2020-21 Theme
RI President Holger Knaack’s theme for 2020-21, Rotary Opens Opportunities, asks Rotarians to create opportunities that strengthen their leadership, help put service ideas into action, and improve the lives of those in need
Meeting Responsibilities
Meeting Wednesday 24 February 2021 -Goose
Mildenhall, Ron
Charge Grace and Toast
Bower, David
Set Up/Clean Up
Prus, Garry
Speaker Introduction
Johnston, Ross
Speaker Thanks
Atherton, Graeme
Behiels, Ollie
Tomkinson, Don
Wednesday 3 March 2021 - Goose
Harrington, Rose
Charge Grace and Toast
Wainwright, Tyra
Set Up /Clean Up
McSweeney, Murray
Martin, Rachael
Simpson, Greg
Monday 8 March 2021 - Harvey Trip
Hanks, Richard
Charge, Grace and Toast
Set Up/Clean Up or Food Service
Speaker Introduction
Speaker Thanks
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Service Above Self
We meet at "The Goose Beach Bar and Kitchen"
Geographe Bay Road, Busselton
 Wednesdays 6.30pm
P.O. Box 961       Telephone 0438 273 097           
email: secretary@busseltonrotary.org
The Busselton Geographe Bay Rotary Club had extra organisational issues this year because of Covid Rules but this did not stop the club organising two successful stalls at the Festival of Busselton Petticoat Lane evening and running the Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony and Barbecue Breakfast for nearly 800 people down on the Foreshore.  Well done to all the volunteers on the day.
Four Busselton teenagers are set to experience a challenging week on board the Sail Training Ship Leeuwin II, with sponsorship support from our club.
The four high school students will embark on 7-day Youth Explorer voyages which will expose them to a variety of sail training activities, including setting and furling sails, climbing the masts, working aloft and keeping watch at night.
Sixteen-year-olds James  and Xavier  and 15-year-olds Luke  and Tiernan  managed a pre-voyage visit to the Leeuwin when it docked in Busselton last week. They’re pictured with Leeuwin skipper Angela Lewis and our very own Shelley O’Brien (with the flyaway tresses).
Xavier and Luke will re-join the ship in Bunbury on Wednesday for their voyage to Fremantle. James and Tiernan will sail from Fremantle to Monkey Mia in April.

The annual South West Bike Trek, a major fund-raiser for children’s leukaemia research, was held recently.
Some 20 riders took part in the 600km week-long ride from Perth to Augusta.
Once again, our club supported the event by hosting a BBQ dinner for the riders at the Men’s Shed.
President Chris White presented a $1000 donation from our club, plus the $137 proceeds from our fines session the previous night.

The Rotary Club of Busselton Geographe Bay has had a recent influx of new members.  The Club welcomes Rachael, Tyra, Julia and Debbie.  We are more than happy to have you share our fun, fellowship and community service with us.

Global virus pandemics are not new. Before vaccines were developed for polio in the 1950s, parents were gripped by terror: over 1,000 children were dying or being paralysed each day.  Now, polio is a distant memory in most countries, but it persists in a few. The problem is that until we completely eradicate the poliovirus, children everywhere remain at risk. This has been a major focus of Rotary for more than 30 years.  To continue this work clubs from all over Australia and New Zealand have been participating in Walks to Eradicate Polio.  Involving their local community and raising funds for the continued fight.  The Busselton Gerographe Bay Rotary Club recently did its bit by organising a walk from Sugarloaf Rock to the Lighthouse and Back.  Well done to all those who organised the event and participated.

