Bulletin No 33/15-16 (30 March 2016)

Hi reader,

A few people noticed the fairly slim Bulletin last week, but actually a lot has been happening in the background. And, for those who didn't see the pix of our Fellowship evening at Homeleigh Grove, you'll see that I've added it to this issue as well.

The Club website has now been completely redeveloped to meet current web standards - (our first redesign since 2012)

Our site now meets the new Rotary International corporate style guidelines and works even better on mobile devices. The larger photos and many new social media integration features make the site state-of-the-art and now gives us an excellent platform for future feature enhancements.

The new site also features better integration with the Capital Region Farmers Market website and we look forward to similar content integration from our site to the market site at sometime in future. 

There is still more to do on the site but you'll be pleased to know that not one cent has ever been spent on site development or hosting. All the club ever pays for is the domain name ($36 every two years).

Enjoy this weeks edition of the Bulletin and I look forward to catching up with everyone next Tuesday.

Best wishes - Ed

Market Roster

April Market Roster

2/04/2016  VicBarbara B Clive B
9/04/2016  Paul TJohn KDennis GPeter O
16/04/2016  Liz RKings S Tony H
23/04/2016  Yvonne RSuzanne C Clive B
30/04/2016  Chris ERalph S Peter O


2016 youth exchange safari

Gerardas Turns 18 At Uluru

Our District 9710 Rotary Youth Exchange Students are enjoying their grand Safari and our student Gerardas from Norway had his 18th birthday at Uluru on Tuesday. Happy Birthday from the Rotary Club of Hall.

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homeleigh grove

Club Meeting at Homeleigh Grove

One of our club members is Peter O'Cleary, owner and operator of Homeleigh Grove multi award winning Olive Oil which can be found every Saturday at our Capital Region Farmers Market. It has been a long time since the idea was floated that the club meet at Homeleigh Grove, but it finally came to fruition on Tuesday 22 March 2016. …

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Weekly Reports

Presidents John's Report

President John commented on last week's successful fellowship meeting held at the O'Cleary olive grove. It was a great opportunity to understand the full process and impact of the "Paddock to Plate" philosophy promoted by the various foodies in our community and in particular by our own Farmers Market. A very big thank you to Caroline and Peter for hosting this event.

John reported attending the recent briefing session on the Rotary Foundation held by District on 20 March 2016. 'It was pleasing to learn that Rotary is taking very positive steps to reduce the complexity and red tape associated with making applications for the various grants available via the Foundation.'  Club attendance at this event was an essential precursor to grant eligibility for the coming year.

Club Service

• 5 April - Fellowship meeting at Versatile.

• 12 April - Club Assembly Versatile

• 19 April - 6pm for 6:30pm start at Rotary Club of Ginninderra Anzac Celebration Meeting. Members of the Australian War Memorial speaking about the Australian Women's Army Service (AWAS) speaking on a little known part of Australian wartime history.

• 26 April - Speakers Nicole Rendell on Mongolian Centre for Communicable Diseases and Kaliopi Notaras our Jan 2016 NYSF attendee.


• James Coffey has finished a month of language school in Germany and has settled into a routine

• There were 10 applicants for the UC scholarships and we are interviewing five with David and John.

• Current students Brad and Jessica are both doing well with their studies. Brad has been accepted into law (his preference).

• Rotaroact Club of UC have elected their new Board. Andrew Anthony is the new President.

• There are a few district youth programs open for application at the moment - NYSF, RYPEN (13-15th May) and the Youth Exchange Program for outbound and inbound host clubs.

• Majority of the committee have voted to continue supporting Emma-Lee Knight with $2,500 coming from Y&V discretionary funds.

• There are a few new projects in the pipeline for discussion among the committee.


• There are two ROMAC children arriving shortly from the Solomon Islands and a 6yo boy arriving from Fiji.

• International committee donated $4000 for four Shelter Boxes to be sent to Fiji following the recent earthquake there.

• The Rotary room at the Hall School site stores donations of wheelchairs, wheely walkers, crutches etc for overseas needs. Prior to being 'containerised' these articles must be weighed individually and packaged up. Yvonne has been assisting Fred Fawke with the packaging and weighing of wheelchairs and wheely walkers for shipment to the Solomon Islands in early April.


No market last week but it is all on again on Saturday.


dave burnet

Dave Burnet Explains OzHarvest

Our guest speaker on Tuesday 29 March was Dave Burnet, Manager of OzHarvest in Canberra. Dave gave us a very interesting talk on his experience over the last seven years working with OzHarvest in the ACT …

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Important Links

2015-16 Board of Directors (to be a link to content on our site)
Club Management Plan (to be a link to 'members only' content)
Strategic Plan (to be a link to 'members only' content)
Funding Guidelines (to be a link to 'members only' content)

• Archive of Rotary Club of Hall Bulletins

• The latest CRFM Stallholder Newsletter

• Don't forget to update your details on the MyRotary website to be eligible for the Rotary rewards program.


Don't forget the four way test

• Is it the truth

• Is it fair to all concerned?

• Will it build goodwill and better friendships?

• Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

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