President's Message
Ian Ross
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On Monday 9 March 2020 we had a very special meeting the main focus of which was to recognise the Willetton Senior High School (WSHS) Head Boy, Jack Killoh; Head Girl, Deidre Godin: and the WSHS Interact Club President Talisha (Portia) Jayarangsri (all three pictured at right); plus Portia's leadership team comprising: Vice President Talisha Jayarangsri; Joint Secretaries Emily Ong and Mehvish Mehboob; Joint Treasurers Min-Eet Seet and Samendra De Silva; and Joint Publicity Officers Monique Mather, Samuel Sundararajan and Shemonti Noor.  All are pictured below (with me and Club Director of Youth Service, Simon Cubitt) proudly displaying their certificates 

There to witness the presentation were many proud parents and friends; assistant attendance officer Winston; City of Canning Councillor, Yaso Ponnuthurai; WSHS Executive Officer, Helen Wong and the other very important teachers and volunteers  Cheryl VenterJan Kulasekera, Mita Munshi, Pip Peake and Sue Thorp, who aid, assist, mentor and facilitate the WSHS Interact Club activities.

Interact is for twelve (12) to eighteen (18) year olds. The WSHS Club has been running since 2012, is a community based club strongly supported by the Rotary Club of Willetton and was officially chartered in July 2015, coming under the umbrella of Rotary International.  

Through projects, Club members can develop a network of friendships with local and overseas Rotary, Rotaract and Interact clubs. They can also develop leadership and communication skills and learn the value of serving the greater community through hard work; and have the opportunity to participate in the Rotary Youth Programme Of Enrichment (RYPEN) and many other youth based Rotary programs including Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) and the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF). Also active participation in Interact is recognised by the Duke of Edinburgh's International Awards program.

The club supports two service projects a year, one that aids a local cause and one that promotes international goodwill and understanding. These have included the Leukaemia Foundation, Medecins Sans Frontieres, Mercy Ships, Water for Africa and Compassion Australia.  

In addition, members are involved in community service projects such as volunteering at the annual Willetton Rotary Community Fair and assisting the South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare (SERCUL) with tree planting.

2019 was another great year. The Club had eighty (80) members, planted four thousand (4000) trees; raised and donated over $3,000 to charity (bringing total money raised since inception to well over $40,000) and won the 2019 Seven West Media Youth Group Achievement Award. All of which and more they are planning to replicate in 2020. To read President Portia's speech of recognition and thanks Click here.              

We also recognised and expressed our appreciation for the twenty (20) years of continuous, loyal and dedicated service in the "True Spirit of Rotary" given by Stuart Diggins and Leigh Thorp respectively; and the thirty (30) years given by David Honeychurch.

And after the jam packed meeting on 9 March, we took a break on 16 March to visit the Canning Community Men's Shed organised by Club Director for Vocational Service, Kevin Baruffi.  Shed President Steve Pusey gave us a tour and filled us in on its short but eventful history. And afterwards we dined at the Foo Wah Seafood Chinese restaurant with our RYE student, Johanna, and partners, Dave Henderson, Maureen Webster, Liz Doerksen and several of their friends.   

There are no Glenn's Gems for this edition (Glenn was off having fun elsewhere); but do not despair: Sergeant-At-Arms, Lethal Leigh Thorp was on hand to make us laugh (and pay ED!) with his True Love Story. So to get a delicious dose of humour, Click here. 

During his working life, Steve spent quite a bit of time in Houston Texas so it seemed reasonable that he toast the Rotary Club of Houston. It's in Rotary International District 5890 and was chartered on 1 November 1912. The club has one hundred and twenty three (123) members and is led by President Kathy Fenninger. They meet on Thursday at 12:00 PM at the HESS Club, 5430 Westheimer Court, Houston. Their main initiatives are:
  • 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) 
  • Literacy: Dictionaries for 3rd graders and First Book program 
  • Interact Clubs at three High Schools 
  • Annual Veteran lunch and outreach
  • Outreach to those incarcerated through Fresh Start.
Mar 23, 2020
Mar 30, 2020
Final Briefing for Willetton Rotary Community Fair
Apr 20, 2020
STROKES - What you should know
May 04, 2020
Committee Meetings
May 18, 2020
Reports - Rotary Foundation and Pat Moylan Memorial Trust
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Mary Henderson
March 3
Simon Cubitt
March 21
Spouse Birthdays
Shirley Pusey
March 15
Greg Vines
Irene Vines
March 3
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