This email has been generated just for you as a Rotary member or someone who has an interest in Rotary in Western Australia.
In this issue, you'll find news and information about what's going on in the District, our Clubs and Rotary International.  
If your Club has an event, function or project you wish to advertise throughout Rotary Western Australia, forward your article and photos to the editor, Judy Dinnison at dgexecassist@rotarywa.au 

Please provide flyers in either png, jpg or jpeg format.  Flyers sent as PDF's unfortunately lose resolution when converted for inclusion in the newsletter.
New flyers/events are at the start of the newsletter and are listed below.
New items in this week's issue include:
  • Rotary Means Business 6 February - A Skillset Implementation Conversation
      In the RI section of the newsletter:
  • Your Rotary Foundation at work - Vocational Training Teams making a difference
The newsletter is published each Friday except in unforeseen circumstances.
Rotary Anniversary & 
ARH WA Mental Health PhD Awards
Thursday 22 February 2024 (5.30-7.00pm)
Marlee Pavilion, Place of Reflection, Kings Park
Celebrating Rotary’s global anniversary (119 and counting!), Creating Hope, and RI President McInally’s focus on mental health.
Join us in recognising the best new WA researchers in the mental health field, and the great work you, our clubs and Australian Rotary Health do, particularly in family and community health awareness.  
RSVP’s here by Monday 19 February please - numbers are limited ($15/head. Donations toward ARH WA projects open to midnight 25 February.)
This is a Rotary WA Health initiative.
Get your tickets here:  https://events.humanitix.com/rmbwatymp
The Manning Laneway Festival event is a free local community event in Welwyn Avenue, Manning, for families and children to come together for some fun and participate in community activities. There will be live music, food stalls and stalls offering children's games and activities to participate, including fun activities on James Miller Oval.
Perth is OK Link for bookings
Como Rotary is a joint sponsor along with other local groups and the City of South Perth.  We will be providing a classic Rotary sausage sizzle, and along with Como Rotarians, will have a group of young students providing information about Rotary Youth Leadership programs to increase awareness of these programs and may consider the available opportunities for 2024-25.
Our Theatre Night Fundraiser for 2024
is happening soon!
When the biggest highlight in your life for the past 30 years has been your weekly bridge night out with the "girls," what do you do when one of your foursome inconveniently dies? If you're Connie, Leona and Millie, three local ladies, you do the most daring thing you've ever done. You "borrow" the ashes from the funeral home for one last card game, and the wildest, most exciting night of your lives involves a police raid, a stripper and a whole new way of looking at all the fun you can have when you're truly living.
'Exit Laughing' is the Old Mill Theatre's first comedy season for 2024.  Written by Paul Elliott and directed by seasoned local director Dale James, the Rotary Club of Northbridge will be holding one special fundraiser night for club members, friends, family and club friends. Come along and enjoy a local live performance in this historic heritage listed theatre in South Perth on Wednesday 6th March 2024.  Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased through this link, which will take you directly to our RCON page:  
The proceeds of this event will benefit charitable causes supported by the Rotary Club of Northbridge in our local area.
Please direct any queries to Joy Northover (0411 424 666)
To book, scan the QR code, click on the flyer or this link.
For more information or to book, visit agfr.org


When registering for District Assemblies, select the venue you wish
to attend in TryBooking
  • Metro - 25th February

    President Elects Training Seminar

  • Metro - 16th and 17th March

    District Assemblies

  • Geraldton      24th March
  • Katanning      27th April
  • Bunbury        28th April
  • Esperance     4th & 5th May
  • Quairading    11th May
  • Metro           19th May
  • Kununurra    TBA
RAWCS has established the Rotary Australia Relief Fund (ABN: 80 595 697 237) as a Level 2 Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) fund to enable collection of funds for specific areas of relief
Being a Public Benevolent Institution, the specific RARF relief fund established must have benevolent relief as its main purpose, and that relief must be provided to people in need. Benevolent relief includes working for the relief of poverty or distress (such as sickness, disability, destitution, suffering, misfortune, homelessness, or helplessness).
Attached are details of the flood appeal registered through RAWCS. This is the RAWCS Project for receiving donations for the northern Queensland floods due to the cyclone.
Flood Disaster Appeal Fund - Australia (RARF)
Description:  To raise funds fund to support humanitarian relief projects for those impacted by flood disasters within Australia.
Sponsored and overseen by RAWCS National.
The direct link to this RAWCS Project – The online donation link is available within this project page.
Our District’s leadership team position titles and some functions are being amended to align with the pending changes of the Regionalisation Pilot In keeping with our commitment to be fair and transparent with opportunities, we are seeking expressions of interest for all positions except for those with incumbents noted and the DGN (that will be done in line with the bylaws).
Express your Interest in:
  • District Secretary
  • DG Executive Assistant
  • Governance Director
  • Finance Director
  • Youth Director
  • Technology Officer
  • District Trainer
  • New Club & Club Revitalisation Support Team member
Apply here
Applications close 30 January 2024
Earlier in January, 20 or more Rotary WA public image champions met via Zoom to discuss priorities for 2024.  From the project and events identified to inform this process, it's clear great work is happening across WA, but we only see a fraction of those successes, and know even less about them in practical terms.
Here again are the currently identified theme categories (with an indication of the responses to date):
• Big Events - Large/Regular Public Events (Fairs, Markets, Art Shows, Car Shows, Quiz Nights etc)(18 items)
• Health - Family & Community Health/Mental Health etc (10 items)
• Youth - Future Leaders/New Generations etc (10 items)
• Homelessness - Homelessness/Disadvantage etc (6 items)
• Respect - Family & Domestic Violence/Respectful Relationships etc (5 items)
• Peace - International Relationships/Harmony etc (4 items)
• Environment - Sustainability/BioDiversity etc (4 items)
• International - Overseas Projects/Water Sanitation & Hygiene/Human Trafficking etc (3 items)
• Other - none of the above! (1 item)
Rotarian, please send 'Comments’ to the Group this month, under the lead posts on the themes above identifying great club projects and events initiatives or ideas.
If you know of newsworthy WA Rotary projects or events, please continue to list them under the theme category on the Public Image Group Facebook page, or via email this January. A spreadsheet to help collate brief basic information is available here.
Join the Group here or contact Anthony Pyle or Warwick Smith for further details.
11th and 18th February 2024 from 8am to 4 pm
Mount Lawley Senior High Staff Room.
Scan the QR code, click on the flyer or here to register
RAWCS has started a new appeal to provide funds for disasters affecting the Australian   community for example the recent Wanneroo bush fires in Northern Perth suburbs.
Our aim is to distribute funds to projects that meet the needs identified in the RARF appeals (calls for funding) and that meet RAWCS project criteria as soon as possible in the aftermath of a disaster. RAWCS works with Rotarians on the ground to see that effective programs which meet the identified needs, are commenced and completed in timeframes that support recovery and build long term resilience.
If your club would like to make a   donation to this appeal, please go to:

