Monday, August 1, 2011


August is Membership and Extension Month


This is where the Yellow boats were at 4.00pm Saturday July 30th

At Geraldton




Rotary Club of Geraldton
New Rotarians Keith McKay and Leeanne Robertson with Ken Allen and President Laurie Holland


Rotary Club of Freshwater Bay
and PP Jim Gould


Rotary Club of Gosnells
Sarah Roberts with husband Mark and PP Brian Vale



Rotary Club of Matilda Bay
Outgoing President Colin Thorniley welcomes new President Christine Stewart



Monday, 24th July, 2011
30 years of Australian Rotary Health

Australian Rotary Health will commemorate 30 years of service this August,
 celebrating three decades of providing funding for medical research
and scholarships for healthcare professionals.
Pushed into action by the mystery surrounding sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS),
 Ian Scott addressed the Rotary Club of Mornington on June 17, 1981,
 highlighting the need to fund more medical research in order
 to shed light on the mystery of the syndrome.
After 30 years, Ian Scott’s dream of funding research is still alive
 with Australian Rotary Health raising close to $27 million for medical research since its origin,
$10 million of which contributing to advances in mental health,
 the main focus of Australian Rotary Health since 2000.
The effect Australian Rotary Health has had on mental illness in particular
 is evident through the success of their researchers in their long term careers,
 and the relevance of their funded studies to the wider community.
Dr. Felice Jacka, who received an Ian Scott Scholarship between the years 2005-2008
 for her PhD on ‘the relationship between mood and anxiety disorders and nutrition’
 has since gone on to discover a definite link between foods
 common in ‘western ‘society and disorders such as anxiety and depression.
 These important findings were published in the acclaimed American journal
‘“The Year in Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder: The Most Important Studies of 2010”.
Australian Rotary Health’s focus on mental illness has also fostered
 a greater understanding of mental illness within the community
 and the effect of the ever growing media on those with mental illness.
A. Australian Rotary Health funded study by Professor Jane Pirkis entitled
‘“Media Reporting of Suicide” found a high amount of media coverage
 on suicide can actually increase the prevalence of suicide in the community.
As the world moves well into the 21st Century,
 Australian Rotary Health has looked toward projects that utilise technology
for the good of those in need and find avenues of treatment in a digital setting.
Professor Susan Paxton’s study
‘“On-line Therapy for Disordered Eating and Body Dissatisfaction’
found that the anonymity of the internet allowed those with body dissatisfaction
to openly discuss their issues after which their level
of dissatisfaction was noticeably reduced.
Similarly, Associate Professor Britt Klein’s study entitled
 ‘e-Therapy for Anxiety Disorders’ provided free, anonymous,
effective online treatment for all anxiety patients.
Though a fantastic achievement, Australian Rotary Health is very aware
 that the research being funded now is merely scratching
the surface of what is waiting to be discovered.
“Research is needed to build a better understanding
 of how these illnesses occur but, unfortunately, a lack of finance sees
 only 20% of research grants for mental illness get funded.”
Says Joy Gillett OAM , CEO of Australian Rotary Health.
With the ongoing support of Rotary Clubs and the wider community,
 Australian Rotary Health aims to continue supporting healthier minds and bodies
 and work towards improving the health and lives of those least able to assist themselves.

The 30th anniversary will be marked by Australian Rotary Health
and their friends in a celebratory dinner dance to be held
 at the Moonee Valley racecourse, Victoria on August 13th, 2011.

Jacqueline Mercieca

Media and Communications Officer
02 8837 1900

Australian Rotary Health District Chairs
D9455  PDG Ian Hutton    ...0418 938 939
D9465  Diane and Alan Wright 0448 910 923




Around the Clubs

Rotary Club of Gosnells
Supporting the Roleystone Fire Brigade
Brigade Captain Noel Plowman with President Neil Hewer

The Club also assisted Rochelle Martin who suffers from a rare liver disease
Rochelle is wanting to visit Disneyland USA

Rotary Club of Belmont

two nameless Docker supporters at the Eagles Vs  Dockers game


Rotary Club of Attadale

Rotary Club of Ascot


Rotary Club of Kwinana


Rotaract Club of South Perth
Cooked up astorm at Ronald McDnald house on Saturday July 9th


Rotaract Club of Goldfields
Had a footy night changeover to welcome new president Sam Scattini


RI World President Kaylan Banjeree was in Perth for World Rotaract week in 2005
He is pictured here with some South Perth Rotaractors and PRID Ken Collins

Rotary Club of Geraldton


The Rotaract Club of Subiaco, along with Rotary and Global Poverty Project,
 invite you to a Breakfast to End Polio.

The Breakfast will be held on 5 October 2011 from 7-9am
at the Perth Exhibition and Convention Centre.
Tickets are available at
.The July special is $380 for a table of 8, or $50 per ticket.
For more details please visit


Students from Finland arrive

Finnish Student Roosa Paappa who will be hosted by Rotary Club of Scarborough

Harold Astok from Estonia will be hosted by Western Endeavour

Rosa Ikonen from Finland will be hosted by the Rotary Club of Perth

Andy Chen from Taiwan to be Hosted by North Perth

Milla Lohikainen will be hosted bt the Rotary Club of Cockburn

Marianne Zieglar and Maxmillian Dax from Germany with Geoff and Debby McLarty from Pinjarra

Maxmillian and Marianne
Maxmillian will be hosted by Pinjarra
Marianne to be hosted by Attadale


Rotary Club of Belmont












other Snippets of information

Rotary Club of Cunderdin Annual Arts andCraft and Kuringal Concert
November 12th

Rotary Club of Corrigin Variety Night
September 3rd
Rotary Club of Narrogin Golf Day
September 10th


Rotary Club of Mt Lawley
Sausage Sizzle @ Bunnings
October 8th


Rotary Club of Swan Valley
Next Bassendean Markets
August 28th


Rotary Club of Osborne Park
Sausage Sizzle Bunnings
July 23rd


Rotary Club of Victoria Park
Sausage Sizzle
Bunnings Belmont
October 15th


August 1st
Rotary Club of Scarborough [1956]
August 4th
Rotary Club of Swan Districts [1949]
August 5th
Rotary Club of Victoria Park [1948]
August 5th
Rotary Club of Byford and Districts [1998
August 24th
Rotary Club of Melville [1959]
August 24th
Rotary Club of Bunbury Central [1978]
August 30th
Rotary Club of Northam [1946]



On a lighter note

For every woman with a curve there are several men with angles.

It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.

Can a storm be officially designated as a tornado without touching down at a trailer park?

Always hold your head up, but be careful to keep your nose at a friendly level.

We child-proofed our home three years ago and they’re still getting in!

Whoever coined the phrase “Quiet as a mouse” has never stepped on one.

I wonder who coined the term, “coined the term.”

Shouldn’t the cosmic stupidity hopper be empty by now?

Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.

A foolproof method for sculpting an elephant:
 first, get a huge block of marble,
then you chip away everything that doesn’t look like an elephant.

If I get male pattern baldness, I’d like zig-zags please

One guy asked the skydiving instructor,
 "If our chute doesn't open, and the reserve doesn't open,
how long do we have until we hit the ground?"
Our jump master looked at him and in perfect deadpan and answered,
"The rest of your life."


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