Bricktober - Our 10th Anniversary Event Dianne Reed 2023-10-10 16:00:00Z 0

We love giving away Lego

This morning we donated 2 tubs of Lego to Dayton Primary School, although the students will have to wait until the end of the school holidays to before they can play with them.  Taryn, a teacher at Dayton accepted the Lego on behalf of the school. 
We love giving away Lego Dianne Reed 2023-09-25 16:00:00Z 0

Being 'Stroke Aware' Makes Good Healthy Sense

This morning we had a visit from Katherine, a volunteer with the Stroke Foundation.  She spoke to us about the need to be aware of the symptoms of having a stroke because the faster you can take action, the better the result will be.  Katherine is seen here at the end of her talk accepting our thank you gift from Alan, the host chair; and Dianne, our club President.
Being 'Stroke Aware' Makes Good Healthy Sense Dianne Reed 2023-09-25 16:00:00Z 0

Another Bricktub Donated

At our meeting on Tuesday we were delighted to provide Coorow Primary School a Tub filled with Lego for the Lego Play Group.  Seen here is their Principal, Jancy collecting the tub from our President, Dianne.
Another Bricktub Donated Dianne Reed 2023-09-13 16:00:00Z 0
Victoria Park Youth Accommodation Dianne Reed 2023-08-21 16:00:00Z 0
Starkick gets some much needed funding Dianne Reed 2023-08-21 16:00:00Z 0
Alkimos Beach Primary School gets some Lego from Ascot Rotary Club Dianne Reed 2023-08-21 16:00:00Z 0

Mental Health First Aid

This morning we learned about some ways that we can help if someone we know is suffering from a mental health issue.  Our guest speaker Darren Peterson spoke about a First Aid Course he runs for people who know someone with a mental health issue.  Darren is seen here with President Dianne who gave him a little memento of his visit to the Ascot Rotary Club's meeting.
Mental Health First Aid Dianne Reed 2023-07-24 16:00:00Z 0

Bricktober is coming

We are well on our way to having a great number of exhibitors coming to Bricktober so if you want to come along and see what they have been building - get in quick to get the time you would prefer
Bricktober is coming Dianne Reed 2023-07-13 16:00:00Z 0
Welcome to a New Rotary Year and a New Rotary District Dianne Reed 2023-07-12 16:00:00Z 0
We continue to enjoy our Trip Around the World Dianne Reed 2023-06-28 16:00:00Z 0
Starkick - a great community programme Dianne Reed 2023-06-14 16:00:00Z 0

Giving Away more Lego Tubs

This morning we did what we love doing and that is giving more of our Lego Play Tubs away to deserving school and community groups who want to set up and run their own Lego Play Groups.
Giving Away more Lego Tubs Dianne Reed 2023-06-14 16:00:00Z 0
Jennifer Jones at the Rotary Conference, Melbourne Dianne Reed 2023-06-02 16:00:00Z 0

Ascot Members visit Headspace

This morning members of our club had the opportunity to enjoy a vocational visit to Headspace, Cannington.  Community Engagement Officer, Genna was a wonderful host.
Ascot Members visit Headspace Dianne Reed 2023-05-08 16:00:00Z 0

Kerry Visits Bhutan

One of our newer members, Kerry spoke to us, at our last meeting, about a trip she and her daughter did to Bhutan.  The trip was done prior to Covid and was undertaken because of her connections with a refugee family she knew when she lived in Albury. 
Kerry Visits Bhutan Dianne Reed 2023-04-05 16:00:00Z 0
Lego Play Tubs go to good homes Dianne Reed 2023-02-27 16:00:00Z 0

Toasting Rotary Club of Malta

At our regular club meetings this year we have been working our way through the alphabet as members learn about other Rotary Clubs around the world.  This week's toast was to the Rotary Club of Malta.
Toasting Rotary Club of Malta Dianne Reed 2023-02-15 16:00:00Z 0
Making Sense of the Tetris that is the Pharmaceuticals Industry Dianne Reed 2023-01-09 16:00:00Z 0

Gifts to Vic Park Accommodation Centre

At our last meeting for this year we were privileged to be able to pass on to the Vic Park Youth Accommodation Centre some hamper items so they can provide some Christmas cheer to the people who are staying there.  Charlie Brown was delighted with what our members and friends generously donated. 
Gifts to Vic Park Accommodation Centre Dianne Reed 2022-12-14 16:00:00Z 0
Thank you The Dome, Belmont Dianne Reed 2022-12-14 16:00:00Z 0

Ascot Rotary Club is a Winner

Club President, Dianne, is seen accepting the Community Spirit Award from Andrew Clark of PerthNow (sponsor of the award) at the Belmont BEC's Annual Awards Night last night.
Ascot Rotary Club is a Winner Dianne Reed 2022-10-26 16:00:00Z 0
Hypnotherapy is as simple as taking a deep breath Dianne Reed 2022-10-01 16:00:00Z 0
Shelterbox - providing aid for those in need Dianne Reed 2022-08-23 16:00:00Z 0
Ascot members toast Ascot Rotary Club Dianne Reed 2022-08-04 16:00:00Z 0

A New Year, A New President

A New Year, A New President
It is a new year for Rotary, so with that comes some changes to who is doing what at Ascot Rotary.  With it comes some new ideas about what we can do in our community to make sure people know who we are and how we might be able to help to make our community better.
A New Year, A New President Dianne Reed 2022-07-15 16:00:00Z 0
Happy Birthday Rotary International Dianne Reed 2021-02-22 16:00:00Z 0
Nothing will stop this group Dianne Reed 2021-02-09 16:00:00Z 0

Jacaranda Community Centre gets their own Christmas presents

Lyndsey Fitzgerald, CEO of the Jacaranda Community Centre got a lovely surprise mid December when members of the Ascot Rotary Club presented them with several gifts.  The first gift was some comfortable outdoor chairs to use in their centre.  The second gift was some 22 handbags that had been filled with personal items for them to hand out to those in need.
Jacaranda Community Centre gets their own Christmas presents Dianne Reed 2021-01-26 16:00:00Z 0
Jodie Sparks - An International Experience Dianne Reed 2021-01-12 16:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Fellowship

Rotarians around the world know what it means to receive a Paul Harris Fellowship award.  Well so does Kerry-Anne Andrew now.  She is seen here receiving her PHF from President Michael this morning.
Paul Harris Fellowship Dianne Reed 2020-12-21 16:00:00Z 0
Giving at Christmas Dianne Reed 2020-12-21 16:00:00Z 0

Incoming Club President decided for 2021

Alan is a relatively new member of our club - of only a year or two, but he has been with us for much longer than that as a partner of one of our esteemed members - Bev Poor.
Incoming Club President decided for 2021 Dianne Reed 2020-12-14 16:00:00Z 0
Ascot Rotary Club Welcomes District Governor, Colin Burns Dianne Reed 2020-11-30 16:00:00Z 0

Happy Retirement Gren

At our meeting yesterday we said farewell to Gren Courtland, our last founding member of the Ascot Rotary Club as he embarks on a new chapter in his life - one that does not include having to get up for our 7.00 am meetings.  We wish him and his wife Jill all the very best.
Happy Retirement Gren Dianne Reed 2020-11-10 16:00:00Z 0

Big Thank You to Mr and Mrs Bricktober

Now that October is finally finished Stephen and Joanna Kendall might find themselves with a little more time on their hands.  They did a fantastic job of getting our virtual version of Bricktober up and running. 
Big Thank You to Mr and Mrs Bricktober Dianne Reed 2020-11-02 16:00:00Z 0
Hugh's life and times in the Importation Industry Dianne Reed 2020-10-28 16:00:00Z 0
Latest News from the City of Belmont Dianne Reed 2020-10-12 16:00:00Z 0
Introducing Bruce from Mission Australia Dianne Reed 2020-10-12 16:00:00Z 0
Congratulations Ascot Rotary Club Dianne Reed 2020-10-06 16:00:00Z 0

Oyster Shucking is an Art

Oyster Shucker extraordinaire is how you would describe Jerry Fraser who came to our meeting this morning to show us how easy it is to shuck oysters.
Oyster Shucking is an Art Dianne Reed 2020-10-06 16:00:00Z 0
Lego Play Tubs Get a New Home Dianne Reed 2020-10-06 16:00:00Z 0
e-Bricktober goes live on 1 October Dianne Reed 2020-09-29 16:00:00Z 0
Harry Perkins Institute is doing amazing things Dianne Reed 2020-09-21 16:00:00Z 0
Providing Support to those in Need Dianne Reed 2020-09-07 16:00:00Z 0

Holidaying during a Pandemic

Ascot Rotarian Jeff Stephenson and his wife Donna took a quick trip north to Kalbarri and discovered that all was not as idyllic as we thought it should be in this tourist hot spot.
Holidaying during a Pandemic Dianne Reed 2020-08-24 16:00:00Z 0

Living with Parkinson's

This morning's guest speaker was Noelene Scully who gave us a very insightful account of what it is like to live with someone who has Parkinson's Disease. Noelene is pictured here with our club member Alan Thomson.
Living with Parkinson's Dianne Reed 2020-08-10 16:00:00Z 0
Chris Merton - a member's story Dianne Reed 2020-07-28 16:00:00Z 0
Congratulations Ron and Roma Dianne Reed 2020-07-13 16:00:00Z 0

Ascot Rotary Club Inc Handover to 2020-21

On Sunday morning members and friends of the Ascot Rotary Club gathered with our outgoing President Hugh and incoming President Michael to celebrate the great things we have done and plan for the equally great things we hope to get done in our next Rotary year.
Ascot Rotary Club Inc Handover to 2020-21 Dianne Reed 2020-07-05 16:00:00Z 0

Ascot Community Services and Bunnings Donation  to Starick and NGALA

Community Services News from Director Michelle Kendall
In April Director Community Michelle Kendall received notification from the Activities Organizer, Madison from Bunnings Belmont that Bunnings were no longer holding community run sausage sizzles, internal or external visits until the foreseeable future. We are still however doing product/gift card donations (pick up only)! As most of us have some down time it’s a great time to get the little projects done for your community group and I can help you get started with them.
In response to the above the Director Community arranged to have a proposal’s from Starick and NGALA for gardening type projects.
The Rotary of Ascot submission was submitted on the 30 April and approved by Bunnings on 5 May and the products were picked up on the 8 May.  Ascot Rotarian Stephen Kendall kindly picked up the products and delivered them to Starick and NGALA on 9 May.
Ascot Community Services and Bunnings Donation to Starick and NGALA Michelle Kendall 2020-05-19 16:00:00Z 0
Hydrotherapy Patient Lifter for Pool at Pinjarra Michelle KEndall 2020-03-23 16:00:00Z 0

