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Indonesian Catholic Youth Organisation (ICYO) Charity Concert Leanne Knowler 2017-07-27 16:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rae Heston
 
Beach Cup committee chairman Michael McCafferty
 http://palmbeachrotary.com.au/PhotoAlbums/rockingham-beach-cup-race-day-2016
 
 
FESTIVITIES surrounding the Rockingham Beach Cup will grow to three days this year, with the aim of attracting visitors to Rockingham for the whole weekend.
Beach Cup committee chairman Michael McCafferty reminded last Wednesday’s Palm Beach Rotary meeting that the 2016 event greatly exceeded expectations.
“We were hoping to get 5000 to 10,000 people but well and truly exceeded that,” he remarked. “I don't know how accurate the 50,000 crowd estimate was, but it was news all over the country. It even made the evening news (bulletins) in the UK.” This year’s festival weekend will begin with a corporate golf day on the Friday. It is being run by Brad Dean (the “sports-mad” chairman of the Rockingham and Port Kennedy Community Banks and the Peel Branch of Variety) assisted by financial adviser Danny Stent. It will take entries from 88 golfers and tickets will cost $150. Golf course costs will be $90 dollars per player which includes food, green fees and golf carts.
There will be a hole in one competition with the car as a prize, which will be covered by insurance. Raffles and an auction will be part of the fun.
Michael said the committee was expecting to make $6000 from the corporate golf day.
Three Days of Festival Activity Rae Heston 2017-05-31 16:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rae Heston on Mar 28, 2017
Fun run entries and weather were both wild
 
AGAINST THE WIND: a Secret Harbour Surf Life Saving Club member joined Rotarians Rick Dawson and Andrew Whall in tying down a billowing marquee. Ken Gray (centre) stands ready.
 
PALM Beach Rotary’s third Beachside Festival was a blast in more ways than one.  The first blast was the record shattering 641 registrations for the four fun runs on Sunday.
And about 580 people of all ages ran despite the second blast — the high wind which tore (and tore off) marquee roofs and forced the festival to end a couple of hours earlier than planned.
While most runners were local, some came from Capel, Kwinana, South Yunderup, all over the
 
 
 
Rotary Beach Side Festival 2017 Rae Heston 2017-03-27 16:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rae Heston
Malcolm Taylor was a very welome visitor from the
Applecross RotaryClub on Wednesday.
 
BACKING research into microbial drug resistance is one of the major thrusts of the Applecross Rotary Club, “We are lucky to have a University of Western Australia professor in our midst,” Applecross Rotarian Malcolm Taylor told the Palm Beach club on Wednesday. Thanks to its lobbying, their professor member received a global grant of $1 million from the Gates Foundation.
“He is hoping to break super bug resistance,” Mr Taylor said. “Around the world people are dying in hospitals because of the super bugs.”
Applecross Rotary also spends “considerable effort looking after women’s refuges —trying to help those less fortunate”, Mr Taylor said.
Palm Beach’s acting president, retired pharmacist Laurie Smith, lauded Applecross's work to combat antibiotic resistance.
“The fact that Applecross has achieved such a large grant from the Gates Foundation shows how serious the issue is,” he remarked.
“It is amazing that your club is doing something as significant as that.” Mr Taylor, who heads AKA Events Hire, gave considerable help to the Rockingham Beach Cup.
He has promised a marquee to cover the Safety Bay Beachside Festival stage and will even deliver it on the Friday before the festival.
He was invited to Palm Beach to be thanked for his help and to speak about his club’s work. Applecross is “a fairly active club,” he said. “About the same size as Palm Beach.”
 
 
Applecross fights ‘super bugs’ Rae Heston 2017-03-14 16:00:00Z 0
ROTARY BEACH SIDE FESTIVAL 2017 2017-03-14 16:00:00Z 0
Palm Beach and Karrinyup Combined Meeting Rae Heston 2017-02-27 16:00:00Z 0
Rockingham Beach Cup Rae Heston 2016-11-14 16:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael McCafferty
 

Rockingham Beach Cup

Rockingham Beach/ Churchill Park

 

13 November 2016

 
The Rotary Club of Palm Beach (WA) inc. seeks to develop a community event that will provide an opportunity to showcase Rockingham’s natural attractions, provide economic development and act as a fundraiser for the Rotary Club and its beneficiaries, McCusker Alzeihmer’s Research Foundation, Varity Club of WA and Rotary Projects.
 
The Rotary Club of Palm Beach will host a Gala Dinner and Auction on Saturday night with the horse racing to take place on Sunday. In addition to the horse racing and dinner a community festival will be held on Churchill Park on Sunday.
 
Rockingham Beach Cup Michael McCafferty 2016-07-18 16:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rae Heston on Jun 01, 2016

FORMER NUN: Anne Carey at the combined
Rotary clubs’ meeting in Rockingham.
 
ANNE Carey found working in an Ebola epidemic preferable to working in the bully ridden WA Health Department.
 
The Irish born nurse —WA’s Australian of the Year, — fled the state in late 2014 to work at an Ebola Treatment Centre in Kenema, Sierra Leone. She felt safer and less stressed there than she had in the Esperance Hospital, she told Rotarians from the Palm Beach, Rockingham, Kwinana, Mandurah and Pinjarra clubs on Monday night.
When she left WA, she believed she might not come back, that she might perish. “Ebola wasn’t an African problem, it was a world problem and therefore it was our problem in other western countries and in Australia,” she said. “I wasn’t necessarily fearful but, when I left Australia, I didn’t think I’d come back.”
 
