Graham Hunters Celebrates His 70th Birthday

Graham Hunter, a stalwart of the Rotary Club of Palm Beach, recently celebrated his 70th birthday at the KING ROAD BREWERY. Graham’s extensive involvement in the club, including serving in various committee positions and as President in 2000, has left a lasting impact. His outstanding contributions to the club and the community were recognised when he was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship  in 2006. The celebration highlighted Graham’s wonderful life, which includes a loving family and close friends who hold him in high regard. As he cut his birthday cake, it was evident that Graham’s big heart has touched the lives of many. 🎂🎉
Graham Hunters Celebrates His 70th Birthday Mr Lindsay Hemy 2024-05-18 16:00:00Z 0

Johns Double Sapphire Paul Harris Pin

Posted by Mr Lindsay Hemy
President Kevin Presenting John Simmons with a Paul Harris Double Sapphire Pin

John Simmons: A Beacon of Service

John Simmons, a true exemplar of selflessness and commitment, has illuminated the path of service within the Rotary community. His unwavering dedication to the ideals of Rotary International Foundation has touched countless lives and inspired those around him.

A Legacy of Impact

  • Double Sapphire Paul Harris Pin: John’s outstanding contributions to the Rotary International Foundation earned him the prestigious Double Sapphire Paul Harris Pin. This honor reflects his tireless efforts in advancing the Rotary mission.
  • District Governor: During the Rotary year 2003-2004, John served as the District Governor, leading with vision and compassion.
  • Club President: Not once, but twice, John assumed the role of Club President—first in 1993-1994 and later in 2010-2011. His leadership steered the club toward meaningful projects and community engagement.
  • Paul Harris Fellow: John’s journey began with the Paul Harris Fellow recognition in 1999. His contributions to both the club and Rotary as a whole were nothing short of exceptional.
  • Sapphire Pin: In 2010, John’s commitment was further acknowledged with the Paul Harris Sapphire Pin. His passion for service shone brightly, leaving an indelible mark on the Rotary family.

A Heart of Compassion

John’s heart is as vast as the Rotary’s global reach. His genuine care for people transcends borders, cultures, and backgrounds. Whether it’s supporting local initiatives or championing international projects, John’s impact reverberates far and wide.


Johns Double Sapphire Paul Harris Pin Mr Lindsay Hemy 2024-04-30 16:00:00Z 0
Pearson Research OppotunityPearson Clinic research opportunityPearson Clinic research opportunity Dee Pyke 2024-04-24 16:00:00Z 0
ANZAC DAY BREAKFAST 2024 Rae Heston 2024-04-24 16:00:00Z 0

Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

Safe water, toilets and good hygiene keep children alive and healthy.

Growing up in a clean and safe environment is every child’s right. Access to clean
water, basic toilets, and good hygiene practices not only keeps children thriving, but also gives them a healthier start in life.

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Voyage 2407   Fremantle – Albany     29th March - 7th April 2024
Voyage 2408   Albany - Fremantle     11th April – 18th April 2024
Youth Explorer Voyages are a SCSA Endorsed Program, successful completion of this voyage will earn students one units toward WACE certificate OR voyage can be used to complete tasks for the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

April is Environment Month


Each month, Rotary carries a different theme. April is when the focus is on creating awareness about our Environment and its importance to humanity.


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Vocational Service Month



The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
FIRST.   The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
SECOND.   High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
THIRD.   The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;
FOURTH.   The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
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District Governor Visit

Posted by Lindsay Hemy on Nov 27, 2023



District Governor Ineke Oliver
The Rotary Club of Palm Beach had the great pleasure of hosting the District Governor's visit at the Clipper Hotel on Monday night. This was a combined event with our Rotary brothers and sisters from our local area.
The 4 Clubs ( Rockingham, Kwinana, Baldivis, and Palm Beach ) attended this wonderful evening. As always, when our clubs meet, the fellowship is wonderful. Each of the club presidents gave a quick talk about club projects.
Having the 4 clubs together, I believe does not happen often enough, the Rotarians in our small part of District 9423, are a wonderful bunch, with big hearts and a common goal.
DG Ineke's presentation was very informative, this well-presented, spoken, and passionate Rotarian from Swan Rotary is doing us all proud in her role for Rotary Western Australia. DG Ineke demonstrated her passion for Rotary and the Rotary Foundation Charity. DG Ineke also reminded us all of the importance of looking after and supporting each other. The keynote, I took from her presentation was the need for Rotarians to address mental health issues at home and abroad. In my time with Rotary, this was one of the more memorable DG visits. Thankyou Ineke.
District Governor Visit Lindsay Hemy 2023-11-26 16:00:00Z 0

