Rotary eClub of Brindabella
Opportunity Knocks

July 2023 | Issue 2

Welcome to Opportunity Knocks - the bulletin of the Rotary Club of Brindabella. 
APOLOGIES: this is a re-sent email to correct the next meeting date
Introducing DG Andrea
An introduction to District Governor Andrea Grosvenor from the District Newsletter: 
Andrea joined the Rotary Club of Queanbeyan in 2015 and served as President in 2016-17 and 2017-18. Andrea has a long family Rotary history. Her father was a Charter Member and then President of the Rotary Club of Campbelltown, SA, her mother was a stalwart and President of Campbelltown Inner Wheel and she was a Charter Member of Campbelltown Rotaract in 1976. 
Andrea has a distinguished 35-year career in the Australian Public Service in various departments and many roles including program development and management, policy coordination, and international relations. 
Can You Accommodate Peace Fellows?
A message from Rotarian Garth Britton: 
You will recall that in past years we have hosted the visit to Canberra of Peace Fellows who are undertaking the Masters in International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution at the Rotary Centre at UQ in Brisbane. The Fellows follow a program of professional, academic and cultural visits that aims to introduce them to Canberra and some key actors in the peace and conflict resolution space here.
We are now planning to resume the annual visit of Fellows, to take place from 9-12 September 2023, and would like to seek the support of Rotarians for the accommodation and transport of the students:
  • Could you ask if any of your members would be willing to act as Home Hosts for one or two of the Fellows during this visit - providing accommodation for the 3 nights of 9-11 September? In addition, subject to finalisation, this would involve transport from a central point on the evening of 9 September; transport to a central point on the mornings of 10-12 September; providing a simple dinner at home with their guests on Sunday 10 September; and transport to and from a formal dinner (venue TBC) on 11 September.
  • Could you also please ask if any of your members, although not able to provide accommodation, might be interested in assisting with transport or other arrangements on these dates?  Note, this does not need to be for the entire period: if people can just nominate when they might be available between the evening of 9 September and 12  September, we will populate a roster.
This is a wonderful opportunity to meet some very interesting and inspiring young people who are participating in a key Rotary program. Rotarians who are interested in helping in either of these ways should email Garth Britton at
We would appreciate a response as soon as possible, since we need to be certain that we can accommodate the Fellows before committing to the other elements of the program. Could we please ask that responses reach Garth by 30 July 2023? Garth can also be contacted on 0438204870 for any further clarification on this matter.
A letter from Liz Hearn RN
Our guest speakers at the July 13 meeting were Prof David Croaker and Liz Hearn on ROMAC. Liz recently forwarded this email to Beth Woolley reflecting on Rotary's support for their efforts:
Dear Beth, 
I hope you won’t mind forwarding on my letter of thanks for the money donated to us for the
next trip.
Thank you everyone for choosing us to donate your funds to get us over to the Solomon
Actually I had so much more I wanted to tell the group and I hope by my emailing you, I can
get this to them all.
Firstly, my impressions of Rotary.

We were gifted “Rotary Club of Hall” hats to wear on the trip. The first person who commented about my hat was in the customs line when we were brought through quickly and quietly. “That’s a very cool hat!”
As we checked out of our Brisbane accommodation,  the young receptionist informed me she was a member of Rotaract.  Nothing was too difficult for her to do for us…..not that we were difficult!
On our flight home, the lady in the row in front of us turned around and said she would try to
get us funding from her club in….Canada!  I haven’t heard from her….yet!
Last year I had some boxes of medical equipment that were needed in the Solomon Islands, so I delivered them to Bob, who runs the Rotary warehouse in Melbourne.  I delivered the 4 boxes and was gobsmacked by the extent of the products donated, and the places to which it was sent. I received a phone call regarding 50 brand new beds that could be donated, did I know someone who could use them?  I rang Bob in the Melbourne warehouse, he said, if the donor could get them to him, he could send them all over.  The two men connected, and the beds arrived in Melbourne, they have since had some sent to outback medical centres and overseas.
Rotary;  you don’t let anything stop you.
Rotary;  the community is welcoming.
Rotary;  you care
Thank you all for donating the funds to get us started on our next trip to the National Referral Hospital in Honiara.
Without your caring community, we would not have been able to do the surgeries and help the children in May of this year.
We won’t let anything stop us, we will keep working on getting funding to help the children.
With kind regards and grateful thanks,
Liz Hearn RN
Our Next Meeting
The next meeting of the Rotary eClub of Brindabella is Thursday July 27 at 8pm via Zoom. 
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Meeting to commence at 8pm, close at 9pm – meetings will be videoed 

All members are invited to attend.


Jenny to Welcome everyone, members will be asked for one line answer (What values does a good Rotarian have?)  
Guest: Welcome Jerry Rokosuka, our guest speaker


Don Thomas Induction by Rob Uhl District Governor Elect 

Scott Bredin will have us Toast a Rotary Club 

Ross Ellis Foundation Director – information on Foundation  

General Business
Reports from any Directors
  • Youth
  • Foundation
  • Community  
  • Membership 

Introduction of Guest Speaker: Ros Robinson – Jerry Rokosuka – PALM Scheme (The Pacific Australia Labour Mobility scheme) 20 minutes with 10 minutes for questions.

Vote of Thanks: Sally Lean.

Close of Meeting

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