President's Message
Rob Webster
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On Monday 29 October the Club dined out at the Bentley Pines Restaurant where as usual, the student chefs and wait staff gave everyone attending (but sadly not Maureen and me) a night to remember with outstanding food and service and I thank Greg Hamilton and Mary Henderson for organising this very successful event.
Back at the Club on 5 November we welcomed prospective member Neelam Badve. (Neelam's son, Sagar, is a member of the Rotaract Club of Subiaco, so Neelam knows a thing or two about Rotary); and our exchange student, Anna, who has now finished her schooling for the year (no exams for her, just holidays until February 2019). She will shortly be off to Sydney for a week in the company of many of her fellow exchange students; followed by a week down Mandurah way. Don't forget to invite Anna to other events whenever you can. While she keeps herself busy, I'm sure she would welcome outings over the Christmas/NewYear period and beyond.  
Our guest speaker, Angela Bowman, was born in Canada, where she developed an early love for wildlife, exploring local habitats and seeking out iconic animals such as beavers, bears, sea lions and orcas. As Senior Development Executive with the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) Angela is responsible for the Conservancy’s activities in Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory. She spoke about Australia’s extinction crisis and how AWC is delivering measurable increases in Australia’s most endangered species. See our report below. 
Thanks to Club Director of Community Service, Ashley West, for reminding us about the Club wine fund raiser which closes on Friday 9 November with orders available for collection from Biemel's Hardware on Saturday 17 November between 9.30am and 11.15pm. I encourage everyone to place their orders in support of this great initiative. All profits will be used for Good Works. 
Well deserved congratulations are due to Club Fair Chair, Simon Cubitt, who has secured a $5,000 grant from the City of Canning to purchase three (3) Gazebos, twenty (20) treble tables, three (3) ice boxes and a barbecue. This is a great help and reduces the support we need from our major sponsors, Healthway and Lotterywest.   
The Willetton Senior High School (WSHS) Interact Club plan to send Care packages to Australian Defence Force (ADF) members serving overseas. Parcels weighing up to a cubed weight of two kilograms in a ‘BM’-sized Australia Post carton can be sent free of charge. The items most appreciated include uniquely Australian treats such as Tim Tams, lollies, magazines, books and DVDs. Items such as cigarettes, alcohol, perfumery products can't be sent. If you would like to donate in cash or kind, please contact Sue Thorp on 0421 972 344 before the closing date of 25 November 2019.
For everything else happening in the Youth portfolio, see the separate report at right.
If you have some loose change lying around after the Melbourne Cup and would like to End Polio Now, the Rotary Club of Melville has a unique way to raise funds for the campaign through their 500 Club. There are 500 tickets for sale at $100 each and a Grand Prize of $10,000 to be drawn on Paul Harris' birthday, 23 February 2019. Each ticket holder will have their name recorded on the Rotary Club of Melville End Polio Now ‘500’ Club Virtual Honour Board to be posted on the District 9465 website; and become a District 9465 Foundation Centurion member. To buy a ticket, see the details below.
Aswin Rajagopalan from the Rotaract Club of Rossmoyne and I collected a "truck load" of books from  Willetton Senior High School (WSHS) for the Smith Family. I also thank Anne Edgar and David Honeychurch for their contributions and if anyone else has books or stationary to donate, please contact me on 0417 900 008‬ to arrange delivery or collection.
Like many West Australians (including quite a few Club members), Stuart Diggins was once a student of the late Arthur Marshall, learning the finer points of tennis. Arthur's wife Helen went to school with Lannah Diggins and through that association, Stuart has a considerable quantity of Arthur's memoirs to give away free of charge. There's a bit  more detail about the book below in the right column and if anyone would like a copy, please contact Stuart on 0409 115 855.
Our Annual General Meeting will be held on 26 November 2019. We will present the Club's audited accounts and conduct elections for office bearers. At this time there are two Board positions to fill plus most importantly, the office of President Elect. I urge everyone to think seriously about taking up any one of these three roles. From experience I can confidently say that you will gain a great deal from involvement in the leadership team.  