Renee Wins Second Beach Cup

Posted by Rae Heston

Renee wins second Beach Cup

Renee Forrest, Mayor Deb Hamblin and par owner Robin Humberson
RENEE (Bam Bam) Forrest piloted her mount Cousin Nicci first past the post in Sunday’s Rockingham Beach Cup — for the second time.
It was a tight finish with Laughing Buddha, ridden by Bonnie Palise, in second place.
Third was Western Knight ridden by William Pike,  the country’s top jockey, who has won prize money of $124,323, 296 for his connections.    Beach cup organisers were thrilled to have  such a brilliant rider charging down the beach.
The winning horse, Cousin Nicci, is from Serpentine trainer David Harrison’s stables.  He also trained Princess Satab, which won for Renee in the 2019 Rockingham Beach Cup.
Laughing Buddha  is from Ben and Dan Pearce’s Karnup stables and Western Knight is trained by Michael Grantham of Banjup.
Rockingham Beach Cup Committee chairwoman Donna McDonald was thrilled that the whole race program was able to be run.  Thunder, lightning and rain pelted other parts of the state and the York Cup — also scheduled for Sunday — was cancelled
The interval between races was shortened to beat the expected rain but only a few drops fell.    “Rockingham was in a little circle spared by the rain,” Ms McDonald marvelled.
Renee Wins Second Beach Cup Rae Heston 2023-11-11 16:00:00Z 0
Rockingham Street Art Trial Donna McDonald 2023-10-23 16:00:00Z 0
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RHSH Friday Sausage Sizzle

Our Rotary Club hosted a BBQ at the Rockingham Senior High School to celebrate the end of term. Club members, Dee, Ken, Laurie, Ben, Lyall, and Des.
The members between them cooked a few hundred sausages to feed the hungry mob. The leftover sausages were donated by the club
to the soup kitchen at the Rockingham Salvation Army Kitchen.
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Mind The Walk. A Mental Health Awareness Walk


Mind The Walk hosted by the Rotary Club of Rockingham with support from Palm Beach & Baldivis Rotary Clubs. 

Walk the 5km Shoalwater Bay, or the guided 5km Lake Richmond walk and raise awareness for Mental Health by walking for wellness during Mental Health Week.

We encourage those wanting to get involved in Mind The Walk to register and book your tickets.


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Rock The Boat Film Festival

Posted by Dee Pyke on Sep 20, 2023
Wednesday, 11th October Opening Night – Rockingham Ace Cinemas Rockingham TICKETS $20-$30 (See below) People under 15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Viewer discretion is advised. Due to the size of the venue and the nature of the Opening Ceremony, there are two types of tickets for this evening: Gold Lounge Ceremony to General Seating and General Admission. As the names imply, the latter ticket will grant entry into the cinema for the 7:00 p.m. start of the Opening Night screening. The former are also tickets for general admission seating, however, they will grant access to Ace Cinemas Rockingham’s Gold Lounge Function Room for refreshments and professional photographs during the Opening Ceremony, which starts promptly at 6:00 pm. As such, the Gold Lounge Ceremony ticket is priced at $30, with only 100 tickets available. General Admission tickets are priced at $20, with 120 tickets remaining at the time of writing. 
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Rotary Four Way Test 2023-08-17 16:00:00Z 0


42 women across Australia have been murdered in just 32 weeks of the year. Two WA women in the last week alone.
Let's walk to show others that we support victims of domestic violence, to create hope in their lives.  Walks have been organised which we can join:
Mandurah Silent Walk: Friday 24th November
Midland March that Matters: Thursday 30th November
Perth Silent Walk: Tuesday 5th December
We will soon email clubs with a link to register for the walk. 
Here is the link if you want to get in early to purchase your specially designed t-shirt (see pictures below).  These t-shirts will not be compulsory; wearing any Rotary shirt will show your support.  
We are people of action, let's do it!
Read more here about the ABC's story about the
WA family and domestic violence crisis.
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Rotary Golf Challenge

