Making a difference... you can too
If you give people the opportunity they can achieve outstanding things. 
 
It's this simple philosophy that inspires a lot of the work Applecross Rotary does, locally and further afield. 
 
Our members come from all walks of life - we're engineers, lawyers, marketeers, scientists, educators, farmers and retailers, the list goes on - and we range in age from our early 20s through to mid 80s. The commonality we share is an interest in using our time, skills and energy to improve the lives of others . And we like to have fun while we do it!
 
Our projects are equally varied. From our much-loved Rotary Jacaranda Festival, the Pride of Workmanship Awards, a local Art Show and Sale, numerous youth initiatives as well as supporting indigenous, mental health and women's refuge projects and delivering major health and water based projects that will save lives.... we're an ambitious club with the power to get things done. 
 
GET IN TOUCH
Applecross Rotary meets weekly but we've embraced a more flexible approach to membership. 
 
We meet on Tuesday mornings at 7am for a 7.30am start, at the Dome Café, Deep Water Point, Mt Pleasant. and via ZOOM  for our members and guests who cannot make the meetings in person. 
 
If you would like to join us send an email to secretary@applecrossrotary.org
 
 We love to welcome visitors so feel free to get in touch and arrange to come along to one of our meetings or regular social events to try us on for size. If you're interested in finding our more about becoming a member please drop us a line.
 

Upcoming speakers at our Tuesday breakfast meetings (7am for 7.30am start, finishing at 8.30am)

Rick Fenny
May 11, 2021 7:30 AM
Ability Heroes (a disability initiative)
Paul Falconer-West
May 18, 2021 7:30 AM
Airforce Museum
Rick Fenny
May 25, 2021 7:30 AM
Desert Vet
Kate Barrett-Lennard
Jun 01, 2021
Beyond the Criminal Mind: Deciphering the Code
Club News
Apr 26, 2021
Dr Garnett Hall made a very informative presentation to a good turn out of members, focussed on his role as a veterinarian in the Army Reserve.  His unit was mobilised to support the volunteers fighting fires on Kangaroo Island in January 2020. They arrived to find a large area of national park had already been burnt and Captain Garnett busied himself providing professional support to the local vets treating burnt animals at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.  A weather forecast of high temperatures and strong westerlies for later in the week suggested that the Centre would be in great danger unless it was made more secure, so Garnett approached the head of the army task force and secured a group of soldiers who managed, in a few days, to fire-proof the Centre.  
 
When the fire reached the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, it split north and south saving the lives of the animals and staff.
There were many international TV crews covering the fire and after it was all over, Garnett had the opportunity to introduce a Scottish reporter to the highly dangerous Drop Bear, one of which was being treated in the Centre.  Here’s the story:
 
Garnett is certainly a very entertaining vet which must make for enjoyable consultations for pet owners at the Fremantle Animal Hospital. 

 
Our guest speaker for last Tuesday's meeting was a very impressive young person Erin Hegarty, the founder of Mama Respond International.
 
Back in 2013 Erin went to Kenya as a volunteer teacher.  While walking home with a young Kenyan Nancy,  she asked her what did she need and her reply was "a better future".  The issue was around education with 130 kids in one classroom, there were plenty of teachers, just a lack of space.  Erin deferred her degree and stayed for five months.  During this time she was able to get built 2 classrooms at the Noonkopir Township Primary School, through local donations of material, cash and labour as well as using social media to raise funds back in Australia.
 
In September 2017 Erin returned to the same school just when they opened a special needs unit.  The room was very small with no amenities.  It was more of a daycare centre than an educational space and had no curriculum for students with disabilities.  After spending sometime with the kids in the unit she realised she could help them by getting a proper diagnosis and treatment plan for their disability. 
 
Erin gave a number of examples of assisting families with funding and where to seek help for students with a curable or treatable condition.  
 

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