Issue 29 of 2017-2018: 21 January 2018

  • 29 January 2018 Applications for District 9465 Membership and Club Building Grants program close on 29 January 2018 - see details below.
  • 23 February 2018 Baldivis Charter Party - see details below
  • 23 February 2018 The inaugural Wear a Rotary Shirt Day - see full details below.
  • 16 March 2018 district officers training (at District Conference)
  • 16-18 March 2018 District 9465 Conference at Margaret River. 
  • 14-15 April 2018 president elect training seminar
  • 28-29 April 2018 club officer training (Goldfields) - includes Foundation grants management and governance seminars
  • 6 May 2018 club officer training (Metropolitan) - includes Foundation grants management and governance seminars
  • 20 May 2018 club officer training (Collie) - includes Foundation grants management and governance seminars
  • 24-27 June 2018 Rotary International Convention, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
DISTRICT 9465 2018 CONFERENCE - Margaret River
16 - 18 March 2018
(Click on the picture for video)
The Margaret River 2018 District Conference bookings are available now at: 
Any other enquiries should be sent to conferenceregistrations@rotary9465.org.au.
Speakers include Fred Chaney AO, Senior Australian of the Year 2014 and Marcus Stafford CEO of Multiple Sclerosis WA. 
2018-19 RI President Barry Rassin wants Rotary members to Be the Inspiration
Rotary International President-elect Barry Rassin laid out his vision for the future of the organisation on Sunday, calling on leaders to work for a sustainable future and to inspire Rotarians and the community at large.
Rassin, a member of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, unveiled the 2018-19 presidential theme, Be the Inspiration, to incoming district governors at Rotary’s International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA. “I want you to inspire in your clubs, your Rotarians, that desire for something greater. The drive to do more, to be more, to create something that will live beyond each of us.”
2018-19 RI President Barry Rassin announces his presidential theme, Be the Inspiration, at Rotary's International Assembly.

Vocational Service - The Essence of Rotary

The Object of Rotary is a philosophical statement of Rotary’s purpose and the responsibilities of Rotarians. The concept of vocational service is embedded in the second Object, which calls on Rotarians to “encourage and foster”:

  • High ethical standards in business and professions.
  • The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations.
  • The dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society.

As a Rotarian, how can you put these ideals into action? Consider these suggestions:

  • Talk about your vocation in your club, and take time to learn about fellow members’ vocations.
  • Use your professional or other skills to serve a community through a project.
  • Practice your vocation with integrity, and inspire others to behave ethically through your own words and actions.
  • Help a young person achieve their career aspirations.
  • Guide and encourage others in their professional development.

If you do any of these things, you are performing vocational service. And if vocational service motivates and interests you, then you’re in the right place, because it is the very essence of Rotary. It is what sets Rotary apart from other service organisations and is apparent in every avenue of service.

At club level, this means being able to identify the vocational skills of our members and others. For example, we have access to engineers and builders who can help us build a school in a remote community, we have access to doctors and nurses who can provide medical support where it’s really needed and teachers who can provide skills to assist with many Rotary youth development programs and in vocational training in developing countries where such skills are needed. The list is endless.

The only unique feature of Rotary is vocational service; everything else that we do is repeated by some other organisation. If we have a special message or mission in the world that is unique to ourselves, it lies only in the realm of vocational service.

- T.A. Warren, Past RI President 1945-1946

Vocational Service as a Membership & Public Image tool

Vocational Service should be seen as a part of every avenue of service and also as a potential marketing tool for membership development and enhancement of public image.

Enhancing public image and awareness leads to more members and then to more service projects, contributing to an even better public image. When we talk to people about engaging in Rotary projects, it is most often their skills and experience that they have to offer. Vocational Service is basic to our organisation. When we join Rotary, we identify with our vocational experience, which requires that each club knows about the diverse experience it has available for project work. What do you know about the vocations of your club members or others in your community that could help with projects?

