Sunday, November 8, 2009



25/2009





News and information for Districts 9450. 9460, 9470
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November is Foundation Month

Week 2
In 1985 Rotary International committed to ridding the world of polio.
With the World Health Organisation, United Nations Childrens’ Fund

and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention,
Rotary has immunised over 2 billion children and reduced the incidence by 99%.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has contributed US$355million
and Rotarians have been asked to raise US$200m.
We are nearly half way in what we believe will be the crucial last hurdle
in meeting our promise to the children of the world.
For more details check the RI website:
www.rotary.org/endpolio




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Rotarian Bio


George Booth.....Rotary Club of Fremantle
Joined Rotary.........2000
Married....................Josephine
Children...........Natalie, Sarah, George [ 5th]
Classification....Travel Agent, Tour Operator
Favourite drink......A good Shiraz
Favourite hoilday destination....India
Famous person or celebrity I would like to have dinner with.
.Barack Obama
If I could change one thing about Rotary..
Rotary should have a more clear focus on recruiting active business people
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Like to see your picture and bio here [or a member of your club]
Just email a photo plus the answers to the questions
Don't be shy. all in good fun
Phil
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103 years of Rotary Service in Quairading

Rotarians Jack Wilson [94], Cal Leeder[77], Mick Laycock[79]
The Rotary Club of Quairading was chartered in 1963.
Jack joined in 1964, Cal in 1966 and Mick in 1967
Last monday on the eve of the Melbourne cup
I travelled to Wamenusking for a joint meeting of the Rotary Clubs
of Corrigin and Quairading.
Wamenusking is a tennis club situated about halfway between the two Clubs
It is fellowship night with Melbourne cup sweeps and fun games played.
I have managed to attend in the past few years ,
but have been informed the night has been happening for almost the past 30 years

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THE 31th BLACKWOOD MARATHON RELAY. 31 October 2009


Following is a list of the 1st 10 teams to finish
Team Names...................................... Category
1 BRIDGETOWN TEARAWAYS............. OPEN
2 QUEEN BEES .......................................WOMEN
3 THE OLD & THE BEAUTIFUL........ OPEN
4 LUMBERJACKS #............................ OPEN
5 FAB 5 ...................................................OPEN
6 COMMERCIAL REALTY AGED PERSONS VETERANS
7 GEEGELUP RACERS.......................... OPEN
8 HAVANA CLUB ...................................OPEN
9 MT BARKER VETERINARY HOSPITAL CORPORATE
10 LUKATAJ ................................LADIES VETERAN




taken from the Rotary Club of Bridgetown website

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Don't forget
Special Preview
Wednesday November 11th
Greater Union Cinema
57 Liege Street Innaloo
6.30pm



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Over the past few weeks I have been putting together
a list of all the current Rotary Clubs in Western Australia
based on their Charter Date
If you see any errors, or something that needs to added or changed,
let me know and I will update the list
Phil


