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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 the 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 PDFs 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:
  • Has your club registered for the Rotary Foundation Grants Seminar? Closing date 18 February.
  • Save the Date Rotary Action Day 13 April 2024
  • Rotary Swim for Reading 17 February - Rotary E-WA
  • ShelterBox Urgent Appeal
  • Path of Hope Fashion Parade 3 March - Volunteers needed - RC North Perth
  • Family Fun Day and Duck Race 30 March - Mandurah Districts Rotary
  • Dirt N Dust Run 16 - 20 October - South Bunbury Rotary
      In the RI section of the newsletter:
  • A chance at Olympic gold -- through Rotary 
 
The newsletter is published each Friday except in unforeseen circumstances.
Sunday 25 February 2024
9am—12 noon
Leederville Function Centre/East Perth Football Club Rooms
Registration and Tea/Coffee available from 8.30am
 
Click here to register
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Further information and the booking links should
be available in next week's newsletter.
Keep your eye out.
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Rotary Wheatbelt Swim for Reading
 
Rotary E-Club of Western Australia (E-WA Rotary) is proud to be celebrating our 10th annual Rotary Wheatbelt Swim for Reading, supporting school literacy programs at Bruce Rock and Narembeen District High Schools (Kindy to Year 10). Collaborations welcome!
 
Thank you to all the WA clubs who have supported this program over the years, including through supporting RYPEN places for the kids who voluntarily swim and fundraise to support their school. 
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URGENT APPEAL
ShelterBox is providing emergency shelter and other essential items for up to 1.9 million people in Gaza left with nowhere to live. More than 85% of the population are displaced from their homes. Families are being forced to move again and again, desperately seeking shelter from the current cold and wet weather.
 
Together with Medicalaid Pal, ShelterBox will be providing emergency shelter and other items to thousands of people who need it most in Gaza.
Please, if you can, donate today and help us reach more people with life saving aid in Gaza and around the world: shelterboxaustralia.org.au/gaza-appeal/
 
Now is the time to activate within your local community to help fund this vital work.
 
Please like, comment, share and engage with our Facebook post, Instagram post, LinkedIn post and/or send out an email to your networks with the information above.
 
If you would like a guest speaker from ShelterBox for your meetings (Rotary or other groups), please contact: Wesley Sim (wesley@simkids.net) from the Rotary Club of Perth.
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Path of Hope is helping people break the cycle of Family and Domestic Violence.
 
Rotary Clubs are supporting The Salvation Army’s services that provide safety and empowerment to people escaping Family and Domestic Violence (FDV).
 
Our Path of Hope Fashion Show raises awareness in our local communities. Please help us by adding the Hyde Park Festival to your Rotary Club’s calendar, too! We would love to have your support.
 
Our Rotary organisers are also looking for Rotarians to model. Get in touch with us (contact details in the Read More Here! section) if you can help or are attending in the audience!
MICROSCOPES IN SCHOOLS Project
 
Since the inception of this project in 2010, there are some 26,000 magnifying microscopes in over 800 schools, mainly in WA, but also in schools in all states of Australia, along with schools in a number of Asian and Pacific Island countries.
 
With the return of school for 2024, and the vast number of Clubs in D. 9423 having sponsored sets of units to schools over the past 14 years, as the co-ordinator of the project, I have just over 1,000 units in stock. The cost of $15.00 per unit has been maintained since the first year of the project due to a helpful importer, however, it is now impossible to keep the cost reasonable post Covid. Hence, this is the last shipment which the RC Freshwater Bay will import so once gone, there won’t be any future microscopes.
 
I wholeheartedly thank the sponsoring Clubs for providing this resource for in the vicinity of 300,000 students annually to develop a love of the microscopic world through the lens of the magnifying microscopes in these schools.
 
Since Covid appeared, there has been significantly less activity with this project and I encourage Clubs who have made an investment in sets of microscopes to schools to check with their schools to ensure the units are all in sound working order and being used, not languishing in the back of a cupboard due to lack of information on them being passed onto new staff members.
 
There are new schools and a huge number of established schools who do not have microscopes. Students and teachers love them, so I encourage you whilst there’s a supply, to not miss out on providing this valuable resource to as many schools and students as possible.
 
Feedback from the most recent school to receive a set of units, Kambalda West District High, December, 2023 is “The students are using them as we speak. The microscopes are amazing. Can’t thank you enough.” Thank you, RC of Boulder, for sponsoring units to this school.
 
