Welcome to the Rotary Club of Canberra Sundowners

The Canberra Sundowners are one of Rotary's newest clubs, having 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.  We are a family oriented club and welcome partners and children to our meetings.
 
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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Is there anything more Australian than a Bunnings BBQ on a Saturday?
 
As Canberrans looking to pick-up all their DIY bits and bobs made their way to Fyshwick Bunnings on Saturday, 22 June, members of the Sundowners were on hand to serve up some delicious sausage sangas.
 
Members were able to show off some of their hidden cooking skills while raising much needed funds.
 
The new Rotary year is upon us and a group of Sundowners came together on a chilly Sunday morning to put together a strategy for the coming year as part of our 2024-25 Planning Day.

Members discussed the ways we can continue our good work in the community under the stewardship of Mitra and her incoming Board.
 
You can be assured we will be focused on a number of service activities that are designed to make a positive contribution to the lives of those who live in Canberra and the broader region.
 
Rotarians right across the globe make a positive and lasting contribution to the communities they serve.
 
This is no different in the ACT where 15 Rotary Clubs comprised of hundreds of volunteers come together each week to undertake service activities, improve life opportunities of the most vulnerable and make positive change.
 
The ACT Legislative Assembly’s Standing Committee on Economy and Gender and Economic Equality are currently conducting an inquiry into unpaid work in the ACT.
 
To assist the Standing Committee to further understand the broad community service opportunities there are in the ACT and how the Sundowners works to implement initiatives that align with the seven overarching missions of Rotary, the Sundowners have provided a submission which can be viewed here.
 
Our first meeting for June allowed us to be inspired by the very affable Dr Stephen Utick who is the District 9705 Environmental Envoy Team Leader.
 
Dr Utick’s message was clear and simple - Rotarians have the knowledge, skills and resources to making a lasting and positive impact on the environment.
 
This message resonated with many Sundowners who have committed countless hours to service projects that improve and beautify our local environment.
 
The wonderful presentation by Dr Utick has encouraged us to explore other avenues of service in the environment sphere.
 
We were well and truly inspired to do more. You can play a part too!
 
During our second meeting in May we had the great pleasure of welcoming another Sundowner to our fold – Hilary!

Hilary has been an active participant at various Club activities and programs over the past 18 months and we are incredibly excited that he has formally joined us as a Sundowner.

Having previously been a Rotarian in his native Cameroon, Hilary brings plenty of experience of community service to our Club.

We cannot wait to have Hilary on the frontline with us as we strive to make a positive difference in the community we love!

We were also pleased to welcome Hilary’s wife, Vera, who joined with us in celebrating his induction.
The Canberra Sundowners, supported by a number of other Rotary clubs, local businesses and friends can proudly claim to have positively impacted the health outcomes for 3,000 mothers and babies through the purchase and packing of 3,000 birthing kits on 4th May.  All up about 150 people gave a couple of hours of their time across the day to support this great initiative.
 
Thousands of women and children around the world die or suffer significant medical issues in child birth in remote areas where medical facilities and practitioners are not readily available.  Clean birthing kits give women in remote regions of countries where medical facilities are limited a chance to have a clean and safe birth. They stop infections and the deaths of mothers and babies from these infections, and the inclusion of gloves also restricts the spread of HIV and other STDs.  The Birthing Kit Foundation Australia have supplied over 2.7 million clean birth kits to women in remote regions of over 30 countries and trained over 10,000 traditional birth attendants in these communities. Each birthing kit comprises a plastic sheet, a pair of gloves, soap, string and a razor blade, and costs $5.  You can find out more here.
 
The 3,000 birthing kits cost $15,000, which was raised through a great trivia night and the financial support of the Rotary Clubs of Murrumbidgee Canberra, Woden Daybreak, Queanbeyan and Yass, our corporate sponsor Keane Consulting and friends of the club including the following businesses - The Coaching Alliance Group, Cyconsol and RCD Consulting.  Thanks also to our partner Community Services #1 for the use of their Griffith Hall for the packing event.  

