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Ascot

We meet Tuesdays at 7:00 AM
Belmont Tavern
174 Wright Street
Belmont, WA  6104
Australia
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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 www.mcguireprogramme.com
Australian Speak Easy Association http://www.speakeasy.org.au
Toastmaster WA https://toastmastersd17.org/
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.