Sunday, April 21, 2013


Happy 86th Anniversary Rotary Club of Perth! 
The Rotary Club of Perth, the first club in Western Australia,
 held its first meeting on 1st September 1926
 and received its Rotary International Charter on the 15th April 1927!

Rotary Club of Bentley Curtin

Welcomes Jean Mantova and Luiza Johnstone

 Luiza Johnstone with President Della Wood

Rotary Club of Perth

A highlight of our meeting on the 5th April 
was the presentation to Barry Levin of a Paul Harris Fellowship 
or his honorary role as auditor of our various books
 and accounts for the past decade


Rotary Club of Southern Districts

Guest Speaker Prue Ashurst receiving her Paul Harris Fellow Recognition pin
 from President John Simpson.


Rotary Club of Wanneroo
 Dr David Millar gave the Wanneroo and Hillarys Rotary Clubs 
a good insight as to what work was done during the construction
 of the Dolphin Wishing Well located at the Hillarys Boat Harbour. 
In honour of all of the hard work and extra time David spent with this project
 we honored him with the Paul Harris Fellowship Award. 
A very worthy recipient. Well done David !

District 9455 Confernce in New Norcia last weekend

RI Representative Peter Wan and his wife Rita.

 PE Chris and Pres Brett from Rotary Club of Mosman Park 
describe the many benefits to both Club and Community of the 

D9455 Youth Exchange students at the conference


Rotary Club of Palm Beach

Nakateete Sustainable Water and Food Project
 is a joint venture between the Palm Beach Rotary club of WA
 and the Kabale Club in Uganda and the House of Hope Uganda inc 
( an Australian charity raisng funds for work in Uganda)

This is a RAWCS registered project  No. WR 002-2012

Each Year I go to Uganda and organize the installation of Water
 eg a bore or the repairs to village bores that are no longer functioning.
We are now going further into the Lwengo District
 bringing water to the communities.
Where a bore is not practicable we are looking at rainwater harvesting 
although a bore is preferable.
Any donations to this project are tax deductable 
and all cheques should be made payable to:

 RAWCS WR 002-2012 and sent to House of Hope Uganda inc
 at 19 Menora Loop Warnbro WA 6169

For those of you who are not aware of this project,
 this is a special project to assist the local rural communities
 in Nakateete, Kyakanyenya and Kyazanga  areas. 
 It is a specific project endorsed by a Rotary club here in Australia 
and a Rotary club in Uganda.
 Its aim is to provide water, sanitation and to encourage irrigation 
to enable better cropping and bigger harvests of food 
thus making these communities more sustainable.

For this project so far I organized the repairs
 to 2 village bores giving water to over 2000 people.

The money spent to date on this project has been only 
3 million 221 thousand Ugandan shillings when converted to Australia $
 equals $1382.40.
 Additional work has been undertaken which I can advise you on by contacting me.

Firstly I would like to share our good news
 that we will be having a display in the House of Friendship at the Lisbon Rotary Convention in June.
  It is very exciting for us.

Secondly when I was in Uganda this last visit
 I was working on getting water to a village with very difficult access.  
Currently these people walk 6 k's to gather water 
and then they must carry back the 20 Litre cans up the very steep access.
 I have had a survey done by a Hydrologist 
and now I am trying to fund this work.
 We will eventually be drilling for a deep water bore going down 70 meters. 
  Approximate costs $14585.00

The other urgent matter is funding the repairs of another village bore.
  Approximately $900

If any clubs who would like to contribute
 or know more about what the project is in Uganda please contact me
 as I would be grateful of your assistance.
I am also available for Club presentations.

Wendy Pollock
President House of Hope Uganda inc
Phone 61 8 95942245  or 0449733128

 We are also having a fundraising Quiz night 25 May 2013

Around the Clubs

Rotary Club of Scarborough
Relay for Life Sausage Sizzle

 and at Bunnings


Rotary Club of Western Endeavour
Visit to Westrac


Rotary Club of Southern Districts


Rotary Club of Armadale

Rotarian PE Graham Sampson performing "Singing In The Rain"
 at Kingsley Primary School Waterwise assembly 03 April 2013
 with his fellow teachers.


Rotary Club of Como

Jean Mantova from RC Bentley Curtin with Kryza President of Como College Interact 
and South Perth Rotaractors learning to knit.
 Community member Shirley Ciccotosto helped out the members. 
Great to see all divisions of Rotary working together.


Rotary Club of Ascot


Rotary Club of Wanneroo
 The Dreamfit Foundation also attended our meeting
 last night where we presented them a cheque for the money
 raised during the Hillarys Boat Show weekend.
 Dreamfit work to modify any powered equipment
 such as motorbikes, boats, hovercraft etc
 to allow access for handicapped people to enjoy themselves 
to prove being handicapped is no barrier.


Rotary Club of Northam
Was  visited by the Group Study Exchange team from Switzerland


Rotary Club of Manjimup

must be something in the water!!


