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 District Governor's February newsletter, 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:
  • DG Ineke's February newsletter
  • Fun Quiz 1st February - Cockburn Rotary Club
  • Wear your Rotary t-shirt 23rd February - District
  • Quiz Night 19th April - Mount Lawley
  • WA Men's Wellbeing Awards and Conference
      In the RI section of the newsletter:
  • February - Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution
  • ShelterBox - no one without shelter after disaster
The newsletter is published each Friday except in unforeseen circumstances.
February 2024
Hello everyone,
I hope the year has started well for you; we are already into February and it is flying by with lots going on in our Rotary world. Clubs are starting up again after the festive and holiday break and projects are again in full swing.
Please make sure you have registered for the relevant sessions on the flier in this newsletter for the Presidents Elect Training, the District Assemblies and don’t forget the Rotary Foundation Grants Seminar.
We are hoping to have registrations open next week for the Rotary Action Day on 13th April. There is a team of people working on the events that day. If you are in the country, it would be well worth coming to Perth for the weekend with all our events to take place on Saturday 13th April commencing 8.30am and finishing at 10.00pm.
I am sure you will share with me in congratulating the following people who were honoured on Australia Day this year:
Jill Dawson OAM – Medal of the Order of Australia for services to the community for a range of roles, member of the Rotary Club of Perth.
Trevor Fisher OAM – Medal of the Order of Australia for services to the community of Busselton, member of the Rotary Club of Kojonup.
Michael Snell OAM – Medal of the Order of Australia for service to business and to the community, member of the Rotary Club of Dalkeith.
It is fabulous to see Rotarians recognised for the wonderful work that they do. Congratulations also to those who were recognised at various community ceremonies around the state, both individually and Rotary Clubs. We thank you all for raising the profile of Rotary in Western Australia.
We will soon have confirmation of the Rotary Community Groups and will appoint Rotary Community Leaders which will officially commence on 1st July 2024. A lot of work has gone on in the background for these things to happen. Thank you to everyone involved and for your patience. These are exciting times in Rotary, we have the potential to make positive changes that will raise the profile of Rotary and provide widespread support to strengthen clubs. Please keep yourself informed by subscribing to www.creatingtomorrowrotary.org and reading the updates as they come out to you via email.
I wish you a terrific February and look forward to catching up with you sometime soon.
Yours in Rotary service,
DG Ineke Oliver
February quiz is 1st February 6:30 - 9:00pm
Register via SMS 0407 689 131
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.
Mens Talk and Richmond Wellbeing are hosting the WA Mens Wellbeing Awards and Conference as part of Mens Health Week in June 2024.
Included is further info on both the Conference and Awards Night in the flyers below. Please promote to your colleagues and networks.
The WA Mens Wellbeing Awards will help raise awareness and celebrate individuals or organisations making significant contributions to men's mental health and wellbeing in the community. The Award categories include the following; Mental Health Lived Experience Advocate of the Year - Mental Health Initiative of the Year - Community Support Award - Mental Health Professional of the Year - Research and Innovation Award - Mental Health Campaign of the Year - Media and Entertainment Award - Workplace Wellbeing Award - Lifetime Achievement Award If you know of any individuals and organisations that you believe are doing outstanding work in the area of men's mental wellbeing, please share with your networks. Nominations can be made by scanning the QR code or click on the link completing the form. Nominations close Friday 29 March.
Men's Talk are supported by the rotary Clubs of Karrinyup and Scarborough.


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

    Presidents Elect 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 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
RAWCS: Seeking Applicants to Fill National Company Secretary & Treasurer Position
RAWCS is looking for suitably qualified people to fill the forthcoming vacancies for national Company Secretary and Treasurer.
The current Company Secretary, PDG Adrian Froggatt, is stepping down as of 30 June 2024. This means there is some urgency to filling this position. The current Treasurer, Jim Wilson, will be stepping down in 2025.
As you know, RAWCS is a significant Rotary entity. It’s important to fill both of these Executive positions. As with all such positions, these are voluntary roles.
If you can think of any Rotarians who might be appropriate for the roles please tap them on the shoulder and encourage them to speak to the RAWCS National Chair, Dave Pearson, or Deputy Chair, PDG Heather Chong. 
Position descriptions can be viewed here.
Further information about RAWCS can be found on the RAWCS website: www.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
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.
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.
At our February, the 11th event we will feature Old McDonald's Petting Farm for all the young city people to experience farm animals.
Click here or on the flyer to book your tickets.
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.
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.
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)
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
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.
For more information or to book, visit agfr.org
To book, scan the QR code, click on the flyer or this link.
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


I hope you and your family are safe and well.
I'd like to start by saying a huge 'thank you' for your support in 2023! Last year we supported over 325,000 people (65,000) families with different combinations of emergency shelter aid, support and household items.
We worked in 14 different countries, including the continuation of our response to the flooding in Pakistan - involving the construction of durable shelters, and major earthquake responses in Turkiye, Syria and Morocco. Below you'll about some of our lesser-known responses from 2023.
These figures represent a massive global effort from ShelterBox, its partners and supporters and of course, from the communities with whom we work.........
To read more about lunch with Gordon and Heather, click here
To book for lunch with Gordon and Heather, click here
To read more about Let's Talk about Elephants, click here 
To book for the one-day mental health and well-being symposium, click here
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. 
Rotary International Convention 2024
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