Spotlight on Cookeville Breakfast Rotary International Night 2018: Australia

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Join us this week on WCTE’s Get Ready To Learn radio show as host Cindy Putman shares information about the upcoming Cookeville Breakfast Rotary event, International Night 2018: Celebrate Australia. This event is a way to honor and recognize our two country’s military cooperation through the years. Putman is joined by Retired Air Force Colonel Johnnie Hall, president-elect for the Cookeville Breakfast Rotary.

Australia is a vital ally, partner, and friend of the United States and will be the celebrated country at the Ninth Annual International Night sponsored by the Cookeville Breakfast Rotary Club.   

The International Night celebrating Australia will be held on Saturday, March 24th at the Leslie Town Centre beginning at 5:30 p.m. with a social and silent auction. This will be followed by a dinner of Australian cuisine at 6. There will also be cultural information and activities, as well as a special presentation by P.A. (Peter) Davis, Group Captain (O6) Assistant Defence Attache/Chief of Staff Australian Defence Staff (Washington).

“The US and Australia maintain a strong relationship based on shared democratic values, common interests, similar cultures, and exceptionally close defense ties,” said Johnnie Hall, chairman of the planning committee for this event. “This year the two countries will celebrate 100 years of mateship – a friendship first formed in the trenches of World War I.”

“International night is our annual fundraiser to raise funds for international projects, including Rotary’s drive to eradicate polio throughout the world,” noted Hall.

Group Captain Peter Davis will be speaking on the century of Mateship between the United States and Australia. The term ‘mateship’ is an Australian cultural expression that embodies equality, loyalty and friendship.

Group Captain Davis is a native of Victoria, Australia and enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force in 1980.  He has had a distinguished Air Force career for over 37 years rising from Base Financial Accounting Officer to Wing Executive Officer and Headquarters Commanding Officer.  He was also the first Australian Base Commander at Al Minhad Air Base in the United Arab Emirates. On 8 January 2016, Group Captain Davis became the Assistant Defence Attache and Chief of Staff (Defence) at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC.

During his career Group Captain Davis has been heavily involved in extracurricular activities including charity fundraising and participation in Service sporting teams. He has represented the ADF or the RAAF in the following sports: Australian Rules football, softball, volleyball, indoor cricket and long-distance running.

Guests at the event will also enjoy live entertainment including a didgeridoo. Tickets are $40 when purchased in advance, or $45 at the door. You may click here to buy your tickets online.

Tickets can also be purchased from any member of Cookeville Breakfast Rotary Club or by contacting Johnnie Hall at (931) 267-2810 or

You can check for more information as details are finalized on the official Facebook Page for the Cookeville Breakfast Rotary. All proceeds serve to finance the good works of the Cookeville Breakfast Rotary.


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