The Fathering Project

At the Rotary Club of Ascot's Meeting on 10 March Ron Alexander introduced Steve Rushforth to Ascot Members and Steve spoke about the Fathering Project
The Fathering Project  Michelle Kendall 2020-03-09 16:00:00Z 0
Ascot Members meeting Guest Speaker: Cassie Rowe M.L.A. 2020-02-24 16:00:00Z 0
Ascot Donates Christmas Hampers and LEGO to the Jacaranda Community Centre Michelle Kendall 2019-12-18 16:00:00Z 0
Ascot receives 2 Awards 2019-12-11 16:00:00Z 0
Presentation of LEGO Play Tubs Michelle Kendall 2019-12-02 16:00:00Z 0
Ascot Visit to NGALA Child Care Perth Airport Michelle Kendall 2019-11-20 16:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Ascot inducts new member Michelle Kendall 2019-09-24 16:00:00Z 0
District Governor Visit to Ascot Michelle Kendall 2019-09-24 16:00:00Z 0
Surprise for Krissy at RI Office Parramatta Michelle Kendall 2019-09-05 16:00:00Z 0
Ascot Support for Ngala Michelle Kendall 2019-08-18 16:00:00Z 0
Ascot 1st Breakfast get together at new venue Michelle Kendall 2019-08-07 16:00:00Z 0
Ascot Handover and 50th Birthday Celebration Michelle Kendall 2019-07-26 16:00:00Z 0
Ascot Rotarian of the Year Award Michelle Kendall 2019-07-26 16:00:00Z 0

Noel Allen - Rotary Journey

Posted on Jul 14, 2019
On Tuesday 9 July 2019 the Rotary Club of Ascot had their last Breakfast Meeting at the Belmont Tavern.  Past President Ron Alexander welcomed 12 members and Guest Speaker Rotarian Noel Allen from the Rotary Club of Mt Lawley.
Noel Allen - Rotary Journey 2019-07-13 16:00:00Z 0
Ascot Welcomes a New Member 2019-06-27 16:00:00Z 0
Pauline Charman - The Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research 2019-06-11 16:00:00Z 0
Combatting the dilemmas of domestic violence Michelle Kendall 2019-05-30 16:00:00Z 0
Ascot Lego Play Tub Donation to 2 Schools 2019-05-16 16:00:00Z 0
Ascot Vocational Visit to Ngala Early Learning and Development Service at Perth Airport. 2019-05-01 16:00:00Z 0
Ascot’s participants at the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) in January 2019 Michelle Kendall 2019-04-18 16:00:00Z 0
Ascot Joint Breakfast with Soroptimist International South Perth 2019-04-11 16:00:00Z 0

Lego Donation to Highgate Primary School

 Past President Mike Bermann, Deanne Lumsdon Eductiaon Assistant Highgate Primary School and Past President Ron Alexander presenting two Tubs of LEGO to be used in Highgate Primary School’s LEGO Club
Lego Donation to Highgate Primary School Michelle Kendall 2019-03-27 16:00:00Z 0

Breakfast with Rotary Club of South Perth-Burswood

Posted by Michelle Kendall on Mar 21, 2019
Ascot Members and partners enjoying Breakfast Rotary Club of South Perth-Burswood on Wednesday 20 March 2019
Guest Speaker Lisa Sprlyan, Manager Service  Operations for Orange Sky gave a presentation about how they provide a platform for every day Australians to connect through a regular laundry and shower service.
Breakfast with Rotary Club of South Perth-Burswood Michelle Kendall 2019-03-20 16:00:00Z 0
National Youth Science Forum Participant  Michelle Kendall 2019-03-12 16:00:00Z 0

Ascot Social Breakfast

Posted on Feb 21, 2019
Ascot Members and Partners had social Breakfast in the Eyre Restaurant at the Ingot Hotel.
Ascot Social Breakfast 2019-02-20 16:00:00Z 0
Ascot LEGO Donation to Cloverdale Primary School Michelle Kendall 2019-02-13 16:00:00Z 0
Timor Leste Project update Michelle Kendall 2019-02-02 16:00:00Z 0
Handicamp Dinner Michelle Kendall 2019-01-23 16:00:00Z 0
Rotary Youth Leadership Award Dinner Michelle Kendall 2019-01-23 16:00:00Z 0
First Breakfast for 2019 Michelle Kendall 2019-01-08 16:00:00Z 0
Christmas Hampers for Starick Michelle Kendall 2018-12-18 16:00:00Z 0
Vicki White Chronic Health Doula Michelle Kendall 2018-12-10 16:00:00Z 0
Ascot Dinner Celebration for successfulBricktober 2018 Michelle Kendall 2018-12-02 16:00:00Z 0
Ascot Presents LEGO Sets Michelle Kendall 2018-11-15 16:00:00Z 0

Ascot Melbourne Cup Breakfast

Posted by Michelle Kendall on Nov 08, 2018
On Melbourne Cup day the Rotary Club of Ascot joined with the Rotary Club of South Perth – Burswood for a fun filled breakfast at the Atrium at Crown.
Ascot Melbourne Cup Breakfast Michelle Kendall 2018-11-07 16:00:00Z 0
Brick Play Tub Presentation Michelle Kendall 2018-10-31 16:00:00Z 0
Ascot Social Breakfast at Dome Michelle Kendall 2018-10-23 16:00:00Z 0
Bricktober 2018 Michelle Kendall 2018-10-18 16:00:00Z 0
Rotary Donation Boxes for Bricktober Michelle Kendall 2018-10-03 16:00:00Z 0
District Governor Robyn Yates visit to Rotary Club of Ascot Michelle Kendall 2018-09-27 16:00:00Z 0
Promoting Bricktober Michelle Kendall 2018-09-22 16:00:00Z 0
Bricktober Members Briefing Michelle Kendall 2018-09-10 16:00:00Z 0
National Youth Science Forum 2019 Michelle Kendall 2018-09-01 16:00:00Z 0
Social Breakfast Dome Cafe Belmont Michelle Kendall 2018-08-23 16:00:00Z 0

Starick Safe at Home Program

Posted by Michelle Kendall
At breakfast on 14 August 2018 President Aidan had the pleasure of welcoming the guest speakers Kathleen and Nicolle from Starick
Starick Safe at Home Program Michelle Kendall 2018-08-17 16:00:00Z 0
Dinner at St Ives Michelle Kendall 2018-08-04 16:00:00Z 0

Cambodia School Construction Project

Posted on Jul 26, 2018
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.
Cambodia School Construction Project Michelle Kendall 2018-07-25 16:00:00Z 0

Handover 2018

Posted by Christine Goss on Jul 03, 2018
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. 
Handover 2018 Christine Goss 2018-07-02 16:00:00Z 0

Wheels for Hope

Posted by Christine Goss on Jun 28, 2018
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.
Wheels for Hope Christine Goss 2018-06-27 16:00:00Z 0

Countdown to Bricktober 2018

Posted by Christine Goss on Jun 12, 2018
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!  
Countdown to Bricktober 2018 Christine Goss 2018-06-11 16:00:00Z 0

National Youth Science Forum (NYSF)

Posted by Christine Goss on Apr 26, 2018
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.  
National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) Christine Goss 2018-04-25 16:00:00Z 0

BikeRescue helping kids at Belmont City College

Posted by Christine Goss on Mar 15, 2018
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. 
BikeRescue helping kids at Belmont City College Christine Goss 2018-03-14 16:00:00Z 0

A friend returns to visit Ascot after 10 years 

Posted by Christine Goss on Mar 15, 2018
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. 
A friend returns to visit Ascot after 10 years Christine Goss 2018-03-14 16:00:00Z 0

Stories and Skills across the generations

Posted by Christine Goss on Feb 15, 2018
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. 
Stories and Skills across the generations Christine Goss 2018-02-14 16:00:00Z 0

We all profited from a night at The Prophet

Posted by Christine Goss on Feb 01, 2018
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! 
We all profited from a night at The Prophet Christine Goss 2018-01-31 16:00:00Z 0

More fresh, clean drinking water for Timor Leste

Posted by Christine Goss on Jan 25, 2018
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.
More fresh, clean drinking water for Timor Leste Christine Goss 2018-01-24 16:00:00Z 0

Handicamp's Mad Hatter's Tea Party

Posted by Christine Goss on Jan 18, 2018
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.
Handicamp's Mad Hatter's Tea Party Christine Goss 2018-01-17 16:00:00Z 0

italktravel - takes the hassles out of your travels

Posted by Christine Goss on Jan 09, 2018
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.
italktravel - takes the hassles out of your travels Christine Goss 2018-01-08 16:00:00Z 0

Christmas at Ascot

Posted by Dianne Reed on Dec 19, 2017
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.
Christmas at Ascot Dianne Reed 2017-12-18 16:00:00Z 0

"Breadieval" or something more powerful?

Posted by Christine Goss on Dec 05, 2017
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
"Breadieval" or something more powerful? Christine Goss 2017-12-04 16:00:00Z 0

A Land of Contrast

Posted by Christine Goss on Nov 22, 2017
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. 
A Land of Contrast Christine Goss 2017-11-21 16:00:00Z 0

Reminiscences of 50 early years of Perth

Posted by Christine Goss on Nov 16, 2017
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.
Reminiscences of 50 early years of Perth Christine Goss 2017-11-15 16:00:00Z 0

Ascot Race Day 

Posted by Christine Goss on Nov 16, 2017
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.   
Ascot Race Day Christine Goss 2017-11-15 16:00:00Z 0

Life on the Road

Posted by Christine Goss on Nov 16, 2017
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"!  
Life on the Road Christine Goss 2017-11-15 16:00:00Z 0

We've been undergoing a Makeover!

Posted by Christine Goss on Nov 16, 2017
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!  
We've been undergoing a Makeover! Christine Goss 2017-11-15 16:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Centennial 

Posted by Christine Goss on Oct 19, 2017
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. 
Rotary Foundation Centennial Christine Goss 2017-10-18 16:00:00Z 0

Arthur Bray Foundation at work!

Posted by Christine Goss on Oct 19, 2017
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!  
Arthur Bray Foundation at work! Christine Goss 2017-10-18 16:00:00Z 0

BRICKTOBER Perth 2017 - An enormous success!

