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There's a wonderful opportunity for all members and friends of Rotary to get down and not-so-dirty at the English Heritage Garden at Weston Park from 1pm - 4pm on Sunday 12th November. 
Rotary and friends have been volunteering to work in the garden in the last couple of months. There is more work to do and a job for everyone - no matter your skill or physical ability. 
Volunteers from our Club are encouraged for these working bees. If you can't dig or cut, we'll find something for you to do!
This is a Club sponsored project and we really want to see our members engaging in this worthwhile community project that is valuable to all. 
Please speak with Stephen on 0421 972 287 or Gaye Shenton on 0401 446 687 for more details. 
Once again, many families were delighted by the antics of the amazing troupe that constitutes Circus Quirkus when they returned to the Queanbeyan Bicentennial Hall in July.
The end of the Show!
During October, two RCC members, Gaye Shenton and Stephen Utick, worked with a small team led by CIT Horticulture Lecturer Lesley Pattinson and 2CCC Garden Guru, Pauline Cairnduff OAM, in tagging and starting identification of the rhododendron collection. The team had previously been given approval by ACT Urban Services to undertake this task that will uncover the secrets of this wonderful collection. Already considerable progress has been made through ID advice given by members of the Australian Rhododendron Society.
Pauline spoke at our Club meeting on Monday 28th November. If you missed her wonderful presentation on the Fetherston Gardens in Weston, why not catch her on 2CCC – and also head to the Gardens in Weston (Heysen Street) for an amazing walk around.
Stephen Utick with 2CCC Garden Guru Paulene Cairnduff and President Chris
It was fantastic to see Circus Quirkus return in 2022 after two years in the Covid-19 shadows. From the smiles on the faces of the children that attended and the screams of delight and laughter throughout the shows (by children, mums and dads and one or two Rotarians), it was a triumphant return! For the Rotarians that missed the opportunity to volunteer to greet the audience as they arrived - you missed a fabulous feel-good event.
Scene from the Show
Scene from the Show
We sincerely thank every sponsor who supported this wonderful initiative that assists our Club to do more good in the world - locally and further afield. We couldn't do it without you!
Several members of the District 9705 Vulnerable Youth Project / Ruby's House Governance Committee and supporters were invited to view the recently opened Ruby's House in the south of Canberra in early July. Visitors were taken on a tour of the facility by Service Provider, Conflict Resolution Service Canberra's CEO Mel Haley and Kim Bool (who spoke to our Club recently). 
Everyone was impressed with the facility and the warm, homely feel of the house. Young people were engaged in discussions about the soft furnishings, etc., within the house so it would fully meet the needs of the age group tat will be staying there. I'm sure everyone will be keen to review the outcomes of the first 12 months of operation.
Thanks to David Marshall and Alan Scandrett for facilitating the visit. 
The visitors in the external central courtyard
Lounge area
One of the bedrooms.
Our Club Changeover on the 1st July was a successful event and saw close to 80 people brave the winter chill to attend the formal and fun evening at the Commonwealth Club. After a year impacted by COVID-19 lockdowns and other restrictions, uncertainty and once again, cancellation of some of our important fundraising events, outgoing President Sandra handed the Chain of Office to PE Chris who left the event as this year's President.  

On 2nd June 2022, in capital cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth, countries celebrated Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee by lighting Beacons at 9pm. Here in Canberra, District 9705 DG Leo Farrelly and President of the Rotary Club of Canberra were invited to be involved with this significant event on behalf of all Australian Rotary Clubs.
The Australian event was organised by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and was an invitation-only event at the Marion, on the shore of Lake Burley Griffin.
President Sandra was invited to pass the lit torch to the newly elected Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon Anthony Albanese. It was a small but significant event and was reflected many times in different ways, throughout Commonwealth countries.
It was an honour for Rotary to be involved on behalf of Rotarians everywhere across Australia.
Prime Minister Albanese and President Sandra
It's members of our community that work tirelessly in a number of ways that help us to do what we do - as well as the other way around! On the 9th May, it was President Sandra's honour to bestow both Amanda Paroz and Lara Ghaly, both from the Parliamentary Education Office, with Paul Harris Fellow recognition for all the work they have done tirelessly over a number of years (including pre-Covid-19) to ensure a successful RAIC (Rotary Adventures in Citizenship) program.
Amanda, President Sandra, Lara and RAIC coordinator, Natalie
About 15 RCC members enjoyed a delightful garden ramble through the English Garden in Weston Park on Sunday 31 October, taking advantage of our beautiful spring weather. Our group was privileged to have nona-generian Rotarian John Gray (from the Rotary Club of Woden), a retired heritage landscape consultant, provide us with an opening address as to the immense heritage significance of this site.
Rotarian John Gray recites the history of the beginnings of the Garden.
The Assisi Centre for Social Justice and Peace in Uganda has a very strong focus on increasing access to quality education in some of the poorest and most marginalised communities in Uganda. The Centre acts in a rights-based approach therefore, to help disadvantaged children to overcome barriers to education by eliminating the obstacles they face. To this end, the Centre works in more than 50 communities of Greater Masaka Region - in South Central Uganda, to;- improve learning infrastructures, provide free meals to pupils, and to strengthen Hygiene, Water and Sanitation facilities in schools.
Between 12th July – 10th September 2021, Assisi centre for Social Justice and Peace successfully implemented two project activities; the renovation of two classroom blocks and construction of five pit latrine stances at Bukulula Mixed Primary School in Kalungu district, Uganda. These projects were financed by contributions from our Club as well as the generosity of individual Club members and also from a District 9705 Grant.
At least one other Australian Club has offered future support and Rotary Peace Fellow Emily Nabakooza has a number of projects well worthy of recognition.
We are pleased to report that the Centre is now part of a Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) project and as such tax deductible donations can easily be made by other clubs or individuals towards assisting the Centre.
As you may know, Rotary Foundation Australia (RFA) is one of The Rotary Foundation’s eight Associate Foundations around the world. RFA enables Australians – both individuals and organisations – to make tax deductible gifts to the Foundation.
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Her Excellency Ms Inês Maria De Almeida, Ambassador for Timor-Leste, addressed our Club on Tuesday 13th October 2020. Ambassador Almeida's presentation follows.
Timor-Leste Ambassador Her Excellency Ines Almeida, with First Secretary to Her Excellency, Sam Soares (L) and President Desmond Woods (R).
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The J.C. Olsson Relief Trust Fund (JCOT) was named in recognition of the outstanding contribution made over many years by Rotarian Jack Colvin Olsson OAM PDG PP PHF, both nationally and internationally to the work of Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, be remembered in perpetuity.
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