Posted by Greg Thurston "Perth City East"
To celebrate the launch of Rotary WA,  City Rotary are hosting a Golf Challenge on Friday 20 October.
The event will give an opportunity for all Clubs to claim bragging rights as the champion golfing Rotary Club in WA but more importantly to win substantial prize money for Club projects.
It would be very much appreciated if you could please forward this message to golfers in your Club. Would be great to have a team or two from Palm Beach to join in what we hope will become a regular fixture on the Rotary WA calendar.
Kind regards
The Rotary Club of Perth City East (City Rotary)
+61 417 177 837
Rotary Golf Challenge Greg Thurston "Perth City East" 2023-08-09 16:00:00Z 0

A look back at the 2023 Rotary Convention


Resources to expand your club's reach

Maintain momentum generated through convention publicity by using assets such as the “Passion and Purpose” video to support your promotional efforts. This exciting video invites others to take action with Rotary and includes recent images showing people of action in Australia. You can access the video in the Brand Center along with other ready-made videos and ads for digital and social media platforms. Type “Australia” in the Brand Center search bar to download dozens of photos and videos.
A look back at the 2023 Rotary Convention Rotary Down Under July 2020 2023-08-09 16:00:00Z 0

What Rotarians Want

What Rotarians Want

2016 District Conference
Thousands of Rotarians and Rotaractors completed the 2022 All Member Survey. Here's a breakdown of the results for Zone 8. 
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Recognition of the Transition Transition Steering Group 2023-07-26 16:00:00Z 0

2022 23 Rotarian of the Year

Posted on Jul 06, 2023
Congratulations Kevin on winning the Rotarian of the Year. Kevin was not available to attend the "Change Over " so the award was presented at Wednesday night's meeting.
2022 23 Rotarian of the Year Rae Heston 2023-07-05 16:00:00Z 0

RI President Elect Gordon McInally 

RI President Elect Gordon McInally Announces his 2023-24 Theme

2023-2024 Theme logo - English
Rotary International President-elect R. Gordon R. McInally called for members to capture the world's attention and lead the way toward possibilities far beyond our current expectations. McInally, a member of the Rotary Club of South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland, revealed the 2023-24 presidential theme, Create Hope in the World, to the 500 District Governors, during the Rotary International Assembly in Orlando, Florida, USA, on January 9, 2023. He urged members to promote peace in troubled nations, help those affected by conflict, and maintain the momentum of initiatives begun by past leaders.....
RI President Elect Gordon McInally Lindsay Hemy 2023-06-27 16:00:00Z 0

Penguin Nesting Boxes

Posted on Jun 02, 2023
Volunteers from Palm Beach Rotary club create nesting boxes for research on little penguins
Tyra Peters, Sound Telegraph
Dr Erin Clitheroe pictured with Palm Beach Rotary Club members.
The dwindling population of little penguins on Penguin Island will be the focus of new research, in hopes to save the species from extinction.
Palm Beach Rotary Club members were enlisted with the task of building 12 nesting boxes for Rockingham’s little penguins. The boxes were placed on the island during summer and will stay out until mid March.
Led by Murdoch University researchers in collaboration with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, the two designs being tested include a double-wood panel boxes and a second design using thermal insulating composite material.
Each box has a special logger that records the temperature every 15 minutes.
The most suitable design will be replicated and the new nesting boxes will be installed ahead of the 2023 breeding season.
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Beach Cup Celebrated

Posted by Rae Heston
THANK YOU: past president Kevin McDonnell was presented with a “thank you” certificate from another past president, Donna McDonald, for his years of work on the Rockingham Beach Cup Committee.
   SPONSORS of the 2022 Rockingham Beach Cup were thanked at a recent Palm Beach Rotary club meeting.
   And the event’s two main beneficiaries – the Alzheimer’s Research Foundation and Variety, the children's charity – were presented with $10,000 cheques.
   Beach Cup committee chairwoman Donna McDonald and club president John Simmons presented  Barbara Holland — chairwoman of the  Bendigo Bank Rockingham Community Bank — with a set of framed jockey’s silks.
   Another set of silks was presented to Duncan Kee, general manager of Rockingham Jeep.    Mrs. Holland said the silks would be "proudly displayed in our branch at secret harbour".
Beach Cup Celebrated Rae Heston 2023-04-02 16:00:00Z 0

