Sunday, July 18, 2010



The RI President Ray Klinginsmith’s monthly message
July 2010
Winds of Change
What an amazing world!

Advances in technology are happening so quickly that
they cause constant changes in our businesses and professions.
Yet about one-third of the world’s population is still living
at a subsistence level with little change in their lives.
It is a stark contrast and a cause for concern.
Rotary has both a distinguished heritage and a bright future.

My primary task as president is to enhance the vitality
and viability of Rotary clubs and to enable them
to succeed in the midst of societal changes.
This is an important task because it is the clubs that address
and alleviate the root problems of society
and thereby make the world a better place.
Wind of change was a new and significant phrase

when I was a Rotary Scholar in South Africa in the early 1960s.
It is serendipitous that the phrase that was first publicized
in my host city of Cape Town is now applicable to Rotary
as we contemplate the changes in society that dictate
some corresponding changes in our organization.
The phrase is now better known as winds of change.
We are currently enjoying a culture of innovation at Rotary International.

We have the ability to look at all of our programs
and practices to see if they can be improved,
even as we steadfastly maintain our core values.
I hope many Rotarians will take advantage of this opportunity
to identify and implement improvements
in their clubs and districts as well.
Rotary lives and breathes in our 33,000 clubs,

and it is the clubs that improve lives by
Building Communities – Bridging Continents.
If we succeed in helping clubs to become
Bigger, Better, and Bolder in the next year,
then it will be clear that the best days of Rotary are still ahead.
We are fortunate to be Rotarians!
Together, we can make the world a better place!

taken from the Rotary club of Hannans newsletter





Club Changeovers
Rotary Club of Batavia Coast
[formerly Geraldton North]
Past President Ken Watkins welcomes incoming President Tom Thuijs


Rotary Club of Cambridge
Past President Jason King with new President Bill Richardson


Rotary Club of East Perth
Outgoing PresidentCharlie Russo welcomes President Mike Penny


Rotary Club of Booragoon

President Steve Coady with Past President Kasun Wijayamanna


Paul Harris Fellows

During her official visit to the Rotary Club of Southern Districts,
District Governor Marilyn Barton presented Past Presidents
of the former Rotary Clubs of Thornlie and Maddington with PHF's

Past President of Maddington
Dawn Gregson

Past President of Thornlie Mike Raspa


Ambassadorial Scholar
Ambassadorial Scholar Claire Litton [USA] will be interviewed
on the Jenny Seaton Radio show on Monday July 19th

Claire will speak about Rotary ,her scholarship and her Rotary
Foundation fund raiser on August 7th
Tune in to Curtin FM 100.1 at 12.20pm


Around the Clubs

Rotary Club of Southern Districts
New Member Guliz Ursavas pictured with her husband Emre
was inducted last week
Guliz emigrated from Turkey where she was a member of Rotaract
and now,
having settled in the Thornlie Area,
has decided to continue her Rotary activities by joining Southern Districts


“If we want to see another century of Rotary,
we must make Rotary more attractive to young people.
Many young people share our beliefs.
To get them involved in Rotary,
we must concentrate on activities that capture their attention
, so they are willing to make commitment.
It is not the responsibility of young people to come to our clubs.
It is ours to invite them.”
Address to 1994 Rotary Convention Taiperi, Taiwan
Taken from the Rotary Club of Corrigin newsletter



My role as Rotary District 9470 Probus Chairman
has concluded with the amalgamation of the new Rotory Districts.
I have enjoyed my role and have been able,
with the assistance of three Rotary Clubs in 9470,
namely, Byford Rotary Club, Darling Range Rotary Club
and recently Rotary Club of York, now Canning Brdge
in assisting me to form three new Probus Club.,
For those three years I was on the 9470
District Community ServiCe Committee.
I wish to thank those Rotary Clubs for their help.
As we know, Probus is a Community Service Program
and I have done my best to get the message across.
It was disappointing, when I took over this job in July, 2007.,
I contacted, 17 Rotary Clubs in 9470 and received two replys.
During the three years,
I was on the Committee of the Perth Rendezvous Committee.
At the time I was a member of the Victoria Park Rotary Club
and was given leave of absence to work on this committee.
which was most appreciated.
In January, 2010. I decided to leave Victoria Park Rotary
and transfered to Rossmoyne Rotary Club,
I am now on the Committee of the Probus Association of WA
Once again thank you to those Rotary Clubs which supported me in my Role,
as Rotary Probus District Chairman,
Yours in Rotary,
Bill Lake
Rossmoyne Rotary Club


Coming soon!!!!!!


