Bulletin No 9/17-18 (3-9-2017)

Hi reader,

Looks like it's been another busy week for the club as we have a bumper edition this week.

I presented my strategy at Institute for growing Rotary and gaining new members and the concept was well supported. We spent a lot of the four days eating, drinking and not getting much sleep. 

Pictured at MC Caitlin with RI Director Noel Travaskis, RI General Secretary John Hewko and TRF Trustee Mike Webb in a Q&A forum. 

We are off to Kakadu at first light, so it's time for bed.  

Have a great meeting on Tuesday and pass on our best wishes to Martina and Rebecca - ED

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

While we have been in the Top End, we missed the Reach for Nepal Foundation fundraiser. As pix were forthcoming, it seems others had a good time.


Market Roster

The Capital Region Farmers Market Roster.

Check the roster on the club calendar.


Weekly Reports

From the desk of President Yvonne:

On Sunday 3 Sep (yes it is Fathers Day) members of the Board who are available are participating in a 2 hour review of draft governance documents that have been carried forward from last year. The outcomes of the review will be submitted to the full Board meeting on 18 September. The Board meeting has been deferred from 11 September to enable the returning holiday makers to participate in finalising the documents. - Yvonne


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.


Here are the meetings for the next few weeks - please note the board meeting has been moved which means the club assembly has also been moved a week and its place there will be a combined meeting with UC Rotaract - also please note it is a partners night with Martina and her cousin Rebecca coming as well.


DG Visit

Partners night

Basic education and literacy

Martina to visit







Julie Chater U3A lecturer on Climate Change/Energy . Embracing the Policy Challenges of Climate Change'



Board meeting





Combined meeting with UC Rotaract


Andrew Gianelli from Rotaract



club assembly





Michael Sidonio

Economic and Community development

Michael discovered a galaxy


Our 5 minute talk was given by Keith. 

"I was tasked with the International toast at rotary tonight, so chose the Rotary Club of Shanghai as I have a daughter-in-law who was born there," said Keith.

Expatriate Rotarians have been meeting regularly in Shanghai since 1997 to support worthy projects in our community, to encourage strong business ethics, and to promote the Object of Rotary. As a private club, membership is by invitation only and based on the classification principle where each member represents his or her vocation or profession.

The club currently has more than 70 members and is growing annually. Members come from a broad spectrum of industries and professions, and currently represent more than 20 nationalities. Membership is currently restricted to holders of non-People’s Republic of China (PRC) passports. Charter History: The Shanghai club has a complex history, originally chartered in 1919 as the first club in China and recently readmitted to the Rotary world as club #60725, chartered 8 February 2006.


President Elect's Report

Chris and I have spent the last few days at the Zone 8 Institute in Darwin, where Chris successfully launched the Rotary Fitness Initiative on Saturday afternoon. Prior to this, we heard from a number of inspiration al speakers who have been supported by Rotary clubs & districts, including Lein Trinh who spoke to us about her work with the End Trachoma by 2020 Foundation. Lein has been on a few months maternity leave and has not yet started back at work. I extended an open invitation from the Rotary Club of Hall to come and visit us if/when she is in Canberra.

We attended the Pre-Institute Dinner with Mike and Allison Webb. Mike is Trustee of The Rotary Foundation. We knew Greg would have had some questions for him! 

We're feeling a bit 'Rotaryed out' now, and looking forward to a few days RnR, 4WDing and camping in Litchfield and Kakadu National Parks. See you all next week.


Youth and Vocational

Tumbarumba Rotary Club has had four applicants to attend RYPEN. They sought financial support of $300 per applicant so we have agreed to sponsor two of their applicants. - Yvonne


CRFM Report

There was a good turnout at the CRFM this week with over 100 stallholders attending and luckily the weather, although cold, did not inhibit the seasoned shoppers. The frosty weather is still affecting some supply although the majority of producers were offering their usual range of seasonal produce. Gozleme sold out so was very happy - at least there wasn't much to pack up. Our new stallholder, 'Krofne' was happy with sales for their first market.

The usual hustle and bustle of Saturday's market was interrupted with the discovery of a cold python (Carpet Snake) curled up amongst some bananas from the Tweed Valley Bananas. Lucky for us, Todd from Threesides was at the market and posted an interview on CRFM Facebook. Check it out!

Last Week

Our speaker was Jonathan Palmer of Palmer St Hall (just coincidence that he is not from a galaxy far, far away). Jonathan is the Deputy Australian Statistician in the Bureau of Statistics. His group provides corporate and statistical services, including statistical data collection and dissemination, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Finance, Risk and Planning. The last election is the stuff of nightmares that I cannot recall if he was part of.

Jonathan is an IT professional by training but his career has included 6 years with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington as their first Chief Information Officer (CIO); he has served an Adjunct Professor with the School of Information Sciences and Engineering at the University of Canberra. He serves as the Australian representative on the Governing Council of the Statistical Institute for Asia Pacific Statistical Steering Committee.

Being a relatively young man Jonathan maintains a warm engaging personality and great sense of humour despite his 'geeky' work. At very short notice he was directed by the Government to conduct the upcoming survey on changes to the law regarding same sex marriage. He had the club totally engaged in his talk as he described himself as the terrified child star Macauley Culkin in the 1990 film 'Home Alone'. Who me? You want what, when? He showed us the actual form that will be mailed out to 16 million addressees and smilingly informed us that we were the first of the public to see it. Lucky Hall Rotary!

It was Jonathan's first face-to-face public talk on the organisation leading up to the survey so he said he really welcomed the forest of hands with great questions. At least he kept smiling and luckily we did not ask any questions that he could not explain in layman’s terms. He is still waiting for the óh no' question to stop him in his tracks.

He mentioned to a few members that he had proudly shown the Rural Fringe that included the article on our Changeover to a number of his friends and he is considering joining such a friendly club that achieves excellent outcomes. May the force remain with us!

- Yvonne


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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