President's Message
Ian Ross
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There are often occasions when something or someone gives us "food for thought" At our meeting on 17 August 2020 this came from our guest speaker, David Archibald, who is a scientist operating in the fields of cancer research, oil exploration and climate science. After graduating in science at Queensland University in 1979, David worked in oil exploration in Sydney and then joined the financial industry as a stock analyst. He has been CEO of a number of oil and mineral exploration companies operating in Australia; has published a number of papers on the solar influence on climate and lectured in the USA on climate change as well as being retained as an expert witness in the Supreme Court of NSW in the fields of petroleum geology and steel mill technology. In 2003 he co-authored a patent application for an anti-cancer drug with two professors from Purdue University and has also published books on geo-strategy, defence and fighter aircraft.  His current major research interest is cancer with work having been undertaken at Curtin University and his eye opening topic for us was The Anti Cancer Garden In Australia-Sub Titled The Anti Cancer Effects Of The Plants We Grow.

David's presentation was fascinating and a timely reminder of the beneficial effects of a plant based diet. It's always good to have great guest speakers and it was very pleasing that the majority of our members were present to hear David along with prospective members Frank Murgia and Rodney  D'Souza and special guest Jana Vodesil-Baruffi. To read all about it Click here.  

During the week we received a donation to our Good Works account from Anthony Spagnolo the Liberal candidate selected to contest the State Legislative Assembly seat of Riverton in 2021. We are very grateful for all such donations especially when we have been advised by the Perth Markets Management that they have yet to decide on when and who will be granted the right to manage vehicle entry to the Saturday Markets, citing the impact of COVID-19 on their operations. We shall have to wait and see whether this very important source of income for our Club Good Works, will be wholly or partially restored. 

Finally I want to thank Greg Vines for stepping up to be the Sergeant-At-Arms for the next four weeks and Kevin Baruffi for taking up the Club Service role. These two roles are critical to the operations of the Club and I encourage everyone to do their bit to help Greg with fines and meeting duties (not to mention Jokes ED!) and Kevin with suggestions for guest speakers

For Raffle Master, Stuart Diggin's, Dad Jokes and "What we heard from the Greg Vines" Click here



Steve proposed a toast to the Rotary Club Of Houston because the city of Houston was another of his "stamping grounds" during his working life. The Club was chartered on 1 November 1912 and is located in Rotary International District 5890. The Club has one hundred and fifteen (115) members led by President Mel Gross and they currently meet virtually via Microsoft Teams every Thursday at 12:00 noon. They sponsor three Interact Clubs and their other projects include:

  • Rotary House (connected to MD Anderson-the largest single project of any Rotary in the world)
  • Distinguished Citizen Award
  • Camp Enterprise (practical introduction to the business world for select HS Juniors)
  • Global Project (currently working on a $51,750 grant for Rainwater Harvesting in Peru)
  • Outreach to those incarcerated through Fresh Start.
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