President's Message
Ian Ross
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Our guests this evening were Dr Barry Mendalwitz and Les and Marilyn Woodland from the Rotary Club of Preston, Victoria. Les and Marilyn often come to a meeting when in WA and I expect we'll have the pleasure of their company again because they plan to stay (possibly) well into the New Year given the state of their home State (of Victoria).

Barry (pictured below) was along to speak to us about Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) which he sees as one of the greatest challenges of our time.

He told us that as far back as April 2014 the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that:

"AMR is a serious threat .........happening right now in every region of the world and has the potential to affect anyone, of any age, in any country. ........with estimates suggesting several million deaths are caused by AMR every year world-wide." 

AMR refers to an increasing number of micro-organisms in the human body, including bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites, that have become resistant to antimicrobial treatment such as antibiotics. Microbes resistant to antimicrobials are called multidrug resistant, or often superbugs. Barry explained that microbes pass between humans, plants, animals and the environment and mutate to resist antibiotics, antimicrobials, fungicides and chemicals, changing to survive ; and by not using any of these except when absolutely necessary we can all help prevent the spread of infection, pollution & contamination 


As a long standing member of the Rotary Club of Applecross Barry has led the way in establishing AMR Aware Inc. It's a not for profit organisation supported by Rotary Clubs, providing health education on the ways to limit exposure to infection, thereby reducing the need for antibiotic treatment. The aim is to ALERT, INFORM and ACT and

  • Think Of Antibiotics as a precious gift always to be used wisely;
  • Immunise to prevent infections to protect ourselves and the community; and
  • Wash our hands often and effectively so that bugs are not spread
In partnership with Australian Rotary Health (ARH), Barry's Club (through AMR Aware) has co-funded Murdoch University Phd scholar, Aaron Alejandro, to undertake "research to inform and evaluate a community level campaign to increase awareness and change behaviours in relation to antimicrobial use’ 
To view more of Barry's presentation Click here

On the 26 October we'll be at La Vigna in Menora for a wine tasting night and  on 2 November we'll be at Metamorphis Gallery Willetton for Melbourne Cup Night and in support of Australian Rotary Health. The Board meets on 21 October and on 9 November we'll be back for our next meeting at Jack Caddy's Market City Tavern. To view the DUTY ROSTER for that night and beyond Click here


For our Club Jokers' Jokes delivered in style by Stuart Diggins and Greg Vines  Click here.
Club Director for Youth Service, Noel Galopin, was visiting Denmark WA and while there he searched for a Rotary Club in the town. To his surprise he discovered that there isn't one and instead, with the help of Mr Google, discovered the Rotary Club of Copenhagen International in District 1470, Denmark. The Club was Chartered on 11 November 1995 and has thirty one (31) members  led by President Robert Kerr. They meet at Radisson Collection Hotel Copenhagen at 5.30pm on Mondays and have the distinction of being the only fully English-speaking Rotary Club in Copenhagen. People join the Club for different reasons, but the one common element is its international flavour representing at least sixteen (16) nationalities and counting. They get to know each other better through their Club Of Six (where groups of six members dine at a member's home or a restaurant once a month) This results in good old Danish ’hygge’ (Hue-guh) which is a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of coziness and being comfortable with feelings of wellness and contentment. This socialising also helps bridge cultures and borders and facilitates the Club's local and international Good Works organised around:
Mentoring others through various international organisations based in Copenhagen such as the Professional Women's Network (PWN)
Youth through Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE), Rotaract and scholarships.
International Projects. Currently they are improving the sanitation of and the water supply for an elementary school in Mixco, Guatemala with three hundred and fifty (350) students and fifteen (15) teachers.   
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