President's  Jottings
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Our social calendar got off to a flying start with a plentiful and delicious lunch at Lorri Brazier's new home. 
We had a great turnout with 23 members and partners attending with two very special members joining us in Helen Jones-Fairnie and Leslie Coombes.
Helen and Ian Fairnie; l-r behind Peta Williams, Val Philp, Lesley Combes, Heather Inglis
I got to take home a few leftovers.
Peta Williams decided the caramel sauce was too delicious to chance taking home with Kenn beating her to it!
We are starting to get some momentum with our schools recycling education program.  I met with representatives from the Applecross P&C last Thursday who will discuss the program further with the teaching staff before registering.  The Applecross PS P&C President Kate Peterson,  has also given us an introduction to the Palmyra Rugby Union Club who produce a lot of empty containers through their bar.  There are a lot of opportunities in the local area that we need to approach and signup to the Greenbatch Foundation Container Deposit Scheme solution.  
This week we are meeting with the Mt Pleasant PS students from the Sustainability group to discuss the recycling program.
I have received an email from PDG Bruce James saying how honoured he feels to receive the LIFE MEMBERSHIP award, but also feels there are many current and past Members who should have received such an Honour well before him.  Bruce thanks the Club for the lovely Plaque; "my family members are certainly appreciating it".
PP Wendy Cooper has just accepted the challenge of the position of the 2021 HANDICAMP  committee that will be held at the Point Walter Recreational Camp from Saturday 16th January to Saturday 23rd January 2021.
Wendy need immediate and firm commitment to help in the following areas;
  • Committee members
  • Financial assistance from clubs
  • Carers
  • Campers
  • Activity facilitators
PLEASE CONSIDER and if you can assist contact Wendy via email:
Handicamp is a live-in camp for 18-35 year old people with a disability, who are teamed with a "buddy" for a week of fun and adventure.


Wheatbelt and Beyond Youth Mentoring (WBYM)

WBYM is an independent, not for profit, incorporated organisation who delivers a mentoring program to inspire and empower young people in regional, rural and remote areas of WA through; igniting their passion to be lifelong learners; growing their aspirations; achieving their goals and to be the best they can be.
Schools adopt the program and administer the program under the governance of WBYM.
Applecross Rotary will provide funding for the program  from time to time under the terms of a recently signed MOU.
Karen Strange, Chairperson  WBYM, and and Janine Dayman,  Secretary/Treasurer WBYM, will join us for breakfast this Tuesday to give a thankyou for our donation and a brief update on the program.
Pictured is PP John Kelly with the WBYM mentors and mentees after meeting at Bruce Rock on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th August.

MC Chris Dawson opened the meeting at 7:30am and welcomed members and guests to our first meeting back at the DOME.  Chris made mention that we can now settle back into our normal meeting process and the introduced President Ray for some opening comments.
Ray finally got up to speed with the Rotary grace  "For Good Food,  Good Fellowship, and the Opportunity to Serve through Rotary, we give thanks".  Ray expanded on fellowship saying it was important that we look after each other especially some of the Applecross Rotary family who are going through some challenging times.
  1. George Mavros reported Lotterywest was again taking applications for funding for events like the Jacaranda Festival with criteria based on COVID 19 support.  He and Chris Whelan have resubmitted an application for funding for the Jacaranda Festival addressing the new criteria.
  2. Kenn Williams is proposing a meeting of the Jacaranda committee with Erin Madely at her office at the Heathcote precinct. Erin has also been engaged to manage the social media for the Festival.
  3. Kenn also confirmed the trailer had been ordered however does not think it will be delivered until after the next Maker's Market.
  4. Liz reminded the meeting about our first social function being a lunch at Lorri's new home and our first Sundowner at hers and David's home on Thursday 27th August.
  5. Chris Whelan advised the next Maker's Market was on Sunday 23rd August and he requires 3 additional volunteers for the roster. Barry Mendelawitz volunteered and Peter McEwen said he could find some additional volunteers
  1. Birthdays recognised: Ray Philp and Helen Fairnie' 6th Rotary Anniversary.  
  2. Liz is happy that they will soon have their caravan delivered by ship from the east coast.
  3. Kenn gave us summary of his trip to Exmouth with stops on the way at Kalbarri, Carnarvon and Geraldton.
  4. Mal Taylor told the meeting he had found the name of the person who is the  whistler on Fossil Rock radio.  When he rang the station with the query and told them who he was and that he is involved in the Jacaranda Festival, we got some promotion of the festival during the rest of the morning program. editors note:And that is how easy it is!  A reminder to wear your Rotary badge, polo shirt, promote our projects to whatever audience you have etc
  1. Business as usual with a major projects of One Health and the Applecross Rotary Jacaranda Festival. Committees continuing into the 2020-21 Rotary year.
  2. A new major project with the opportunities from the Greenbatch Foundation - Rotary in WA Alliance:
    • Schools Education Recycling Program
    • Container Deposit Scheme
  3. Building on existing collaboration and partnerships with other Rotary clubs and community groups.  Looking for new partnership opportunities to support and grow our projects and programs.
  4. Ray asked members to consider supporting the upcoming Business After Hours being run by Melville Rotary with guest speaker Ben Morton talking about 'The Australian Economy Going Forward'.
  5. Members are encouraged to speak with the Directors and committee chairs to get involved with the activities that interest them. Also members are urged to put forward their ideas, comments at any time.  Lorri is requiring suggestions and introductions to speakers for our breakfast meetings and Liz would love some feedback/suggestions for our social activities.  Andrew Bower would like ideas and assistance to organise some vocational visits.  PLENTY OF OPPORTUNITY TO GET INVOLVED.
  6. Logan is assisting with improving the quality of our ZOOM meetings and it was great to see 16 members at the meeting and 3 members joining via ZOOM.



