President's  Notes
Peter McEWEN
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Jacaranda Festival 21 Recognition
At last Tuesday’s meeting, we showcased our “Street Sign” gift from the City of Melville, one of our major event sponsors.
But the recognition hasn’t stop there!
During last week’s parliamentary speeches, the Hon. Stephen Pratt MLC, acknowledged the event and recognised our Club and all the wonderful volunteers that contribute. Following are some excerpts from his speech.
…. Jacaranda Festival, for those that are unaware, is an annual Festival in Applecross, which celebrates the beautiful purple flower of the Jacaranda tree and the fantastic community spirit in Applecross.
There are over 150 stalls in attendance. They line Ardross Street as thousands of local people enjoy the festival and the sense of community that it brings. For the past 21 years the picturesque festival has been organised primarily by volunteers who, despite the scorching heat on the weekend, worked hard to continue the tradition.
The festival is the major fundraising event for the Applecross Rotary Club, which allows them to financially support a range of community projects and organisations. I would like to thank those involved with the Applecross Rotary Club, especially, Mr Kenn Williams, the Jacaranda Festival Coordinator, for his countless hours behind the scenes, organising and facilitating this event ….
Once again, a special thank you to our Club members and partners, who willing give of their time to make this event a success, year after year.
Guests Speakers
One of our Club Goals for 2021/22 was to collaborate more with fellow Rotary clubs. Last week, we had our second joint meeting for the year with Booragoon Rotary.
It was pleasing to see 40 Rotarian’s and guests, including DG Pat, assemble at Dome Mt Pleasant. Our guest speaker, Dr Mark Duncan-Smith outlined his work history, which includes 15 humanitarian overseas volunteer surgical aide trips. Mark has recently been appointed to the position of President of AMA(WA).
It was great to have 3 generations of Duncan-Smith’s in the same room.
Our guest speaker tomorrow is well known to many in the Club through his role as Chairman Waylen Bay Sea Scouts.
Derek Fisher will be speaking on growing Blue Berries.
Christmas Party
Don’t forget our Christmas Party, this Thursday, 9 December, 12noon – 3pm at “Sweetwater Garden Terrace”, Level6, 1 Silas Street, East Fremantle.
AG Kenn's Jottings
Well, another JacFest is behind us, and after 21of them, you would think that they would just role off the production line, like a chook laying an egg!
Well, as history demonstrates, we will always, despite the best of planning, be at the behest of that which can go wrong!
The first hot day after a mild spring was a definite turn off for the late morning and afternoon crowds, and, to be expected, turned a fabulous 21st birthday JacFest into a somewhat muted offering. Not only stall holders, but our financial returns on effort were well down, and I suspect the energy levels of our unstoppable volunteers were very deficient in the following days as well.
Our last hot one was in 2016, so I guess 2 in 21 years is an average of one in 10, and we just have to play the averages. No wet days, and that is a blessing!
It was wonderful to receive the 21st Birthday presentation from the CoM, and then get a good wrap in the WA Upper House for the event late last week.
One major let down was the non attendance of our perimeter fencing contractor, putting all of our money taking, entry point signage, and crowd and Covid control at risk.
NO ONE will ever appreciate what I went through coming up with a solution on the day, but which, in hind sight, may well prove a benefit for future entry point design.
There were some comments around stall selection and variety, and improving volunteer and crowd safety at entry points, and these, along with many other matters are the subject of the 2021 event review.
Not the least of issues for address is attracting willing key project directors and managers to ensure that our ageing warhorses can step back from front line duties. This will be a matter for further development and review.
Volunteers Sundowner.
Our Zone 1 Volunteers Sundowner 2 weeks ago was a great success from a Rotary perspective, with our 4 Zone Clubs presenting compelling reasons for supporting their community projects.
The CoM Volunteers Resource Centre messaged the 2,000 ‘volunteers’ on their list, and we ran an advert in PerthNow, but, overall, this produced a limited enquiry of interest in what Rotary has to offer.
Possibly 8 interested enquiries, with 4 or 5 attending the Sundowner, and some help at our JacFest. Follow ups underway, but suffice to say, we will discuss further at our Cluster meet this week with a view to holding another one in the first half 2022, and review our messaging.
District 9465 provided a Membership Grant to cover the costs of the Sundowner.
AG Kenn

Guest Speaker Dr Mark Duncan-Smith
Last Tuesday's meeting was a combined Dinner meeting with the Booragoon Rotary Club and our  keynote speaker was Dr Mark Duncan-Smith, President of the Australian Medical Association WA.

A University of Western Australia graduate, Dr Duncan-Smith is a consultant plastic surgeon and burns surgeon, who played a crucial role in the Bali Bombing Disaster of 2002 as one of the two treating Consultant Burn Surgeons. He has experienced first-hand what can be achieved with a medical workforce working in unison with medical administration towards a common goal, with the excellent health outcomes for survivors of both the Bali Bombing and Ashmore Reef disasters.

He is a humanitarian doctor, undertaking 15 overseas volunteer surgical aide trips in his career, including Mongolia, Indonesia and Vanuatu. Mark made comment of the importance of these trips is to train and educate the locals in the treatment of burns that can improve the health outcomes of thousands of patients.  The value of humanitarian work is of great value for his professional development as well as the use of his skills to treat patient conditions that he has not experience in Australia.

The AMAWA is the peak representative body for doctors in WA with over 5000 members (50% of doctors).  Their vision is to be "the leading and trusted voice for better healthcare" and their mission is to "represent, support and advocate for doctors, patients and the community".  Mark took us through the current state of the WA health system including ambulance ramping hours and access to hospital beds.

Mark spoke on COVID 19 and the importance of people to get vaccinated.  He also presented the AMAWA's 'action agenda 2021' calling on the State Government to implement their 15 point plan.

Mark finished by saying "if all you do and are is a surgeon, you will have a very boring retirement" 
If you missed Mark's presentation you can view it on the Applecross Rotary members private Facebook group.

Santa will be making a special trip from the North Pole to visit the boys and girls at Perth Makers Market.
We will need to make sure we have reserved a place for him in the upper car park.
This will be a BIG day and an opportunity to add to our fundraising activities for the year.
Please check the roster and make sure you are available at your nominated rostered time.  Even if you aren't rostered on and are available give Chris Whelan a call. 
Many hands make light work
Easiest way to find contact details for other members and to check-out club event details.  Ray Philp is available if you need to assistance to set up. 
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