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                                                      Guest Speakers and their Topics of Interest                                                                                              


  January No guest speaker  
  February Michelle Jenkins, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve Talked about her 650km alpine walk through Victoria, NSW and the ACT.
  March Helen Musa, City News reporter Informed us about her role as an Arts critic and her associated jobs overseas.
  April Lana Mitchell, Royal Flying Doctor Service Educated the members on how the RFDS works now - many roles for this group have changed significantly over the years.


Stephen Walmsley                                               

Memories of the 9/11 Attack in America
   February Jenny Mobbs, CEO of COTA Services Available for Older People


Gary Thoms Geneaology
  April David Young The Canning Stock Route
  May Bob Bush A Bush Poet
  June Brad Tucker (Mount Stromlo Observatory) A brilliant update on the state of all things from outside our planet
  July The Presidents Lunch The Happy Ukulele Strummers
  August Aster & Bethany  An interesting and informative talk on Macular Degeneration
  September Bobby Gane Mercy Ships and their role in providing medical support to people in poor nations
  October Jane Cannaher (AFP Liaison Officer) Personal Safety and Scams
  November Daniel Harris-Pascal (ACT No Waste) Recycling and Waste Management
  December Christmas Lunch Heart and Soul Choir

January Jan Petrie Her Adventurers Plane Travels

February Athol Williams Members Music Video Selections Part 1

March John Jervis The Towrang Stockade and the Work of Convicts                                                        

April Stephen Trump     The Red Cross and People Living in Isolation

May David Young His Travels in Mongolia

June Jeff Chapman Members Musical Video Selections Part 2                                   

July No Speaker Due to President's Lunch

August Vanessa Little ACT Libraries and How to Get the Most Out of Them
  September No Meeting due to Covid 19  
  October No Meeting due to Covid 19  
  November No Meeting due to Covid 19            



January No Speaker Bushfires

February No Speaker Bushfires

March No Speaker Covid Pandemic

April No Speaker Covid Pandemic

May No Speaker Covid Pandemic

June No Speaker Covid Pandemic

July No Speaker Covid Pandemic

August No Speaker Covid Pandemic

September No Speaker  Covid Pandemic

October John Jervis An Historic Overview of the Marulan and Goulburn Areas

November Zoe Hannah                                                         Her Role in the RFS and her Personal Experience of Preparing for an Advancing Fire         

January No Speaker Trivia Challenge

February Daryl Neit  Crash Investigations in the Canberra Region 

March Rhonda Haire Exercises for Seniors

April Jennifer Milwall Under-age Soldiers who Died in World War 1

May Lt Col Glen Braithwaite                                     Volunteers who Provide Veterinary Care for Pets Belonging to Homeless People   

June Jenny Horsfield Soldier Settlers in Tuggeranong

July Ian Peters Diabetes

August Rolfe Hartley The Life of Sir John Monash

September Enid Niven VISE (Volunteers for Isolated Students' Education)

October Nipuri Wye Wickrama Her Family's Floristry Business which Employs People with Special Needs

November Robin Hipkiss Inspirational Women and Why we Should Write a History of Our Own Lives

December Cheryl Tandy Her Personal Experience with Breast Cancer and Support Available to Sufferers 

January David Ash The London Stock Exchange

February Amanda Heal Her Remarkable Career and the Assistance Given by the Guide Dogs Association to those with Sight Problems

March Alec Prior His Successful Quest to be Listed in the Guinness Book of Records (Traveling  Around the World)

April David Shaw  A Brief History of the National Zoo and the Aquarium

May Daryl Neit Life as a Member of the Australian Federal Police, here in Canberra

June Fil Giles Legal Issues Affecting Seniors

July Barry Virtue Australian Inventors

August Duncan Bosworth The Search for the Missing Malaysian Airline MH370

September Rod and Judy Roberts                                                               Historical Allwood

October No Speaker  

November Pat and Warwick Wright        Plants versus Animals. Which are Smarter?

December Daryl Neit Crash Investigations in Canberra

January Clem Longdon Amusing Anecdotes from his Working Life

February Susan Tunks The Work Done for Young Children Undergoing Surgery and/or Chemo by the Stellar Bella Little Stars Foundation

March No Speaker Records              

April No Speaker Records             

May Elizabeth Furness The History of the Tuggeranong Schoolhouse Museum

June Sharon Slater The Role of Police Volunteers within the AFP

July Martin Fisk The Mentoring and Counselling Services Provided by Menslink for Youths up to Age 25

August Rev Canon Simon Woolridge                                                           His Role as Chaplain at the Alexander Maconochie Centre

