President's Notes
Have spent the following days after the changeover in hospital which all began as a severe migraine, we still aren't 100% sure what it is at this stage.  One thing that it isn't is, is COVID thankfully, but am hoping to be out tomorrow, so unfortunately will be missing the first meeting of the year.
Peter is kind enough to blow off the cobwebs, and stand in as President for me tomorrow, which I am very thankful for.
I am really looking forward to getting back to it next meeting though, as I am a bit sick of sitting in a room.  Mind you I will miss the nurses running around the ward chasing after elderly pant-less patients and their zimma frames.

ROTARY Zone 1 Combined Clubs' Fund Raising Event

Applecross Rotary's 51st Changeover was held on Wednesday 6th July at the Manning Rippers Football Club in the Manning Community Centre.
Forty Five members and guests attended with a delicious 3 course meal provided by Duncan & Kristie owners of Krankin Cafe, excellent drink service from footy club members Jo-anne, Wayne and Rod, and guitarist/ singer Wayne Glasson providing the entertainment throughout the night. The colour theme purple and white Lorri tells me, was selected by Logan's partner Nikki!  
This year's President Elect and Secretary Tom Atkinson did a great job as MC and started the proceedings calling everyone to their seats and doing the Acknowlegement to Country.  He then introduced outgoing President Peter McEwen.
Peter acknowledged our special guests; DG Ric McDonald and Ailsa McDonald, PDG Pat Shraven, AG Kenn Williams and Erin Hegley Founder and Director of Mama Respnd International. Peter gave an overview of his annual report  and then invited DG Ric to propose a toast to Rotary Internationsl.
Following the meal MC Tom called up PDG Pat who took this opportunity to personally present the District 9465 Rotarian of the Year Award to Applecross Rotary member, Chris Whelan.  Please find the details of this presentation in a following story in this AA.  Pat also presented appreciation awards to AG Kenn Williams and Chris Whelan. 
In a surprise presentation DG Pat awarded a certificate  to the Rotary Club of Applecross for the Bulletin of the Year 2021-2022.  The certificate read "for delivering a consistently high standard weekly bulletin.  The Applecross Advocate is a pleasure to read each week, it showcases the fun, friendship and pride we all have in being part of Rotary.  The Advocate content and standard makes a great promotional tool, ideal for distributing to potential members or community groups.  Your Club has also excelled in your use of social media and continue to expand your reach and build wider networks.  Thank you to all members for your outstanding support to Rotary"
PDG Pat presented Chris Whelan with the District Rotarian of the Year Award and in his acceptance speech he acknowledged the great part his involvement in the Mama Respond Kenyan project played in the reason he was receiving the award.  He invited Mama Respond founder and director Erin Hegley to share the award with him for her fantastic work in Kenya and the opportunity for him amd many Rotarians and Rotary Clubs not only in WA and Kenya, but also in the USA  to work together to make this project happen.
Peter then acknowledged Chris's outstanding work for the club throughout the year with a PHF +2 recognition level and a PHF recognition to Erin Hegarty for making a difference to the lives of children in Kenya through her charity MAMA RESPOND International and in particular the project to build a Special Needs Centre at Noonkopir Township Primary School.
Peter then made the following awards:
Applecross Rotarian of the Year - Ray Philp
Community Service Award - Brett Hammill
A new Award "Applecross Rotary Jacaranda Festival Mal Taylor Award" to Mal Taylor
Finally the time came for Peter to handball the Presidency to Logan ...
President Logan Duncan-Smith thanked the Club Members for the honour of leading the club for the 2022 - 2023 Rotary year.  

