President Don Gruber
Treasurer Michael Malone
Secretary Pauline Hore

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District Conference for 2015 Oct 23, 2015 - Oct 25, 2015
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Holt, ACT 2615

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Posted by Peter McArdle

We wish all of our members and our many friends a very 

Happy Christmas.  

However you celebrate Christmas, may it be a time of peace, love, happiness and joy for you and for all those whom you hold dear.

Posted by Peter McArdle

Christmas Party this Tuesday 16 December 2014

Diddams Cl (off Ginninderra Dr) Lake Ginninderra

1800 for 1830

Re: Meeting 9 December

President Don advised

  • Christmas Party Tues 15 Dec - 1800 for 1830 at Diddams Place Lake G, bring your partners.  Also bring your own chairs, nibbles and drinks.  Cost $10 per head (bodies free). 
  • (To find Diddams Cl, the venue for the Christmas Party: heading east on Ginninderra Drive, turn right onto Diddams Cl after you pass William Slim Dr and then turn right again to proceed to the BBQ area near the dam wall and boat ramp.) If the technology works, the Google maps link is :    https://www.google.com/maps/views/explore?gl=us&vm=1&ll=-35.224541,149.074491&bd=-35.232385,149.058558,-35.216696,149.090423&z=16&pv=2
  • If it rains then we shall decamp to the Melba Shed.
  • .
  • Lunchtime Melodies on Wed 10 Dec would be downstairs at the Raiders Club because of another function in the usual room. (The function proved to be a great success, with the Tuggeranong Ukulele Group, much great music and many smiling faces, at both the music and later at lunch at the Club.)
  • U3A BBQ Xmas lunch on Thurs 11 Dec (Much BBQing was done and many lettuces chopped for the salad.  Everyone seems to have enjoyed themselves and Rotary made some money for worthy causes).
  • NYSF is after host families for 2nd and 4th Sundays in Jan.  See Don or Barry if you can help.
  • Michael Malone has kindly produced an updated version of the Club's pamphlet. Take a few and distribute them.
  • Fri 2 Jan - Bunnings BBQ - a very profitable day - but help needed as many of our colleagues will be away.
  • Tues 6 Jan - there will be an informal dinner - arrangements TBA.
  • Mon 26 Jan - Australia Day, a tour of the WW1 exhibition at the War Memorial has been arranged for 1100 - lunch after in the cafe at the Memorial.


  • Described the Global Grants Components of the Rotary Foundation
  • The Club has previously used the grants to assist with projects such as: deep wells in Bangladesh and supporting displaced children in Burma.
  • The Club is looking to apply for a grant to assist the orphanage in Kenya that Margaret has been helping.


  • Advised on progress of the Citizenship Awards at the many local schools.  Our Club makes Citizenship Awards at 4 High Schools and Colleges and 10 Primary Schools in our area. He sought assistance with a number of presentations and a number of members volunteered (or were drafted) at the meeting.
  • Introduced Siobhan who the club is sponsoring for the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. Siobhan is a senior graphic designer with a leading edge firm in Canberra. She specialises in the high tech areas of graphic design. She is looking to develop her leadership skills in order to mentor other, more junior, graphic designers.


  • Advised that she has raffle tickets for a raffle being conducted by the District Governor's wife to raise funds for some very disadvantaged people in East Timor.  
  • Tickets are $5. Prizes include a Thermomix and many other goodies.



Posted by Peter McArdle

Guest Speaker -Dr Di Tracy, Psychiatrist, her topic: The Stigma and Shame of Mental Illness

  • Dr Tracy quoted Bill Clinton "Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of but stigma and bias shame us all"
  • She spoke of stereotypes eg: librarians are boring, computer experts are geeks, statisticians are .......... accountants (are accountants) and people with mental illness are dangerous.  Such stereotypes stigmatise those so described and such bias (to quote Bill Clinton) shames us all.
  • Stereotyping is in the eye of the beholder and is a form of prejudice
  • The effects of such stereotyping on individuals so perceived can be devastating and can include: shame, secrecy, distress, low self esteem, loss of hope and isolation and/or exclusion.
  • Such stereotyping and its consequences have major impacts on areas such as: employment, education, social access and housing.
  • High profile individuals who have recently been seen to have severe depression are a salutatory lesson for society.
  • The media has a major influence on perceptions of mental illness, often with portrayal of people with mental illness as dangerous.
  • Recent research has shown that 1 in 4 people think that  depression is a sign of personal weakness.

Her talk was informative, confronting and challenging.  We are fortunate to have folks such as Dr Tracy working in this area. But all of us have a responsibility to look at ourselves and our attitudes and behaviours regarding folks with Mental Illness. Let us practise what we preach.

Rotarians have been central to the development and operation of the Greenhills Camp & Conference Centre since its inception in the mid-1960s. It was initiated by Max Hill, AOM & multiple PHF, then of the Presbyterian Church who sought assistance from fellow Rotarians in Canberra Club and later Canberra East. Greenhills, through Max, was assisted by Rotary every year until his retirement in 2000 and then through Harold Small, his successor and also of the Rotary Club of Canberra East, who took over for the next ten years as Honorary Executive Officer.


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We aim to make a meaningful difference.
We prefer long-term sustainable initiatives.
We focus on polio eradication, disaster relief, youth development and education,
and support of the aged.
We support each other. 
We get our families involved and we have fun in what we do.
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