President's Message
Ian Ross
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I thought I'd start this week with the last call from the Club Director of Community Service, Rob Webster, for anyone wanting a copy of the 2018/19 Entertainment book, They can still be purchased online. Just Click here.  


It was our pleasure to welcome the Director of Front Porch Films, Richard Seale as our guest speaker.

Richard taught film production at Curtin University for eight (8) years before deciding to leave the world of university politics behind and start his own business. He believes everyone has a fascinating story waiting to be told and that film is a very effective, accessible, affordable medium for this which condenses time, and engages multiple senses. His golden rules are: 

  • Don’t try and include everything
  • It will take you on a journey
  • All stories need a point (and a villain!)
  • You are engaged, and you can celebrate.

To view some of Richard's work and find out more Click here.

And we can't go on without a special mention for Attendance Officer, Kieran English's son, Winston, on hand again to cheerfully help his Dad; and Johanna who has finally had a game of soccer. Her host parents had a contact with a local team (most, reportedly, of Scottish descent-which prompted a question from the floor about kilts!). Also Johanna now knows "for whom the bell tolls" after she visited the Bell Tower on the weekend; and the benefit of the District Youth Exchange Briefing at Fairbridge on the previous weekend, It was a great opportunity to meet and get to know all the other exchangers and realise she is not alone in going through the adjustment of being in a new country with new "parents", a new school and meeting and making new friends.  

Last week we reported on the Four Way Test Speech Contest in which the three Year 10 students from Rossmoyne Senior High School, Elise Hilder, Jasleen Kaur Sawara and Erin Peoples had to speak for no more than six minutes. They were free to choose their topic but required to incorporate all four tenets of the Rotary Four Way Test: Is It The Truth?; Is It Fair To All Concerned?; Will It Build Good Will And Better Friendships?; and Will It Be Beneficial To All Concerned?. While Elise won, we've just learnt that all three contestants will go through to the semi final in September sponsored respectively, by the Rotary Club of Canning, by our Club and one other Club yet to be named. We are delighted as all three are very deserving.                          

From L to R: Students Erin Peoples, Jasleen Kaur Sarwara and Elise Hilder and teacher Joanne Ray. 

The Kulbardi Indigenous Open Days are to be held at the Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre, Murdoch University on 24 and 25 September 2019 with the aim of increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in higher education. Rob Webster and his Community Service Committee will again support the event by providing a barbecue lunch for participants on both days. This is very worthwhile and I encourage everyone to help Rob and his team if they can. He'll need four or five helpers each day. Kulbardi by the way, means magpie and the bird is an important symbol of healing and care in Noongar cosmology.  

We now have applications from four Willetton Senior High School (WSHS) students to attend the September 2019 Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment (RYPEN) and there may be more to come. If so, Club Director of Youth Service, Simon Cubitt and his committee will give them priority over  the Conoco Phillips Science Experience and draw against its budget allocation for funding. 

To help them qualify for the Duke of Edinburgh Award, the Club will also be providing funding for a WSHS student to participate in six day Leeuwin Ocean Adventure.  

You will recall that our Rotary Youth Leadership Awardee (RYLA), Josephine Santosa, foreshadowed an event called  "A Day in the Life of RYLA" being put on by the participants of the most recent Rotary Youth Leadership Extension Programme (RYLEAP) to thank their sponsor Clubs and give them an insight into RYLA . The event is on Saturday 7 September 2019. Simon Cubitt will be attending and there's room for one more. I'm sure it will be well worthwhile. To register Click here. 

Governance is something the Club takes very seriously, no more so than with our responsibilities for the youth in our care. We therefore ensure that all those in an "Appointed Role” must apply for and hold a WA State Working With Children (WWC) Card. This applies to such people as the Club Protection Officer, Exchange Student Counsellor, host parents and their children over 18 living at home; and any Rotarian or volunteer involved in child related work, including overnight stays and camps. Club Protection Officer, Geoff Geary, keeps a very close eye on this, and if doubt he's the man to speak to.  

There's still time to register for the guided tour of Optus Stadium followed by dinner on 16 September 2019; the partners night at the Bentley Pines Restaurant on 23 September 2019; plus the District Rotary Foundation Committee movie fund raiser, Ride Like A Girl, on Sunday 22 September 2019. You can register for the first two on the Club website. For Ride Like A Girl Click here; or get in touch with the Club Chair for the Rotary Foundation, Stuart Diggins who has tickets to sell. 

For "Lethal" Leigh's Laugh and the gems from Glenn "The Joker" Trim just Click here. 

Sep 02, 2019
Program progress and planning
Sep 09, 2019
Our Mongolia Trip: What it's like and what we learned
Sep 16, 2019
Tour of OPTUS Stadium (Kevin Baruffi)
Sep 23, 2019
PARTNERS' NIGHT - Mary Henderson
Sep 30, 2019
No Meeting
Oct 07, 2019
Program progress and planning
Oct 14, 2019
Oct 21, 2019
Adopt-a-School Association - What is it? How does it Work?
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August 14
Leigh Thorp
August 27
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Jana Vodesil-Baruffi
August 6
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Geoffry Geary
August 17, 2015
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Kieran English
August 17, 2015
4 years
With the Ashes in full swing, David Honeychurch continued the theme started by Simon Cubitt in the previous week when he referred the Ashes and fast bowler Jofra Archer who was born in Bridgetown Barbados before eventually migrating to the UK.  So David's international toast was to the Rotary Club of Barbados. It was chartered on 7 March 1962 and was the first of three Clubs in Barbados. This Rotary year the Club is led by President Peter Williams and its seventy eight (78) members meet on Thursday at 12.30pm at the Barbados Hilton Hotel, Needham's Point, St. Michael. Their projects include

Sustainable Living, Improving Lives Project-helping vulnerable families to become more self-reliant. Schoolhouse For Special Needs-to provide housing and schooling for young people with developmental challenges. "The Homeless" Rotarian-a 24 hour vigil to raise awareness of the plight that so many  endure. An Autism Seminar-To raise awareness and improve understanding of the condition Participation in the Model United Nations Project for youth; and  sponsorship of Rotaract, Interact and  Pride Of Workmanship Awards

Note: The national flag of Barbados was officially adopted on 30 November 1966, the island's first Independence Day, when it was raised for the first time by Lieutenant Hartley Dottin of the Barbados Regiment.

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