Sunday, December 22, 2013


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When Julia Yank and a team of Rotary members 
and health workers entered Kaduna, Nigeria, 
to immunize children against polio they expected
 to encounter some tough situations. 
They found one in a mother of three who stubbornly refused 
to have her children vaccinated.
"She argued with us for over 15 minutes," says Yank,
 a member of the Rotary Club of St. Clair County Sunset in O'Fallon, Illinois, USA.
 After the team explained to her the importance 
of what they were doing, 
she finally agreed to allow her children to be immunized.
"We were told later that she only consented because
 of the presence of the Rotarians.
 That moment, I realized the impact we can make," says Yank.


The last case of type 3 wild poliovirus (WPV3)
 occurred in Nigeria on 10 November 2012
. Rotary and its GPEI partners have helped reduce transmission 
of WPV3 to its lowest levels ever
. "Although it is too soon to say that WPV3 has been eradicated . .
 . the world has a unique opportunity to get rid of the second strain 
of wild poliovirus" (after WPV2), reports the GPEI.

Confirmation of cases in previously polio-free Syria "
serve as a stark reminder that as long as polio still exists, 
unimmunized children everywhere remain at risk,"
 says Rotary's International PolioPlus Committee Chair Robert S. Scott.
 In response to the outbreak, Rotary and its GPEI partners,
 along with local health authorities, are conducting large-scale campaigns 
to immunize children in the region as quickly as possible. 
Rotary is the first donor to announce funding for the GPEI's 
new Middle East strategic plan, a $500,000 emergency grant for Syria.

On 12 November Rotary, Brazil's government, 
and the Pan American Health Organization signed
 a Declaration of Commitment and Collaboration toward
 the Goal of a Polio-Free World.
 The event took place at a symposium in São Paulo where strategies
 for eradicating the disease were discussed.
"The document highlights the importance of technical support 
and the exchange of experiences to support countries 
that are still fighting against the disease,
 and the need for continued financial and political commitment
 by the global community until the world is certified polio free,"
 says PolioPlus Director Carol Pandak, who spoke at the event.
Rotary members in District 4420 in Brazil also announced
 their commitment to donate 40 percent of their District Designated Funds
 to PolioPlus. Through the End Polio Now: Make History Today 
fundraising campaign and World Fund match, 
these funds will be matched 2 for 1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
 and generate $250,000 for polio eradication.

As president of Ethiopia, Girma Wolde-Girogis 
played a pivotal role in helping his country be polio-free 
during his last five years in office.
 In recognition of his work, Girma received 
the Rotary International Polio Eradication Champion Award in November.
 Ethiopian native Ezra Teshome, governor of District 5030 
in Washington, USA, presented the honor to Girma. 
Teshome was in Ethiopia leading a team of North American Rotary members
to participate in the country's National Immunization Days.
Although the polio outbreak in the Horn of Africa
 has affected Ethiopia, a strong response has slowed
 the pace of transmission in the region. 
The polio endgame strategic plan, if fully funded,
 is equipped to stop such outbreaks.
"We will keep coming back until the disease is gone," says Teshome. 
"We are determined to get the job done.




In 1994, Marion Bunch lost her son to AIDS. 
It was early on in the U.S. AIDS epidemic
, and the stigma surrounding the disease kept her from talking
 about her son’s illness with anyone but family members.
“I never thought I’d do anything about it until one day, 
three years after his death, I felt a tap on the shoulder,
 and a voice in my ear said, ‘Mom, get up and get going; you haven’t done anything,
 and it’s been three years,’” she recalls.
Within a year, Bunch, a member of the Rotary Club of Dunwoody, Georgia, USA,
 proposed an idea to her club, and through Rotary 
began connecting community and professional leaders 
who shared a passion for disease prevention. 
This was the start of Rotarians for Family Health and AIDS Prevention (RFHA),
 a Rotarian Action Group.
In May, the group held its third annual Family Health Days in Africa.
 Rotarians from 365 clubs fanned out across Uganda, Nigeria,
 and South Africa to help medical professionals
 and government workers provide free health services to 250,000 people. 
The event included polio and measles immunizations, dental and eye clinics, 
and family counseling and screening for HIV, diabetes, 
hypertension, breast cancer, and cervical cancer.
“The reach of this is so phenomenal because of the presence of Rotarians
 all across these countries who felt emotionally connected 
by working together as one force on one project,” Bunch says.
In South Africa, 225 Rotary clubs participated at 160 sites; 
in Uganda, 65 clubs supported 120 sites; 
and across Lagos and Ogun states in southern Nigeria, 
62 clubs supported 70 sites.
 Two Rotary Foundation Global Grants provided funding 
to send vocational training teams to Uganda
 and to pay for bed nets that will help prevent malaria in Nigeria. 
“The heartbeat of the health care system must be prevention of disease 
and the promotion of health rather than [trying] to cure disease, 
to fix it after,” says Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi,
 South Africa’s minister of health.
Chris Pretorius, a member of the Rotary Club of Pretoria Sunrise, South Africa
, was amazed by the turnout for the event.
 “One of the members of the health department said 
they had never been able to get so many children here on a day like this,” he says.
 “That in itself is success.”
The campaign illustrates how Rotary teams up with other organizations
 to expand its impact.
 Since 2011, RFHA has partnered with the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation, 
which contributed $450,000 for this year’s three-country event. 
Other partners were South Africa’s Department of Health, 
he South African Broadcasting Corporation, 
the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
 USAID, Delta Airlines, and Nampak.  
“We are proud to have partnered with RFHA 
and the Department of Health in promoting access to health screening services,”
 says Therese Gearhart, president of Coca-Cola South Africa.
 “At Coca-Cola, we invest in these initiatives because,
 together with our partners, we have a common vision of a South Africa 
that comprises healthy, strong, and thriving communities.”
Leaders of the Rotarian Action Group hope to reach 
more African countries through the event each year.
“Rotary is the catalyst organization in this event because of the power
 and [political] neutrality of our brand 
and the respect we receive worldwide for our ability
 to mobilize communities into action,” Bunch says.
 “This event represents the power of public/private partnerships
. No one organization can do a massive event like this alone.
 Each partner has a defined role and set of responsibilities
 and that’s why it works.”
·         Learn more about the
 Rotarians for Family Health and AIDS Prevention
·         Read an article about Marion Bunch in
By Arnold R. Grahl
Adapted from a story in the October 2013
 issue of The Rotarian


