Sunday, December 13, 2009


News and Information for Districts 9450, 9460, 9470


Dhani update

From The West Australian
Thursday 10th December 2009
- Dhani the face of charity team effort
Six weeks ago, young burns victim Dhani struggled to eat, talk

and even smile after being sprayed with petrol in a motorcycle crash.
Yesterday, the cheeky seven-year-old couldn't stop grinning

as he enjoyed one last afternoon in Perth,
just two weeks after burns specialist Fiona Wood
performed surgery to relax his face by releasing his lower lip to help
him eat and his eyes to let them close.
Dhani, who lives in Bali,

was brought to WA for treatment using funds raised by the
Rotary Club Bali Seminyak
and the Mandurah City Rotary Club on learning of his plight.
Club member Mark Savage said the difference

in Dhani after the surgery was remarkable.
"He can now close his mouth when he eats

and it allows him to close his eyes when he sleeps for the first time in two years,"
Mr Savage said.
"It's been a nice experience for Dhani.

Even though there's a bit of pain involved,
he understands why and he can actually feel the difference.
"He said to me when he was having breakfast the other day,

'Look how big my smile is', and gave me this big cheesy grin."
Dhani visited Princess Margaret Hospital last month where Professor Wood,

of the McComb Foundation, examined his injuries
and decided to operate free.
The Rotary Clubs raised the other $12,000 needed to pay for bandages

and other medical costs.
Despite a few infection scares while recovering from the four-hour surgery,

Dhani was this week cleared by doctors to return home to Bali.
Mr Savage credited Dhani's fast recovery to his positive attitude

and praised the work of the medical teams
from the McComb Foundation and PMH.
He said Dhani might be back in Perth for more treatment.


Rotarian Bio

Roy Rogers......Rotary Club of Quairading
Joined Rotary......................1983
Place of birth............................London, England

Married to...............................Dorothy
Children............Lloyd, Neil and Helen
Classification............................Capital Investments
Favourite drink ..................Beer [VB]
Favourite holiday destination.....Albany and the South coast
Famous person or celebrity I would like to have dinner with........Phil Cordery[aw gee ,thanks Roy]
If I could change one thing about Rotary........too much money is wasted on lavish conferences and conventions

From the Rotary Club of Fremantle Port
Fremantle Port spent Sunday 5th December at the East Fremantle Festival
popping corn and making badges from 1pm till 7pm.
We had a great day with all members taking part in (mainly)
our fluorescent orange Fremantle Port Rotary T shirts.
We were in the children’s section and had a great day.
A constant stream of customers
(one boy who had his arm in a sling after a spider bite
had four bags of popcorn during the day)
and we discovered that there are lots of young children and babies in East Fremantle.
They are polite, parents are perhaps not in their teenage or even early twenty years,
and they are enjoying family activity.
We were not out to make a profit, but probably did.
Our presence in the community
as a family friendly human organization was our main aim.
We were certainly part of the action
and lots of people knew who we were and what we represented.
Thanks Marie Wilson


Although the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI)
has faced sobering challenges in the past year,
it is moving forward in key political, technical, financial, and operational areas.
Stepped-up efforts to end the disease in the four endemic countries
of Afghanistan, India, Nigeria, and Pakistan are paying off, GPEI officials say.
"Rotary International has played an extraordinarily special role [in the GPEI],

not just as one of the initiators but in bringing financial resources,
political advocacy, and volunteerism on the ground to getting the job done,"
says Dr. Bruce Aylward, director of the GPEI
at the World Health Organization.
According to WHO, the incidence of polio in Nigeria in 2009 dropped

by almost half to 383 cases as of 10 November,
compared with 753 cases for the same period in 2008.
Most dramatic has been the decline in the transmission of the type 1 wild poliovirus,
to 73 cases from 692 cases.
Also, the proportion of unimmunized children in Nigeria's
highest-risk states fell below 10 percent for the first time.
In Pakistan, the incidence of polio decreased to 76 cases from 96 cases.

