Sunday, February 20, 2011

Watch RI President Ray Klinginsmith
ring the New York Stock Exchange closing bell 23 February
Rotary International News -- 18 February 2011

RI President Ray Klinginsmith will ring the closing bell
at the New York Stock Exchange on 23 February
during a ceremony with representatives from Rotary and Sanofi Pasteur,
a leading provider of polio vaccine, in honor of Rotary's 106th anniversary
and in support of a polio-free world.
Rotarians can watch the event through streaming video at
Representatives of the two organizations will also take part in opening bell ceremonies
in four financial markets in Europe that day:
Lisbon, Portugal; Amsterdam; Brussels, Belgium; and Paris.
Video of the events will be streamed at
That evening, the New York Stock Exchange Building
will provide a dramatic backdrop for an equally dramatic message:
End Polio Now, which will be projected onto the building.
Grammy Award-winning singer Angélique Kidjo,
a participant in Rotary's "This Close" polio awareness campaign,
will attend the lighting.
Other landmarks around the world will be illuminated
during the week of 23 February in support of Rotary's pledge
to rid the world of this crippling childhood disease.

The first four

They discussed Harris' idea that business leaders should meet periodically
to enjoy camaraderie and to enlarge their circle of
business and professional acquaintances.
The club met weekly; membership was limited to one representative
from each business and profession.
Though the men didn't use the term Rotary that night,
that gathering is commonly regarded as the first Rotary club meeting.
[From the May 1938 issue of The Rotarian Silvester Schiele describes the start of Rotary]
As they continued to convene, members began rotating
their meetings among their places of business, hence the name Rotary.
After enlisting a fifth member, printer 5 Harry Ruggles,
the group was formally organized as the Rotary Club of Chicago.
The original club emblem, a wagon wheel design,
was the precursor of the familiar cogwheel emblem
now used by Rotarians worldwide.
By the end of 1905, the club's roster showed a membership of 30
with Schiele as president and Ruggles as treasurer.
Paul Harris declined office in the new club
and didn't become its president until two years later.
Club membership grew, making it difficult to gather in offices,
so the members shifted their meetings to hotels and restaurants,
where many Rotary club meetings are held today.
These early "Rotarians" realized that fellowship and mutual self-interest
were not enough to keep a club of busy professionals meeting each week.
Reaching out to improve the lives of the less fortunate proved
to be an even more powerful motivation.
The Rotary commitment to service began in 1907
when the Rotary Club of Chicago constructed that city's first public lavatory.
With this inaugural project,
Rotary became the world's first service Club organization.
Three years after Paul Harris' inspired idea,
a San Francisco business person by the name of Homer Wood happened
to have a conversation with a friend from Chicago
who told him about their "club."
Woods grasped the concept and organized the Rotary Club of San Francisco in 1908.
In a single year, 1909, Woods personally formed 6 clubs 3, 4, and 5,
in Oakland, California; Seattle, Washington; and Los Angeles, California.
Then one of the San Francisco Rotarians, that same year,
started the ball rolling for Club #6 in New York, New York.
By December, Boston, Massachusetts was number 7
and Seattle formed Tacoma, Washington as number 8.
Paul Harris had been hoping for this and now the Chicago club really caught the bug,
this thing was going to be big.
The first place they headed was Minneapolis, Minnesota,
which became number 9.
Some St. Paul folks heard about this meeting and hurried over in time to meet
with these people from Chicago and they became number 10.
When the National Association of Rotary Clubs
held its first convention in 1910, there were 16 clubs.
Those sixteen are known as the "organizational clubs as there was
no provision for a "charter" to be granted since
no formal institution existed to issue a charter.
Harris was elected president.
At the following year's convention, speakers used the phrases
"Service, Not Self" and "He Profits Most Who Serves Best,"
which became the organization's mottoes.
"Service, Not Self," was later changed to "Service Above Self"
and has since been adopted as Rotary's primary motto

Room 711

taken from the Rotary Global History Fellowship newsletter


click on this link to see and 1973 edition of "The Rotarian" magazine



This is the song written by Jerry Mills which was inspired
by RI President Ray Klinginsmith and the work of Rotarians worldwide.
The video was produced by Rotarian Bob Gallagher
with full cooperation from Jerry Mills.