Rotary Club of Kalgoorlie

Busy bee Bunnings Project


Rotary Club of Karrinyup

Our Inbound District 9455 Rotary Youth Exchange Student Christoph 
is off on another adventure 
- headed to Kununurra for a look at the top end of our state.
 He left this morning with the Rotary Club of Kununurra Inc. Inbound, Christen from Denmark,
 who has been in Perth for the Rotary District 9455 Annual Conference 
where he helped our PE and Conference Chair Peter
 with the setup last Thursday and Friday.
 Both boys were also heavily involved with conference, 
working hard all weekend, and so we think in need of some R&R...
 lucky it is school holidays (well nearly).


This weeks funny picture
Is a well known Rotaractor from the Rotaract club of South Perth















A well-known professor of music was accustomed to receive letters
 from amateur musicians asking for auditions 
and from would-be composers asking him to look at their work.
 He always ignored them.
But one old lady was particularly persistent. 
Over and over again she wrote to him to ask him 
to visit her home to hear her cat play the piano.
At last he gave in.
 He had agreed to act as a judge at a music festival not far from the old lady’s home 
and he decided that it might be amusing to call on her.
 So he telephoned her and arrangements were made 
for him to have tea at her home the following Thursday.
He arrived at the appointed hour to find that his hostess 
was a very pleasant and cultured elderly lady 
and not at all the sort of crank he had been half fearing.
 They sat down to tea and after a little while a cat sidled into the room, 
jumped up onto the piano stool and mewed. 
His mistress stood up, walked across the room 
and gently lifted the piano lid, 
giving the cat’s head an affectionate caress as she did so.
The cat sat up, his paws hovered for fully half a minute above the keys,
as though he were trying to come to a decision and then he started to play
, a little hesitantly at first –
 because it was quite evidently the first occasion 
that he had performed for anyone other than his mistress – 
but then with growing confidence when he saw that the stranger’s rapt attention.
He played the “Moonlight Sonata” very competently,
 two Chopin polonaises with passion and delicacy, 
and then a piece of Scarlatti with a flair approaching brilliance.
 Finally, he played a long piece which the professor failed to recognize.
The professor applauded heartily and turning to his hostess 
he asked who was the composer of the last piece.
 “Oh!”, she said
, “Didn’t I say? He composes as well, you know.
 He wrote that last piece himself.”
The professor replied “Now that is truly amazing.
 You should have it orchestrated.”
The cat turned round, looking startled and dismayed, 
jumped down from the stool, ran across the room
 and out of the window, never to be seen again

Orchestra Pranks


True Story

A man living in Kandos (near Mudgee in NSW, Australia)

 received a bill in March for his as yet unused gas line stating that he owed $0.00
. He ignored it and threw it away.?

 In April he received another bill and threw that one away too.

The following month the gas company sent him a very nasty note 

stating that they were going to cancel his gas line 
if he didn't send them $0.00 by return mail.?
 He called them, talked to them,

 and they said it was a computer error and they would take care of it.

The following month he decided that it was about time

 that he tried out the troublesome gas line
 figuring that if there was usage on the account
 it would put an end to this ridiculous predicament.?

 However, when he went to use the gas, it had been cut off.

He called the gas company who apologized for the computer error once again 
and said that they would take care of it. 
The next day he got a bill for $0.00 stating that payment was now overdue.?
 Assuming that having spoken to them the previous day
 the latest bill was yet another mistake, he ignored it, 
trusting that the company would be as good as their word 
and sort the problem out.

The next month he got a bill for $0.00. 
This bill also stated that he had 10 days to pay his account 
or the company would have to take steps to recover the debt.

Finally, giving in, he thought he would beat the gas company
 at their own game and mailed them a cheque for $0.00. 
The computer duly processed his account
and returned a statement to the effect that 
he now owed the gas company nothing at all.

A week later, the manager of the Mudgee
 branch of the Westpac Banking Corporation called our hapless friend 
and asked him what he was doing writing cheque for $0.00.

After a lengthy explanation the bank manager replied 
that the $0.00 cheque had caused their cheque processing software to fail.? 
The bank could therefore not process ANY cheques 
they had received from ANY of their customers that day 
because the cheque for $0.00 had caused the computer to crash.

The following month the man received a letter from the gas company
 claiming that his cheque had bounced and that he now owed them $0.00 
and unless he sent a cheque by return mail they would take immedi ate
 steps to recover the debt.?
 At this point, the man decided to file a debt harassment 
claim against the gas company. 
It took him nearly two hours to convince the clerks 
at the local courthouse that he was not joking.

They subsequently helped him in the drafting of statements 
which were considered substantive evidence of the aggravation
 and difficulties he had been forced to endure during this debacle.

The matter was heard in the Magistrate's Court in Mudgee
 and the outcome was this: 
The gas company was ordered to:
[1] Immediately rectify their computerized accounts system 
or Show Cause, within 10 days, why the matter should not be referred
 to a higher court for consideration under Company Law.
[2] Pay the bank dishonour fees incurred by the man.
[3] Pay the bank dishonour fees incurred by all the Westpac clients 
whose cheques h ad been bounced on the day our friend's had been processed.
[4] Pay the claimant's court costs; and
[5] Pay the claim ant a total of $1500 per month 
for the 5 month period March to July inclusive
 as compensation for the aggravation they had caused their client to suffer.

And all this over $0.00

 Remember, these "people" walk among us and breathe the same air we do

Bonus video

Cape Naturaliste


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