If your into swimming ....on February 23rd  
you can join the Rotary Club of Ipoh South
for this inaugural event in Malaysia


Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines
contains some heart breaking images


Rotary Club of Esperance Bay




Rotary Club of FreshWater Bay
Induction of Dr Roger Warne.


Rotary Club of Perth
Our newest Paul Harris Fellow recipients - Steven Inouye

Jason Skinner


Rotary Club of Freshwater Bay

RI Service Above Self Award presented to  Di Collins by Pres. Mike O'Hara. 
Di is the 17th Rotarian and first female in WA to receive the Award. 

PRID Ken Collins presented PDG Ron & Glenys Geary with a Certificate of Appreciation
 for their support of the Microscopes in Schools project. 
Their support has enabled the project to continue
 and to become self funding.


Rotary Club of Wanneroo
 Don Slater was presented with our clubs Honorary Life Membership Certificate at our Xmas Dinner


Rotary Club of Fremantle

Jill Binning presenting the inaugural Max Binning Award,
 for Civics and Citizenship, to Lewis Martin at Richmond Primary School, 
pictured with President Bob from Fremantle Rotary


During the past week many Rotary Clubs held Xmas Functions

Rotary Club of Scarborough 


Rotary Club of Southern Districts


Rotary Club of South Bunbury


Rotary Club of Fresh Water Bay


Rotary Club of Mount Barker


Rotary Club of Osborne Park


Rotary Club of Swan Valley

Community Services Director, Fred Hasson, 
has delivered our hamper donation to the Salvation Army at Morley,
 along with a selection of gifts for teenage boys and girls.


Rotary Club of Kalgoorlie


Rotary Club of Bun bury Leschenault

Merry Christmas from us all at the
 Have a safe and happy festive season,
 and see you all in the new year


Rotary Club of Northam


Rotary Club of Wanneroo
Debbie Singh from the Rotary Club of Wanneroo
 made up these gift baskets that we donated to St Anthony's church Wanneroo.
 St Vincent de Paul within the church distribute to local needy in the community


Rotary Club of Ascot


Around the Clubs


Rotary Club of Perth

Convicts for a Cause raised over $80k for charity.


Rotary Club of West Perth
 At  our last Breakfast meeting members were asked to bring along
the spoils from a raid on their pantries for FOODBANK.
 Rotarian Alan Briggs delivered these after the meeting. 
Becoming a tradition of the club...


Rotary Club of Karrinyup
President Peter and Community Services Committee-member John
 presented a cheque recently from the Rotary Club of Karrinyup 
to Penny of the West Coast Care Group. 
The money will be used to help transport students
 from the Marmion Primary School to the Coast 
so that can participate in the rehabilitation.


Rotary Club of Geraldton Greenough

The new computer lab at the school in Cambodia



Rotary Club of Fremantle 
 On a very hot day the Fremantle Rotary Sausage Sizzle Machine
 rolled into Bunnings Car Park.
 Pictured hard at work are Vanessa, Lorraine, Bob and Don


Rotary Club of Manjimup

Indonesian language teacher Rohama Baroka
 gave an informative and passionate presentation of the past year
 she has spent in WA as an Indonesian Language teacher at Safety Bay,
 Manjimup and Bridgetown.
She returns home to South Salowesa on 23 December 2013.
  She also provided a presentation on her life in Indonesia,
 its people, food, school system and her family life. 
A great snapshot of an interesting life that Rahama has.


