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An old friend came to visit us this morning and gave us an update on his Travel Agency and a reminder of the benefits of using a quality Travel Agent over DIY online bookings for your dream holiday. 
Dave Ahlhauser of italktravel Midland said the "Internet is for looking - [your] Travel Agent is for booking" and he gave us some examples of the many pitfalls some travellers have experienced when booking online.  There are fraudulent sites and reviews that are no more than paid ads so the internet is only as good as the user and many don't explore all the facts, they often just go for the bargain.  However, cheap can have hidden costs like poor flight times, bad connections, long stopovers and no backup for the unexpected.  Don't get caught - contact Dave at to make your dream holiday become a reality.
We had our annual Christmas meeting this morning and it was an action packed meeting.  It all started with President Ron providing us with an update of what our club has achieved this year.
Today's guest speaker, Timothy Green, pitched his concept to us for a community event that combines all thing Medieval with the staple food of that era, bread.  He suggested a family friendly event which included dressing up for the occasion, having tables of food reflective of those times, community baking competitions, cooking workshops and dough making, arts and crafts, music and maybe even some archery and jousting exhibitions. He called it "Breadieval".
But was that really his message of the day? Or was his message much more powerful?
It appears Timothy may be aiming much higher and pushing himself to face his fear head-on by taking part in the "100 Days of Rejection challenge" where participants actively seek ways to be rejected day after day, for 100 days, so that they become desensitised to the pain that "no" can cause.  But along the way, they learn many, many valuable lessons that will help them to achieve great things and live their life to the fullest.
Well done Timothy and best wishes for success in your bright future.
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Member Colin and his wife Judy recently returned from a trip to Jordan and Israel.  Although they started with a trip down the Danube and Rhine where everything was lush and green, their first stop, in Oman, Jordan, reminded them they were now in the desert.
They took in many fantastic sites and enjoyed many new experiences including the beautiful pink city of Petra and eating in a bedouin tent in Wadi Rum where Lawrence of Arabia made his mark. They effortlessly floated in the salty Dead Sea and climbed (via a chairlift) to Masada, an old fortress atop a mesa. And further on, they saw where fresh water was taken from the Sea of Galilee to irrigate the lands and turn the deserts green. 
Few can claim a more thorough account of early Western Australian history than our member Gren who's ancestor Joseph Thomas Reilly recorded an amazing report of the trials and difficulties experienced in the early life and settlement of Western Australia. With his wife Mary Lucille, a teacher at age 14 who was one of the first born and schooled in the new Swan River Colony, years before records were kept, and as a newspaperman and entrepreneurial businessman himself, J T Reilly was in a prime position to write his memoirs and preserve our history forever.  We thanked Gren this week for sharing a brief glimpse of his family's history.
With horses straight from the Kendall's "LEGO" Stables, we celebrated Melbourne Cup Day with a few races of our very own!  The ladies donned their most fascinating fascinators and the men, well they came as themselves!  We had a few guests and lots of winners and more than a few laughs for an enjoyable day.   
Another week during renovations of our usual meeting place, our member Michael brought along his caravan to give us all a little taste of why he loves life on the road.  He and wife Robyn have recently returned from another trip across the Nullabor to visit their family.  While away, they partied with the ladies of an Inner Wheel Changeover in Brisbane and said "they sure know how to let their grey hair down"!  
Belmont Tavern has recently undergone some major renovations and we've had a bit of disruption for a few weeks and still have some issues to sort through.  One week we took the opportunity to check out the local cafe "Sapore's" with great results.  We had a delicious and very social brekkie!  
At a recent meeting, Past President Dianne Reed presented our member and Past District Governor Hugh Langridge with a limited edition medallion commemorating this year's Rotary Foundation Centennial.  Dianne brought the medallion back from Atlanta, Georgia, USA after attending this year's Rotary International Convention as a small token to thank Hugh for the many years of wonderful work he has contributed to The Rotary Foundation. 
We recently awarded a part sponsorship to 8 year old Gracean Alago so that she could represent Australia at the SEMAS International Abacus Math Championship in Thailand and we were proud and pleased to hear this week, that Grace won the Super Champion trophy and another one, a performer trophy, in their on-stage talent show.  Our congratulations go to Grace for a fantastic result, for herself and for Australia!  
BRICKTOBER Perth is the Rotary Club of Ascot's gift to our Community and we've just wrapped up another very successful event over the weekend. BRICKTOBER Perth is a family-friendly exhibition of models built by the Lego┬« fans of Perth and gives local families a special day out in the October school holidays.
If success is measured by smiling faces, it was an enormous success! And the feedback from our community is heartwarming and makes our hard work so worthwhile. 
Here's a few of their comments:
"Thank you to the organizers of Bricktober - Perth for opening an hour early this morning for kids with special needs.  Both our boys absolutely loved the displays and it was beautiful to see them enjoying something like this, which wouldn't have been possible in a general public session.  It's the first activity like this that we have stayed at longer than 10 minutes! And all the exhibitors were incredibly friendly and welcoming.  We need more organizers to do this type of thing.  Thank you again." - Amanda Christie
"What an awesome family focussed event!  Absolutely fantastic we were thrilled with everything!  I'm sure it will be an annual family trip up from Busselton!" - Melanie Jarman
For almost a lifetime, Geoff Martin suffered social anxiety due to stuttering.  But he is now a proficient public speaker and he proved just that this week when he told us that at the age of 56 he was introduced to The McGuire Programme and through a huge effort on his part, and guts and determination, he overcame his stutter.
Geoff is now heavily involved in mentoring others, through not only that program, but also Australian Speak Easy Association and Toastmasters. We congratulate Geoff on his success and applaud him for now helping others to take back control of their lives too.
The McGuire Programme
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For several years now, the Rotary Club of Ascot has funded water and sanitation projects in Timor Leste.
Most of these projects involve bringing water via poly pipes from mountain springs down to hamlets, villages and now schools, sometimes up to 15 kilometres away, to a series of tanks and tap stands accessible to the resident locals. The water and ablution blocks we've had installed have made a significant difference to the health and welfare of the local children who would otherwise be engaged in carrying water for their family and animals and now frees them to attend school.  In addition, where there was once a high incidence of diseases related to poor hygiene such as scabies and diarrhoea, the general health and appearance of villagers has been dramatically improved.  
While we've provided the funding, all materials are sourced locally and labour is done by the villagers who gladly take ownership of the project and ensure maintenance is done as necessary.
Several of our Rotarians have recently returned from a site visit and we've now been advised a sixth project has just been completed giving the isolated village of Mulara, Hatulia, fresh drinking water all 12 months of the year after raising the pipe above a river which floods during the wet season.   
The Rotary Club of Ascot recently donated two vehicles to Starick, a local organisation in Perth's south-east metropolitan area, to assist them to better provide their services to women and children affected by domestic violence. This article appeared in this week's local newspaper, the Southern Gazette.