The Raven

The Raven

The Raven


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Board Directors


Jeff Ibbotson


Mike Rodd

Immediate Past President: John Robson

President Elect:

Jeff Ibbotson


Bruce Wyatt

Club Service & Administration John Widdup


Shukry Sahhar

International & Foundation: Neale Emanuel

New Generations:

Debbie Whitfield

Membership & PR:

Songfa Liu

Contact Information

PO Box 637 Woden ACT 2606

Secretary: mrodd@bigpond.net.au


Other officers

Attendance: Lyn Svanosio, DJ Camangan

Program: Gary Scott, Mike Rodd

Sergeants: Neale Emanuel,

Shukry Sahhar

Public Officer: Mike Rodd

Member Data: Ken Goard

Bulletins: Debbie Whitfield, John Gray,

Bruce Wyatt, Alec Phillip

Facebook: Lyn Svanosio & Bruce Wyatt

Webmaster: John Widdup

Previous Issues of the Raven


The Club’s crest & bulletin name reflect ‘Odin’ (Anglo-Saxon ‘Woden’), the ancient Nordic God of Wisdom.

Odin had two ravens called Hugin and Munin (Thought and Memory) who flew forth every day

and returned at night to tell him what they had seen, so contributing to his wisdom.

The Raven

The Weekly Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Woden

Last week’s cultural outing

Number 4 Volume 46: 24 July 2013

Meetings: 6.00 for 6.15 pm Wednesdays, CSC Yacht Club, Mariner Place, Yarralumla, ACT.

Rotary International theme for 2013/2013

“Engage Rotary, Change Lives”

“Woden Rotary”

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Attendance last week

Visiting Rotarians:

Visitors: Ros Osbourne, Jackie Cauchi, Joan Pratt,

Maureen Booth, Julia Widdup, Gerda


Members attending: 10

Percentage: %



Debbie Whitfield 0477 033 222


To assist with catering requirements,

please advise Debbie of apologies

and/or guests by 10 am Monday.


THIS WEEK - 24th July

Program Fellowship and Heather Hart

NEXT WEEK - 31st July

Board Meeting

Stroke Foundation

Introduction Noel Hart John Robson

Appreciation Norma Donaldson Neale Emanuel

Fellowship DJ Camangan Ray Newcombe

Songfa Liu

Sukry Sahhar

Raven Recorder Bob Harvie

Keith Avent


Norma Donaldson & Dorothy Macklin

(22nd), John Widdup (26th)

Maureen Booth (31st)

Anniversaries nil nil


Last week, we met at M16 ArtSpace Gallery in Griffiths where

Emily Casey, the Gallery coordinator introduced us to Sarah

Brown’s painting exhibition “Desert Life”.

This week we meet back at the Yacht Club.

Dates for your diary

July 24 - Fellowship and Board Meeting

Sat July 24 - Shelter Box at Westfield Woden

July 31 - Heather Hart - Stroke Foundation

Oct 11-13 - Dist9710 Conference at Merimbula

July is the New Rotary Year


Fellowship and

Board Meeting

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Things you should know about

Rotary Youth Exchange

Antonia Skene, the student we nominated for the

Rotary Youth Exchange program has been selected for

a placement in Japan, her 1 st choice. Members will be


George Pratt


Bruce Wyatt

able to meet and hear from Antonia in December. She will leave for Japan in mid

-January and will return in January 2015. Neale has agreed to be her counsellor.

Shelter Box at Westfield Woden on Saturday 27 July

We will be putting on a Shelter Box display at the Woden Westfield shopping

centre to promote Shelter Box and our club. We need members to be on the

roster. Please tell Debbie when you will be available for an hour or so between 9

AM and 3 PM: debbie.whitfield@bigpond.com 0447 033 222.

Upcoming Meeting Venues

Due to the low number of members attending our meetings during winter, we

will not be meeting at the Yacht Club on the following nights:

7 th and 21 st August, 4 th and 25 th September 9 th and 23 rd October.

We would like to schedule some alternative activities and opportunities for

fellowship on these nights (such as the viewing of Sarah Brown's art exhibition

last week). If members have a suggestion for a restaurant to visit, a show to see,

a place to visit or simply some home hosting in the weeks that we will not be

meeting at the Yacht Club, please contact Debbie Whitfield:

debbie.whitfield@bigpond.com or 0447 033 222.

paintings with 10% of the proceeds of sales going to Western District dialysis at

Kiwirrkurra, WA.

Emily Casey talked about the details of the

aspect and technique of the paintings. A red

wash of the canvas gave the whole painting a

desert atmosphere and also allowed Sarah to be

extremely fast in displaying her desert subject.

Emily does not know any other artist who is as

productive as Sarah. The 45 paintings captured

the heart and soul of the western desert.

Emily also gave us an introduction to the

Gallery which is supported by the ACT

Government and has rooms for practising artists,

for classes and display galleries. Displays are

usually changed every 3 to 4 weeks. As well as Sarah’s paintings at the

moment, there is a display of paintings of Lake Eyre by Patricia Wheatstone and

a showing of short indigenous films as part of NAIDOC Week.

The Griffith Vietnamese Restaurant is a fine example of Saigon cuisine that

blends Vietnamese and French heritage. The chef, Som Nguyen, backed up by

his uncle Tan, the waiter, provided us with a splendid range of tasty food at a

very reasonable rate. Many of us made certain we left with a complete menu for

future reference.

Kiwirrkurra Donation

After reading about our work at Kiwirrkurra, honorary member Frank Macklin

sent us a cheque to help complete the work on the nurses quarters.

Thank you Frank for your very generous donation.

Hospital Wishing Well

Noel Hart and Jeff Ibbotson met with Kim Philpot from the Canberra Hospital

Foundation to discuss the hospital wishing well. The wishing well is operational,

but signage and access are not ideal. We will work with the Foundation to better

promote the wishing well, and Rotary generally.

Last Week

The Rotary Meeting of 17 th July 2013, was a combination of an art show and a

Vietnamese dinner at Griffith. The meeting started at 5.00 for 5.30 pm at M16

ArtSpace Gallery where Emily Casey, the Gallery coordinator (also an artist)

introduced us to Sarah Brown’s painting exhibition “Desert Life” consisting of 45

It was nice to meet up with

former member, Jacki Cauchi,

who was working here for a few

days before returning to the sunny

Gold Coast before the expected

cold of the weekend.

The following Rotary members

attended the art show, the dinner

or both: Piers Booth, John

Widdup, Jeff Ibbotson, Phil

Ibbotson, Des Henderson-Kelly,

Shukry Sahhar, Norma

Donaldson, Bruce Wyatt, George

Pratt, Mike Rodd.

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