 
Courage in face of Ebola and Bullying Rae Heston 2016-05-31 16:00:00Z 0
Posted by Thomas Söderholm
The Rotary Club of Palm Beach continued its great tradition of hosting the Gun Fire Breakfast, supporting the RSL and the local community
 
Thomas and Greg getting an early start
 
Teresa, Rae and Des hard at work
2016 ANZAC DAY GUNFIRE BREAKFAST Thomas Söderholm 2016-04-29 16:00:00Z 0
GALA DINNER & AUCTION 2016-04-29 16:00:00Z 0
 
 
Thank you to everyone that made yesterday such a fantastic day including the weather, it really was an awesome day all round. A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
 
 
 
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ELISABETH KIEBELER: back at Palm Beach
 
AN old friend revisited Palm Beach Rotary Club last week.
 
Former exchange stu-dent Elisabeth Kiebeler is now at university in Germany, studying Eng-lish and music to be-come a teacher.
She is finishing her bachelor degree but will have other two years to complete her masters. “You need a masters degree to teach in Ger-many,” she explained.
She had to complete her high school years 11, 12 and 13 after leaving WA and returning home to Nuremberg.
 
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BRIAN STANLEY: explaining distances in the heavens.
 
NOT a cloud punctuated the brilliant blue sky all through last Wednesday’s daylight hours. And, as the day dissolved into a brilliant sunset, the heavens remained clear.
Brian Stanley had long planned a meeting at his home to introduce his fellow Palm Beach Rotarians and partners to the joys of bringing the moon and stars a little closer, via telescopes. He was gleeful at the thought of the brilliant time his guests would have, learning about the wonders of the moon through his (and borrowed) telescopes.
 
ASTRONOMERS: Ileana Soederholm
and boyfriend Dyland Scothorne supplied
and set up a telescope.
 
 
Over The Moon 2016-03-01 16:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rae Heston
ABOVE: beachside
festival committee
chairman Paul Ellis
(left) welcomes Frank
Moelands.
Club welfare officer
Brian Stanley
congratulates Kevin
Fahie on joining the
club.
 
Kevin Fahie and Frank Moelands ⎯ have made Palm Beach Rotary Club the district’s fourth biggest. Past district governor John Simmons inducted the pair into the club last Wednesday and said Palm Beach Rotary now has 40 members. Kevin (classification, real estate ⎯ commercial) and Frank (classification, retired air conditioning) were welcomed by president Laurie Smith, their committee chairmen and mentors. There will be two Kevins on the vocational committee. Kevin Fahie will be working with Kevin Mc- Donnell’s merry band. Frank Moelans has been put into Teresa Carlson’s community committee. “New members bring in new ideas,” Laurie remarked.
 
 
 
 
Club boosted by new members Rae Heston 2016-02-16 16:00:00Z 0
Posted by Thomas Söderholm
 Fly On The Wall
 
 
or
 
 
What really went on at PalmBeach Christmas Party
It started out just like any other Christmas party you’ve ever attended. Great food and music. Fellowship among properly sober, law abiding, God fearing patrons who wouldn’t dream of…
But I am getting ahead of myself.   
The holiday brings out, in people and of, the woodwork, the most seasonal of peculiarities.  
Supercharged Charles surrounded by the best of friends.
 
Palm Beach Christmas Party Thomas Söderholm 2016-02-09 16:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rae Heston
 
READY TO GET CRACKING: future Rotarians (back, from left) Carl Sanders, Rob Chandler and Trevor Churcher, (front) Baldivis president Dimity Ward (left) and Rachel Griffiths.

MEMBERS of the proposed satellite Rotary club at Baldivis will attend Palm Beach Rotary’s February 10 meeting. This was decided at the group’s second meeting on January 9, attended by five Baldivis people (four would-be Rotarians and one interested) and four Palm Beach Rotarians, headed by president Laurie Smith and past district governor John Simmons.
The would-be satellite club has a female president, Dimity Ward, an assistant relationship manager with Westpac Business Banking. Its members are considerably younger than the Palm Beach membership, all being under 45. This cheers Palm Beach Rotary president Laurie Smith and past district governor John Simmons, who have done so much to get the Baldivis club going.
Laurie told the Baldivis breakfast meeting that he knew of a couple of young people who might be interested in joining the satellite club after the holiday period ended. John Simmons said he could not send away to paperwork to establish the club until it had eight members.
It was up to the Baldivis satellite club members to decide when and how often they would meet. President Dimity Ward said Tuesday mornings suited her and that time worked for the others too. They decided to meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, starting at 6.45am, at The Dome restaurant in the main Baldivis shopping area.
 
 
 
Baldivis to visit Palm Beach Rae Heston 2016-01-30 16:00:00Z 0
Posted by The Sunday Times 10 Jan 2016
 

Lost home just stuff: top cop

PHIL HICKEY

YARLOOP’S top cop is among the town’s residents who lost their homes in the inferno.

Sergeant Ross Adam, an officer with 36 years’ experience, was holidaying in Albany when the news reached him.

“There is utter destruction here, including my house,” he told The Sunday Times.

“My house has burnt to the ground.

“But at the end of the day, it’s just stuff, your belongings is just stuff ... it hasn’t got a heartbeat and I will just have to work hard to replace it.”

Sgt Adam’s beloved dog, Bella, who he had rescued and nurtured back to health several months ago, was safe.

“She was dumped outside the police station and I rescued her from death’s door,” he said.

“She is safe and sound at my son’s house in Rockingham.”

Sgt Adam said he loved the town of Yarloop, where he has been the officer-in-charge for 3½ years.

Yarloop police said there have been no reports of looting.

PP Ross Adam - Lost home just stuff The Sunday Times 10 Jan 2016 2016-01-10 16:00:00Z 0
 

 

PAUL Harris fellow and Palm Beach Rotarian Ted Wilson (pictured above, centre) celebrated a remarkable anniversary on Sunday.
Past president Michael McCafferty said this was the 25th year Ted had been the club’s Santa Claus. Ted looked mildly alarmed when it seemed Michael (above right) and John Rana (left) looked set to sit on his knee like all the other boys and girls. They settled for kneeling beside him, as they received their bags of sweets.
 
