Sunday, March 21, 2010


News and Information for D9450, D9460, D9470

March is Literacy Month

Rotarians all over the world,
all through the history of Rotary International for more than a century
have been looking for opportunities to serve the humanity
in any area of concern of health and education.
Both health and education are equal challenges for
an organization like Rotary International,
but education is of great significance since one third of world’s population
are children below the age of 15.
Even among the adults in some parts of the world,
there is a huge percentage of illiterate,
particularly, the women in such areas.
Literacy has been identified as the crucial issue
when we think of health, hygiene, drug abuse,
HIV aids, terrorism and so on.
In short, for all the social evils.
Literacy is required more than ever before to improve the quality of life.
Literacy would have been the main thrust area for Rotarians
if we had not launched the global polio immunization programme.
We certainly have to give priority for the polio eradication programme.
In the last few years, the Presidents of Rotary International
have been laying emphasis on literacy promotion.
UNESCO has declared “Education for all by 2020”.
Rotary has promoted the project of Concentrated Language Encounter (CLE)
evolving ‘Light House’ strategy, functional literacy, adult literacy,
THE LOFT (after school programme), Vocational Training,
adopt a school, adopt a library, Dictionary programme,
Numeracy promotion and several other programmes to promote literacy.

Dear family of Rotary,
Knowing how to read and write can transform a person’s life.
These basic skills, which so many of us take for granted
, can mean a job, an income, and hope for a better future for those
who are struggling to break the cycle of poverty.
That’s why Rotary has focused on promoting literacy
for more than two decades, and why The Rotary Foundation
has provided millions of dollars to support literacy projects.
March is Literacy Month on the Rotary calendar,
a time to consider what your club could be doing to boost
literacy rates in your community and in communities around the globe.
In parts of our world,
less than 30 percent of the population can read and write.
Many of those people are women and girls who have few opportunities
for education and who then cannot teach their own children to read
. Even in wealthy countries,
you’ll find substandard schools that are failing to adequately teach basic skills
and far too many adults who cannot read or write
well enough to function effectively in society.
Our Foundation’s Humanitarian Grants Program is at work throughout the world
helping many disparate groups gain life-changing literacy skills.
Foundation grants are providing books, school supplies, computers
, and other educational equipment.
With Foundation support,
clubs are adopting failing schools and helping them to thrive
and developing programs using the concentrated language encounter method
that has proven so effective in Thailand and many other countries.
Literacy opens doors to employment and economic security.
Let’s use our Foundation resources to provide that essential key.
Jonathan Majiyagbe
Foundation Trustee Chair


Hi Phil,
Jan and I have just returned from South Africa
having represented Australia at the World Rotary Festival of Cricket in Durban.
We were joined by Clive Craddon and Lloyd Dungey (Dist 9470)
and Colin and Anna Whiteman and David and Wanda Johns from Dist 9460
In the meantime would you please promote in Rotary out west
the Australian Rotary Festival of Cricket
which will be held at Lilac Hill from Oct 24th to 29th 2010.
We already have confirmation that some overseas Rotarians
will be coming and expect at least 4 or 5 teams from Australia.
The Kiwi's are also planning to send a team
. We are looking to get more WA Rotarians involved in both playing
and assisting with the organizing.
Regards and cheers
.David Horsley

The Australian International Fellowship of Cricketing Rotarians
invites IFCR members and partners to join fellow Cricketing Rotarians
as a team or individual at the 2010 IFCR Australian Cricket Festival
to be held at Lilac Hill – Swan Valley, Perth Western Australia
Sunday 24th to Friday 29th October 2010.
Lilac Hill boasts 3 turf and one synthetic wicket
and has for the past 20 years been the venue of the “season opener”
for international touring teams visiting Australia.
Lilac Hill is the home of the Midland-Guildford Cricket Club
which can boast being the “Home” club of test cricketers
Alex Stewart, Norm O’Neill, Bruce Yardley, Simon Katich, Tom Moody,
Brendon Julian, Jo Angel, Tim Zoehrer, Tony Mann and Keith Slater.
Come and be part of the atmosphere of this outstanding cricket venue.

Accommodation for the Festival is available at “The Vines”
Resort and Country Club also located in the Swan Valley.
The Vines offers the choice of more than 100 hotel rooms
from Resort to Deluxe Spa suites and Executive Suites.
If you prefer, you can share one of the 50
two or three Bedroom fully self contained apartments with friends or family.
The Festival Opening and Closing functions
will be held at The Vines function and banquet rooms.

The Vines Resort features two 18 hole championship golf courses
and a golf academy and driving range.
A swimming pool and heated outdoor spa along with
squash and tennis courts and a fully equipped gymnasium.
If you choose not to self cater in an apartment there are two restaurants,
two bars and a cafe available.
Lilac Hill and The Vines are situated in the beautiful Swan Valley
wine growing region just 15 - 20 kms from the Perth CBD.
If you find yourself with spare time you can check-out
some of the numerous wineries, breweries, restaurants and galleries in the Valley.
Airport transfers will be available on Sunday 24th October
from noon onwards to transport you to The Vines
and also for the return to Perth Airport Saturday 30th October.
Buses will ferry participants between The Vines and Lilac Hill
on match days and tour buses have been arranged
for those wishing to do a tour on the rest day.
Registration forms with full costing will be available
on the Rotary Cricket website from early April 2010.
In the meantime if you wish to make a reservation at The Vines
you can phone (61) (08) 9297 3000
or from April you can go to website.
and there will be a special on-line booking form for IFCR attendees.
When booking accommodation please mention
you are attending the Australian Rotary Cricket Festival at Lilac Hill.

