President's Message
Ian Ross
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Every so often someone comes up with a really good fund raising idea which is all the more outstanding because of it's relative simplicity. How about collecting all the loose change we end up with on return from an overseas country and donating it to a great International cause?  That's what our northern neighbour, the Rotary Club Of Wanneroo has been doing for many years in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Hornsby in NSW. They've raised over $300,000 for various causes and currently, through Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM), the funds help to eradicate the rampant and often deadly disease. They've now asked us to fill the bag pictured below with any foreign coins we have lying around. Shouldn't be too difficult given the amount of overseas travel our members do. Not to mention any foreign coins we get "dudded" with at the Canningvale Markets!

Johanna has had a busy week attending an Eskimo Joe concert and her school ball which she described as "the best time yet";  plus she's been trying out for the school badminton team. Johanna is one of five and expressed confidence that she'll get her day on (as opposed to "in"ED) court. I suspect she hits a pretty "mean" shuttlecock. 

Club Director for Youth Service, Simon Cubitt,  reminded us that applications will open on 1 March for this years National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) and has Willetton Senior High School (WSHS) on the look out for prospectives. He'd also welcome suggestions from members if they know anyone deserving. Hopefully the next Forum will not be cancelled like the last was due to the extensive bushfires in NSW and Queensland. For information on the Forum Click here.

Although relatively new to the Club, our Director for International Service,  Steve Genoni,  is doing a sterling job with Rotary Youth Exchange. His recent focus has been on identifying host families and while most bases are probably covered,  I would still encourage any member who is able, to be a host parent. It's very rewarding. Applications for the next round of outbound students close on 31 March 2020. There's currently one applicant, Leila Warlik. but that doesn't preclude others from applying. So if you know of anyone please let Steve know and for further information Click here.    

And while your Clicking, Click here for rib ticklers from Leigh's Laugh's and Glenn's Gems 

I never cease to be amazed at how our Director of Club Service, Greg Hamilton, manages to produce interesting and informative  guest speakers. Last Monday was no exception when we were informed and entertained by Chris Carmody, accompanied by his wife, Lesley, and enjoyed by the members and our guests, Winston English, Julie Metzke and Dave Henderson.  The story appears below.

Chris is a former school principal, and with his wife, Lesley, taught extensively throughout Western Australia in a career spanning four decades. In retirement, he has written for an online current affairs site and has also written a thesis on the administration of the Western Australian Cricket Association. He also developed a special interest in the golden years of Fremantle. For some, perhaps, those years began with the America‚Äôs Cup defence and the emergence of the Cappuccino Strip. But, for those who lived through that time, there remains a yearning for the Fremantle of half a century ago, when thousands were employed on and around the wharf, when a dozen pubs were bursting at the seams, when businesses thrived and when the town lived and breathed football. It is that era Chris Carmody evokes in his book Yesterday's Heroes with an engaging compilation of interviews he conducted with men who lived, worked and played in the Fremantle of that time. Nearly all of them were wharfies or footballers and quite a few were both.
Ceremonial cake-cutting with Rotary International President Mark Maloney and General Secretary John Hewko. 
MARCH IS.......
Our Inbound exchange student in 2005 was Flemming Skibsted from the town of Ryslinge Denmark whom Rob and Maureen hosted. Such was the relationship that they have been invited to Flemming's marriage to Jamille in late June this year. So Rob turned his attention to the the Rotary Club of Ry, Denmark for his international toast. The Club is in Rotary District 1450 and was chartered on 8 June 1963. It has forty seven (47) members led by President Kirsten Halskov Madsen and they meet at the Hotel Ry, Kyhnsvej 2, Ry on Wednesdays at 6pm. Their focus is on international projects and as well as supporting End Polio Now, Rotarians Against Malaria and Shelterbox,  two of their own projects are in Uganda where they donated $29,000 to a health clinic in Mbale and $116,000 to a health clinic in Mt Elgon to supply solar panels and batteries for 24 hour lighting. They raise much of their money through raffles which are very well supported by the Ry community and a film about the projects. Raffle prizes have included cars.  
Mar 09, 2020
Presentations PLUS Committee Meetings
Mar 16, 2020
Vocational Visit to Mens' Shed plus Dinner
Mar 23, 2020
Mar 30, 2020
Final Briefing for Willetton Rotary Community Fair
May 04, 2020
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