President's Message
Ian Ross
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No sooner was Anna Longlune safely on her way home to Belgium than we were welcoming our new exchange student, Johanna Lundblad, who arrived last Friday from Uppsala, Sweden. After spending the weekend in the Karri Valley with her host parents, Emma and Kane Kaka, she went "above and beyond" by attending our meeting with host Dad, Kane. Johanna who is seventeen already has a connection with us. Her mother did an exchange in Australia, and Johanna has visited before. This has not diminished her excitement about returning, finding out more about her adopted Club and state, attending school, making new friends and learning new words (the first of which was "servo" ED). We'll be hearing more about Johanna in a couple of weeks when she addresses the Club. 

We also welcomed prospective member, Ila Brewer, who came to the meeting with Club Director of Membership, Vic Camp, to look us over. New members are great for the Club as we have seen with Noel Galopin who joined us in April this year and so could be described  as "newish". He was certainly new enough to be our "guest" speaker and provide a very interesting, entertaining and informative thumb nail sketch about his life and times which we report on below. 

Our Club Director of Public Relations, David Honeychurch, also got a guernsey or more to the point, a surprise, sprung with great effect by Past District Governor (PDG) Pushpa Pushpalingam representing Immediate Past District Governor (IPDG) Robyn Yates, to present her Certificate of Appreciation for David's work as District Webmaster in 2018/19. The certificate came with a personalised, miniature bottle of red wine at right and it would appear David's reputation preceded him..


Our Director of Club Service, Greg Hamilton, and Lorraine are off to Canada in September so it easy to understand why he chose the Rotary Club of Vancouver for his international toast It's in the right hand column.

Club Director of Youth Service, Simon Cubitt, brought us up to date on our involvement in the National Youth Science forum (NYSF) for which we have one confirmed participant and one on the waitlist. Also applications are now open for the Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment (RYPEN) camp in September 2019 and the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) camp in January 2020. Simon hopes that a couple of Executive members from the Willetton Senior High School (WSHS) Interact Club will be able to attend the RYLA camp. He also reported that a previous awardee, Josephine Santosa, attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Extension Advanced Programme (RYLEAP) run by our sister District 9455 from Friday 6 July to Monday 9 July 2019. At some point Josephine will come to the Club to tell us all about it. For now it's enough to say that RYLEAP is an intensive program for people eighteen (18) to thirty (30) years of age who are serious about learning cutting edge leadership skills. With a maximum of fifteen (15) participants, a much deeper level of information can be taught.

In his role as a Trustee, Stuart Diggins brought us the news that the Pat Moylan Memorial Trust has made a grant of $500 to WSHS Year 12 student and State player for the WA Rugby Union U18s, Merci Tuiaviā€™i, to help her meet the cost of travelling to Sydney to compete with her team.         

Please don't forget that the WSHS Interact Club is holding a Quiz Night from 7pm to 10pm on Friday 9 August 2019 in the WSHS Performing Arts Centre to raise funds for Mercy Ships and Water For Africa. Simon Cubitt has volunteered to put a table together to show our support, just as they do for us. See the details below.

Our Sergeant-At-Arms. "Lethal" Leigh Thorp, has wasted no time in making his mark and for the next instalment of "Leigh's Laughs" Click here.

Noel was born in Bombay, India, these days Mumbai, on the 30/12/1968, to Claude & Della who were both from Calcutta, moved to Mumbai for work. He is Anglo Indian with French & English heritage. His father worked for Air India until 1984 as a flight steward, cabin crew trainer and finished up as General Manager for Catering. His mother worked for Gulf Air in customer service / receptionist at the Mumbai HQ. Noel has one sister, Claudella, which is a combination of his father's & mother's name. She works for Woodside as a program / facilities manager looking after the new Woodside building in Perth.  To read Noel's full and fascinating story Click here.
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Volunteer of the Year - African Experience
Aug 05, 2019
Committee programs for the Year
Aug 12, 2019
A little about me, my family and home country
Aug 19, 2019
Rotary Health Research Scholar - NURSING COURSE Curtin Univ.
Sep 02, 2019
Program progress and planning
Sep 09, 2019
My Trip to Mongolia
Sep 16, 2019
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
David Coldwell
July 9
Ashley West
July 17
Graham Kierath
July 21
Victor Camp
Sue Camp
July 10
Leigh Thorp
Sue Thorp
July 15
Erwin Biemel
Carol ( deceased)
July 28
Join Date
Graham Kierath
July 1, 1996
23 years
Greg Hamilton
July 1, 1982
37 years
Richard Ibbitson
July 1, 1997
22 years
Rob Webster
July 1, 1983
36 years
David Coldwell
July 3, 1992
27 years
Simon Cubitt
July 3, 1992
27 years
Glenn Trim
July 7, 1994
25 years
Victor Camp
July 7, 1979
40 years
Geoffrey Patching
July 14, 1996
23 years
Keith Kimber
July 31, 2000
19 years
Greg Hamilton Toasts the Rotary Club Of Vancouver
The Rotary Club Of Vancouver is in Rotary District 5040; and was chartered on 1 April 1913 as the second Club in Canada and the first in British Columbia (their sister Club is Tokyo Setagaya South). The one hundred and three (103) members led by President William Davidson, meet at the Terminal City Club, 837 Hastings Street West, Vancouver, BC on Tuesday from 12noon to 1.30pm.  Their achievements include: founding the Rotary World Help Network comprising 38 Clubs in British Columbia;  shipping more than CAD 89million worth of medical equipment and computers to third world countries; being active in Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE), Adventures in Citizenship, Literary Programmes, sponsoring Interact and Rotaract, and making individual grants of CAD7,500pa to assist two students to complete years 11 and 12. Their current major project is the Rotary Hearing Foundation financed from an annual Bike-A-Thon  which has so far raised in excess of CAD 2million. 
In the tradition established by Doctor Bob, incoming Raffle Master, Glenn Trim, "treated" us to the following "Dad" jokes. He later observed that the Editor laughed longest and loudest. (Not sure what that says about my sense of humour! ED)  
  • Did you hear about the actor who fell through the floorboards? He was just going through a stage.
  • A big brown bear walks up to a bar and says "Give me a whiskey and .......................cola". "Why the big pause?" asks the bartender. The bear shrugs his shoulders. "I'm not sure, I was born with them".
  • My grand daughter told me this one. Did you hear about the claustrophobic astronaut? He just needed some space.
  • My credit card was stolen the other day. I didn't report it because the thief spends less than my wife.
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