 
A special thank you to everyone who attended our trivia night on Wednesday 13 March!
 
Thanks to your generosity, we have raised close to $8000 to purchase and pack birthing kits to help women in developing countries give birth safely.
 
In early May we will be packing 3000 of these kits – and we need your help!
 
Registrations are now open to attend one of our birthing kit packing sessions on Saturday, 4 May.
 
📦 This is the sixth year we’ve supported the Birthing Kit Foundation Australia by purchasing and packing birthing kits.
 
🤱 Each kit costs $5 and includes simple items to help women at home or with limited medical support deliver their babies safely, with reduced exposure to disease and infection.
 
🌏 The Foundation distributes kits to remote regions of the developing world, where they have been proven to save the lives of mothers and their newborns.
 
WHEN: Saturday, 4 May 2024 (three shifts to choose from).
 
WHERE: Griffith Hall (next to the Griffith shops) Stuart Street, Griffith.
 
Register, donate or find out more: https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing/1191936
Looking for opportunities for furthering the club's interaction with local businesses, the Canberra Sundowners held a Corporate Membership Networking and Information evening on 27 March.  We were pleased to welcome our current Corporate member, Keane Consulting and senior representatives from Kayo Consulting, Yellow Edge, Cyconsol and Wisdom Learning along to the Hellenic Club for an informal evening of networking and information sharing.  President Tara Pullen provided some background on Rotary and the club.  This was followed by Owen Keane outlining some of Keane Consulting's experiences and the value they have seen from corporate membership of the club.  
 
The club looks forward to continuing to explore opportunities to work with these companies to continue and enhance our service to our community.  
 
Any other companies that are interested in extending their community service programs are welcome to contact the club.
 
Join us on 13 March for a night of trivia enjoyment and challenge, as well as an opportunity to support the Rotary Club of Canberra Sundowners fundraiser for our annual birthing kit purchase and packing event.
 
Every birthing kit costs just $5, and we are hoping to be able to purchase and pack around 3,000 kits in May 2024 (after packing 2,000 in 2023!!). Every birthing kit provided improves the birthing outcomes for people without ready access to hospitals and medical facilities.
 
Hosted by community leader and 2023 King's Birthday honour recipient, Heidi Prowse OAM.
 
Doors open 6pm. Trivia commences 6.30pm.
 
Book one or more tickets. Tables of 10. Tickets cost $35 per head and can be purchased here.
 
Sundays are for supporting friends, right?
 
On Sunday, 11 February, members teamed with the Vinnies Canberra/Goulburn Community Inclusion Program at Oaks Estate, where we worked with residents to help rejuvenate the communal space with a lick of fresh paint to the outdoor furniture and the assembly of swing seats.
 
What a wholesome way to spend our weekend! We know the residents will enjoy the new-and-improved space
 
 
We were pleased to end January by joining with members of the Rotary Club of Jerrabomberra in doing our bit to give back to the community we love.
 
Manning the Vinnies Canberra/Goulburn Night Patrol we made our way to Queanbeyan and Civic where we met with companions on the street, provided some meals, offered clothing and shared meaningful conversations.
 
We’re rostered on one shift a month where we support those doing it tough. It’s certainly a worthwhile way to spend our Wednesday night!
 
The Sundowners are back for 2024 and there was no better way to start the year than farewelling our outbound youth exchange student, Penelope.

About to head to France to immerse herself in their culture, Penelope, dropped by our January 16 meeting to be officially presented her youth exchange jacket by President Tara.

Penelope also gave members a short presentation on her expectations and goals for the next 12 months.

The Sundowners cannot wait to hear of all the fun and learning Penelope will experience on her exchange.