Story of Survival 

South Sudanese refugee Philip Lako 
HOW many of our choices are really choices, South Sudanese refugee Philip Lako – who is now settled in Western Australia – asked Palm Beach Rotarians recently.
Some of our choices are made by us but others are made by other people and imposed on us — and many of those choices may be hard to understand.
Choices affecting his early life were imposed on him — for example when SPLA (Sudan People's Liberation Army) rebels came into his tiny village, Kerchomba, and took him from his parents when he was st 10 years old. They said he would be given a western education but this was a lie and he did not see his family again for 14 years.
He was caught up in the Civil War which ravaged South Sudan from 1995 to 2005. South Sudan became independent in July 2011 after a referendum in which people voted overwhelmingly for secession from Sudan. But it is one of the world’s poorest countries and ranks lowest in many socio-economic categories.  The government is racked with corruption. Inter-tribal clashes occur without warning throughout the country, and there is frequent fighting between the army and armed militia groups.
There are 2.4 million refugees from South Sudan and 20,000 are settled in Australia. Of all the African countries, South Sudan has the largest number of refugees worldwide.
The country’s 12 million people belong to  64 tribes, he said.
Story of Survival Rae Heston 2023-04-02 16:00:00Z 0
Rotary Beachside Festival Lindsay Hemy 2023-03-02 16:00:00Z 0

THE Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research

THE Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research conducts innovative research into the diseases that most affect our community including cancer (solid tumour), heart disease (vascular system, stroke, etc), diabetes type 1 (genetic and why), neuro-muscular conditions (eg MS) and rare genetic diseases, Palm Beach Rotarians heard on Wednesday night.
It concentrates on forms of these diseases that are hard to cure and has come up with innovations and treatments being adopted worldwide.
Former school teacher and breast cancer survivor Judi Lane was so impressed with the place that she started fundraising and working as a volunteer and wound up as a paid employee -- the organisation's community education manager.
When she returned to Rockingham for last week's Palm Beach Rotary meeting, it was a return to one of her old stamping grounds. Many moons (and jobs) ago, she taught at the Rockingham Beach Primary School -- and she got a small cheer when she said she was a Dockers fan.
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Decoy Noxious a clear winner
— and so was Beach Cup

DECOY Noxious, ridden by top female jockey Kate Witten streaked past the winning post a country mile in front of the second placegetter Wee Ripper,  piloted by Renee (Bam Bam) Forrest at the Rockingham Beach Cup on Sunday.
Third was Try 4 Us, ridden by Brayden Gaerth and trained by Adam Durrant.
Decoy Noxious’ trainer Summer Dixon was not on the beach to accept the trophy.  She was in isolation, recovering from the  Covid virus.  
Former Fremantle Docker footballer turned horse trainer and race day microphone man/MC Hayden Ballantyne accepted the trophy on her behalf.
Early estimates are that 20,000 people attended the cup and carnival at the weekend.  Firmer figures will result from the analysis of drone footage.
Decoy Noxious a clear winner— and so was Beach Cup Rae Heston 2022-12-06 16:00:00Z 0

Special trishaw on show

PALM Beach Rotarians and their partners recently got a look at the Rockingham Cycling Without Age’s new trishaw for wheelchair users. Some even got to sit in it!
The Velo Plus machine is the first of its kind in Western Australia.
Deb Wall, captain of CWA's Rockingham chapter, said the group would not have got the Velo Plus machine without the Rotary Club of Palm Beach.  
The purchase was made possible by an $18,000 donation to the club and  Rockingham was “the envy of Perth because we have the Velo”.
All of the CWA trishaws are named  “and we asked the donor to name it”, she said. As a result, it was named Kady, an Irish word for “first”.
Rockingham was very lucky to get its  Velo Plus Machine so early.  
Special trishaw on show Rae Heston 2022-09-24 16:00:00Z 0

Rockingham Beach Cup a tourism award finalist

Ben Kennedy is out of his seat as he  pilots four-year-old mare Indigo Blue first past the winning post in the 2021 Rockingham Beach Cup 
As the Rotary Club of Palm Beach gears up for the 2022 Channel 7 Rockingham Beach Cup and Community Festival, it has just heard its signature event is a finalist in the 2022 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards.
Tourism Council WA CEO Leslee Ireland told the club on Thursday that it was a finalist in the festivals and events category, recognising the event’s effort to successfully attract people to “Rediscover Rockingham” as a tourist destination.
The other three finalists in the festival/events category are the Busselton Jetty Swim, the City of Perth's City of Light 60th Anniversary Celebration, and the Margaret River Region Open Studios
All WA tourism award winners will be announced on November 5 — just a week before this year's Beach Cup
Rotarian, Donna McDonald, who chairs the Rockingham Beach Cup committee, said she was thrilled to get into the finals
She noted major sponsor, Rockingham City Council, was also a finalist in two categories — for excellence in the local government award for tourism and tourism marketing and campaigns. The Cup was prominent in marketing as the city’s annual iconic event., she said.
Rockingham Beach Cup a tourism award finalist 2022-09-24 16:00:00Z 0