Ted celebrates 25 years as Santa 2015-12-14 16:00:00Z 0
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Golf Balls Dropped

 A CROWD watched as Rotarians Rick Dawson and Kevin McDonnell were hoisted into the sky to dump several hundred golf balls on Charlie Gust’s Ennis Avenue putting course on Sunday morning.
It was surprising how many balls landed near the pin, after falling about 10 metres from a cherrypicker. Another Rotarian, AndrewWhall, had towed the cherry picker to the site, stabilised it, checked the controls and sent Kevin and Rick intothe wide blue yonder. It was a different way of deciding the winners of the Palm Beach Rotary Club’s golf ball drop raffle. Official measurer John Gorbold used a bowls calliper on a couple of balls too close to the pin to be separated by the measuring tape.
Winner of the $5000 first prize was Rose Sertorini. Her ticket was sold by the Secret Harbour Surf Life Saving Club.
Second prize of $1500 went to Cheryl Petrik,  who bought her ticket from Rotarian Kevin McDonnell.
The $500 third prize winner must be one of Wattle Grove’s luckiest residents. Rachel Thewnissen bought her ticket at the gate from Teresa Carlson on Sunday morning. She had driven from the foothills to see her son compete in BMX races, next to the golf putting range. And she bought the ticket to park her car in the Rotary family fun day area, because the BMX parking lot was chocker-block.
Golf Ball Drop Rae Heston 2015-12-14 16:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rae Heston
 
THE first Rotary club to do admit women, Duarte in California, was suspended because it violated the Rotary International constitution.
The struggle became so bitter, that this pioneering club, fought sexual discrimination through the California Superior Court, the California Court of Appeals, the California Supreme Court and finally the United States Supreme Court.
Past district governor Jon Simmons outlined the struggle at last Wednesday’s meeting of the Palm Beach Rotary Club. He quoted Frank J. Devlyn (who became RI president in 2000-01) as saying: “The 1989 council on legislation vote to admit women into Rotary clubs worldwide remains a watershed moment in the history of Rotary.
"My fellow delegates, I would like to remind you that the world of 1989 is very different to the world of 1905. I sincerely believe that Rotary has to adapt itself to a changing world.”
The vote followed the decades-long efforts of men and women from all over the Rotary
Bitter fight to get women into Rotary Rae Heston 2015-11-24 16:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rae Heston
WAR HISTORY: local Upper House member, Phil Edman (who is, incidentally, the  Government Whip in the Legislative Council), Rotarian Michael McCafferty and Phil’s “sidekick” Aimee Gibbs in front of some of the Point Peron display at Wednesday’s meeting.
 
PALM Beach Rotarians and guests got a dramatic look at how nearly Australia was invaded by the Japanese during World War II during the club’s Remembrance Day meeting last Wednesday.
Local Upper House state parliamentarian Phil Edman, who is driving restoration of the old Point K Peron battery, organised screening of a History Channel production,Battle For Australia.
Mr Edman attended the meeting with one of his staff, Aimee Gibbs, and they had decorated the meeting room with displays about Point Peron’s past and Second War War memorabilia.
Rupert Murdoch had given him the rights, allowing him to screen the film without royalty payment,  the MLC said.  Last Wednesday’s screening  was only the second timeBattle For Australia had been shown:
 
War becomes real over dinner table Rae Heston 2015-11-17 16:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rae Heston
 

MICK LE-COCQ: home from Timor-Leste (East Timor) with tales to tell.

 

 

MICK Le-Cocq and other Western Australian Rotarians found themselves working with former freedom fighters  in Timor Leste over the past month.

“Leo” (Leopoldina Guterres, the headmistress we met in  Rockingham last year) and Father Emmanuel fought the Indonesian invaders until they were “bombed out of the mountains,” Mick told last Wednesday’s Palm Beach Rotary Club meeting.

 

 
Working with former Freedom Fighters Rae Heston 2015-10-30 16:00:00Z 0
Posted by Thomas Söderholm
 
My father Ray (possibly recognisable to older club members as he visited the club some 15 years ago on his trip to Australia, were he went on to fine quite a few of the Fellows for not wearing their badges. Not much has changed) and his wife Liselotte ( not my mother). She is now talking through a valve lodged in a hole in her throat. It allows for 5 -10 words per breath and it leaks a lot and stuff comes out. She is coming to terms with the situation and was improving quite a bit during the short period we were there. We hope to see her back to her old self next summer when Libby and I will visit again.
Visit to the Åland Islands 2015 Thomas Söderholm 2015-10-29 16:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rae Heston
ROTARACTORS: Rockingham/Kwinana Rotaract president Kim Dawes (left) and international service director Alex Hill.
 