If you have any other queries please feel free to contact
David Horsley:
PO Box 1124 Northam
Western Australia 6401
Phone: 61 (08) 95740412 or Mobile 61 0408934585

Come along and enjoy a marvellous Rotary Fellowship experience.

David Horsley
David is a Past President of his club, Past District Governor
and a multiple Paul Harris Fellow.
He joined IFCR in Melbourne in 1993
and toured England in 1997, 2001 and 2009, NZ in 2000,
attended the Rotary World Festivals of Cricket at Fordingbridge 1997
, Chennai 1999,New Zealand in 2002, Hunter Valley in 2004 and Colombo in 2007.
He has been a Board member of IFCR (Australia) since 1997.

The International Fellowship of Cricketing Rotarians
in the Rotary Links


Around the Clubs

Rotary Club of Attadale

The Attadale Rotary Club and the Bicton Uniting Church
are joining together to establish a Men’s Community Shed
in the grounds of the Bicton Uniting Church
on the corner of Canning Highway and Carrington Street,
in Bicton/Palmyra.
The concept of a Men’s Shed is to provide a meeting place for retirees
and other men to pursue interests in woodwork and metalwork
in a communal place and with some assistance
and encouragement from fellow members and friends.
There are over 400 Men’s Sheds in Australia,
but only 20 in WA.
The Shed will be available to all men irrespective of age
and anyone interested in the concept is invited to contact
the Rotary Club of Attadale.
When sufficient space in the new Shed is available,
additional activities such as computing, model boat building, mechanical works
or a community garden may eventually be developed.
As well as a place to socialise, have a coffee and meet friends,
it is anticipated that the environment could also provide an opportunity
for mentoring of boys missing a significant male figure in their lives.
Men’s health is of vital importance these days
and with modern houses being built on ever smaller blocks, men’s sheds
are the first to go.
Having a place to meet friends and participate in a useful pursuit
of woodwork or metalwork is of prime consideration
for the new generation of retirees.
The new shed will have as a motto:
A Public Interest Meeting held on 8th March 2010
in the Church Hall at 1 Carrington Street, Palmyra
on the site of the proposed new Men’s Shed,
was attended by 80 people (see photos below).
A committee of 10 was formed to carry the project forward.
A grant of $5000 from the Melville City Council
has been awarded to establish the Shed.
Contact Colin Taylor on 9330 3769 to register your interest.

Past President John Bray speaking at the meeting

Some of those in the audience
The Rotary Club of Attadale recently had a crabbing night
Below is a couple of pictures of them enjoying the catch


Rotary Clubs of Northam and Mundaring

Met recently for a joint meeting


Rotary Club of Subiaco

Over a couple of weekends recently, Rotarians and Friends
from our club have helped the girls from Esther House
build a vegetable garden outside the main building.
The Esther Foundation is a non-profit organisation
that operates an extensive residential women's leadership
and training program in South Perth for young women aged 14-35
wanting to get their lives back on track.
The project has been a big success.
First of all, the land had to be cleared of choking Cooch grass.
Then, the ground was dug over with a rotary hoe
. Plastic was spread over the entire plot to minimze
the risk of the grass coming back.
Large planting tubs were placed in position on the plastic;
straw was placed in each one for drainage, followed by the topsoil.
Finally, the Esther girls planted a selection of vegetables in each planter.
Two weeks on, and the garden is looking fabulous
and the girls are really enjoying it.
We understand they find it therapeutic to water the garden
. Another very successful Rotary project,
thanks to all the Rotarians and friends who took part,
and especially to Sheree and Patsy for organising it.
David Cuff

Rotary Club of Geraldton Greenough
Rotary Club of Geraldton Greenough Club Red Hill Concert
For the past 4 year the Rotary Club of Geraldton Greenough
has held a concert at Red Hill.
The event was initially put together by
Past President Glenn O’Brienand PP Cyril MacKenzie
to create an icon event for the community
as well as being the club’s major fundraiser event for the year.
Additionally it is an event where the community
can see Rotary in action.
The event is aimed at the young at heart
who want to let their hair down a bit in friendly hassle free environment.
This year the event is being held on Saturday 27 March
and the headline acts are
Wendy Mathews and Daryl Braithwaite.
The event will be sign posted
and is on the Chapman Valley Road north.
The gates open at 3:30pm.
There is a bus service for those who don’t want to drink and drive
or don’t have a designated driver.
You can drive yourself and additionally you can camp for the night.
There is catering and beverages available at the venue.
For those people interested there are corporate tables
available in groups of 10.
Tickets are available either online at Ticketmasters,
the Queens Park Theatre in Geraldton
or they can be purchased for cash at the gate
.From the proceeds last year we are donating $20,000
to the West Australian Cord Blood Bank
.We encourage Rotarians to come
and for any local questions you can contact
John Gourley on 0409375704
who will be happy to assist.