Rotary Club of Cannington

The Rotary Club of Cannington, President Sandra Horne 
and Treasurer PP John Gray,
 are seen here handing a cheque for $5,000
 to the local State Emergency Service Manager, Andrew Bray 
to purchase a much needed Portable 2.5KVA Power Plant.
 Andrew thanked the Club for the generous presentation 
and spoke of how it will be utilised not only
 by the SES but by others such as the Police Department,
 who require such equipment when they set up a mobile police station.’

Rotary Club of Perth

Martha Forrest being presented with her Youth Exchange Blazer


Rotary Club of Scarborough
with Host Families


Rotary Club of Karrinyup
 Ben, making the most of his last few weeks in Brazil


Rotary Club of Heirisson
Our special guest speaker for our final meeting of 2013
 Scarlett MacKay who is heading off to Belgium in January
 on the Rotary Youth Exchange program 


Rotary Club of Rossmoyne

Jan asked Emily to introduce herself:
 She is a shortterm exchange student going to Franklin in Tennessee
for some 6 weeks.
 A student of Rossmoyne SHS she was introduced
 to the program by Dr David Henderson.

Next, our long term outbound student, 
Sophie Harwood, introduced herself.
 She lives a few streets away, has just finished Year 12 
at Perth College (whichher mother attended).
 She will be returning to the club on the 8th of January
 to give a 'mock-up' presentation

about Perth and WA.
 She is on her way to Hungary.


Rotary Club of Wanneroo

Amber Kirkup is our clubs Outbound Exchange Student 
going to Denmark next year. 
She was presented with her Green Blazer that will come back 
with many pins attached.
 She will be a great Ambassador for our club and Rotary.

A Thousand Years Of Experience
My hair has gone, I can hardly see
So someone said “Join Rotary”
We brushed ourselves up as best we could
Before the committee for approval we stood

We hoped they wouldn’t bring up any past deeds
At a Sunday School picnic – I once underachieved
I jay walked too & got a fine
Give me the paperwork quick – where do I sign

I heard it was an exclusive group
Maybe we will have to jump through a hoop
I shook a few hands & had an ale
Some of these members must be out on bail

Then I sat down for food & cheer
It struck me then – they’ll take anyone here
I looked around at wise old heads
A thousand years of experience

We paid our respects to country & queen
It had been a few years since that toast I’d seen
Everyone talked so they rang the bell
It was just like school – no silence fell

The talk was how they could do more
They were there to help with values core
Its because of the markets that makes it work
Its all hands on deck, no-one to shirk

It all starts early when the town is dark
There is much to do & cars to park
“I think the tent goes here, where’s the bloody map”
“I’m doing the sausages not the chicken wrap”

Ten hours later the old legs are tired
If we were getting paid, we’d all be fired
But its been a good day, we are glad we are here
Now I feel I deserve a beer

It would be nice if the group was bigger
“Don’t forget the sausage for Digger”
If a few more heads were at the meeting
I wouldn’t mind arranging the seating

Its all good fun on Wednesday nights
With hearing aids off we find have less fights
 Lets all try & bring a guest
Thank Goodness for the 4 way test

        Bill Milburn
Rotary Club of Mundaring


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Credit to the hospital staff for putting this together 
and to the Rams Team for agreeing to participate. 
These types of videos pop up every holiday season
, but they always mange to be uplifting.

A Russian couple was walking down the street in Moscow one night, 
when the man felt a drop hit his nose. 

"I think it's raining," he said to his wife.

"No, that felt more like snow to me," she replied.

"No, I'm sure it was just rain," he said.

Well, as these things go, 
they were about to have a major argument about 
whether it was raining or snowing. 
Just then they saw a Communist Party official

 walking toward them.

"Let's not fight about it," the man said,
 "Let's ask Comrad Rudolph whether

 it's officially raining or snowing."

As the official approached, the man said
 "Tell us, Comrade Rudolph,

 is it officially raining or snowing?"

"It's raining, of course,"

 he replied, and walked on.

But the woman insisted:
 "I know that felt like snow!" 

To which the man quietly replied,
 "Rudolph the Red knows rain, dear."

Christmas Lights "Can Can"

 Music teacher Tom BetGeorge put up 70,000 lights on his home 
and programmed it to "The Christmas Can Can," 
sung by the a cappella group Straight No Chaser


Few people with an interest in aviation will not have heard 
of the island of St Maarten,
 famous for its spectacular airport, Princess Juliana,
 where aircraft pass over Maho beach at head-height. 
The airport of the Greek island of Skiathos offers identical approaches
 and can be described as 

"The Second St Maarten"!

Enjoy the thrill of watching masses of metal passing right over your head,
 and literally get "blown away" by the insane jetblasts, 
while the pilots increase the throttles to full thrust!


Western Australia
Mount Augustus