Posted by Christine Goss on Oct 09, 2017
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
BRICKTOBER Perth 2017 - An enormous success! Christine Goss 2017-10-08 16:00:00Z 0

Stutterer to Public Speaker

Posted by Christine Goss on Sep 08, 2017
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
Stutterer to Public Speaker Christine Goss 2017-09-07 16:00:00Z 0

Fresh water all year round for Mulara, Timor Leste

Posted by Christine Goss on Aug 30, 2017
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.   
Fresh water all year round for Mulara, Timor Leste Christine Goss 2017-08-29 16:00:00Z 0
Fresh water for hillside villages in Timor Leste Christine Goss 2017-08-22 16:00:00Z 0

Two vehicles for Starick

Posted by Christine Goss on Aug 23, 2017
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.   
Two vehicles for Starick Christine Goss 2017-08-22 16:00:00Z 0

History of Belmont 

Posted by Christine Goss on Aug 16, 2017
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.  
History of Belmont Christine Goss 2017-08-15 16:00:00Z 0

Trip to Northern Thailand

Posted by Christine Goss on Aug 02, 2017
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.    
Trip to Northern Thailand Christine Goss 2017-08-01 16:00:00Z 0

Norman Bell (1918 - 2017)

Posted by Christine Goss on Jul 27, 2017
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. 
Norman Bell (1918 - 2017) Christine Goss 2017-07-26 16:00:00Z 0

Rotary: Making a Difference

Posted by Christine Goss on Jul 27, 2017
 "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
Rotary: Making a Difference Christine Goss 2017-07-26 16:00:00Z 0

RAC WA - Helping keep us safer on our roads.

Posted by Christine Goss on Jul 19, 2017
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
RAC WA - Helping keep us safer on our roads. Christine Goss 2017-07-18 16:00:00Z 0

How Rotary Youth Exchange shaped a life

Posted by Christine Goss on Jul 13, 2017
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. 
How Rotary Youth Exchange shaped a life Christine Goss 2017-07-12 16:00:00Z 0

Arthur Bray Foundation at work

Posted by Christine Goss on Jul 13, 2017
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!  
Arthur Bray Foundation at work Christine Goss 2017-07-12 16:00:00Z 0

Handover after another very successful year

Posted by Christine Goss on Jul 05, 2017
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.
Handover after another very successful year Christine Goss 2017-07-04 16:00:00Z 0

A forgotten gem

Posted by Christine Goss on Jun 07, 2017
Our member Gren Courtland entertained us this week with an article he found hidden in this filing cabinet since 1978.
A forgotten gem Christine Goss 2017-06-06 16:00:00Z 0
Mr Brick at WA Model Railway show Christine Goss 2017-06-06 16:00:00Z 0

Changing lives through mobility

Posted by Christine Goss on May 30, 2017
Our past member Jodie Sparks came along this morning to tell us about her job at Wheels for Hope, a unique Western Australian charity helping WA families with disabilities.
Changing lives through mobility Christine Goss 2017-05-29 16:00:00Z 0
No Trip to Europe is Complete until . . . . Dianne Reed 2017-05-22 16:00:00Z 0

Health Ninjas Project

Posted by Dianne Reed on May 16, 2017
Dr Glenn Farrant provided us with some rather horrifying statistics about how healthy (not) we are, and how this generation of children will be the first to be outlived by their parents - which is somewhat alarming.
Health Ninjas Project Dianne Reed 2017-05-15 16:00:00Z 0

A Clutterless Life

Posted by Christine Goss on May 09, 2017
Shedding STUFF is not only liberating but reduces the stress in our lives, leaving more time to focus on the important things - family, friends and having fun!
A Clutterless Life Christine Goss 2017-05-08 16:00:00Z 0

Providing Support to those in Need

Posted by Dianne Reed on May 02, 2017
David Spitteler, our guest speaker this morning runs an Asylum Seekers Centre in the Dandenong Ranges to provide physical support to those in need.
Providing Support to those in Need Dianne Reed 2017-05-01 16:00:00Z 0

AGFR Wrap Up

President Mike and PP Aidan together provided some feedback about how well the Australian Golfing Fellowship of Rotarians (inc) Tournament went which we hosted here in Perth from 2 - 7th April this year.
AGFR Wrap Up Dianne Reed 2017-04-17 16:00:00Z 0
Entertainment Publications and how they can help us Dianne Reed 2017-04-10 16:00:00Z 0

Interplast - why it is such a great program

Posted by Dianne Reed on Apr 04, 2017
David Vyse (Specialist Anesthetist) and James Savundra (Plastic Surgeon) were guest speakers at the Australian Golfers Fellowship of Rotarians' Make Up Dinner at the WA Golf Club premises.
Interplast - why it is such a great program Dianne Reed 2017-04-03 16:00:00Z 0

It was a million times crazier than I'd imagined

Posted by Dianne Reed on Mar 28, 2017
"It was a million times crazier than I'd imagined, and even more amazing that I'd even thought possible".  Those were the reflections of our guest speaker this morning Amelie Ho on her recent National Youth Science Forum experience.
It was a million times crazier than I'd imagined Dianne Reed 2017-03-27 16:00:00Z 0

Suffering from arthritis?  Help is at hand

Posted by Dianne Reed on Mar 21, 2017
Do you suffer from one or other of the many forms of arthritis?  Our guest speaker today, Rose Burton, provided us with some information to help make it a little easier to deal with.
Suffering from arthritis? Help is at hand Dianne Reed 2017-03-20 16:00:00Z 0

Passionate About Something?

Posted by Dianne Reed on Mar 14, 2017
Are you passionate about something?  That might very well be the key to having a healthy and fulfilling retirement according to this morning's guest speaker Hazel Ruby.
Passionate About Something? Dianne Reed 2017-03-13 16:00:00Z 0

Reflections on my RYLA Experience

Posted by Dianne Reed on Mar 07, 2017
Bronwyn Fraser, Curtin University Masters student was sponsored by Ascot Rotary Club to attend the recent RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) camp.  Bronwyn came to us this morning to provide some of her insights into what the camp meant to her.
Reflections on my RYLA Experience Dianne Reed 2017-03-06 16:00:00Z 0
A Day in the Life of a Paramedic Dianne Reed 2017-02-27 16:00:00Z 0

Being a Buddy at Handicamp

Posted by Dianne Reed on Feb 21, 2017
When people like Sarah are keen to become a Buddy at Handicamp, you feel safe that the world is in good hands for the future.
Being a Buddy at Handicamp Dianne Reed 2017-02-20 16:00:00Z 0

Language of Love

Posted by Dianne Reed on Feb 14, 2017
Our guest speaker today, Troy Hendrickson originally hailed from Paw Paw Michigan, but decided after spending time here in Perth on an Ambassadorial Scholarship in 2000-2001; that he'd like to stay - so stay he did.
Language of Love Dianne Reed 2017-02-13 16:00:00Z 0
Membership Challenges - Re-thinking how we do business Dianne Reed 2017-02-06 16:00:00Z 0

The Mad Hatter's Dinner - Handicamp 2017

Posted by Dianne Reed on Feb 02, 2017
Each year some amazing people get together for one incredible week in January.  They are the Handicamp crew - committee, support staff, buddies and campers.  This year was no different.  Rotarians and friends are invited to their annual dinner - The Sloan Handicamp Dinner.  The theme this year was "mad hatter's" so we were invited to come dressed with this in mind.
The Mad Hatter's Dinner - Handicamp 2017 Dianne Reed 2017-02-01 16:00:00Z 0

Just a Toy


Posted by Dianne Reed on Jan 24, 2017
The death of the "last Clown of Aleppo" provided Gary Pontefix with the inspiration to set up a project to deliver a container full of toys to the children caught up in the conflict in Syria.
Just a Toy  Dianne Reed 2017-01-23 16:00:00Z 0

Mukti Mission in India

Posted by Dianne Reed on Jan 17, 2017
Our very own Assistant Governor, Peter Warren spoke to us this morning about a cause that is very close to his heart.
Mukti Mission in India Dianne Reed 2017-01-16 16:00:00Z 0

Practice Nursing

Posted by Dianne Reed on Jan 10, 2017
Sue Alexander was our guest speaker today.  She provided us with an amazing insight into the work of Practice Nurses who perform their duties around Australia.
Practice Nursing Dianne Reed 2017-01-09 16:00:00Z 0

Christmas Memories

Posted by Dianne Reed on Jan 03, 2017
What memories did we all have from our Christmas this year? - this was the question posed to club members by Peter this morning.
Christmas Memories Dianne Reed 2017-01-02 16:00:00Z 0

Christmas came early at Ascot Rotary Club this morning

Posted by Dianne Reed on Dec 20, 2016
Christmas came early this week to Rotary.  Not only did we have John Yates provide us with his Christmas message we were also able to provide Starick with a bumper hamper to distribute amongst those in need at this time of the year.  For the very young, and no so young, Santa's visit was also a highlight.
Christmas came early at Ascot Rotary Club this morning Dianne Reed 2016-12-19 16:00:00Z 0
The Story behind the Canning Agricultural, Horticultural and Recreational Society Dianne Reed 2016-12-12 16:00:00Z 0
Building futures free from violence Dianne Reed 2016-12-05 16:00:00Z 0

Trials and Tribulations of Travel

Posted by Dianne Reed on Nov 29, 2016
This morning Michael Metcalf spoke to us about some of the interesting places, events and things that they encountered on their recent 4 month long caravanning holiday to the Eastern States.
Trials and Tribulations of Travel Dianne Reed 2016-11-28 16:00:00Z 0

The Perth Stadium - Progress to date

Posted by Dianne Reed on Nov 22, 2016
This morning Terry O'Brien provided us with an update on what has been done so far in building The Perth Stadium.  The Stadium is due to be completed, ready for the AFL season 2018.  So far it is on time and on budget.
The Perth Stadium - Progress to date Dianne Reed 2016-11-21 16:00:00Z 0
The Work of The Rotary Foundation Dianne Reed 2016-11-14 16:00:00Z 0

Judie Peddie - Dirty London

Posted on Oct 25, 2016
Peter Richardson introduced our guest speaker Judy Peddie. Judy has a degree in biochemistry and after 3 years in research in this area then joined the Metropolitan Police in London. She served there for 21 years and retired as an inspector.
Judie Peddie - Dirty London 2016-10-24 16:00:00Z 0
Ascot Rotary Club AGM 2016-10-20 16:00:00Z 0
Bricktober - Perth - 2016 Dianne Reed 2016-10-10 16:00:00Z 0
Real Estate - What I know now Dianne Reed 2016-10-10 16:00:00Z 0

Bricktober is Nearly Here

This morning not only did Stephen Kendall provide us with a final chance to have our questions answered regarding Bricktober organisation he also gave a Certificate of Appreciation to one of last year's helpers.
Bricktober is Nearly Here Dianne Reed 2016-10-03 16:00:00Z 0

A New Approach to Youth Exchange

This morning we heard from Past District Governor David Barton.  He spoke about a new approach to Youth Exchange that his Rotary Club - Melville - has developed and used successfully for the last 5 - 6 years.
A New Approach to Youth Exchange Dianne Reed 2016-09-27 16:00:00Z 0

Glenys Godfrey - champion for the local people

Posted on Sep 21, 2016
It is always good to find out more about our members.  This morning we had the opportunity to listen to Glenys as she spoke about how she got involved in politics - at the local community level and moved on into state politics.
Glenys Godfrey - champion for the local people Dianne Reed 2016-09-20 16:00:00Z 0