Please see www.microscopesinschools.com and contact me, Di Collins on 0432 538 075 or collinsd@bigpond.net.au with any queries, to find out which schools do / do not have units to place an order or on any other aspect of the project.
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DON’T MISS OUT! PLEASE REGISTER BY CLICKING ON THE EVENT NAME BELOW

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

    Presidents Elect Training Seminar

  • Metro - 16th and 17th March

    District Assemblies

  • Geraldton      24th March
  • Katanning      27th April
  • Bunbury        28th April
  • Esperance     4th & 5th May
  • Northam       11th May
  • Metro           19th May
  • Kununurra    TBA
     
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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
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To buy your tickets, scan the QR code in the flyer or click HERE
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.
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You are invited to join
Rotarian's across the World
as we celebrate
"World Rotary Day, Friday 23 February 2024"
When:     Friday 23 February 2024
Where:    South Perth Foreshore - 'X' marks the spot on the map here below.  (Coode Street Car Park 14)
Time:       6pm - stay as long or as little as you would like. 
Dress:      Wear your Rotary Shirt/hat or blue/yellow
Cost:        $0 
Bring a Picnic or buy dinner from the food trucks; Bring the Family; Bring your Friends; Bring the family pets (on a lead)......come and celebrate Rotary in our Community.   Everyone is welcome.  
Should you have any queries in relation to the above, please don't hesitate to contact me by return email (jill@quairadingearthmoving.com.au) or phone - 0429 451077. 
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On 1 May, Karrinyup Rotary will celebrate 50 years since the signing of our club charter.  While numbers are limited, our club is keen to share this historic occasion with Rotarians, who have been part of our journey.
 
If you would like to be part of the celebration and can attend an evening function on 1 May, please register with our secretary by email to karrinyuprotary@gmail.com by 24 February.
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.
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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)
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We hold the Rotary Club of Cockburn FUN QUIZ on the first  Thursday of each month. Arrive at 6pm to have a meal, register for the Quiz. The Quiz starts at 7 and it is all wrapped up by 9pm. Great prizes and raffles, but most importantly great fun is had by all. 
It is held at the Cockburn Bowling and Recreational Centre, 
40 Birchley Rd, Yangebup, WA 6164.
 
Register via SMS 0407 689 131
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All proceeds from this ride are donated to support mental health in the Blackwood region. The main beneficiaries are  Blackwood Youth Action and The Bridgetown Greenbushes Suicide Prevention Network
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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.
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Add some colour to your Spring garden and support the
RAWCS Wanneroo Bushfire Project
 
Tulips with a Difference catalogue here
How to order here
Order form here
 
Orders close 24th March 2024
 
Any queries phone Judy Dinnison on 0403 173 040 or email judyrotary9455@gmail.com
For more information or to book, visit agfr.org
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To book, scan the QR code, click on the flyer or this link.
Book Now for the Rotary Club of
Mt Lawley Quiz Night 2024…
 
The Rotary Club of Mt Lawley's Annual Quiz Night is back on Friday 19th April! Come and help us raise funds to support the RSPCA and other community projects. Tables of 8 are available for $160 per table. Join us for your chance to win a great collection of prizes, including exclusive jewellery from Matusik Diamond Jewellers in Mt Lawley.
There will be 8 rounds that test your knowledge in a wide variety of subjects, table quizzes and other fun games. Bring gold coins on the night for a range of fun games and there are some terrific prizes to win!
 
Book today here
 
We are also looking for prize donations, so if you have something you can offer, please contact Chetan Hegde at chetan@mckenzieschemist.com.au.
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Men's Talk are supported by the Rotary Clubs of Karrinyup and Scarborough.
 
WA Men's Wellgbeing Award nominations close ??????
Awards night 13 June 2024
 
Read more here
WA Men's Wellbeing Conference
14th June 2024
Read more here
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
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Young people from Rio de Janeiro’s infamous favelas find an outlet for their energy -- and a chance at Olympic gold -- through Rotary  

By 
 
Thirty-four young people, ages 16 to 21, sit in a large circle on the mat where they train each week. Timid at first, they begin to open up, little by little, about life before Força Jovem Judo. 
 
Lucas Ferreira, who lives in Morro da Mangueira, a slum in Rio de Janeiro, speaks first. 
Rotary International Convention 2024
Singapore
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