Rotary Club of Northam
Roadwise Officer spoke recently at Northam
Pictured here with President Ian Gibbs


Rotary Club of Booragoon
Tom Pearson
The George Sipman Award
was introduced by the Club
back in 1991 to honour the Booragoon member
who, in the opinion of the incumbent president,
made the most significant and unsung contribution
during his or her year.
The award was named after George Sipman,
who had just stepped down after six years of untiring
and uncomplaining service as secretary.
The choice of George Sipman Award recipient
is made personally each year by the outgoing president.
It is a measure of the contribution made by the club by
Tom Pearson that this year he has been selected for the
George Sipman Award for an unprecedented fourth time.


Rotary Club of Geraldton

Farewelling exchange students Antonie and Aimee


Rotary Club of Freshwater Bay
Took time out to visit Linney's jewellers for a vocational visit

Rotary Club of Bunbury
Visiting Rotarian Wendy Pollecutt from Madagascar
Wendy is visiting family at Dalyellup and visited us a few weeks back.
Wendy came from South Africa
but is now resi­dent in Nosybe (Noseybay) in Madagascar,
where she is a Member of the local Rotary Club.
Her Club comprises 11 Members of which only three are male
but they are hopeful of increasing their number.
Wendy has just spent time up at Coral Bay and Exmouth and,
as a keen spear fishing and under water photography person,
was very impressed with the Ningaloo Reef and the surrounding country.
She was particularly impressed with the coral,
although we do not have the soft coral because of the environment.
Wendy saw all sorts of fish in­cluding whale sharks,
dugong, manta rays, tiger shark, whales and numerous others.
The friendliness ofpeople she met was so pleasing compared
with other places and she felt safe, even being on her own.
The extensive beaches, compared to the small beach areas
at home were an eye opener.
Madagascar is an island 1600 kilometres North to South
and has a population of 17 mil­lion people.
Poverty is a major problem and the island
has a big problem with defores­tation .


Rotary Club of Manjimup
Rowena put this in the club newsletter
and I think it has something to do with this


Foster’s Property
21 Swan Street Henley Brook
The Rotary Club of Balcatta invites you to come along
and watch participants in the 2010 Avon Descent
on the banks of the above Rotarian’s Alpaca property.
Guests pay an entry fee and receive morning tea, coffee and cakes
and are invited to bring their own barbecue lunch (bbq’s provided)
and drinks if they wish to spend a fun filled
afternoon cheering on the contestants in this challenging race.
$10 adult, $5 child, $25 family (1 or more children)
Please remember that the home has large verandahs all around, so even in the event of rain, there is no reason why people cannot attend the
Remember, don’t just bring yourselves,
but encourage family members or friends to accompany you.
All proceeds from this event will be donated to “Wheelchairs for Kids”
(RSVP would be appreciated by Monday 2nd August
in order for the Rotary members Partners
to CATER for the Morning Tea)
Steve & Judy Foster
Ph 9296 4112


Rotary Club of Melville
David Porter
8.00am, Sunday, 18 Jul, 2010
Organiser's Comments:
July 18th to 24th 2010
Contact David Porter [9457 7035]
for further information and application forms.



Rotary Club of Fremantle Port
inducting two new members
Rhonda Williams and Lysbeth Shepherd

Rotary Club of Pinjarra
Working on project where young people from
Fairbridge Farm will exchange with East Timor
Rotary Club of Manjimup
Successful Outbound Youth Exchange student Lisa Hercock
is off to Belguim early next year
Rotary Club of Ascot
Australian Golfing Fellowship of Golfing Rotarians
32nd annual Tournamentat the Western Australian Golf Club
October 3rd -8th

Rotary Club of Bunbury / Leschenault
Rotary Club of Bunbury
Rotary Club of Bunbury Central
Rotary Auction Charity Ball
August 14th
Rotary Club of Southern Districts
Quiz Night
July 30th
Rotary Club of GeraldtonRadio Auction...
October 31st
Rotary Club of West Perth
is involved with RPH in recycling medical equipment
and has sent containers off to Bangalore India