    Angela Bowman


AWC is the largest private owner of land dedicated to conservation in Australia. They have  twenty seven (27) properties across 4.65 million hectares in iconic regions, such as the Kimberley, Cape York, Lake Eyre and the Top End. The organisation recognizes that ‘business-as-usual-land-management’ will result in continued extinction of Australian wildlife. So in little more than a decade, AWC has implemented a ground-breaking approach-combining world-class science and a sound business strategy to protect a stunning diversity of ecosystems including tropical savanna, rainforest, desert, grasslands and woodlands. 


Tickets will be issued and mailed to your home address or PO Box number on receipt of your $100 payment to the Rotary Club of Melville Account BSB: 124 001 Account : 22848336 quoting your name. You must also return the completed form, or a similar format (see below) to me at so I can be alerted and make sure of getting your ticket to you.

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I encourage anyone with an interest in eradicating polio to get behind this great venture and add their name to the 500 Club.

Permit Holder Lynne Newton President 2018-19 Rotary Club of Melville                           

Nov 12, 2018
Chungwah Community Aged Care, Willetton
Nov 19, 2018
Willetton Senior High School Awards
Nov 26, 2018
Ann Gen Mtg plus NYSF aspirations
Dec 02, 2018
Rotary Club CHRISTMAS Breakfast, Pagoda Restaurant 8.30 am, Price $30 person
Dec 10, 2018
Adenia Park Seikh Memorial
Dec 17, 2018
XMAS Barbecue (PARTNERS and Friends Night)
Dec 24, 2018
Xmas Recess
Dec 31, 2018
Xmas - New Year Recess
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
David Fraser
November 11
Spouse Birthdays
Darlene Trim
November 1
Sue Thorp
November 1
Bernadette Missen
November 2
November 12
Pushpa Pushpalingam
Mahes Pushpalingam
November 17
Join Date
Michael Nahan
November 15, 2010
8 years
Ernie Denham
November 20, 2017
1 year
Club Director of Youth Service, Simon Cubitt reminded us that:
  • Applications for the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)  close on 10 November 2018;  
  • The WSHS Awards will be held on 19 November 2018; and that
  • The club will be sponsoring two deserving students to attend a one day overnight Leeuwin Ocean Adventure trip to gain credits towards the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.  
He also reported that:
  • The Club will be sponsoring Haru Jayasekara from Rossmoyne Senior High School to compete in the Zone Final of the Four Way Test Speech Contest. Haru set a very high standard at the Rotary Club of Rossmoyne's (RCR) speech contest and, while he was runner up, RCR wanted to give him another opportunity by being sponsored through our Club; 
  • After several unsuccessful attempts, for each of which the Club has provided Letters of Support,  the Autism Academy For Software Quality Assurance has been selected to receive a Business Higher Education Round Table Award in the category for Outstanding Collaboration For National (Non Economic) Benefit. Professor Telly Tan will receive this at an Awards night to be held in Melbourne on 13 November 2018; and that  
  • The WSHS Year 10 cohort comprising around 360 students will participate  over 29 & 30 November 2018. He will need the assistance of about five Rotarians.
Volunteers don't get paid, not because they're worthless, but because they're priceless." 
We got rid of our landline when we found that we were the only people using it when we were looking for our mobile phones.

He who laughs last is a bit of a slow thinker.

I am as swift as a Gazelle—an old one—with arthritis—run over by a Land Rover— 8 days ago
Those who remember Arthur Marshall as an international tennis player and outstanding teacher of the sport are spot on. But he was also a league footballer in a top team and outstanding performer in squash, cricket, table tennis, golf and lawn bowls. And that's just the sport. He also became a highly respected sports journalist and went on to become a state parliamentarian with a strong record of achievement. In these memoirs Marshall tells engaging and often amusing stories of his multifarious exploits from childhood on, not the least of them an extended account of his two adventurous years on the international tennis circuit.
Service Above Self
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Willetton WA 6955