District Governors Visit

Posted on Sep 07, 2016
Today we were pleased to have District Governor Linda McLerie & Assistant District Governor Peter Warren attend our meeting 
District Governors Visit 2016-09-06 16:00:00Z 0
Lego Clubs Presentation 2016-08-31 16:00:00Z 0

Food Rescue - Assisting people in need with fresh food

Posted on Aug 23, 2016

Guest Speaker – Julie Broad – Food Rescue Manager

Food Rescue is the missing link between the thousands of tons of fresh, nutritious food thrown into landfill each year by the food industry and the thousands of hungry and disadvantaged people in need across WA.
Food Rescue - Assisting people in need with fresh food 2016-08-22 16:00:00Z 0

Ursula Frayne Interact Club Visit

Posted on Aug 16, 2016
This morning we were pleased to host Greg Wheeler & our Interact members Sofia, Neha & Mitchell from Ursula Frayne at our meeting.
Ursula Frayne Interact Club Visit 2016-08-15 16:00:00Z 0

Rio Olympics @ Ascot Rotary Club

With great excitement Ascot Rotarians, partners, friends and our District Governor Linda McLerie assembled at Rotary Hall on Saturday night for a night of challenge and fun.
Stephen Kendall had his Ute with the BBQ set up to cook delicious beef satays. These were courtesy of Michael Evans famous gourmet butcher. Joanna Kendall made punch one- alcoholic and one non –alcoholic. (It was noticeable that the alcoholic punch had to be topped up 3 times during the night.)
As participants arrived they were given a team colour reflecting the Olympic colours. We were then treated to delicious nibbles courtesy of Gwen Evans. Every participant had an Olympic sport linked to his or her name. For example cycling, Christine Goss, Rowing, Ron Alexander, Marathon, Marlene Poole, Boxing, Barry, Archery, Alan.  Athletics, Aidan.
After burning up so many calories on the sporting field it was time for the main course with spicy Brazilian chicken made by Gwen and Michael’s scrumptious beef satays and salsa salad. The best was yet to come! The lights were dimmed samba music resonated throughout the hall!
We were then treated to two young ladies with the full regalia and feathers who then danced around the hall and dragged most of the participants on to the floor. This was a very exciting activity leaving all the dancers breathless.
Finally, The gold medal was announced and the winning team was “Mellow Yellow”. Michelle, Marlene, Roma, Joanna, Ron and Alan were presented with their gold medal and lots of lovely spicy goodies.
Everyone who attended agreed it was a fabulous night and full credit goes to Joanna, Stephen, Peter Richardson, Michael and Gwen Evans for the effort they put in to make this a memorable night.
Rio Olympics @ Ascot Rotary Club 2016-08-09 16:00:00Z 0

Thousand Paper Cranes

Posted on Aug 03, 2016
Guest speaker – Eeshwar Rajagopalan Thousand Paper
Thousand Paper Cranes is a project organised by the Rotaract Club of Rossmoyne that aims to promote peace and understanding amongst our communities with clubs all around the world folding thousands of paper cranes to be placed before the Children’s Peace Monument at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima on the International Day of Peace (September 21), as a message to the world of our desire and our commitment to seeing the world a more peaceful place for those who follow in our footsteps.
Funds raised will be used towards educating one person to study peaceful resolution. There are many countries now involved in the project and so far, there are pledges of 4000 Paper Cranes and USD$1500 has been raised.
Thousand Paper Cranes 2016-08-02 16:00:00Z 0

Belmont Senior Citizens

Posted by Marg Fraser on Jul 27, 2016
Heather Pratt (President) & Mary Ridley (Treasurer) were our guests this week.
Heather took us on a journey that started 47 years ago at the first Belmont Seniors club facility on Great Eastern Hwy, Belmont through the changes of venue to where they are today and also gave us an insight into their new facilities that are in the planning stages currently.
The current building is to be demolished and they will be moving to where the museum is currently located. The group has 400 members with a minimum age of 55 required to join.
The aim of the group is to bring people to the centre for social activities from Bingo (which is a big fund raiser for the group), to craft sessions, tai chi, line dancing, lawn bowls, snooker and more.
The costs for members is kept as low as possible as more than 50% of the members are living on a pension without any supplementary income.
The group is in need of a new bus to transport members to and from events. There are no government grants currently available as they have used up their entitlement for the new building. The costs to operate the bus include paying a driver which the group must fund raise to cover the cost. 
Many thanks to Rob Francis for inviting Heather & Mary to our meeting.
Belmont Senior Citizens Marg Fraser 2016-07-26 16:00:00Z 0
Aged Care & Australia's Aging Population Marg Fraser 2016-07-18 16:00:00Z 0
Club Plans for 2016-17 Dianne Reed 2016-07-11 16:00:00Z 0

Ascot Club Forum

Posted by Dianne Reed on Jul 05, 2016
President Mike started his year by involving club members in a Forum this morning.
Ascot Club Forum Dianne Reed 2016-07-04 16:00:00Z 0
Seoul Sisters talk about RI Conference Dianne Reed 2016-06-27 16:00:00Z 0

Joint Meeting at Interact Club

Posted by Dianne Reed on May 17, 2016
It was our privilege this morning to enjoy a wonderful breakfast with our Interact Club students and supporting staff members at Ursula Frayne College.
President Sofia; Secretary Neha and Treasurer Cindy are leading the Interact club this year.
Joint Meeting at Interact Club Dianne Reed 2016-05-16 16:00:00Z 0
Where Goal Setting, Action Planning and Taking Action can Take You Dianne Reed 2016-05-09 16:00:00Z 0

Is this the future Secretary General of the UN?

Posted by Dianne Reed on May 10, 2016
Our very own Deepti Roopun has challenged herself this morning that when she becomes the Secretary General of the United Nations, she will give our club a 'shout out'.  We look forward to it Deepti.
Is this the future Secretary General of the UN? Dianne Reed 2016-05-09 16:00:00Z 0

Royal Flying Doctor Service - a man - a dream - a reality

Posted by Dianne Reed on May 03, 2016
Michelle Grant is the Local Area Marketing Coordinator for The Royal Flying Doctor Service based at Jandakot.  Her enthusiasm for her work was evident this morning when she braved the cold to come and talk to our members about the work of the RFDS.
Royal Flying Doctor Service - a man - a dream - a reality Dianne Reed 2016-05-02 16:00:00Z 0

Peter Harries

Posted by Dianne Reed on Apr 26, 2016
Peter Harries usually starts his talk with a song, but he forgot this morning . . . .
Peter Harries Dianne Reed 2016-04-25 16:00:00Z 0

My Story So Far

Posted by Dianne Reed on Apr 19, 2016
Marg Fraser provided us with a snapshot of her life story so far. 
My Story So Far Dianne Reed 2016-04-18 16:00:00Z 0

Perth Playback Theatre

Posted by Dianne Reed on Apr 12, 2016
Arlene Quinn and Chloe King from the Perth Playback Theatre provided us with a brief overview of the history of Playback Theatre; and then went on to show us some of their magic.
Perth Playback Theatre Dianne Reed 2016-04-11 16:00:00Z 0

National Youth Science Forum Experience

Posted by Dianne Reed on Apr 12, 2016
This morning we were delighted to have Jayde Frank join us for our meeting.  She went to the National Youth Science Forum in Canberra in January this last year.  What an exciting 12 days she had.
National Youth Science Forum Experience Dianne Reed 2016-04-11 16:00:00Z 0
Reminiscing about Rotary Youth Exchange, Mexico 1997 2016-04-04 16:00:00Z 0

Southbank Rotary Club Update

Posted by Dianne Reed on Mar 29, 2016
What a surprise Stuart Cardell had in store for him this morning when he visited us at our usual Ascot Rotary Club meeting.
Southbank Rotary Club Update Dianne Reed 2016-03-28 16:00:00Z 0

Travels with Mr Brick: A Man, A Plan, A Canal - Panama

Posted by Dianne Reed on Mar 22, 2016
Stephen and Joanna spoke about their recent opportunity to cruise through the Panama Canal.  It seems that Mr Brick - who should have been there this morning - is off gallivanting again.  He has become quite the seasoned traveller.
Travels with Mr Brick: A Man, A Plan, A Canal - Panama Dianne Reed 2016-03-21 16:00:00Z 0

Engaging Young Leaders on Aged Care and Community Boards

Posted by Dianne Reed on Mar 15, 2016
Dr Nicky Howe spoke this morning about an amazing project that gathers up young leaders, trains them, supports them and gets them involved in community and support work through their involvement at Board level of governance in a variety of areas. 
Engaging Young Leaders on Aged Care and Community Boards Dianne Reed 2016-03-14 16:00:00Z 0
Presidents and Christmas - when a plan comes together Dianne Reed 2016-03-07 16:00:00Z 0

Mr Bean - War Correspondent at Gallipoli

Posted by Dianne Reed on Mar 01, 2016
Hugh Langridge tried to tell us the story of Charles Bean about this time last year but was not able to because of technical difficulties.  Today he told us Charles Bean's story.  Amazing.
Mr Bean - War Correspondent at Gallipoli Dianne Reed 2016-02-29 16:00:00Z 0

Hyde Park Fair

Posted by Dianne Reed on Feb 23, 2016
Bruno Fic is a member of the Rotary Club of North Perth.  His Rotary club runs the Hyde Park Fair and has been doing this for 28 years.  This year's will be their 29th.
Hyde Park Fair Dianne Reed 2016-02-22 16:00:00Z 0

Rob Francis

Posted by Dianne Reed on Feb 16, 2016
We were delighted that Rob Francis, a very new member of our club, was able to provide us with some background information by sharing his life story with us.
Rob Francis Dianne Reed 2016-02-15 16:00:00Z 0

Quilting on the High Seas

Posted by Dianne Reed on Feb 09, 2016
Ascot Rotarian, Julia Temby talked this morning about her experiences as a Tour Leader on a cruise in November/December last year.
Quilting on the High Seas Dianne Reed 2016-02-08 16:00:00Z 0

Bali School Kids Sponsorship Program

Our guest speaker this morning, Rachel Ivic is a member of the Swan Valley Rotary club.  She became a Rotarian after her experiences as a buddy at Handicamp.  In 1999 she got her Rotary club involved in supporting young children living in Bali who were not going to school because they could not afford to pay for the associated costs such as uniforms, shoes and stationery items. 
Bali School Kids Sponsorship Program Dianne Reed 2016-02-01 16:00:00Z 0
How ports, petticoats and politics shaped public health in WA Dianne Reed 2016-01-18 16:00:00Z 0


President Pete used today's meeting as an opportunity to provide some much needed information about what we need to do to ensure we stay open for business.
KEEPING US INFORMED Dianne Reed 2016-01-11 16:00:00Z 0