Beach Cup celebrated

Posted by Rae Heston
PALM Beach Rotary celebrated its keynote event, the Rockingham Beach Cup at its first meeting with new president John Simmons in the chair.
Cup committee chairwoman Donna McDonald was presented with a Paul Harris Fellow sapphire pin — recognition of her huge effort in running the event, particularly the painstaking and time-consuming applications for funds from the Rockingham City Council and Lotterywest.
Framed  jockeys’ silks were presented to the event’s major sponsors:
— Rockingham City Council, represented by mayor Deb Hamblin and deputy mayor Hayley Edwards;
— real estate company Professionals Rockingham,  represented by  Gina and Brett  Hancock; and — Rockingham Jeep/Rockingham Autos,  represented by  Duncan Kee.
The two commercial sponsors both indicated they enjoy the event and were happy to continue supporting it.
Mayor Deb Hamblin said the council was grateful that the club ran such a remarkable event. Every dollar the council invested in the cup generated $9.15 for the district from visitors and other spending.
The full council recently voted unanimously to give the club $175,000 to run the Beach Cup this year.
Past president Kerilee Dawson, Mayor Deb Hamblin. Deputy Mayor Hayley Edwards and beach cup Committee Chairwoman Donna McDonald pose with the council’s framed silks.
Beach Cup celebrated Rae Heston 2022-07-19 16:00:00Z 0

Jennifer E. Jones makes history.

Jennifer E. Jones, of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2022-23.
Jennifer E. Jones, of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2022-23. 
Jones says she sees Rotary’s Action Plan as a catalyst for increasing Rotary’s impact.
“As we reflect upon our new strategic priorities, we could have never envisioned that our ability to adapt would become our North Star during what is inarguably the most profound time in recent history,” Jones said in her vision statement. “Silver linings rise out of the most challenging circumstances. Using metric-driven goals, I will harness this historic landscape to innovate, educate, and communicate opportunities that reflect today’s reality.”
Jennifer E. Jones makes history. Ryan Hyland 2022-06-26 16:00:00Z 0

Generous Donation to Rotary Club of Palm Beach

Trishaw donation
A VERY generous member of the public, who wants to remain anonymous, has given Palm Beach Rotary Club  $18,000 to pay for an extra Cycling Without Age trishaw.
The donation was announced last Wednesday by club president Kerrilee Dawson.
And the cheque was given was given to club treasurer Doug Hess that same day.
The  trishaw is to be purchased in the club’s name, Kerrilee  said.
The donation reflects the club’s good reputation and is a wonderful thing for the club and the community, she added.
Generous Donation to Rotary Club of Palm Beach Rae Heston 2022-04-13 16:00:00Z 0

Gen Lauded for Beach Cup Work

Posted by Rae Heston
GENEVIEVE Bailey is the latest person to be awarded a Paul Harris Fellow recognition by the Rotary Club of Palm Beach.
She received the honour at a meeting which acknowledged the contribution of several local business people to the running of the 2021 Rockingham Beach Cup.
Beach Cup Committee chairwoman Donna McDonald said Genevieve’s “outstanding public relations skills and dedication to the Rockingham Beach Cup has promoted to the City Of Rockingham as a beautiful destination and a wonderful place to live and work.
Gen Lauded for Beach Cup Work Rae Heston 2022-03-20 16:00:00Z 0

Volunteer of the Year

Family’s second award winner
PALM Beach Rotary Club president Kerrilee Dawson presented Comet Bay College Tara Cresswell with a "volunteer of the year award" -- part of the school's Defence Transition Mentor Program — at the end of the 2021 school year.
The presentation took place at the school's annual defence family supper and occurred just a year after then-president Donna McDonald presented the same award to Tara's older sister Bridget.
Claire Hunt, the school’s defence mentoring program coordinator,  said all three Creswell girls had done outstanding volunteer work.
Volunteer of the Year Rae Heston 2022-01-05 16:00:00Z 0

Beach Cup Is Back

Posted by Rae Heston
Indigo Blue has a red-letter day

BEN Kennedy piloted Indigo Blue into first place in the Rockingham Beach Cup on Sunday. The Adam Durrant-trained four-year-old mare was a length in front of Mankind, ridden by Irish jockey Chris Graham and trained by Hayden Ballentyne.

