Rotary eClub of Brindabella
Opportunity Knocks

December 2023 | Issue 1

 
Welcome to Opportunity Knocks - the bulletin of the Rotary eClub of Brindabella. 
Meet a member - Ted Kruger
I was born in Melbourne, Victoria in 1943 and we lived in the St Kilda area. My father who worked for the Australian Government had been transferred from Canberra to Melbourne shortly after they had been married in Canberra at St Andrew’s church in Forrest. After the war in 1945 we arrived back in Canberra and lived in Torrens Street, Braddon just past Haig Park until 1949 when we moved to Hassall Street in Ainslie.
 
I attended Ainslie Infant School until 1951 when we moved to Noumea, New Caledonia where my father worked for the South Pacific Commission as member of the Australian workforce for 3-year period flying over to Noumea in a Qantas flying boat which took some 13 hours to get there from Rose Bay in Sydney. By this time, I had 4 brothers and on the trip over we caught the tale end of a cyclone.  I went to the catholic school located adjacent to the Cathedral in the centre of Noumea and we lived in Anse Vata. We returned in 1955 and I spent some 4 weeks in Ainslie Primary prior to starting senior school at Telopea Park High in 1956. After 6 years at Telopea Park – yes I repeated 4th year – I failed to get the leaving certificate and then spent just over a year as a petrol pump attendant.
 
In March 1963 I started work as an architectural draftsman at the National Capital Development Commission (NCDC) being involved in development of Canberra. In 1966 I married Gerry Power, and we are still together and at the same time I went back to night school in order to obtain the leaving certificate which would allow entry to university. 
 
In 1973 the CCAE of Canberra stared an Architectural course and I was able to enroll as a mature aged student. The head of the school also being my previous boss at the NCDC. I graduated as an architect in 1977 and I have to thank the NCDC who assisted me financially as being married and with 2 small boys it was not easy. I worked with the NCDC being involved in numerous project such as the public housing program, schools’ program and various other projects such as the AIS and local town centres.  The other highlight was being part of the group that produced the design competition conditions for the New Parliament House. Sadly, the NCDC was abolished in 1988 and taking a redundancy package I moved on after 25 years with the NCDC.
 
I joined a private architectural practice BVN in November 1988 and stayed with them for the next 22 years. During that time, I worked on project such as the Tuggeranong Office Park, The New Russell Offices, Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), aged person housing for the ACT, Fitout for Airservices Australia and a number of interior fitouts for various clients. I also worked with the firm in Sydney on some of the Sydney Olympics facilities and of Projects in Brisbane for the Brisbane Office. In 2010 the firm closed the Canberra Office and then Stage 3 of my working life commenced.
 
In 2010 I started my own Architectural practice “Archited Pty Limited” working from home in Aranda mainly doing commercial fitouts for Defence, ASMA and a few other clients. But now I have stopped work and enjoying retirement.
 
My Rotary journey commenced in 1979 when I joined Canberra City Rotary Club until 2020 last when it ceased and the joined the E-Club. I am also a member of the Jamison Probus Club and meeting new friends along with re equating with other people that I have worked with in the past. My interest are stamp and coin collecting, model making and trying to restore my old Durant and Rugby cars. Our boys are now grown up with one living in the Canberra area with our 3 grandsons while our other works in London. We enjoy taking trips on the high seas which we hope will recommence in the future.
 
 
Recent Club Activities 
Our club's recent Wagga Wagga Trivia event was, by all accounts, a fantastic event. $2500 has been donated to Australian Rotary Health. 
 
Wagga members also recently hosted a breakfast bbq for several hundred school students! 
 
And the hard work of all members who participated in gnome painting for Floriade has paid off with a $2500 donation to our Club, some of which is being sent to Nepal for Earthquake recovery efforts. Our Interactors received $3000 for their efforts so they have set the standard for 2024. 
Christmas Party
About 18 members and friends gathered in Canberra for the Club's Christmas Party on December 3. 
 
Thank you to those able to join the fun and fellowship and to those not able to make it, for whatever reason, you are missed. 
 
At this time of year, our thoughts are with members struggling with health and other issues, as well as those working hard. Many of us have extremely busy lives but please take time to check in on your fellow members if you haven't connected in a while. 
 
Thank you to Rob Uhl for facilitating a fun gift exchange and to Rob, President Jenny, Beth Woolley and others who helped to organise the day. 
Rob Woolley presents President Jenny with a photo from children in the Solomon Islands in thanks for our projects there. 
Rob, Ros, and Sally.
Members participate in the gift exchange. 
Our Next Meeting - Annual General Meeting
Our next club meeting is Thursday December 7 at 8pm via Zoom. 
 
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Speakers/Agenda

This meeting will be our Annual General Meeting, chaired by President Jenny. 
 
1. Meeting Opening 
2. Apologies
3. Reports from the 2022-23 Rotary Year 
4. Election of the 2024-25 Board 
5. Close. 
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