Issue 11 of 2017-2018: 10 September 2017
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Dates to plan for or keep open 
  • 24 October - Rotary's World Polio Day Livestream Event

  • 30 October-5 November - World Interact Week

  • 31 December 2017 Last day for 'early bird' 9465 Conference registrations

  • 14-20 January 2018 International Assembly, San Diego, California, USA
  • 16 March 2018 district officers training
  • 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 Committee has opened My Booking Manager for ‘Early Bird’ registrations which incorporates are small financial saving if payment occurs prior to 31 December 2017. Bookings are available now at: 
Any other enquiries should be sent to
Education and literacy throughout Rotary’s history
In March 1930, Ray Lyman Wilbur, the United States Secretary of the Interior, asked Rotary and other service organizations to take an active leadership role in the reduction of illiteracy in the United States. Rotary Clubs across the US took Wilbur’s requested seriously:
  • The Rotary Club of Martinsville, Virginia, sponsored a talent show with proceeds supporting adult literacy classes.
  • Members of the Rotary Club of Blairsville, Pennsylvania offered a class on reading and writing for local adults.
  • The Rotary Club of Ada, Ohio, surveyed the educational needs of children and adults in a nearby farming community and with the help of other local service organisations, began offering classes in reading and writing. 
During the 1930-31 Rotary year, Rotary clubs began to recognize the importance of supporting general education. The Rotary Club of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, established a loan fund to help boys finish high school, and by August 1930 had helped to fund the high school educations of nearly 100 boys.
In 1962, Rotary brought literacy and education to the forefront of club service activities once again, and clubs submitted information on initiatives they had undertaken in support of literacy and education. In El Salvador, the Rotary Club of Santa Ana established a school to improve literacy in the region; in the United States, four area schools received books, paper, chalkboards, pencils and other teaching materials from the Rotary Club of Indianapolis, Indiana. The Rotary Club of Anand, India, reported an ongoing program of supplying teaching materials to schools.
Starting in 1965, matching grants provided financial support for clubs and districts, making it possible for them to undertake larger-scale projects. One early grant awarded under this program had a unique educational focus. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Jerusalem, Jordan, this project provided materials in Braille for blind persons using the Arabic language.
Throughout the 1970s, education and literacy continued to be a popular area of focus for Rotary clubs. Taking note of the rising number of literacy and education based service projects conducted by Rotary clubs worldwide, The Rotarian dedicated much of its April 1979 issue to these efforts. One of the projects profiled was in Venezuela, where the Rotary Club of Chachao funded and built the Paul Harris Library, which provided local citizens with books as well as classes in art and literature.
Looking towards our future
Rotary’s strong support for literacy and education based initiatives has extended into the 21st century. When we launched our new grants program in 2013, education and literacy was identified as one of the areas where we would focus our support. Today, foundation funded projects meet new criteria, engaging and involving the local community and focusing on creating a sustainable impact. In 2014-15, The Rotary Foundation awarded 133 grants in the area of education and literacy, totalling $8 million!
Last year the Rotary foundation celebrated it’s centennial, 100 years of Rotary members changing lives and improving communities all over the world. Members have supported thousands of projects to improve basic education and literacy. As we celebrate decades of commitment to support this basic human right, we look towards the future and focus on how we can address current challenges and look for innovative solutions to further boost literacy.
Have you ever wished that there was one kitchen aid that ‘did it all’, well this is it, the Thermomix!
The most advanced kitchen appliance around, Thermomix unites the functions of 12 appliances in one compact unit.  Thermomix can add a new dimension to your kitchen. Take a look at this kitchen marvel at:
So here is your chance to win a Thermomix and support Rotary’s works locally, nationally and internationally. The Rotary Club of Kenwick is raffling a Thermomix valued at $2100. Tickets are $20 each, available from Trybooking at:
The winner will be drawn on 25 October 2017 & the winner will be advised. 
Licence number LS210458217
Please support this raffle by purchasing tickets yourself, promoting it to your family, friends, neighbours and colleagues.
Any queries please contact Kay Phipps on 0438885494 or
Secrets At Sunrise is an emotionally gripping story of the dramatic fight to save one of the world’s rarest birds, the Western Ground Parrot, from extinction. The documentary from Riggs Australia, supported by Friends of the Western Ground Parrot, follows the recovery team of wildlife specialists and volunteers from the remote Cape Arid National Park, where it is estimated less than 150 individuals of this critically endangered bird survive, to Perth Zoo where attempts are underway to breed the bird in captivity.
The documentary has received wide acclaim at all screenings to-date. Upcoming screenings will be held at:
  • Margaret River Cultural Centre on 7 September 2017 at 2 PM hosted by Arts Margaret River. Tickets from
  • Geraldton at the Queens Park Theatre on 8 September at 6 PM. This is a free community screening as part of the WA Threatened Species Forum hosted by NRM WA and WA’s seven regional NRM groups, together with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.
  • Perth Zoo will host its second screening of Secrets At Sunrise on Saturday 16 September 2017 at 3 PM. This screening will be accompanied by the launch of a mural of Western Ground Parrots at the Zoo by artist Brenton See.
Half the profits from the documentary and all donations go to Friends of the Western Ground Parrot and their support for the Western Ground Parrot recovery project (
View the official trailer and teaser for Secrets At Sunrise at and
"One-in-seven children will experience mental illness by the time they are fourteen (14). They are the State's forgotten children and Australian Rotary Health is Lifting the Lid on Mental Health and Our Kids.
If you are (or have ever been). concerned about the mental wellbeing of children, come to the University of WA on Wednesday 13 September 2017 to hear the highly-regarded Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Adelaide, Professor Michael Sawyer OAM speak assisted by a panel of some of WA’s top researchers in the field.
Please share this wonderful opportunity with everyone who would wish to attend.