From Johns Hopkins Hospital - great explanation of Covid !  Worth the time .


This virus is not a living organism . It is a protein molecule (RNA or DNA) covered by a protective layer of lipid (fat), which, when absorbed by the cells of the ocular (eyes), nasal (nose) or buccal mucosa (mouth), changes their genetic code (mutates) and converts into aggressor and multiplier cells.    
* Since the virus is not a living organism, but is a protein molecule, it cannot be killed.  It has to decay on its own.
The disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity and type of material where it lies. 
* The virus is very fragile; the only thing that protects it is a thin outer layer of fat and that is the reason why soap or detergent is the best weapon.  The foam CUTS THE FAT (that is why you have to scrub for 20 seconds or more, to create lots of foam).  By dissolving the fat layer, the protein molecule disperses and breaks down.
* HEAT melts fat; this is why it is necessary to use water above 77 degrees for hand washing, laundry and cleaning surfaces. In addition, hot water makes more foam, making it more effective.
* Alcohol or any mixture with alcohol over 65% DISSOLVES ALL FAT, especially the external lipid layer of the virus.
* Any solution with 1 part bleach and 5 parts water directly dissolves the protein, breaking it down from the inside.
* Oxygenated water increases the effectiveness of soap, alcohol and chlorine, because peroxide dissolves the virus protein.  However, because you have to use it in its pure form, it can damage your skin .
* NO BACTERICIDE OR ANTIBIOTIC WILL WORK because the virus is not a living organism like bacteria; antibodies cannot kill what is not alive.  
* The virus molecules remain very stable at colder temperatures, including air conditioning in houses and cars.  They also need moisture and darkness to stay stable. Therefore, dehumidified, dry, warm and bright environments will degrade the virus faster.
* UV LIGHT on any object that may contain the virus breaks down the protein.  Be careful, it also breaks down collagen (which is protein) in the skin .
* The virus CANNOT go through healthy skin .
* Vinegar is NOT useful because it does not break down the protective layer of fat .
* NO SPIRITS, NOR VODKA, serve. The strongest vodka is only 40% alcohol, and you need a minimum of 65%.    
* LISTERINE  is 65% alcohol. * The more confined the space, the higher the concentration of the virus there can be. The more open or naturally ventilated, the less.
* You have to wash your hands before and after touching any commonly used surfaces such as : mucosa (mouth area) , food, locks, knobs, switches, remotes, cell phones, watches, computers, desks etc. and don’t forget when you use the bathroom.
* You have to MOISTURIZE YOUR HANDS due to frequent washing.  Dry hands have cracks and the molecules can hide in the micro cracks The thicker the moisturizer, the better.
* Also keep your NAILS SHORT so that the virus does not hide there.

Applications for RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) for 2021 are open now!
RYLA is an intensive eight-day program designed for 18-28 year olds with leadership potential and a commitment to community service. The program is a unique opportunity aimed to bring participants out of their comfort zone and challenge them to think outside the square while actively using and building on their existing skills and knowledge.
RYLA includes seminars, workshops, physical activities and team games relating to areas including Communication and Public Speaking, Leadership, Team Work and Group Dynamics, Problem Solving and Decision Making, Goal Setting, Time Management and Self Awareness and Emotional Intelligence.
All applications must include the name of their sponsoring Rotary Club, and we expect that applicants have contacted their local Rotary Club to arrange sponsorship prior to submitting the form.  The RYLA Committee will assist with this if necessary.
Applicants are interviewed prior to acceptance onto RYLA.  Successful applicants will have the energy, commitment and motivation to develop their leadership potential and be willing to challenge themselves physically and mentally over the course of the program.  
Please note: Applicants who have come to us via a Rotary Club will receive priority acceptance onto the program.
RYLA is held at the Serpentine Camping Centre from Saturday 16th January – Saturday 23rd January 2021.
Rotary Club Sponsorship for a RYLA participant is $850, and the participant contribution is $200.  This includes all activities, accommodation and meals for the week.
The application form is available online - .
Please get your applications in by 15th November 2020.
To assist with our planning, it would be appreciated if you can let me know if you are planning on sending someone to RYLA.
If you have any questions, please contact me on 0402 491 139 or
Ian Ball
RYLA District Committee

The RYPEN (Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment) camp in September is fast approaching!
If you know someone who is 14-17 years of age who is
  • Wanting an opportunity to develop and challenge themselves
  • Looking to develop their self-esteem and confidence
  • Interested in developing skills including leadership, teamwork, communication, goal setting and problem solving
  • Wanting to build a network of young people and to make new friends
  • Excited for a weekend of fun
Then we'd love to have them attend the RYPEN camp from 11th to 13th September 2020.
We believe that after the disruption of the last few months, RYPEN would be a great opportunity for students to have some "Fun with a Purpose".  
RYPEN depends on Rotary Clubs to sponsor participants, and the more participants we get the better the camp will be. We would love to welcome your applicant to the camp.
We've got an exciting and challenging program lined up for the weekend, so if you know of someone who would like to attend please get your applications as soon as possible.
Please send applications to The camp costs $300 per attendee and your club will be invoiced later for the camp.
Applications close 1st September 2020!
If you have any questions or would like further information, please don't hesitate to let me know.  You can email me or call 0402 491 139
Yours in Service,
Ian Ball
on behalf of the
District 9465 RYPEN Committee


Tuesday 25th August for our FIRST evening meeting with a keynote speaker.  More info coming.

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