President's Message
Ian Ross
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It's always sad to have to start a bulletin with someone's passing and especially so in the case of foundation  member, Jim Burkett, with whom I had the great pleasure to serve. Jim was our Charter President and exerted a very positive influence on the Club in its formative years, until he moved to Palm Beach. 

Along with three hundred others, Steve Pusey and I attended Jim's funeral in Manjimup. You would be very hard pressed to find a more honourable, generous and upstanding gentleman. We mourn his passing and have expressed our sincere condolences to his children Denise, Janine, Stephen and Michelle and their families. Vale Jim.

We are making up for lost time with this bulletin which spans the meetings on 2 September and 9 September. That's two for the price of one. Two international toasts (at right) from Rob Webster and Gordon Booth respectively; two lots of Lethal Leigh's Laugh's and Glenn "The Joker" Trim's Gems ; two contributions from past guest speakers with a passion for film: WA Youth Volunteer of the Year, Marcus Wong; and Richard Searle from Front Porch Films; and the adventures of two intrepid young adults, Amy Lowe and Peri Libao who undertook a study tour to Mongolia, as told by Amy (pictured below). (The full details of Amy's presentation will be published in a later bulletin. ED) 

Peri is a fourth year student in his final semester of urban and regional planning at Curtin University. He wanted to go to Mongolia to learn about the culture, to get out of his comfort zone and to try something different. One of his hobbies is music and he was fortunate enough to play for the Australian ambassador to Mongolia, Dave Vosen, during his time there.

Amy Lowe is a second year architecture student at Curtin University. In 2012 the Club sponsored Amy on a Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) to Venezuela. Travelling has always been one of her passions so when the opportunity to join a study tour to Mongolia came up, Amy jumped at the chance. This study tour offered the perfect blend between her love of travel, architecture and helping others.

Club Director of International Service, Steve Genoni, hosted the (RYE) hosts last Saturday. The aim was for all who will be involved hosting Johanna during her year in Australia, to get together and get to know each other better. It was attended by current hosts Emma and Kayne Kake as well as future hosts Philomena and Amit Fernandes, plus Lynda Barber and her family. 


After demolishing some delectable pizzas, Johanna and Kane entertained the gathering with a song (or two). We are now looking forward to a performance (or two) at the Club from the girl with a "A Song in Her Heart!" 


And we can't go on without a special mention for Attendance Officer, Kieran English's son, Winston, on hand again to cheerfully help his Dad.  

The Kulbardi Deadly Dreaming Days are to be held at Murdoch University on 24 and 25 September 2019 with the aim of increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in higher education. Rob Webster and his Community Service Committee will again support the event by providing a barbecue lunch for participants on both days. To read more about the Kulbardi Centre Click here.  

Rob has also been in contact with the Principal of Castlereagh School, Jacqueline Burns. He was very encouraged by her commitment and enthusiasm and believes we can make a difference with our support of the school.  

The Chair for the Willetton Rotary Community Fair, Simon Cubitt,  has identified, Sunday 5 April 2019 for the next event. Some form filling's required to ensure the City of Canning will confirm the date, but I ask everyone to pencil it in to their diaries anyway. There's a great deal of work to be done and I thank Simon for his excellent leadership; Rob Webster for taking on the stall management again, Greg Vines for stepping up to replace the redoubtable Wayne Hand as Logistics manager; and  David Honeychurch for his upcoming work with our major sponsors, Healthway and Lotterywest.

Our next regular meeting will be on 7 October 2019. In between times we'll be away on the guided tour of Optus Stadium on 16 September 2019; followed by the partners night at the Bentley Pines Restaurant on 23 September 2019; and there's no meeting on 30 September 2019 as it's as public holiday. And don't forget the movie Ride Like A Girl on Sunday 22 September 2019. It's to raise funds for the "End Polio Now" campaign. For tickets  Click here or you can get them from Club Chair for the Rotary Foundation, Stuart Diggins.

For Marcus Wong's images Click herea

For Richard Searle's presentation Click here 

For "Lethal" Leigh's Laugh and the gems from Glenn "The Joker" Trim just Click here. 

The Rotary Club Of Scarborough
Rob Webster was a member of the Rotary Club of Scarborough from 1983-2007 and served as their Secretary from 1987 to 1991 and their President in 1992 and 1993. So it was only natural that he'd go North of the River (which some might say constitutes  International travel) to propose a toast to that Club which was  chartered in 1956 under the guidance of the mother Rotary Club of Mt Hawthorn.
The current President is Jim Joseph who was originally a member the daughter Rotary Club of Scarborough Beach, which amalgamated with the Rotary Club of Scarborough in circa 2008. The Club meets every Thursday morning at newly renovated Scarborough Surf Club at 6.45am.
The Club's main projects are Wheelchairs for Kids, the Karrinyup Swapmart (held every Sunday morning) and Rotary Youth Exchange. For more information on the Club Click here
The Rotary Club Of Saint-Petersburg

Next year Gordon Booth and Julie will be visiting St Petersburg as a friend told me we Moscow. So we are Russian to get there. Tonight the International toast is to the Rotary Club St Petersburg (known as the Rotary Club Leningrad until 1992) was registered in Rotary International on September 28, 1990, and the Charter of registration in Rotary International was presented to the Club on October 24, 1990 (the day of presentation of the Charter is considered official date of establishment of the Club). Andrey Taledovich Ibragimov was the first President of the Club and, in fact, its founder. In 2007, Rotary Club Saint-Petersburg merged with Rotary Club Severny Sphinx. It meets at restaurant "Zhelanie", 23, prospect Dobrolyubova every Wednesday at 7pm.

It's projects include:

Sponsoring erection of the memorial plaque to the “Siege Well” at the Fontanka emb., 23;

Supply of medical equipment and specialized medical accessories to the first city Hospice for children;

Sponsoring erection of the monument to academician Andrei Saharov;

Repair and decoration works of the premises at the Children’s Orphanage “Fedor”;

Sponsoring of the installation of a special lifting equipment for wheelchairs to the school N25 of Petrogradskiy District for the handicapped children.

Sponsoring boilers to heat water for the Children’s Hospice.

Rotary club “St.Petersburg” sponsored: seven Rotary Foundation scholars (3 to the USA, 2 to Germany, 1 to the UK and 1 to Canada); five young people to participate in the youth exchange programs for a one year study at the US high schools; eleven young people to the summer camps in European districts (Belgium, Netherlands, UK, Franceв, Finland; hosted in St.Petersburg: for 14 days six Rotaractors from Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Finland, Netherlands; seven Group Study Exchange groups.; High School student from the USA for one year study at a Russian school and staying in the families; youth exchange group from Ukraine with staying in the families; organising a two days cultural programs for the youth exchange students studying in Finland in 1993-2003.

Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Richard Ibbitson
September 1
Pushpa Pushpalingam
September 15
Erwin Biemel
September 18
Ann Edgar
September 20
Geoffrey Patching
September 26
Ann Edgar
September 20
Join Date
Ann Edgar
September 10, 2018
1 year
Kevin Baruffi
September 16, 1991
28 years
Stuart Diggins
September 23, 1996
23 years
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