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The Collie Rotary Club presented the Collie HorsePower group with $1000 sponsorship in August 2019. Pictured are Rotarians Donna Davies and John Vlasich presenting the sponsorship certificate.
The sponsorship will enable HorsePower students, who are experiencing difficulties with National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funding, to access therapeutic lessons at the Collie facility. 
Collie HorsePower is a registered provider for NDIS and the Collie Rotary Club is proud to support this organisation during the transition period of the new Government funding structure.
Rotary Youth Exchange Student Visits club and Host Parent 
1986 RYE student from Sao Paulo in Brazil Robson Mizuta visited the Club on Thursday 15th Feb to reconnect with one of his host parents Doug Gulvin and friend Donna Davies.
There were a few tears and many hugs shared during the club meeting, with Robson saying that the experience in Collie change his life for the better, and enabled him to make many friends within the Collie community.
Robson came to the club as a sixteen year old, with little knowledge of the English language, and even smaller knowledge of Australian culture.
Following his return to Brazil Robson studied, opened his own Travel Agency, followed by a Money Change Bureau, and now Robson manages his commercial property business.
Robson thanked the club for the opportunities the exchange afforded him in life, and he was extremely pleased to reconnect with Mr Gulvin.
 
Robyn introduced Bernie, our longest serving member, who is one of only two pecan nut farmers in Australia, and the only one in WA.
Bernie gave members an overview of his nut farming operations and in particular an initiative last year where he installed pumps running on solar generated electricity.
The pumps are three-phase unit, starting direct-on-line, and pump around 1000 litres per hour. The pumps are robust, and alternating current, means they have no brushes nor commutators, and there is no additional connection to the normal electricity grid. Each solar panel produces 1200 watts and the pumps output to a 5 inch pipe that flows down to the orchard.
Bernie spoke about how the trees are grown from grafts and take 15 years before they start to produce, which is the reason for so few growers in Australia. The nuts are picked, or more accurately shaken from the trees by a machine, in two harvest per year, the first commencing this coming month. Recently planted 1000 more trees and is also planting other nut types.
Rod Cross gave Bernie a vote of thanks for imparting his kernels of information and shelling out some capital for a great innovation.
For a view of Bernie's Presentation, click here. And to watch the video, click here.
 
The idea of a further purchase of a Shelterbox was approved by the Board and a donation has been made to Shelterbox towards the Fiji cyclone disaster. Shelterbox have also been busy reallocation Shelterboxes from Saudi Arabia to Fiji.
Damien has been down the path and works are progressing on laying of the path with gravel.  It is progressing nicely.
 
 

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