Rotary Club of Karrinyup

The annual Karrinyup Rotary Community Fair
will be held on 28 March 2010 at Robinson Reserve
in Royal Street,Tuart Hill from 10am to 4pm.
The beneficiaries of the Fair include the MS Society of WA,
Royal Flying Doctor Service, Salvation Army and Asthma Foundation.
Come along to support this FREE event
;the whole family will be entertained by a host of games and attractions!
Hold on tight to the bucking bull,have your face painted
and be dazzled by a host of multicultural dancers and shows
.Delight in side show alley, inflatable slides,countless rides
, bubble fun, and animal farm.
Pick a bargain at the silent auction or enter the raffle to win a car
.And don’t forget to visit the assortment of more than 50 stalls
offering everything from paintings to plants
.You can also enjoy a delicious meal
or just coffee and cakefrom the many food outlets.
For more information or to secure a stall visit
or contact Peter Cheng ,
Stallholder Coordinator on phone 92455157
.Check out the Rotary Club of Karrinyup website on the Rotary links
You will find more information on the Community Fair on the website
Rotary Club of Western Endeavour

The Claremont Fair, organised by
The Rotary Club of Western Endeavour,
will be the 51st Rotary Fair to be held in the Town of Claremont.
The fair is held in Claremont Park, corner Bay View Terrace
and Stirling Highway, Claremont.
Entry fee is $2 each or $5 per family.
There are fabulous gate prizes.
The Claremont Lifestyle Fair has something for the whole family.
Stall holders:
Register your interest NOW to take part in the Fair
that attracts some 7000 visitors each year.
Contact the Fair Registrar or phone 9386 4889.
The registration page is now live,
and if you are interested in taking a stall please select
Stallholders” from the menu above
and follow the prompts to make an on-line booking.
If you need assistance with online booking, please call 9386 4889.
You can expect almost 80 retailers at the Fair which will include -
gourmet food, coffee, kebabs, craft and gifts, flowers and plants
West Australian wine and boutique beers can be tasted at the Fair
and orders placed for their delivery.
The Book Stall will have hundreds of bargains books for you to peruse.
Plenty of parking is available in Claremont Park off Bay View Terrace.
The Claremont train station is only one block away.
Buses to and from Perth and Fremantle
pass Claremont Park on Stirling Highway.
enter your pet in the Pet Show and win prizes for you and your school.
There is Entertainment throughout the day.

For more information visit
the Rotary Club of Western Endeavour website
in the Rotary links


Rotary Clubs of
Mandurah City
Mandurah Districts

Rotary Club of Bentley/Curtin



March 27th..........Saturday..........Rotary Club of Geraldton Greenough Red Hill Concert
March 28th.........Sunday.................Claremont Lifestyle Fair
March 28th........Sunday...............Rotary Club of Karrinyup Community Fair
April 16th-18th ................................D9450 Conference
May 2nd……Sunday…………………………..District Assembly D9455
May 2nd……..Sunday……………………….District Assembly D9645
May 8th..........Saturday........................Rotary Club of Bentley/Curtin Bush Band Concert
May 14th.......Friday.........................Rotary Club of Belmont 50th Birthday
June 20th-23rd………………………………. Rotary International Convention Montreal
June 26th..........Saturday..............Rotary Club of Canningtons Ladies Seminar
July 3rd…………….Saturday……………District Changeover [D94555 and D9645
October 24th-29th..............International Fellowship of Cricketing Rotarians
Festival@ Lillac Hill
October 31st........Sunday................Rotary Club of Matilda Bay
Subiaco Craft and Community Fair
December 3rd -5th.....................Rotary Institute [Perth]



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The next day, there's a knock on the door
and there stands before him avoluptuous, athletic, 19 year old young lady
dressed in nothing but a pair of Nike running shoes
and a sign around her neck.
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The sign reads,
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Without a second thought, he takes off after her.
A few miles later huffing and puffing, he finally gives up..
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On the fifth day, he weighs himself
and is delighted to find he haslost 10 lbs. as promised.
He calls the company and orders their 5-day/20 pound program.
The next day there's a knock at the door and there stands
the most stunning, beautiful, sexy woman
he has ever seen in his life
. She iswearing nothing but Reebok running shoes
and a sign around her neckthat reads,
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Well, he's out the door after her like a shot.
This girl is in excellent shape and he does his best,
but no such luck.
So for the next four days,
the same routine happens with him gradually getting in better and better shape.
Much to his delight on the fifth day when he weighs himself,
he discovers that he has lost another 20 lbs. as promised.
He decides to go for broke and calls the company
to order the 7-day/50pound program
'Are you sure?' asks the representative on the phone.
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The next day there's a knock at the door;
and when he opens it he findsa huge muscular guy
standing there wearing nothing but pink running shoes
and a sign around his neck that reads,
'If I catch you, your are mine.'
He lost 63 pounds that week.


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