President's Notes
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Hello Rotarians and Friends,
Last week we saw International Women's Day celebrated with many stories of progression in gender parity, with many remaining gaps also highlighted. I take pride in the many community groups and projects supported by Applecross Rotary that assist women locally and internationally including our specific partnerships with Starick, Mama Respond and Living Child (I'm sure there are others!). Much work still to do.
I also spent the week in Melbourne where I was fortunate to present on trends in volunteering to state and national sporting administrators at the Melbourne Cricket ground (MCG), with the view to developing a volunteer action plan for sporting groups. The key takeaway from recent findings is that modern volunteer segmentations and intentions reflect societal changes, and that change is occuring fast. The key modern term is "micro-volunteering", which is the new way of saying many hands make light work, but with the added need for a commitment to be (very) short term. Previously a community member may gain the "buzz" we all get from volunteering through joining a local committee or board, these days that same sense of satisfaction is achieved from spending a few hours in the club canteen. 
The solution for many larger groups such as Rotary is genuine structural change, and so I was pleased to spend Sunday afternoon online with a number of other local club leaders discussing the new changes to our "Zone 8" (Aus, NZ and the Pacific). We talked through our local trial of the re-focusing of the state based layer of governance which will bring clubs closer to the expertise of professional Zone leaders, while releasing our hard working District volunteers into the grass roots to enact impactful change. These processes can be cumbersome, and Rotary is a large ship to turn, but we are making steps in the right direction and I congratulate those involved on staying the course.
Rotary Action Day - Lift the Lid Walk
Your support is requested to support the ARH Lift the Lid Walk to start the Rotary Action Day off on the 13th, April.
These walks are held not only to promote Rotary - active in WA, but also to showcase the extent of Mental Health challenges in the community. They also demonstrate that Rotary - through ARH - cares. Plus, we are actively doing many things to help people who so desperately need our support.
The walk, through Maylands, has two optional routes and these are clearly shown on the website when people book. The $30 registration fee includes a cap for walkers. We have taken the shirt option off the site - as we feel many Rotary members will want to wear their club shirts. Some shirts will be available for members of the public should they want to buy one.
It would be wonderful to see hundreds of Rotary members, partners and members of the community out there - uniting to support better Mental Health for ALL Australians.
Please consider joining the APPLECROSS ROTARY TEAM.
Here is the link to the booking site -
Yours in Rotary,
Tom Atkinson
President 2023/24
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GUEST SPEAKER: Rotarian Brian Harris
Applecross RYE Valentin Vorholz (2024) and Melville RYE Brian Harris (1964)
WOW that was special!!
PDG Brian Eddy and his guest Brian Harris from the Rotary Club of Hershey PA joined us at our breakfast meeting.  Brian Harris kindly filled our guest speaker spot due to a late cancellation of our programmed speaker and we were treated to something very special.
Brian was a Rotary Exchange Student hosted by Melville Rotary in 1964.  Brian Eddy's father was a Melville Rotarian and the Eddys were the first host family for Brian. He was hosted by 6 families during his stay and along with the Eddys he also mentioned the Reverend Riley and Mr and Mrs Sharp. Every family he stayed with treated him just like a family member.  He also made special mention of Colin Day who was Melville's president at the time whom he said "went out of his way to be kind to him".  They went on trips up north where they drove for hours and hours, not seeing another vehicle and sleeping under the stars.  He still gets emotional when he thinks about our clear night skys.  Brian also noted the roads were corrugated and jokingly (I think), asked if the roads have now been paved.
Brian also addressed our current exchange student Valentin commenting that he will learn more as time goes on just how important Rotary is.  Brian was amazed at how well organised Rotary was for his RYE in 1964!
Brian spoke about Hershey, the town 'built on chocolates', his Rotary Club and some of their projects and his background shaped through his RYE experience.
Click here if you would like to listen to Brian's presentation.
District RYE chair Jill Hanna also attended the meeting and presented Brian with various badges to start his Rotary Youth Exchange collection some 60 years later.  Badges were not a thing when Brian was a RYE participant as they are today with RYE students proudly collecting and showing off badges on their blazers.
District RYE Chair Jill Hanna presenting badges to Brian Harris
Jill thanked Brian for his presentation and said to her this is what Rotary Youth Exchange is all about "it is about developing international understanding and goodwill and it is wonderful to see that after 60 years it is still there"
RYE Valentin, PDG Brian Eddy, Brian Harris and Jill Hanna

RYE: Valentin's Update
Valentin Weekly Report 2024-03-04.10
On Monday we went for a little hike to near Ellenbrook as Family. We made a little four-kilometre-long hike alone the Goat Trail. It was a pretty spot to walk and to explore the Nature of WA. I Finally go the opportunity to walk on the famous Australian red stones. Afterwards we went to a German Restaurant with the name Duckstein Brewery. It was a little bit of a surprise how good an sometimes very different people interpretate German dishes. 

At Tuesday morning's Rotary meeting, Brian Harris from Harrisburg Pennsylvania, who was one of the first Rotary Youth Exchange student in 1963/64, visited us and gave us a little presentation about his exchange and his learnings and the Benefit of Rotary in his life. He is now an active Rotarian in his Club with about 90 members, which is really impressive. After his exchange year he had to travel back to the US for 11 Days on a Ship, which I recon this an outstanding and great way of ending your Exchange year. It was very interesting to hear his story and his experiences 60 years after his exchange.

On the weekend I was doing a 30 Hour Scout Sailing race. “Swanabout” is a competition from all the six scout groups along the Swan River, where you are trying to sail as many kilometres as possible. Sleeping was not one of the priorities everyone has. 
The whole time was just amazing. We sailed for more than 12hrs straight and I’m super happy to have the opportunity to be on the water sailing all the time and enjoying the company of my scout mates. 
At 9a.m the race started and I sailed on a pacer with my mate Hunter, where we had a enjoyable and exiting time sailing on the beautiful Swan River. At around 2:40p.m. after the wind picked up Hunter as the more experienced sailor highly recommended not to stay on the water. Afterwards I found out, that the Leader were about to tell the pacers to go of the water and some other Sailing club racer had problems with the wind as well. After we stored our Pacer at Heathcote we drove to Pelican Point in a motorboat and went back to Camp Walter in a car with Mike. 
We had a long dinner and relaxing break. Before we headed with my Sister Ailiana and another scout back on the water to do a short course to Mosman Bay and Back to Point Walter. After we came back we decided to do another short course without scouts and on this trip we came up with the idea of a making a long course witch would take us around 5 hrs and wouldn’t give us a lot of sleep. So we started the long course at 3a.m. and just with our great sleeping system we all made it through the night.
Because we were now five people onboard we always had one person sleeping, one person being ready to take over when needed and three persons sailing. We came back to our scout hall at 10a.m., which was later than we expected. After we had some bacon and eggs for breakfast all the ventures from my crew left and went back home to get some sleep. Because Tom my Hostdad is a scout leader he needed to stay there and I liked to hang out at the scout hall with them and wait for the other crew to come back, before I fell into a 3 hour long sleep on the veranda in a swag. At 4p.m. we packed up and headed home. It was a great experience and I love sailing even more now.

And last but not least a massiv HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the best Mentor, Ian Fairnie. 🥳

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