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Focus on Reconciliation

This week’s guest speaker was Ms Joy Thomas, whose topic was “Acknowledging National Reconciliation”. This is National Reconciliation Week, and we were delighted to have a speaker of Joy’s calibre address us. Joy, pictured above during her presentation, has served for three years on the Board of Reconciliation Australia – and is currently also a member of the RECOGNISE sub-committee (the people’s movement to recognise ABTI peoples). Joy’s talk was particularly well received, as evidenced by the number and range of the questions asked afterwards.


The next important event for our club, apart from our regular meetings, is a meeting to discuss RYDA for Schools, convened by Co-ordinator, Gerard Brennan, at the Commonwealth Club on Wednesday 3 June. At the meeting Greg Rappo, a senior representative of RYDA on Sydney, will explain the new RYDA Program which has been adopted by the controlling body, Road Safety Education. The aim of the meeting is to broaden support for the program, encouraging more ACT schools to take advantage of the benefits it offers. If you wish to attend, please contact Gerard to discuss this.

Next week should be a “not-to-be-missed” meeting, as our speaker will be our delightful exchange student, Blandine Lens, who will tell us about her year in Australia. Blandine is now approaching the end of her year here, and it will be one of the last opportunities to have her participate in our meetings. Judging by her Facebook page, she has been having a wonderful time, especially with her Youth Exchange peers.

Finally, members should expect  to receive an email from our Bulletin Editor, Rim el Kadi, asking for a reply from any member experiencing difficulty in registering (attendance or apology) on the Clubrunner site. She needs to know the extent of the problems, and the specific nature of them, so that we can get them sorted out before we cease to use the current Bulletin site.

Jeff Bradley

Rim El Kadi


Rotary Club of Canberra
            Office Holders

President - Jeff Bradley PHF

Secretary - Natalie Vandepeer-Bradley PP PHF

Treasurer - Mike Sargent

President Elect  - Peter Hughes PHF

Club Service & Fundraising  - Gill McFeat-Lin PP, PHF

Foundation Director - Paul Street OAM PDG PHF

Membership Director - Peter Hughes PHF

Sergeant - Bruce Mackay PHF

International Service - Phil Byrne PHF

Community Service - Michele Whitters PHF

Youth Service - Paul O'Connor PP PHF

Vocational Service Govert Mellink PP

Website & PR Director - Rim El Kadi


Public Officer - Tim Johnstone

Speakers' Roster - Gill McFeat

Weekly Bulletin e-mail - Rim El Kadi

Front Desk Organisation - Natalie Vandepeer-Bradley PP PHF

Special Days
Mon, 29 Jun - Bruce Mackay's Birthday

Tue, 30 Jun - Geoff Grimshaw's Birthday

Sat, 11 Jul - Mary Gays' Birthday

Sat, 11 Jul - Merv Johnston's Birthday

Sat, 11 Jul - Phil Byrne's Birthday

Thu, 23 Jul - Michael Sargent's Birthday

Thu, 13 Aug - Lachlan Lewis' Birthday

Thu, 13 Aug - Margaret Moore's Birthday

Wed, 19 Aug - Jeff Bradley's Birthday

Sun, 23 Aug - Marc Trouyet's Birthday

Tue, 25 Aug - Rod Sutherland's Birthday

Fri, 28 Aug - Richard Griffiths' Birthday

Tue, 30 Jun - David Cossart will have served our Rotary club for 12 years

Tue, 30 Jun - Michael Sargent will have served our Rotary club for 12 years

Wed, 1 Jul - Gerard Brennan will have served our Rotary club for 32 years

Wed, 1 Jul - Jeff Bradley will have served our Rotary club for 26 years

Thu, 2 Jul - Richard Wilson will have served our Rotary club for 10 years

Fri, 10 Jul - Gillian McFeat Lin will have served our Rotary club for 9 years

Thu, 16 Jul - Alan Scandrett will have served our Rotary club for 14 years

Tue, 28 Jul - Mick Wilcock will have served our Rotary club for 1 year

Mon, 10 Aug - Artur Zawadski will have served our Rotary club for 1 year

Tue, 11 Aug - John O'Neill will have served our Rotary club for 18 years

Wed, 26 Aug - Marion McMillan will have served our Rotary club for 1 year

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