Bushfire Disaster Appeal Fund - Australia (RARF)

To raise funds for relief projects to support those impacted by bushfire disasters within Australia.
Sponsored by:    
RAWCS National

Other details

Project number:
32 of 2023-24
PDG Merv Williams
0439 534 791
Email: national.projects@rawcs.org.au
Deputy manager:  
PDG Heather Chong
0408 604 509
Email: deputy.chairman@rawcs.org.au
Rotary Supporting My Home- Needs you.
The Nth Fremantle My Home project has 18 ladies in their new homes.
Some of our members are placing their energy into other things in Rotary.
Under the guidance of Kay Durrant - Project Manager and Wilma McBain the project continues. But we have vacancies in the following jobs.
Treasurer                     - Handles the money. Keeps us within Budget (position filled)
Communities Manager  - Requesting and co-ordinates the community groups
                                    and their donations in kind or money, but keeps a tight
                                    communication with them.
Fit Out Manager           - Co-ordinates and gains prices for the inventory or
                                    or donations in kind.
Media guru                  - handles the fun stuff.
Please contact Kay Durrant by phone on 0419 931 899 or email durrant@wn.com.au
Book by clicking on the flyer above or here
Click here or on the flyer to book your tickets.
Over the past 35 years The Rotary Club of North Perth has organised and run the Hyde Park Festival. This is a family event with activities and entertainment provided to be enjoyed by all age groups. Entry is free to the Park. The festival covers the whole park and runs over the Sunday and the Monday of the Labour Day Weekend.
At our next Festival there has been an area set aside for our Rotary District to display the projects that Rotary does in our district and around the world. The area set aside is between the two lakes and will be signposted as “Discover Rotary”.  The public will be able to see first-hand at what Rotary does in Western Australia and around the world. The Rotary projects on display will be manned by Rotarians throughout the two days of the festival.
The following Rotary Projects will be at the Festival. These are Wheel Chairs for Kids, Rotary WA, Shelter Box, Australian Rotary Health, RAWCS (Includes My Homes), Path of Hope, Rotary WA Youth Projects, Rotary Homeless Projects.
The Festival will be a good opportunity to highlight to the public of what Rotary does.
Rotary Canning River proudly announces the launch of early bird registrations for our Rotary Walk for Lifeline and Rotary Projects for 10 March 2024 from McCallum Park Victoria Park, this event is our rallying point for championing mental health awareness.
Secure your spot early and be part of this impactful movement. Early Bird Registrations close on 31 January, so don’t miss the opportunity to walk at a discounted rate.  Visit our website www.rotarywalk.org.au to register or use the QR code on the flyer.
The Rotary OpShop Collective is run by members from four Rotary Clubs- West Perth, Western Endeavour, Matilda Bay and Subiaco.
** We are putting the call out for Volunteers to help us.
The volunteers do not necessarily have to be a Rotarian.
We need help with sorting through the many donations of books and clothing and bric-a-brac and also .. if willing..take a turn on the Roster.
The OpShop Is in the basement carpark at Broadway Shopping Centre - Nedlands… Sunday mornings 07:30 - 12:00.
We are also looking for Stall holders.. come and sell your wares.. only $5 Bay.
Any further information can be obtained by phoning:
Wilma McBain. 0412 754 579
To access special accommodation rates:
  1. Visit www.rydges.com / www.qthotelsandresorts.co
  2. Select Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown / QT Queenstown, enter your required dates* and number of guests staying and click ‘GO’
  3. Click ‘I have a code’
  4. In the ‘Corporate ID’ field enter your booking code: ROTARY24
  5. Click ‘UPDATE’
  6. Your special rates will appear on the rates screen
These rates are available for stays between 31 October 2024 and 03 November 2024 (inclusive).
For those in Australia, Air NZ will be offering a 13% discounted rate for travelling from Oz to NZ. More details on this to come shortly. 


Two Rotarian pediatricians – one in Ethiopia and the other in California – connected to save babies’ lives with the help of a vocational training team.
Karin Davies had just finished teaching a group of Ethiopian health care providers a life-saving technique for newborn babies when a third-year obstetric resident came rushing up.
“It really works,” he said. The night before, he had delivered an infant who was born limp and not breathing. After several unsuccessful attempts to stimulate the baby’s breathing, he used a technique, known as positive pressure ventilation, that he had learned only the day before. Within minutes, the baby was screaming....... 
Rotary International Convention 2024
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