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President's Message
Ian Ross
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The end of the 2019/2020 Rotary year is fast approaching and I never imagined that my first year as President could have been so unlike anything my predecessors experienced. But a nasty little bug made sure of it and has left the Club Good Works account a little worse for financial wear because, for the time being, we have lost our two prime income sources: The Willetton Rotary Community Fair; and Gate Keeping at the Perth Markets on Saturday mornings. On the other hand we have all drawn closer together as a result of the COVID19 challenge and I'm sure it will stand us in very good stead to face the (more normal) future. 

Rotary International has also risen to the COVID19 challenge and this year will hold a virtual convention from 22-26 June 2020  (Chicago time). RI President Mark Maloney says it is a great opportunity to connect with Rotary participants from around the world to experience the spirit of Rotary, find inspiration through innovation, celebrate our resilience and ability to adapt, exchange ideas, explore how clubs are addressing COVID-19 around the world, and much more. For more details and to register free Click here

Each month of the Rotary Year is designated and June is........

Rotary Fellowships are international groups of Rotarians who share a common passion such as golf, sailing, photography, gourmet cooking and beer. to name a few. There are around ninety (90) fellowships and being part of one is a fun way to make friends around the world, explore a hobby or profession, and enhance your Rotary experience. For all the information Click here.

When you think about it membership of our Club is also a fellowship and much as I have appreciated being able to meet via ZOOM, I am really looking forward to seeing and mixing with everyone at the Thai Junction Restaurant, Southlands Shopping Centre (just across from the TAB) on this coming Monday evening 8 June 2020 commencing at 6.30pm. It's a partners night, (BYO and choose and pay for your own meals) and we need to know numbers by Sunday evening, so please let Director of Club Service, Greg Hamilton, know whether or not you will be there. 

The meeting is also special because 8 June is Johanna's birthday when she turns the grand old age of eighteen (18) and we want to make it as memorable as possible for her. Of course we will still want to hear what she's been up to in the last week or so and especially about the trip down South to Nannup with other exchange students.  

At our last ZOOM meeting on 25 May 2020 we had the pleasure of the virtual company of Carolyn Mathew  pictured at right, who returned earlier this year from Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) in France. She gave us a very comprehensive report which can be read in full here.  

It's often said that  “Exchange isn’t just a year in your life, its a life in a year” and this was very true for Carolyn. She learnt to speak French and through her exchange friends gained some knowledge of other languages such as Spanish and Portuguese. She also became more confident, open, less retiring and able to more easily make new friends, having been shy and reserved when she left Australia. As well she  gained a sense of independence and learnt to look after herself, to take the initiative when necessary and find ways to resolve problems and overcome challenges. This has stood her in good stead since she returned to Australia. The exchange also gave her a larger world view, not just of her host country but also from other exchange students. This helped her understand cultural; and regional differences and resulted in  lifelong friendships which Carolyn is sure will endure even if though she might not see the friends again.

For Glenn's Gems and Sergeant-At-Arms, Lethal Leigh Thorp's Laughs  Click here. 

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ROTARY INTERNATIONAL FREE VIRTUAL CONVENTION 2020
 
 
"Now More than Ever, Rotary Connects the World: The 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention" Join the family of Rotary at our first ever Virtual Rotary Convention. This free event will connect Rotary participants from around the world, inspire through innovation, and celebrate our resilience and ability to adapt. For more detail, Click here.
 
VIC CAMP TOASTS THE ROTARY CLUB OF CHISWICK AND BRENTFORD
 

Vic spent his formative years in war torn outer London where the Rotary Club of Chiswick and Brentford is found in Rotary District 1130. The Club was chartered on 4 May 1925 and has twenty eight (28) members led by President David Scott. When not in lockdown they meet at The Polish Centre, King Street, Hammersmith.on Tuesday evenings at 6.30 for 7.00pm. Their projects include:       

  • Supporting Rotaract
  • Rotary Youth Makes Music Project
  • Rotary Youth Exchange
  • Fund raising for the Homeless
  • Hostel School Project in Nepa
  • Ending Polio 
  • The Hogarth Youth Project
 

CAROLYN MATHEW BACK FROM HER YEAR ON ROTARY YOUTH EXCHANGE
 
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