Jacaranda Festival Celebrates Strong Sponsor Support  2024-07-07 16:00:00Z 0


Posted by Ian FAIRNIE on Jul 07, 2024
Shipping Costs - Don’t blame it all on COVID
If there is anything John Park doesn’t know about international freight charges, I’d be very surprised.  He definitely knows his stuff.
John is Head of Business Operations with the Freight and Trade Alliance, and previously was Regional Manager WA for the Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia for over 20 years.  He is also married to President Tom’s mother!
GUEST SPEAKER: John Park Ian FAIRNIE 2024-07-06 16:00:00Z 0

Rotary Jacaranda Festival

Posted on Jun 18, 2024

Sunday 24 November 2024, 9.30am - 3.30pm

This year's Rotary Jacaranda Festival was held on Sunday 24th November 2024.  Applecross Rotary will once again take over a much-loved section of Ardross Street, in the heart of Applecross Village, to deliver a fantastic, family-friendly day of fun and entertainment on SUNDAY 17th November 2024, date to be confirmed.
               to look at the photos of the 2023 APPLECROSS ROTARY JACARANDA FESTIVAL.
Rotary Jacaranda Festival 2024-06-17 16:00:00Z 0


Posted by Valentin Vorholz on Jun 09, 2024
Report 31-09.06.2024
As my Sister Amelie, who was on Exchange herself, just told me I only got three Month left here in Australia and therefore have to use my time as good as possible. 
I try my best, sister. :-D

Over the long weekend, I had the pleasure of going on a short camping trip to Dwellingup with my host family and friends.
The breathtaking landscape and dense forest were particularly captivating. We set up camp in a beautiful spot surrounded by towering trees and the sounds of nature, which provided a serene and peaceful environment. Spending time outdoors in nature was a wonderful change of pace, and the presence of many children added to the joy and energy of the trip. We played games, explored the area, and shared countless moments of laughter.
One of the highlights of the trip for me was a small bike ride I took through the forest trails.  The fresh air and scenic views made the ride truly enjoyable. It was exciting to navigate through the winding paths and discover hidden spots along the way. The sense of adventure was amazing, and it was a great way to connect with nature.
Additionally, I had the opportunity to put many of my scouting skills to use during the camping trip. From setting up a Hammock, building several campfires to cooking meals and organising activities, these skills proved to be invaluable. The experience not only reinforced my love for the outdoors once again but also highlighted the importance of being prepared and resourceful. 
Overall, the camping trip to Dwellingup was a fantastic experience filled with beautiful landscapes, fun activities, and quality time with friends and family. It was a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure, and I am grateful for the memories we created. This trip has definitely one of greatest I've done in Australia. 
Otherwise in school I’m now involved into the Scotch & PLC Play “School of Rock” where I’m helping with the Backstage. The show nights are all in the upcoming week and I’m excited for this. For a fun and joyful evening tickets are still available by clicking here. The actors have been practicing for the last term and are very proud of their final play. 
For Scouting, I've been on a Unit Management course, where I learned useful leadership and management skills. This course is required to bring me closer to my Kings Scout Award, the highest Achievement in the Venturer section for scouting in the Commonwealth. I'm looking forward to completing my last part which is a 3-4 Day adventurous journey in the upcoming holidays. 
However, I'm enjoying the great weather while playing Rugby, hanging out with my mates in and around Perth and my time with my Family here in Australia. 
Report 10-16.06.2024
The smell and the feeling of the river during a windy afternoon at Point Walter is the most magnificent experience that I’ve had in the last week. As I’m just living 15 minutes of walking away from the point, I finally used the opportunity and discovered the great scenery.
My passion for the water followed up on Monday when we went down to Cottesloe beach with the Inbound students to get a talk about microplastic and do a 30min beach Clean-Up where we found an unexpected high amount of rubbish.
"School of Rock" is a high-energy musical based on the 2003 film of the same name. It follows the story of Dewey Finn, a failed rock musician who poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school and turns his class of straight-A students into a rock band. The show features impressive performances by actors from year 9 to 12 who some play their own instruments live on stage. With themes of self-discovery, rebellion, and the transformative power of music, it delivers an electrifying and heart-warming theatrical experience. 
Dealing with technology, the cast and other lovely Australian mates was my task for the week. As I’ve been completely involved into Scotch’s Musical “School of Rock” as part of the Backstage Key-Roadie Crew I met new great people and formed new friendships.
As Part of our work, we practiced the scene changes, set the light, added and built props for the setting to make the whole stage help to visual the emotions of the actors, with the assistance of Teacher, Staff and professional Operators.
Throughout the week we had six performances, one on Wednesday and Thursday and two on Friday and Saturday, each 3.5 hours long. In all the shows we had a brilliant audience which made it so much more fun. It was another outstanding opportunity to get involved with new people and learn new skills.

Otherwise, I’ve been doing Push-Ups all week long to raise awareness for Men’s Mental Health.
The Push-Up Challenge is a mental health and fitness event focused on pushing for better mental health for all Australians. Participants complete 3,249 push-ups or alternative exercises over 24 days, representing the 3,249 lives lost to suicide in Australia in 2022. Scotch is highly involved into the program and so am I.
As Men’s Mental Health is a big issue in the world I would highly appreciate, if we could support and make a difference here in Australia. So far there have been 139,325,189 Push-Ups banked and over 8.5 million Dollars donated for good.
Thank you for your contribution and see you on Tuesday.

RYE VALENTIN REPORT Valentin Vorholz 2024-06-08 16:00:00Z 0


Posted by Ian FAIRNIE on May 06, 2024
Thanks for the memories, Barry
Dr Barry Mendelawitz has given Applecross an amazing array of guest speakers during his tenure coordinating our weekly program, and Curtis Lind’s presentation on Aquaculture was a fitting finale.
Curtis Lind has been involved in the aquaculture industry for close to 20 years and has worked throughout Africa, South Asia and the Asia-Pacific. He is currently based in Perth working for the CSIRO, specialising in the use of breeding and genetics to improve the productivity, profitability and sustainability of aquaculture in Australia.
Aquaculture is the process of breeding, rearing and harvesting of aquatic flora and fauna with commercial value in saltwater or freshwater, in controlled aquatic environments.  It is the fastest food production sector globally.  It has grown six-fold in the past 20 years!  It currently produces twice as much food as the beef industry, according to Curts.  More than half of all seafood consumed is aquaculture - the term aquaculture broadly refers to the cultivation of aquatic organisms 
The Australian aquaculture industry occurs in marine, estuarine and freshwater locations. The industry is predominantly based in regional Australia and makes a significant and positive contribution to regional economies.

And if some smarty-pants asks you how is it different from pisciculture, you can tell them that pisciculture is the culturing of fish (fish farming) to obtain fish and fish products as food - so no seaweed or shell fish like oysters, clams, prawns, scallops or mussels.

Curtis told us that the world population is expected to grown by an extra 2 billion people by 2050, and aquaculture will play a key role in providing the food needed to feed them.  It is environmentally and financially responsible:
  • Low water consumption
  • Low environmental impact (including low CO2 emissions)
  • Efficient land use
  • Outputs are greater than inputs.
Tasmanian Atlantic Salmon is currently the largest aquaculture industry in Australia (70,000t/yr) and two main players dominate in our supermarkets - Tassal and Huon.  Around 5,000t/yr of black tiger and banana prawns are produced, mainly in Queensland.  Barramundi is farmed in all mainland states and is targeted to reach 20,000t by next year.  However a lot of Barra is also imported, but while less expensive, is not well regarded by fussy pescatarians.
What’s the future look like?  Northern Australia is set for rapid developments in aquaculture 
  • Extensive prawn farming with indigenous partnerships
    • Low input, low intensity
  • Tropical oyster farming
  • White-flesh fish farming - Barra, pompano, groupers
If you want a horse to back, it’s called Tropical Prawn Aquaculture!
Curtis is also enthusiastic about White-flesh fish increasing its presence alongside salmon in the supermarket chillers.
It’s not wild-caught but it’s not entirely happy either!
Thank's again Barry.

GUEST SPEAKER: Curtis Lind Ian FAIRNIE 2024-05-05 16:00:00Z 0

RYE Valentin's Report 

Posted by Valentin Vorholz on Apr 15, 2024
Wow, this last week was one of the best ones I had so far, absolutely fabulous. Rotarian Graeme Fardon, Swedish Exchange student Elis and myself Valentin, we went on the Bibbulmun track and walked a 30km part of it near Albany. I went with Rotarian Kenn Williams, his wife Peta and Rotarian Murray McKay to the Walk for mental Illness on the Rotary Action Day which ended with a fantastic International Dinner with a couple of other Exchange students.
RYE Valentin's Report   Valentin Vorholz 2024-04-14 16:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker: Philip Lako

Posted by Ian FAIRNIE on Apr 13, 2024
Do you have any photo ID?
About 2 weeks after I downsized to Myaree in 2021, I was robbed as I slept and all my photos iD’s were among the goods stolen.  Ironically I needed photo ID if I wanted to replace them!
Our guest speaker Philip Pitia Lako didn’t have that First World problem - his birth in a grass hut in what is now South Sudan was never recorded, so he really doesn’t know how old he is, or his date of birth, a critical issue when it comes to proving you are who you claim to be. So he was given one!
Philip was “recruited” into the Sudan People’s Revolutionary Army when he thinks he might have been 10 years old, during a long civil war (1955-2005) that eventually led to the creation of a new country, South Sudan.  This army removed him from his family and he suffered torture, abuse, given very little food, or any safe places to hide during frequent aerial bombardments.
With the help of a Norwegian Agency and an Irish priest, Philip escaped to Kenya and lived in a Refugee Camp “where hope quickly fades away”.  He was  eventually accepted into Australia. However he found the resilience to muster hope when all seemed impossible, and is now determined to be of service to others.  One manifestation of this is his membership of RC Perth.  He has written a book about his life “The Ten-Year-Old Man” and the funds raised from sales are donated to the Rotary Foundation.
Australia “gave me the opportunity to imagine my full potential”, Philip told us, as well as a realisation that while a really important day in your life is the day you are born (whenever that is), another is the day you find out why.

Guest Speaker: Philip Lako Ian FAIRNIE 2024-04-12 16:00:00Z 0

GUEST SPEAKER: Cameron Schuster

Posted on Apr 08, 2024
From Little Things, Big Things Grow: Lessons from a Junior Cricket Club
The song title might be appropriate for our presentation from Cameron Schuster, but the context is very different.
Cameron was a Melville City Councillor for a total of 10 years, and that’s an important part of the story.  More importantly, he had been a leader in Applecross Junior Cricket Club (JCC), beginning in 1970, and a key mover for its merger with the big kids in the Applecross Cricket Club that was finalised in 2022.
The story is a familiar one.  A club with a dwindling membership in 1980 was fielding two teams a week, involving a total of 35 kids, and ominously "looking at its options" for the future.  When Cameron first became involved, there were three local JCCs, Applecross, Mt Pleasant and Ardross; now there's just Applecross.  All the usual excuses were offered: families with kids have moved on or the kids had left home.  Yet the Primary Schools were doing OK for numbers (and they are booming now!).
Cameron persuaded his JCC to change its culture - from winning to participation, and playing cricket for fun.  Importantly for the future, there was a deliberate move to include women - the mothers of the sons, and now daughters, who wanted to have fun playing cricket with their friends.
The result was the JCC was fielding 5 teams a week involving 75 kids, within a few years.
And now in the season just concluded the Applecross Cricket Club had 21 junior teams, including three teams all girls, with one team being for years 10-11 for the first time.  They had trouble finding enough ovals for all their teams to play home games.
There are 261 kids involved and of the 41 people in leadership roles, 16 are women.
The final part of Cameron’s story concerns Shirley Strickland Oval.  The cricket team needed a base, and Shirley Strickland Oval needed a total revamp to continue honouring her local legacy.  If you haven’t driven past lately, go have a look.  The pavilion itself is a proper recognition of Shirley Strickland, and is the result of judicious use of funds available from the state government and the City of Melville, including grants and low interest loans.
Thank you President Tom for inviting Cameron to address our recent meeting.

