President's Message
Ian Ross
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As you would well know, our Club devotes a lot of attention to promoting Rotary sponsored activities for the Youth in our community and as if to remind us of their importance, May on the Rotary Calendar is Youth Service Month (see advert at right) Interact is one of those programs and on Monday 19 April 2021 it was  our pleasure to be introduced to the 21/22 leadership team for the Willetton Senior High School (WSHS) Interact Club. With the approval of the Principal, Trevor Hunter, we were able to hold our Club meeting in the school's Staff Room. Past Club Director for Youth Service, Simon Cubitt, was our MC and reflected on the many achievements of the Interact Club in 20/21 led by Janelle Portia Misamen. Janelle wrote an excellent article titled Good Leaders, Good People for the WSHS Year Book. It's well worth reading to get an even better appreciation of everything the Club achieved. To view Click here.
The new leadership team comprises: President Emily Ong; Joint Vice President/Secretary Mehvish Mehboob; Joint Vice President, Min-En Seet; Joint Secretaries Sowmya Sri Nallan and Trisshul Prem; Joint Treasurers Yash Berry and Samendra De Silva; Horizons Coordinators Shemanti Noor and Ellen Brieffies; and Publicity Officers Oadira Anam, Sarina Hashemi, Shemonti Noor and Annabelle Turner.  President Emily (pictured below with me) thanked our Club for all the support we've given over the years and also acknowledged the untiring efforts of School Executive Officer, Helen Wong, and Club facilitators Pip Peake, Sheryl Fenter, Mita Monshi and Sue Thorpe. To see the full text of Emily’s speech Click here.
Certificates were also presented to the School's Head Boy, David Cuppers, and Head Girl Isla Simeoni. (pictured below) Both spoke eloquently in reply. To see what they had to say Click here 
This was followed by a special presentation to Simon Cubitt (pictured below with School Principal, Trevor Hunterto recognise his outstanding commitment to the school and its students.
We then herded all the recipients together for a group photo with the School Principal, Trevor Hunter, Executive Officer, Helen Wong, Facilitators, Pip Peake, Sheryl Fentner, Mita Monshi and me.  
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 next week and beyond Click here

Cagliari is the capital city of Sardenia, a small island off the western coast of Italy with a current population of 200,000. The Rotary Club of Cagliari was one of the first Clubs in Italy. It is now the third largest, is highly successful and enjoys strong community support. It was chartered on 23 November 1949 on the initiative of a group of senior professionals from the city. The first meeting was attended by the Governor of the only Rotary District then existing in Italy who would later become President of Rotary International. Reconstruction of the city had just begun after being almost completely destroyed by air strikes of WW2. The Club's first president, Mr Randaccio and his fellow Rotary members pursued the goal of making a contribution to the revival of the city's economy and values. The Club has ninety one (91) members and meets at 8pm under current President Carlo Carcassi. They are very active at an international level through participation in the Rotary Foundation with substantial payments contributing to the Polio Plus campaign. They also offer many young Sardinians scholarships to study or train abroad or to have professional experiences by participating in the exchange of study groups between their District and those of other countries. One of the major initiatives at a local level is a joint project between Rotary and Lions that commenced in 1989, to remember the spirit of reconstruction that engaged the people of Cagliari after the destruction caused by WW2. They aimed to create a civic museum in the city dedicated to this goal and it is built upon each year.  The club has also donated over fifty (50) defibrillators to the city with funds being raised through an annual Golf Day and other community fundraising events. 
The Club was chartered in 1985 and is in Rotary International District 3201 India, They meet on Tuesdays at  7:30 pm at the Hotel Renai Cochin under President  Krishna Das P. The have around fifty (50) members. Recent Projects have included: 
  • Supplied Generic Medicine to Palluruthy Relief Settlement
  • Provided Floor Tiles for the 500 Sq. ft maintenance work in the Nirmala Sishu Bhavan, S R M Road, Ernakulam.
  • Given  medicines to Cottolengo Institute for Differently Abled and Old Aged at Palluruthy.
  • Conferred the Vocational Excellence Award to Sri T S Radhakrishnanji, a well known music director who has created nine hundred and fifty (950) of devotional albums sung by a number of celebrated singers.
This Club is the oldest and largest in Austin. Ir was chartered in 1913 and holds Charter No. 63. It is a dual gender Club with two hundred (200) members led by  President Harold Benkoski The administration of the Club is comprised of the normal Board, PLUS a Club Foundation Board of Trustees. Its projects consist of the normal RI projects, such as Polio Plus and World Community Service in undeveloped countries, plus a couple of their own that are longstanding, such as: 
  • Student  Scholarships for local High Schools
  • Student mentoring called Helping Hand, which has been running for ninety (90) years!!
  • School library books
  • A unique Student Ethics and Character Building program, called “First Knights”.

The Club meets every Tuesday (outside of Covid), from 11.30 a.m. till 1.30 the Ben Hur Shrine Temple 7811 Rockwood Lane Austin, Texas. USA

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