We wish you all the best, Penelope, as you begin the opportunity of a lifetime
Our first half of the 2023-24 Rotary year has continued to exhibit the primary Canberra Sundowners traits - lots of small and largely hands-on activities with a primary focus on our local Canberra community.  Before heading off on a very well earned break, our club finished the year with a bang, which included the following activities:
  • painting of the outdoor community facilities and picnic tables at Oaks Estate (supporting the Vinnies Community Inclusion Program),
  • purchase of hundreds of dollars of items for Community Services #1 Christmas hampers,
  • purchase of $1,500 of Christmas goodies and packing of these into Christmas hampers for Oaks Estate residents (supporting the Vinnies Community Inclusion Program) - thanks to Keane Consulting and the Rotary Club of Jerrabomberra for financial contributions,
  • providing people to support the Community Services #1 Christmas Party,
  • purchase of 2 defibrillators to be installed at Community Services #1 premises in the new year, and
  • providing the people power for the Vinnies Night Van (Sundowners staff this van one night every month).
Not bad for a small, young Rotary Club!  Please contact us if you are interested in learning more about how we make a difference in our community and have fun doing so.
 
 
On Saturday, 18 November 2023, the Sundowners were pleased to host the International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians (Australian Section) at a dinner to mark their visit to Canberra.
 
The IFFR are a group of Rotarians dedicated to promoting Rotary and aviation as an opportunity for fellowship and service and they certainly demonstrated their capacity to do this during the dinner.
 
We were privileged to have the 2024 ACT Young Australian of the Year, Caitlin Figueiredo, as our guest speaker where she detailed her considerable attempts to give young people a say in politics. It was inspiring to hear from Caitlin firsthand and it made us appreciate the talent that we have in our own backyard.
 
Special recognition must be given to one of our own – Lynne Duckham OAM – who was responsible for organising the IFFR visit.
 
The Sundowners were pleased to welcome Emma Kelly as the newest member to our growing tribe at our first meeting for November.
 
Emma has been a constant presence at our Club activities and social events over recent months and has thrown herself into serving our local community.
 
Having previously been an active member of Rotaract, Emma is a wonderful addition to our team.
 
We are always pleased to welcome new members who are passionate about making a difference in the communities they live and work.
 
In the lead-up to World Polio Day, members came together on a sunny Saturday to raise funds for the End Polio Now campaign by cooking up a storm on the BBQ at Bunnings Fyshwick.
 
Many customers were interested in hearing of Rotary International’s ongoing efforts to eradicate polio.  Our team were worked off their feet and raised just under $2,000 for the End Polio campaign - what a great effort.  Of course we also thank Bunnings for the wonderful opportunities from community groups like ours to raise much needed funds to support our service through the BBQs.  
 
With only 7 reported wild cases in 2023 so far, Rotary’s work in ending polio is tracking well. The funds raised from our BBQ will assist those on the ground providing vaccinations to some of the most vulnerable.
 
It is widely agreed that the biggest celebration of Spring is Canberra’s Floriade and members were out in force during this year’s festival to support the Gnome Painting Competition.
 
With very favourable weather conditions, members of the Sundowners helped support budding artists on Saturday, 7 October.
 
Tasked with selling gnomes, distributing paint and brushes and assisting in applying lacquer to ensure each gnome’s longevity, members had a very fulfilling and engaging day.
 
Profits raised throughout the Competition are used to support Rotary’s local community service activities and for international humanitarian assistance purposes.
  
 
To mark Mental Health Month, the first meeting of October was set aside for members to think about our mental health and wellbeing, regardless of whether we may have a lived experience of mental illness or not.   
 
We were honoured to welcome local Rotarian and author, Roger Eichler, and his wife, Libby Eichler, who spoke of his journey living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
 
A long-serving member of the NSW Police Force, Roger’s experiences across his career serving in rural communities tells many stories, including those entwined with the personal impact on a country cop and his family.
 
Fires, floods, flies, dust storms and blizzards, Roger’s experiences are tragic, heartfelt, and at times humorous, but tell a story of the impact of serving to protect.
 