GUEST SPEAKER: Cameron Schuster Ian FAIRNIE 2024-04-07 16:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker Tues 19 March - Thomas Murrell

Leadership Lessons from Forgotten Women Artists of WA
A whole generation of talented women artists from WA have been forgotten and overlooked. Too late for the art boom of the 1890s and too early for the #knowmyname movement, they remain hidden and unknown. Social norms and a male dominated industry have meant they have gone missing from our private art collections, our galleries and our art history books. This was an era of immense creativity, economic prosperity and social change. Yet if you were a women artist, you were not allowed to be more famous than your husband and any form of self-promotion was seen as in poor taste.
Guest Speaker Tues 19 March - Thomas Murrell 2024-03-16 16:00:00Z 0

Persistence pays off - the saga of Wheelchairs for Kids

Posted by Ian FAIRNIE on Jun 24, 2023
I first learned about Wheelchairs for Kids (WFK) from a student of mine at Curtin University.  I ran a scholarship program named for wartime PM John Curtin, and the winners of the scholarships undertook to continue their community service activities they started at school.
One of the John Curtin Scholars had been volunteering at WFK and he met with me monthly to talk about this and other activities including his plans to study overseas, another requirement of the scholarship.
In those days (we are talking over 20 years ago) the focus was supporting kids in Cambodia who lost limbs because of the land mines the US carpet bombed trying to stop the Viet Kong using the Cambodian countryside to invade neighbouring South Vietnam.  The leader of the program was Christian Brother Ollie Pickett, and it was supported by Scarborough Rotary.  At that time everyone involved were volunteers and they could construct a wheelchair, using often scavenged parts, for about $100.  They only built them if they had the funds available to buy the parts needed.  No money, no wheelchair, no gathering together to construct the chairs, no chats over cups of tea.
I asked my student at one of our monthly meeting how it was going and he told me that they had run out of money and the workshop was closed until they fund raised.  So what did my student do?  He fund raised on campus, starting with my staff, and before long the workshop was humming along again, and everyone was happy.  In fact this was a really important observation he made - the fellowship created among the volunteers was a very important of the program.  This fellowship also enabled them to face unexpected challenges, such as a new WHO standard for wheelchairs - no more scavenged parts.
We also had students volunteering at Foodbank and I got to know and appreciate the organisational and strategic planning skills of then CEO Greg Hebble.  During Greg’s time at Foodbank it grew to be a very big business "with a compassionate heart”.  So when I learned that WFK had selected Greg to be its first paid employee, I realised that WFK was also becoming another big business.
Every week over 250 volunteers (average age 74) gather in the new workshop, building WHO approved wheelchairs that are now sent to over 100 countries worldwide.  The wheelchairs are assembled after the recipient is selected so it fits properly and can grow with the child. 
As can be seen in the photo of Greg at our recent meeting, the chair comes with a knitted rug and a couple of soft toys.  More than 65,000 have been sent overseas, usually though an international aid agency who identifies the need and pays the shipping costs.  Last year WFK sent 3500 wheelchairs to needy kids, and Greg and his willing workers want to lift that to 6000/year.
Happy footnote: AG Kenn announced that Greg has been elected an Associate Member of Applecross Rotary

Persistence pays off - the saga of Wheelchairs for Kids Ian FAIRNIE 2023-06-23 16:00:00Z 0

Phew, another HOT Perth Makers Market!

It all started on Saturday mid-morning at Kenn's storage unit loading the event materials onto the club trailer and utility, then heading to the Heathcote reserve to set up for the parking control for Sunday's Perth Makers Market. As an added challenge the oval, due to lack of water and maintenance, is getting very 'boggy' which resulted in a number of vehicles (including the club ute) having to be towed out when they got bogged.
Guide Dogs WA joined George Mavros at the Rotary marquee. Their Corporate and Community Engagement Officer, Bec Woodward with some of her volunteers and staff, did a great job in promoting that Guide Dogs WA are currently seeking loving homes for their young adult dogs in training, for a period of 6 to 12 months.  They also sold merchandise for their fund-raising activity and had some of their dogs in-training, much to the delight of people attending the markets.
The numbers attending the markets did appear to be down due to the heat, however one of the dogs was still able to do her promotion work amongst the market crowd with her paws protected from the hot paths with dog boots!

Phew, another HOT Perth Makers Market! 2023-02-26 16:00:00Z 0

Rotary fellowship at its best!

Well done to Peter Smith (President Melville Rotary) for organising last Thursday's (February 23rd) event to recognise Rotary's 118 year anniversary, World Rotary Day.  Rotarians from our zone gathered at 'The Rowing Pavillion' wearing their Rotary shirts for a no fuss 'Sundowner' enjoying good food, drinks and great company at one of Perth's newest venues overlooking the river at Canning Bridge. Unfortunately, Peter had double booked himself and had to leave early however it was agreed this will become an annual event on Rotary's anniversary.

Rotary fellowship at its best! 2023-02-26 16:00:00Z 0

BIG things happen when Rotarian's CONNECT!

Posted by Chris WHELAN on Feb 27, 2023
Wednesday saw the official opening of the new ambulant toilet block in the newly build special needs unit at Noonkopir Township Primary School, Kitengela, Kenya.
This project was a cooperation between Applecross Rotary, Rotary Club of Embakasi, Mama Respond International and the Rotary Foundation.
Many Rotary Clubs in Western Australia provided funding support.
Another wonderful example of international cooperation between Rotary teams to help children with special needs in Kenya.
Great thanks to Wangu, Risper, Paul, Dr Patrisio and Erin.

BIG things happen when Rotarian's CONNECT! Chris WHELAN 2023-02-26 16:00:00Z 0


D9465 has for several years promoted the no-cost publicity of ALL Rotarians wearing their Rotary shirts on the 23 February, Paul Harris’s Birthday. The event has been followed by several other Districts around the World but still needs clubs to be reminded to get involved. This initiative was started by a group of our AGs and is an easy way of showing Rotary in our community and inviting the conversation of ‘What is Rotary”. Ideally, the Rotary shirt would be worn all day as the Rotarians go about their daily business, not just at a Rotary meeting.

WEAR YOUR ROTARY SHIRT DAY 2023-01-29 16:00:00Z 0

Sensory Room Proposal

Last meeting's guest speaker was Cranston Collis who is the Principal of the Kensington Secondary School. Cran is reaching out in the hope of receiving support to purchase several items needed to address the sensory, social, emotional and academic needs of their students at Kensington Secondary School.  They are a school that caters for year 7 to 13 students with special needs.
The plan is to refurbish one of their current classrooms providing a safe multi-sensory room that allows access for all their students. This is currently far beyond the standard scope of funding normally allocated to schools.Without this equipment their students are missing out on vital resources for their special needs and education.
Following Cran's presention he has provided additional information as follows:
Dear Applecross Rotarians,
Thank you for listening to my presentation last Tuesday morning. I feel the need to follow up as from the questions I received I realised I had made some assumptions regarding the level of understanding with regards to what a sensory room actually is. I apologies for being in my ‘special needs bubble’ and thank you for the questions that made me realise this. I will endeavour to clarify for you a little better with this brief follow up address.
A Sensory room is a purpose-built facility that can be controlled to suit the individual needs of someone who may be dysregulated or feeling anxious or even out of control as a result of something in their day to day environment.
We all receive information from our environment and process this information without the need to directly attend to it. We move, see, touch, smell and taste without realising our brain is actually carrying on a multitude of processes to allow these things to happen automatically or subconsciously, this is called sensory processing. People who have problems with this have what is known as Sensory Processing Disorder. To have a diagnosis means you are unable to function without some kind of assistance. This may be in one or more of the sensory areas. One example, common to students with special needs, relates to touch and fine motor sensory processing. This presents with a student having difficulty in holding a pencil (writing), using the correct pressure (constantly breaking pencil).
Considering another example, a student with Autism may find the noise of the classroom overwhelming. Removing them to a calm place where their favourite music can be played at their desired volume or images of an underwater seascape can be projected onto a wall and viewed. This acts as a powerful tool for returning the student to a mental state wear they are much less likely to engage in out of control violent or dangerous behaviour. It also means parents are not called as frequently to collect their child, having to leave work or lose much needed respite. Staff are also given another extremely effective behaviour management tool, decreasing the chance of being assaulted or injured and the resulting sick, workers compensation or stress leave. The student is also much more likely to be able to reengage in class learning activities.
The multi-sensory room provides a multitude of learning experiences other than learning to control behaviour through the soothing of the five senses. It also helps to build key developmental skills such as cause and effect, hand eye coordination and fine motor skills.   
I hope this has helped with some of the points raised on Tuesday morning. Please feel free to email me for more clarification or more questions. Thanks.

Sensory Room Proposal 2023-01-29 16:00:00Z 0

Rotary Youth Exchange Re-Commencing in 2023

Late in December 2022 Jill Hanna, RYE Chair Elect D9423, advised PP Dr Ian Fairnie that after more than a two-year hiatus due to Covid-19, the RYE program will restart in 2023. The restarting of the Program means that our reciprocal Inbound Exchange Student for our last Outbound Connor Ovens (pictured with Ian prior to leaving for Germany in January 2020) is expected to arrive in July 2023.  Applications for Outbound students who will leave in January 2024 will also be opening soon. 
A meeting was held recently with Ian, Connor (who is the current chair of ROTEX), President Logan, President elect Tom and RYE Chair elect Jill Hanna.  The timeline for what needs to be done before we receive our inbound student is very tight and you will hear more at Tuesday's meeting of what needs to be done.

Rotary Youth Exchange Re-Commencing in 2023 2023-01-15 16:00:00Z 0

Community Service Award to Monica Morunga

At the recent MCCC Business After Hours co-hosted by Applecross Rotary and MarketLife, we took the opportunity to present a Community Service Award to Monica Morunga who has set up a charity, Feed it Forward, that feeds thousands of familys every month. Feed it Forward started collecting from a few local stores around Baldivis but has since grown to collect from over 90 places across WA and has more than 300 volunteers.  The Club also donated $1000 to the 'Feed It Forward' charity.

Community Service Award to Monica Morunga 2022-10-08 16:00:00Z 0


Posted by Chris WHELAN on Sep 12, 2022
The toilet block (GG2233171) is about 50% completed with an estimated completion in December 2022. Construction of the co-joined Special Needs Unit proceeds and is funded by a grant from DFAT and donations from MAMA Respond. Applecross Rotary, RC Embakasi and MAMA Respond are working to scope the fit out necessary to make these buildings functional.  A new Global Grant will request multi Rotary District support for the fit out.  The anticipated costs are around US$50K and the Global Grant application needs formal Applecross Rotary Board approval.

KENYAN PROJECT UPDATE Chris WHELAN 2022-09-11 16:00:00Z 0


On Monday July 18th Mutwan Engineering began constructing the special needs unit toilet block at Noonkopir Township Primary School, Kitengla, Kenya after two and a half years of planning and fundraising.
Mutwan have begun laying the foundations by excavating trenches 600mm deep, levelling floor base of the trench, and cutting steel rods for footing and base settings. The site has been fenced off from the school children to align with child protection measures.
A team of nine are on site to execute the project over 22 weeks. The toilet block will provide appropriate sanitary facilities for 40 children with special needs – the only ambulant toilet block in the township. This project is led by Mama Respond International in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Embakasi and Applecross Rotary Club.
This week Mutwan will progress to the foundation stonework so Global Precast Panels can commence the administrative block.


