President's Notes
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Hello fellow rotarians,
It was a pleasure this week to meet with Bev Moffat, President of Attadale Rotary, to discuss our shared upcoming District Governor's visit at Royal Fremantle Golf Course on Monday September 11 (note no breakfast meeting on the 12th). Bev is in her 2nd consecutive year as President and talked fondly of the relationship between the Rotary clubs in the City of Melville and all that we have been able to achieve, albeit quite independently. Bev and I shared views on the current state of Rotary and volunteering in general, agreeing on the need to develop deep community ties beyond handing out cheques or gaining social media "likes". Only through genuine visibility in our community will Rotary remain relevant and valued. I thank Bev for her efforts leading the organisation of the DG visit next month and encourage all members to attend if possible, further details to come shortly.
Yours in Rotary
Tom Atkinson
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GUEST SPEAKER: AI for all Part 2

Guest speaker Ben McFadden: All About AI (not)
Ben had so much to tell us about Artificial Intelligence his presentation was split over two weeks, but even then he still knows much more about it than anyone else at Applecross Rotary - so he couldn’t really tell us “All About AI".  Now if the topic was AI meaning Artificial Insemination, I bet I know more than he does about AI in sheep and have a published thesis to prove it (supervised by our late member Ray Wales).
Anyway back to the future present!
Who is Ben?  He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Western Australia, researching "the development of trustworthy machine learning systems in infection science”, and is part of the Tim Inglis translational research group at the Harry Perkins Institute.  He has 5 years' experience working at applying artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques in the infection science domain.  He also operates as an independent consultant working on solving problems using and analysing data and developing software. 
In other words he probably/definitely knows his stuff!  If you would like to have the PowerPoint presentations Ben used, just send me an email (
Artificial intelligence (AI) has interested people for many decades with Movies, TV shows, novels all based on the idea of Artificial intelligence leading to human destruction.
This technology has been around for many years but has gained a lot of attention (positive and negative) recently due to advanced tools that have been made available to the public.  It now is at a stage where it is changing society, the way we live, work, and navigate our existence
But what is AI?  It is a field of computer science that focuses on creating machines, systems, or software that can perform tasks typically requiring human intelligence.  These include learning from experience, reasoning, problem solving, understanding natural language, identifying patterns, and adapting to new situations.
AI aims to simulate human cognitive abilities to some degree, enabling machines to perceive their environment, make decisions, and interact with it in ways that mimic human intelligence. 
Should we fear AI? In Ben’s opinion the answer is a resounding NO!
AI technology, like any other technology has positives and negatives.  It is about informing the public about the appropriate use of these technologies, to enrich and support our existence.  And the opportunities that this technology provides are very exciting.
AI has the potential to change society and the way we live. Like any new technology, there is a period of uncertainty and fear amongst the community. So, it is our responsibility to be informed about this technology, and the responsibility of businesses to build trustworthy AI systems.
AI Tools
AI tools are designed to automate repetitive tasks, such as data entry, customer support interactions, and image recognition without human intervention.  This automation enhances efficiency, reduces errors, and frees up human resources for more complex and strategic activities.
Sentiment Analysis: AI tools can analyse social media posts, reviews, and comments to determine public sentiment about products or topics.
Language translation: Translate text from one language to another.
Chatbots: Chatbots provide customer support, answer questions and guide users through various interactions.
Text to Image conversion
Document analysis: Review and extract information from legal documents, contracts, and case law
Content recommendations: Suggest movies, music, and shows based on user preferences and history 
Content creation: Generate art, music, and written content
Personalised learning: Tools adapt educational content based on individual students
Some AI Tools
Chatbots including ChatGPT, Bard, HuggingChat
AI content creation tools with Jasper,, and Anyword
Grammar checkers and rewording tools like Grammarly, Wordtune, and ProWritingAid
AI video creation with descript, Wondershare, Filmora, and Runway
Machine translation with google translate and DeepL
Virtual assistants including Alexa, google assistant, and Siri
Image generation tools such as DALL.E 2, Midjourney, and stable diffusion.
This image was created through, after the prompt “Cyberpunk style athlete trail running in the mountains”
In Summary:
Many new AI tools are being released and they are very powerful.
We can use these tools to simplify some of the tasks we do on a daily basis, freeing time to do other more meaningful tasks.
Like anything, we want to be mindful of the positives, but also the negatives of using these technologies to make informed decisions about their use.



Valentin and 40 other Scouts are on a 2-week hike in South Korea so no news from him this week.
However our District 9423 Placement Coordinator Norm de Grussa has provided some information about Valentin’s school, Scotch College.
He writes:
Scotch is providing the school uniform free of charge, as well as the school laptop. As Valentin is a musician, I have tried to arrange lessons free of charge, but the Music Dept didn’t respond to that request. It’s possible it will happen, but with or without the lessons, I have asked him to be involved in the music programme and a member of the Concert Band/Orchestra.

Great news for Cran's school 

Brett, Kenn and Louis have been invited by the Kensington Secondary School to attend this Thursday the Grand Opening of their Mini Woolies Store – ‘Kensington Fresh Food’. The Kensington Secondary School is the only high school in Western Australia specifically for students with disabilities and high support needs. Woolworths have created this National Training Scheme, a properly established program specifically with students with special needs in mind. Mini Woolies is a miniature version of an actual Woolworths store. Students can learn how to shop in a real-life Woolworths environment. 

The sensory room project is another great initiative of school and is supported by Applecross Rotary through the lead of Brett, Kenn and Louis.


Applications for RYLA for 2024 are open!


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 to put applicants in touch with a Rotary Club - so please be prepared!
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 6th January – Saturday 13th January 2024.
Rotary Club Sponsorship for a RYLA participant is $920, and the participant contribution is $250.  This includes all activities, accommodation and meals for the week.
The application form is available online -
Applications close 30th November 2023.



LEADER BOARD AS AT ROUND 23 (one round to go!)
Interesting fact: Kenn is 45th out of over 40,000 people in 'THE GAME competition and only 4 behind the person who is currently No 1!!  The MAJOR prize is $50,000.

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