President's Message
Ian Ross
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This will be the final Club Bulletin for me. The next will be in the new Rotary Year under the Club's new President, Steve Genoni who we will welcome to the role at our Changeover dinner at the Weld Club this coming Saturday 26 June 2021. I'm sure Steve will enjoy and benefit from his time in the role and be equal to the challenges (expected and not) that every President, including me, have faced. One thing is certain, those challenges will include membership recruitment and retention and fund raising for our Good Works. These and other challenges can only be effectively addressed with the support and commitment of every member and sound leadership from our Club Directors. During my two years at the helm I've been very fortunate to have had those essential ingredients for success and I thank everyone most sincerely for the part they've played.  
Steve's Board will comprise: Club Secretary John Erkins; Club Treasurer Richard Ibbitson; Club Foundation Chair Stuart Diggins; and Club Directors for: Administration/Club Service (Kevin Baruffi); Membership (Gordon Booth); Public Relations (David Honeychurch); Community (Rob Webster); International (Kieran English); and Youth (Simon Cubitt). And I'll be helping Steve by taking on the role of Vice President.  
We've had a few weeks recently where there's been no meeting, but we've not been idle. Most recently         we helped with the annual Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal by manning a stall at Southlands Shopping Centre on 27, 28 and 29 May 2021.
We raised a total of  $1526.75  and received a big Thank You from Major Charles Watson. And a big ThankYou from me too, to all who gave their time to the cause. 
While it's been some time since we ran the 2021 Willetton Rotary Community Fair and I can now officially report that, despite far fewer stall holders than usual, it was a resounding success both with the numbers attending and the funds raised for our Good Works. We could not have done it without the extraordinary help we received from the Willetton Senior High School (WSHS) Interact Club; and our sponsors Healthway and the City of Canning. We are also indebted to Frank and Gillian Murgia (ably assisted by Kevin Baruffi)  who made sure the Silent Auction was a great success. (Frank (pictured below) joined the Club in August 2020 and we got to know him better at a recent meeting when he delivered a thumb nail sketch of his life and times. To read all about it Click here ED).
We now need to decide whether to run the Community Fair in 2022 and to some extent this will depend on whether or not we can get a W.A. Made Artisan Market up and running. The idea was proposed by  Steve Pusey before he left the Club. We like it because it's a new challenge and one we'd expect to be less labour intensive, requiring less sponsorship and with the potential to raise as much or more than the the Community Fair. It would however still need the support of the City Of Canning and was first discussed with them in July last year. We've recently written to them to resurrect the matter. Watch this space!!
Recently on behalf of the Rotary Foundation, I had the pleasure of presenting Kevin Baruffi with a sapphire for his Paull Harris Fellowship (PHF) Award. It was given to recognise his financial contribution to the Foundation. Kevin has been a stalwart of this Club for many years and has been a great help to me in the conduct of Club activities including sourcing guest speakers and organising vocational and social activities. Thank you Kevin and congratulations on your award.  
We were also delighted to recently welcome back Rob Webster fully recovered and raring to go; and.    Honorary member, Peter Cullen on an extended motor cycle trip from his home base in Queensland. I was reminded  of Peter when a bottle of Tawny Port he donated in 2014 found its way into the hands of Club Raffle Master, Stuart Diggins to be won by Richard Ibbitson. 
To enjoy our Club Joker's Jokes delivered in style by Raffle Master Stuart Diggins  Click here.

To view the CLUB MEETING DUTY ROSTER for our next regular Club meeting and beyond Click here and then on the For Members tab. 

The Club is in Rotary District 1060 and was chartered on 17 October 1925. Its thirty (30) member are led by President Michael Heath. They currently meet by Zoom at 12.30pm on the second and fourth Tuesd ay of the month and when possible, in person at the Angel Hotel, Leamington Spa. In the last couple of years the club has: Raised £16,700 and supported other local Rotary clubs with their fundraising efforts; Delivered a series of fun and pleasurable events for the elderly, disabled or disadvantaged members of the community; Organised and managed the annual Leamington Spa Community Spirit Awards ceremony; Helped provide sheltered accommodation and living necessities for victims of Hurricane Dorian in the Caribbean; Contributed to the Rotary International efforts to eradicate Polio worldwide by raising awareness locally of the campaign; Donated to local Leamington Food banks during Covid-19.
Their programme of events include the following series of events for the elderly, disabled or disadvantaged members of the community:  a boat trip on the river at Stratford; a concert and tea in the Octagon at St Mary Magdalene’s Church, Lillington; a visit to the house and gardens at Charlecote, followed by tea; holidays for the elderly at Blackpool;  in association with the local Helping Hands initiative we organise Christmas Boxes for children

 Their Community Action and regular events include: Alzheimer’s Society’s Memory Walk in Leamington;  donated to “Singing for the Brain” session at Brunswick Healthy Living Centre;  agreed to support the Warwickshire Climate Alliance’s proposal for a schools art competition drawing attention to global warming and climate change; Father Christmas in his sleigh in the Royal Priors Shopping Centre; Christmas Trees of Light in remembrance of loved ones, in Leamington and Whitnash; A Taste of Leamington, a moveable feast around local independent restaurants in the town; An eBay site for the sale of donated items; Cars At The Spa –lots of Classic cars and vehicles of special interest – displayed all day in The Pump Room Gardens, complete with almost non-stop entertainment; An annual charity dinner with auction.

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