Bulletin No 8/17-18 (28-8-2017)

Hi reader,

This edition of the Bulletin is coming to you from the Top End. We are getting a little summer in early - 35C here today.

Thanks to President Yvonne for supplying the articles on our speakers and Suzanne's five minute talk in addition to her report.

Hope you all have a fantastic evening on Tuesday.

See you all in a couple of weeks - ED

PS: Don't forget to send reports, articles and photos for next week's Bulletin.


Market Roster

The Capital Region Farmers Market Roster.

Check the roster on the club calendar.


Weekly Reports

From the desk of President Yvonne:

Dennis brought along Steve and Melissa Reynolds who have both said they wish to join the club. They are locals who will bring the age demographic down by a number of years. Steve texted me on Friday to say how much he and Melissa enjoyed the meeting, and that he had provided Abbas information regarding settlement services. How magic is that? Thanks to Dennis for this terrific outcome.


2 hours on Sunday 8 Oct

Our G5 (Cluster group) consisting of Hall, Gungahlin, Aurora Gungahlin, Ginninderra and Yass are joining forces to raise funds for Rotary Health Mental Awareness. Each club is asked to collect funds at Bunnings Gungahlin on a roster from 8am until 6pm over the weekend of Sat 7 Oct and Sunday 8 Oct. Our club is rostered to collect money from noon to 4.00pm on the SUNDAY 8 Oct .

Two volunteers are required for each of the two hour periods within this timeframe. I am available at either the first period from noon until 2.00pm or for the second period from 2.00 until 4.00pm. Only occasionally do I rattle buckets so experienced rattlers are MOST welcome.

Please let me know if you are available at either period to assist. Should you be available at some other time during the weekend you would be most welcome to join one of our other G5 clubs.

Friday 27 Oct Party at the Shops in Victoria St Hall

Our club has been invited to join the street party by holding a Rotary information stall. Stall set up is between 2.00 and 4.00pm and the party is held between 4.00 and 9.00pm.

We are required to provide our own shelter, table, chairs and publicity. The party has been fun in previous years and is worth the effort to raise our profile in Hall and the surrounding district. Please let me know if you are available to join me on our stall.


President Elect's Report

Chris and I attended the joint D9520 and D9500 Regional Membership Conference at Flinders University in Adelaide this last weekend. The two day conference was well attended with a range of engaging and thought-provoking speakers (surprisingly, I didn't feel like dozing off through any of them!). In fact, PDG (D9780) & past Zone Coordinator, Jessie Harman who is on the RI Membership Development team, suggested it was one of the best run & most informative of these forums that she has attended.

I picked up a lot of ideas and suggestions that we as a club could consider as we continue through the review process we have started on (and not nearly as radical as you may all be thinking!!) - the challenge will be for me to decipher my notes and relay the relevant information back to RCHall.

Darwin is a tad warmer than the cool climes of snowy Canberra, but what a great time of the year to be here - it is not humid, there are no annoying bugs, and we sat and watched the sunset at Larrakeyah tonight... stunning!


Club Service

Reminder to check out The Club Calendar all upcoming events are on the calendar.

NB: Your timely RSVP by 6:00pm Sunday is appreciated.


Just a reminder that our speaker on Tuesday is Jonathan Palmer who is the head of the task force for the plebiscite. Like almost all meetings these days, every meeting is a partners night, so come one, come all.

The following week, 5 September is the DG Steve and Marina's visit.

On the 12 September there was little response to going to the movies on Tuesday to see the Namatjira, so we will leave it to go to our normal meeting at Hall - with Julie Chater from U3A speaker. However if you are interested to see the film, it will be screening at Palace Electric from September 7th and at cinemas around the country – www.namatjiradocumentary.org/screenings. I believe there is a good article about it in the Canberra times this weekend.

Our 5 minute talk was given by Suzanne. 

Suzanne brought her sister Jacqueline along as a guest. It was most appropriate as it was Suzanne’s moment in the light to provide a five minute talk and she chose the topic of her youth.

Jacqueline corrected Suzanne and regaled us with the facts. Thanks to Suzanne and Jacqueline for an informative and entertaining talk that prompted chuckles all round. There is no truth to the rumour that the wheel was invented after Suzanne was born!


Community Service

Roger away overseas


Youth and Vocational

No report submitted


International Service

No report submitted



All going well.


CRFM Report

All going well.

Last Week

We had two speakers: Abbas Hussaini an Afghan refugee whose father was murdered by the Taliban because Abbas worked with a Western company.

Abbas fled the war zone and ended up as a project manager at Refugee Learning Nest in Indonesia. He very recently settled in Waramanga and is studying whilst working at Coles. Abbas has a wife and child whom he has not seen in four years.

Our second speaker was Urs Walterlin, a Swiss Journalist living near Goulburn. (He smilingly informed us that he has Australian citizenship!) Urs drove from Goulburn to bring Abbas to our meeting then Urs did the return drive, approximately one and a half hours each way just to attend our meeting.

Urs is very familiar with the Refugee Learning Nest in Indonesia and provided tangible support to Abbas as well as proving our members with an excellent insight into the problems refugees contend with when trying to build a future as a refugee.


Important Links

2017-18 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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