President's Meeting Notes
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Welcomed our guest presenters Lisa Sprlyan and Louis Begkes from Orange Sky
  • Thanks to Grumpy Old Men Removals (aka Chris Dawson and Mal Taylor) for giving up part of their weekend to help move in some furniture for a woman and child from the Starick Refuge who were being re-homed.
  • Thank you Vice President Hamish for leading a group of Applecross Rotarians at the funeral of one of our Legends, David Donaldson, last Friday
  • Next week one of our new members Peter McEwen will be speaking to us about how he failed to stay retired, mainly because he was a good friend of his former customers, and another one, Max Cunnington (two weeks after abdominal surgery) is helping with next week’s set-up.
  • Others on next week’s roster are Kenn Williams hosting Peter’s presentation, while Tony Haeusler and Lorri Brazier will be on the welcome desk
  • Thank you members for rising to the occasion (helped by our misplaced loyalty to fickle football teams) and filling the gap for Happy Dollars caused by the lack of income from last week’s special meeting at the Crown Hotel Atrium.  We banked $30.60 very happily while the silver teapot resumed its community service collecting $12.35 plus some Thai Baht!
  • Lorri should have kicked in lots of Happy Dollars after she announced that the Dome would become our new home for Tuesday breakfast meetings, especially after a round of applause from the members
  • Assistant Governor Lesley reminded members of the Incoming Board they should be attending the District Assembly this coming Sunday morning at North Lake Senior Campus
  • Chris Whelan reminded all members that didn’t work at Perth Makers’ Market last time are rostered for this coming Sunday.  Check the roster in the right hand column!
  • Kenn Williams congratulated Logan Duncan-Smith on the full page colour spread in his company’s recent letterbox drop, featuring the Rotary Jacaranda Festival
  • Kenn also asked his committee members to attend a meeting after our Club meeting the next two Tuesdays, with the second being at the PMM office at Heathcote
  • John Hosking showed off Kate Zappa’s latest logo creation for the Rotary Art Show and asked members to start filling in the roster
  • Mal Taylor suggested we advertise JacFest'19 at the Art Show.


While, sadly, we have become accustomed to seeing young people and old men who are homeless, there are increasing numbers of women in their 50s who are homeless, often living in their cars.
Orange Sky was created by two friends who had been involved in their high school’s community outreach programs, deciding when in their 20s that they could provide a service to homeless people of any age, through a mobile laundry van.
From one van five years ago, there are now 29 vans throughout Australia, with teams of volunteers engaging with the “friends” who bring their clothes to be washed and dried during the hour that this takes.
Other NFPs often join in, such as the Street Doctor, and groups who have mobile BBQs (such as Applecross Rotary, hint, hint) who pull up and offer food, professional advice and services, and encouragement to undertake training with a view of finding employment.
The vans also support community events such as the bikers doing the “Ride for the Cure”, or turn up during the clean-up from a natural disaster.  One van works in remote communities in North Queensland where Scabies is endemic.  A good hot wash and dry is capable of killing the Scabies mites that hide in soiled clothing.
One of the biggest things Orange Sky does, is fire up other young people to think: what is it that I can do, with a friend or three, to make a difference in the lives of others.  Which reminds us all, once again, of the quotation from anthropologist Margaret Mead –
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
The latest news about Shelterbox
A ShelterBox Champion is a Rotary club who has committed to making an ongoing impact in worldwide disaster response by supporting ShelterBox annually for three consecutive financial years. For more information click here.
ShelterBox sending a team after Cyclone Kenneth
Cyclone Kenneth – Comoros Islands, Mozambique, Tanzania
14 May 2019
Two Australian Response Team members, Richard Brammall (Gold Coast) and Steve Roddis (Melbourne) will be joining the ShelterBox team heading to the Comoro Islands (or ‘Comoros’), after Cyclone Kenneth caused widespread damage at the end of April. Strong winds, torrential rains and waves of 6-12 metres battered the islands of Grande Comore, Anjouan and Mohéli, washing away and destroying houses, schools, crops, power poles and health centres.
The ShelterBox team will be meeting families and local partners, to assess the damage and to understand whether our aid would be suitable to help them recover.
We will know more once our teams have visited affected communities, but aid items may include ShelterKits, water filters and mosquito nets.
The country has been overwhelmed by its first serious cyclone in over 30 years. Entire villages in the storm’s path were affected. Almost 4,000 homes have been destroyed and a further 7,000 badly damaged, according to the government. And with 80% of the islands’ farms destroyed, plus schools and hospitals damaged, it will take months for communities to recover.
Water infrastructure is damaged and will take time to repair (lack of power has stopped pumps working, and we’ve heard that water tanks have lost their lids and are filled with debris or seawater), raising concerns of an outbreak of water-borne diseases.
Why is ShelterBox responding to Comoros?
Cyclone Kenneth tore through Comoros before making landfall on Mozambique’s coast, where it caused further damage and flooding to a country already reeling from Cyclone Idai.
Many international agencies are concentrating their efforts and resources in Mozambique. The UN, IFRC and UNICEF have announced funding or resources for Comoros, but as far as we know there have been very limited resources for emergency shelter.
The relatively shallow waters around the islands can also make it more challenging and time-consuming to get aid to Comoros, meaning families who need support to rebuild have been left with nothing.
ShelterBox is committed to going further, helping vulnerable families often overlooked by others. At least 345,000 people in Comoros have been affected by the disaster in some way, and the comparatively small amount of help available to them is one of the main reasons we’re sending a team.
Where is Comoros?
Comoros is a nation made up of three volcanic islands off the south-east coast of Africa, east of Mozambique and northwest of Madagascar.
Although more prepared for the disruption of volcanic activity, people in Comoros haven’t experienced a cyclone this severe since the 1980s.
Kieryn Deutrom
Volunteer Program Manager
ShelterBox Australia
PE Barry requests your input
Barry is keen to hear your views on how the club is running and any suggestions you have to assist him plan for his coming year as Club President.  Give him a call on 0419 969 551 or send him an email.
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Liz is organising an Applecross Rotary Group booking.  Let Liz know if you are interested in attending.
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May 21, 2019
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May 21, 2019 6:00 PM
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May 25, 2019
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
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This is an important club fundraising activity.  Please check roster by clicking here.  If you are unable to attend at the time allocated please find a replacement and advise Chris Whelan.


Members and partners are asked to let John Hosking (0437 077 174 or know of any times you can assist. 
The joint project with Melville Rotary is a marvellous PR opportunity to advertise Rotary, Club projects and give potential members some idea of what we do.  The Sunday evening set up is the busiest time as we will have to hang some 400 paintings.  The evening 7pm to 9pm slots are solely to maintain the security of the paintings prior to the close of the Garden City Shopping Complex.
Tim is running in his FIRST half marathon on Sunday 19th May during the HBF Run for a Reason.  Tim's reason is to make a difference through supporting 'SOLDIER ON' in their work with men and women doing it tough after their final duty. Support Tim help Soldier On by giving whatever you can using the 'Give Now' button.
John Richards has extended an invitation to Applecross Rotary members to consider this immersion next year.  
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