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President Barry welcomed members, and reminded members of the forthcoming District Conference.  Peter McEwen tossed the coins and Gordon Dunbar walked away with the red wine.
Kenn Williams advised Cathy Day from the City of Melville will be coming to next week’s meeting to tell us we are getting more money for the JacFest 20th anniversary but there are more regulatory issues that will need to be addressed, presumably with the extra money promised!  He asked his committee to meet with Cathy at 8.30am after next week’s meeting.
Liz Palmer, looking refreshed from her trip to Sydney, reminded members that the Sundowner on 30 January (next week) would be held at Gordon and Diana Dunbar’s abode (46 Duncraig Rd, near Heathcote) from 6.00pm onwards.
Ray Philp asked members to log onto the club website and advise him of anything that is out-of-date.
Ian Fairnie advised that the Silver Teapot raised $240 for the first 6 months of this Rotary year, about half the amount for the same period last year.  He attributed this to members having less change in their pockets because of the increased use of PayWave in a cash-free economy, and suggested that Applecross Rotary needs to look closely at adopting this 20th century technology given that it’s already 2020!
Gordon and Diana Dunbar recently celebrated a wedding anniversary, so Gordon coughed up some more funds having already won the wine.
George Mavros and Kenn Williams celebrated the Scorchers win, Peter McEwen the arrival of a third grandchild, John Kelly for an enforced stopover in the Barossa Valley on the drive hack to Perth, Liz Palmer celebrated their son’s 37/155 placing in the Sydney-Hobart Race, while Clive Pearson went one better and boasted that his grandson won a yacht race in Port Phillip Bay!
Chris Caithness - Guest Speaker
Host Cecil Aaron anticipated that Chris Caithness’s presentation might have a number of references to her recently departed son, our Rotary Youth Exchangee Connor Ovens, and so it turned out!
But before we get to that, Chris grew up in Esperance, the daughter of a Rotarian, and the youngest of four children.  Chris trained as an Occupational Therapist at Curtin but not before spending a year in Finland as a Rotary Exchange student, during 1995.
After returning from Finland she continued dating Connor’s father Paul and they married in 2000.  Connor was born in 2002, and soon after Chris’ marriage ended in divorce.  She added a Masters degree in Occupational Safety and Health through distance education and worked for WorkSafe for some years.  Chris married Brent in 2010 and after Bailey was born in 2011, she started working with Brent in their window tinting and signage business.  Jackson (Jacka) arrived in 2013.
Early last year, Chris met Associate Member Kate Zappa at the school their children attend and they bonded over their shared RYE experience.  Kate encouraged Chris to pursue the possibility of RYE for Connor, which brings us back to where we started! 
As a Rotarian, Chris is looking forward to hosting our inbound RYE and also taking the family to Germany via the USA and London, to see Connor later this year.  Connor will be hosted by two families in Willich, and will soon start year 11 at a private catholic school, before moving to year 12 in August after the summer holidays.
If you or someone you know is interested in RYE, please make a point of coming to the special dinner meeting we’ll be hosting on Tuesday evening, 3 March, at the Brentwood Karoonda Sporting Association building in Booragoon.
Congratulations:  Ian Fairnie AM
Dr Ian James FAIRNIE, Bull Creek WA 6149 For significant service to the community, and to veterinary and agricultural organisations.
A national disaster such as the current Australian bushfire emergency provides an opportunity to take stock of The Rotary Foundation’s role:

 the reality is that Rotary is not ideally positioned to act as a first responder (that’s where organisations like the volunteer fire services, State Emergency Services and the Salvation Army are so wonderfully effective);
 we are however exceedingly well positioned to play a very strong part in the rebuilding phase after disasters occur in our communities.
And while it can be tempting to send funds to the first responder charities, there is a very strong argument that our resources are far better directed to high-impact Rotary projects – especially as the first responder charities are already attracting such strong public support.
Over many years, the Foundation has developed strategies to maximize the impact of the projects we support.  We have:

1. tightened our focus to six areas where we know we can deliver great results;
2. minimised the risk of delivering outcomes that are not valued by beneficiaries, by working with communities from the beginning, to clearly assess their needs, through a Community Needs Assessment;
3. extended the period of impact by ensuring that projects are sustainable.
Each of these three strategies is hugely significant following a disaster:
1. based on previous disasters that TRF has supported, Areas of Focus that have proved particularly relevant include:

o Community Economic Development, such as fencing restoration projects, recovery of the bee industry, and possibly whole new industries in a community,
o mental health projects, to address the enormous trauma of survivors,
o environmental projects (an area the Trustees added last year) to address issues such as habitat loss and wildlife impacts,
o one of the Foundation’s ‘Purposes and Goals’ is Developing and supporting community-based basic emergency preparedness services to improve economic resilience;

2. the bushfires have affected communities right around the country and Rotary is possibly unique in that we have clubs in or near all those disaster zones – with members who can fully appreciate the human impact of the disaster and the needs that arise;

3. and a project that provides sustainable benefits continues to remind locals of the value that the club delivered during their community’s hour of need.
The Foundation is very conscious of the difference we can make in the aftermath of this disaster and we’re keen to work with you to deliver projects that will help your communities recover from the fires.  One way to do this is through the recently-established Disaster Response Fund, which provides grants of up to US$25,000. This fund has been extremely well utilised for disasters around the world, and available funds fluctuate considerably, but some funds may be available for bushfire grants.
One final comment is that the Australian bushfires create an opportunity for clubs and districts to create projects that deliver more impact by working with both the Foundation and Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS).  Give us a call if you would like to discuss how to pursue this option.
RAWCS National Bush Fire Appeal

We have all seen the disastrous fires that have erupted, taking lives as well as destroying hundreds of homes and properties across Australia.

Rotary is once again taking the lead and looking to provide support for families in need. To this end several Rotary Districts and Clubs have established projects which are ready and able to accept donations from you. All of those projects can apply for funds from this appeal.

The new 'Rotary Bush Fires National Appeal' is a Rotary Australia Relief Fund (RARF) project.  This enables collection of donations to assist Rotary Clubs to support people affected by the bush fires.  The Rotary Australia Relief Fund (Managed by RAWCS) has Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) registration and has been listed as a Charitable Fund so we can accept tax deductible donations from individuals or organisations.
To find out more about RAWCS click on the following link or download a pdf about RAWCS.
2020-21 presidential theme announced
Rotary International President-elect Holger Knaack revealed the 2020-21 presidential theme, Rotary Opens Opportunities, to incoming district governors at the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA, on 20 January. Knaack, a member of the Rotary Club of Herzogtum Lauenburg-Mölln, Germany, is encouraging Rotarians to seize the many opportunities Rotary offers to enrich their lives and the communities they serve. 
Meeting Duties 28th January
Welcome Desk
Welcome Desk
Aaron, Cecil
Jan 28, 2020
Nepal AMR Project Update
Feb 04, 2020 7:30 AM
History of Flying Doctor Service
Feb 18, 2020 7:30 AM
True Blue Dreaming
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DOME Deepwater Point
Jan 28, 2020
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Gordon and Di Dunbar's Home
Jan 30, 2020
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Breakfast Meeting
DOME Deepwater Point
Feb 04, 2020
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
AxR Board Meeting
The William's residence
Feb 04, 2020
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Heathcote Cultural Precinct
Feb 23, 2020
Information Day Rotary Youth Exchange
John McGrath Pavilion
Feb 23, 2020
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
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