The Rotary Club of Boulder
has donated $8,ooo to Southern Cross Care
[formerly Little Sisters of the Poor]
for a new Shower Trolley



July 23rd
Rotary Club of Wanneroo [1971]
August 1st
Rotary Club of Scarborough[1956]
August 4th
Rotary Club of Swan Districts [1949]
August 5th
Rotary Club of Victoria Park [1948]
August 7th
Rotary Club of Thornlie [1982]
August 24th
Rotary Club of Melville [1959]
Rotary Club of Bunbury Central [1978]
August 30th
Rotary Club of Northam [1946]



July 21st..........Wednesday........Rotary Club of Gosnells Xmas in July
July 23rd...........Friday.........Rotary Club of Geraldton Fawlty Towers Theatre Night
July 30th.........Friday...............Rotary Club of Southern Districts Quiz Nite
August 7th....Saturday ...Rotary Club of Bentley/Curtain belly dancers fund raiser
August 14th...............Saturday...............Rotary Clubs of Bunbury Charity Auction Ball
August 21st........Saturday....Rotary Club of Byford Mix and Mingle
October 3rd-8th............Rotary Club of Ascot Golfing Rotarians Tournament
October 24th-29th..............International Fellowship of Cricketing RotariansFestival@ Lillac Hill
October 31st..............Sunday..............Rotary Club of Mosman Park John Hughes "Big Walk"
October 31st........Sunday................Rotary Club of Matilda Bay Subiaco Craft and Community Fair
October 31st.............Sunday.............Rotary Club of Geraldton Radio Auction
December 3rd -5th.....................Rotary Institute [Perth]





The light turned yellow, just in front of him.
He did the right thing, stopping at the crosswalk
, even though he could have beaten the red light
by accelerating through the intersection.
The tailgating woman was furious and honked her horn,
screaming in frustration, as she missed her chance to get through the intersection,
dropping her cell phone and makeup.
As she was still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window
and looked up into the face of a very serious police officer.
The officer ordered her to exit her car with her hands up.
He took her to the police station where she was searched,
fingerprinted, photographed, and placed in a holding cell.
After a couple of hours, a policeman approached the cell and opened the door.
She was escorted back to the booking desk
where the arresting officer was waiting with her personal effects.
He said, ''I'm very sorry for this mistake.
You see I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn,
flipping off the guy in front of you and cussing a blue streak at him.
I noticed the 'What Would Jesus Do' bumper sticker,
the 'Choose Life' license plate holder,
the 'Follow Me to Sunday-School' bumper sticker,
and the chrome-plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk,
so naturally... .
I assumed you had stolen the car.''

stolen from the Rotary Club of Boulder newsletter


A young and successful executive was traveling down a neighborhood street,
going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar.
He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars
and slowed down when he thought he saw something.
As his car passed, no children appeared.
Instead, a brick smashed into the Jag's side door!
He slammed on the brakes and backed the Jag back to the spot
where the brick had been thrown.
The angry driver then jumped out of the car,
grabbed the nearest kid and pushed him up against a parked car, shouting,
"What was that all about and who are you? Just what the heck are you doing?
That's a new car and that brick you threw is going to cost a lot of money.
Why did you do it?"
The young boy was apologetic.
"Please, mister...please, I'm sorry, but I didn't know what else to do."
He pleaded. "I threw the brick cause no one else would stop..."
With tears dripping down his face and off his chin,
the youth pointed to a spot just around a parked car.
"It's my brother," he said.
"He rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and I can't lift him up."
Now sobbing, the boy asked the stunned executive,
"Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair?
He's hurt and he's too heavy for me."
Moved beyond words, the driver tried to swallow
the rapidly swelling lump in his throat.
He hurriedly lifted the handicapped boy back into the wheelchair,
then took out a linen handkerchief and dabbed at the fresh scrapes and cuts.
A quick look told him everything was going to be okay
. "Thank you, and may God bless you," the grateful child told the stranger.
Too shook up for words, the man simply watch ed the boy
push his wheelchair-bound brother down the sidewalk toward their home.
It was a long, slow walk back to the Jaguar.
The damage was very noticeable,
but the driver never bothered to repair the dented door.
He kept the dent there to remind him of this message:
"Don't go through life so fast that someone
has to throw a brick at you to get your attention."


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