Applecross Rotary's 51st Changeover was held on Wednesday 6th July at the Manning Rippers Football Club in the Manning Community Centre.
Forty Five members and guests attended with a delicious 3 course meal provided by Duncan & Kristie owners of Krankin Cafe, excellent drink service from footy club members Jo-anne, Wayne and Rod, and guitarist/ singer Wayne Glasson providing the entertainment throughout the night. The colour theme purple and white Lorri tells me, was selected by Logan's partner Nikki!  
This year's President Elect and Secretary Tom Atkinson did a great job as MC and started the proceedings calling everyone to their seats and doing the Acknowlegement to Country.  He then introduced outgoing President Peter McEwen.
Peter acknowledged our special guests; DG Ric McDonald and Ailsa McDonald, PDG Pat Shraven, AG Kenn Williams and Erin Hegley Founder and Director of Mama Respnd International. Peter gave an overview of his annual report  and then invited DG Ric to propose a toast to Rotary Internationsl.
Following the meal MC Tom called up PDG Pat who took this opportunity to personally present the District 9465 Rotarian of the Year Award to Applecross Rotary member, Chris Whelan.  Please find the details of this presentation in a following story in this AA.  Pat also presented appreciation awards to AG Kenn Williams and Chris Whelan. 
In a surprise presentation DG Pat awarded a certificate  to the Rotary Club of Applecross for the Bulletin of the Year 2021-2022.  The certificate read "for delivering a consistently high standard weekly bulletin.  The Applecross Advocate is a pleasure to read each week, it showcases the fun, friendship and pride we all have in being part of Rotary.  The Advocate content and standard makes a great promotional tool, ideal for distributing to potential members or community groups.  Your Club has also excelled in your use of social media and continue to expand your reach and build wider networks.  Thank you to all members for your outstanding support to Rotary"
PDG Pat presented Chris Whelan with the District Rotarian of the Year Award and in his acceptance speech he acknowledged the great part his involvement in the Mama Respond Kenyan project played in the reason he was receiving the award.  He invited Mama Respond founder and director Erin Hegley to share the award with him for her fantastic work in Kenya and the opportunity for him amd many Rotarians and Rotary Clubs not only in WA and Kenya, but also in the USA  to work together to make this project happen.
Peter then acknowledged Chris's outstanding work for the club throughout the year with a PHF +2 recognition level and a PHF recognition to Erin Hegarty for making a difference to the lives of children in Kenya through her charity MAMA RESPOND International and in particular the project to build a Special Needs Centre at Noonkopir Township Primary School.
Peter then made the following awards:
Applecross Rotarian of the Year - Ray Philp
Community Service Award - Brett Hammill
A new Award "Applecross Rotary Jacaranda Festival Mal Taylor Award" to Mal Taylor
Finally the time came for Peter to handball the Presidency to Logan ...
President Logan Duncan-Smith thanked the Club Members for the honour of leading the club for the 2022 - 2023 Rotary year.  

CHANGEOVER 2022 Ray Philp 2022-07-08 16:00:00Z 0

District 9465 Rotarian of the Year: Chris Whelan

PDG Pat Schraven attended our Changeover on Wednesday evening and presented Chris Whelan with the ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR for DISTRICT 9465. The following was Pat's words leading up to the presentation:
"As District Governor I am given the challenge of selecting a member worthy of the Rotarian of Year for District 9465.
There are so many members who are worthy of this recognition so it is a challenge I am grateful to have.
Amongst there are people who in their own quiet way make an enormous difference to the people around them.
Their subtle and effective approach to mentor the emerging generation of leaders in Rotary, encouraging them to step up, share their ideas and be heard.
Their business acumen and strategic thinking which has for years enhanced their own clubactivities, this year spilled over in abundance to support the future direction of Rotary.
This member knows how to build strong, lasting relationships within Rotary and externally with local business and organisations that foster sustainable partnerships and helped his club and our district expand our reach.
And when You think this member's cup is full they take on an international project that saw the collaboration of 10 clubs and the successful aquisition of a Rotary Foundation global grant.
In the past year I have been in awe of his contribution to the transition of D9423 as the lead for the stategic focus team.
Congratulations Chris Whelan - Rotarian of the Year for District 9465."
District 9465 Rotarian of the Year: Chris Whelan Ray Philp 2022-07-06 16:00:00Z 0
Rotary ART Show & Sale closes Sunday at 1pm Ray PHILP 2022-06-16 16:00:00Z 0

Sri Sathya Sai Hospital Project

Posted by Barry MENDELAWITZ on Jun 16, 2022
Applecross Rotary, with other Indian clubs have been strongly supportive of the construction of a medical campus near Raipur. The hospital is known as the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital Raipur.
This hospital provides free services , especially cardiothoracic services to all comers.
Applecross Rotary is involved in the building of a Mother and Child Care facility at the hospital. The hospital concentrates on children aged 9 -14 and every day about 10-12 surgeries and catheter lab procedures are performed. 
The Raipur Greater Rotary Club has funded the Cath Lab equipment, OT Unit and Blood Bank projects under a global grant worth $US81000. The new centre is expected to cost $US197000. Applecross Rotary and one member were able to assist this very worthy cause by a donation of $3500.
Sri Sathya Sai Hospital Project Barry MENDELAWITZ 2022-06-15 16:00:00Z 0

Stitches of Hope Sleeping Bags Keep Homeless Warm

Posted by Ian FAIRNIE on Jun 13, 2022
For several years now, we have partnered with WA charity Street Connect, to buy sleeping bags for homeless people in WA. Last year over 80 sleeping bags were donated, and many ended up in Mandurah and Bunbury where there was high demand.
“Stitches of Hope” is a registered charity that was established by Swan Rotarians Kay and John Eva. It is based in Cambodia and the sleeping bags are made in a local village, and pay a living wage to the workers. Kay and John get them delivered to WA where they can be purchased for $50, and donated to Street Connect. So your tax-deductible donation through RAWCS sends money to Cambodia for village development, and keeps homeless people warm in WA. Pretty good deal!
We launched the 2022 Appeal a few weeks, and sold 36 sleeping bags. Great start - well done!
Please chat to Ian Fairnie if you’d like to participate.

Stitches of Hope Sleeping Bags Keep Homeless Warm Ian FAIRNIE 2022-06-12 16:00:00Z 0

Rotary in Action: Kenya, Australia and the USA

Posted by Chris WHELAN on Jun 10, 2022
People everywhere want to help others. It’s local and it’s global.
Applecross Rotary (Australia), RC Embakasi (Kenya), and RC Washington, Pa. (USA)
With inspiration from mama Respond International we all decided to support a Special Needs Unit for kids at Noonkopir Primary School, Kitengela, Kenya.
Rotary in Action: Kenya, Australia and the USA Chris WHELAN 2022-06-09 16:00:00Z 0


Posted by Kenn WILLIAMS on May 30, 2022
PMM Project Leader Brett H does his final checks 
Well, another PMM behind us, and hopefully another strong fund raiser for those with a need.
However, for the operations team, there’s is always something to laugh, cry, or enjoy about happenings on the day!
You have to laugh… at those dear drivers who, on seeing a collection request, make sure the window is up, a grim look covers their face, and they try to move past as if we don’t exist….. and those which only the ‘rights’ of an ACROD pass confer, have the indignation to DEMAND a spot, even when we are totally full up…. And those gob- smacked who ‘just come for the playground’, or a family picnic,  totally unaware that the event is on, … and some of our dear ethnic friends who look at you dumbfounded when one asks for a ‘donation for charity’!
Drop a tear when idiots, despite directions, insist on driving up the wrong, out going lane, and have to be directed out without causing total chaos,…or  want to stop and have a chat, despite traffic building behind them and holding up normal traffic flow,…. Or in the lower car park, get bogged in the sand due to stopping and trying to drive on again…
But on the enjoyment side, working to a schedule with a wonderful group of fellow ‘volunteer soldiers’, irrespective of the heat, wind, rain … or early hour set up/later hour pull down, sharing in the fantastic fund raising the event presents, and knowing that Applecross Rotary has again overseen a very well organised event management activity.
Long may we soldier on with this event, and have a laugh or a cry along the way!
PP Barry M shows how to do it from year's of practice!


Rotary International re Ukraine

Posted on Mar 04, 2022

The Rotary Foundation creates channel for direct humanitarian support in Ukraine region

In response to the deepening humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, The Rotary Foundation has created an official channel for Rotary members around the world to contribute funds to support the relief efforts underway by Rotary districts and has designated its Disaster Response Fund as the main avenue for contributions.
To this end, The Rotary Foundation has approved:
  • Now through 30 June 2022, designated Rotary districts that border Ukraine and the Rotary district in Ukraine may apply for grants of up to $50,000 each from the Disaster Response Fund. These expedited disaster response grants can be used to provide relief to refugees or other victims of the crisis including items such as water, food, shelter, medicine and clothing.
  • During this same period, other impacted Rotary districts that wish to offer support to refugees or other victims of the crisis in their district can apply for $25,000 grants from the Disaster Response Fund.
  • Now through 30 April 2022, Rotary districts can transfer unallocated District Designated Funds (DDF) to support the Disaster Response Fund, directly supporting these Ukraine-specific humanitarian grants.
  • Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund in support of Ukraine can be made here. All funds need to be received into the Disaster Response Fund by 30 April 2022 in order to qualify for use in support of the Ukrainian relief efforts.
  • Although the Disaster Response Fund will be the main avenue for Rotary Foundation support, Rotary and Rotaract clubs are also encouraged to create their own responses to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.
In addition to support provided through the Disaster Response Fund, the Foundation is coordinating with partners and regional leaders, exploring effective solutions to the increased humanitarian needs.
  • We are in contact with the United Nations High Commission on Refugees – USA to prepare for and respond to the needs of those being displaced in Ukraine and to neighboring countries.
  • ShelterBox, our project partner for disaster response, is in communication with Rotary members in Eastern Europe to explore how it may offer support with temporary transitional housing and other essential supplies.
  • The Rotary Action Group for Refugees, Forced Displacement, and Migration is also mobilizing its resources to assist in this crisis.
A million people have fled Ukraine and are in dire need of emergency aid. The United Nations estimates that number could grow to as many as 5 million people displaced. Rotary clubs in Europe and around the world have stepped up their relief work, some working on the ground to help displaced families.
We will continue to monitor the situation in Ukraine and neighboring countries. Visit My Rotary and follow Rotary on social media to stay updated on how clubs can get involved and what actions Rotary members have taken and the impact it has had for people in the region.
For all other questions and to obtain more information, please contact the Rotary Support Center at rotarysupportcenter@rotary.org.

Rotary International re Ukraine 2022-03-03 16:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker Dr Mark Duncan-Smith

Last Tuesday's meeting was a combined Dinner meeting with the Booragoon Rotary Club and our  keynote speaker was Dr Mark Duncan-Smith, President of the Australian Medical Association WA.

A University of Western Australia graduate, Dr Duncan-Smith is a consultant plastic surgeon and burns surgeon, who played a crucial role in the Bali Bombing Disaster of 2002 as one of the two treating Consultant Burn Surgeons. He has experienced first-hand what can be achieved with a medical workforce working in unison with medical administration towards a common goal, with the excellent health outcomes for survivors of both the Bali Bombing and Ashmore Reef disasters.

He is a humanitarian doctor, undertaking 15 overseas volunteer surgical aide trips in his career, including Mongolia, Indonesia and Vanuatu. Mark made comment of the importance of these trips is to train and educate the locals in the treatment of burns that can improve the health outcomes of thousands of patients.  The value of humanitarian work is of great value for his professional development as well as the use of his skills to treat patient conditions that he has not experience in Australia.

