We start the week in what is a truly historic and memorable time in world history. On Friday morning AEST most of us awoke to the news that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II had died. Aged 96 the Queen reigned for 70 years. For many of us, the Queen has been the only ruling monarch we have known, and while her death was inevitable it still seems somewhat surreal – she had an enduring quality that I think most of us hoped would last forever. As we navigate this time of her passing and transition to a new monarch in King Charles III, let’s take the time to reflect on the remarkable achievements of this woman, who was not born to the Crown, but who assumed this role with grace, dignity, determination, wit, humility, and pragmatism. So much of what we do in Rotary is about serving others. The now late Queen Elizabeth II epitomised service above self better than most. She is indeed a role model for Rotarians and contemporary leaders across the globe. The following is an excerpt from Rotary Great Britain and Ireland. Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland is deeply saddened to learn of the death of HM Queen Elizabeth II. Published: September 8, 2022 As we learn of the sad news that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has passed away, the thoughts of the members of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland are with the Royal Family as they grieve for their Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother. The Queen demonstrated extraordinary dedication and commitment to duty throughout her Reign and did so with a graceful strength and admirable determination. She ruled throughout decades of change, from the dark post-war years, through to the new horizons of the 21st century, providing essential continuity for the nation. This is a period of public grief when people who do not know each other come together to mourn a national figure who has been consistent throughout our lives and for whom we have collective affection despite not knowing her personally. We share our condolences to the Royal Family and His Majesty King Charles III at this sad time. Garth Arnold, Chair of the Board for Rotary GB&I, Nicki Scott, Rotary InternationalVice President, Amanda Watkin, General Secretary of Rotary GB&I And finally, because so many members and partners have expressed interest in viewing the televised funeral service on Monday 19 September commencing at 8pm AEST, we have managed to accommodate this by swapping the meetings scheduled for the next two weeks. This will mean the meeting on Monday 19/09/22 will be a brief zoom meeting running from 7 - 8pm only with no formal guest speaker i.e. general business/Director’s reports and social catch-up. The meeting on Monday 26/09/22 will be a face-to face meeting at Springfield with Larry Howard as guest speaker talking about the Walking Sticks project.
And that’s the buzz for the week. Go gently my friends. Janelle
The male Amegilla (Zonamegilla) murrayensis likes to attach their mandibles to a stem, tuck their legs up and fall asleep. Picture source CSIRO
Night Report Opening: Sergeant John Tchetchenian opened the meeting. 1 Minute Silence – Mark of respect of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. RIP Welcome by President Janelle: Janelle welcomed all present and particularly new members Vince Delpopolo and Anne Sharpe. Apologies were received from Alex Jugueta, Cawas Sahukar and Lucy-Jade Folkard. Special welcome and thank you to Rob Clarke as our guest speaker tonight. President’s Report Refer to President Janelle Craig report in the bulletin. Director’s Reports
Community Service: Colin Sharpe
Community Service Committee meeting was held last Wednesday. Last Friday Neville and Adrian completed the rebuild of the storage container at Michelle Rocheta’s storage at Arcadia.
Fundraising: John Caruana
24 September – Bunnings BBQ and Cake Stall at Bunnings Dural. One BBQ volunteer is still required for the afternoon shift and volunteers are required to bake cakes and run the cake stall. 1 October – Mini Garage Sale at Uniting Church and volunteers are required 15 October – Bunnings BBQ at Thornleigh. Please let John know when you can volunteer at the above events.
Membership: Carol Russell
The weekend trip to Mudgee was very successful with good fellowship. Another visitor night will be planned for October.
Public Image: Keith Ball
The Club website for member activities has been modified.
Youth: Rosemary Clarke
RYLA: Looking for 2 applicants aged 18 to 25 to attend a weeklong leadership course. RYPEN Feb 2023: Please see if any family member in Year 10 is interested in attending in Feb 2023. SANTOS SCIENCE EXPERIENCE will be held in three weeks and students from Coonabarabran will stay at club host families. Committee Meeting will be scheduled soon.
Club Services: Neville Hansen
If anyone will be away on holidays, please advise Neville and Ros of your absence from meetings. Please advise Ros by Thursday if you are unable to attend any face-to-face meetings
Social: Tony Coote
Friendship dinners are underway at the Delpopolo, Clarke, and Turnbull households. Thanks to Jim Simpson and George Chenouda for arranging a very successful trip to Mudgee.
Treasurer: Tony Coote The 2021/22 accounts will be audited.
A term deposit account has been established at Bendigo Bank to earn interest on surplus club funds. Jason Terry (ex-Rotaract Club President) has contacted Tony to return funds from the shutdown Rotaract Club. Guest Speaker: Rob Clarke Bob Davidson introduced guest speaker Rob Clarke who presented a fascinating view of the remote island of South Georgia, near Antarctica, where Rob said only expert photographers with mega equipment visit. Rob showed an excellent video of the 2019 National Geographic ship voyage which showed spectacular vistas and lots of elephant seals, albatross, and colonies of up to 250,000 king penguins. Closing remarks by President Janelle: President Janelle thanked all for attending and reminded all that next Monday will be a Zoom meeting commencing at 7.00PM to 8.00PM, thereby enabling people to watch the televised funerals service of Queen Elizabeth. Sergeant at Arm’s Sergeant John Tchetchenian staged an entertaining A or B quiz session about Queen Elizabeth II God Save the King was sung in closing the meeting
Night Report: Adrian Sonego Date: 12 September 2022
The Club alternates meetings: Generally, one "Face to Face" one Monday and a Zoom meeting the next Monday. Face to Face Meet at Springfield House Arrive 6:30pm, Start 7:00pm, End 9:00pm 245 New Line Rd Dural NSW 2128 Australia Zoom Arrive 7:15pm Start 7:30pm End 8:30pm