Page 2939 - Week 07 - Wednesday, 29 June 2011

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of new immigrants, when her husband was the president of the Olympic Soccer Club in Canberra. Above all, she was there to support her husband when Nick Tsoulias was elevated to serve Canberran Greeks as the president of the Greek community in Canberra.

Later on, when her husband died in 1996, Melba Tsoulias undertook the role of the matriarch, encouraging her son, Con Tsoulias, to undertake the leadership of the Greek community for three successive terms in office as its president.

Melba Tsoulias was always a vocal advocate in issues concerning her Greek heritage and culture, always eager to partake in the community efforts and integrate into the mainstream of Australian society. She was always a strong supporter of those in need and served for many years in the local Greek Orthodox Benevolent Society, offering substantial bequests and supporting the philanthropic role of the local church.

She will be missed for her perseverance and her determination and commitment to her ancestry. A loyal Australian settler of Greek background, she became a citizen, with enormous respect for and loyalty to Australia.

I would like to offer our sincere sympathy to her family: daughter, Sophia, and her husband, Andrew Haridemos, and their children, Nick, Eleni and Melba; son, Kostas Tsoulias, and his wife, Anna, and their children Nick, Melba and Arthur; and her 10 great-grandchildren. May she rest in peace.

Rotary Club of Canberra Weston Creek

MR HANSON (Molonglo) (10.45): I rise tonight to talk about a function I did not attend, and that was the Rotary Club of Canberra Weston Creek handover dinner for the outgoing president and the incoming president. The outgoing president was Janice Paull, who has done a magnificent job in her role this year. I think that the Rotary Club of Canberra Weston Creek benefited greatly from her guidance.

Today I was talking to a couple of members that I met at the Shepherd Centre when I attended their birthday celebrations. I think we all agreed that she had done a great job and that she had grown throughout the years as an individual. I think it is the case with Rotary that its members often get as much out of it as they put in. Certainly in Janice’s case, she has contributed greatly to the Rotary Club and to the community and has, I think, benefited greatly herself, as we all do by being associated with Rotary.

John Kennedy has taken over as president, and I am sure he will do a sterling job. I look forward to being a member of the club under his leadership and I wish him well in the year ahead.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 10.47 pm.

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