The AMAWA is the peak representative body for doctors in WA with over 5000 members (50% of doctors).  Their vision is to be "the leading and trusted voice for better healthcare" and their mission is to "represent, support and advocate for doctors, patients and the community".  Mark took us through the current state of the WA health system including ambulance ramping hours and access to hospital beds.

Mark spoke on COVID 19 and the importance of people to get vaccinated.  He also presented the AMAWA's 'action agenda 2021' calling on the State Government to implement their 15 point plan.

Mark finished by saying "if all you do and are is a surgeon, you will have a very boring retirement" 
If you missed Mark's presentation you can view it on the Applecross Rotary members private Facebook group.

Guest Speaker Dr Mark Duncan-Smith Ray Philp 2021-12-04 16:00:00Z 0


Posted by Kenn WILLIAMS on Nov 05, 2021
The 21st Rotary Jacaranda Festival will be held on the 27th of November at its well established home in Applecross Village, and promises to be bigger and better than ever!!

“What started out with very humble beginnings in year 2000 and is now recognised as one of the BEST community Festivals in Perth, continues to charm all who attend,” Kenn Williams, from the organising committee said. “Set  amongst the shady flowering Jacaranda trees and commercial hub of Ardross St., without doubt, it really does take some beating “

Certainly Covid-19 WA Health protocols must be again followed, but it will not have the crowd limitations of last year, as it currently stands. Only a QR Code check-in will be required, as for any other public event.

Bunting Tangles and Other Tales

Posted by Chris WHELAN on Sep 19, 2021

On 5th January 2016 the Club received this message:

Hi Kenn,
My name is Erin Madeley and I am the Market Manager for Perth Makers Market. Thank you very much for taking the time to speak to me today.
Perth Makers Market is a new handmade market which will be hosting it’s launch market on the 7th of February 2016 and then running bi-monthly for the remainder of the year.  Perth Makers Market is a new market South of the Swan River that makes it's home at Heathcote Cultural Precinct in Applecross. The goal of Perth Makers Market is to provide a platform for the talented, high quality handmade crafters that call Perth their home in a family focussed, friendly location.
With strong ties to the community and a focus on giving back, Perth Makers Market is unique.  One of the focuses regarding community ties is to provide fundraising opportunities to local groups and organisations such as yours. We were hoping that your organisation might be interested in running our parking for these events.”
And so was born our relationship with the PMM.
Bunting Tangles and Other Tales Chris WHELAN 2021-09-18 16:00:00Z 0

Ken-ya support this flush idea?

Posted by Chris WHELAN on Jul 23, 2021
APPLECROSS ROTARY, THE ROTARY CLUB OF KITENGELA and MAMA RESPOND International (a Perth based NFP) have joined forces to build what will be the only comprehensive toilet block for special needs students in Kitengela, Kenya (population 150,000). This will be at Noonkopir Township Primary School – a public school closely affiliated with Mama Respond.
Ken-ya support this flush idea? Chris WHELAN 2021-07-22 16:00:00Z 0

Banner Presentation by RYE Connor Ovens

Posted by Ray PHILP on Jul 11, 2021
RYE Connor Ovens presenting his host Club banner to IPP Ray Philp
Thanks to PP Dr Ian Fairnie's Presidential Year goal to get Applecross Rotary back into the Youth Exchange Program,  Connor Ovens in early 2020 embarked on his Rotary Youth Exchange to Germany hosted by the Rotary Club of Willich in District 1870.  
Connor took the opportunity at our special event celebrating the Club's 50 Anniversary and Changeover 2021 to present the RC of Willich's banner.
Banner Presentation by RYE Connor Ovens Ray PHILP 2021-07-10 16:00:00Z 0


Posted by Ray PHILP on Jul 11, 2021
IPP Ray Philp presenting PP Chris Whelan with 'Rotarian of the Year' trophy
It was indeed a pleasure to present our Executive Secretary Past President Chris Whelan with the recognition as Rotarian of the Year, for his outstanding work that he does for the Club especially my year as President.
Chris, like many Rotarians, brings his Corporate life skills to professionally manage the Club as well as the local and global projects that the club gets involved with.
Chris is now fully retired and the VOLUNTEER hours he puts into Rotary if costed out would be substantial.
On behalf of all the Applecross Rotary Members, thank you Chris.

Notes on the early history of the Rotary Club of Applecross

Posted by Bruce JAMES
From the club's archives - the following was prepared by PDG Bruce James and presented on 3rd June 2011.
The Melville Rotary Club was Chartered on 6th November 1959, having been formed by the Fremantle Rotary Club. Having formed the Cockburn Rotary Club in 1969, the Melville Rotary Club then formed the Applecross Rotary Club in 1971 with the idea that about half of their Members would transfer to the new Applecross Rotary Club.
Tom Cook was the Secretary of the Melville Rotary Club for the 1970-71 Rotary year and was elected to be the Foundation President of the New Applecross Rotary Club on 2nd June 1971. He held these two positions at the same time until 30th June 1971.
The Inauguration Meeting of those persons who had been approached to become Applecross Rotarians was held on Tuesday 13th May 1971 at a luncheon at the Sir Loin Restaurant at 35 Ardross Street Applecross. This restaurant became the weekly Club Meeting venue on a Tuesday with a 12.10 pm Fellowship preceding the Luncheon Meeting at 12.30 pm. Later on, the weekly Tuesday Luncheon Meeting was held in the Golden Host Room on the second floor of the Booragoon Hotel at Garden City. Since about 1988, the weekly Club Meetings have been Breakfast Meetings at the South of Perth Yacht Club at 7.30 am on Tuesdays.
The Club gained its Charter at the Charter Luncheon on 2nd June 1971 with a total membership of 32 Members of which 24 had transferred from the Melville Rotary Club. Seven of these Ex-Melville Rotary Club Members were themselves Foundation Members of the Melville Rotary Club since its Charter Celebration on 17th August 1959.
Notes on the early history of the Rotary Club of Applecross Bruce JAMES 2021-06-13 16:00:00Z 0

Wheatbelt and Beyond Youth Mentoring (WBYM)

In 2016 the Applecross Rotary Club began supporting a youth Mentoring program run by True Blue Dreaming Inc. aimed at providing individual mentors for country high school students who may not have the same opportunities as their city counterparts.  The club's financial support was specific to programs running in the Bruce Rock and Wyalkatchem District High Schools and continued successfully through to 2019.  However, in 2019, local support for the program at the Wyalkatchem District High School lapsed, and True Blue Dreaming changed their focus away from the mentoring program.

Fortunately, the program in Bruce Rock was strongly established and continued to be supported by the school and local citizens, with the result that a new organisation, Wheatbelt and Beyond Youth Mentoring Inc. was established to continue the programs in wheatbelt District High Schools. 


The Applecross Rotary Club remained convinced of the value of the mentoring programs, which was validated by an independent report in 2018, and continued its support.

Wheatbelt and Beyond Youth Mentoring (WBYM) John KELLY 2021-06-10 16:00:00Z 0

Applecross Rotary 50th Anniversary & Changeover 2021

Looking forward to PARTYING with 80 people who have registered so far.  Please continue to spread the word to everyone who would like to join us in celebrating Applecross Rotary's 50th Anniversary and Changeover 2021.
Applecross Rotary was formed by the Melville Rotary Club in 1971.  Tom Cook was the secretary of the Melville Rotary Club for the 1970-71 Rotary year and was elected to be the Foundation President of the NEW Applecross Rotary Club on 2nd June 1971.
The Club gained its Charter at the Charter Luncheon on 2nd June 1971 with a total membership of 32 members of which 24 had transferred from the Melville Rotary Club.

Applecross Rotary 50th Anniversary & Changeover 2021 2021-05-16 16:00:00Z 0

Drop bears explained!

Posted by Ian FAIRNIE on Apr 26, 2021
Dr Garnett Hall made a very informative presentation to a good turn out of members, focussed on his role as a veterinarian in the Army Reserve.  His unit was mobilised to support the volunteers fighting fires on Kangaroo Island in January 2020. They arrived to find a large area of national park had already been burnt and Captain Garnett busied himself providing professional support to the local vets treating burnt animals at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.  A weather forecast of high temperatures and strong westerlies for later in the week suggested that the Centre would be in great danger unless it was made more secure, so Garnett approached the head of the army task force and secured a group of soldiers who managed, in a few days, to fire-proof the Centre.  
When the fire reached the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, it split north and south saving the lives of the animals and staff.
There were many international TV crews covering the fire and after it was all over, Garnett had the opportunity to introduce a Scottish reporter to the highly dangerous Drop Bear, one of which was being treated in the Centre.  Here’s the story:
Garnett is certainly a very entertaining vet which must make for enjoyable consultations for pet owners at the Fremantle Animal Hospital. 

Drop bears explained! Ian FAIRNIE 2021-04-25 16:00:00Z 0

Starick Update

Posted on Apr 12, 2021
Last meeting's speaker was Helen Brady, who is a Domestic Violence Advocate (DVA) working as part of the mobile outreach team at Starick.  
Applecross Rotary under the leadership of Lorri Brazier, have been supporting Starick since a presentation to the club in 2015 drawing our attention to the increasing crisis in the community caused by domestic violence.
Unfortunately the demand on services provided by Starick are increasing.  
Starick is registered NFP organisation, providing multi layered support to women and children escaping family and domestic violence for over 35 years.  They work predominately in Perth's south-east metropolitan area.  Starick has 2 refuges as well as other programs to support women such as counselling, DVA's at Cannington and Armadale Police Stations, Safe at Home, and many more programs to support women and children.
Helen explained that Domestic Violence is often called "domestic and family violence" (FDV) because it is just not the intimate partners that abuse. FDV means any type of abuse that creates fear and controls another person.  Often causes physical, sexual and/ or psychological damage, forced isolation and economic deprivation.
Starick's Mobile Outreach Service is part of the COVID recovery plan. The plan aims to provide a smoother transition and ongoing support to a woman with or without children, who is experiencing domestic or family violence and who has or is about to exit the refuge environment.
Starick Update Ray Philp 2021-04-11 16:00:00Z 0

Super Power Kids Project - Kalparrin

CEO Carrie Clark and book author Rachel Callander
At our last meeting we had the pleasure of hearing from one of our organisations that we support through the Cruising Butterflies activity. Families with children with special needs from the Kalparrin community enjoy a day out on a boat run by the Cruising section of the South Perth Yacht Club.  Our club provides financial support for the day as well as some of our members make their boats available.
Kalparrin's CEO Carrie Clark thanked the club for our ongoing support of the Cruising Butterflies activity and informed the meeting about Kalparrin.
Kalparrin is Western Australia's oldest and largest member organisation, supporting 16500-plus members, who collectively represent 4,515 families raising 5925 children with disability, developmental delay, genetic, chronic medical and/or health conditions.
Membership is FREE and provides parents with access to a vast array of practical and emotional support, information, resources, opportunities and events as well as connection to a community of thousands of other parents raising children with disability and additional needs.
Carrie introduced their Super Power Kids project which has produced a beautiful book that celebrates the lives and abilities of children with a range of disabilities and conditions. 
The author of the book is Rachel Callander whose late daughter Evie who was born with a very rare chromosomal condition. In the two and a half years of Evie's life, Rachel learnt a lot about the use of language in the health system, and has spent the subsequent years continuing to explore the impact and implications on how it is used - to positive and negative effect.
Rachel believes our language shapes our landscape. The words we speak influence the behaviour, attitudes, and beliefs of ourselves and others. Within high-stakes contexts, such as the sharing of difficult information, our words carry an enormous emotional weight. They can alienate and add trauma, or they can honour and empower.
The Super Power Kids project is a transformative initiative designed to raise the profile of children living with a disability.
'These are the kids that Kalparrin supports and the best way to help them is to make sure their parents stay strong'.
Super Power Kids Project - Kalparrin Ray PHILP 2021-03-21 16:00:00Z 0


