls, juice, tea and coffee.
We look forward to this event and have as much fun as the patrons. Here's to a great 2015.
Rotary Celebrate Australia Day Glenn Wahlert 2015-01-30 00:00:00Z 0

Jerra' Rotary in Tonga to Rebuild local School

Our Jolly Band of Volunteers
The Rotary Club of Jerrabomberra, and friends, recently traveled to Nuku'alofa, Tonga, to refurbish the Lapaha General Public School. Situated about 25 km from the capital of Tonga, the school has about 280 students and eight teachers and serves the surrounding rural area. The school's, facilities were extremely run down and in drastic need of refurbishment. As part of a matching grant between Rotary International and our club, fifteen volunteers from the Rotary Cub of Jerra', along with other Rotarians and friends from southern NSW and the ACT,  carried out a program of refurbishment works  that enhanced the teaching facilities, upgraded classrooms and toilet facilities, removed  pigeon access points to classroom and storage areas, mended broken drainage and sanitary fittings,  and provided the school with reliable potable water. 
To assist the local community even further, additional works were conducted by local contractors in 2012.
Further works are now being planned for another visit in 2016. Just another example of Rotary in action.
Even the kids helped out
Jerra' Rotary in Tonga to Rebuild local School 2014-11-07 00:00:00Z 0

Hanna's Here!

Posted by Glenn Wahlert on Aug 10, 2014


Jerra Rotary’s sixth exchange student, Hanna, arrived recently at Canberra airport and was met by an assorted bunch of Rotarians. Hanah, a 15 year old girl from Kaisersesch in the Rhineland Palatinate of Western Germany, will be staying with Jerra' Rotary host families until mid 2015. Hannah is understandably very excited about her exchange and has dreamed of coming to Australia since she was quite young. She will be leaving behind her parents and younger brother to come and live with and, of course, we will 'adopt' her as our own and soon have her speaking like an Aussie. We welcome Hanna and looking forward to having her as part of our Rotary family in Jerra for the next year.


Hanna's Here! Glenn Wahlert 2014-08-10 00:00:00Z 0

Call for Volunteers - Rotary Club of Jerrabomberra 2014 Tonga Trip

Posted by Glenn Wahlert on May 14, 2014

The Rotary Club of Jerrabomberra is looking for volounteers from Rotarians & friends that wish to be included in our trip to Tonga to help refurbish a local primary school that is in dire need of some basic repairs. The school is in Nuku’alofa, Tonga, with the team planning to leave Sydney on 22 September, returning the 7 October 2014. Accommodation will be in Toni’s Guest House approximately 20 km from the school and 4 km into the city centre. We will be using two Mini Buses supplied with drivers to get around. A program of social activities is also being arranged, so it is not all work and no play. Jerra Rotary is renoun for its fun-loving spirit. More details are available from our Team Leader, Robert Chillman, at


Call for Volunteers - Rotary Club of Jerrabomberra 2014 Tonga Trip Glenn Wahlert 2014-05-14 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Jerrabomberra Help Raise $140,000 for MS

Posted by Glenn Wahlert on May 05, 2014

The members of the Rotary Club of Jerrabomberra were out in force supporting the 2014 MS 24hrs Megaswin over the 3rd and 4th May. Held at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) pool, the fund raisng taget was $130,000, and so far $139, 450 has been banked.  A great effort by all involved for a very worthwhile cause.  This was the third year that Jerra' Rotary has assisted to run the event.



Rotary Club of Jerrabomberra Help Raise $140,000 for MS Glenn Wahlert 2014-05-05 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Backyard Blitz at Queanbeyan Hospital

Posted by Glenn Wahlert on Jan 08, 2014
 In our latest project the Rotary Clubs of Jerrabomberra, Queanbeyan and Queanbeyan West joined forces to undertake a ‘backyard blitz’ type project at the Queanbeyan Hospital's Renal Unit.

Since its opening the hospital's Renal Unit has had a fairly large backyard garden area which was unable to be used by either patents or staff due to its slope and lack of landscaping. As a result the area had become neglected and a source of mud and water pooling in heavy rain.  The area bordered by large trees had the potential to become a nice shaded rest and the management of the Renal Unit welcomed an approach to help from the three Rotary Clubs.

A plan was hatched to excavate and level a 50 Square metre area which would be edged by a retaining wall to provide a large retained garden bed and a good sized and well drained courtyard area for use and enjoyment by the Renal Unit staff, patients and families.   In early December 2013, the work started with the excavations (using some “big boys toys”), followed by an army of Rotary volunteers descending on the unit to lay the drainage, build the retaining walls and lay the pavers. To keep the army of volunteers well fuelled, the Queanbeyan Country Women’s Association provided much needed lunches and morning and afternoon teas. Final finishing touches were completed before Christmas.

When asked how the yard looks now, the Renal Unit manager answered, "We are over the moon about it. Our utmost appreciation for the effort and hard work afforded by all; a truly inspiring and humbling experience to see everyone come together like that. … Thank you all for such a wonderful gift.” 