Travelling in the Philippines

Posted by Dianne Reed on Jan 05, 2016
Club member, Garry and his wife Annette, have travelled to the Philippines on more than on occasion.  Today they provided some insights into what the country is like - particularly on the island of Cebu as they visit their grand daughter for the first time.
Travelling in the Philippines Dianne Reed 2016-01-04 16:00:00Z 0

Christmas Message from Manna Industries

Posted by Dianne Reed on Dec 22, 2015
Bev and John Lowe are two amazing people, who can not only feed people, but clothe them as well - all on the smell of an oily rag.
Out driving one day, back in the 1990's, Bev and John spied some destitute people in their local park, so Bev decided to make some soup and take it to them.  The people loved it; and Bev, asking them how they got fed on other days was surprised to learn that they 'stole' what they could.  Out of that Manna Industries was born.
Christmas Message from Manna Industries Dianne Reed 2015-12-21 16:00:00Z 0

Youth Exchange Back In Time

Posted by Mike Bermann on Dec 02, 2015

Our guest speaker this morning was Tanya McAullay (nee Batty), an exchange student back in 1991. Tanya was the first outbound exchange student to be sponsored by the Ballajura Rotary Club and was lucky to be posted to a small village - Fukui in Japan. It's located in the Chubu region of Honshu island. Population around 800,000. During the last 25 years she has continued her relationship with many other exchange students at that time, speaks Japanese and as revisited the area a number of time. Now married and supports her husband Justin running "Jim's Building Inspections" plus looking after 2 girls - Rebecca and Pip. Her main input is Marketing and Sales plus damage controller. 
A very enthusiastic young lady looking at joining our club.

Ascot Rotary's photo.
Youth Exchange Back In Time Mike Bermann 2015-12-01 16:00:00Z 0

International Health

Posted by Dianne Reed on Nov 24, 2015
Marc Zen provided us with an insight into his amazing work with all things 'health' this morning.    Marc is pictured here with Ros our host chair as she hands him a little gift of appreciation for his talk.
International Health Dianne Reed 2015-11-23 16:00:00Z 0

JCLA Triumphs at Bricktober

Posted by Dianne Reed on Nov 17, 2015
Be a Gift to the World is our Rotary theme for this year.  Well these young people were certainly a gift to us.
JCLA Triumphs at Bricktober Dianne Reed 2015-11-16 16:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Foundation

Posted by Dianne Reed on Nov 10, 2015
The Rotary Foundation
Our guest speaker, Pushpa Pushpalingam, reminded us that the Rotary Foundation is the heart and soul of Rotary International.  It is the engine that drives the Rotary Wheel.  Not sure why? 
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Melbourne Cup Day

Posted by Dianne Reed on Nov 03, 2015
Melbourne Cup Day
Today is Melbourne Cup Day - the day where the whole nation stops to watch an horse race that lasts for about 3 minutes or so.  The build up is amazing, the ladies' outfits incredible, the hats stunning and the guys' ties are also amazing.  Ascot Rotary Club had some fun today in recognition of this important event on the social calendar.  Bev's hat was voted as the best by our own 'independent judges'. 
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Bricktober Debrief

Posted by Dianne Reed on Oct 27, 2015
Past President Garry did a great job facilitating the Debrief of Bricktober.  With his eye on the details, he organised for feedback to be provided prior to our meeting this morning so everyone had a chance to see what others had written. 
Bricktober Debrief Dianne Reed 2015-10-26 16:00:00Z 0

Bricktober Weekend

Posted by Dianne Reed on Oct 13, 2015
Amazing, fantastic, well done, we'll be there next year - are all comments made by people who came to Bricktober this year.  Spread over 2 days, Bricktober saw more than 6,000 people come through the doors to view the amazing lego displays and engage in the activities in the Interactive Zone.
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Square Kilometre Array

Posted by Dianne Reed on Oct 13, 2015
Peter Wheeler from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research was our guest speaker this week.  He spoke about the internationally joint venture that Curtin University and University of WA are both involved in to create the biggest and best radio astronomy telescope system in the world.  His statistics were mindboggling.
Square Kilometre Array Dianne Reed 2015-10-12 16:00:00Z 0

Bricktober is coming

Posted by Dianne Reed on Oct 07, 2015
Bricktober is almost on us.
Only a couple more sleeps to go before Bricktober is here.  Members of the Ascot Rotary Club under the watchful eye of Stephen and Joanna Kendall (the driving force behind Bricktober) have been busy getting the last minute preparations done before this coming weekend's big event.
Bricktober is coming Dianne Reed 2015-10-06 16:00:00Z 0

National Youth Science Forum Candidate

Posted by Dianne Reed on Oct 07, 2015
National Youth Science Forum Candidate
Our very first successful candidate to go to the National Youth Science Forum in Canberra  was with us this morning.  She spoke of the application process she went through to make it to the elite group who will be doing 'all things science' at the Australian National University from 4 - 16th January 2016.
National Youth Science Forum Candidate Dianne Reed 2015-10-06 16:00:00Z 0

Bricktober 2015

Don't miss out - Bricktober is coming.  Make sure you have logged onto the website and purchased your tickets for this amazing lego display and play.
Bricktober 2015 Dianne Reed 2015-09-28 16:00:00Z 0

District 9465 Projects

Posted by Dianne Reed on Sep 22, 2015
Rotarian Jamie Kelly joined us at breakfast this morning to discuss the work that he's involved in as Chair of the Projects Committee. 
District 9465 Projects Dianne Reed 2015-09-21 16:00:00Z 0

District Governor Visits Ascot Rotary Club

Posted by Dianne Reed on Sep 17, 2015
On Tuesday, after a lovely sleep in for all Ascot Rotarians, we met for an evening meal with our District Governor, Melodie Kevan.  Partners and friends were also invited to the dinner.  A fun time was had by all.
District Governor Visits Ascot Rotary Club Dianne Reed 2015-09-16 16:00:00Z 0

Bricktober Update

Posted by Dianne Reed on Sep 08, 2015
JCLA students, Rohan and Kathryn joined us today to talk about the work they have been doing to get the message out to the wider public about Bricktober.
Bricktober Update Dianne Reed 2015-09-07 16:00:00Z 0

Nakuru Hope Project

Posted by Dianne Reed on Sep 01, 2015
Sue Saleeba spoke to our Rotary Club this morning on a project that is very close to her heart.  In 2009 Susan began to change the lives of women and children in the slums of Nakuru, Kenya by initiating a project to teach women the tools of trade - dressmaking - so they themselves were able to provide food for their family and to regain their self respect and dignity.  From there she branched out to create a school for children which included accommodation for orphans.
Nakuru Hope Project Dianne Reed 2015-08-31 16:00:00Z 0

Nastasi Photography Exhibition

Posted by Dianne Reed on Sep 01, 2015
On Tuesday 25th August members of the Ascot Rotary club went along to Russell Nastasi's Photography Exhibition entitled "Afghanistan - Through the Digger's Eyes".  It was a series of photographs and images taken while Russell was on deployment with the army in Afghanistan.
Nastasi Photography Exhibition Dianne Reed 2015-08-31 16:00:00Z 0

Interested in Global Peace?

Posted by Dianne Reed on Sep 01, 2015
Interested in Global Peace?  Interested in writing?  Interested in writing about Global Peace?
Here is your opportunity to have your say by entering a global essay competition sponsored by the Rotary Club of Pune Katraj, RI District 3131, in India.
Interested in Global Peace? Dianne Reed 2015-08-31 16:00:00Z 0

The LEAP Program

Posted by Dianne Reed on Aug 18, 2015
Participants and coaches from the LEAP Program that was run in the USA early this month came to our meeting to provide some highlights of what occurred for them.  LEAP  is a Leadership. Excellence.  Accelerating Potential program that is run annually to help young people achieve their potential.
The LEAP Program Dianne Reed 2015-08-17 16:00:00Z 0

Diabetes WA

Posted by Dianne Reed on Aug 11, 2015
Deanne Dymock from Diabetes WA spoke at our meeting this morning.  She is the Manager of Community Relations and has personal knowledge of diabetes as a number of her family have it.  Like Deanne, many of us have the same story and are 'sitting ducks'. 
Diabetes is a disorder in which the body is unable to properly use the carbohydrates in food because the pancreas either doesn't make enough insulin, the insulin produced is ineffective or a combination of both.  There are 2 types of diabetes.  Type I - where the pancreas does not produce insulin; or Type II - where the amount of insulin produced is either not effective or insufficient. 
Diabetes WA Dianne Reed 2015-08-10 16:00:00Z 0
News from our Club Meeting on Tuesday 21 July Dianne Reed 2015-07-21 16:00:00Z 0

Bricktober is coming!

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Bricktober is on again, bigger and better this year, over two days, 10-11th October!
We have a new, bigger venue, and tickets are already available, and already selling on-line.
For more information go to our Bricktober web page, for competitions, picture gallery, volunteering opportunities and much more. or visit our Facebook page.
Bricktober is coming! Stephen Kendall 2015-07-15 16:00:00Z 0

Interact Club Meeting

Posted by Dianne Reed on Jun 26, 2015
This morning the Ascot Rotary Club was hosted by the students from Ursula Frayne who are members of the Interact Club. 
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Rotary Theme for 2015-2016 Dianne Reed 2015-06-01 16:00:00Z 0

Gateway WA

Posted by Dianne Reed on May 26, 2015
Our guest speaker today (May 26, 2015) was Kate Chapman from the Gateway WA Project.  She provided some background information regarding the roadworks that are happening around the Perth Airport and Kewdale Freight precinct.  The work is massive and the amazing thing is that it is projected to be completed 6 months earlier than expected. 
Included in the work were:
  • the construction of 11 bridges
  • 165 lane kilometres of road
  • 11.5 kilometres of noise walls
  • 4.1 million tonnes of fill
  • 480,000 tonnes of asphalt to cover all that fill.
They are also putting in some 21 kilometres of pathways for cyclist and pedestrian use.
They have faced a number of challenges during the time they have been upgrading the roads, and these challenges included, working with live services (water and power), working around the constant traffic flow, staging the construction work and rerouting the traffic to minimise disruption; high water table in the area; and working with the aviation industry to ensure that when the really large cranes were in use they didn't interfere with landing aircraft. 
The workers have been working day and night to ensure they get done what needs to be done.  Several methods of 'bridge' construction have been used - the one at Horrie Miller Drive had the bridge spans lifted in from above; whilst the one at Leach Highway used a top down method, where the bridge was built first and then the soil underneath was excavated away.   
You can log onto the website to get more information about the building of the road system.  They show us how to use the new 'single point' urban interchange system - as we apparently will need to approach accessing them differently.  The latest aerial maps and views of the future traffic movements are also shown there.
Thanks Kate for a very informative session.
Gateway WA Dianne Reed 2015-05-25 16:00:00Z 0