THE frosty relationship between the Australia and Indonesian governments made it difficult, at first, for keen Rockingham/Kwinana Rotaract members to persuade their potential Indonesian partners in good works that they had no ulterior motives.
With determined diplomacy, they got their selected sister club, Rotaract Jakarta Metropolitan, onside.  
That local cooperation was essential to raise money for and renovate the Madrasah Ibtidaiyah PUI (Persatuan Umat Islam) Cibanteng School in Bogor.
Rockingham/Kwinana Rotaract international service director Alex Hill told last Wednesday’s Palm Beach Rotary Club meeting that the club’sHope for Kids project “had people on the ground in the club’s first couple of years …I have not heard of that happening before in Australia.”
But the local Rotaract club is a bunch of young people in a hurry. The club was formed in June 2012 and officially chartered on July 1, 2013.
Very early in its life, it supported  the Mandurah and Rockingham Relays for Life, the Rockingham Million Paws Walk, Weston’s Warriors Football Group and the Town of Kwinana Anzac Day ceremony.
Then in April last year it looked at a suitable joint project it could carry out in neighbouring Indonesia and settled on the Bogor school.
This school (or madrasah) has received no government funding since 1979, apart from $30 every three months to pay the teacher. Its 200 students were studying in damaged buildings, with collapsing dirty and mouldy ceilings and collapsing walls, a difficult learning environment.
The school runs two sort three sessions each day to accommodate its children in two or three rooms.
“We are in a very privileged situation,” Alex said.  “We have free or very cheap education the kids over there would kill for.”
It is astonishing how far a comparatively small sum of money will stretch when doing  good works is a country.  They bought everything needed form a local shop and, despite the language barrier, formed a friendship with the proprietor.
On their first day, they were accompanied to the area by local  Rotaractors who wanted to help. They eventually found the building (hidden behind roadside shops, s seven-hour drive south of Jakarta) and were stunned by a huge welcome and concert from all parents, teachers and kids involved with the school.
In four-five days they resurfaced and painted walls, varnished desks, replaced toilets and installed a water tower so the youngsters can wash their hands.
On there first day, there were so many helpers”we were running out of tools”, Alex said. That was not a problem later.  Indonesians get few holidays and the local Retractors had to return to work the following day.
Alex said this visit did the groundwork but more had to be done. He really wanted to put fencing alongside a narrow path, leading to the toilets, between the school building and a vegetation-covered cliff dropping down to a river.
The school’s bamboo roof had only two or three years life remaining.  He would like to replace it with a metal roof, at a cost of about $5000.
Hal Baxter remarked the Rockingham/Kwinana Rotaractors had done something that was needed all over Indonesia.  “I have seen school where kids are sitting on planks of wood with planks for desks,” he remarked.
 
 
Young locals aid Indonesian school Rae Heston 2015-10-18 16:00:00Z 0
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Community Service Director Teresa Calson with Dr Raelene Endersby
 
COMMUNITY director Teresa Carlson presented a $13,000 cheque last Thursday to Dr Raelene Endersby, Telethon Kids Institute associate principal investigator.
They are pictured in the brain tumour lab while PhD student Mathew Ancliffe toils in the background.
In a neighbouring room, Raelene gave Palm Beach Rotarian Bruce Cairns a gallop through the development of a brain tumour.  He is pictured (below) examining  cancer cells through an electron microscope.
 
Past President Bruce Cairns 
 
 
Cheque Presentation To Telethon Kids Institute Rae Heston 2015-10-04 16:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rae Heston
Kwinana Industries Council director Chris Oughton
 

KWINANA’S industrial strip needs to plan ahead for workforce renewal as more and more  baby boomers head into retirement, Palm Breach Rotarians heard on Wednesday.

Kwinana Industries Council director Chris Oughton, pictured above, and Debbie Hoey, the council’s  education development coordinator, attended the regular club meeting to discuss their work getting high school students ready for work and aware of the opportunities in the local industrial area.

Seventeen local high schools (all except Baldivis) were involved in the program.  Baldivis was expected to come on board soon.

The Kwinana Industries Association is made up of 11 full members, who include all the major industries, and 25 associate members, covering the support and service sectors.

The full members provide $800,000 funding, most of the council’s running costs.  The associate members provide 10 per cent.

And, 90 per cent of the council’s expenditure is local, Mr Oughton said.

He noted that 64 per cent of workers on the Kwinana industrial strip live within 15km of their work.

Sixty per cent were in the baby boomer group and all would be retired within the next 10 to 15 years.

“We need new strategies to bring up  the next workforce for the Kwinana industrial area,” he said.

The council had a number of strategies and prominent was the  education development program. This had two streams:

1) iProjects for year 10 youngsters; and

2) Career Pathways programs , school-based traineeships, for years 11 and 12.

KIC was the employer in these projects, covering insurances etc, and the workplace employers were the students hosts.

The program is so well regarded it was a finalist in  this year’s WA Schools Pathways to VET.

Sponsorship packages were available for $5000 and would enable Rotary to be directly involved in supporting local young people, Mr Oughton said.

He suggested iDiversity for male and female Year 10 students from the Education Support Centres  might be a good one. 

It aims to show industrial career opportunities to students with special learning needs. They get an insight into what industry does and what it expects of employees.

The youngsters go on industry excursions and meet people employed in industry. They also take part in workshop sessions, including resume writing and mock interviews. The project includes one-day work experience with a host employer.

He cited one program graduate, a young man with autism, who is now a valued designer.

“We are only just starting to venture into this area,” Mr Oughton remarked.

Student sponsorships costing $3500 might also appeal to Rotary, he added.

Past president Michael McCafferty noted reports that less than 30 per cent of youngsters who embarked on apprenticeships completed them.

Getting youth set for work Rae Heston 2015-09-11 16:00:00Z 0
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HONOURED GUESTS:  Telethon Kids Institute staff and their partners enjoying the gala dinner
 
SOME figures are still to be finalised but Palm Beach Rotary Club raised roughly $30,000 from its gala dinner and auction last Saturday night.
The evening started with champagne and chatter and continued with fine dining and fund-raising.
Bids for the second bracket of goods were generally higher than those for the first bracket, probably as people relaxed after a few more glasses of wine.
Some of the biggest winning bids were $900 for the unknown batsman’s bat, signed by Steve Waugh; $1600 for the seven-night Royal Resorts land package; $1500 for the Coast FM advertising package and $2100 for   $4000 worth of Sound Telegraph advertising; $3600 for the kingsized bed valued at $6999, $1300 for the Matthew Hayden-signed cricket memorabilia, $1400 for the Bali Extravaganza and $1560 for the Prestige Catering dinner for eight in your home or office.  The evening’s great meal obviously inspired that winning bidder.
Great night and great result Rae Heston 2015-09-01 16:00:00Z 0

PAUL WATT: explaining this spaghetti junction which he described as “a simple machine”.

