President's Notes
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Dear Rotarians and friends,
I trust everyone had an enjoyable Australia Day long weekend. The celebrations of this day have taken many forms over the years and as Australia has become a more multicultural and inclusive society many celebrate in different ways. I was pleased to join the Indian Society of WA, along with my colleague Aditya Sharma, for their flag raising event at their cultural centre in Willetton. January 26 is also India's National Day, so the event takes on great significance for Indians in Australia as they celebrate their love of their 2 homes.

Tomorrow we are pleased to be joined at our breakfast meeting by the Mayor of the City of Melville - Katy Mair. Katy of course is a previously Melville Mayor and has been a long term councillor and supporter of local community groups. It will be a pleasure to hear how she is settling in and how Applecross Rotary can continue our strong relationship with the City.
Yours in Rotary,
Tom Atkinson 
Applecross Rotary 
President 2023/24
0433 117 568 

Steve “Sertinly" Knows Bibbulmun
Our first guest presenter for 2024 was Steve Sertis, the Events Manager and Lead Guide for the Bibbulmun Track Foundation. 
Steve is passionate about the Bibbulmun Track and has completed 13 "End-to-End" journeys, taken thousands of children and adults on Bibbulmun Track events and has been a Track maintenance volunteer since 1997. More recently he led the 25th Anniversary End-to-End finishing in Albany on September 13th, 2023. 
Steve has a wealth of bushwalking experience and a profound knowledge of the Bibbulmun Track. Nobody knows the Bibbulmun Track quite like Steve!  That’s probably because he has completed four end-to-end hikes in one go, plus another 9 times where he has taken a year to finalise the complete walk. Around 200 people complete the end-to-end each year, coming from all corners of the globe.
There are 52 campsites along the track, with water, a bush toilet (BYO paper!) and shelter for between 8-24 people. Groups are not allowed to populate the shelters until after 6.00pm so individual walkers can find a place to sleep.  There are also flat areas outside the shelters for people to set up their tents.
Steve told us the timber in the northern part forms part of the Jarrah forest ecology, which is incredibly diverse when you stop to have a look around, while the southern half is dominated by giant Karri trees.  The southern part of the Track from Mandalay beach to Albany doesn’t have much tree cover as it runs along the coast but it has spectacular views of the Southern Ocean.
Steve recommends walkers have a 12-15kg backpack supported on your hips, and a beacon locator for emergency assistance.  Smart phones are not very smart without reception and the Apps available are all overseas based and out of date by two years or more.  Walking shoes/boots need to be broken in - meaning don’t buy them the day before if you plan to head off on the Track.  And while a more expensive option, you should shop for them at camping/hiking stores (not the Athletes Foot or BCF!).
Finally, have a look at the Bibbulmun Track websites, there so much great information there.
Thanks for a great presentation Steve.

AG Kenn's Musings
Hard to believe, but yes, we are already about 8% of the way into 2024!
Please stop the rush…. Far too fast for me!
Quite a bit on for Rotary in the weeks to come, as well of course as what happens at Applecross Rotary.
Some major Rotary Western Australia (RWA) events for those involved.
1.            Foundation Seminar, 25th of February in our metro area.
2.            President Elect/Office Bearers Training Seminar. 16 and 17th March, Metro.
3.            Rotary Learning Institute, 11th and 18th of Feb, Mt Lawley Sen High. Can recommend for members wanting to better understand how Rotary works.
4.            RWA Action Day, Sat, 13th of April. The Rise, Maylands.  Please keep the date free.
5.             A number of RWA Leadership roles are open under our new Regionalisation model. Check your emails for details.
At a local level.
Watch out for this one and save the date. 23rd February. Melville Rotary are hosting a special Paul Harris Birthday event for our local clubs on Friday evening, the 23rd of Feb. Similar to last year's event, this one will be held at Tompkins Park, Alfred Cove.
Hyde Park Festival, in its 35th year, will be hosted by Nth Perth Rotary. Opportunity for RWA and individual clubs to promote our projects to the community. Any interest from AxR to be involved?
** Zone 8 Regional Conference to be held in Queenstown, New Zealand, 1st-3rd Nov.
** International Convention is set for Singapore, 25th-29th May. Chris W is looking for local company to attend with him.
Happy hunting…
AG Kenn
Kenn Williams
0428 472619

1. Graeme's report from in Metung, Victoria
Very difficult last day on Sunday, marred by difficult wind conditions.  Some wind, then no wind, abandoned races and races that should have been abandoned due to unfair sailing conditions.

The end result was we couldn't hold on to 10th place, ended up 11th.  We were the third placed WA boat.

This is a very beautiful part of Australia, close to Lakes Entrance and Lake Tyers

Due home Friday night and hope to see everyone at next week’s meeting.
2. How did you spend Australia Day?
Can you guess which member is proudly displaying the Australian flag from their balcony?
The Philp's were lucky enough to get a prime viewing spot with Bunbury friends for the Australia Day Perth Fireworks. If interested, click here for some photos of the event.
3. Where are the Palmer's? Last seen heading EAST!
First overnight stop Boondi Rocks
Coffin Bay
4. Mt Henry UPDATE
Playground and exercise area now open to the public.  Come and join Clive and Ray for a coffee this Friday at 7:15am and check it out.  Very impressive and looking forward to the recognition of Applecross Rotary's contribution. This will promote Rotary's LOCAL community support for many years to come.
Great to see Clive back on the bike following a challenging 18 months. 
5. Our YOUNG guests from Rotary Youth Exchange and recent RYLA participants made for an extra vibrant meeting last week to enjoy the presentation on the Bibbulmun track.
Some joined us in person and some via ZOOM.
If you missed the presentation you can click on the following link if you would like to listen to the presentation from Steve Sertis from the Bibbulmun track foundation.

REFLECTION 'Is Rotary an Agency for the Common Good?
This question crossed my mind after reading an interesting article in a Blog called The Conversation [see link* at the end of this post]. The authors brainstormed a definition of The Common Good because the term is sometimes thrown around like confetti used to be at a church wedding.  The definition they settled on is:
'The common good refers to achieving the best possible outcome for the largest number of people, which is underpinned by decision-making that is ethically and morally sound'.
Almost as if cued, a social media post from Rotary International appeared shorty afterwards, on my laptop: 
Rotary is a global network of 1.4 million members who strive to make positive change. From protecting the environment to fighting disease, our mission is to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and ourselves.
So my question was answered - YES. Rotary is an Agency for pursuing the Common Good, here in the City of Melville, in Western Australia, as well as nationally and internationally.
And that’s why I am a Rotarian!

Make sure you get to the presentation on 6 February by Dr Joe Kosterich
Is low fat food the cause of increasing obesity in WA?

Doctor, speaker, author, media presenter and health industry consultant, Dr Joe Kosterich wants you to be healthy and get the most out of life.

Joe is an entertaining, opinionated and experienced medical practitioner but he always gives the science to back what he writes, or says on breakfast TV. 

Joe writes for numerous medical and mainstream publications and is also a regular on radio and television. He is often called to give opinions in medico legal cases and he is also an adjunct professor at University of Western Australia. 

Joe maintains a website and blog with health information and commentary. He self-published two books: Dr Joe’s DIY Health and 60 Minutes To Better Health.

Through all this, he continues to see patients as a GP each week.

Make sure you get to the presentation on 6 February by Dr Joe Kosterich

Don’t miss this one. It would also be a good meeting to bring a friend or potential member. 


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