Bicycling Western Australia

Posted by Dianne Reed on May 12, 2015
Bicycling in WA
Our guest speaker today was Jeremy Murray, the CEO of Bicycling WA.  Jeremy's background is in banking and hospitality but has loved the challenge of being able to advocate for cyclists in WA.  It is a community based, not for profit organisation whose focus is to make riding more accessible for those who wish to ride.  The benefits of cycling include improved physical health and reduction in the risk of developing diabetes and having heart attacks; improved mental health through the release of endorphins; community health - because having people out riding in the community is a known deterrent to those who might be involved in crime; environmental benefits as there are no carbon emissions and cycling is now the 'new golf'!
There are many cycling clubs in WA, including those specifically for the Over 55's.
People have provided feedback to Cycling WA about why they don't ride - and they include:
  • not liking the lycra outfits used by those dedicated riders
  • not having sufficient infrastructure to keep them off the roads
  • their place of work is too far away
  • lack of facilities at the other end to park, shower or store their clothes
  • weather!
Jeremy provided some interesting comparisons between cycling in WA and cycling in the Netherlands.  In the Netherlands about 50% of commuters ride to work - despite the weather; here in WA it is only 2%!  We are very car-centric here in Perth.  The Netherlands made the decision in the 1970's to move from being car-centric to bike-centric - with bikes having priority, followed by pedestrians, then cars and trucks and buses.
About 97% of bike riders wear their helmet - which is a much higher compliance than people wearing (or not) seatbelts.  About one third of the people killed in car accidents in the wheatbelt last year were not wearing their seatbelt!
Not every bike rider is the same.  There is a difference between the dedicated cyclist (such as Cadel Evans) and the bike rider.  People ride for different reasons - to commute to and from work, to go to the shops, for enjoyment. 
Bicycling WA is working on encouraging bicycle use by school age children.  Twenty years ago about 80% of students used an 'active' form of transport to get to school but now less than 20% do.  Work is being done on trying to turn those figures around through providing safer routes, and ensuring that bikes are kept in a safe place at school while the students are in class.  Encouraging 'helicopter' parents to allow their children to cycle is another aspect of their over all plan.  Bicycling WA runs events to help raise funds to continue their work.  By becoming a member of bicycling WA you are automatically covered by insurance when on your bike; and membership costs about $3 a week for the whole family.
To find out more about Bicycling WA go to their website and have a look at the services they provide.
Jeremy is seen here with Michael Metcalf, our host chair for the day. 
Bicycling Western Australia Dianne Reed 2015-05-12 00:00:00Z 0

People against Violent Extremism

Posted by Dianne Reed on May 07, 2015
Alim, a lecturer at UWA spoke to us this week about a program that he's involved in to engage young people in generating practical solutions to countering violent extremism.  The MYHACK event will bring together groups of young people (Hack Teams) to use their skills, knowledge and knowhow to develop innovative solutions to countering violent extremism.  Terrorist extremist groups prey on the insecurities of youth.  The use social media to spread their message and con young people into 'signing up'.  It is the ultimate nightmare for any parent who's child gets sucked in by these messages.
To address this PaVE (People against Violent Extremism), in conjunction with the Australian Government have created the MYHACK project.  They want to engage young people to take on a key role in finding a solution for this problem.  It will be a 3 day event, run here in Perth.  It is an intense, high energy event where teams come together to come up with possible solutions, develop a plan and strategies that they think will counter the violence message.
It will culminate in a Dinner at Government House Grand Ballroom where the young people will present their ideas in 5 minutes each.  The audience will then vote on which is the best strategy.
Alim asked if we'd be prepared to make up a Rotary Table at the dinner.  Cost if $150 per head and the funds raised will be used to help the winning team put their idea/s into action.
Anyone who is interested in being on our Rotary table is asked to contact Deepti on 0402 494 565.
People against Violent Extremism Dianne Reed 2015-05-07 00:00:00Z 0

Red Cross Community Care Support

Posted by Dianne Reed on May 07, 2015
Red Cross Community Care Support Program
This morning Debby Williums from Red Cross came and spoke to us about the many different programs that are run under the umbrella of Red Cross. 
These include: 
  • running the Blood Bank on behalf of the government. 
  • providing help during times of war and or times of emergency or catastrophic events
  • community care services such as carer support and telecross.
  • providing a computerised registry service to identify people who may have been caught up in an evacuation - with the police providing assistance to notify people when someone is deceased.
  • asylum seekers program
  • community visitors program - to provide one-on-one support for those in socially isolated situations
  • family support - particularly for new mums - who have had multiple births; or are suffering from post natal depression
  • international tracing - for those who have been separated through war.
The program Debby particularly wanted to talk about today was the Carer Support Program which she's been involved in for some 15 years.  It is only available in Western Australia.  It provides support for those who are in an unpaid carer situation.  It is a Home and Community Care project where they can provide domestic support, personal support or provide travel for them to attend meetings on a monthly basis.  It is available to people in the metro area and in rural areas as well.  Debbie runs four groups in the southern metro area and she gets together with her members on a monthly basis so the carers themselves can feel supported.   They provide respite care for the person they are looking after so the carer can attend.  Most carers are over 40 years old, but they also run a Young Carer's Program too as they have youth (as young as 7 or 8 years old) who care for their parents, or siblings. 
She said it is a very rewarding job; and indicated that anyone can be involved in it.  They run training workshops for volunteers on a regular basis. 
The other program she spoke about this morning was the Telecross Service which is a national service provided to people who are living alone.  A volunteer phones them each day - in the morning - usually before 9.30 am just to check that they are okay.  If they don't get an answer they phone 3 more times during the morning and then an emergency contact plan is put in place.  They contact the person who has been listed as their emergency contact, and if they are not available they will contact the police as a last resort.
Debby indicated that a number of lives had been saved as a direct result of this service.  One incident she did speak of specifically was where a person had gone to put something in the wardrobe before going to bed one night, only to have the wardrobe fall on top of that person.  The phone call in the morning didn't get a response so the emergency plan was put in place and eventually the person was freed from the wardrobe - alive.  
The service can be a short term one or a long term option for people living alone.
Thanks Debby - it was a very informative talk. 
Red Cross Community Care Support Dianne Reed 2015-05-07 00:00:00Z 0

What to do when you have no guest speaker

Posted by Dianne Reed on Apr 28, 2015
This morning we found out that we had no guest speaker, so we all became 'the guest speaker'.  President Garry set the scene by asking that we all come up with a 'story' - which must be the Truth!   But it is something that has been untold by us, and is about us.  So . . .
Michael E mentioned that he and Gren had been to the Combined Schools ANZAC Day celebration in Belmont - and was very impressed
Julia went on a tour of Merredin and was very pleasantly surprised by the experience - and recommends it to anyone going there
Garry attended the Small Business Awards
Gren and Jill are celebrating their 60th Wedding Anniversary next week
Dianne went to the Dawn Service in Albany - not on Mt Clarence, but at the Entertainment Centre and was told the seats were all taken (some people had queued up at 1.00 am to make sure they got a seat!)  She had to watch the TV screen out in the foyer
Aidan went to the Interact meeting and found out that the students are keen to help raise funds for our Timor Leste projects
Peter told us more about the Youth Mental Health Forum coming up on Thursday 21st May, commencing with a sausage sizzle at 5.30 pm
Stephen gave us some information about Bricktober and how we could have a winner on our hands.
Michael B visited the Kodja Centre in Kojonup with his brother.  The local Noongah Elder who took him on the tour of the new Aboriginal Museum was very good. 
Deepti was a bit of a mischief in her final year of school - I won't say why . . . . but just ask her . . . . I'd hate for her to be found out, even after all this time.
Bev, at the age of 18 was working in a night club demonstrating how to do the Jive
Ron is heading to New Zealand shortly to visit with Sue's sister
Ros's oldest brother is a bit of a larrikin
Michelle started her working career in Woolworth's Variety Store in Subiaco and on her first day there had to walk around with her train fare money stuffed in her shoe
Brian worked at the wheat bins at Quelagetting (sorry Brian if I got that wrong) between Year 11 and Year 12 and made enough in those 6 weeks for his pocket money for the whole year
Amazing what we find out when we are given the opportunity.  Well done Garry for suggesting it.
What to do when you have no guest speaker Dianne Reed 2015-04-28 00:00:00Z 0

Thank a Guest Speaker Event

Posted by Dianne Reed on Apr 21, 2015
This morning we had, as guests, some of our speakers who have informed and entertained us during the year.  It was great to see those who did come; and there were a number of others who indicated that they would have liked to be with us, but had other commitments today.
President Garry wanted to provide some background information regarding who we are and what we do as a Rotary Club.  He indicated that we are one of 50 clubs in the 9465 District.  He also highlighted the fact that 4 of our members at various times have taken on the role of District Governor - a massive commitment to Rotary. 
Club Directors were then invited to provide an update of the work that we are currently doing:
Peter mentioned that we are hoping to get over 200 people to our Youth Mental Health Forum on 21 May this year.
Dianne has been able to submit 2 articles to RDU as part of her communication strategy
Aidan mentioned all the areas of service that we can be involved in so support the youth in our area, including Interact, Rotary Youth Exchange, Handicamp, RYPEN, RYLA, Science events, Driver Awareness. 
Ron mentioned the work we have been doing internationally - through the Vocational Studies Exchange Program and the water projects currently happening in Timor Leste.
Mike Bermann provided us with an update of the Eraulo Water Project in Timor Leste.  The success of it has largely been due to the fact that we have provided the resources, and the people have provided the labour locally.  The project so far, has provided water to over 2,600 people; and reduced the sickness rate from 100% to just on 30%.  An amazing statistic.  There is more to be done yet.
President Garry also mentioned the Mock Interviews we do at Belmont City College; the Pride of Workmanship Awards and the opportunities we have had over the years to attend vocational site visits.
A photo was taken of all the people who attended.
Thank a Guest Speaker Event Dianne Reed 2015-04-21 00:00:00Z 0