Our guest speaker for our meeting on the 2nd March was Bruce Barrett, a third generation of the Barrett family involved in Baravan Caravans.
The first Baravan Caravan was built in 1954 by David and Horace Barrett, Bruce's father and grand father respectively. 
Bruce took us through the timeline of the Baravan business and the move from domestic vans to commercial and residential caravans.
When Bruce retired a few years ago and whilst caravanning with his wife during 2019 in the south-west they discussed what they should do with their current caravan to last them another 10 years.
They thought it would be a great to own one of their family’s Baravans, however none were built with ensuites and to convert an older caravan with all the features currently available in 2020 would be a huge task.
Problem solved, Bruce reregistered the Baravan Caravan name and decided to build the last Baravan from scratch having started in October 2019.
The construction was done in a storage unit opposite Kenn Williams unit where our Rotary gear is stored.  Kenn and others have watched with interest as Bruce has toiled away for many, many hours to build 'THE LAST BARAVAN'.
Bruce has kindly shared his presentation and you can download by clicking here.
BARAVAN CARAVANS Ray PHILP 2021-03-07 16:00:00Z 0

MAMA Respond International - Inspiring

Our guest speaker for last Tuesday's meeting was a very impressive young person Erin Hegarty, the founder of Mama Respond International.
Back in 2013 Erin went to Kenya as a volunteer teacher.  While walking home with a young Kenyan Nancy,  she asked her what did she need and her reply was "a better future".  The issue was around education with 130 kids in one classroom, there were plenty of teachers, just a lack of space.  Erin deferred her degree and stayed for five months.  During this time she was able to get built 2 classrooms at the Noonkopir Township Primary School, through local donations of material, cash and labour as well as using social media to raise funds back in Australia.
In September 2017 Erin returned to the same school just when they opened a special needs unit.  The room was very small with no amenities.  It was more of a daycare centre than an educational space and had no curriculum for students with disabilities.  After spending sometime with the kids in the unit she realised she could help them by getting a proper diagnosis and treatment plan for their disability. 
Erin gave a number of examples of assisting families with funding and where to seek help for students with a curable or treatable condition.  
MAMA Respond International - Inspiring Ray PHILP 2021-02-20 16:00:00Z 0

Containers for Change WA - where do your containers go?

Since the Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) was introduced on the 1st October 27.8 million containers have been collected.  Every container collected through Containers for Change is recycled!  Before Containers for Change, only 3 in 10 containers were recycled, meaning the other 7 are either being littered or sent to landfill. 
Our partnership with Greenbatch not only takes the containers for refund but also continues to collect and process the non CDS type 1 and type 2 plastic containers.  The Greenbatch Foundation have been doing this for over 3 years through support of passionate volunteers wanting to reduce plastic pollution.  By using Greenbatch as a Container Refund operator they receive an additional 6 cents per container from the Containers for Change program that will support their great work in continuing to ENGAGE, EDUCATE and EMPOWER Western Australians to give plastic a new life and keep plastic pollution out of our oceans.
A question often asked .........
Containers for Change WA - where do your containers go? Ray PHILP 2020-11-14 16:00:00Z 0


Posted on Nov 09, 2020
Our trailer, that was purchased with our successful application for Federal Funding through the Volunteer Grant program, now has signage promoting Rotary and our club.  Thanks to Kate Zappa for the design and Brent Caithness (Complete Film Solutions)  for his support in producing the signs.
SIGNAGE ON CLUB TRAILER Ray PHILP 2020-11-08 16:00:00Z 0

Kalbarri Wildlife Sanctuary Concept Plan & Vision

Posted on Sep 16, 2020
This weeks guest speaker was Applecross Rotarian PP Hamish Turner.
Hamish has had a passion for the environment since early childhood growing up in South Africa.
Hamish retired in August 2017 and after a couple of overseas projects decided to do something local.  Having wildlife as a passion and a second home in Kalbarri he thought Kalbarri was a pretty good spot to start.
The idea come up looking at the plight of our wildlife to create a wildlife reserve that would become a world class Ecotourism facility and the reintroduction of Endangered small mammals and Plant species.
    Kalbarri Wildlife Sanctuary Concept Plan & Vision Ray Philp 2020-09-15 16:00:00Z 0

    Applecross Rotary's New Trailer 

    Posted on Sep 06, 2020
    Kenn Williams picked up our new trailer from John Papas Trailers (50 years locally manufacturing trailers) that was built to the specifications designed by Kenn and Mal Taylor.  The new trailer will replace Kenn's trailer that the club has been using for a number of years to transport the significant amount of club property that we use for the Perth Makers Market and the Jacaranda Festival.  The trailer will also be used for other club projects such as transporting furniture for Starick clients and  will be a great asset for our new project with Greenbatch and the Container Deposit Scheme.  The new trailer is larger and has a mesh cage, tool box and ramps to assist with loading and unloading.  Signage will be able to attach to the mesh sides to promote Rotary's activities to the public and provide contact information for people interested in joining us.
    Applecross Rotary's New Trailer Ray PHILP 2020-09-05 16:00:00Z 0

    Wheatbelt & Beyond Youth Mentoring

    Wheatbelt and Beyond Youth Mentoring (WBYM)

    WBYM is an independent, not for profit, incorporated organisation who delivers a mentoring program to inspire and empower young people in regional, rural and remote areas of WA through; igniting their passion to be lifelong learners; growing their aspirations; achieving their goals and to be the best they can be.
    Schools adopt the program and administer the program under the governance of WBYM.
    Applecross Rotary will provide funding for the program  from time to time under the terms of a recently signed MOU.
    Karen Strange, Chairperson  WBYM, and and Janine Dayman,  Secretary/Treasurer WBYM, will join us for breakfast this Tuesday to give a thankyou for our donation and a brief update on the program.
    Pictured is PP John Kelly with the WBYM mentors and mentees after meeting at Bruce Rock on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th August.

    Wheatbelt & Beyond Youth Mentoring John KELLY 2020-08-08 16:00:00Z 0

    Repairing Bodies & Rebuilding Lives - Interplast Australia & New Zealand

    Posted by Ray PHILP on Jun 13, 2020
    This week's guest speaker was Janette Etherington, Interplast's Rotarian Engagement Coordinator, who ZOOMED in from her home in Victoria.
    Interplast was started in 1983 by a Rotarian who replicated it from an organisation in America.
    The model is sending teams of volunteers across developing nations in the Asia Pacific.  They only go to where they are invited and respond to specific needs.
    Teams are made up of volunteer anaesthetists, plastic and reconstructive surgeons, nurses and allied health professionals.  It is about restoring function as well as dignity and some examples are cleft lip, burns and injuries that haven't healed.
    Repairing Bodies & Rebuilding Lives - Interplast Australia & New Zealand Ray PHILP 2020-06-12 16:00:00Z 0

    THANK GOD FOR ST PATS – Guest Speaker Dr Patrick Colgan AM, Board Chairman 

    Posted by Ian FAIRNIE on May 17, 2020
    *Pat has significant experience across the community and government sectors, including Chairing the State and Federal Australian Dental Associations and is a former member of the State Dentists’ Registration Board. In 2001, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his contribution to the Australian Community. 
    St Patrick’s Community Support Centre lies at the heart of the Fremantle community.  It started in 1972, when a frail elderly man appeared at the door of the Presbytery seeking help. He was cold, hungry and in serious need of care. 
    THANK GOD FOR ST PATS – Guest Speaker Dr Patrick Colgan AM, Board Chairman Ian FAIRNIE 2020-05-16 16:00:00Z 0

    Cecil Aaron - Eulogy

    Due to COVID 19 restrictions many of Cecil's Rotary friends were unable to attend his funeral.  Applecross Rotary was represented by Lorri Brazier, Kenn Williams and Ian Fairnie.  Lorri's entry into Cecil's funeral booklet perfectly decribed the impression Cecil  had on his fellow Applecross Rotary;  Rotarians, partners and friends. 
    "Even though my friendship with Cecil was for a short time he was one of nature’s gentlemen. He had a priceless sense of humour, and that twinkle in his eye and mischievous grin - he always made me laugh. I will miss him at Rotary. God Bless" Lorri Brazier
    We thank Elizabeth for sharing information from Cecil's funeral. 
    The following is Cecil Aaron's Eulogy:

    Cecil Aaron - Eulogy 2020-04-30 16:00:00Z 0
    Greenbatch Foundation-Rotary Coordination Group Update  Ray Philp 2020-04-08 16:00:00Z 0


    Guest Speaker - Sara David AM, founder and CEO of Living Child Inc.

    Living Child Inc., the charity that Perth Midwife Sara David established in 2012, works in the East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea, with villages in the Karem River system, such as Yamen and Bunam.
    Women in these communities are now able to choose when and how many children they have, are able to give birth safely, and know that their children will have every opportunity to grow and thrive.
      OUR TIPPYTAPS MAKE A DIFFERENCE Ian FAIRNIE 2020-02-12 16:00:00Z 0


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      Have you heard about antimocrobial resistance? What about superbugs? Through #OneHealth we're working to improve wellbeing - through knowledge and through the simple act of handwashing.
      Applecross Rotary supports the goals of AMR Aware, to increase community awareness and understanding of the “clear and present danger” from increasing resistance of disease causing agents to all current drugs available for treatment of infections.  The short video commissioned by AMR Aware Inc. and produced by Front Porch Films, provides a clear visual statement of the reality of the danger that exists and several simple things each of us can do to reduce the likelihood that someone we love will die from an untreatable infection.  The video will be freely available for Rotary clubs and Rotarians to spread the word of how simple it is to reduce the impact of drug resistant infectious agents, and more importantly stimulate the action required, as a matter of great urgency.  As Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer of the UK succinctly stated - we can forget Climate Change; we’ll all be dead from untreatable infections before climate change affects us!
      WE'RE MAKING HEALTH A PRIORITY! Ian FAIRNIE 2019-11-30 16:00:00Z 0

      Welcome Associate Members

      l-r: Margaret Mendelawitz, Helen James, Beryl Telfer, Helen Dawson, Ann Kelly, President Barry Mendelawitz, Membership Director Kenn Williams, Kate Zappa, David Palmer, Heather Inglis, Helen Henderson, Peta Williams.
      New Associate members were presented with their badges and welcomed to Applecross Rotary at a special meeting on 18th September 2019. Several new Associate Members were unable to attend and will receive their badges at a later date. 
      Welcome Associate Members John Hosking 2019-09-22 16:00:00Z 0

      Pride of Workmanship

      This award acknowledges a person, who in the eyes of the nominator, displays outstanding qualities with respect to attitude, approach, dedication and commitment. It covers all aspects of work performance and ethics, including quality of output, safety, initiative and sense of responsibility.
      Nominations are sought, at any time, from an employer or by a member of the public and should be sent to the Applecross Rotary Director in Charge of Community Service.
      Pride of Workmanship John HOSKING 2019-09-19 16:00:00Z 0

      Pride of Workmanship September 2019

      A Pride of Workmanship was awarded to Wendy Hiddlestone on 18th September 2019
      Wendy Huddlestone and Lorri Brazier
      This award acknowledges someone whose work performance displays outstanding qualities with respect to attitude, approach, dedication and commitment. It covers work performance and ethics, including customer service, quality of output, safety, initiative and sense of responsibility.
      Pride of Workmanship September 2019 John Hosking 2019-09-18 16:00:00Z 0

