The final 'Applecross Advocate' for 2023. A huge shout out to PP Dr Ian Fairnie for his writing up of our speaker notes throughout the year and the great work of PP Dr Barry Mendelawitz for providing the brilliant speaker program throughout the year. 
And some numbers to be proud of as we say farewell to the 2024 calendar year -
ShelterBox - $7000
Youth - $5000
Local Food & Shelter - $8730
Community Assist RJF - $21000
Donations to Australian causes - 11000
Donations to International causes - $8832
Rotary Foundation - $8000
Groups supporting PMM activity - $6000
Well done to everyone, until next year best wishes for the holiday season.
Bully Ed
Our CLUB is sponsoring Nik Bluett and Tiffani Tong to the upcoming RYLA leadership progam being held from Saturday 6th January to Saturday 13th January 2024. RYLA is an intensive leadership experience organised by Rotary clubs and districts where you develop your skills as a leader while having fun and making new connections. RYLA ia an internationally recognised program and each year more than 9,000 young adults are sponsored by Rotary Clubs in over 25 countries.
You are invited to meet the 2024 participants (and support Nik and Tiffani) and help celebrate another wonderful year of RYLA in Western Australia at the RYLA DINNER  -
WHEN: 5.30pm, Wednesday 10 January 2024
WHERE: Serpentine Camping Centre
THEME: tropical 🍍🌴
TICKETS: $35 - bookings essential through Trybooking:

Why We Do What We Do!
Applecross Rotary is a proud sponsor of ShelterBox. The following is an excerpt from ShelterBox Australia's December 2023 Newsletter -
"I'd like to thank you for your kind support in 2023. If you're celebrating Christmas, I wish you a very merry one; if you're on holiday, enjoy the break and if you have to work, thanks for keeping the country running!
This month's quote comes from Marjorie Holmes “At Christmas, all roads lead home.”
Thanks for being part of the team. Stay safe".
Mike Greenslade
CEO ShelterBox Australia
Click to watch Imelda narrate 'In The Cold Night', inspired by the real-life experiences of the people ShelterBox supported after this year’s devastating earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria.

We did it - Merry Christmas WA!
Thank you, WA!
Thank you for helping us feed over 4,000 WA families in need. We are so grateful to everyone who donated and spread the word. So proud to be a West Aussie!
But, there is still time to Give A Feed. Our hampers are packed by volunteers and distributed by Foodbank WA to ensure they reach those who are most vulnerable in our community.​
Please, if you can help you still have time to give a feed and give hope to a WA family in need. Go to and if you can please donate now, alternatively, you can help by joining us on social media, or even by simply forwarding this email to your network and help us spread the word.
Merry Christmas and thank you,
Wayne Smith and Aaron Pitt

Our Canadian friend and frequent visitor Rotarian Roger Painter has sent his best wishes to all his friends at Applecross Rotary for a Safe and Happy Christmas.
He also added an interesting piece of Christmas history.
On December 19, 1843, Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” was published. The story was written under intense financial pressure. His wife was pregnant with their fifth child, his parents and siblings were in need of funds, and he had a large mortgage payment looming.
Dickens was also angry over how little money he’d made from his previous novel, ‘Martin Chuzzlewit.” When his publisher offered him a lump sum payment for “A Christmas Carol” he said thanks but no thanks, and partially published the book himself in order to receive a percentage of each sale. Dickens wanted as large an audience as possible for his book, so he set the price at a very reasonable five shillings.
The book quickly became a best seller; the first edition numbering 6,000 copies had already sold out by Christmas Eve. “A Christmas Carol” had run through seven editions by Spring of 1844. Despite this, Dickens didn’t make much off of it at first due to high production costs and legal bills. His initial profit that first Christmas was £230 (about £19,000 today), or about a quarter of what he had hoped.
Despite “A Christmas Carol” not pulling the author out of his personal financial quagmire by itself, it did help the popularity of his other works and also helped redefine how Christmas was celebrated, not only in Great Britain, but in the United States as well.
Many of our Western ideas of what a “traditional” Christmas entails can be directly traced back to Dickens’ novel, such as treating Christmas as a festive time for a secular, family get-together with games and specific foods and drink. Before this, it was generally treated by most as a time for a community / church-based, somber event. As a result of this, the holiday had been dwindling in popularity around the point this novel came out. In the end, the book helped revitalize the celebration of Christmas, spearheading the Victorian resurgence of the holiday that was to come. It even helped popularise the phrase “Merry Christmas”.
The book is also a none-too-subtle slam of rampant industrialism and capitalism. Dickens’ own character was shaped by his father’s incarceration in a London debtor’s prison, and the fact that Charles himself was forced to leave school and work in a boot blacking factory at the age of 12. The experiences of the Cratchit family were based on Dickens’ own life in poverty-stricken Camden Town, London.
“A Christmas Carol” has been re-read, referenced, reinterpreted, and parodied more than almost any other work of literature. If you say “bah humbug” or “God bless us, everyone!” you won’t need to explain yourself. Just about everyone will get the reference.

CONGRATULATIONS ROGER - the following is a recent FaceBook post from Roger -

Valentin with his Christmas present
A happy Peter McEwen (Dany you will have to find something else to buy Peter for Xmas!)
Rotary twins, Danny and Arnold alias Chris Whelan & Murray McKay (great shopping guys!)

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Jan 10, 2024
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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Jan 23, 2024
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Feb 25, 2024
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Steve Sertis, Lead Guide at the Bibbulman Track Foundation is going to get us on track for 2024 at our first meeting for the new year on 23 January.

Our RYE student Valentin is going to co-host Steve’s presentation.  He is keen to get a group of current RYEs and Rotarians to walk part of the Bibbulmun Track after Easter, during the school holidays, and maybe gate-crash a nearby Rotary meeting or two as well.

The Bibbulmun Track is a long-distance walk trail that runs from Kalamunda to Albany, and is just over 1,000 km long.  The track was first opened in 1979 but the third and final alignment and extension through to Albany was opened in 1998 and retains less than 10% of earlier alignments.

The Bibbulmun Track is a walker-only trail. No wheeled vehicles of any kind are permitted. It has a parallel long-distance cycling trail – known as the Munda Biddi Trail that opened all the way to Albany in April 2013. This trail is generally situated to the west of the Bibbulmun Track.

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