President's Message
Ian Ross
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In the last Bulletin I wrote about the Willetton Senior High School (WSHS) Interact Club pulling out all stops to feed the masses at their school which had became a polling booth for the WA State Election. They continued this fine effort when sixty (60) of them assisted us to run the very successful Willetton Rotary Community Fair on Sunday 28 March 2021.
We were very thankful for the student's help as I am for the extraordinary effort put in by members and their partners. We couldn't have done it without all hands on deck nor would the Fair have been possible without the sponsorship from Healthway promoting the State Government's Livelighter message; and the exceptional support we received from the City of Canning especially from the City Events team of Kelsie Koontz and Melissa Hartigan. The Fair has the dual aim of providing a fun, family friendly event  catering for a wide range of cultural and community interests; and as a major Club fund raiser to allow us to engage in good works in the local, national and international community. Judged by the attendance on the day and on the feedback we since received, we can be justifiably proud of our effort and reassured of continuing our good works with the funds raised. In this we owe a special vote of thanks to Frank and Gillian Murgia who, ably assisted by Kevin Baruffi, ran our most successful Silent Auction to date. Pictured below are the weary workers enjoying a post Fair break and refreshments: 
While most of our recent meetings have been taken up with Fair issues we have also had the good fortune to hear from two interesting guest speakers the first of whom was none other than Mary Henderson (pictured below) about Rottnest. Mary has recently completed training as a Rottnest guide and drew on that to give us some very interesting facts and figures about our very own "holiday isle" To view Mary's presentation Click here. 
Avinasha Swami (Nash for short) followed a couple of weeks later.  Nash was born in Fiji and spent thirty two (32) years as an aircraft engineer with Qantas. Since then and after his mother had and recovered from a stroke, he has been a volunteer presenter with the Stroke Foundation.
Nash explained that there are two types of stroke: Ischaemic (spoken "is-key-mick") where a blood clot or plaque blocks an artery in the brain; and an Haemorrhagic stroke (spoken ("hemm-orr-ragic") where an artery in the brain breaks or bursts: but each one is different. For more excellent video on strokes Click here and in the meantime the way to Recognise Stroke is Think FAST 
To enjoy our Club Joker's Jokes delivered in style by Raffle Master Stuart Diggins  Click here.

To view the CLUB MEETING DUTY ROSTER for next week and beyond Click here.

The Rotary Club of Belmont (near Geelong, Victoria), District 9780 was Chartered in 1964 and has 30 members. Stuart toasted this club as Andrew Jones, one of the founders of nem, the business in which Stuart is an equity Partner, has been a member for 19 years, and is Past President/Vice President. The current President is Peter MacKenzie and the Club meets at 6.00pm for 6.30pm at the Geelong RS, 50 Barwon Heads Road, Belmont. They have been active in the community since 1964 and work to support local, national and international communities. Members are good mix people of male, female, young, old, working and retired but all want to give a little back, make a difference, and have a little fun along the way. They have a weekly BBQ and sausage sizzle; Trailer raffle; and a major commitment to youth mental health through the 'Social Inclusion Project' with Headspace Geelong and BCYF funded through a corporate Luncheon involving a number of community partners which has raised more than $300,000 to date. Other activities include:
  • Continual support for Polio Plus
  • Charity meals.
  • Bike Program at Oberon High School. 
  • Garden and Breakfast Program at Oberon South Primary School.
  • Student Mock Interviews at Belmont High School.
  • The Gordon Institute Student Encouragement Awards (apprentice scholarships).
  • Rotary Youth exchange.Business awards, vocational awards.
  • Supporting youth leadership.
  • Their highly sucessful Bowelscan screening program.
  • Giving students the opportunity to attend the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF)
  • Helping people affected by natural disasters, both in Australia and internationally 
  • Development and mentoring of the Interact Club of Belmont at Belmont High School.
  • An anti-smoking project in East Timor in partnership with Deakin University.


Although the inaugural meeting of the Rotary Club of Glasgow was held on 12th March 1912, the Charter date of Club No 5 in Glasgow is 4th May 1914, the first in Scotland.  No 5 refers to its place in what was then the British Association of Rotary Clubs, now Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (R.I.B.I.). Since Charter  the Glasgow Club has seen the Charter of 15 Daughter Clubs. The twenty four Club members are led by President Carole Hughes and meet on Tuesdays at 12:30 pm for 1.00 pm at the Hallmark Hotel, Glasgow. They are involved with:

  • Glasgow Golden Generation charity which assists in the purchase of groceries for donation to those affected by the Coronavirus.
  • Sunny G Community Radio & other voluntary organisations to help provide support and comfort to the homeless within Greater Glasgow. 
  • The Quarrybrae Eco Team who have created a Soup Garden plot & harvest enough potatoes to give everyone some home-made potato wedges. 
  • The Rotary Residential and Care Centre, Forrest House;
  •  An Annual Charity Walk; and
  • Regular competitions within the Glasgow Club itself, in golf, indoor bowling, curling, billiards, and snooker with individual trophies being donated by members.

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