President's Message
Ian Ross
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There are forty seven (47) Rotary Clubs in our District 9465 and between July and December our Governor Wayne Milnes and Suzanne visited them all. As you can see from the map below, that's quite a t(ask) which Wayne and Suzanne completed when they visited us last Monday. Wayne delivered Rotary International President William Daniel Maloney's message and then gave his own take on it. We report below.



Wayne was accompanied by Assistant Governor Ian Pittaway. Also present was our old friend Barry Berger from the Rotary Club of Canning (nee Rossmoyne) Barry is the District Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) placement officer for Sweden and came along to introduce Ainslee Carr and her mother Nora (pictured at right). Ainslee lives in Applecross, is being sponsored jointly by the Rotary Clubs of Kojonup and Narrogin and came along to experience a Rotary meeting before heading off to Johanna's home country, Sweden, in January 2020. Also pictured at right is our regular guest and assistant attendance officer, Winston, with his father, Kieran. They'll be spending Christmas in New Zealand and we got the impression father and son were really looking forward to the "time out". 

We didn't have an International toast, but were treated to a report from Johanna of her adventures over the past three "intense" weeks or so at Peel Week with her fellow inbound students (pictured at right); on the NW Safari; in Sydney (where the Blue Mountains proved to be her favourite sight of all); at Point Peron with the next group of students to go overseas; and down on the farm in Kojonup (also pictured at right) which included a visit to beautiful Albany. 

Johanna is on her long break from school and I encourage you all to take her out whenever you can. 

And of course no Club Bulletin would be complete without  "Lethal" Leigh's Laugh and Glenn "The Joker" Trim's Gems. To read all about them Click here.

District Governor Wayne and Suzanne

DG Wayne told us that RI President Mark Daniel Maloney has chosen the Theme Rotary Connects the World as he believes Members of Rotary connect with their families, their communities and via projects around the world.

Mark Maloney has four (4)Priorities for 2019-20

1. Increase our Impact 

  • 9 November 2019 – Rotary Day at the United Nations, New York, 
  • 4 Presidential Conferences 
           1.28 February 2020 – Santiago, Chile 
           2.28 March 2020 – Paris, France 
           3. 7-8 May 2020 – Rome, Italy 
           4.5 June 2020 – Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

2. Expand our Reach by growing Rotary

  • Retain / Engage Members
  • New Members
  • New Clubs
  • Look at all alternatives

3. Enhance Participant Engagement

  • Be more family freindly
  • Welcome children to our activities

4. Increase our ability to adapt

  • New approaches to our Organising principles do not threaten our sense of who we are, but can enhance who we are.
  • Rotary Leadership should not be a Full Time Job and was never intended to be this way.

And Then There Was DG Wayne's "Take" On Things   

  • We are one of the largest services organisations in the world with over 1.2 m members and yet unless you have been involved with Rotary at some point in your life, Rotary is virtually unknown to the general population.
  • We have over 1.2 million members with over 33,000 clubs worldwide.
  • A conservative estimate say each club contributes $30,000 per year into their local and international communities. This would mean that Rotary directly inputs in excess of $1.0 billion dollars per year into the world economy.
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