Rotary Clubs of Western Australia

Club...... ...........Charter Date
1.Perth ....................15th April 1927
2.Fremantle ...........26th September 1928
3. Bunbury....... ......19th June 1939
4. Kalgoorlie...... ........4th July 1946
5. Northam .............30th August 1946
6. Victoria Park...... 5th August 1948
7. Mount Lawley ......28th June 1949
8. Subiaco ..............28th June 1949
9. Swan Districts..... 4th August 1949
10.Geraldton........... 2nd October 1950
11.Manjimup ..........12th February 1952
12.Bridgetown........10th April 1954
13.Collie...................15th April 1954
14.York.....................14th June 1954
15.West Perth ........28th June 1954
16.Mount Barker .....15th April 1955
17.Narrogin ..............15th April 1955
18.Armadale ............21st December 1955
19.Scarborough.......... 1st August 1956
20.Busselton Geographe Bay...... 27th October 1956
21.Katanning .............26th September 1957
22.Moora ..................26th September 1957
23.Wagin ...................24th October 1958
24.Harvey .................17th December 1958
25.Melville................... 24th August 1959
26.Nedlands................ 2nd November 1959
27.Gosnells................ 8th February 1960
28.Margaret River .......17th February 1960
29.Belmont ...................13th May 1960
30.Mandurah ...............27th June 1961
31.Boulder ...................30th October 1961
32.South Perth/Burswood ......17th May 1962
33.Esperance .................12th June 1962
34.Kalamunda ................27th June 1962
35.Carnarvon ..................15th April 1963
36.Quairading.................30th June 1963
37.Corrigin ......................18th May 1964
38.Morley..................... 28th October 1964
39.Cunderdin.............. 22nd January 1965
40.Cannington............. 25th September 1965
41.Wongan Hills ...........15th June 1965
42.Kojonup.................... 19th February 1966
43.Rockingham............ 28th February 1967
44.Pinjarra ..................10th March 1967
45.South Bunbury........ 23rd June 1967
46 .Albany East ...........17th October 1968
47.Ascot...................... 26th February 1969
48.East Perth................ 9th June 1969
49.Cockburn ..................18th June 1969
50.Cambridge............... 30th June 1969
51.Geraldton North .....21st October 1969
52.Gnowangerup............. 8th October 1970
53.Port Hedland ..........30th December 1970
54.Mundaring .............7th January 1971
55.Kwinana ..................22nd April 1971
56.Aplecross............... 3rd June 1971
57.Wanneroo................ 23rd July 1971
58.Welshpool ..............29th December 1971
59.Mosman Park .........17th March 1972
60.North Perth ...........17th April 1972
61.Rossmoyne ............30th June 1972
62.Karrinyup ...............1st May 1974
63.Osborne Park .........26th May 1978
64.Bunbury Central .......24th August 1978
65.Esperance Bay....... 4th November 1978
66.Matilda Bay ...........11th January 1979
67.Karratha ................2nd February 1979
68.Albany Port .............29th May 1979
69.Balcatta ....................25th January 1980
70.Fremantle Port........ 24th March 1980
71.Bunbury Leschenault .....24th December 1980
72.Kenwick...................... 9th March 1982
73. Attadale......................12th April 1982
74.Palm Beach ................12th April 1982
75.Maddington ..............11th June 1982
76.Willetton...................... 25th June 1982
77.Armadale/Neerigen Brook ......28th June 1982
78.Bentley/Curtin............ 14th July 1982
79.Thornlie ......................7th August 1982
80.Como........................ 24th November 1982
81.Darling Range........... 14th March 1983
82.Booragoon................... 21st June 1983
83.Northbridge ..............17th April 1984
84.Dalkeith ....................24th April 1984
85.Midland ........................14th June 1985
86.Western Endeavour..... 19th February 1986
87.Hillarys .......................11th April 1986
88.Mandurah Districts ....11th April 1986
89.Joondalup ..................12th September 1986
90.Kununurra................ 26th September 1986
91.Geraldton-Greenough ....17th October 1986
92.Mill Point ....................11th March 1987
93.Heirsson.................... 9th November 1990
94.Hannans/Kalgoorlie ......28th May 1994
95.Mandurah City ........19th April 1993
96.Swan Valley............. 9th June 1993
97.Byford and Districts..... 5th August 1998
98.Fremantle City ........16th June 1999
99.Broome ..................18th October 2000
100.Ballajura/Malaga .......1st October 2007
101.Freshwater Bay.......... 19th December 2008

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News from Africa



Swaziland: more boreholes, no water
Posted: 06 Nov 2009 07:26 AM PST

In Swaziland over 3,000 boreholes have been drilled in the country since 1986,

but over 40 per cent of the population have no access clean water
and about 90 percent of the community water projects are not functioning.
Many boreholes have broken down and the communities,
who were supposed to maintain them,
lack the know-how or money to carry out repairs.

