Welcome to the Rotary Club of Canberra Sundowners

The Canberra Sundowners are one of Rotary's newest clubs (chartered on the 20th of August 2021).  We have been supporting our community since 2017 as a satellite club of the Rotary Club of Canberra Sunrise. 
We are a vibrant and diverse group of people working to make a difference in Canberra and around the world. We enjoy getting into the community and volunteering our time for worthy causes.  
Are you interested in making positive changes in your community and the world?  If so, we encourage you to check us out.  We know you will be glad you did!!!
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It was great to look back at the wonderful year that the club had in 21-22 under President Sam Saunders.  Sam had a tremendously productive year as President, and even found time to give birth to Millie early on in the year.  
Sam paid tribute to her Board for the year, who have supported her and worked behind the scenes to ensure the club was able to charter and to set some great foundations.  The outgoing Board included President Elect Sam Doyle, Secretary Tara Pullen, Treasurer Patricia McDonell, Membership Director Peter Hill, Immediate Past President Emma McVeigh and Community Services Director Kate Wiencke.
    What a great service activity on 28th May, painting BBQ tables, fencing and seating in a communal area between buildings at Oaks Estate. This supports work by Ben and the Vinnies Canberra/Goulburn Community Inclusion Program (https://www.vinnies.org.au/.../Community_Inclusion_Program/) on-site team working to give residents a better communal environment and helping to build social cohesion. We enjoyed meeting some residents and having a number take up brushes and work alongside us. Thanks to Bunnings Canberra Airport for donating paint, brushes and rollers for the activity, and to members and friends for their efforts today.
    The Canberra Sundowners held our birthing kit packing event on Sunday the 15th of May.  This is the fourth year the club has supported this great cause, with each year being bigger and better than the last.  

    This year we had about 45 Rotarians, members of our corporate sponsor, Keane Consulting (https://www.keane.com.au/) and friends and family join together in two 3 hour shifts to pack the basic items needed to give birth for women who are not able to get to a hospital or medical facility into birthing kits.  Each kit comprises a plastic sheet, 3 pieces of string, soap, a pair of gloves, a scalpel and much love.  
    It's not all hard work volunteering in Rotary.  We like to have a lot of fun in meetings and social events as well.  Our social event for April was tasting French wine and produce and learning about French wines and wine regions at French Flair in Manuka.
    If you are needing to top up your glass or cellar, French Flair is well worth checking out for great quality and variety in French wines. https://www.frenchflair.com.au/ Thanks for hosting us Christophe and Nicole! French Flair Food and Wine
    As in past years we joined Ahmed & friends from @Ahmadiyahmuslimcommunity at their Clean Up Australia Day event, held on 6th March. The Ahmadi's ethos is around peace: "Love all, hate none" which seems timeless. 
    The Canberra Sundowners finally got to formally celebrate our recent chartering as a Rotary Club with over 80 Rotarians, family and friends.  It was a wonderful evening, with great memories of our path to chartering, some amazing silent auction items and raffle prizes and much more.  
    The Sundowners launched our second street library last weekend - this one in Tea Gardens in Gungahlin.  It was the culmination of a great deal of effort by a number of people, including our resident artist extraordinaire - Ash, who created a marvellous forest landscape on all sides of the library.  
    It was great to have a number of members, joined by Peter and Ralitsa from the Gungahlin Community Council come together for the launch. 
    The first six months of the 2021/22 Rotary year has been a roller coaster for the Sundowners, with many highs and a few lows - mainly associated with the ACT COVID-19 lockdown and cancellation of a few planned events .
    Our biggest highlight was of course completing our chartering journey in August.  We look forward to our delayed charter celebrations in February.

    Supporting Community Services #1 Christmas Food Hampers
    We recently collected donations of goodies for Christmas food hampers for our partner Community Services #1, who do a great job supporting those less fortunate in our community.  Demand for their services is very high this year, and we are working hard to make a difference.
    Lid sorting event for Lids4Kids.  In October we held a day long event sorting lids.  Lids4Kids Australia is a grass-roots 100% volunteer project which rescues plastic bottle lids from landfill to benefit the environment and repurposes them into sustainable recycled plastic products to benefit kids.  More information on Lids4Kids is available at https://www.facebook.com/Lids4KidsAU/.  
    Helping Restocking of Community Services #1 Food Pantry
    After receiving advice from Community Services #1 that their food pantry was in very high demand resulting from a range of factors including the ACT lockdown and in need of additional supplies.  It has been great to be able to mobilise our team very quickly to support those in need in our community.  
    Stephanie A. Urchick selected to be 2024-25 Rotary International President

    Stephanie A. Urchick is selected to be the 2024-25 president of Rotary International

    Recognizing a woman’s worth

    Programs of Scale grant-winner Together for Healthy Families in Nigeria helps families by focusing on the fundamental needs of women

    Service Above Self

    Upcoming Events
    Aug 16, 2022
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Aug 17, 2022 8:00 AM Aug 18, 2022 5:00 PM
    Aug 20, 2022 9:00 AM Aug 21, 2022 2:00 PM
    Old Parliament House
    Aug 27, 2022 12:00 PM 4:00 PM
    River Street, Oaks Estate
    Gavin Sidhu
    Sep 06, 2022 6:30 PM
    Experiences in Establishing a Rotary International Project
    Frances Crimmins, CEO YWCA
    Sep 20, 2022 6:30 PM
    Club Executives & Directors
    President Elect
    Public Image
    Vice President and Immediate Past Chair
    Community Service Director
    Membership Director
    Public Officer (ACT)
    Protection Officer
    Club Information
    Canberra Sundowners

    We do Rotary differently

    We meet In Person
    Tuesdays at 6:30 PM
    National Press Club (NPC)
    16 National Circuit
    Barton, ACT 2600
    Club meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month in the NPC Business Centre (Level 1). One Tuesday a month we also will normally hold a social activity. A guest speaker is normally engaged for one meeting per month.

    Corporate Sponsors

    Keane Consulting has been a corporate sponsor of the Sundowners as part of their community program since mid 2020.  Check them out here:  https://www.keane.com.au/
    Help Our Service Work Through Purchasing the Entertainment Book
    We now have an Entertainment Book account.  The Entertainment Book provides a huge suite of discounts at restaurants, shops, hotels, movies, cafes and much more.  Entertainment Books are available for a single city (eg Canberra), multi-city, or multi city plus:
    Great news is that while you save; 20% of every Entertainment Book membership will be provided to the Club's service account, helping us do more in the community.  It is great for you, but also as a gift for friends or relatives.  Purchase a book or check out all the details here.
    Rotary International Theme 2021-22
    Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.