Sunday, September 6, 2009


News and Information from D9450, D9460, D9470

Rotarian Bio

Laurie Glossop....Rotary Club of Western Endeavour

Joined Rotary......................2003
Children..................................Mark and Scott
Classification...........................Occupational Health
If you could change one thing about Rotary
More emphasis on attracting younger members
Favourite Holiday destination
Central [Outback] Australia
Famous person or celebrity Iwould/ve like to have dinner with
Albert Einstein


The Rotary Club of Ascot

Congratulations to two recipients of Paul Harris Fellows

PP Rosslyn McLernon with DG Ian Jones

Rotarian Beverley Poor with PDG Hugh Langridge

Riders at Mount Barker

From Susan Plewright Secretary Rotary Club of Mount Barker

Hi Phil
Thanks for the tree announcement. We sold heaps.
Just thought I’d send you a pic of the other event here
and that was the bike riders in Barker weekend before last.
Our President Irene Sprigg (third from left) looks resplendent in her Docker’s jersey
and Past President Bill Hollingworth (fourth from right)
would just like everyone to know his legs are that colour all year round.
I’m sorry I don’t know the other people
But as you can see all looked gorgeous.

President Irene

Leaving McDonalds in Kalgoorlie

As of today[Sunday 6th] the riders are east of Baledonia and into Day 169


Rotary Club of Bridgetown
Annual Marathon Saturday October 31st

The Blackwood Marathon is a relay race held annually on the last Saturday of October.
It was originally a vision that some members of the Bridgetown Rotary Club
had in 1979 as a way for the town to celebrate Western Australia’s 150th Anniversary.
From humble beginnings, of just 54 teams (220 competitors),
it has grown from strength to strength and now boasts over 750 competitors,
including many iron-men and iron-women.
The Blackwood Marathon is a unique event and has attracted many top athletes.
The competitors enter this event in teams comprising of 5 members, or iron-men.
A runner, a canoeist, a swimmer, an equestrian and a cyclist.
The race begins in the town of Boyup Brook and finishes in Bridgetown
after journeying around 60kms through some of Western Australia’s
most picturesque countryside of the Blackwood River Valley.
The relay begins with the running leg.
A 12km course, along bitumen and gravel roads that take the competitors
from Boyup Brook to the Blackwood River.
At the end of the running leg, the team number,
which is on a bib worn by the competitor,
is handed to the canoeist who begins their journey of 8.5km.
The course is mostly open water,
with some narrow sections of running water over rocks or downed trees.
The canoe leg finishes at Jayes Bridge.
The race is then suspended while all the competitors
and their supporters come together for a picnic lunch and a swapping of stories.
At the end of the lunch break the swimmers begin their leg
in the order that the canoeists arrived at Jayes Bridge.
The swimmers have a distance of approximately 1km before running up the riverbank,
where they are handed their team number.
This is then passed to the equestrian who begins their leg of the race.
The 16km horse course takes part on gravel roads, through lush green paddocks
and along the side of the Blackwood River.
The course is quite undulating with several challenging hills that does require a fit,
well trained horse if the team does not wish to be vetted out.
Teams are vetted out if, 30 minutes after finishing their leg,
the horse’s heartbeat does not return to below 60 beats/min.
Horse riders pass their team numbers onto the last team competitor.
Then the final leg 22km course with some challenging hills
takes the race into the town of Bridgetown.
The course is along bitumen except for the first 50m
and the final 200m which is a gravel track that takes competitors onto
the trotting track for a lap to the finish line.
The race concludes at the Bridgetown Sports Ground
where everyone meets for food, drinks and the presentations.
There is a variety of foods on offer
and of course a bar to help you celebrate a successful day.
This time is often the hi-light of many people’s day.
While waiting for all teams to finish and the timing to be completed,
everyone has time to socialise and spin a few yarns of their day.
Once all the teams have completed the race,
the timers begin the task of collating all the data collected by computers,
which then sorts out the winners and place getters of the many divisions.
After presentations, each team receives a time sheet
which informs the team of their final placing.
The time sheet also gives the placing of the team after each individual team member’s leg
and also the place of each competitor within their leg.
The Blackwood Marathon is a great day for all, competitors, supporters and spectators.
Some teams enter to be highly competitive
but many teams come back year after year simply to be part of this great day,
to catch up with friends
and enjoy the tranquil beauty of the country that is the South West.
This highly organised and superbly run event is a credit to the Bridgetown Rotarians,
who are on the Marathon committee,
and the many volunteers who ensure the day always runs like clockwork.

For more information visit or browse the Rotary link on the right hand side of this blog


Rotary Club of Thornlie

The Rotary Club of Thornlie has as its main fundraiser, the local Bring and Buy second-hand market held at Centro Shopping Centre Maddington.
The Club has successfully run this every Sunday morning for over 20 years and the funds generated have been used in many projects in the clubs area as well as internationally.

The Market is held every Sunday – Except Christmas day and New years day
The market is located in the car park at the Centro Maddington Shopping centre
– Burslem Drive Maddington
The Market operates between the hours of 06.00 and 11.00 hrs
Buyers and sellers are admitted at the same time
Toilet facilities are available after 06.00 hrs
Sellers are charges at the following rates which is collected from the sellers at approximately


RAWCS [Rotary Australia World Community Service]
Fund Raising Walks

After the inaugural RAWCS fundraising walk on the Kokoda last year
the intention is to extend the opportunity for further participation
RAWCS is pleased to announce two walks to encourage Rotarians, family members
and Friends of Rotary to give consideration to being part of these walks

Walk 1---Kokoda---K2

13th-24th September 2009---Owens Corner to Kokoda
This walk traces the steps of the Australian forces through the Owen Stanley Ranges
Team Leader PDG Bob Sydes [03 6344 9559[ or for further information refer to

Walk 2…. Sandakan Death March..S2
19TH-29TH May 2010
This walk provides the option of walking all the way, part walk/part bus or using bus transport all the way.
The Sandakan-Ranau walk follows in the steps of the POWs who were force-marched three times between January and June 1945
Team Leader PDG Lou Johnson [03 6344 5014]
For further details refer to


The Rotary Foundation 2008


Rotary International expenses 2008


Date September 5th ....... Saturday.......... Presidents meeting D9470
September 9th ...... Wednesday ..... Rotary Club of Rossmoyne $10,000 raffle draw
September 12th ...... Saturday........ Storm the Stage semi finals
September 13th-20th ..................... Rotary Awareness Week
September 15th......
Tuesday ........ Presidents meeting D9450
September 18th-20th .................... RYPEN D9470
October 1st............. Thursday ...... Rotary Club of East Perth
............................................. Police Officer of the Year award
October 4th........... Sunday ............Climb for a Smile
October 23rd –25th ...................... District 9470 Conference
October 24th .......... Saturday........ Rotary Club of Cambridge Golf Day
October 25th .......... Sunday ......... Rotary Club of Margaret River Fun Run
October 25th ......... Sunday ......... Rotary Club of Matilda Bay Craft and Community Fair
October 25th.......... Sunday............ Rotary Club of Hannans Belzano race
October 31st.......... Saturday......... Rotary Club of Bridgetown Annual Marathon
November 1s......... Sunday............ Rotary Club of Geraldton Radio Auction
November 9th-15th ...................... Rotary Institute [Newcastle]
November 14th .... Saturday......... Rotary Club of Cunderdin Craft Day and Kuringal Concert
March 19th-21st ............................ D9460 Conference Manjimup




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