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Ascot

2nd and 4th Tuesday at 7:00AM
Belmont Tavern
174 Wright Street
Belmont, WA  6104
Australia
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October 2018
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At breakfast on 14 August 2018 President Aidan had the pleasure of welcoming the guest speakers Kathleen and Nicolle from Starick
At this meeting this week we welcomed guest speakers Steve Archibald and Jason King.  Steve and Jason spoke about their passion of giving back to the community by raising funds for the Cambodia School Construction Project.
 
After another successful year for the Rotary Club of Ascot, outgoing President Ron Alexander handed over proceedings to incoming President Aidan Wood at Mount Lawley Golf Club this weekend. But before doing so, he announced PP Mike Bermann as the Club's Rotarian of the Year and presented Paul Harris Fellows to members PDG Hugh Langridge, PP Christine Goss and PP Mike Bermann for their contributions throughout the year. 
The Rotary Club of Ascot have been proud supporters of Wheels for Hope again this year, helping another two families in Perth with wheelchair assist hoist vans.  Its another way that support for our Club and our annual community event Bricktober, helps us to make a difference in Perth, Western Australia.
Its almost time for Bricktober 2018, so the members of the Rotary Club of Ascot and our friends at West Coast LUG (LEGO Users Group) have been out and about promoting this fabulous family event.  There were smiles everywhere at the recent Model Train show!  
Each year, The Rotary Club of Ascot puts forward the name of at least one outstanding student with a passion for science to participate in a 12 day NYSF residential program designed to give attendees a broader understanding of the diverse study and career options available in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  This year, Esther Nixon of Ursula Frayne Catholic College attended the first program run in Brisbane and returned to tell us about her experiences which she said were life changing.  The program included site visits, lectures, workshops, group activities and social events as well as sessions on entrepreneurship, critical thinking, working effectively with others and much more and helps develop well-rounded individuals who have the skills and confidence to determine their futures.  Esther wants to become a Doctor and we wish her great success for her future.  
 
The Rotary Club of Ascot formally celebrated its 49th Birthday with a most enjoyable night at Bentley Pines Training Restaurant, Bentley.  Thirty-seven members, partners and friends enjoyed a superb three course meal prepared and served by Bentley TAFE hospitality and cookery students and their results were first class.  A fabulous night out! 
 
The Rotary Clubs of Ascot and Belmont have teamed to support another amazing community youth project run by Dismantle for at-risk kids at our local high school. BikeRescue is a dynamic program that uses bike mechanics to mentor young people who need support beyond traditional classrooms. The kids strip and rebuild two bikes, the first is donated to charity and the second is earned by the kids to keep.  Mentors engage with the kids, helping them to build their knowledge and skills, their self-esteem and confidence while identifying their vocational ambitions and any challenges they may have.  The kids then graduate not only with a bike but with an individualised Pathway Plan and contact with appropriate support agencies that can help them to achieve their goals. 
Warmly welcomed back to our Club recently was Keetah McBeath who first came to WA in 2008 with a Group Study Exchange from District 5050 British Columbia, Canada and Washington, USA.  Keetah is of the Ononadago Clear Sky people of the Six Nations in Ontario and represented them as part of our District's first Indigenous Exchange.  She is now back revisiting her home hosts from ten years ago which reflects the wonderful friendships that were formed through this amazing Rotary program across the world, across generations and across time. 
Here's a great initiative that our local council is running to help bring together the young and old of our community, to help one another and share their stories and skills. 
 
Seniors are encouraged to share their life stories and lessons learned along the way and young volunteers help them to record these in a beautiful booklet while teaching them some basic new technology skills along the way.  
 
If you know someone in the Belmont area who may be interested and benefit, please help them to connect to this fabulous program.
Well done to the City of Belmont!  It really is the City of Opportunity. 
 
Members and partners enjoyed a night out in place of our usual breakfast meeting this week with an enjoyable meal in the company of great friends at The Prophet Lebanese Cafe in East Victoria Park.  If the noise we made was any indication of how we all enjoyed ourselves, I'd say it was a resounding success! 
The Rotary Club of Ascot has just approved further financial support of about US$5,000 to purchase and install more water pipes, tanks and tap stands to bring fresh, clean drinking water to high school students in the village of Lete Foho, Timor Leste.
 
Currently, some of the students have to walk for 2-3 hours each day to attend school so their parents have recently volunteered to help build dormitories so their kids can stay close to school during the week.  How fantastic are they!  They want a better life for their kids and we are proud to support them by bringing water to their new dorms. 
 
Our ongoing water projects in Timor Leste have already brought clean, fresh water from mountain springs down to thousands in hillside villages and has so far seen a massive reduction in hygiene related health issues and has allowed hundreds of kids to attend school instead of spending their days carting their family's water supplies from miles away.  
 
If you are interesting in helping us to help them, we'd love to hear from you.
Handicamp is a weeklong live-in camp for 18-35 year olds with a disability, who are teamed with a buddy for a week of fun and adventure.  Now in its 36th year in Perth, campers enjoy trips to Perth Zoo and Adventure World, face their fears on the onsite abseiling course, try their hand at archery, have fun on the river and in the pool, and entertain one another at karaoke to name a few of the week's many activities. 
 
A group of our members and their partners donned their silliest hats for the camp's Mad Hatter's Tea Party and had the pleasure of sharing their dinner table with Jade (sponsored by the Rotary Club of Como) and her buddy Kristy (by Rotary Club of Esperance) who were enjoying the experience immensely.  
 
Our best wishes go to all of this year's participants for a most enjoyable week and well done to all those who help to make it happen each year. Its another example of Rotary Making A Difference in our community.
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 https://www.italk.travel/midland 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.
 
For more about the "100 Days of Rejection challenge" , check out https://www.rejectiontherapy.com/
 
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.