Still time to let Lorri know if you have decided to join our FIRST social event for 2024 this Sunday.
President's Notes
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Dear Rotarians and friends,
I trust everyone has enjoyed the Christmas/New Year break with family and friends. There has been plenty going on in the Rotary world, too much to report on here, but the year ahead looks very exciting to say the least!
Member Nic Bluett was one of our 2 young leaders who attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) camp in early January. The Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) is a challenging 7-day programme which provides a unique opportunity for leadership skills development for young leaders with promising potential. We can't wait for Nic's report on his experience!

In an exciting development in support of some of our club's key projects and partners, Rotary WA is promoting stronger collaboration between clubs for both the FDV Collective - focusing on projects that address family and domestic violence, and the Homeless Hub - focusing on projects that address homelessness. A more aligned response to these two major societal issues from Rotary will undoubtedly lead to better outcomes for our community. An excellent prompt and initiative from the District leadership.
Finally, Applications for Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) will open on Monday January 29 for overseas exchange opportunities in 2025. We are seeking young local leaders who will benefit from a unique and exciting exchange opportunity in a foreign country. Those in the mould of our current exchange student - Valentin - are highly sought after!
I look forward to catching up with many of you at our club Breakfast at the East Fremantle Yacht Club on Sunday and discussing more on what 2024 may hold for Applecross Rotary!
Yours in Rotary,
Tom Atkinson 
Applecross Rotary 
President 2023/24
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Bibbulmun Track presentation 23 January
Q: How long is the Bibbulmun Track? A: 1008km
Every time I tell someone about the Bibbulumun Track I get asked how long is it?  So now you can also answer the question too.
And you’ll know much more than this after our first presentation of 2024 by Steve Sertis from the Bibbulmun Track Foundation, where he has been Lead Guide since 1999.
Our RY Exchangee Valentin is keen to co-host the presentation because he wants to walk part of the track in April, probably the last stage finishing in Albany, before he heads home.  Although he is only 16, he has hiked with his family across the Austrian Alps from his home near Munich, to Venice in Italy.
This is not a picture of Valentin trekking across the alps to Venice!

Community Director's Update
Dear members,
Happy New Year to all of you, and I hope that everyone has a Healthy, Safe and Happy 2024!
Thankyou to those of you who provided volunteering support for the Perth Makers Market in 2023. The donations we received in 2023 amounted to $23434, and after allocating to other volunteer groups, Applecross Rotary received $16140. Since 2016, donations have amounted to $139982, with Applecross Rotary receiving $101228 allowing us to support many different charities over those years. A Big Thanks to the Rotary Clubs of Attadale, E-Club, and Manning Tennis Club for their continued support as without their help, we would struggle to manage this activity.  
There are a number of projects and renovations planned for Heathcote this year, which will mean that parking will be restricted and we are still working through what those changes mean. However, we are looking forward to another busy year with the Perth Makers Markets on the 18th Feb, 31st Mar (Easter), 12th May, 22nd Sept, 3rd Nov and 15th Dec (Christmas). Please put those dates into your diary (as well as the day before for setup, as a number of you will be allocated to assist with setup this year as well….).  
Looking forward to another successful year.
Thanks Again,
PS: Great to see the Mt Henry Revitalisation Program is nearing completion.

Graeme hopes to slay Metung with his Dragon

Graeme Fardon will be missing from the first two meeting of this year because he will be sailing in the Price Philip Cup competition at Metung in Victoria.

The Prince Philip Cup is an Australian Championship regatta. It is contested between crews sailing International Dragon class yachts, which became an Olympic class yacht at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics.

Metung will see one of the largest fleets of International Dragon class yachts and their crews competing.  Several yachts from Royal Freshwater Bay will there, and Graeme will be crewing for Ian Malley on Saphira (AUS 221).  Ian Malley has been sailing Dragon yachts for 20 years, and with Graeme Farden's 40 years sailing in the same class, they will be the core of a very experienced crew in Metung. 

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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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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