Support for our Youth with Mental Health Issues

Posted by Dianne Reed on Apr 03, 2015
At our meeting this week (31st March) Heather Dillon, a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Nurse spoke to us about the need to invest in the future of the mental health of the young.  Her job as a Consultation Liaison Nurse at PMH is all about caring for young people and making sure they are connected with those who can best support them.
Heather indicated that the group of young people she works with are the 12 - 25 year old age bracket. She told us that these people are more likely to develop a mental health issue if they also have a physical issue.  Getting information from the people she serves is key to being able to connect them with the right support.  Heather mentioned a couple of young people that she'd worked closely with and in both cases she was successful in supporting them, getting them connected with others and then enabling them to deal with their issues and find a more meaningful and fulfilling life.  It is not something that is able to be done in a 'quick fix' type of approach; as you have to build up a rapport with them, and get them comfortable talking about their fears and issues - this can take time.
Mental Health is about having social and emotional wellbeing.  Having a Mental Health Problem is when someone has a fairly common negative reaction to events which are usually not severe or long lasting; whereas a person who has a mental health issue finds that this reaction is longer lasting.  Anxiety and depression are common mental health issues found in young people.
About 75% of adults with mental health issues had their first onset of the issue before they were 24.  So it is important to get it dealt with sooner rather than later.  Suicide is the leading cause of death for 15 - 24 year olds in Australia.  It is more common that skin cancer deaths.  One in four young people have a mental illness; whereas for older people it is one in five.  More work needs to be done on developing some data around the problems associated with mental illnesses.
Heather went on to tell us of some early warning signs to look out for in young people:  if they show new, noticeable and persistent changes in their thoughts, feelings and/or behaviour; or their appetite, sleeping patterns or social involvement patterns change then be aware that they could suggest a mental health issue.  Young people who are easily irritable, stressed, worried, feeling down, or crying; or who have changes in their school/work performance could also have mental health issues.  Some young people take to self harm as a way of coping. 
For Heather, sometimes it takes a bit of searching to find the right person to connect a young person with who can help.  There are lots of organisations out there who are willing to help - they just need to be connected to the person who needs the help.
Some of them that were mentioned by Heather include:
Act, Belong Commit
Blackdog institute
Lifeline - ph 13 11 14
Don't forget that on the 21st May we will be having our first Youth Mental Health Forum at Forster Community Centre in Belmont.  Come along and find out how we can support the young people of today who will be our leaders of tomorrow.
They are worth it.
Thank you Heather for a most interesting talk.
Support for our Youth with Mental Health Issues Dianne Reed 2015-04-03 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Dianne Reed on Mar 23, 2015
After many months of planning the Turkish Vocational Exchange team hit town on Thursday night.  After a quick overnight stop in Perth, they then moved on to Albany for the District Conference which was held there.  It was an amazing weekend.  The Turkish team were delighted to be part of the Centenary of ANZACs celebrations and really embraced the idea of friendship between our two countries.
After visiting Esperance, Albany and Collie they are heading to Perth to spend time at the Ascot Rotary Club and Applecross Rotary Club.  Come along and meet them at the Joint Meeting hosted by the Ascot Rotary Club on Wednesday 8th April 6.30 pm for a 7.00 pm start at the Royal Perth Golf Club on Labouchere Road, in South Perth.  Cost is $60 per head.  Please RSVP to Ron Alexander, or phone him on 0429 941 225 to let him know you are coming.
Love to see you there, and for you to have the opportunity to meet this wonderful team from Turkey.
TURKISH TEAM ON VOCATIONAL EXCHANGE Dianne Reed 2015-03-23 00:00:00Z 0

OzHarvest is in Town

OzHarvest has just moved into WA in the last few months.  They collect food that would normally be thrown out from commercial institutions, save it and give it to people who need it.  They are a collection and distribution agency.
OzHarvest has been around in Australia for over 10 years and was set up by the Founder and CEO, Ronni Kahn.  In these 10 years, they have delivered over 30 millionmeals to vulnerable communities and at-risk individuals across Australia and diverted more than 10 million kilos of food from ending up in landfill.
The goals of the organisation are to:
Rescue -  the food (thus eliminating hunger and food waste through the redistribution of excess food)
Educate - the community (to show them that we can all help ensure that excess food is not thrown into landfill but used to assist those in need)
Engage -  with commercial outlets and local communities to assist them to be involved in the food rescue process.
Over 2 million people in Australia rely on food relief every year.  One million children go to school without breakfast or go to bed without dinner every day. 
According to their research one bag in every 5 bags of shopping brought home is thrown away - adding to the waste.
Some activities they are going to be involved in in March include the Night Noodle Market, the Eat Drink Perth program; and they will be shaking a tin at the Vintage Car Boot Sale.
If any one knows of an organisation that might have 'waste' food then Candis and Jenni are willing to talk with them to see if they can be involved in their program.
Jennifer Keen, WA State Manager for OzHarvest.  Phone:  0473 440 884
Address:  1 City Farm Place, East Perth, WA 6004
OzHarvest is in Town Dianne Reed 2015-02-24 00:00:00Z 0

Cheers for Ears

Posted by Dianne Reed on Feb 10, 2015
Linda Pelkowitz and Sharon Safstrom were the guest speakers at our meeting this morning (10 February 2015).  They work for an organisation called Ear Science Institute of Australia.  A specific program they are involved in is called Cheers for Ears in your Local Community.  It is an education program designed specifically for upper primary aged children to highlight to them the damage they can cause to their hearing if they have the volume of their personal listening devices set too loudly for too long; or over use ear bud style headphones. 
Noise induced hearing loss is totally avoidable, and is permanent.  It usually affects high frequency range (which is where most speech is heard).  The effect on people of hearing loss can range from being sad, depressed, anxious, fatigue, tense, angry and embarrassed.
The hearing loss prevention program for primary school children has been in place for about 5 years now.  Hearing loss is caused when the tiny hear cells on the cochlear are pushed over due to the loudness of the sound vibrations being sent through into the brain.  In the past about 5% of school aged children suffered from noise related hearing loss, but current statistics suggest that it is now as high as 25% of children who have this affliction.  Research shows that if you have your personal music listening device on, with earbud earphones on that there is some damage done after just listening to one song.  By turning the volume down to 75% it takes 35 minutes for the same level of damage to be done.  If at 50% volume the person can listen for about 8 hours before the damage becomes apparent.
At the conclusion of the talk we had some very lively discussions with the speakers about how best to handle those with a hearing loss.  According to Sharon they have discovered that there are strong links between hearing loss and dementia.  Her final word regarding this was to get your hearing checked, and get those hearing aids organised quickly.
Young people growing up now do not realise the extent of the negative impact hearing loss could have on them now and into their future.
A really informative talk.  Thank you Linda and Sharon.
TThey are shown here with Roma Gehringer who was the Host Chair for this morning.
If you want more information about what we heard this morning go to the following websites:
Cheers for Ears Dianne Reed 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z 0

Gren Courtland - My Younger Days

Posted on Feb 03, 2015
Gren Courtland, a long time member of the Ascot Rotary Club regaled us this morning with some very interesting vignettes from his younger days.  He was born 81 years ago - and is distantly related to the famous poet William Wordsworth.  She spent many boyhood hours in the Swan River - swimming, fishing and crabbing.  For most of his life he has lived in Belmont.
One incident he spoke of was when he watched someone drop a whole lot of coins out of his pocket which all fell down a drain in the city.  He and his mate climbed over a fence to get a bamboo stick from some growing there, and by sticking a piece of chewing gum on the end of it they were able to retrieve every single coin that fell into the drain.  A fortune indeed. 
At another time he was offered a job - his first job - grape picking during the war.  He and his mate were told to arrive at the vineyard by 5.00 am - which they did, barefooted.  By 6.00 am they had eaten more than they'd put in their kerosene picking tins, but did manage to add to the picked fruit.  The owner kept an eye on them, and indicated to them that they'd be paid well for the work they were doing.  The boys were rubbing their hands in glee about their reward.  They worked until dark and their idea of being 'paid well' and the owners didn't quite match up - as they were given - 2 bunches of grapes!!  "Not happy Jan" springs to mind as Gren recounted this incident!  He certainly wasn't happy as he threw the grapes back at the owner.  He expected to be chastised by his own father for doing so, but he overheard his Mum and Dad speaking about it and Dad agreed that his actions were appropriate.
Gren had a paper round, assisted as a runner for the bread cart and helped exercise horses in Belmont.  To get onto one horse that was 17 hands high, Gren had to climb up onto the fence to mount him.  One day the horse bolted with Gren on his back.  Undeterred Gren eventually thought to remove his own soft cap and whack him a few times which made him stop.  
We also learned about his Mum's rather feeble attempts to build a chook pen.  She pounded in some posts, and then when she wrapped the wire around them they all collapsed into a heap - it seems the posts weren't in deep enough to keep the strain; and so imploded in on itself.
He was an avid football player and played for a number of years, including several years for the Swans where he met Duggan Anderson who was also playing there at the time.  Gren retired from playing football when he was 26 and then went on to coaching instead.  Dancing was another enjoyment he revelled in and it was at the Maylands Town Hall that he met a young blonde lady who became his wife.  He thinks it was love at  first sight. 
Gren managed to touch briefly on his adult life before finishing his speech.  He bought his block when he was 18; joined Courtland Pottery in 1948; went on to marry his sweetheart and have 5 healthy children.  He now has 10 grandchildren 1 great granddaughter and another one due in March.
One highlight - which I'm sure we'll need to hear more about is his trip to Colorado as GSE Team leader.
Thanks Gren.  It was really interesting hearing about life in Belmont in the early days. 
Gren Courtland - My Younger Days Dianne Reed 2015-02-03 00:00:00Z 0

Road Safety

Marianne Carey from the RAC spoke to Ascot Club members present at our Tuesday meeting.  Her topic was Road Safety and our role or part to play in keeping ourselves and others safe whilst using the roads.  Speed is still the biggest killer on the road.  This is closely followed by driver inattention. 
An interesting and thought-provoking statistic that she mentioned is that for every death or serious injury caused by road accidents; another 15 people on average, are also drastically affected. 
Keep safe.
Marianne is shown here along with President Garry and Host Chair Joanna.
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Membership Priority

At our meeting this week, our President Garry, had us watching the second of a 2 DVD set from Michael McQueen who talked to us about some strategies for engaging young people.  His message was that we need to be clear about we are all about so that any messages we give out are consistent with that focus.  We need to focus on the outcomes we want, rather than getting hooked up on processes, or procedures.  McQueen also mentioned that we need to identify what are tools that we can use and use them as tools, not as an outcome in itself. 
We need to look at the people whose lives we have touched over the last few years - including people who we supported to go away to camps, or to GSE or Youth Exchange and ask them to be involved with our club.  Some may not be willing to get involved the way we think they 'should' but many might consider being a 'friend' of the club and getting involved in specific events.
One of the big messages that came from the DVD was that change is about the only certainty.  If we want to continue to be a viable club, then we need to consider how to engage others with the club so that our membership grows.  This is particularly relevant to us now as we've had several resignations in the past month.  We all have to be involved in attracting new members, regardless of how all they might be. 
At the conclusion of the DVD the members present had a very productive discussion regarding what are some steps we could take.  Garry was taking notes, so I'm sure we will be working more on this over the next few months.  If you think of someone who you could invite to a meeting - make sure you do.
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Congratulations to the Skinners