The Power of One – Means You!

Every Rotary project anywhere in the world started with one person who had an idea – and they developed and grew that idea using the huge, powerful network of Rotary to really make a difference. Ideas are only limited by your imagination and your willingness to ask the organisations and people in your community for their support, and in doing so, offering them the opportunity of a lifetime to be part of something great – a highly diverse and reputable international organisation which is anchored by its strong ethical core values. Rotary is in the business of making a difference, of restoring pride and dignity and of saving and improving lives of those who didn’t get our opportunities. We realise the difference a little of our time can make, what our skills can bring, by working together, sharing our talents, our knowledge and our experience with others, and by doing what we can, when we can with whatever time we have. This allows every one of us to continue to change lives and our communities for the better, by working together and doing all we can to identify people who want to help in what we do.

The goal of a person doing business is not only to earn a living. The purpose is to be a contributing member of the community, to make the community stronger, and to help make other people’s lives better.

– (Sakuji Tanaka, Past RI President 2012-2013)

Please join me in celebrating Vocational Service month by promoting the ethical core values of Rotary and doing something to gain a better understanding of the diverse vocational talents of each of your club members. You never know what you may find that could engage more of them.

We should not live for ourselves alone, but for the joy in doing good for others.

(Arch c. Klumph)

*Extract from Rotary District 9800 web site.
FEBRUARY IS Peace and Conflict Prevention / Resolution MONTH
TO ALL ROTARY CLUBS IN DISTRICT 9465: A call for expressions of interest
Thanks to the generosity of the Melville City Football Club (soccer), our club has over 100 superseded football kits - mainly jerseys and shorts but with some extra gear (socks, sunglasses).
Most are green and gold (a few other colours). The majority of the jerseys have the Melville City logo, so are probably best suited for remoter communities. All the shorts and other items have makers' logos etc but are otherwise unmarked.
All the items are clean and in excellent condition, many are still in their original packages.
If you are supporting sporting or community groups that can make productive use of any of these items, please send details to secretary@rcbooragoon.com.
By agreement with the Melville City Football Club, first preference will be to have them go to communities and groups in Western Australia but clubs with relevant programs elsewhere in Australia or overseas are also welcome to apply.
The District 9465 Office and hall at 39 Sandgate Street South Perth is being demolished and we are moving into new premises nearby. So on Saturday 27 January and Sunday 28 January 2018 between 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM we will be holding a demolition sale at Sandgate Street. Please look at the attached advertisement for the items that will be offered for sale. 
Any further information call President Jan on 0407 442 136 or email at jandale@iinet.net.au 
If you have problems with booking please contact Baldivis Rotary Club President Leanne Knowler at:
Mobile:  0430 572 901
The inaugural Wear a Rotary Shirt Day will be held on 23 February 2018.  The purpose of the day is a no cost marketing activity to create more awareness of Rotary. Each Rotarian is asked to wear a Rotary shirt all day to create conversation and get people to ask What is Rotary?
This is an initiative from our District that is now Australia wide and possibly world wide in the future.
1.2 million trees before Earth Day on 22 April 2018
Our very own RI President Ian Riseley and partner Juliet, have asked all clubs to assist their goal of planting one tree for every Rotarian - 1.2 million before Earth Day on April 22, 2018. See the brochure here for further details.
Can this be your club's way to show the world you're Making a Difference?? 
NEPAL TREK Annapurna 2018
Join ShelterBox Nepal Trek between 3-16 September 2018 and help ensure no family goes without shelter following a disaster or humanitarian crisis. See the flyer here! 
  • Help ShelterBox rebuild communities after disaster strikes
  • Experience the majesty and mysticism of the Himalayas
  • Immerse yourself in the spectacular scenery of Nepal’s Annapurna region
  • Discover bustling Kathmandu, the beating heart of Nepal
Get more information and register:
Tel: 1300 905 188
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