Rotarians there have encouraged the national government
to give strong support to ending the disease.
This advocacy effort helped prompt the government's decision
to launch the Prime Minister's Action Plan for Polio Eradication.
On behalf of Rotary International in August,
International PolioPlus Committee Chair Robert S. Scott
recognized Pakistan's president, Asif Ali Zardari,
with a Polio Eradication Champion Award
for his outstanding support for a polio-free world.
Although the incidence of polio in India increased to 568 cases,

compared with 503 cases a year ago,
all but two of India’s 35 states and territories
have stopped transmission of the wild polio virus.
Afghanistan recorded the same number of polio cases, 24, as a year ago.

The wild poliovirus is endemic only in the south,
and about 80 percent of children live in polio-free areas.
In 2010, a new vaccine is expected to be introduced

to help stop the transmission of the type 1 and type 3
wild polioviruses simultaneously.
This bivalent vaccine, health officials believe,
will multiply the gains made during the past year toward eradicating polio.
Worldwide, the number of polio cases has dropped from more than 350,000 in 1988,

when the GPEI began, to 1,651 in 2008.
The remaining 1 percent of cases are the most difficult
and expensive to prevent, however.
That is why continued support for Rotary's US$200 Million Challenge,
which is close to reaching the halfway mark in funding,
is crucial to the GPEI's success.
"Rotary's challenge ends 30 June 2012.

Let's push confidently ahead to reach our goal
and help ensure that all the children of the world
will be forever safe from this devastating disease,"
says Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Glenn E. Estess Sr.


D9450 RYLA
January 30th to February 5th at
Bickley Department of Sport and Recreation Camp
Hardinge Road... Orange Grove
District Chair ...... Barry Ryall 0418 177 191
D9460 RYLA
January 30th to February 7th at
Baptist Camp Busselton
District Chair......Ed Rose .. 0419 854 633
D 9460 still has a few vacancies , so please contact Ed

D9470 RYLA
January 17th to January 23rd at
YAL Araluen Camp Site
"Camp Simons"
68 Lady McNess Drive ... Araluen
District Chair......Roy Philbin...0418 948 847


December / 2009
Greetings Fellow Rotarians
We are now just six months away from the start of the 2010
Rotary International Convention in Montreal.
More importantly, however, we are only 5 DAYS AWAY
from the first registration discount deadline . . .
December 15, 2009. If you register by December 15,
you will receive a significant discount on your Convention Registration
so if you aren't registered yet, NOW is the time to do it.
It's fast and easy and you can do it all online.
Just CLICK HERE to go to the RI Web Site where you can then register.
When you register online, you will be using the RI "Member Access Portal" (MAP).
If you have not already signed up to use the MAP, you'll need to do that first.
To do so, you will need
your Rotary ID number, your Rotary Club Number, your District Number,
and an email address.
It only takes a minute.
Once you've completed registering to use the MAP, you'll receive a password.
Then, you can log into the MAP and register for the convention.

Convention Speakers Announced
RI has announced the names of those who
will be the primary speakers during the Convention.
In addition to RI President John Kenny, President-Elect Ray Klinginsmith,
President-Nominee Kalyan Banerjee and TRF Trustee Chair Glenn Estess,
the stage of the Bell Center will be graced by
Bob Mazzuca, Chief Scout Executive, Boy Scouts of America;
Greg Mortenson, Executive Director of the Central Asia Institute
and author of "Three Cups of Tea";
Jo Luck, President and CEO of Heifer International;
and Dolly Parton, Country music singer, Literacy Spokesperson,
and founder of Dolly's Imagination Library.
CLICK HERE to read more about each of these speakers

Convention Promotion Committee
Rotary Zones 25 & 26

Meet the Presidents

Bob Urqhart Rotary Club of Geraldton
with District Governor Geoff Simpson

Irene Sprigg...Rotary Club of Mount Barker

President Peter Snell...Rotary Club of Bentley/Curtin
with District Governor Ian Jones

