Area Two News
On International Women's Day (IWD), Tuesday 8 March, we held a District-wide series of IWD breakfasts with some at club level and others with a wider audience. In Canberra the breakfast was held at the Royal Canberra Golf Club with guest speaker Vanessa Low OAM who was also streamed to other regional centres holding IWD breakfasts. 
Vanessa was inspirational and provided real motivation to turn adversity into advantage, to look for areas for progress in a positive sense and to consider that "normal" is a personal thing. Her story resonated with many in the audience and all were in awe of her success in life after such a debilitating accident when she was 15 years old.
When planning for next year's event, it will be difficult to find another speaker with so much resilience, so inspirational and with such motivation to overcome adversity in her life.
The video of Vanessa's talk is available on the District 9705 website.
After having to postpone their annual formal changeover earlier in the year, The Rotary Club of Griffith Avanti recently held their long-awaited induction of three members as well as the induction of the board for 2021-22. We welcomed Tracey Vitucci, Sandra Agresta and Sophie Sun into the club.
While Tracey and Sandra are returning to the club after an absence due to work commitments , Sophie is a new recruit. All three have a dynamic, positive, can-do attitude which will be a valuable addition to our community projects.
While the main source of income for the Club’s community donations remains the collection of used lead-acid batteries, the members are also involved in numerous projects throughout the district to enhance our local community, whether it is working on the community garden patch, picking produce for Foodbank, planting trees, delivering meals on wheels and assisting other organisations to name a few.
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The Rotary Club of Griffith Avanti was chartered in May 2006 so it is a relatively new club with around 28 members all of whom are willing and enthusiastic to work together to make a difference in the community.  They are one of four clubs in the city. Read more for the full story about their battery recycling project and TV advertisement and other community activities.
Rotary Club of Yenda had a great changeover on Monday 26th July at the Yenda Diggers Club. It was a great night and PP Peter Chilvers handed over the reins to the new presidet, Bob Turner, who introduced his new board.
Left to right we have Kevin Farrell, John Badocco, Allan Gyles, Max Baker, Bob Turner, Ross Blake, Brian Edwards, Graeme Bamford, Past President Peter Chilvers and Dave Watson.  Squatting in front: Louis Toscan and Denis Murphy.
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