Sunday, July 30, 2017


The Rotary flags in front of Rotary International World Headquarters 
in Evanston, Illinois, USA
, and Rotary offices around the world fly at half-staff this week 
as friends and colleagues mourn President-elect Sam F. Owori,
who died on 13 July from complications after surgery. 

With an engaging smile and a calming voice,
 Sam put everyone he talked to at ease, says Hilda Tadria 
, a member of the Rotary Club of Gaba, Uganda, 
and a close friend of Sam and his wife, Norah. 

The road to president-elect
Like many members, Sam was invited to Rotary by a persistent friend.
 “I did not want to go,” he cheerfully acknowledged years later.
 “I had no interest.
 But I had respect for my friend, so I went.
 And when I got there, I was in shock.
 The room was full of people I knew.” 
The more Sam saw of Rotary’s good work,
 the more enthusiastic he became. 
He is largely credited with the tremendous increase
 in clubs in Uganda: from nine in 1988, 
when he was district governor, to 89 today.
 His friends called his enthusiasm “the Owori madness” —
 to which he mildly replied,
 “If it is madness, I would be glad if more people would catch it.”
Sam described himself as “an incorrigible optimist”
 who chose to see the best side of everyone 
and the bright side of any situation. 
Gentle in manner, unfailingly modest, and quick to smile,
 Sam is remembered as “Smiling Sam,” says RI President Ian Riseley. 

John Smarge, who was selected by Sam to be his presidential aide,
 called Sam a “rock star” among Rotary members.
 “In just the two weeks he was president-elect,
 you could see how much he was loved,” Smarge says.
 “The Rotarians in Uganda view him as a national treasure.”

from the Rotary Club of Ascot newsletter

Rotary Club of Kenwick

Rotary Club of Kenwick members
 helping transform kids’ lives

July 11th, 2017, 
Written by Ben Smith Comment News 

ROTARY Club of Kenwick members have spent the past 
11 years changing the lives of children in need.
Since 2006, the club has raised more than $750,000 
for not-for-profit surgical organisation Interplast
 to travel overseas and operate on children 
who require urgent medical attention.
Club president Steve Weychan accompanied Interplast
 on a trip to Fiji in 2011 and said it had a profound effect on him.
“If I showed you the ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures,
 you would be drawn.
 They are unbelievably moving,” he said.
In recent times, the club has also fundraised
 for Interplast to support the travel expenses of doctors 
from other countries to come to Australia 
and learn from doctors here.
“Last year, we raised enough to bring a surgeon 
into Australia to have a two-week training 
so he can take his skills back to Samoa/Fiji,” 
Mr Weychan said.

Mr Weychan said while the club enjoyed strong backing
 from many local businesses, 
they were always on the lookout for new donors.

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Please join us for the inaugural Australian Rotary Health Lift the Lid lecture 
– Mental Health and Our Kids –
 on Wednesday 13 September. 6 pm UWA club.

We believe this is a must-attend event for anyone concerned
 about the mental wellbeing of children and we are pleased to welcome
 the highly-regarded Professor Michael Sawyer OAM 
(Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Adelaide)
 as our keynote speaker,
 as well as some of WA’s top researchers in this field
 for a panel discussion on the state’s forgotten children
 – that is, the one-in-seven who will experience
 mental illness by the time they are 14.
You can also find out more about the research grants
 and scholarships available through Australian Rotary Health,
 the nation’s largest private funder of mental health research in the country.
For more information, or to book your ticket please

We would encourage you to share this with any colleagues 
or acquaintances who may be interested.  

New Members

Rotary Club of Attadale

          President Colin McCulloch welcomes Olivia Haslam to the Family of Rotary

Olivia with her son, Emmanuel, and special guests

Some beautiful Rotary cakes that Olivia provided to have with tea and coffee.

Rotary Club of Southern Districts

Induction Officer John Rechichi and President Tony Italiano
 welcome Pille Repnau

Rotary Club of Mill Point

Welcome Russell Lanyon

New Promotions

Supported by the Kalgoorlie Rotary Clubs

Rotary Club of Cockburn


Applications for the 2018 Australia-Japan Youth Cultural Exchange (AJYCE)
 program are now open.
This tour, now in its 42nd year, is a once
in a lifetime opportunity for 18 to 30 year olds
 and provides participants with a fantastic opportunity
 to learn more about Japan, 
explore places tourist can not and develop international networks.

For more information, message us on 
Facebook or visit us at 
Application is easy!

Rotary Club of Applecross

Australian Rotary Health

World Convention 2018

Rotary Club of Byford and Districts

President Chris Thomas inducted by Past District Governor Bob Cooper
 with Past President Tom Hoyer

Rotary Club of Hannans Kalgoorlie

President Samantha Duddy

Around the Clubs

Rotary Club of Attadale

Signing an MOU for the Rotary Club of Attadale’s Global Grant 
for The School of St Yared.

