President's Message
Ian Ross
member photo

Every so often someone joins Rotary destined to contribute well above and beyond and in the process, really make a significant difference. The late Past District Governor (PDG) Erwin Biemel was such a person.  He joined our Club in 1998 and was very soon making a significant contribution to the Club’s affairs serving at various times as Bulletin Editor and Club Director for International Service, Vocational Service and  Club Service as well as running the Club’s “Books for the Philippines” project ; and at his own cost, creating and printing Read Right Now books, Rotary Fair, Membership and other promotional material and development booklets. Erwin was elected Club President in 2002-03 and continued to make his mark.

His commitment to Rotary went well to beyond the Club and on to District where he served over many years on several youth oriented committees as well formulating a District Working With Children policy which was subsequently adopted by both Districts in WA. He also held several Directorships before serving with distinction as Governor in 2013-14 and subsequently as the Immediate Past District Governor, District Training Officer, guide and mentor to all, but especially incoming and serving District Governors.

For his outstanding contributions over the years, Erwin was recognised as a Rotarian of the Year by our Club and also by District;  and in addition, he was named a Paul Harris Fellow, with sapphires, an extraordinary nine times.

Erwin was a giant of a man who raised the Rotary bar to new heights and made a gigantic contribution to all things Rotary. With his recent passing, the Club will be establishing a lasting memorial in his name. The form it will take is still to be determined. Vale Erwin

Youth Service has always been our focus and so it was our pleasure on 11 November to again host and award eight Willetton Senior High School (WSHS) students (four from each of Years 10 and 11) and one teacher, all pictured at right. Watched by Associate Principal Colin Marshall, Year 10 Coordinator, Rachel Harrington, Year 11 Coordinator Kimberley Atkinson, proud parents, family and friends, the students received awards for outstanding achievement in either Sport, the Arts, Community Service or Academic results. The Teacher of the Year was Belinda Morrissy. 

We have a lot to thank Club Director of Youth Service, Simon Cubitt, and his committee for. Not only did they organise the WSHS Awards, but will be sponsoring two WSHS students to attend the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) in January 2020; sixteen students (14 from WSHS and 2 from other schools) to attend the Conocophillips Science Experience over the Christmas/NewYear break; and will be putting             around 180 WSHS students through their paces on 12 and 13 December 2019 at the Rotary WA Driver Education (RWADE) course held at the Claremont Showgrounds.

On 18 November we hosted visitors Les and Marilyn Woodland from Victoria and guest speaker Lynn Spargo pictured below: 

 Lynn was promoting responsible dog ownership but also spoke about the Welsh Corgi (Cardigan). She was introduced to the breed almost forty (40) years ago when she and husband ,Jim acquired a six (6) week old puppy as their family pet. She was immediately hooked on the special presence of this indomitable little dog. For all of Lynn's story Click here; and for her presentation Click here.


Johanna has been away on the NW Safari, spent a week in Sydney and is now down on the farm of the District Chair for Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE), Linda Bilney. In her absence, our next outbound exchange student, Emily Fisher. (pictured at right), accompanied by her mother, Alyssa, stepped in to meet with and speak to Club members. We will publish her speech and power point presentation in a later issue.  
At our AGM two new members, Noel Galopin (Youth Service) and Gordon Booth (Vocational) were elected to the Club Board. I thank them and the other Board members (Vic Camp, Stuart Diggins, John Erkins, Richard Ibbitson, Steve Genoni, David Honeychurch and Rob Webster), who are continuing on. We now only need to fill the President Elect and Club Service roles. These are preferably for the more experienced Rotarians in our Club to fill. Please consider.
Meanwhile, Club Director for Community Service, Rob Webster, is calling for some volunteers to help set up the Castlereagh School Water Ski Event to be held at Deepwater Point on Wednesday 11 December 2019.
For a double, double dose of Lethal Leigh's Laughs Click here and Glenn "The Joker" Trim's rib ticklers, Click here. 
The Willetton Senior High School Awardees, Their Teachers and President Ian
WSHS Teacher Of The Year-Belinda Morrissey
Emily Fisher-Outbound To Belgium on Rotary Youth Exchange
From Ashley West-A Toast to the Rotary Club of Uppsala Ostra (East) Sweden.
Johanna hails from Uppsala which is the fourth largest city in Sweden. Her sponsor is the Rotary Club of Uppsala Ostra which is in Rotary District  2350. The Club was chartered on 15-Jul-1963. It is a dual gender Club with eighty (80)  members led by President Ulf Melin who meet at 12 noon on Mondays at the Angkvarn Brewery in central Uppsala. The Club has been involved in the Mutomo Project in Kenya, sinking bores for drinking water 
From Ann Edgar-A Toast to the Rotary Club of Aberystwyth
The Rotary Club of Aberystwyth, West Wales was chartered on 16 July 1948. It is a very active dual gender Club with forty five (45) members which meets at Marine Hotel, Marine Terrace, Aberystwyth, Dyfed on Tuesdays usually at 12.45pm, but sometimes at 7.30pm. Their projects include the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA); a Wishing Well opposite the Marine Hotel; the Lionel White Scholarship award for young people wishing to travel abroad for self development; an annual activity day for carers and their children with special needs; numerous fund raising activities to support local and international causes. For more detail, Click here.
From Steve Genoni-A Toast to the Rotary Club of Seoul. 
The Rotary Club (RC) of Seoul (then known as RC Of Keijo) was the first Club to be chartered in Korea on 10 November 1927. During and after WW2 It operated as the "Wednesday Club" and in 1948 was reorganised to become the RC Of Seoul. During the Korean war it moved out of harms way to Busan and today is  the first amongst one thousand (1000) Clubs in twenty (20) Rotary Districts boasting a total of sixty two thousand (62,000) members. The RC of Seoul is led by President  Han Tae-Sook, has fifty (50) members plus honoraries which include the Ambassadors of several countries, Australia amongst them. They meet every Wednesday at 12:30pm at the Seoul Hyatt Hotel. Since 1985 the Club have raised USD 14M for Polio Plus focusing on India where members have gone to help immunise children. They also  are very active in providing scholarships for the underprivileged. 
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