Third was The Cat Ratcher (correct), trained by David Harrison and written by Kyra Yuill.

Last weekend was a big one for Kyra.  The day before her Beach Cup placing, she became the first female jockey to win the WA Champion Fillies Stakes over 1600m on Searchin’ Roc’s, also trained by David Harrison.
The cup final climaxed a unique afternoon's racing. Apart from the novelty of horse racing on the beach, the event's format is also different. Five races preceded the Beach Cup final and the winner of each of those five races contested the cup.
It is estimated that a crowd of 20,000 attended the beach cup festivities onshore.  
Watercraft — ranging from kayaks and jet skis to tinnies, motor launches, and massive private yachts — lined up metres from the shore.  Their human cargoes watched the races in comfort, often diving into the water cool off on a day which topped at 31°C.
Beach Cup Is Back Rae Heston 2021-11-14 16:00:00Z 0

Mark McGowan Visit

Premier Mark McGowan
Mark McGowan said he knew several people in the room from his time in the Navy – Rick Dawson, who had been a naval police officer; Kevin McDonnell, who was a warrant officer and medic; John Rana, a former warrant officer, submariner coxswain, and a very frightening person.  There were probably others in the room he added.
STATE Premier and local MP Mark McGowan revealed a self-deprecating sense of humor when he addressed  71 Rotarians and guests at a recently combined clubs meeting organised by the Rotary Club of Palm Beach.
He recalled meeting British wildlife broadcaster Sir David Attenborough when he was a more junior member of the Western Australian Government cabinet.
The natural historian came to Carnac Island to film blind tiger snakes, blinded by seagulls which picked out the snakes’ eyes while protecting their eggs. The snakes survived, using their sense of smell, Mr. McGowan said.
 He was then Environment Minister and offered to take Attenborough sightseeing around Perth after the few hours of filming was completed.
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Big Guns

FROM LEFT: Rotarian Laurie Smith, gun builder Adrian Watts, artillery expert Phil Rowson, Palm Beach Rotary president Kerilee Dawson, replica originator Ken Gray, and Port Peron Rehabilitation Committee chairman Phil Edman.
ABOUT 50 people assembled around a huge replica gun for its official handover to the Point Peron Restoration Committee on Sunday.
The Rotary Club of Palm Beach officially handed over the make-believe 155mm 1917/18 GPF gun to Point Peron committee chairman Phil Edman.
The club organised the building of the replica after failed national and international attempts to buy a real long-range field gun like that which protected local shipping in World War II.
The 1.8-tonne replica was the brainchild of Rotarian Ken Gray after Mr. Edman suggested replacing one of the two long-gone Point Peron K Battery guns that had once guarded local waters.
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Youngsters Get Hooked on Fishing

Six-year-old Oliver Bryant of Baldivis with his banded pufferfish.
THIRTY youngsters had a thoroughly enjoyable couple of hours on the Mangles Bay Fishing Club jetty when they were introduced to fishing.
And they caught a mixed bag of fish, volunteer Alan Guthrie said later. "They were nice little fish for the kids," he said. 
"There are quite a few butterfish and a few trumpeters, a lot of blowies and one striped pufferfish, which is not usually seen in the area."
Youngsters Get Hooked on Fishing Rae Heston 2021-10-25 16:00:00Z 0

