President's Message
Rob Webster
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As I start this report I'm feeling a little rusty having missed a couple of weeks of Rotary while I was on "Safari" with Dr Bob, Ric Davies, David Honeychurch and past member Ross Priestman. Simon Cubitt stood in for me and I thank him for that. He was there to witness the induction of Noel Galopin. We are delighted to have Noel on board, wish him a very warm welcome and a long, happy and enjoyable membership. See his profile below.

Then it was May! and at our meeting on Monday the 1st we had the pleasure of the company of guest speaker Associate Professsor, Dr Kushwin Rajamani accompanied by Vijay Gupta, Yaso Rasa Subramanium and Vonnut Harai. Kushwin is a Cardiologist and Heart Rhythm Specialist who was born in Sri Lanka but has lived in Perth since 2004. He has a deep interest in understanding the effects of war on society especially in Sri Lanka. Among his philanthropic work his main priority is towards efforts to safeguard the wellbeing of children. He is also an Ambassador for “Save the Children” and regularly undertakes medical missions to Sri Lanka. His topic was "Re-building Sri Lanka – Hope Among The Ruin” To see his presentation Click here. 

Also, in conjunction with the Rotary Club of The Hills-Kellyville NSW and the Australian Medical AID Foundation, Kushwin has been a generous supporter of two projects through Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) and in particular the “Medical Equipment and Coronary Artery Disease Fund - Sri Lanka”.  To recognise this commitment the Rotary Club of The Hills-Kellyville awarded Kushwin a Paul Harris Fellowship. It was our pleasure to take him completely by surprise and present it to him. 

 We have reported on his citation below.
Geoff Patching then took us to the East of Sri Lanka to toast the Rotary Club Of Georgetown, Penang Malaysia. See at right. Anna on the other hand is still on the Northern Safari!
Now in a different direction!!! We are still finalising the results of the Community Fair held on 7 April, but can tell you that the Silent Auction raised $4,875. It's a terrific result and a great effort from leader Ric Davies and his team members, Wayne Hand, Vic Camp, Leigh Thorp and Steve Genoni greatly helped by the use of Kevin Baruffi's EFTPOS machine.  
I thank all those people who have volunteered to help Club Director of Community Service, Ashley West,  with the collections for the Salvation Army Red Shield Day on 25 and 26 May 2019; and also those helping, Club Director of Youth Service, Simon Cubitt, at the sausage sizzle being run by the Willetton Senior High School (WSHS) Interact Club  at the school (which is a polling booth) on election day, 18 May 2019. It's an important fund raiser for the Interactors. Just as important is your vote to help the Interactors win the People's Choice for the Seven News WA Young Achiever of the Year 2019. You can vote as many times as you like. up to Monday 20 May 2019. To support them Click here.  
May is Youth Service Month. As always, Simon Cubitt is working tirelessly in this Avenue of Service. He  has submitted four (4) applications for WSHS students to attend the Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment (RYPEN) camp being held over the weekend 17 to 19 May 2019; with the help of Past WSHS Interact President, Mihan de Silva he is hell bent on securing a number of outstanding scholars to attend the National Youth Science Forums in either Canberra or Brisbane in January 2020 (Applications close on 31 May 2019); and finally he has organised support of $2,000 ($1,000 from Club Good Works and $1000 from the Pat Moylan Memorial Trust) for forty (40) WSHS students to participate in the Alpha Motivation Wolf Pack program which helps students become the best version of themselves through self-development. 
Editor's note: The District has ten approved Youth projects and we're involved in eight. To see what they are Click here.                                             
Ashley West has confirmed that our wine fund raiser will proceed later in the year. Sadly there won't be any Watershed Wines on offer but Michael Tamburri at La Viuna is sure to come up with some great alternatives. In the meantime our Entertainment Book fund raiser is in full swing. I have hard copies for sale, but if you prefer the electronoic version Click here
Dr Kushwin has been a generous supporter of our programs in Sri Lanka thru two of our registered Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) projects.  In particularly towards the “Medical Equipment and Coronary Artery Disease Fund - Sri Lanka”.  This fund was set up to provide the bread-winner of a very low-income family who has been recommended by the head of Cardiology unit of The Jaffna Teaching Hospital, Sri Lanka to undergo a surgery for placement of the stent. Such patient is eligible for a presidential grant to supplement the cost of this surgery, but the patient had to travel to the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo to apply for this grant.  Which was a difficult task for a number of reasons, the cost, time and language barrier to name a few?
The fund allowed the patient to be treated immediately and then apply for the grant.  Lives of over 30 patients were saved thru this program over a two year period.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Jane Lowe
May 16
Ric Davies
May 22
Spouse Birthdays
Jodi Daly
May 4
Susan Genoni
May 10
Maureen Webster
May 31
Kevin Baruffi
Jana Vodesil-Baruffi
May 8
Richard Ibbitson
Sharyn Ibbitson
May 21
Edwin Thong
Wai Puah
May 25
Simon Cubitt
Jill Cubitt
May 25
Join Date
Wayne Hand
May 12, 2008
11 years
Susan Bruse
May 15, 2018
1 year
Ashley West
May 22, 2000
19 years
The Rotary Club of Penang was the first Rotary Club to be organized in Malay Peninsula and Siam and came into being on 12th August 1929. However, it was not until 8th October 1930 that the Club received its Charter and was admitted to Rotary International. There were 71 chartered members. Due to the Japanese occupation, the Club was closed in 1942 reopening on 23 October 1946. Since 1954 the Club has sponsored five (5) other Rotary Clubs, eight (8) Interact Clubs and one (1) Rotaract Club. Today there are 20  members led by President Yew-Aun Soh. They meet at 8pm at the Jen Hotel, Jalan Magazine, Georgetown, Penang on the first and third Monday each month. . Their current projects include:
  • Two (2) kidney dialysis centres
  • School uniforms for 2500 students attending fifty nine (59) disadvantaged schools.
  • Gift of life cardiac surgery centre for the young at Penang Adventist Hospital
  • Youth centre for the misguided
  • A job training centre for the physically disabled
Is an argument between two vegans still called a “beef”?
The only reason that I have taken up walking is so that I can hear heavy breathing again.

I joined a health club last month - spent $400.  - haven’t lost a pound - apparently you have to go there!
We all get heavier as we get older— that’s because there is more information in our heads.  Thats my story and I’m sticking to it!
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