Roger’s book The Price of Protecting Others is a moving account of his journey and provided those in attendance with a greater insight into what living with PTSD is like.
 
Funds were also raised during the meeting for Australian Rotary Health.
The first meeting for September was interesting with our guest speaker being Area 5 Governor, Gary Davis, who provided an overview of his role and responsibilities as he supports our Club throughout this Rotary year.
 
Gary joined the Rotary Club of Woden Daybreak in 2018, served as Club President during 2021-2022 and succeeded our own Lynne Duckham OAM as AG at the beginning of this Rotary year.
 
Gary is also Chair of the District 9705 Conference Committee which will be held at Queanbeyan between 20-22 October 2023. Gary and his Committee have been able to secure a variety of inspiring and thought-provoking speakers and many Sundowners are gearing up to cross over the border to attend the Conference.
 
The Sundowners were pleased to welcome District 9705 Governor, Andrea Grosvenor, to our Club meeting on 15 August.
 
Andrea has just commenced her long journey of visiting all the clubs in the District.  She outlined some of the Rotary International focus areas for the year and also those of our District.  It was a good opportunity to hear some of the wonderful initiatives being undertaken across Rotary and the District.
 
Sundowners supported other Rotarians from District 9705 who volunteered at this year’s Canberra CareersXpo in early August.  Our members mainly provided hospitality in the Exhibitors’ Lounge.
 
The CareersXpo is an annual event conducted in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Aurora Gungahlin and the ACT Government, which seeks to provide career guidance and advice on career opportunities to secondary students throughout the ACT and surrounding NSW schools network.
 
This year’s CareersXpo was held at EPIC over two days on 9 & 10 August and featured around 150 local and national exhibitors, including universities, colleges, and career placement organisations, as well as government departments, the police, the defence force recruitment branch, training institutions and employers.
 
Approximately 8,000 secondary students from schools in the ACT and the surrounding region, including students from as far afield as Mallacoota in Victoria, attended the two day event.
 
Surplus proceeds from site fees and sponsorship are applied to the benefit of local youth and vocational projects conducted by the Rotary Club of Aurora Gungahlin and a small portion of the proceeds will come to Sundowners in acknowledgement of the contribution of our volunteers. This will be assist in the delivery of service projects throughout the Rotary year.
 
What a great night with our Changeover celebration on 4th July!  Over 50 members, friends and guests enjoyed the celebration of the past Rotary year and the great work the Canberra Sundowners have done in our local, national and international communities.
 
Outgoing President Sam Doyle presented Paul Harris Fellowship recognition of great service to the Canberra community to Lesley Foldi (including many years service to RSPCA and also supporting the club in establishing our Vinnies night van team)  and Patrick Coffey (many years service to the Gungahlin SES and to Camp Quality).  Both were surprised and humbled by the club's recognition.  Congratulations to both recipients. Well deserved!
 
We also inducted Matthew Mennilli as our newest member of the Sundowners.  On top of that we acknowledged some great young people we have worked with, including Adelle Holman and Penelope and Claudia Hampson as well as several great community organisations that we supported this past year.  
 
The evening ended with the installation of Tara Pullen as President and the introduction of the 2023-24 Board!  A wonderful night to start another great year in the Sundowners!
 
 
 
 
Six Canberra Sundowners joined over 12,000 People of Action from over 200 countries (also known as Rotarians) meeting at the annual Rotary International Convention in Melbourne from 27-31 May.   Each day of the convention includes plenary sessions from great motivating speakers, mainly from community service backgrounds speaking about plans and projects, and a myriad of breakout sessions.  Breakout sessions cover a variety of subjects on Rotary trends, projects, challenges, fellowship groups and more.  
 
