Rotary Club of Ascot 

District 9465 Western Australia 


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Hosted by the Ascot Rotary Club
We meet Tuesdays at 7.00 am
at the Belmont Tavern
174 Wright Street
Belmont, WA 6104
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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
Australian Speak Easy Association
Toastmaster WA
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.   
Bridget Curran, the Local History Curator at Belmont Museum gave an interesting and entertaining account of early life in Belmont at this week's meeting.  
Having recently returned from Northern Thailand, Christine Goss, showed some photos of the highlights of her trip, including a visit to Elephant Nature Park near Chiang Mai where she was able to walk among rescued elephants and feed and bath them.    
 "However each of us chooses to serve, we do it because we know our service makes a difference in the lives of others. Whether we are building a new playground or a new school, improving medical care or sanitation, training conflict mediators or midwives, we know that the work we do will change people's lives - in ways large and small - for the better".  Ian H S Riseley, President, Rotary International 2017-18
It is with sadness that we learned this week of the passing on Saturday 22 July 2017 of our most esteemed member, Norman Bell.
Norm passed peacefully at the age of 99 years having spent more than half his life devoted to Rotary.
Originally a member of Belmont, Norm became a founding member of the Rotary Club of Ascot in 1969, our District Governor in 1970-71, our Club President in 1990-91 and continued to work tirelessly for our club, our district and our community for more than 50 years. 
Norm was a true gentle man in every sense and our friend and mentor. He will be sadly missed and our sincere and deepest sympathy goes to his children and their families. 
This week's guest speaker, Natalie Wong of RAC's Community Education centre, told us about how they are helping to keep road users safer by educating us to make better decisions behind the wheel, travel at safer speeds and drive safer vehicles and they are proactive in highlighting roads for improvements. One of their initiatives in the RAC Intellibus, currently on trial in South Perth.  To book a seat on this driver-less bus, check out
This month, the Rotary Club of Ascot awarded a part scholarship of $750 from its Arthur Bray Foundation to eight year old Gracean Alago who came along to our meeting this week with her mother Brenda.  
Grace, who attends Notre Dame Catholic Primary School, has been selected to represent Australia in the International Abacus Math competition in Bangkok, Thailand on 1 October 2017 where she will compete at level 10 against kids from 14 other countries. 
By attending Perth's SEMAS Academy, Grace has learned not only to use an Abacus which has been around for centuries, but by picturing one in her mind, she is able to make complex calculations in her head. Her demonstrations of this brought much applause from our members at this week's meeting as she was able to provide accurate answers faster than we could with our calculators. 
Well done Grace and Good Luck in Bagkok!  
This week's speaker was Sgt Paul Daly, a Police Officer of 21 years who has twice been awarded Western Australian Police Officer of the Year.
Paul told us this week, at age 17 his life lacked direction until he was selected to take part in a Rotary Youth Exchange to USA. While recounting some of his amazing experiences, Paul said his host families became guiding lights in his life and they, and the opportunities he was given, helped to shape his future.
Paul is a strong advocate for the program and welcomed the idea that our club was again considering participating and encouraged us to keep in touch with our students as they are our future assets. 
President Mike Bermann officially handed over the gavel to incoming President Ron Alexander at Mt Lawley Golf Club on the weekend.  It was the culmination of another very successful year for the club and one that saw outgoing President Mike overwhelmingly voted "Rotarian of the Year" by our club members.
Our member Gren Courtland entertained us this week with an article he found hidden in this filing cabinet since 1978.