Before & after the Backyard Blitz at the Queanbeyan Hospital Renal Unit






Rotary Backyard Blitz at Queanbeyan Hospital Glenn Wahlert 2014-01-08 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Jerrabomberra Supporting Primary School in Tonga

Posted by Glenn Wahlert on Dec 01, 2013
The Rotary Club of Jerrabomberra is supporting projects at the Lapaha General Public School, which is about 25 km from the capital of Tonga, Nuku'alofa. The school has about 280 students and eight teachers and serves the surrounding rural area, but its facilities are run down and in drastic need of refurbishment. 

Rotary is providing the school with reliable
potable water, upgraded toilet facilities, enhanced teaching facilities and is refurbishing the school classrooms. To assist the local community even further, the work is being conducted by local contractors. 

Another example of Rotary in action.


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Down Syndrome - Chris McMurray

Posted by Glenn Wahlert on Nov 01, 2013



ImageChris is 31 years old and has worked for Raytheon Australia for over 11 years. He was born in the small town of Queanbeyan in New South Wales which is 260 km south of Sydney and close to the capital of Australia, Canberra.

Chris finished Year 12 at Queanbeyan High and enrolled at TAFE to study a secretarial course where he obtained several certificates in Office Administration. With appropriate training under his belt, Chris obtained work experience at the ACT Down Syndrome Association office in Canberra. At this point, Raytheon was looking for someone to provide office support as their organisation grew and they hired Chris. At Raytheon, Chris has become an integral part of their operations and never fails to make new staff welcome.

Chris is passionate about music, dance and sport. He competes in lawn bowls, plays the fiddle and is in two dance troupes; jazz and line dancing. Chris is an ardent fan of the iconic county and western performer, Slim Dusty, and has over 100 of his albums. Chris is looking forward to continuing his career with Raytheon, spending more time dancing and playing with his numerous nieces and nephews.

More recently Chris spoke at the World Down Syndrome Conference, which was held at the United Nations' Building in New York, and will be

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Rotary's Epic Mower Ride Across Australia

Posted by Glenn Wahlert on Sep 11, 2013
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The Rotary Club of Armadale in Western Australia is driving a Hustler Super Z ride-on lawn mower around Australia to benefit charity. They have already been from Perth to Kalgoorlie and across to Adelaide, all in benefit of Australian Rotary Health's Mental Illness Research Program and the EJ Whitten Foundation for prostate cancer awareness and research. When we say we're riding to get to 'the other side', we're not just talking about geography. We're riding this lawn mower to help people in need get to where the grass is greener.

On Thursday, 3 October, one of the riders will speak to the Rotary Club of Jerrabomberra about the Why and the What of the Ride. Come along and learn more about some of Rotary's interesting fund raising activities.

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A Night with Felix From St. Jude's, Tanzania

Posted by Glenn Wahlert on Sep 01, 2013
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The Rotary Club of Jerrabomberra will be hosting an information night presented by Felix Mollel & Kim Saville from the School of St Jude in Arusha, Tanzania.  Felix will be speaking about the School of St Jude and how he came to work there.  He will talk about his family life, his Maasai tribe and growing up in Tanzania.

All district Rotary club representatives, family and friends are invited to attend this evening on:

Thursday, 31st October at Jerrabomberra Public School Hall at 7.30 pm.

Tea and coffee will be provided

Please notify numbers attending for catering and seating purposes to:  by 25th October, please.

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Join us for the Queanbeyan Relay For Life on 15-16 February 2014

Posted by Glenn Wahlert on Aug 12, 2013
Relay for Life is a community fundraising event which honours the lives of those who have been touched by cancer. Together with the Cancer Council of NSW, the Jerrabomberra Rotary Club invites you to come along and be part of the Queanbeyan Relay For Life over the weekend 15 - 16 February 2014, at Seiffert Oval. Queanbeyan.
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Time running out to get your tickets for the 175th Anniversary ball

Posted by Glenn Wahlert on Aug 05, 2013

With less than 2 weeks to go everything is on track for a great night at the 175th Anniversary Ball. Over 250 people already have their tickets and a final number of over 300 is expected on the night. Everyone is excited and getting their costumes, ball attire and dinner jackets ready for the celebration.

A beautiful medallion has been minted specially for the occasion and all attendees will take one home as part of their ticket package, which also includes a sumptuous three course meal, table wines, a birthday cake and chocolates, plus entertainment by one of the region’s finest dance bands. The Melbourne Cup will be on display all evening and there will be a door prize and table prizes as well as the opportunity to participate in a silent auction in support of the Queanbeyan Showground. And of course the Car Raffle will be drawn with someone becoming the proud owner of a new car valued at over $19,000.

This will indeed be a night to remember, not only for the value, but also as a reminder that we all deserve an opportunity to get out and celebrate in style. 

To order tickets please contact Paul on 0418 786 945  or
email your details
(name, address, telephone number)
to the President or Secretary with the number of tickets you would like






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22nd August -

Posted by Glenn Wahlert on Jul 27, 2013
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Cr Peter Bray - Deputy Mayor, Queanbeyan City Council & Vietnam Veteran

Peter is well know in the Queanbeyan area for his tireless community effort and support to various local charities.
What few people know about Peter is that he is also a Vietnam Veteran. On 22nd August Peter will recount numerous stories from his war and youth.

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Jerra' Rotary Fair

Posted by Glenn Wahlert
The Jerrabomberra Rotary Autumn Fair is an annual event held at the Jerrabomberra Community Centre each March. The date for the 2014 Fair has not as yet been fixed, but will be advised on this web site in due course.

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