Urgent Request

Dear Presidents and Secretaries,
A letter similar to that below has gone to all clubs seeking their support.
Some have given generously of their time, others have yet to respond.
We are DESPARATELY seeking a FURTHER 30 families
willing to home host on Sunday 17th January.
We run the real risk of losing the NYSF from Perth
if we cannot demonstrate that we can play our part.
For all the effort and great outcomes from this wonderful programme,
it would be a shame if it floundered through lack of willing Rotarians
to share their house for one day with two or more students.
Please urgently re-canvas your members.
We only need two more families per metro club.
WE need the answers ASAP – before we disappear to Christmas recess.
In joyful anticipation of your prompt positive replies to Lucy Brooks
Warm regards
Geoff Simpson
District Governor 2009-10
Rotary International District 9450
(Perth and Northern Western Australia)
08 6380 1014 0408925432

Dear RC President:
As District 9450 Chairman of the National Youth Science Forum
I am delighted provide you with information on
The first Western Australia Session of the NYSF to be held in Perth
Commencing on Monday 11 January 2010
some 150 top science students from around Australia
will arrive at Currie Hall (UWA) in Nedlands
which will be their home for the next 12 days.
An exciting program is being developed
which not only includes exposure to cutting edge engineering
and science innovations and the scientists themselves
but a wide range of activities including personal development,
leadership exercises, career advice, social activities,
cultural visits and much more.
All made possible through the partnership with Rotary,
Universities and Industry.
Rotary will be supporting the session is several ways:
1. Providing Home Hosting: students will join Rotary families for the day
on Sunday 17 January from 9.00 am to 8.00 PM.
Students visit in groups of 2 or more
and from Canberra experience we need about 65 families;
2. Attending the Rotary Dinner:
Rotarians offering home hosting opportunities will be invited to the dinner
on Friday 15 January; and
3. Joining Interview Panels:
as part of the program students are interviewed for prospective jobs.
On Thursday 21 January we will need 32 interviewers from 8.00 am to 1.00 PM.
The Rotary Club of Heirisson is coordinating these three activities
through the District 9450 Chairman
In addition District Governors will attend the Opening Ceremony
at Curtin on Wednesday 13 January commencing at 9.15 am
and there will be an opportunity for a small number
of NYSF coordinators to visit students on session.
Each year your Club supports this very important national science program
and now it's in Perth.
Please consider getting involved.
At this moment the RC of Heirisson is seeking the support
of Rotarians from Clubs with sponsored students,
interested in participating in:

A) Home Hosting or/and

B) Interview Panel

I was wondering if you would be able to help by informing your Club
at your next meeting, collect the names of the people interested in participating
and refer them to me
(Lucy Brooks 9330 7101
At this moment we need 50 families for Home Hosting
and 20 members for the interview panel.
I have attached for you some information on Hosting,
if you have any queries please do not hesitate in contacting me.
Kind regards
Lucy Brooks
NYSF Chairman District 9450
Western Australia
Ph 93307101
Mob 0409 372 135

HOME HOSTING: Brief Description for Rotarians
One of the functions of the Rotary dinner to be held on Friday 15 January 2010
is to organize for Rotarians to host two or more students at their home
on the Sunday following the dinner (17 January 2010 from 9am to 8 PM).
The purpose is to provide students with a relaxing day
in a Perth home and to enable them to catch up on some much needed sleep
and to do some washing.
Students do not need tours of the area,
as this is part of the Forum program.
Rotarians who wish to home host students will be given a sticker
for their badge at the dinner registration
and students will only approach those with the sticker
to arrange Home Hosting during the dinner.
This program has provided many happy experiences
for students and Rotarians alike!
There will be 150 students attending NYSF
and all will require a host.
Students visit in pairs but some families are happy to have 3 or 4.
On previous history between 60 and 70 families are hosts.
A typical Sunday may run something like this.

