President's Message
Rob Webster
member photo
It was great to see Erwin Biemel back with us on Monday night as well as Les and Marilyn Woodland from the Rotary Club of  Preston, Victoria accompanied by their friend and prospective member, Anne Edgar and our exchange student Anna Longlune from Belgium. I'm also looking forward to welcoming Steve Pusey back from his leave of absence, possibly as soon as at the next meeting on 20 August 2018.  
It was great to have our newest member, Bernard Crooks, give a thumbnail sketch about his family, life and times. The range and depth of knowledge and experience which members bring to the Club, never ceases to amaze me. We report on Bernard's presentation below and have also included one given by Stuart Diggins toward the end of last Rotary year.
We have received a timely reminder from District that August is Membership  and Extensions Month
Well every month is really-but the special emphasis in August is to encourage us all in our efforts to obtain and retain new members. One thing is certain, if we want to increase our membership, we need to reach out to business people and professionals in our area and demonstrate to them the good work that Rotary does as well as the many benefits (both social and networking) of joining our Club. So I ask everyone to be on the look out for prospective members. Please be proactive and invite them along to a meeting and do let our Acting Director of Membership, Vic Camp know about them. Together we can grow, prosper and continue our Good Works. 

Speaking of growing, I'm happy to report that the trees we planted in Magaret Harrison Park are thriving although the same cannot be said of the many drought stricken farmers in NSW and Queensland. We have an opportunity to assist them through Fighting For Our Farmers a fund raising appeal initiated by the Rotary Club of Southbank, Victoria in conjunction with the Channel 9 Today Show and the National Farmers Federation. To donate Click here.
We also need more prizes for our Club raffle the proceeds from which help subsidise some of our Club and social activities, such as our Christmas function and Changeover. 
This week we are reporting two International toasts, one in retrospect from Stuart Diggins and one fresh from Monday night given by John Erkins
Next week we have a Board meeting on Wednesday 22 August where we will finalise our annual budgets; on Friday 24 August the Vocational Service Committee led by Kevin Baruffi, will be providing lunch in support of the Kulbardi Indigenous Open Day at Murdoch University ; and on Monday 27 August we'll be meeting at Metamorphosis Gallery 16 Yampi Way, Willetton where artist and gallery director, Jana Vodesil-Baruffi will guide us through an exhibition of art before we go off to dine at a local restaurant. This is a partners night. 
And finally Club Director of Youth Service, Simon Cubitt, reminded us that applications for the September Camp of the Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment (RYPEN) close on 31August 2018.
Simon is also still seeking applicants to participate in the Club heats of the Four Way Speech Contest; and he has ordered the Rotary Shopping Bags for on-selling. 


Aug 20, 2018
Distance Education in WA
Aug 27, 2018
Art Exhibition followed by Chinese Restaurant (PARTNERS' NIGHT)
Sep 03, 2018
RAWCS - "Water Supply Project in Timor Leste"
Sep 10, 2018
Art and the life of an artist (PARTNERS Welcome)
Oct 01, 2018
Rotary and District 9465 in 2018/19 (PARTNERS Welcome)
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Bob Doerksen
August 14
Leigh Thorp
August 27
Spouse Birthdays
Jana Vodesil-Baruffi
August 6
Join Date
Paul Daly
August 10, 2015
3 years
Geoffry Geary
August 17, 2015
3 years
Kieran English
August 17, 2015
3 years

1. A teenage boy had just passed his driving test and asked his father when they could discuss his use of the car. His father said he’d make a deal with his son,

“You bring your grades up from a C to a B average, study your Bible a little and get your hair cut, then we’ll talk about the car.”

The boy thought about that for a moment, decided he’d settle for the offer and they agreed on it.  After about six weeks his father said, “Son, you’ve brought your grades up and I’ve observed that you have been studying your Bible but, I’m disappointed you haven’t had your hair cut.”

The boy said, “You know, Dad, I’ve been thinking about that and I’ve noticed in my studies of the Bible that Samson had long hair, John the Baptist had long hair, Moses had long hair and there’s even strong evidence that Jesus had long hair.”

Dad’s reply! “Did you also notice they all walked everywhere they went?”

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Willetton WA 6955