Sometimes the 467 pixel width of this blog theme
doesn’t allow me to present images with readable text.
It is the same with the photographs I show.
There is help at hand.
Simply click on the offending image
and you will be given a larger view





Rotary Club of Cockburn
President Larry Wale welcomes Simon Watson on January 20th 2011


During last week ARH Program coordinator Cheryl Deguara
was in Perth
to speak to Rotary Clubs regarding
Indigenous Health Scholarships

President Bill Scanlan of the Rotary Club of Swan Valley
makes a presentation to be involved in the program

Cheryl and the President of the Rotary Club of Mundaring Les Stratford
Mundaring hosted the joint meeting with Swan Valley on February 16th


Rotary Club of Bentley Curtin Annual River Cruise

Tom and Lisa Hoyer from Byford


Rotary Club of West Perth
from the club newsletter


Rotary Club of Southern Districts
Nancy Hulbert

from the club newsletter


Rotary Club of Heirisson


Rotary Club of Manjimup Birthday Bash

Robert and Kathy Taylor

John and Dawn Peos
from the club newsletter


Rotary Club of Cambridge


Rotary Club of Belmont
from the Clubs newsletter

Ladies of the Rotary Club of Belmont
L-R Jodie Perring, Michele Alexander, Joanne Winslade andMegan Bennett

thanks Mike Winslade


Rotary Club of Bentley Curtin


Rotary Club of Southern Districts
from the club newsletter


Good news......from the Rotary Club of Cannington
- PP Don reported that their Grand daughter Claire
who attended Handicamp, has joined the Rotaract Club of Gosnells.
She also intends to address our meeting when she receives some photos
from another ‘Buddie’ of Handicamp.
- PP Don’s other Grand daughter;
Anna, assisted very capably at the last Sunday’s Sausage Sizzle
and she was very keen to work at the next one in March.

from the club newsletter


Rotary Clubs of Mandurah


Rotary Club of Manjimup Wine Show

from the club newsletter


Rotary Club of Willetton


Rotary Club of Geraldton
Geraldton Red Back Choppers

from the club newsletter

see below for a you tube promotional video of the Geraldton Red Back Choppers


Rotary Club of Western Endeavour
click to embiggen


Rotary Club of Corrigin
was visited by Peter and Sylvia Skerratt of
the InternationalCaravanning Fellowship of Rotarians

President Jackie Jones and Peter Skerratt

Peter and Sylvia

from the club newsletter


Rotary Club of Attadale

click to embiggen


Rotary Club of Belmont

from the club newsletter


Rotary Club of Kwinana


Rotary Club of Ascot at the movies

from the club newsletter


Rotary Club of Corrigin


Rotary Club of Applecross

click to embiggen

from the club newsletter


Rotary Club of Hillarys

The Carine Community Fair will be held again on Sunday 20 March 2011
, and we are now calling for expressions of interest
from stallholders who wish to participate.
Now in 3rd decade, the Fair has grown to become
one of the major annual events in the northern suburbs.
It is designed to give community groups with limited resources
an opportunity to raise their own funds which
otherwise may not have been possible.
Organisations which have benefited in the past by using the Fair
as a means of supplementing their own fund raising efforts include
scouting groups, Silver Chain, Motor Neurone Disease Association,
Red Cross, school P&C’s, junior sporting clubs and the like.
In addition, the event provides participants with an opportunity
to engage with a large number of visitors from the surrounding area
who are drawn to the Fair to see a variety of fun
and interesting attractions in a safe and friendly atmosphere.
Stall holders wishing to participate can obtain an application form
with the terms and conditions attached, by e-mail at


Rotary Club of Fremantle Port

Dear friend,
We would like to invite you to attend the seventh Rotarian week
held in Ragusa (South-eastern Sicily) on May 14th - 21th 2011.
This event will take place again in Ragusa after the success of last year
and will be hosted by the local Rotary Club.
Aptly named the Rotarian week of Ibla Baroque,
the event intends to introduce Rotary club members of the whole world
to this beautiful part of Baroque Sicily,
recognized by the UNESCO as world heritage site.
The program begins upon your arrival at Catania airport on Saturday 14 May,
and ends your departure from Catania, Saturday 21 May.
Programs, itinerary and booking form on
Participation is limited to 120 persons.
Reservations can be made prior to March 25th, 2011 or until complete,
using the form published on the website site
Airfare from your city to Catania airport is not included in the package;
however discounted flight reservations are available from Herea Tours upon request.
This initiative is not for profit and all proceeds
will be donated to the Rotary Foundation.
Instead losses will be charged to the host club.
We will do our best to make your stay in Ragusa memorable.
We hope to see you soon.
With kind regards,
Francesco Spampinato
President Rotary Club Ragusa


Rotary Club of Crawley


IA2011 - Katie Ischkin from Rotary International on Vimeo.