Collection and head home:9.00 -10.00 am
(Please note pickup is at 9.30 am for those students who attend a church service
and 9.00 am for all others)
Meet and greet at home perhaps morning tea
Washing - hope it is a good day for drying.
This can take more time than expected.
Ready for lunch
Relaxed afternoon - sleep, folding washing, swimming pool,
brief visit to beach
(Remember - sleep/rest is most important)
Also students like to talk to each other outside of the NYSF environment.
NO tours.
Evening meal about 5.30 to 6.00 PM.
In time to return students to the NYSF by 8.00pm
as the NYSF program resumes at 8.00 PM.
Home hosting organizers try and meet Rotarians
on their return and thank them for their participation -
but take care not to interrupt the farewells between students and hosts.


From: Jenni Heenan
Sent: Wednesday, December 09, 2009 5:15 AM
Subject: ShelterBox Australia News Update
Dear Friends of ShelterBox Australia,
As we reflect the year which is nearly past, we must acknowledge
and sincerely thank each and everyone
who has volunteered their time or expertise,
donated or sponsored ShelterBox.
You are the backbone of all our efforts to assist those who have lost everything
– we thank you.
With our heartfelt thanks and best wishes during the festive and giving season,

The Directors, Jenni & Dianne
ShelterBox Australia


Maasai warrior hopes to work for diplomacy
By Ryan Hyland Rotary International News
Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah, incoming Rotary World Peace Fellow
When Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah returned home to Kenya
months after witnessing the 9/11 attacks in New York City,
he found that most of his fellow Maasai, a nomadic warrior tribe,
had only a vague understanding of the events of that day.
Naiyomah, an incoming Rotary World Peace Fellow,
shared first hand accounts with the East African tribe,
using the oral tradition it has relied upon for years.
Deeply moved by his story,
Maasai elders felt compelled to do something to help.
That something turned out to be a decision
to send a herd of cows to the United States
as a display of sympathy and regret.
Naiyomah has collaborated with award-winning author Carmen Agra Deedy
an illustrated children's book about his tribe's response,
which received international attention.
The book explains how cows are sacred to Maasai
and valued above all other possessions.
"The cow is a symbol of life for us," says Naiyomah
"What happened that day was devastating to me."
Although the cows were never shipped to the United States --
State Department officials decided it would cost more
than the value of the herd to import them --
the tribe decided to keep them for the Americans,
setting the cows apart and vowing never to slaughter them.
"The story focuses on healing and solution," says Naiyomah.
"I think children can best understand that,
because their hearts are so innocent.
The future of a more compassionate world starts with them."
In February, Naiyomah will attend the
at the University of Queensland in Australia.
"Rotary International answered my prayers to belong
to an organization that embodies what I silently believe in my heart:
that using compassion can help solve problems," he says.
"Rotarians are ordinary people taking extraordinary actions
to foster relations with countries around the world."
Naiyomah says he hopes the peace studies program
will help him find ways to promote peace.
The 9/11 attacks "showed me there's something
very wrong with world relations," he says.
"There is something lacking in diplomacy that I want to find out."
Naiyomah believes world leaders need to practice
"compassionate diplomacy," valuing the lives of people over political expediency.
"Compassionate diplomacy must start by understanding
and approaching conflicts with a caring aspect," he says.
"Yes, one person can make a difference in the world.
But only if they see themselves as the world, not as individuals."
Chosen as the state of Georgia's selection for the 2009 National Book Festival ,
14 Cows for America goes on sale 1 August.
Naiyomah has requested that his share of royalties
from the book be used toward the purchase of copies
to be given to families of 9/11 victims.


Tri District Calendar

January 17th-January 23rd.........D9470 RYLA Camp
January 30th -February 5th ......D9450 RYLA Camp
January 30th-February7th..........D9460 RYLA Camp
February 24th...Wednesday......Australian Rotary Health Tri District Seminar
March 19th-21st.............................. D9460 Conference Manjimup
April 16th-18th ................................D9450 Conference
June 26th..........Saturday..............Rotary Club of Canningtons Ladies Seminar
December 3rd -5th.....................Rotary Institute [Perth]



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