 
Our birthing kit packing weekend over 29 and 30 April was a resounding success across many spectrums.  We had over 100 people join us for 2 hour packing sessions across the weekend, including Rotarians, local politicians, staff from our primary event sponsors - Keane Consulting, RCD Consulting and The Coaching Alliance Group - friends, family and also some who joined us on spec after seeing the event in print and social media advertising.  The organising team ran a very well organised event, with great focus on keeping the production lines running.
There is still time to register for our birthing kit packing event next weekend - 29 and 30 April at Legacy House, Geils St, Deakin.  There are 2 two and a half hour sessions each day, at 9.30am and 1pm.  
 
More information and online registration is available at https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing/1023583.
 
If you'd like to hear President Sam Doyle providing more information on the birthing kit packing event or on the Canberra Sundowners Rotary Club - check out this ABC Radio clip from today - https://www.abc.net.au/canberra/programs/sundaybrunch/rotary-birthing-packs/102257610.
Some of our members spent the morning of 1st April at the Rotary Club of Canberra Sunrise Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Tree Planting Program! The activity was based on a government grant for the Rotary Club of Canberra Sunrise.  The participants managed to plant over 200 native tree seedlings during the session.  Another session is expected in the coming month to complete the job.
 
As we do every year, a small number of Sundowners joined the  Ahmadiyya Muslim Association Canberra in a Clean Up Australia Day activity at the top of Mount Ainslie.  The Amaroo Scout Group also joined the clean up.  Those involved found it very satisfying to make a positive difference to the environment in one small area of Canberra.  
The Canberra Sundowners have been running birthing kit packing events for about 5 years, well before we chartered as a club in 2021.  It has been a regular annual event, and one that brings club members, friends and supporters together for a fun and productive day of service. Last year we packed 900 birthing kits, which were despatched to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Ghana, South Sudan and more locally, to PNG.  This year we are working to achieve funding and sponsorship to allow more than double last year's figure with 2,000 birthing kits to be packed.  If you would like to donate to help achieve this target, you can do so here.
 
The birthing kits comprise everything required for a woman to give birth in remote situations where she is not able to get to hospital or medical facilities.  Believe it or not, this is still the case for many women in many parts of the world every year.  The individual elements of each kit cost $5 for each kits worth, and we join with many other groups to pack the kits for Birthing Kits Foundation Australia (BKA) to despatch.  Read more about BKA here: https://www.bkfa.org.au/.
Since September 2022, members of the Sundowners have signed on with the Vinnies Night Patrol to provide food, hot drinks and other support to Canberra's homeless on the fourth Wednesday evening of each month.  Our members have found this to be a very satisfying activity that can make a real difference in many ways.  While a basic meal and hot or cold drink meet the physical needs of our 'companions', the Night Patrol team also provide sleeping bags, clothing and shoes, and most importantly, companionship and a chat.  
 
This month with a couple of our volunteers away/unavailable, we needed some assistance from Vinnies staff.  Thanks to our club friend Lesley for your regular and continued support.  We do need a few more people to finish training and undertake some shifts so that we can guarantee Sundowners helping with this vital service once every month.
 
 
2023 is upon us, and having reached half way through the Rotary year it is worth taking a moment to check how we are travelling.  And it is a good news story - the Sundowners continue to grow and serve the community in even more ways, all while having fun with a great bunch of people.  Here's a quick snapshot of the Canberra Sundowners' last 6 months:

Social - great activities including ten pin bowling, dinner at Snappers and networking at club meetings,
 
Fundraising - three Bunnings BBQs, Floriade gnomes and Careers Expo, raising over $6,000 to support our service to the community,
It was great to see the culmination of about a month's planning and shopping come together with ten members and friends packing 80 Christmas hampers brim full of goodies and the following day (10th December), with six members and friends delivering the hampers to residents at Oaks Estate. It was very satisfying to hear the thankful comments of many of the residents.
 
Our club has supported CS#1's activities in a number of ways over the last few years, and with two additional activities in November.
 
With great weather, great entertainment and a good crowd on hand, members thoroughly enjoyed assisting the CS#1 Family Fun Day in a range of capacities, including staffing the cake stall, cooking and selling sausages, MC'ing the event and much more.  The club also provided financial support, primarily to cover the cost of signs for the event.
 