      Spotlight on Health

      Superbug Seminar serves up shock statistics 
      Ever considered a world where a simple scratch could lead to death? The rise and fall of antimicrobial resistance means this is a very real possibility - and as early as 2050.
      Guest Speakers at the Superbug Seminar
      Spotlight on Health John Hosking 2019-09-16 16:00:00Z 0

      Virtual Reality for Injury Rehabilitation

      Associate Professor Marina Ciccarelli from Occupational Therapy at Curtin University showed how trials are showing how Virtual Reality (VR) technology enables people, who have suffered major injuries to the brain and/or spinal cord, speed up their rehabilitation.
      Virtual Reality for Injury Rehabilitation John Hosking 2019-09-09 16:00:00Z 0

      Winter Partnerships

      Applecross Rotary joined with donors from St Michael’s Church in Mt Pleasant to donate over 50 sleeping bags made by impoverished villagers at the Stiches of Hope facility in in Cambodia. These sleeping bags were donated to Anglicare Street Connect for local distribution. Support was also provided to ‘Foodbank’.
      Winter Partnerships John Hosking 2019-09-06 16:00:00Z 0
      GUEST SPEAKER MARINA CICCARELLI: Use it or lose it - The consequences of spinal cord injury Ian FAIRNIE 2019-09-03 16:00:00Z 0


      Applecross Rotary has donated funds to ShelterBoxAustralia in 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19.
      Two ShelterBoxes were delivered to Syria in October 2017.
      ShelterBox John HOSKING 2019-08-06 16:00:00Z 0

      ShelterBox 2019

      In July 2019 Applecross Rotary was recognised as an Emerald Club Supporter having contributed over $10,000 to ShelterBox Australia. Applecross Rotary has been a regular contributor for many years.
      ShelterBox Australia supports international efforts by providing shelter, warmth, light and dignity to many families adversely affected by humanitarian disasters throughout the world. 
      ShelterBox 2019 John HOSKING 2019-08-05 16:00:00Z 0

      Community Planting Day 2019

      Applecross Rotary supported the National Tree Day Community Planting Day on 28 July 2019 organised by the City of Melville. Applecross Rotary members and family helped with the Planting and with the barbeque lunch.
      3000 seedlings were planted around the Booragoon Lake by 100 community volunteers and City of Melville staff. 
      Community Planting Day 2019 John HOSKING 2019-07-31 16:00:00Z 0

      Community Planting Days

      The Rotary Club of Applecross supports planting projects which improve the native plant areas along the Swan River and in the native bush areas of the City of Melville.  It also gives the community the opportunity to participate in the protection of their environment.
      Over 3000 seedlings were planted around the Booragoon Lake on 28th July 2019 by over 100 volunteers at the National Tree Planting Day organised by the City of Melville. Applecross Rotary members and family helped with the planting and with the barbeque lunch.
      Community Planting Days John Hosking 2019-07-30 16:00:00Z 0

      Art Show & Sale

      The annual Rotary Art Show and Sale, a joint project of the Melville and Applecross Rotary Clubs, is held each year in a central area of the Westfield Booragoon Shopping Complex.
      This Art Exhibition allows artists to display their paintings to a large number of people and hopefully sell one or more their paintings. The entry charge and sale commission are used to offset the exhibition costs. The profits are used by the Rotary Clubs for community projects.
      Members and friends of the Rotary Clubs set up the exhibition, provide the security and sell the paintings.
      Art Show & Sale John HOSKING 2019-07-09 16:00:00Z 0

      2019 Rotary Art Show and Sale

      The 2019 annual Rotary Art Exhibition and Sale, a joint project of the Melville and Applecross Rotary Clubs, was from Monday 17 June to Sunday 23 June in the Garden City Shopping Complex during the Centre's standard opening hours.  
      2019 Rotary Art Show and Sale John HOSKING 2019-06-12 16:00:00Z 0

      Our members

      Applecross Rotary is a club of some 40 female and male members whose ages range from the 20’s to 80’s. Our professions, businesses, backgrounds and cultures are diverse. Our members are, or have been, involved in a range of businesses, education, services and industries. Our professions include engineers, farmers, doctors, lawyers, veterinarians, dentists, scientists, accountants.
      We have members with expertise in public relations, computing, health and safety, project management and extensive experience in mining, mineral processing, agriculture and retail and specialist businesses. We enjoy the fun, fellowship and friendships of our members during our meetings, social events and whilst contributing to our project teams and witnessing the value of these projects.   
      Our members John HOSKING 2019-05-14 16:00:00Z 0

      Join Us at Our Meeting

      Posted on May 14, 2019
      At our weekly meetings we enjoy an excellent program of interesting speakers, reports on Club projects, plans for upcoming social events and especially fellowship with members and visitors. As our members and visitors have other commitments our meetings finish on time at 8.30am.
      Join Us at Our Meeting jwh 2019-05-13 16:00:00Z 0

      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
      ShelterBox sending a team after Cyclone Kenneth Helen JONES-FAIRNIE 2019-05-13 16:00:00Z 0

      Superbug Seminar

      Posted by Ian FAIRNIE
      Most members of Applecross Rotary are now familiar with the term “AntiMicrobial Resistance” (AMR), due to the frequent updates from President-Elect Barry, with strong support from Tim Inglis and Jarrad Hall.  We sometimes read the term “untreatable infection”, and certainly Vice-President Hamish knows all about that and lived to tell the tale.  And it seems that this was also the immediate cause of David Donaldson’s death, although David had been in general poor health for some time.
      However Mark Schipp and Colin Hughes turned up the TAKE ACTION NOW dial with their presentations to a large number of Rotarians and guests at the Crown Atrium this week.
      And why was a vet speaking to us?
      Because most antibiotics are used in animal industries and AMR may be transmitted through food.  This is now being referred to as a One Health issue
      One Health recognises the interconnectedness of human, animal and environmental health.
      Here is the key graphic
      Australians are over-using antibiotics in human health, being Australia the 11th highest user of antibiotics out of 31 OECD countries.  In 2015, more than 30 million antibiotic scripts were provided through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.
      Fortunately Mark assured us that in Canberra he and the Chief Medical Officer work together ensuring a One Health approach to addressing AMR and very importantly our food industry works closely with them, unlike many other parts of the world.  This in itself poses a risk to Australia as we import a lot of food, but Mark’s position as President of the World Animal Health Association helps him keep informed of One Health issues that put our health at risk.
      Colin Hughes added some other commentary that supported everything our Club is doing regarding AMR, and commended the work being done by a spin-off group from Applecross Rotary, AMR AWARE (Inc.).  Colin’s enthusiasm for success in raising awareness of AMR though Rotary has resulted in him proposing to change the Four Way Test into the Five Way Test: 
      1. Is it the truth?
      2. Is it fair to all concerned?
      3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
      4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
      5. Does it conserve and improve the health of the planet, its environment and people?
      Honorary Member Dr Chris Back drew the discussion to a close by reminding those attending of the calibre of the speakers that had been assembled: Colin Hughes is a former Director of Public Health in WA, Mark Schipp is a world leader in animal health, and Professor John Edwards, former Dean of the Veterinary School at Murdoch University who chaired the presentations, is a senior UN consultant, and One Health expert.
      Superbug Seminar Ian FAIRNIE 2019-05-09 16:00:00Z 0

      Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment

      Posted on Mar 20, 2019
      RYPEN stands for Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment which through a weekend live in seminar for up to 45 participants, aims to create in young adults an awareness of their place in and responsibility towards, society.  Applecross Rotary sponsors and pays for selected participates who see RYPEN as a great opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to youth in their community.      
      Participants are aged between fourteen and seventeen years of age who have not yet experienced leadership positions but who have the potential to benefit from :
      • Increased motivation and improved life skills
      • Better self image and more pride in self

      • An understanding of how to set and achieve goals

      • The confidence to overcome failure and take control of the one's future

      • An opportunity to challenge personal boundaries 

      RYPEN is an intensive programme which includes developing and implementing problem solving skills. At the same time participants from different backgrounds are interacting with each other and improving their teamwork skills. Activities may include a low ropes course, a team building course, workshops, games and more done in an informal atmosphere, where questions and debate are encouraged.

      Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment jwh 2019-03-19 16:00:00Z 0

      Starick Artist Bella

      Posted by Lorri BRAZIER on Mar 20, 2019
      The Applecross Rotary supports the Starick Refuge in Western Australia. This is a story of a 7-year old artist who benefitted from support from Starick and our Club.
      Starick Artist Bella Lorri BRAZIER 2019-03-19 16:00:00Z 0


      Posted on Mar 20, 2019
      Starick is a not for profit organisation which provides multi-layered support services in Perth’s south-east metropolitan area to women and children experiencing family and domestic violence. Starick’s services include two refuges for women with children, supported community housing, court support, advocacy, children’s programs, community outreach services and an Op Shop. Applecross Rotary commenced support of Starick in 2016/17 with Malcolm Taylor and Lorri Brazier as Project Leaders. The work done by Lorri and Malcolm, and their support teams, has been carefully and sensitively undertaken and is leading to a trust being established between Starick, Applecross Rotary and the residents, most of whom have endured violence from their partners.
      Starick John HOSKING 2019-03-19 16:00:00Z 0

      Rotary Jacaranda Festival history


      Applecross Rotary's Rotary Jacaranda Festival is held each November. It was held in Heathcote Applecross in 2000, 2001 and 2002. Due to insurance issues there was no Festival in 2003.  It has been held in the Applecross Village in Ardross Street, Applecross each year since 2004.

      Rotary Jacaranda Festival history John HOSKING 2019-03-16 16:00:00Z 0

      Rotary Youth Leadership Award

      Posted on Mar 16, 2019
      Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA)
      The Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) is a challenging 7-day program which provides a unique opportunity for leadership skills development. Rotary supports young people between the ages of 18 and 28 who have the talent, energy and motivation to discover their leadership potential!. More information is available.
      Applecross Rotary seeks nominations from young adults with proven leadership experience and potential leaders from diverse backgrounds. The seminar program, which is run each January, has a strong focus on personal and leadership development. Nominations close in November. Interested young people are encouraged to contact the Club’s Youth Director.
        Rotary Youth Leadership Award jwh 2019-03-15 16:00:00Z 0

        National Youth Science Forum

        Posted on Mar 16, 2019

         National Youth Science Forum (NYSF)




        The National Youth Science Forums are two-week programs in January at Universities around Australia. The forum is for students moving into Year 12 who are thinking about a career in science, engineering and technology. The program has attracted over 10,000 students since its inception.


        Students are introduced to research and researchers, by encouraging the achievement of excellence in all their undertakings and by helping to develop their communication and interpersonal skills. It also fosters discussion of and interest in major national and global issues and emphasises the importance of maintaining continuing active interest in sport, arts and music. More information is available.


        Interested Young people who live or go to school in the City of Melville are invited to contact the Club’s Youth Director for more information.