Colin Burns 2020/21 District Governor for the southern part of Western Australia recently visited the club meeting with the Board and addressing the regular meeting.  Colin is making every effort to visit every one of the over 50 Rotary and Rotaract clubs in the District in the first half of his year as District Governor.  Reviewing the programs, projects and other social activities planned by the club for this Rotary Year, Colin expressed strong satisfaction with the way the club was operating and its achievements and plans.
This year the club is trying to have a social night every month to bring members and partners closer together and create a healthy balance between the club's community service projects work and enjoying being part of a diverse and vibrant club.  So far the club has held a successful Pasta Night and  a Ten Pin Bowling Night in Bunbury.  Looking further forward will be a BBQ at the Busselton Mens Shed with a display of vintage motorcycles and a Sundowner at the Yacht Club when the weather warms up. Finishing up the calendar year with a Christmas Lunch at Wise Winery. - Rotary Clubs - having fun while doing good in the world!
The Rotary Club of Busselton Geographe Bay has teamed up with students at Busselton’s St Mary MacKillop College to improve the lives of local dementia patients – with music therapy.
The Club has organised the purchase of 40 audio headsets - with funds raised by the students and a donation from the Rotary club - for distribution to dementia patients in Busselton’s aged care facilities.
The Club has started a new Rotary Year this month and first order of business was to welcome our newest member of the Busselton Geographe Bay Rotary Club.  Welcome aboard Anne we look forward to working with you and enjoying your company.
The Rotary Club of Busselton Geographe Bay was not been able to meet as normal during the COVID 19 Pandemic.  But like a lot of other Rotary Clubs, members  kept in touch using Zoom technology. 
The Club may not be able to meet at the moment but it can still help in the local community. The Busselton Geographe Bay Rotary Club has donated $500 in vouchers to Jacquie Happ of the Dunsborough Progress Assn to purchase food basics for some of the many out of work hospitality workers in the Dunsborough Area. Dunsborough businesses employ a large number of seasonal tourism workers who are doing it tough because of Covid 19 restrictions.
 The Rotary Club of Busselton Geographe Bay has acknowledge the volunteer work of 3 people associated with the club.  Graeme Edwards was acknowledged with a Paul Harris Fellow award.  Named after the founder of Rotary, this recognition is for "quite achiever" Graeme's work behind the scenes at the Rotary Club over many years, particularly in relation to the fortnightly Rotary Foreshore Markets.  Graeme  has also been active for many years with the Busselton Sea Rescue.  On the same night Community Service Awards were made to Val Johnston and Bev Edwards for their efforts in supporting a range of Rotary projects over many years.  Well Done Guys.
In 2017 Rotary International made the case that protecting the environment and curbing climate change are essential to Rotary’s goal of sustainable service. This was expressed by every Rotary Club around the world planting trees in its local area. The result being a Rotary that recognizes its responsibility not only to the people on our planet, but to the planet itself.  The Rotary Club of Busselton Geographe Bay has continued to plant trees to show its commitment in this area and with the assistance of Busselton City and some local residents recently planted 500 native seedlings in an area of Abbey being revegetated.
The City of Busselton has enjoyed a Sister City relationship with Sugito, Japan since 1996. The relationship grew from a Rotary exchange and school based exchanges. Over the years this relationship has strengthened and the range of activities expanded. Rotary continues to financially support the annual school exchange and is currently investigating the possibility of a scholarship scheme for local disadvantaged students so they can take part.  Recently students from Sugito arrived in Busselton and were welcomed to a Civic Reception at the City of Busselton which included The Mayor Grant Henley, Councillors, host families,  Mr Suzuki the Japanese Consul General and Ron Mildenhall and Shelly O'Brien members of the Busselton Geographe Bay Rotary Club.
Local Year 12 Student Daniel O'Brien recently attended the Club and gave a great talk of his experiences at the National Youth Science Forum in Canberra.  The NYSF Year 12 Program is a 12-day residential program designed to give students a broader understanding of the diverse study and career options available in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to encourage continued studies in these fields. It is quite an achievement to be selected for this program.  It was founded by Rotary and Rotary continues to be a major partner in the program with all applicants having to be nominated and supported by a Rotary Club.  In Daniel's case the Club also provided substantial financial support.
Busselton Geographe Bay Rotary is supporting the Hands Up 4Kids Reading Volunteer Program.  This South West initiative has been running for a number of years in the Bunbury and Margaret River areas in State Government Primary Schools and is now being established in Busselton, beginning with West Busselton Primary.  The this successful program recruits community volunteers who give an hour a week to listen to children read and improve their literacy.  A cheque for $500 was recently presented by President Elect Ross Johnston to one of the Area Coordinators and the club also has some volunteers involved in the program.



If you've never sailed or like to sail but never get the chance, then the Sail into Life program could be for you or someone you know.

Sail Into Life gives anyone who has never enjoyed the thrill of sailing the chance to safely sail around the Port Geographe harbour in the company of an experienced sailor. People with a disability, able-bodied people including seniors who simple want to enjoy the thrill of sailing, as well as volunteer helpers are welcome to join us from 9.00am on alternate Wednesdays for a morning sail during the sailing season. Read More for Sailing dates.

Thanks to being in the right place at the right time, and some quick actions/decisions by some members, the Rotary Club was able to secure a share of blankets and doonas donated by Qantas to Rotary across Australia.  One hundred and fifty of these have now been distributed to local organisations that assist the homeless in Busselton.

March 2021


At Signal Park Busselton Foreshore
Every Second and Fourth Sunday of the Month
0700 to Midday
At Churchill Park for 14 and 28 February
Contact Lawrie on Mobile 0438273097
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