PALZ - Professionals with Alzheimers

You can never have too many PALZ  

Past District 9780 Governor, Cathy Roth, has always believed that Rotarians are primed to identify and meet community needs. When her fellow Rotarian and surgeon husband John was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, Cathy realised there was a need to support professional Alzheimer’s sufferers such as John.
PALZ – Professionals with Alzheimer’s was born from the desperate need Cathy saw for those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and similar diseases, to maintain dignity and mental stimulus.
Alzheimer’s Australia reports there will be about 400,000 people with dementia by 2020 and a staggering 900,000 by 2050. Dementia is the single greatest cause of disability in Australians over the age of 65 years and the third leading cause of death in Australia.
Diagnosis is often accompanied by social and intellectual deprivation, and personal identity and self-worth challenges.  Seeing this first hand after receiving John’s diagnosis, Cathy set up PALZ as an organisation to assist high-achievers with dementia to maintain dignity and respect through active participation and interaction within a socially and intellectually stimulating environment. 
PALZ groups will be established across Australia, and the organisation will facilitate research through the tax-deductable status it is currently seeking.
Mr John Iriks will visit the club 29 Sep 2021 to present this wonderful project to club members
PALZ - Professionals with Alzheimers Lindsay Hemy 2021-08-19 16:00:00Z 0

Bikers on a Mission

Posted by Rae Heston on Aug 02, 2021
Paul Hage
THREE bikers in heavy leathers were guests at last week’s Palm Beach Rotary Club meeting. Tania McDonald, president of the Military Brotherhood Motorcycle Club’s Rockingham sub-branch, was accompanied by Gary Scott and Paul Hage. They came to tell the club about their mission to support former members of all the Australian Defence Forces – army, navy, and air force.
They particularly focus on mental health. More Australian veterans have lost their lives to suicide than were killed on active duty since ADF personnel were deployed to Afghanistan in 2001. According to government data, more than 500 Australian veterans have died by suicide since 2001.
By comparison, 41 Australian troops died during the 20-year conflict in Afghanistan. In April, Prime Minister Scott Morrison bowed to public pressure and announced a Royal Commission to examine suicides among serving and former military personnel.
Rockingham's Military Brotherhood sub-branch has about 20 members, Tania told the Rotary club.  It meets on Friday nights at the Point Peron RSL and caters for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder — welfare checks are important.
Bikers on a Mission  Rae Heston 2021-08-01 16:00:00Z 0
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Busy Despite Covid

NEW president Kerilee Dawson presents her predecessor with a certificate of service, badge, and the banner which had hug from the lectern during her year in office.
THE Rotary Club of Palm Beach has weathered the impact of Covid-19, building our fellowship, welcoming three new members, creating a very deserving Honorary Member, Brian Stanley in recognition of his four decades of service to Rotary, and seizing every opportunity to work together as a club and as a member of Rotary District 9465, Zone Five, to serve and make our world a better place.   While we saw some of our cherished events canceled (Rockingham Beach Cup 2020 and the Anzac gunfire breakfast 2021) and rescheduled (often more than once), our hard-working board members were also pro-active in rethinking our calendar of events, creating new projects, and bringing others to fruition for the 2020/21 Rotary year.
Busy Despite Covid Rae Heston 2021-06-29 16:00:00Z 0

Welcome to our Rotary Club


          Welcome to our Rotary Club! 



Rotary is proud to welcome you to our global community of more than 1.2 million men and women dedicated to building a better world. You make Rotary stronger. By adding your skills, experience, and enthusiasm to your club, you can advance communities at home and on a global scale. Together, we can eradicate polio, train more skilled peacemakers, and provide lasting solutions for communities fighting disease, hunger, illiteracy, and poverty. Through the Rotary community, you can exchange ideas and build lifelong friendships with like-minded people. Take advantage of the resources and activities available through your club, district, and Rotary International to make your experience with Rotary both rewarding and fun. 