        National Youth Science Forum jwh 2019-03-15 16:00:00Z 0

        Rapid disease detection saves lives in Sri Lanka

        Rapid disease detection saves lives in Sri Lanka

        Story by Dr Enoka Corea MD PhD and PDG John Kevan
        Teaching Hospital Jaffna Laboratory 
        Observing PCR equipment in operation.
        Rear.   Dr Enoka Corea, University of Colombo, PP Nadaraja Saravanapavan,
         RC Colombo South,  Dr Rajanthi Ramachandran, now Consulting Microbiologist.
        In chair.   Mark Mithulan, Microbiology Laboratory Technician.
        Rapid disease detection saves lives in Sri Lanka  Ray PHILP 2019-03-10 16:00:00Z 0

        Focus on Youth

        Posted by Ian FAIRNIE on Feb 26, 2019
        Madeline Haines and Stephanie Tory attended NYSF
        Today's meeting highlighted the investment Applecross Rotary is making to Tomorrow's leaders. We listened to presentations from the two students who attended the National Youth Science Forum in Canberra last January, our attendee at the RYLA camp, plus an update on the (re)establishment of a local Rotaract Club in the City of Melville.
        Focus on Youth Ian FAIRNIE 2019-02-25 16:00:00Z 0
        Rotary Jacaranda Festival 2018 Shauna KINNEY 2018-11-23 16:00:00Z 0
        And, the phantom cup winner is -- Shauna KINNEY 2018-11-05 16:00:00Z 0
        Aquinas College Service to Anawim John RICHARDS 2018-10-30 16:00:00Z 0
        Know a Young Scientist or Young Leader? Suresh PRABHAKARAN 2018-10-25 16:00:00Z 0

        Microscopes in Schools

        Posted by Suresh PRABHAKARAN on Oct 23, 2018
        Pictured above Suresh Prabhakaran - Applecross Rotary Youth Director, Logan Duncan-Smith - Applecross Rotary, Carmel Costin - Yidarra Catholic Primary School, Daine Burnett - St Pius X Primary School, and Cath Parry - Bateman Primary School.
        Microscopes in Schools Suresh PRABHAKARAN 2018-10-22 16:00:00Z 0
        More than 160 stallholders confirmed for this year's Rotary Jacaranda Festival! Kate ZAPPA 2018-10-13 16:00:00Z 0
        What do Rotaractors do? Dale JORDAN 2018-10-10 16:00:00Z 0

        Scatter Meeting Como Rotary

        Posted by Helen JONES-FAIRNIE on Oct 01, 2018
        Helen Jones attended the meeting at RC Como where she was hosted by Rotarian Don Swift, a distinguished chemist formerly with CSIRO.  
        Como is the largest Club in District 9465 with over 50 members, meeting Monday evenings at the Royal Perth Golf Club.  
        Scatter Meeting Como Rotary Helen JONES-FAIRNIE 2018-09-30 16:00:00Z 0
        Pride of Workmanship Award to Ash Chambers Ian FAIRNIE 2018-09-24 16:00:00Z 0

        Australian Rotary Health


        Australian Rotary Health is one of the largest independent funders of mental health research within Australia. It also provide funding into a broad range of general health areas, provide scholarships for rural medical and nursing students, as well as Indigenous health students. Australian Rotary Health provides funding into areas of health that do not readily attract funding and promotes findings to the community. It is a project supported by Australian Rotary Clubs with a broad vision to improve the health and wellbeing of all Australians. Australian Rotary Health provides funding into research areas of Mental Health, General Health and Indigenous Health and provides Rural Medicine and Nursing Scholarships.

        Australian Rotary Health John HOSKING 2018-09-23 16:00:00Z 0

        Polio Eradication

        Posted on Sep 13, 2018


        Since Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative nearly 30 years ago, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year to just 37 cases in 2016. On 15 August, 2018, Rotary announced nearly $100 million in grants to support the global effort to end polio.
        Poliomyelitis is a highly infectious disease that most commonly affects children under the age of 5. Most know it as poliovirus. The virus is spread person to person, typically through contaminated water. It can attack the nervous system, and in some instances, lead to paralysis. Although there is no cure, there is a safe and effective vaccine – one which Rotary and our partners are using to immunize over 2.5 billion children worldwide.
        Polio Eradication John HOSKING 2018-09-12 16:00:00Z 0

        Philippines Justice Immersion 2019

        Posted by John RICHARDS on Sep 11, 2018
        The Philippine Justice Immersion is a fourteen-day immersion experience from Friday 4th- Friday 18th January 2019. The trip is for those interested in exploring the work of Catholic ministries in Manila and Christian Brothers projects in Negros Occidental.
        Philippines Justice Immersion 2019  John RICHARDS 2018-09-10 16:00:00Z 0

        Our Supporters

        Posted on Sep 02, 2018
        We are extremely fortunate to have some incredible local businesses who are passionate about supporting the our work - including the hugely successful Rotary Jacaranda Festival, held each November when the trees are in full bloom
        Our Supporters 2018-09-01 16:00:00Z 0

        Polio Outbreak in South Africa

        Posted by Hamish TURNER on Aug 29, 2018
        Having seen the article on Polio in the RC –AA   and in particular the photo of the hospital ward – sent me on a   “..trip down memory lane..” I lived through a Polio outbreak in Durban (South Africa) in 1956/57.
        Polio Outbreak in South Africa Hamish TURNER 2018-08-28 16:00:00Z 0

        Why Stop Craving Happiness?

        Posted by Shauna KINNEY on Aug 28, 2018
        Iggy Tan explains how stopping the craving for happiness brings us peace and happiness. Sounds a little counter-intuitive? Read some of what he said (but we might not give away the final secret).
        Why Stop Craving Happiness? Shauna KINNEY 2018-08-27 16:00:00Z 0

        Fast Fitness at Any Age

        Posted by Shauna KINNEY on Aug 21, 2018
        One of our local businesses, Intense Health, came to breakfast to explain how to quickly stay fit at any age. Marcelo, the owner talked about how technology is helping speed up workouts for each stage of our lives.
        Tony, Bruce, and Andrew captivated by the meeting (and the Happy Dollars).
        Fast Fitness at Any Age Shauna KINNEY 2018-08-20 16:00:00Z 0

        Ben Morton MP Leadership Starts Young

        Posted by Shauna KINNEY on Aug 07, 2018
        Ben Morton, Federal MP for Tangney talks about starting in politics at the age of 12 years old. He shared his story of how the youth of his home town came together to solve serious local issues. He's added a couple more decades of experience.
        Ben Morton MP Leadership Starts Young Shauna KINNEY 2018-08-06 16:00:00Z 0

        Taking on Autistic Employees

        Posted by Shauna KINNEY on Jul 31, 2018
        Guest speaker Rhonda Chapman explained how to fit Autistic employees into a long, productive career. Her goal is to help employers make small changes to include employees in the Autism spectrum in their business.
        Taking on Autistic Employees Shauna KINNEY 2018-07-30 16:00:00Z 0

        Are your details current?

        Posted by Ray PHILP on Jul 28, 2018
        Are your contact details current in our Applecross Rotary database? We are here to help you keep in touch with our activities.
        Are your details current? Ray PHILP 2018-07-27 16:00:00Z 0

        Melville's New Rotaract Club - At Your Service!

        Posted by Suresh PRABHAKARAN on Jul 21, 2018
        Melville Rotaract Western Australia
        Pictured: Adam Luce, Suresh Prabhakaran, Rahul Suresh and Dale Jordan
        Applecross Rotary is starting up Melville's new Rotaract Club. Actually -- restarting a long-dormant club, but what is old is new and so needed in among our young professionals.
        Melville's New Rotaract Club - At Your Service! Suresh PRABHAKARAN 2018-07-20 16:00:00Z 0
        Business Networking with Kenwick Rotary Shauna KINNEY 2018-07-14 16:00:00Z 0

        Melville Rotaract Start Up

        Posted by Suresh PRABHAKARAN on Jul 12, 2018
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        We are starting up a new Rotaract Club within the City of Melville! Applecross Rotary would like to invite you – and others in your network – to attend the inaugural Meet and Greet Lunch and Rotaract Information Session on Saturday 21 July. 
        Melville Rotaract Start Up Suresh PRABHAKARAN 2018-07-11 16:00:00Z 0

        Giva' Damn Giva' Can

        Posted by Ian FAIRNIE on Jul 01, 2018
        Applecross Rotary will start collecting non-perishable groceries to donate to hungry families in Perth. Donate items like the ones pictured in this photo (nothing costs more than $4 and many of the items cost a dollar or less).
        Giva' Damn Giva' Can Ian FAIRNIE 2018-06-30 16:00:00Z 0

        Rotary 2018 - Be the Inspiration

        Posted by Ian FAIRNIE on Jun 30, 2018
        Thank you very much, if you attended the Changeover Dinner on Thursday evening.  I hope you enjoyed the music as well as the food. If you weren’t there you missed a lovely event, expertly put together by a small team led by Lorri Brazier.
        Rotary 2018 - Be the Inspiration Ian FAIRNIE 2018-06-29 16:00:00Z 0

        Russian Hospital Cambodia Hygiene Project 2017

        Posted on Jun 27, 2018
        Russian Hospital Hygiene Project in Cambodia
        In Australia, we often take sanitation and hygiene standards for granted, especially in our hospitals. However, it was discovered that at the Khmer Soviet Friendship Hospital (known locally as 'the Russian Hospital') in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, it's a very different situation.
        Government funding is not available for the work required to provide minimum sanitation hygiene in the wards and corridors of the buildings throughout the complex, which was built for 500 patients but usually has more than 620 patients, 1000 staff and many visitors.
        This project resulted from a request for assistance to the poorest of the public hospitals in the country.
        Health professionals know that simple, effective hand washing is the first step to stop the spread of infection.  The project benefits for the patients, staff and visitors in this hospital will be measured by the lower number of reported infections and reduced hospital bed days.
        Russian Hospital Cambodia Hygiene Project 2017 jwh 2018-06-26 16:00:00Z 0

        Rotary Youth Exchange

        Posted on Jun 27, 2018

        Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE)


        The Rotary Youth Exchange Program provides for the selection and sponsorship of students in the 15 -18 year age group to travel to another country to spend twelve months attending a secondary school and living with host families in that country.

        Rotary Youth Exchange jwh 2018-06-26 16:00:00Z 0


        Posted on Jun 26, 2018


        Handicamp: A week full of fun and challenges, and a lifetime of experiences.


        Handicamp provides an opportunity for young people with a disability between the ages of 18-35, to attend a one-week live-in camp assisted by staff and buddies. Applications open on 1 October for the camp which is held in mid-January of the following year for both campers and buddies.


        What is Handicamp?
        Handicamp is a week long live in camp for 18 to 35 year old people with disability, who are teamed with a "buddy" for a week of fun and adventure. The camp is based on double participation and reward, supervised by a volunteer Rotary committee and nursing support.
        Interested Young people who live, go to school or work in the City of Melville are invited to contact the Club’s Youth Director.
        Handicamp jwh 2018-06-25 16:00:00Z 0

        Applecross and Melville Rotary Clubs Art Exhibitions

        Posted on Jun 26, 2018
        The annual Rotary Art Exhibition, a joint project of the Melville and Applecross Rotary Clubs, allows artists to display their paintings to a large number of people and hopefully sell one or more their paintings.
        Over the lat25 year
        Applecross and Melville Rotary Clubs Art Exhibitions jwh 2018-06-25 16:00:00Z 0
        Mental Health Project jwh 2018-06-25 16:00:00Z 0

        Rotary District 9465 Key Contacts

        Posted on Jun 26, 2018
        ROTARY DISTRICT 9465
        The Applecross Rotary Club is one of 42 Rotary Clubs in Rotary District 9465. These Clubs are south of the Swan River in Perth and in WA south of a line from Perth to Kalgoorlie.


        Rotary District 9465 Key Contacts jwh 2018-06-25 16:00:00Z 0

        AR Indigenous Health Scholarship

        The objective of this Australian wide Australian Rotary Health program is to assist indigenous students undertake a course in a range of health-related professions. To be eligible the student must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin and undertaking and enrolled in an appropriate approved medical or heath related degree. In the selection criteria preference is given to those who have completed successfully at least the first year of tertiary education. In each year there are approximately 80 scholarships are awarded. The scholarship is $5,000 per year.
        Applecross Rotary supported a Scholarship in 2017 and has committed to a further $1,500 for 2018 which will support Monique Lucas who is in the final year of a medical degree at the University of Western Australia.
        AR Indigenous Health Scholarship John Hosking 2018-06-22 16:00:00Z 0

        Fettuccini Class and Fundraiser 9 July

        Posted by Ian FAIRNIE on Jun 17, 2018

        Learn how to make your own beautiful fettuccini with a special masterclass with renowned Chef Vince Garreffa. This is a fundraiser and cooking class to benefit rural education for kids in Bali.

