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President's Notes
Tom ATKINSON
0433 117 568
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Dear Rotarians and friends,
 
I've had a busy week with the Australia v Pakistan Cricket Test Match on, with Australia coming away with a commanding victory at Optus Stadium.
 
My key role for the week was entertaining the many cricket volunteers who attend the match in various capacities. From breakfast events to lunch time functions, on ground experiences and player meet and greets, we do what we can to ensure that as a volunteer you are rewarded for your effort and have the opportunity to reflect favourably on your involvement in cricket over the Christmas break.
 
One thing we know is that volunteers are harder to find than ever, particularly for administrative roles and those tasks that require some longer term "grunt". Key to finding and retaining good volunteers is understanding their "why", which is different for everyone, but there are themes to this. Of course in junior cricket, volunteers are driven by the involvement of their kids. Understanding this motivation and tailoring a volunteer's experience to support this is key to retention.
 
So, as we break for Christmas, ask yourself what is your "why" in Rotary - and does your experience reflect this (because it should!). If I could achieve one thing in my year as President it would be to bring each and every member and supporter closer to their purpose in volunteering.
 
Enjoy time with your family and friends over the coming break, I look forward to seeing you all for what promises to be another vibrant year in 2024.
 
Yours in Rotary,
 
Tom Atkinson 
Applecross Rotary 
President 2023/24
0433 117 568 

 
GUEST SPEAKER: James Stevens-Cutler
MENTAL HEALTH CAMPAIGNS
We finished 2023 with an excellent presentation by James Stevens-Cutler, from the Mental Health Commission, talking about the Public Health campaigns that have been launched in recent times.
 
There are currently three campaigns running - Alcohol Think Again, Drug Aware, and Think Mental Health.  These campaigns are run in partnership with the Cancer Council as there is significant overlap, and all three are evidence-based statewide campaigns.
 
James Stevens-Cutler with host Chris Whelan
 
In a lively Q&A, James advised that like many others, few of those present were up to date with the latest recommendations about drinking alcohol: maximum 10 standard drinks a week, and no more than 4 at any one time.
 
While not claiming credit for the change in drinking habits of high school students (and please remember any under-18 drinking in any place in WA, including the family home, is illegal), James advised that current young drinkers are starting to drink alcohol later and are drinking less that we (or you) did.
 
Perhaps coincidentally, we are confronted almost every day, with the consequences of heavy drinking during pregnancy, namely young people with FAS-D.  That’s Foetal Alcolhol Spectrum Disorder.  Our juvenile detention facilities are overflowing the FAS-D kids, many of whom are hundreds of kilometres from their communities and families, with little hope of rehabilitation.
 
Drug Aware public awareness campaigns are currently focussing on the dangers of ecstasy, and the permanent brain damage that occurs with continuous overuse of cannabis.
 
The Mental Health campaign focusses on Self Harm, including the ultimate self harm - suicide.  The current campaigns are Learn to Look after You, and Find Your Way to OK.  A perusal of the website indicates the importance of young people (like year 5 or 6) gaining the skills to think positively - Aussie Optimism is one program I recall being developed at Curtin University some 20 years ago, for use in primary schools, which did just that!

 
 
RYE VALENTIN'S REPORT
OUR FINAL MEETING FOR 2023 - TUESDAY 19th December

SECRET SANTA - PLEASE BRING A GIFT, MAXIMUM VALUE $20

There will be an outbreak of meaness climaxing at our final meeting of 2023, on 19 December, and you can be the meanest!
 
Surrender your present with Tony when you check in and get your secret number.  If you have forgotten to buy a wrapped gift or bring someone who didn’t know they had to, you can buy a spare one from Tony for $20 and then get your ticket.
 
All the presents will be placed on a table in the meeting room and when your number is called, go and select a wrapped present, and if there is one that has already been unwrapped and you want it, then go ahead and steal it and leave your wrapped present with the victim of your dastardly crime.  This process continues until all the presents are finally distributed or the police are called.

 
Thank you from Community Director Brett Hammill
I just wanted to say thank you again to everyone who volunteered yesterday at the Perth Makers Market and wanted to again thank the Rotary clubs of Attadale and E-WA for their support once again. We seem to have a pretty well oiled team nowadays and other than a few bogged cars and having to change the way the raceways were setup, things went pretty well.
 
 
Thanks also to Wayne and Warwick, who promoted their “Give a Feed” hampers in the marquee on the day, and I hope that did well.
 
 
We do have some things we need to talk to Erin and the Council about, including again, the soft boggy patches in the Lower Car Park creating/causing safety concerns, the location of the Mulch blocking off around 10-15 car parking spaces in the Upper Car Park and the parking of stallholders in the top car park. I will follow this up early new year.
 
We are yet to reconcile the donations, but initial indications are they were above average and we will know later in the week.
 
I am heading to Adelaide this afternoon for 10 days, so I wish you all a wonderful Christmas, and safe travelling over the Holiday period. I will see you all next year.
 
Merry Christmas,
Brett

 
 

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Meeting Duties 19th December
HOST
ATKINSON, Tom
 
RECEPTION
HAEUSLER, Tony
 
SERGEANT
DAWSON, Chris
 
SETUP
DUNBAR, Gordon
 
PACKUP
FARDON, Graeme
 
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Christmas 2023 Lunch
GIVE A FEED 2023
JacFest 23
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BREAKFAST MEETING 19th December 2023
DOME Deep Water Point
Dec 19, 2023
7:30 am – 8:30 am
 
BREAKFAST MEETING 23rd January 2024
DOME Deep Water Point
Jan 23, 2024
7:30 am – 8:30 am
 
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Guest Speaker Schedule 
Dec 19, 2023 7:30 AM

SECRET SANTA - PLEASE BRING A GIFT, MAXIMUM VALUE $20

There will be an outbreak of meaness climaxing at our final meeting of 2023, on 19 December, and you can be the meanest! Surrender your present with Tony when you check in and get your secret number.  If you have forgotten to buy a wrapped gift or bring someone who didn’t know they had to, you can buy a spare one from Tony for $20 and then get your ticket. All the presents will be placed on a table in the meeting room and when your number is called, go and select a wrapped present, and if there is one that has already been unwrapped and you want it, then go ahead and steal it and leave your wrapped present with the victim of your dastardly crime.  This process continues until all the presents are finally distributed or the police are called.

Jan 23, 2024 7:30 AM
GETTING BACK ON TRACK IN 2024
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December 16
 
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December 30
 
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December 12, 1997
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December 12, 2017
6 years
 
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December 15, 1996
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