News and information from Districts
9450, 9460, 9470
WA Police officer Jason Gentilli and CEO of the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley
Peter Stubbs present their freshly complted application forms to
President Jim Bailey of the Rotary Club of Kununurra
Community meetings spark the revival of Kununurra
In February they thought they might have to return their Charter,
but by April, the Rotary Club of Kununurra had been revived.
Chartered in 1986, the club was for many years admired throughout District 9450
for the work it did and the support it gave to various Rotary programs.
It had a strong local identity through its community projects
and fundraising effort and it was a strong supporter of The Rotary Foundation.
It sent and received Youth Exchange students each year,
sent young people to Perth for Rotary youth leadership programs,
selected candidates for Group Study Exchange –
you name it its members were involved,
even though they were 3300km from the centre of most Rotary District activity.
But by February this year that had all changed and club Treasurer Jim Bailey
realised something needed to be done.
So he got together with Frank Rodriguez, Grant Lodge, Paul Wainwright,
Gordon Tomkin and Bruce Russell and decided to conduct
two community information meetings.
They gathered the names of all business and professional people in the town
and sent out 114 invitations.
Sixty people accepted – which meant changing to a bigger venue!
District Governor Sue Rowell was so impressed
she sent PDG Colin Thorniley to Kununurra to assist.
In the days before the first meeting, President Jim Bailey
and PDG Colin met several local business identities,
including the CEO of the local Council, the principal of the High School,
the Director of Health, senior local Police and a representative of a group
working with the local aboriginal community.
There were 42 people at the March 19 meeting that included
presentations by PDG Colin,
President Jim Bailey and a recently returned exchange student, Kara Lipscombe.
Membership forms were distributed and the results were astounding,
with 11 applications completed that night
and a further five received over the next week.
Another 26 people attended the second meeting on April 2,
and seven more applications were received.
‘‘It shows what can be done if a group of people are determined to rebuild a declining club,’’ President Jim said.
‘‘Although I am confident we will get a few more applications
we now have a club of 42 members
and can really get down to doing some worthwhile community work
and support the many worthwhile Rotary programs.
It was a lot of work but it has been well and truly worth it.”
Borrowed from Rotary Down Under
Taken at the recent D9460 Conference District Governor Zaki Drkham
presents a cheque to the Rotary WA Cord Blood Bank
For more information about the Rotary WA Cord Blood Bank
click on the link in Rotary Links
Borrowed from D9460 website
Rotary Club of Belmont President Russell Perring
and West Coast Eagle footballer David Wirrapunda
David was Guest speaker at a recent meeting and gavea n amazing story of growing
up in Arnhem Land moving to Healesville (about50 km out of Melbourne)
and then moving to Perthat 16 years old after being recruited by Mick Malthouse.
David’s family have been role models for him;
his father is a leader in Arnhem Land,
his uncle is Mandawuy Yunupingu of Yothu Yindi
and his maternal grandmother has an Order of Australia.
Now David is determined to be a role model for another generation.
Supported by Rio Tinto, the core objective of the DavidWirrpanda Foundation ("DWF")
is to promote strong role models and healthy life choices to indigenous children.
Borrowed from The Rotary Club of Belmont newsletter
Rotary Lookout above the Bay of Isles Esperance
Stage 7....... Darwin to Perth
on Stage 5.
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