Australian Rotary Health is the nation’s largest private funder of mental health research. For more about the research grants and scholarships available  at”
The Rotary Club of Como is holding its  6th Annual Car Show on Sunday 1 October 2017 at Wesley College, South Perth commencing 10am.
On display will be around 200 classic, vintage, exotic and luxury cars and over 2000 people are expected to attend.
Admission is $10 adults, $8 concession and gold coin for children under 18. All proceeds from the car show will benefit Rotary and Wesley  community charities.
Click here for the Flyer.                                                                        Click here  for the website.

11 October 2017 Business in Mandurah – Networking Host: Rotary Club of Mandurah Our hosts for the first BiG Event of the year is our local Rotary Club. Click here for the Flyer.
Travel with a purpose … Hop On – Hop Off and join with the Muster for Mental Health; a mental health fundraising and awareness initiative of Australian Rotary Health with a drive from Perth to Adelaide from 12 October to 7 November 2017. Join our journey around Australia while on the road for mental health.
Everything you need to know can be found in the invitation and at
The Rotary Club of Scarborough (District 9455) is having a Quiz Night at the Belmont Sports and RecreationClub Cnr Abernathy Road and Keane Street Belmont.
When: Friday 13 October 2017
More information is you need it from Jenny Mott 0422 604 144
The White Lakes Brewing Rockingham Beach Cup 
Friday 10 November, Saturday 11 November and Sunday 12 November 2017 
ROCKINGHAM’S second Beach Cup horse racing carnival, run by the Rotary Club of Palm Beach, will be bigger and better this year. The White Lakes Brewing Rockingham Beach Cup will grow from two days to three, running across 10, 11 and 12 November 2017 and will start with a golfing tournament on the Friday at Secret Harbour’s Scottish links-style course.
Saturday will be packed with the City of Rockingham Community Arts Festival on the waterfront, an elite invitation-only foot race, two criterium bike races (one male, one female) and climax with a lavish gala dinner and auction at night. Carnival attractions will include kids’ rides, performances on the stage, street performers, buskers, pop-up restaurants, sculptors, photographers, wood turners, a black smith pottery and glass displays.
Six horse races on Rockingham’s main beach on Sunday will climax the big weekend. Fashions on the Sand will be another Sunday drawcard, alongside the continuing community carnival. 
Two ticket-entry marquees will be erected near the finishing post this year. Pre-release ticket sales (for sponsors, Rotarians and other special interest groups) will start on 30 August 2017.  Tickets sales to the general public will commence 5 September 2017.
1.2 million 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?? 
Applications for RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards)
for 2018 are open now!
RYLA is an intensive eight-day program designed for 18-28 year olds with leadership potential and a commitment to community service. The program is a unique opportunity aimed to bring participants out of their comfort zone and challenge them to think outside the square while actively using and building on their existing skills and knowledge.
RYLA includes seminars, workshops, physical activities and team games relating to areas including Communication and Public Speaking, Leadership, Team Work and Group Dynamics, Problem Solving and Decision Making, Goal Setting, Time Management and Self Awareness and Emotional Intelligence.
Applicants are interviewed prior to acceptance onto RYLA.  Successful applicants will have the energy, commitment and motivation to develop their leadership potential and be willing to challenge themselves physically and mentally over the course of the program.
RYLA is held at the Serpentine Camping Centre from Saturday 13th January – Saturday 20th January 2018.
Rotary Club Sponsorship for a RYLA participant is $800, and the participant contribution is $250.  This includes all activities, accommodation and meals for the week.
See the RYLA flyer here.
The application form is available online - click here
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Issue 11 of 2017-2018: 10 September 2017