Former secretary Des Mant:  reported on the club visit to the Telethon Kids Institute.  The party was welcomed by Dr Paul Watt who (apart from being president Laurie Smith’s nephew) is the institute’s Drug Discovery Unit head and research strategy leader, as well as  Adjunct Professor at the University of  WA’s Centre for Child Health Research. After  graduating from UWA, Paul Watt completed his doctorate in molecular biology at Oxford University before taking up post-doctoral appointments in yeast genetics at Harvard and Oxford.

 

Dr Watt told the visiting Rotarians and spouses that the institute’s strength was the combination of laboratory research and population science.

Des said visiting the institute made it clear where donated  money went. Ken Gray remarked on the medical robots which took much of the drudgery out of the researchers work.

 

Dr Raelene Endersby took the visitors through several labs after Dr Watt departed.  One small machine, which deeply impressed your scribe, was constantly jiggling liquids horizontally and then vertically.  It was labelled “The Belly Dancer”.


 
 
Club Visits The Telethon Institute Rae Heston 2015-08-10 16:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rae Heston
BEFORE THE FORMALITIES: pensive Melodie Kevan and cheerful Laurie Smith.
 
THE importance of partnerships between Rotary clubs and other groups was emphasised by District Governor Melodie Kevan when she visited Rockingham last week.
“Rotarians are generally very busy people,” she pointed out. And they should consider how to make the best use of their time and limited resources.
She suggested community partnerships were the way to go, noting that the Palm Beach club was already doing so.
The upcoming district conference would follow the theme “Be a gift to the world”, laid down by Rotary International’s  2015-16 president, K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran, of Sri Lanka. Mrs Kevan said we should be a gift to the world through district partnerships.
 
Partnerships get things done Rae Heston 2015-07-28 16:00:00Z 0
HIGHLIGHT FROM LAST ROTARY YEAR
 
 
PROFESSOR LYN BEAZLEY: researchers examined pigment cells in the back of the eye that "jiggled" for red, green and blue light. Primitive animals had one extra light cell, sensitive to ultra-violet.
 
 
Professor Lyn Beazley visit 2015-07-14 16:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rae Heston
Paul Trimble
 
PAUL Trimble (above), a copper keeping a keen eye on vulnerable seniors in the community,  was guest speaker at Wednesday’s Palm Beach Rotary Club meeting.
Sergeant Trimble is coordinator of the South Metro Community Engagement Unit, based at Mandurah’s Peel House.
After being introduced by Mal Hughes,  Paul spoke on Seniors Safety in the Peel area.   He has taken it upon himself to visit the aged and vulnerable after any particular event.  
He explained that when an incident has been reported, police attend, gather forensic evidence etc and he becomes privy to the  victims’ names and addresses. 
Paul then visits the victims in their homes to reassure them and  ensure they are okay.
He also issues them with a special kit  that includes motion detectors, torches, UV pens, a personal alarm, a whistle,  information on various safety procedures (e.g. carrying a handbag etc) and contact numbers.
He distributes these kits to 80 to 100-year-olds,  who are vulnerable and basically don’t have any money.
Although we think seniors are more at risk in the community, statistics show seniors are less of a risk, Paul said. They are more security conscious and stay at home more. 
Paul has taken this liaison work totally on himself and works alone. There are not enough police force members for others to follow his footsteps.  
There is also no funding so he relies on donations and/or goods to be put in the kits.  
A company in our region is willing to install the alarms at no charge where needed.  At this point he needs funds for the alarms, which are very reasonably priced at $99.95 per unit.  
Paul is hoping that Rotary will become a sponsor for his project, to enable him to reach out further.
He also spoke about his next project, this time aimed at youth and planned for later in the year. 
The first part of this project will involve secondary students making anti-drug short films (60-90 seconds) and placing them on YouTube.
The other part  is aimed at  primary school students. Paul believes  this is the perfect age to instil and promote correct behaviour in many areas, to prevent graffiti, violence, bullying etc.
Paul was a wonderful speaker with a passion for working with the aged and encouraging goodwill in our community in all age groups.
Bruce Cairns thanked him on behalf of the Rotary Club of Palm Beach and presented him with his gift.
Sergeant Paul Trimble Cares Rae Heston 2015-07-05 16:00:00Z 0
Posted by Thomas Söderholm
 
Changeover Night 2015
A few choice words before Michaels last speech as Commander In Chief.
Are you going to behave this time Ted? You know what happened last time.
I could give that Joe Hockey a run for HIS money!!
So Harry says: how come you don’t like me no more?
Well – its because you’ve become so terrible pretentionus.
Pretensious?!!! Moi?!!!”
Right. Give us the dirt on the incoming President. The outqoing is squeeky clean you see. No material there.
 
 
 
Change Over Night 2015 Thomas Söderholm 2015-06-30 16:00:00Z 0
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TWO Palm Beach Rotarians, Mick le Cocq and Kelvin Robinson, became Paul Harris Fellows at the club’s changeover night on Saturday.

New president Laurie Smith believes it is the first time in the club’s 34-year historya that two of these prestigious fellowships have been presented at the same time.  “I don’t think it has ever happened before,” he said later.

The club demonstrated its eco-credentials by recycling its past president Laurie Smith into the chair for 2015-16.

And top table recycling goes further, the president elect for 2016-17 is past president Ted Curr.

Michael McCafferty, a very successful president for the past year, is vice-president for the coming year.

Doug Hess is staying on as treasurer but the club has a new secretary,  Richard Carlson, who recently moved to Rockingham from Victoria with his wife Teresa.

They are a dynamic duo.  Supported by Richard, Teresa,  has devoted her life to raising almost $1 million for cystic fibrosis research.  Their beautiful daughter Michelle died of his congenital condition just two weeks before her 17th birthday.

Teresa has taken over the community directorship from Graham Hunter.