MARCH 31st 2011

Peter Durrant 9388 9775
Peter Hodgson 9494 1250


Rotary Club of West Perth
Outbound student Camilla O'Shea with Jack Lodge
and Beatrix former inbound from Brazil


Rotary Club of Southern Districts


Rotary Club of Manjimup

President Phil Gravett and Merredith Culley
rebound from Italy

Juliann, Merredith and Rena


Rotary Club of Geraldton
President Di Gilleand and Chloe Greenfield rebound from Brazil


Rotary Club of Belmont
Sanne Knudsen[Denmark] and Mike Winslade

Ellen Sheppard [USA Rebound], Piera Pacea [Inbound Italy]
Sanne Knudsen [Inbound Denmark] andJames Griffith [Rebound France]

Jess Taylor [Rebound Japan 2008] and Ellen Sheppard

All Youth Exchange pictures from club newsletters and websites
Others by Mike Winslade and Doug Worthington D9455


Rotary Down Under Merchandise & Promotions is now fully stocked
with all the coming Rotary year theme items
such as ties, scarves, pins and podium banners.
The new theme,
Reach Within to Embrace Humanity,
was unveiled by Rotary International President Elect Kalyan Banerjee
at the recent International Assembly in San Diego
and was warmly received by the 22 Australian
and six New Zealand-based District Governors Elect.
It may seem early, but there are now only four shopping months
until the new Rotary year begins.
RDU Merchandise & Promotions has now settled into
its brand new showroom in the Western Sydney suburb of Seven Hills.
The new premises (Unit 16, 45 Powers Rd, Seven Hills, NSW, 2147)
promise a better shopping experience for those able to visit,
and gives staff a little more room to move in order to provide Rotarians
all over Australia, New Zealand and the South West Pacific
with a better online and telephone service.
Orders can still be made online at
or by phone on +61 2 9674 6855 or
To celebrate the move, Rotary Down Under Merchandise and Promotions
has drastically reduced prices for some of its most popular products,
including Rotary themed caps, hats men's and women's shirts,
which are now selling for as low as $A25,
which is between $15 and $20 off the usual prices.
Rotary Down Under Merchandise and Promotions is fully licensed
and accredited by Rotary International,
which means that when you purchase your Rotary gear
through Rotary Down Under Merchandise and Promotions,
you are supporting the work of Rotarians all over the world.


Rotary Clubs of Fremantle and Attadale
Golf Day
March 4th 2011

Rotary Club of Swan Valley
Bassendean Markets
Next Markets

Rotary Club of Cannington
Sausage Sizzle
Bunnings March 20th

Innerwheel of Mandurah
Charter night
May 28th
Meadow Springs

The Rotary Clubs of Harvey, Collie and Pinjarra
are helping out people who were not fully covered
by insurance in the recent bushfires

the above snippets were taken from the Rotary Club of Victoria Park newsletter



February 21st
Rotary Club of Ascot [1969]
February 28th
Rotary Club of Rockingham [1967]
March 9th
Rotary Club of Kenwick [1982]
March 10th
Rotary Club of Pinjarra [1967]
March 11th
Rotary Club of Mill Point [1987]
March 14th
Rotary Club of Darling Range [1983]
March 17th
Rotary Club of Mosman Park [1972]
March 24th
Rotary Club of Fremantle Port [1980]


March 4th .........Rotary Clubs of Fremantle and Attadale Golf Day
March 12th.......Saturday.......Rotary Club of Cambridge Starlight Rock
March 20th....Sunday......Rotary Club of Hillarys Community Fair
March 20th.......Sunday.........Rotary Club of Heirisson Duck Derby
March 25-27th......Districts 9455 and 9465 Conference @Burswood
March 27th...........Sunday......Rotary Club of Willetton Community Fair
March 31st...Thursday..........Closing date for RotaryYouth Exchange 2012
April 8th.........Friday.... Rotary Club of Crawley .. A Night to Remember
April 9th..........Saturday........Rotary Club of Corrigin Motor Show
April 23rd........Saturday... Rotary Clubs of Mandurah "Duck Race"
April 30th........Saturday......Rotary Club of Bentley Curtin Quiz Night
May 28th........Saturday........Innerwheel Mandurah Charter night
June 11th...Saturday...Rotary Club of Canningtons Ladies Seminar
August 21st.......Sunday.......Rotary Club of Boulder Radio Auction


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"Quote of the Week"

Geraldton RedBack Choppers


"If you are asked to donate money to help those affected by the civil unrest in Egypt,
don't fall for it.
It's a pyramid scheme! "
thanks Briggette

A palindrome reads the same backwards as forward.
This video reads the exact
opposite backwards as forward.
Not only does it read the opposite,
the meaning is the exact opposite.
This is only a 1 minute, 44 second video and it is brilliant.
Make sure you read as well as listen..
.forward and backward.
This is a video that was submitted in a contest by a 20-year old.
The contest was titled "U @ 50" by AARP.
This video won second place.
When they showed it, everyone in the room was awe-struck
and broke into spontaneous applause.
So simple and yet so brilliant.

stolen from the Rotary Club of Ascot newsletter


A women was considering buying an aging Thoroughbred
but wanted a veterinarian's opinion of the horse before finalizing her deal.
She asked when the vet had completed his examination
"Will I be able to race him?"
The veterinarian looked at the woman, then at the horse.
"Sure," he replied,
"and you'll probably win!"


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