           Past President, John Sharp, watches President, Colin McCulloch,
 sign the MOU with the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Bole
to progress our Global Grant to “Relocate, Refurbish and Expand
 the School of St Yared in Ethiopia”. 
 John Sharp has just returned from a very productive visit to Ethiopia.

Rotary Club of West Perth

 Planet Ark's National School Tree day.
 West Perth Rotarian Alan Briggs arranged a tree planting event
 at North Balga Primary School for treemission (c),
 a partnership between the National Trust of Australia (WA
) and West Perth Rotary Club, to raise awareness,
 seek tree planting opportunities and take action to plant trees.
 Shrubs were donated by The Men of the Trees (Hazlemere nursery)
 and City of Stirling while treemission (c) provided larger peppermint trees
 for providing shade in the school's new Nature Playground.

Rotary Club of Southern Districts

I went to the Australian Islamic College assembly this morning,
 the students, principal and teachers were lovely!

They appreciated the 35 Microscopes that we donated to them 

so much that they gave me flowers,
 a certificate of appreciation, chocolates and morning tea. 
Nancy Kilkenny

Rotary Club of Geraldton

A couple of our Rotarians participated in the City to Surf today for Activ.
 Our Director of Vocational/Youth Richard Malacari just finished a 12km run
 and President Kaylla Broad a 4km walk. 
Well done guys

Rotary Club of Batavia Coast

On Monday night Andrew Short was recognised 
for his incredible 35 years of service to the club and the community!
 Congratulations Andrew! 

Rotary Club of Cockburn

Enjoying Xmas in July

Rotary Club of Freshwater Bay

Prof. Gareth Baynam who's area of focus is Rare and Diagnosed Diseases in Children
 was speaker at the RCFB last evening.
 Gareth was given a cheque by the Club, part of which will be refunded
 by a RF District Grant.
 He wishes to create an educational program for school students
 in this area as there are some 60,000 children in WA
 who currently have an undiagnosed disease and he believes that the youth of today
 will assist in the future with this very major trauma to children and families.
Pictured with Gareth is our member Victoria Wyatt 
who is working towards her dream to build a children's museum.

Rotary Club of Armadale

Ready to do our bit for greening Australia
 WithGraham SampsonGail Sampson, Vic and lots of others —
 attending National Tree Day - Rushton Park, Kelsmcott

Rotary Club of Boulder

 Our first guest speaker was a young man called Robbie Walker.
 Robbie heads the Care group at his high school.
 This group of fantastic kids raise funds and manage to put together care packages
 to send to our serving soldiers overseas.
 Robbie not only does this but in his spare time collected three cartons of school supplies 
and games for the Bali School Kids project. 
Now this young man is most certainly a Rotarian in the making.
 we wish Robbie and his mum Amanda 
all the best for their future and we hope to see them more often.

Rotary Club of Fremantle

Members show off their colourful donations at the club Sox and Beanie night.
 Rosemary has taken these warm items down to St Patricks, 
where they were very gratefully received 
– just in time for this cold snap. Well done everyone! 

Rotary Club of Albany City


Rotary Club of Karrinyup

Our brand new Rotary Youth Exchange Inbound, Ona, (pictured second from right)
 arrived from Spain. Greeted by Club Members
 Trish and Dani, fourth Host Dad, Neil, First Host Mum, Bec and Host sister Jax 

Rotary Club of Heirisson

 Julia from Brazil was welcomed by Rotary Club of Heirisson members
including Doug Worthington, Host Mum Bronwyn and President Warwick Smith.

Rotary Club of Kununurra

Joao,  from Brazil arrived today. He has already begun exploring Perth,
 visiting King's Park. After the Inbound Briefing this weekend 
Joao will fly to the far north of WA to begin his Rotary Youth Exchange 
hosted by the Rotary Club of Kununurra.

Our Argentinian Rotary Youth Exchange Inbound, Guillermina
 arrived and was welcomed by Placement Officer Jill, 
Sophie, Lois (Mentor), Chris and Rhondda (President) of Rotary Club of Matilda Bay.

Rotary Club of Mundaring

Julia F. has arrived and been whisked straight to the Briefing Weekend 
to join in the remainder of the program. 
She was welcomed by members of the Rotary Club of Mundaring:

 Nicky (Youth Director), David, President Geoff;
 Michelle, Keith and son Andrew (Host family), Peter,
 and Lyle (behind the camera)


Rotary Club of Manimup

Rotary Club of Katanning

Our lucky last inbound student Charlotte from Denmark has arrived. 
A wonderful exchange student welcome from Emily Barton, Darcie Mather-McCaw 
and Secretary YEP Harry Hercock.

Rotary Club of Willetton

Our newest edition to the club 
- all the way from paradise in the Pacific - Hawaii 
- Cole got a chance to meet everyone at his first meeting! 

"Word of the Week"

"Picture of the Week"

last seen alive in the South Perth area!!

Club and District Promotions







Kim Clijsters gives man tennis skirt for hit at Wimbledon 2017

Text and Walk

Western Australia

Tunnel Creek