The other club service directors for 2015-16 are Kevin McDonnell (vocational), Andy Chapman (youth services) and Michael le Cocq.

It was a cheerful night with a fantastic meal turned on by Michael and Shelley McCafferty’s staff at their Prestige Catering headquarters.

 

 

Change Over 2015 Rae Heston 2015-06-27 16:00:00Z 0
Posted by Thomas Söderholm on Jun 08, 2015
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Moments in China.                      
                                                                                                                   
 
                    
 
While we waited for the group to arrive in Shanghai, Libby and I took in the sights on our own down town. The trip is promising to be a good one and if the city’s skyline looks like this during the day I must come back at night!
 
 
 
 
It appears that the “new” side of the other side of the river wants to be the hip one wereas the Bund-side of Shanghai has a more mature air and style to it.  
 
 
The Bund (Shanhai’s riverfront walk) is a popular place to do fashion and wedding shots. 
 
 
But first - a spot of culture! High up overlooking Shanghai and we had our first tea ceremony. The tea ranged in taste from delicious to five-cigarette-butts-soaking-in-a-potty-for-a-week.
 
 
The two tall glasses pictured here contains “Adam & Eve”, a hard ball of dried green tea that - after soaking for a while – opened up and released a red and a yellow flower which also had medicinal properties.
 
 
Honour thy Gods. Ceremony is taking place at a temple in central Shanghai. A lot of young people attended. The sacrificial sticks could be bought at the counter hidden in the left corner.
 
 
 
 
 
Moments in China Thomas Söderholm 2015-06-07 16:00:00Z 0
 
On the 100th anniversary of ANZAC Day, Rockingham residents were out in force.  The RSL estimated 20,000 people attended the Dawn Service. The Rotary Club of Palm Beach has been hosting The Rockingham Gunfire Breakfast for 27 years. This year, the club with a lot of support from the PCYC, Police Rangers, Girl Guides, Rotary family and friend, and HMAS Stirling personnel cooked and served over 900 breakfasts. This would not have been possible without the sponsorship of Rockingham RSL Sub-Branch, Blue Bay Hire, Prestige Catering, Defence Credit Union, Safety Bay IGA and Golden Eggs. The support and feedback from the community was very moving, with a lot of praise for the organisation and the quality of the food.
 
 
 
 
Please visit the Rotary Club of Palm Beach Facebook page for more 
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Posted by Thomas Söderholm
Ride For a Cure Poker Run 
 
 
  
 
Mark and I are suiting up early Saturday morning to take part in the Ride for a Cure Poker Run. First stop is registration at The Stockman’s Rest in Karnup. Saddle up!
 
We reach the registration point without too much bother – if you don’t count almost slamming our bikes into a couple of cows that happily pranced around in their newfound – and probably very temporary – freedom, in the middle of Karnup Road.  
 
The organisations founder and firebrand Teresa welcomes us and proceeds to hand out straws to everybody (?).
 
We were encouraged to breathe through, and only through this straw, thereby spending one short minute of our life mimicking the living hell a person with cystic fibrosis suffers under every minute of the day, every day. 
 
Mark starts the poker run with four of clubs and an open heart.
 
This poor unfortunate brave man – who goes by the name of J.D. – did the only honourable thing. As nobody drew the “Pink Card”, which automatically landed the sorry contender this charming little number, he valiantly stepped up to the challenge and wore said outfit for the first leg of the run.
 
The riders are getting restless….
 
The Marshals - whose responsibility it is to look after fifty-four keen riders – will ride first – and last - so nobody gets either lost or left behind.
 
First stop Dwellingup were the Blue Wren Café sold many-a-coffee. 
 
 
After the coffee break I went shopping. The biker shop behind said café just happened to stock the perfect motorcycle jacket. Sold!
 
We hit Boddington with a bang. Fifty big beautiful bikes fill the parking lot with the presence of rolling thunder.   
 
Perfect riding weather, good fellowship, great food and beautiful woman – I’ll go riding again next year for sure.
 
Bruce, of the Palm Beach Rotary Club made sure nobody left hungry.
 
Come and…. Get it!!!!
 
The Palm Beach Rotary Club had been busy setting up camp whilst we were gallivanting along the countryside and was a very welcome sight as blood sugar started to drop. 
 
Plenty for all – actually I think the Rotarians were a bit afraid they would end up with leftovers so they encouraged everybody to take seconds.   
 
Soon a rumour spread that the petrol station in Boddington was about to close. As it was the only station around and with my bikes puny 250km range I had to ask a few of my fellow travellers to kindly put aside their burgers for a while so I could get my bike out.   
 
When you look up the word “Speed” in the dictionary there is a picture of this lady. Fast…damn fast.
 
Mark does a pretty good impression of an actual golfer.
 
 
Whereas Bruce does not.
 
His style was instead quite possibly the inspiration for this artwork.
 
The Palm Beach Rotary Club and its volunteers receive a well-earned thank you from Teresa.
 
We leave Boddington and arrive at the Quindanning Hotel at breakneck speed.
(Well – some of us more sedate riders thought so)  
 
By now the fairy outfit had found a bearer more suitable to the task.
 
The loot to be changing hands later on that evening.
 
The people without whom this great event wouldn’t come about.
Teresa…
 
And her husband Richard. Thank you guys.
 
So what do you say riders? Same time next year? Looks like a definite.
 
 
Speaking of next year. How about we ask the owners of some of the more spectacular Harleys to attend next year’s Beach Side Festival?
 
The only thing left as the evening drew closer was to pony-up and go home.
Can’t wait until next time.
And you are never too old to participate!
 
 
Text and photos: Thomas Söderholm. Palm Beach Rotary Club.
 