September Barry Virtue Famous Speeches in World History

October Cliff Armitage His Career and His Charity Work

November Dr Brad Tucker  The Past, Present and Future of Mt Stromlo Observatory 



February Romayne Ash Her Unusual Early Life

March Mike Rikard
The Geology of Canberra

April Gail Aitken It's Never Too Late to Start Working on One's Fitness

May Amy Lay
The National Archives

June Michelle, Manager of the Vikings Club                                 
An Insight into the Activities of the Viking Club Group, and its Role in Supporting Community Activities

July No Speaker
Due to the President's Lunch

August Jan Petrie
And Interesting and Amusing Anecdote about her Stay at a Very Rundown Hotel

September Les Selkirk
Antique Dealing

October Howard Ralph An Overview of the Animal Rescue Centre, the Southern Cross Wildlife Care Centre 

November Barry Virtue  The Murrumbidgee River 

January Jacob
"My Kitchen Rules" - a Cooking Demonstration

February Sgt Simone Wilson
Road Traffic Rules and Other Issues Related to the AFP Traffic Branch

March June Sutton, Jan Petrie and Jean Smyth
Cameo Talks

April Wayne
Equipment Used by the ACT Fire Brigade

May Jeffrey Dabb
Birds Seen in the Canberra Region

June Pat and Warwick Wright
The Cunning Ways Native Plans Survive and Thrive

July Christine The Development of the Canberra Airport

August No Speaker
Due to IT Problems

September David Shaw
The National Zoo and Aquarium

October Lynda Webber/Leanne Johnson
Home Security and Scams on the Computer

November Jane Curran Teaching English in China

December Heather Hart The Treatment and Prevention of Strokes 
  February Brian Heath
Housing and Accommodation Options for Seniors (COTA's View) 
  March No Speaker
  April Steve Crouch The Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex
  May Tony Howkins
The Functions of Probus South Pacific
  June Liz McGrath/John Mulhall
A Day at the ABC
  July Steve Doszpot
Here's Hazardous Journey from Budapest to Canberra
  August Jan Petrie, Maureen Smith and June Sutton                                         Entertaining Cameo Speeches from our Members
  September Rowland Stewart/Graham Gordon  A Story About A Landscaper and His Encounter with A Random Breath Test Unit/His Six Week Trip to the UK, France, Belgium and Switzerland 
  October No Record  
  November No Record   
  January Barry Virtue Hens Lay Eggs, People Lie Down - the Meaning of Words
  February Barry Virtue
The History of Canberra up until the Declaration of the City on 12 March 1913
  March No Guest Speaker
Due to the Annual General Meeting
  April Bob Cook
Hot Air Ballooning
  May Alan Hannaford His Experiences Droving a Large Herd of Cattle
  June AFP Superintendent Victoria Linabury       
Keeping Australians Safe Overseas
  July Jill Grant The Culture of Japan
  August Barry Virtue Boundless Plains to Share - The Chequered History of Our National Anthem
  September Sgt Daryl Neit
His Experiences During His Long Career in the AFP
  October Julie Ahmat/Graham Gordon Her Experience During Cyclone Tracy/His Father's Life
  November No Record  
  January Henny Hermes
Her Early Life, Living on the Canals of Amsterdam
  February No Speaker Due to the Club's Birthday Celebration Activities
  March No Speaker
Due to the Annual General Meeting
  April Nikki Foote
Top Line Success Coaching and Personality Profiles
  May Graham Gordon Part 1 - The Search for, and Locating of, the HMAS Sydney
  June Graham Gordon
Part 2 - The Search for, and Locating of, the HMAS Sydney
  July Heather Bozza and Steve Cuthbert                                

The Challenges of the Vision Impaired and the Range of Devices that are Available to Help Them

  August David Jauncey His Career as an Astronomer with the CSIRO
  September Robert Wong Magic - The Art of "Misdirection"
  October Gerald Lynch The Workings of Radio Station one 1RPH - a Broadcast Services for the Vision Impaired
  November Fergus Nelson The Age Care Services Available from the Organisation, Just Better Care
  December Jeff Chapman A Musical Quiz and Jeff Playing Various Tunes on his Flute
  January Tony Howkins A Musical Quiz on Singers and Bands from the 20th Century
  February Rusty Woodward/Jan Petrie Health and Wellbeing
  March Jeff Chapman His Years Teaching into Papua New Guinea
  April Tom Anderson Part 1 -The Cultural Differences he Experienced While Working for Customs in China
  May Sarah Marshall Techniques for Keeping our Feet Functioning Usefully
  June Tom Anderson Part 2 -The Cultural Differences he Experienced While Working for Customs in China
  July Graham Gordon The British Nuclear Tests at Maralinga
  August Margo Mitchell (COTA)                                   Depression and Anxiety
  September No Record  
  October Steve Doszpot His Flight to Freedom from Hungary and his Resettlement in Australia
  November Frank Kustra His Escape from the Invasion of Poland and his Journey to Australia