President's Message
Ian Ross
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The Editor asked me to start this weeks report with and apology.....His! In last weeks Bulletin he included some outdated information from our website about the Canning Community Men's Shed. The address-Unit 3, 110-114 Bannister Rd, Canning Vale, my mobile (0412 914 896‬) and Steve Pusey's (0419 965 565‬) are all correct but not: Open Hours which are 9.00am to 12noon Monday to Friday;  the Secretary's email address which is; and there's only room to "Work With Wood"; BUT there's always time and room for a Brew’N’Chat.

We also welcomed our guest speaker, Cindy Debes from Hands Across the World (HTW) see report at right and below, prospective member Deepak Sharma and Attendance Officer Kieran's ever helpful son, Winston. Winston was recently accepted into the Primary Extension and Challenge (PEAC) to undertake a specialised course in Year 5. He is extremely keen on maths and science and with a bit of luck and good (parental and other) management, will be channeled that way. PEAC is for students who have been identified as gifted and talented and with Winston, there's never been any doubt about that. 


There was a lot to pack into the evening including a belated Hat Day during which we had some fun while also raising funds for Australian Rotary Health's (ARH) "Lift The Lid" mental health research. The fun bit was wearing an unusual hat with the first prize for the ‘best’ one being a $50.00 Voucher kindly donated by Bunnings, High Road, Willetton. As an impartial observer, our guest speaker, Cindy Debes, was appointed the judge and declared Sergeant "Lethal" Leigh Thorp (pictured below) the winner in his very becoming and fetching fascinator.

We've been circulating the ARH collection tins at the few meetings we've had in October which along with the Sergeant's "take" on Monday night,  plus $365 from Ashley West's Very Generous, Exquisite Wines Raffle (won by Gordon Booth-the 2016 Heirloom A'lambra Shiraz; Anne Edgar-the 2009 Vasse Felix Heytsbury Cabernet Blend; and Geoff Geary-a 2019-20 Entertainment Book) and $2,000 from the Community Service Good Works budget, will amount to a donation to ARH of around $2,500

Speaking of Community Service, Club Director Rob Webster is seeking nominations for participants and buddies to attend HANDICAMP at Pt Walter Recreation Camp, Bicton from Sunday 19th to Saturday 25th January 2020. 

Handicamp is a week long live-in camp for 18 to 35 year old people with disabilities, who are teamed with an able bodied “buddy” for a week of fun and adventure. The camp is based on double participation and reward. If you know of anyone who would benefit from this outstanding opportunity, please contact Rob on 0417 900 008‬.  

In the absence of Glenn "The Joker" Trim, Director of Club Service, Greg Hamilton, quizzed us unmercifully (and for the most part, unsuccessfully Ed!) about various quotable quotes, which along with  "Lethal" Leigh (the fascinator) Thorp's contribution kept us bemused and amused. To see what they got up to Click here.   

There's still a day left to support our wine sales fund raiser organised by Ashley West. I encourage everyone to support it and spread the word to family and friends. For the tasting notes Click here and the order form Click here. Tomorrow, Friday 8 November 2019. is the last day for orders.

Next week we recognise and celebrate the achievements of a select group of students and one teacher at our Willetton Senior High School (WSHS) Awards. It will also be attended by the WSHS Deputy Principal and I encourage members to bring along their partners, family and friends to be part of it. If you are planning to do that, please let Attendance Officer, Kieran English know by this Friday, 8 November 2019.

Our Annual General Meeting is also coming up on 25 November 2019. At the meeting we will present the Club's audited financial statements and just as importantly, we will elect the leadership team for 2020-21. The health and life of the Club depends upon having a committed and complete leadership team and I'm happy to report that most incumbents are continuing on. We will shortly let you know which roles are available. Based on my own experience, whichever they are, I'm sure they will be very fulfilling. 



Hands Across the World (HTW) was born out of a holiday Cindy Debes (pictured above) took to Siem Reap, Cambodia in 2013. There Cindy met KimHeak, a Tuk Tuk driver who was teaching English to local village children in a makeshift classroom underneath his stilt house. She was inspired by his enthusiasm to help the children of his village to better themselves with the knowledge of English in this tourist mecca featuring the majestic ruins of Angkor Wat and surrounding temples. The seed was sown to develop, in the end, three schools to support this endeavour; however, it soon became apparent that to bring out the best in these children, you needed a continuity of teachers with good English and modern teaching skills. In collaboration with other Non Government. Organisations (NGO's), the Interactive Teacher Training course (and more recently, a course to teach English Speaking in Public Schools (EPPS)) was developed and promoted by HTW to be the well-recognised and sought after program that it is now. 

From The President-Hands Across The World

The Club has been a great supporter of Hands Across The World (HTW) and following a series of meetings in Perth over the weekend, the CEO Cindy Debes kindly agreed to be our guest speaker. We report on this below and in the meantime, I'm delighted to say that the Board agreed to continue our support and donate another $2,000 to help further the very valuable work HTW do.    

From the Club Director for International Service, Steve Genoni
  • Johanna will be moving from Emma and Kane Kake to the Warlik Family on 16th November 2019
  • A move to the third and final family (Fernandes) has been scheduled for mid-March.
  • Johanna will be participating in the Sydney trip from 22nd -29th November. 
  • WWC approvals are in place for all host family members (over 18 years of age) for the balance of Johanna’s stay.  Geoff has been provided with details as has District.

Outbound-An expression of interest has been submitted by Layla Warlik.  This is currently with the District Committee.  She and other applicants will shortly be provided with direction regarding the formal application process.


And From Rob Webster- A Toast To The Rotary Club Of Osnabruk Germany

Our guest speaker Cindy Debes hails from Germany so Rob Webster drew on his (long) bow and went in search of a German Rotary Club to toast. His point of reference was the town of Oldendorf from whence past exchange student, Laura Bernt, came. The nearest Club was in Osnabrück, which was chartered 19 November 1951. It's in Rotary International District 1850, has seventy four (74) members and is led by President Peter Meyer. They sponsor a Rotaract Club and organise career orientation for students plus scholarships (similar to our Club's Pat Moylan Memorial Trust) and are very involved with assistance to refugees. The Club meets on Mondays at 1.15pm  and every last Monday at 7 pm, at the Hotel Remarque, Natruper-Tor-Wall 1; 49076 Osnabrück,
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