 
Ride For a Cure Poker Run Thomas Söderholm 2015-04-21 00:00:00Z 0
Here We Go! Exciting times ahead 2015-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
 
THOMAS Soederholm starred, with  traveller's tales from Vietnam, It is always great to have members share adventures with us.
The Vietnam adventure may be the Soederholms' last  family holiday together, Thomas said, because adult offspring were going their separate ways.
It started at Hanoi in the north, and travelled south to Ho Chi Minh City. 
Thomas' first meal in the country was his last high-carb blow-out there, in the hope he might be able to fit into the Viet Cong tunnels which so baffled the Americans during the Vietnam War.  As it turned out, discretion was the better part of valour.  He was photographed half in and half out of a tunnel but didn't follow his much more petite wife Libby underground.
 
 
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SPEECH OVER: Maddison Lamont and Daniel Muller share a joke with Palm Beach Rotary president Michael McCafferty after addressing the club about their RYPEN experiences.

 

LOCAL students Maddison Lamont and Daniel Muller were enthusiastic about their experiences at the recent Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN), when they spoke at last Wednesday's Palm Beach Rotary Club meeting.
Daniel listed a full-on program of events and workshops.  
Maddison discussed what they learned about working together and  negotiating the challenges of social media such as Facebook.
"They made us aware of different ways to be leaders," she remarked.
Daniel said they also learned how to "speak up".
His mother Emma and Maddison's mother Sharon both thanked the club for giving their children such an exciting experience. "They couldn't stop talking about it," Sharon  Lamont said.
Learning how to lead Rae Heston 2015-02-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 20, 2015

 

Carnaby's cockatoo chicks discovered in an artifical hollow. Picture credit: Rick Dawson, DEC.ENVIRONMENT officials have installed dozens of fake hollows in the Wheatbelt in a bid to save plummeting Carnaby's cockatoo numbers.
 

More than 30 artificial nesting hollows have been installed and 25 natural ones repaired near Badgingarra, 212km north of Perth, after populations of the endangered birds dropped  from 100 to 43 in the past 12 months. 

Careful work: DEC senior wildlife officer Rick Dawson (left) and Des Mant from Palm Beach Rotary Club installing the hollows.DEC senior wildlife officer Rick Dawson said a fire destroyed 18 hollows in 2009 and those that survived are being used by galahs. 

“In 2009, a bushfire destroyed 18 Carnaby’s hollows that have been used for decades and killed three chicks in three nests, placing the local population under even more pressure,” Mr Dawson said. 

“Competition for the small number of remaining hollows in the burnt area was intense, with all hollows being used by Carnaby’s cockatoos showing evidence of nesting attempts by galahs.”

 

“Research has shown that Carnaby’s cockatoos will readily breed in artificial hollows that are installed at breeding sites,” he said.

Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo populations have declined by more than 50 per cent in the past 45 years with a third of former Wheatbelt breeding sites no longer in use.

The team: DEC senior wildlife officer Rick Dawson (left) with the Palm Beach Rotary Club at Coomallo Creek. Photos Rick Dawson DEC.The species has been pushed to the brink of extinction by land clearing and competition from other animals.

A study of artificial nesting sites in March revealed the birds will use artificial nests if they are correctly erected  in breeding areas.

 

 

Club History - Carnaby's handed Wheatbelt lifeline 2015-02-19 16:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rae Heston

 

DID you know Australia's marsupials see more colours than other animals, including humans?

Research showing same was carried out with a very special microscope.

That was one of the illustrations about the value of microscopes used by neuroscientist Professor Lyn Beazley (pictured, right) when addressing  Rotarians from the Palm Beach, Rockingham, Kwinana and Mandurah clubs at Rockingham's Ocean Clipper Inn on Monday.

Professor Beazley is WA's Australian of the Year  and we will soon know   — on Australia Day  — if she has scored the national award.

She has spent more than 30 years in the field of neuroscience, researching brain damage recovery and changing clinical practice in the treatment of infants at risk from pre-term delivery.

She was also WA's chief scientist from 2006 to 2013, advising the State Government on science, innovation and technology.

She helped set up a nationwide hotline for laboratory technicians in schools, worked for healthier waterways across the state by establishing Dolphin Watch, and was involved in the negotiations for the Square Kilometre Array, a radio telescope project.

On Monday she presented mini-microscopes, funded by Rotary clubs, to representatives of several local schools. 

Her whole address kept reverting back to the value of microscopes, from her first revelation about the joys of science through a microscop's eyepiece when she was an English schoolgirl.

Researchers had wondered if humans saw the same colours as birds and other animals, she said.

They examined pigment cells in the back of the eye that "jiggled" for red, green and blue light.

Primitive animals had one extra light cell, sensitive to ultra-violet, Professor Beazley said. 

Primitive mammals, which were much smaller than the dominant dinosaurs, were largely nocturnal, to escaper predation. Because of the light levels, they lived with largely green-blue vision. 

Placental mammals  lost pigment for seeing red and green. To a fighting bull, the matador's cloak is not red but blue. Red was reinstated in some mammals due to mutation of their DNA but mostly they see far fewer colours than humans.

Marsupials were different. They parted from other mammals because of their environment and its more intense light.

To test this WA researchers needed a super microscope called a microspectrophotometer.

Only five or six  existed in the world, they cost $300,000 and were beyond local scientific budgets.

One chap (whose name your scribe missed) was retiring from an Eastern States university and offered his microspectrophotometer to the WA researchers. 

All was in train, until his uni's bean counters — who didn't know how to spell the machine's name, or how it was used or for what — decided it was a valuable asset. They were not prepared to let it go.

The retiring academic got the gadget valued for his soon-to-be ex-employers — $4000 from a scrap metal merchant.

The microspectrophotometer was soon on its way west and helped prove that marsupials can see all the colours we can and more. They can see ultraviolet light and an extra band of colour on the rainbow.

Professor Beazley peppered her talk with tales of her own life.

After gaining Oxford University entrance (the first member of her family to go to uni), she applied to live at Somerville College. During her pre-admission interview for what was then an all-female hall of residence, she was asked why she chose that particular college.

