President's Message
Ian Ross
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From all reports the WSHS Interact Club Quiz Night last Friday was a resounding success which, sadly, is more than can be said for our Team Rotary who came thirteenth out of fifteen teams competing. They were probably far too busy enjoying themselves making paper planes, bidding for items at the Silent Auction, consuming all the canap├ęs and other delicious finger food made by the students, enjoying the outstanding entertainment (including A Homage to Simon (Cubitt that is-see at right)) to be too concerned about getting their answers right. It was just as well Johanna and host Mum, Emma Kake, were there otherwise it may have been a complete "wipe out". 

After telling us about her week during which she went to school; witnessed the Wallabies smash the All Blacks at the Bledisloe Cup; went to the City with friends; and had fish and chips in Fremantle while watching the sun set over the Indian Ocean, Johanna treated us to a very entertaining and informative speech about her home, homeland, customs, family, friends and all the social, sporting and choral activities which she enjoys. It was an excellent presentation on which we report below. Johanna was watched on by our lone visitor, Winston, who again helped his Dad, Kieran English, with attendance recording. 

Along with us and the Rotary Club of Canning (nee Rossmoyne), Johanna will get the opportunity next week to hear several students from Rossmoyne Senior High School compete in the Club final of the Four Way Test Speech Competition. The competition which is open to Year 10 students, has been restructured with all stages to be completed by November this year instead of the District and State Finals being carried over to 2020.    

Ann Edgar is Johanna's counsellor and in conjunction with Club Director Of International Service, Steve Genoni, has put together a calendar to encourage members to host her. Ann is pleased to report that so far, ten or so have committed. The aim is to give Johanna the best possible experience and to proactively provide members and their families with the opportunity to get to know her better and show her a bit of "West Oz" hospitality. I encourage everyone to try this "short term" hosting. It's really worthwhile. For the Calendar Click here.

The next outing for the Club is a guided tour of Optus Stadium on Monday 16 September 2019 which is being planned by Club Director of Vocational Service, Kevin Baruffi and his team. Club Secretary, John Erkins, has forwarded Kevin's invitation to you all for a response. 

Club Chair for the Rotary Foundation, Stuart Diggins,  foreshadowed the next District movie night at Reading Cinema, Belmont on Wednesday 22 September to raise funds for the world wide eradication of polio. The movie is Ride Like A Girl about the first female jockey, Michelle Payne, to win the Melbourne Cup which she did in 2015 on Prince of Penzance. I encourage everyone to attend. It'll be a great night out for an outstanding cause.

Applications are now open for the September 2019 Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment (RYPEN) camp for 14 to 17 year olds; and for the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) for 18-28 year olds to be held in January 2020. For further details Click here.  

As usual, Sergeant-At-Arms Leigh Thorp and Raffle Master Glenn Trim, treated us to their unique brand of humour. For "Lethal" Leigh's Laughs (It's a belter!); and "Glenn's Gems" Click here

Inbound exchange student Johanna Lundblad who has come to stay with us all the way from the University city of Uppsala, Sweden, treated us to a visual journey through her native land. From that it is clear we have the pleasure of the company of a very interesting, interested, talented but unassuming young lady who loves family life, friends, her dog Ville, sport, giving voice during the Lucia Celebration (and no doubt at other times too); and consuming her fair share of pickled herring, sour cream, potatoes, and Christmas soda. We greatly enjoyed the journey. To enjoy it too Click here 
Aug 19, 2019
Contest with Speakers from Rossmoyne SHS - Jointly hosted by WRC and Canning RC
Sep 02, 2019
Program progress and planning
Sep 09, 2019
Our Mongolia Trip: What it's like and what we learned
Sep 16, 2019
Sep 23, 2019
Venue TBA
Sep 30, 2019
No Meeting
Oct 07, 2019
Program progress and planning
Oct 14, 2019
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August 27
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August 17, 2015
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Kieran English
August 17, 2015
4 years
A Homage to Simon Cubitt Composed and Sung By Teacher and Interact Facilitator, Debra Lievense, to the tune of "I Will Survive" 
Simon, once we were afraid, we were petrified
Thinking how we would get through our Interact year without Rotary by our side
But you spent so many hours helping with the BBQ and such
That we just want to say thank you very much
You area treat,
We think you're neat
The way you guide and help our students you really are unique
You always support us through and through
And there's nothing you wouldn't do
To give the students that extra edge to help them really get ahead
You give us all
A helping hand
Your expertise is greatly appreciated and you're always in demand
So thank you very much
You have an incredibly generous touch
We couldn't do it without you
You really are true blue
We will thrive
Yes we will thrive. 
AND for "Simon Cubitt the Video" Click here
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