        Fettuccini Class and Fundraiser 9 July Ian FAIRNIE 2018-06-16 16:00:00Z 0

        Starick Refuge Garden Clean Up

        Posted by Ian FAIRNIE on Jun 16, 2018
        Applecross Rotary teamed up with Aquinas College to give the Starick Refuge a clean up. Michael Hardie, Declan Jeffreys, and Harry Wessels helped Rotarians fix up the garden this weekend.
        Photo credit: Oliver Basson
        Starick Refuge Garden Clean Up Ian FAIRNIE 2018-06-15 16:00:00Z 0
        A Tribute to Liz Westoby Shauna KINNEY 2018-06-14 16:00:00Z 0

        DrawHistory - What is Social Branding?

        Posted by Shauna KINNEY on Jun 12, 2018

        Jeffrey Effendi and Angel Chen from DrawHistory spoke at the Tuesday 12 June breakfast meeting. We learned about how to brand social entrepreneurial programs.

        Angel Chen and Jeffrey Effendi from DrawHistory, Rotarian Jason Tay, and PE Ian Fairnie

        DrawHistory - What is Social Branding? Shauna KINNEY 2018-06-11 16:00:00Z 0

        Mercy Care's Aged Care Services

        Posted by Ian FAIRNIE
        Mercy Care is a Social Enterprise, one of around 50 providers offering services to older people in the Perth metropolitan area, as well as disability services and child care in addition to aged care. Sam Spiro is the Business Development Manager shared her experience from Mercy Care’s Aged Care Services.  
        Ray Philp and Samantha Spiro at Applecross Rotary
        Ray Philp and guest speaker Samantha Spiro
        Mercy Care's Aged Care Services Ian FAIRNIE 2018-06-05 16:00:00Z 0

        New Look for the 2018-19 Applecross Advocate

        Posted on Jun 03, 2018
        The Applecross Advocate is getting a new look for the 2018-2019 season.
        Applecross Rotary President Elect Ian Fairnie and Rotarian Kate Zappa incorporated a fresh new look into the masthead and footer.
        New Look for the 2018-19 Applecross Advocate Shauna KINNEY 2018-06-02 16:00:00Z 0

        Are You Bait for the 2019 Rotary Shark Tank?

        Posted on Apr 30, 2018
        Does your business have a vision to deliver a social impact?
        The Rotary Shark Tank is a competition among businesses working in the social initiatives in Western Australia. The Rotary Shark Tank is run by local Rotary Clubs. 
        Are You Bait for the 2019 Rotary Shark Tank? Shauna KINNEY 2018-04-29 16:00:00Z 0

        2018 Community and Business Awards

        Posted on Apr 05, 2018
        The Annual Applecross Rotary Community and Business Awards evening at Tompkins on Swan on 3 April 2018 recognised seven local residents for their work in our community.
        Greg Collins, Margot Whittington, Applecross Rotary President Chris Whelan, Committee Chair Gordon Dunbar, Jackie Omedei, Matthew Podesta with Peter Zambotti’s Award, Trish Halvorsen, Bert Giancristofaro, Michael Jackson and the Hon. Dean Nalder.
        2018 Community and Business Awards jwh 2018-04-04 16:00:00Z 0

        2018 Community and Business Awards News

        Posted on Feb 11, 2018
        Greg Collins, Margot Whittington, Chris Whelan, Gordon Dunbar, Jackie Omedei, Matthew Podesta with Peter Zambotti’s Award, Trish Halvorsen, Bert Giancristofaro, Michael Jackson and the Hon. Dean Nalder.
        2018 Community and Business Awards News jwh 2018-02-10 16:00:00Z 0

        News: Rotary Shark Tank 2018 

        Posted on Feb 04, 2018
        The Applecross Rotary inaugural Rotary Shark Tank Event was held on 7 March 2018. Four of the finalists presented their pitch for support to a panel of Sharks. Pictured above are (L-R) Kohen Grogan and Dylan Smith (Sharks), Geraldine Maddrell and Stuart McLay (Finalists), Ian Costley and Deborah Barker (Sharks), and Darren Lomman and Kirsten Shearn (Finalists).
        News: Rotary Shark Tank 2018 jwh 2018-02-03 16:00:00Z 0

        Rotary Jacaranda Festival 2017

        Posted on Nov 27, 2017
        The 2017 Rotary Jacaranda Festival was held Saturday 25 November in Ardross Street, Applecross.
        Perfect weather, over 145 stalls, 2 entertainment stages, a food area, children's  area and many thousands of visitors - in fact it was our biggest event to date!


        Rotary Jacaranda Festival 2017 jwh 2017-11-26 16:00:00Z 0

        Supported 2016 - 17

        Posted on Jul 13, 2017
        TRUE BLUE DREAMING PROJECTTrue Blue Dreaming, is committed to supporting and strengthening young lives in rural and remote Australian communities.
        Supported 2016 - 17 2017-07-12 16:00:00Z 0
        Supported 2015 - 16 2017-07-12 16:00:00Z 0
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        Applecross Rotary - Legends on the Record

        Posted on Jan 20, 2017

        VALE Professor Ray Wales

        Ray was the first of our longer serving members to speak at Club breakfasts. It's an initiative we're undertaking having realised that many members may know little of their secret past. 

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        Rotary Jacaranda Festival

        Posted on Dec 01, 2016
        Awash with purple, Ardross Street in Applecross Village came alive on Saturday 26 November for our much-loved Rotary Jacaranda Festival.
        Despite the heat – it reached a scorching 38 degrees – more than 8,000 people came together for the biggest event we’ve put on to date.
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        RYLA Contact

        Posted on Oct 28, 2016


        The Rotary Club of Applecross is seeking applications for 2017 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. Applications close on 30th November 2016.
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        Rotary in WA Driver Education

        Posted on Sep 03, 2016

        Rotary in WA Driver Education (RWADE)


        Rotary in WA Driver Education is a program adopted by Rotary Clubs in both Districts 9455 and 9465. It is the strong preference of WA Police, RAC, and other supporting organisations that a common approach across WA be implemented and that it be subject to continuous improvement.

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        Applecross Community Planting

        Posted on Aug 15, 2016
        On Sunday July 30th, the City of Melville held their 2017 Planting Day at the Jeff Joseph Reserve in Applecross. Kate Zappa from the Rotary Club of Applecross produced promotional materials; the call was answered by 60 volunteers from Aquinas College, Waylen Bay Sea Scouts, Rotaract Club of South Perth, Rotary Club of Elizabeth Quay, Rotary Club of Applecross and the general community.
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        Birthing Clinic Timor-Leste

        Posted on Aug 12, 2016
        Birthing Clinic external area to the left of the main entrance
        Funding was obtained in 2014 from the Rotary Club of Applecross, a Rotary District 9465 Grant, the Rotary Club of Dili in Timor-Leste and The Cooperative Café Timor. The Clinic treats over 1000 general and maternity patients each year of the 12,000 persons in the area who use the facility. Maternity and infant mortality rates in Timor-Leste are amongst the highest in south east Asia with only 18% attended by skilled birth personnel and only 22% take place in a health facility.
        The Birthing Clinic at the Cooperative Café Timor in the rural area of Aifu in Timor-Leste involved the renovation, extension and fitting out of a building at the Cooperative Café Timor, one of the largest rural non-government primary care providers in the country.
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        Vegetable Garden Project South Africa

        Posted on Aug 05, 2016
        The objective of this project was to establish and assist in the management of a sustainable vegetable garden in order to produce a range of vegetables sufficient to feed all children and staff at the Lily of the Valley Children's Village, Kwa-Zulu, Natal, South Africa.
        The orphanage, Lily of the Valley, (LOV) is situated midway between Durban and Pietermaritzburg in the Province of Kwa Zulu Natal, a district known for its natural beauty and known as “The Valley of the 1000 Hills”. LOV cares for about 122 orphans who were mostly orphaned as a result of the Aids epidemic in Africa.
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        Club History

        Posted on Aug 04, 2016
        Applecross Rotary has a long history of achieving positive outcomes, both in our local community and further afield.
        Chartered on 2 June 1971, with 32 members, the Club has and continues to support and nurture leadership; strive to improve the world and create opportunities for others; and foster friendships.
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        Stallholder information

        The Rotary Jacaranda Festival is one of our Club's biggest community initiatives and  will run again on SUNDAY 24 November 2024. 
        It's certainly one of our favourite days of the year, and, judging from the feedback we receive, the Rotary Jacaranda Festival is also a firm favourite among stallholders too!
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        Perth Makers Market

        Posted on Jul 29, 2016
        The Rotary Club of Applecross provides assistance with car park and pedestrian management outside the  Perth Makers Market. A market event is held on a Sunday, every 2 months, at the Heathcote Cultural Precinct in Applecross. 
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        Posted on Jul 29, 2016
        True Blue Dreaming, http://www.truebluedreaming.org.au/,  is committed to supporting and strengthening young lives in rural and remote communities. It is a youth and community development mentoring program engaging young people aged 12-18 in rural and remote Australia. Their programs have been successfully delivered in the Wheatbelt, Kimberley and Pilbara regions of Western Australia since 2004. True Blue Dreaming Inc. is a registered not for profit charity.
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        Applecross News

        Posted on Jul 25, 2016
        The 2017 Rotary Jacaranda Festival 
        was held Saturday 25 November in Ardross Street, Applecross Village. Perfect weather, over 145 stalls, 2 entertainment stages, a food area, children's area and a many thousands of visitors.
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        AMR Awareness Project

        Posted on Jun 18, 2016

        Professor Tim Inglis and Dr Barry Mendelawitz Applecross Rotary Members and Project leaders

           Key facts
        • Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today.
        • Antibiotic resistance can affect anyone, of any age, in any country.
        • Antibiotic resistance occurs naturally, but misuse of antibiotics in humans and animals is accelerating the process.
        • A growing number of infections – such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, and gonorrhoea – are becoming harder to treat as the antibiotics used to treat them become less effective.
        • Antibiotic resistance leads to longer hospital stays, higher medical costs and increased mortality.
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        Applecross Rotary Opportunities for Youth

        Posted on Jun 10, 2016
        Interested Young people who live, go to school or work in the City of Melville are invited to contact the Club’s Youth Director for more information about the following opportunities.
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        Pathology Laboratory Equipment & Training - Sri Lanka 2016

        The Rotary Club of Applecross Inc, and the Rotary Club of Colombo South submitted an application for a Global Grant project to provide Pathology Laboratory Equipment & Training in some hospitals in Sri Lanka. The project was initiated by agreement with the District Governor of D3220 (Sri Lanka) and District Governor Melodie Kevan D9465 (Western Australia).   The Project was approved by the Rotary Foundation on 5 February 2016. Applecross Rotary Project Team Members were Professor Tim Inglis, Dr Barry Mendelawitz and PDG John Kevan.
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          2016 Community and Business Awards

          Posted on May 12, 2016
          The Rotary Club of Applecross is proud to present awards to individuals and organisations that have provided exceptional service in the local community or local business environment. Recipients of these awards can be volunteers or professionals who take great pride in their work but who don't always receive recognition for their love of humanity, free use of their own time, or their goodwill to others. People in business who have provided a very special service and/or who take pride in their work and are a great role model for others can be recognised for their outstanding business ethics and skills.
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          About Us

          Posted on Apr 07, 2016
          We're an eclectic group of approximately 45 men and women between the ages of 20 and 80 who come from all walks of life.
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