In the drought-stricken area of Siteki, Tibuyile Maziya has been trying
to fill up her four 20-litre buckets with water at a community for the last four hours.
With a baby on her back and two more buckets to fill up,
19-year-old Maziya says she walks to this well at least three times a week
to get water for her family of 15.
Siteki, a small town in the eastern part of Swaziland,
has not had water for decades.
“Sometimes I spend the whole day waiting for the water to surface,” said Maziya.
“You have to get here very early in the morning,
otherwise you can go back home empty handed.”
Sometimes when she comes to the well,
there are more people than water available.
Besides spending so much time waiting for water
and walking for three kilometres to the well,
she still has to immerse a bucket inside
and has to pull up the heavy water-filled bucket by hand.
Surprisingly, Maziya is standing next to a hand pump borehole
and two hundred metres away there is another one.
“All these boreholes are not working because they have broken down,” she said.
The hand pump boreholes stopped working because of a mechanical failure.
And there was no one around who could fix it.
“For about two years now, the community has been relying on this spring for water.”
A lot of people in the country, especially those in the Lubombo Region,
are still travelling long distances,
and have to compete with livestock drinking at the streams for the water.
Others rely on springs and wells.
But hand pumps and electric powered boreholes
are a common sight throughout the lowveld and dry middleveld.
According to the director of the Department of Water Affairs, Obed Ngwenya,
over 3,000 boreholes have been drilled in the country since 1986
but more than 40 percent of the country’s one million population
still does not have access to clean water.
In fact, said Ngwenya, about 90 percent of the community water projects
are not functioning because many boreholes have broken down
and nobody wants to take responsibility.
He said the idea is that once government or a development agency
has put up a borehole at an area, the community should maintain it.
“Although government and development agencies have tried
to drill boreholes in many places to make water more accessible to the people,
but we haven’t been very successful so far,” said Ngwenya.
“Communities fail to repair these boreholes.”
The reasons for this vary.
But mostly communities say they do not know how to repair the boreholes.
And they are too poor to afford the services of a trained mechanic.
He said the country has only tapped onto only ten percent
of its ground water resources although 90 percent of its people,
the majority of which are from rural areas, depend on groundwater.
Many communities, said Ngwenya,
using electric powered pumps fail to pay the electricity bills
and the Swaziland Electricity Company cuts them off and they remain with no water.
A lot of community boreholes have run dry after pumping water for a few months.
It is a sign that no proper assessment of available underground water
at those places has been done,
said Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Forum chairperson Jameson Mkhonta.
He admitted that there is poor management of groundwater in the country.
“Until a year ago when the WASH Forum was established,
there has been a lot of duplication of activities with regards
to the supply of ground water at rural areas,” said Mkhonta,
“Non-governmental organisations have been drilling boreholes
in the same areas within a very short distance without any proper coordination
which is the reason why some boreholes have run dry.”
The WASH Forum, which comprises of non-governmental organisations;
United Nations agencies; government and companies that provide water services,
has received about 1.5 million dollars.
The money will be used to repair damaged boreholes
and drill more boreholes throughout the dry areas
so that people like Maziya could easily access water.
The forum has realised that,
besides the fact that a lot of boreholes have broken down,
some of them have not been installed properly in the first place,
a blame Mkhonta attributed to some private companies
whom he said cut corners when installing the pumps.
Another identified loophole, according to Natacha Terrot,
the communications officer at Yonge Nawe Environmental Conservation Group,
is that some companies drill beyond the stipulated six inch diameter.
“The haphazard manner at which boreholes are drilled in the country
could mean we’ll find ourselves depleting the water table,” warned Terrot.
“We need proper monitoring to ensure that people adhere
to legislation and the stipulated guidelines.”
In the meantime, the management of groundwater resources
is not only a challenge for Swaziland
but for the whole Southern African Development Community (SADC).
According to Barbara Lopi,
the Communications Specialist

SADC Groundwater and Drought Management Project, because groundwater is not seen,
there is very little awareness around its importance
at all levels of society and government.
“The real value of groundwater is not visible enough to influence

policy decisions and resource allocation that could lead to improved use,
development and management of the resource within the region,” said Lopi.
As a result, SADC is establishing a regional

Groundwater Management Institute in South Africa
which will be operational next year.
Source: Mantoe Phakathi,
IPS, 28 Oct 2009





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In Istanbul, Turkey, a FireFly mobile classroom,
provided by the Rotary Club of Istanbul,
brings literacy instruction and computer training
to young students in outlying areas of the city.
IPTC - Creator:
Monika Lozinska-Lee
IPTC - Credit:
© Rotary International

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Tri District Calendar
November 8th ....Sunday...........Rotary Club of Mosman Park BIG WALK
November 9th-15th .....................Rotary Institute [Newcastle]
November 11th...Wednesday......"
Amelia" movie preview Innaloo
November 14th... Saturday....... Rotary Club of Cunderdin Craft Day and Kuringal Concert
November 16th .... Monday.............
12th Annual Ken Collins address
November 28th.....Saturday.......Rotary Club of Applecross Jacaranda Festival
November 22nd.....Sunday..........Rotary Club of Perth Great Bike Ride
December 4th......Friday...............
Storm the Stage @ the Burswood
February 24th...Wednesday......Australian Rotary Health Tri District Seminar
March 19th-21st.............................. D9460 Conference Manjimup
April 16th-18th ................................D9450 Conference










SMILE!



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