District 9465 Rotarian of the Year: Chris Whelan
PDG Pat Schraven attended our Changeover on Wednesday evening and presented Chris Whelan with the ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR for DISTRICT 9465. The following was Pat's words leading up to the presentation:
"As District Governor I am given the challenge of selecting a member worthy of the Rotarian of Year for District 9465.
There are so many members who are worthy of this recognition so it is a challenge I am grateful to have.
Amongst there are people who in their own quiet way make an enormous difference to the people around them.
Their subtle and effective approach to mentor the emerging generation of leaders in Rotary, encouraging them to step up, share their ideas and be heard.
Their business acumen and strategic thinking which has for years enhanced their own clubactivities, this year spilled over in abundance to support the future direction of Rotary.
This member knows how to build strong, lasting relationships within Rotary and externally with local business and organisations that foster sustainable partnerships and helped his club and our district expand our reach.
And when You think this member's cup is full they take on an international project that saw the collaboration of 10 clubs and the successful aquisition of a Rotary Foundation global grant.
In the past year I have been in awe of his contribution to the transition of D9423 as the lead for the stategic focus team.
Congratulations Chris Whelan - Rotarian of the Year for District 9465."
I don’t get paid to say this BUT I was so chuffed for Ray to take out the special District Bulletin Award!  Every week, we are treated to a quality update, and this just doesn’t happen without a tremendous commitment from Ray. Well done ol’ chap!
And what about our own Chris Whelan..  surely the most decorated Club member EVER… DG’s Outstanding District Rotarian Award, District Appreciation Award, Best Club Member Award, and a  Paul Harris Award.. with 2x Diamonds..!!! A truly legendary status recognition and so well deserved
Well done Chris, from AxR.
Mal’s inaugural Jacaranda Festival Award.. for 20 years of commitment.. well done Mal.
Erin Hegarty… working with Chris for the Mama Responds Kenyan Project.. also a well deserved Paul Harris Award!
And…. How good to have our new DG Ric McDonald and immediate Past DG Pat attend.. a due recognition for Applecross Rotary that continues to deliver great Rotary outcomes.
We can all look forward to our ongoing successes under new Pres Logan.
Good luck for the 22’23 year, Logan!
Our New Utility.
The 2014 Nissan Navara Ute is now happily parked up in my Storage Unit, along with our other AxR assets. It is in very good condition, only done about 60,000 k, and is a diesel single cab, 2wd tray top.  It includes a lockable tool cabinet which will be very handy when handling cash at our many project events. Along with the trailer, I reckon it will prove of great value to AxR in the years ahead, and should open up the opportunity for more, and new members to play a role in our many money raising projects.
Importantly it takes the pressure off the ongoing use of personal member vehicles when undertaking community fund raising and support activities.
Just so you know… the vehicle is insured for market value under our District Insurance Policy and attracts no separate insurance costs, as for the new trailer and BBQ trailer.
Should any  vehicle be involved in an incident that brings about a damage claim, the Standard Rotary Excess of $500 will apply.
If under the control of a non Rotary Member or a non Rotary activity, then the excess doubles to $1,000.
Like with the trailer where we have an Agreement covering non Rotary usage, we will prepare a similar sign off to cover ‘lend out’ demands. ( Either other Rotary Club, Community or private/ limited use)
On Membership. 
Listen up for a great announcement in the very near future on AxR’s opportunity to be part of a very new initiative in the quest to rebuild Rotary membership in our world today.

Members heading to Kalgoorlie
The social committee of Max, Liz and Lorri have finalised all of the arrangements for the club visit to Kalgoorlie leaving the Perth train station on Tuesday 26 July and returning on the following Saturday.  The train leaves at 7:10am so I guess we will have to join our breakfast meeting via Zoom smiley.  Kenn has organised for the group to attend the Boulder Rotary meeting on the Tuesday evening and the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Rotary Club has invited us for drinks and a BBQ on the Friday evening.  The itinerary also includes -
  • private tour of the Super Pit
  • drinking and eating
  • visit to the Museum of the Goldfields
  • drinking and eating
  • visit to Questa Casa
  • drinking and eating
  • bus trip to play "2 up" at the ring and to the Broad Arrow Tavern
  • Historical tram loop or a walking tour
  • oh! and nearly forgot, drinking and eating
The passenger list reads Ron Bower, the Hendersons, the Dawsons, the Williams, Lorri Brazier, the Philps, the Palmers, the J&A Kellys, and the Turners.
If you haven't been able to make this trip, the committee is already at work organising one for October to the beautiful Ferguson Valley.  Watch the AA for more details!

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