"Because it was the only one with a bus stop immediately outside", Professor Beazley chuckled.

This practicality apparently impressed the interview panel and she was in. 

Her choice could not have been better. Though she did not know it at the time, Somerville was "a strong science college".

Her interest in neuroscience was sparked after she completed her zoology degree. She attended an evening lecture with a boyfriend she wanted to impress and heard a doctor talk about his efforts to help people with brain and spinal cord injuries.

It sparked her imagination and she continued to Edinburgh to do her doctorate, minus that influential boyfriend.

Later she married (not that boyfriend) and emigrated to WA with her husband and first young child. She was so grateful she had, for lifestyle and career opportunity.

She has lived in Mandurah for many years and worked with schools in Kwinana and interacted with Rockingham schools, she said.

Professor Beazley has spent more than 30 years in the field of neuroscience, researching brain damage recovery and changing clinical practice in the treatment of infants at risk from pre-term delivery. Some of her work has had a later direct benefit for her own family.

She was studying how to regrow nerves after injury and a colleague, John Newman (Neumann?) was working with premature babies at King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women.

Preterm birth is associated with health and developmental problems including cerebral palsy, lung and gastrointestinal problems, and vision and hearing loss. These problems being most likely to occur in preterm infants with an extremely low birth weight.

It was known damage nerve damage in children and adults could be treated with anti-inflammatory cortico-steroids. 

The researchers started treating premature infants and those at risk in utero, by administering these drugs to their mothers. One woman had 22 treatments while pregnant.

They found the appropriate levels to allow the lungs to mature without endangering the baby.

"This is now standard practice around the world, they have all adopted the levels we recommended," Professor Beazley said.

"More personally, six years ago, on Easter Thursday, we got the message my daughter had gone into premature labour at 27 weeks.

"Seven doctors were waiting for her."

Professor Beazley scrambled and got to the hospital in time for the birth. 

 "My daughter grabbed my hand and said 'Mum, do you think they have read your papers?'," Professor Beazley said.

She reassured her and all was well. "How happy am I to have done research that helped my grand-daughter!"

​Top scientist speaks Rae Heston 2015-02-06 00:00:00Z 0
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20-22 March 2015 Albany

Conference Program

The Conference Planning Committee has endeavoured to produce a range of speakers and activities to entertain, educate and inspire delegates to this year’s Conference.

The Program is undergoing its finishing touches; however delegates can look forward to hearing from;

  1. Former Rotary Exchange student and head of ASIO, David Irvine.
  2. Young Western Australian of the Year, Tim Lefroy.
  3. WA Australian of the Year 2012 and World authority on Cyber Bullying, Professor Donna Cross.
  4. Western Australian of the Year 2014 and Former Chief Scientist, Professor Lyn Beazley.
  5. Former Rotary Exchange student and member of WA Police, Paul Daly.
  6. The CEO of Mental Health First Aid Australia, Betty Kitchener OAM.
  7. "Ride to the other Side" for Australian Rotary Health with Craig Alford.
  8. Former leading Politician, Vietnam Veteran and President of the WA Branch of the RSL, Graham Edwards.
  9. S.T.A.R. Program, Kerry Green
  10. Head of Teen Challenge in WA, Malcolm Smith and Tracey Hilton, Director, Grace Academy Drug Rehabilitation Program.
  11. Micro Credit Foundation Program in California, Gerry McGann.

Also on the very full program will be :- 4 Way Test Speaking Final, Rotary Exchange Students; Inbound and Outbound Vocational Exchange Teams (previously known as GSE).

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The Rotary Club of Marlow is combining with the Churches of Marlow to address the desperate situation in West Africa. They are working with the Rotary Club of Monrovia in Liberia where already hundreds have died.

Rotary continues to closely monitor the latest developments surrounding the Ebola outbreak, and work with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other partners to respond to both polio and Ebola. Fighting disease is a priority of our members, who have organized countless projects around the world aimed at educating and mobilizing communities to prevent the spread of major diseases such as polio, HIV/AIDS, and malaria.

While our response to Ebola continues to evolve, much has already been accomplished:

• Through our investments in the polio eradication infrastructure in Nigeria, the government was able to help stop the outbreak of Ebola. The polio surveillance network – used to monitor cases for polio – is being employed to identify and track suspected Ebola cases and has contributed to Nigeria's successful response. It is important to remember that Nigeria is still one of three polio endemic countries and we must continue our efforts on eradicating polio to prevent new outbreaks.

• Rotary leadership continues to reach out to Rotarians in affected regions to determine how we can strengthen our response. Additionally, Rotary has created a working group to review the results of our findings, and help guide our outreach efforts.

• In addition to our global organizational plans, Rotary members are being mobilized on the ground to help prevent the spread of Ebola and other major diseases. The Rotary Club of Monrovia, for example is working directly with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Liberia to enhance local support for Ebola patients, health workers, and support personnel. Rotarians are soliciting funds to buy locally available items, providing much needed transportation, tracking potential Ebola cases, and supporting the reintegration of those who have recovered from the virus. Funding for the Monrovia project will also be used for local vehicle repair, fuel, medicine, mattresses, buckets, and other supplies. The Monrovia club has asked for donations of gowns, gloves, face masks, shoe covers, plastic boots, and, sadly, body bags. Please contact with copy to for more information on where to send items, and read more about the club's project in .

Rotarians and friends of Rotary can also support our broader efforts to address public health concerns by contributing to the Rotary Foundation's disease prevention and treatment fund. Contributions can be made by selecting the Annual Fund option. They can be made in a variety of currencies, and are eligible for Paul Harris Fellow recognition. While these gifts may not contribute directly to current Ebola relief efforts, they will be put to effective use to support Rotary's ongoing commitment to prevent disease and improve access to health care around the world.

 
 
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