  
 
There is nothing like a Rotary Conference for bringing great people and great ideas together.  For Canberra Rotarians there have been two substantial conferences over the last two weekends.
 
Our recent community service planning session had a real vibe and provided an opportunity for members to have a say and to shape this critical area of Rotary service.  Discussions focussed on the next 12 months, with a couple of longer term options for consideration.  The outcomes will be discussed at our next club meeting so that other members' ideas can also be incorporated.  Some of the activities with strong support from the meeting include:
  • packing Birthing Kits (as we have done for a number of years now),
  • continuing to support Vinnies Community Inclusion Program at Oaks Estate, and
  • supporting our new endeavour operating the Vinnies Night Patrol Van once per month.
We also have a number of environmental activities including tree planting and Clean Up Australia activities planned.
 
There is something in our program to meet everyone's service passions.  If you would like to more about how to impact your community and have fun, please join us for a meeting and check us out.
 
The Canberra Sundowners have started the new Rotary year with a range of fun activities and service events.  These have included two Bunnings BBQs in July, and a suite of service activities in August:
  • supporting the running of the Canberra Careers Expo,
  • supporting the Rotary Club of Canberra Sunrise in their running of the Model United Nations Assembly, a great UN Assembly-style debate for Year 10-12 students, and
  • another outdoor painting bee in community areas and fencing supporting Vinnies Community Inclusion program at Oaks Estate.
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.  
     
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    Our Vision

    Canberra Sundowners are an active, inclusive and responsive team of Rotarians who make a lasting impact in the greater community.

    Our Mission

    We make valued and effective contributions to the community through a variety of fun, hands-on service activities.

    Service Above Self
    Upcoming Events
    Jul 02, 2024 6:00 pm 8:30 pm
    Jul 16, 2024 6:00 pm 7:30 pm
    Jul 20, 2024 8:00 am 4:00 pm
    Jul 29, 2024 6:30 pm 8:30 pm
    To be confirmed
    Club Executives & Directors
    President
    Secretary
    Treasurer
    Community Service
    President Elect
    International Service
    Club Service and Communication
    Vice President and Immediate Past Chair
    Public Officer
    Youth Protection Officer
    Club Information
    Canberra Sundowners

    We meet In Person
    Tuesdays at 6:30 pm
    The Glasshouse, Pavilion on Northbourne
    242 Northbourne Avenue
    Dickson, ACT 2602
    Australia
    Club meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month. One Tuesday a month we also normally have a social activity. A guest speaker is normally engaged for one meeting per month. Arrive early to order a meal or drink.
    Rotary International Theme 2023-24
    RI President Gordon McInally's theme for the 2023-24 Rotary year is “Create Hope in the World”. He explained that the goal is to restore hope to help the world heal from destructive conflicts and to help achieve lasting change.

    Corporate Sponsors

    Keane Consulting has been a corporate sponsor of the Sundowners as part of their community program since mid 2020.  They have provided financial support and people power for a number of our key service activities.  Check them out here:  https://www.keane.com.au/
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    We are grateful to the Pavillion on Northbourne Hotel for their generous support in providing the Glasshouse as a venue for our club meetings.  This is a great facility.
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    Birthing Kit Sponsors
    Special thanks to our corporate and individual sponsors for our 2024 Birthing Kits event.  These include the Coaching Alliance Group, Keane Consulting, Cyconsol, RCD Consulting and the Rotary Clubs of Woden Daybreak, Murrumbidgee CanberraQueanbeyan and Yass. Through our recent trivia night and the support from these groups we raised the $15,000 needed to purchase our 3,000 birthing kits.  
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    Partners
    After supporting each other for a number of years, the Sundowners are currently establishing a Partnership Agreement with Community Services #1 (CS#1).  Check CS#1's great work out here.
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