Congratulations to Kimberley and Matt on the safe arrival of their first child - Edward Connor, who was born on 1 November 2014. 
Edward is seen here with his very proud mum and equally proud grand parents - Janet and Alan.  We look forward to meeting him sometime in the not too distant future too.
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Melbourne Cup Breakfast Meeting

We gathered at the Firehouse Restaurant for a fun filled morning to get Melbourne Cup day off to a great start.  Bev's International Toast was a tribute to the Japanese who had the favourite horse in the Cup and so we toasted the Yurakowa Club in Japan.  Sergeant Ron had us all telling 'horsey' stories or we would be fined - although I'm not sure he actually followed through on that.
Gren, with his able assistant, Jill, once again coordinated the Sweeps and made sure we all knew which horse/s we had been allocated for the race later in the day.
We had our own Ascot Race and had four winners who had backed the 'red hatted jockey'.  Congratulations Hugh, Ros, Deepti and Dianne on winning a mystery bet at the TAB for their efforts.
Geoff Malthouse won the 'best tie' of the day from some stiff competition and Deepti won the best hat competition.  It was a great morning and had us all in a wonderful frame of mind, ready for the rest of the day.
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Membership Issue

Garry spoke to us this morning about the need to look at our membership issue from different perspectives.  Michael McQueen has produced 2 DVD's which assist us to get our heads around rethinking how to engage the next generation in Rotary - because if we don't we will be in dire straits!.  Michael indicated that there are huge opportunities around engaging Gen Y youth as they are globally minded; socially engaged and ambitious.  However from Rotary's point of view we need to let them know who we are; make them feel welcome; and ensure that they are involved with our activities. 
Some of the challenges we are faced, according to Michael McQueen include the notion that they can be a bit unreliable in 'our world' - as we want them to commit to something a long way ahead - but their preference is to leave it to the last minute - just in case a better offer comes along.  They also somewhat lack resilience in that they have grown up in a world where they have been told that everything should be fair, and fun - and they don't know how to react when it isn't.  These young people also are used to being praised and acknowledged for the work they have done - constantly - so want this to be a normal part of their everyday working life. 
Michael reminded us that Gen Y people are no better and no worse than any other generation - just different. 
Our next step is to view the second DVD in his series and then come up with some actions we can take to engage those young people in our community that can help us take our club into the next 20 years and beyond.
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Wellness in the Workplace

Posted by Dianne Reed on Oct 14, 2014

This morning at Rotary (14 October) Ailsa Allen spoke to us about the importance of businesses keeping an eye on the health of their workforce.  She indicated that the national figures regarding unhealthy behaviours included smoking (22%); accessing inadequate amounts of fruit and vegetables (49%); not being sufficiently active (70%); overweight/obesity issues (60%); overindulgence in alcohol (24%) and psychological distress at (40%).  Ailsa spoke about the benefits of workplaces focusing on wellness.  These included productivity gains, reduced number of sick days; and increased staff morale.

The programme she is involved in will come into a business and take measurements of staff and then work with the business to develop a programme which they will review after an agreed time.  Change takes times so it is important to take a long term view; and to provide the one on one support that will keep people motivated.Image

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Deepti Roopun's LEAP Leadership Challenge

Posted by Dianne Reed on Sep 23, 2014

ImageDeepti gave us a very inspiring talk this morning at our meeting.  She had recently taken part in a LEAP Leadership Challenge program held at UCLA in Los Angeles, USA.  She found it to be fun, inspiring, positive and life-changing.

She outlined some of the principles and then shared with us some of her goals that she is now aiming to achieve based on her experiences.  They are certainly taking her outside of her comfort zone, but we are all there to support her in her endeavours.

For more information on the program go to the website:

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2014-2015 DG CLUB VISIT - COMBINED DINNER - Wednesday 6th August

Posted by Garry Jacobs on Jul 12, 2014

This year the DG Club Visit will be a combined dinner with 5 clubs, to be held at the Royal Australian Air Force Association Club at Bull Creek Drive, Bull Creek. (Just of Leach Highway)

Ascot will be joined by Kenwick, Bentley Curtin, e-Club and Gosnells for a great DG event. Partners are invited and encouraged to attend. 

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Handover Meeting

Posted by Julia Temby on Jul 15, 2013
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The Rotary Club of Ascot Handover Meeting was held on Sunday 14 July at The Fire House Bar & Restaurant on Great Eastern Highway, Belmont.

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Posted by Julia Temby on Jul 01, 2013

A brief overview of ClubRunner for our members

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Posted by Dianne Reed

Bricktober 2014 was a huge success.  Thank you to Stephen and Joanna for providing the wonderful displays of lego; and for masterminding the whole event.

Thank you to all Ascot Rotarians, partners and friends who helped either on the day or in the lead up to the day.  We couldn't have done it without you.  Image

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Upcoming Speakers 12 August 2014

Posted by Julia Temby

Beth Walker and Shona Zulsdorf are on the Board of a women's refuge which operates 2 refuges, one of which is in Cloverdale. The name of the organisation is Starick Services. Starick is a lead independent agency working to end Family/Domestic Violence for children, young people and women.

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Upcoming Speakers 19th August 2014

Posted by Julia Temby

Geoff Hart & Symon Still, from Paraplegic Benefit Fund (PBF) Australia
PBF Australia is a member-based organisation that aims to provide financial support for members who sustain a spinal cord injury. PBF Australia also focuses on preventing spinal cord injuries through its award-winning injury prevention programs. The programs employ people with spinal cord injuries and aim to reduce the number of serious injuries, in particular spinal cord injuries, on the road, in the workplace and in the aquatic environment.  The presentation is very impressive and the speakers (who are wheelchair bound) are engaging and articulate.

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Club Handover Lunch - 29th June

Posted by Julia Temby

Our 2014-15 Board was inducted at the Handover Lunch, held on Sunday 29th June, at the East Fremantle Yacht Club. In this photo are: President Garry Jacobs, Aidan Wood, Julia Temby, Michelle. Kendall, Joanna Kendall, Peter Richardson, Janet Holding, Ronnie Malthouse, Hugh Langridge and Mike Bermann. Max Morrell and Di Reed were unable to be there.Image

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Posted by Peter Bermann
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Rotary Club of Ascot (District 9465 Perth Western Australia) has completed a project to provide fresh, safe drinking water to some 2500 inhabitants living in the remote area of St Bakhita Community, Eraulo, Ermera, Timor Leste. The project involved laying a 12 km pipeline from a water source some 2000 metres above sea level and then gravity feeding ten surrounding hamlets. To donate to this project, please click here


FEBRUARY - World Understanding Month

Posted by Julia Temby

The month of February is very special in the Rotary calendar since it is designated World Understanding Month. The month also includes the anniversary of the first meeting of Rotary held on February 23, 1905, now designated World Understanding and Peace Day… 

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Club Fundraiser - "The Lego Movie"!

Posted by Julia Temby

As a club fundraiser, the International Committee has arranged for a special screening of "The Lego Movie" at Belmont's Reading Cinemas on Sunday, 30th March, which is a week before its official Australian release date. Save the date, and start putting the word out to anyone you know who may be interested in attending (at least anyone with kids!) Ticket booking arrangements will be publicised here soon!

Because all the tickets are the same price i.e. $20, due to the theatre's requirements, we hope to be able to provide a token/ticket for every child ticket (age 3 yrs to 14yrs) purchased, which will be redeemable after the show for a Lego mini figure pack. 

There will also be a raffle (as is expected at a Rotary function!), to be drawn after the movie, with 3 Lego sets, valued at $150, as raffle prizes. These sets are to be released in conjunction with the movie theme, so will be highly collectible.

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"Bring A Guest" Meeting 18th February 2014

Posted by Julia Temby

This “Bring a Guest” Meeting is set for Tuesday 18th February and is a great opportunity to show your friends and colleagues how your club works and what we do in Rotary. The meeting will be run with a special format under the guidance of our MC, President Elect Garry Jacobs. The Membership Committee is working hard to make this meeting something special.
The speaker for the meeting will be Gail Lazzaro, the Senior Scientist for the Rotary WA Cord Blood Bank project.

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District 9465 Foundation Fundraiser

Posted by Julia Temby

The Rotary Foundation / Polio Eradication receive $10.00 from the $20.00 ticket sale. This will be matched by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation by $20.00 therefore a $20.00 ticket sale results in $30.00 toward Polio Eradication. 

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Guest Speaker 28 January 2014 - Sue Alexander

Posted by Julia Temby
Guest Speaker 28 January 2014 - Sue Alexander

Sue is a nurse/midwife who has been visiting Timor Leste, at her own expense and under the difficulties of knee problems, since 2009. She has been volunteering her services at the St Bakhita Community Clinic, a severely underdeveloped and underprovisioned facility situated in a remote mountain area. Sue gave us a comprehensive update on her last trip to Timor Leste, during some of which time she was joined by her husband Ron, and friends Brian and Marlene Poole.

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Rotary Awareness Month

Posted by Julia Temby
Rotary Awareness Month
January is Rotary Awareness month, which is not only about our organisation’s history but also our future. Assuming we are serious to attract new members, seasoned Rotarians must be prepared to share their knowledge and experience. 
Prospective members will want to know all about the opportunities for service and the resources available to them if they do commit to join a Rotary Club. And when we welcome that new member, there are traditions to pass on and a rich heritage to share. 

Past R.I. President Richard L Evans (1966/1967) once said “A man may have great truth, he may produce a good product – he may make a great discovery, but if he dies and no one benefits, it is because he did not share."

Rotarians have a proud history marked by growth and achievement. That history is so deep and varied that while most of us can name Rotary milestones, far fewer know the complete story of programs and opportunities. The greater the understanding of Rotary’s history and tradition of service, the better we are prepared to welcome new members and Lend A Hand in our communities and around the world.  
A UNICEF director once said “Rotary has won a place of respect in the global village – in fact Rotary has helped make the world a global village.” 

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Inaugural Pride of Workmanship Awards, 9th April 2014

Posted by Max Morrell


The bar has been lifted to a very professional and high standard with the “Pride of Workmanship Awards” night held on Wednesday night, 9th April at 150 East Riverside, at Ascot Quays. Congratulations must go to Max Morrell and MC Garry Jacobs, plus their committee, for the organisation of the night, which we will definitely become a regular event on our club calendar. 

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Security and Integrity of Your Data

Posted by Julia Temby
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ClubRunner secures all your private information using the latest security technologies. Hosted in a world class data centre with redundant power, Internet backbones and 24/7 security and monitoring, you can rest assured that your club data is safe and protected. Your members' contact information is secured behind unique logins and passwords. Access to information is also restricted, for example, a member can only view the list of members, but can modify his or her own personal information.

Data on the server is protected by TCP/IP filtering, firewall and anti-virus software that protect against any unauthorized intrusion. Backups of data are made daily and stored off-site.

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