Welcome to our Rotary Club Lindsay Hemy 2021-06-20 16:00:00Z 0

2021 Rotary Beachside Festival



21.1km male: 1, Liam Lilly; 2, Ryan Willmot; 3, Shayne Dimmer.
21.1km female: 1, Dawn Penney;  2, Meghan Goodwin; 3, Bron Larner.
10km male: 1, Scott Tamblin; 2, Len Hartley; 3, Matt Ware.
10km female: Clare Nyberg; 2, Joanna Turner; 3, Alicia Coles.
5km male: 1, Josh Brown; 2,  Albert Turner; 3, Daniel Fisher.
5km female: 1, Robyn Jordan; 2, Nicki Shepherd; 3, Jody McGill.
5km junior male: 1, Albert Turner; 2, Alan Pilling; 3, Campbell Pilling.
5km junior female: 1, Amber Wyatt; 2, Dakotah Barnes; 3, Sophie Noakes.
2.5km male: 1, Fletcher Ridley; 2, Braxton Ware; 3, Bob Hull.
2.5km female: 1, Dakotah Barnes; 2, Brielle Dredge; 3, Paige Dredge
21.1KM Winner - Liam Lilly
Beachside Festival gallops back onto the running calendar
NEARLY 400 runners took part in the four fun runs at the recent  Rotary Beachside Festival in Safety Bay.  And more would have competed if they could but had to be turned away because of a shortage of timing chips. 
The successful event was celebrated at a Palm Beach Rotary Club meeting the following Wednesday.  Certificates of appreciation were presented to two newcomers on the Beachside Festival committee, Sharon Chetwynd and Jodie Phillips of Secret Rocky Runners.
SRR had offered to help two years ago, event coordinator Kevin McDonnell told the meeting. Mel Hayes, who is a runner and whose husband’s company APMS sponsored the Cycling Without Age trishaw trailer, made the offer at one of Laurie Smith’s sundowners.
2021 Rotary Beachside Festival Rae Heston 2021-03-31 16:00:00Z 0
Win $15,000 Cash 2021-02-28 16:00:00Z 0

2021 Rotary Beachside Festival

Check out the Rotary Beachside Festival Run Course planned for Sunday 14 March.
Come and enjoy the beautiful coastline of Safety Bay and Warnbro Sound - select from a leisurely 2.5km through to the challenge of the 21.5km run.
Registrations close 8 March 2021.
Local Stall Holders - you are invited to contact Neil, Stall Coordinator - via email:
Come and set up your wares on the day - we would love you to join the fun of the festival on beautiful Safety Bay, Sunday 14 March.
LATE NEWS  - Half Marathon "Sold Out"
2021 Rotary Beachside Festival Lindsay Hemy 2021-02-21 16:00:00Z 0

Eco effort to be shown

Posted on Feb 08, 2021
A TWO-MINUTE video of the club’s penguin nesting box project was screened by its creator, past president Rick Dawson, at the last week’s Palm Beach Rotary Club meeting.   It has been made in the hope that it will be shown at the WA Rotary's Combined District Conference in March.
Rick Dawson
Rotary WA decided  run a Two-Minute Project Competition to showcase club activities. All competition videos are to be posted on their clubs' Facebook pages and the winner will get $500 for charity.  Six of the club videos will be shown at the conference.
But flightless fairy/little penguins are not the only birds helped by the Rotary Club of Palm Beach.  Its members' installation of 200-plus artificial nesting hollows for WA's iconic Carnaby's cockatoos has been such an outstanding success that the club have been thanked in a scientific research paper, Rick said.  "There have been a 300  per cent increase in nesting with these hollows at Coomallo," Rick said.  The hollows have to be serviced every year and the resultant continuing observation has demonstrated very clearly that size does matter.
Eco effort to be shown Rae Heston 2021-02-07 16:00:00Z 0

Honorary Member - Brian Stanely

President Donna McDonald and PP PHF Brian Stanley
PAST president and Paul Harris Fellow Brian Stanley was made an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Palm Beach last week.   He sadly had to leave the club to care for his wife Mavis but still manages to get back for the occasional club meeting and catch up with friends. Club president Donna McDonald is seen pinning his new badge onto his lapel.
Honorary Member - Brian Stanely Rae Heston 2021-02-06 16:00:00Z 0

Four Debutante Directors

Rotary Club of Palm Beach 2021 - 22 President
Rotarian Kerilee Dawson
KERILEE Dawson was confirmed as the Rotary Club of Palm Beach’s  2021-22 president at the annual general meeting on Wednesday night.
Her new board is a mixture or great Rotary experience, combined with four committee chairpeople, who have never before served on a Rotary board.
“I am very excited, I got just what I want,” Kerilee said a couple of days later.
“I have a good mixture of board newbies and a lot of experience.
None of the directors has held a portfolio before and that was part of my plan.”
Four Debutante Directors Rae Heston 2020-11-26 16:00:00Z 0

2020 Beach Cup Cancelled

Posted by Rae Heston
THE bombshell announcement that the Rockingham Beach Cup has been cancelled for 2020 was released on Friday.
Before the decision,  Beach Cup Committee representatives consulted  the  Rotary Club of Palm Beach’s board on Monday, September 21.  
A detailed review of logistics, public health and financial risks  led to the recommendation to cancel the 2020 event, adopted at the Rockingham Beach Cup Committee’s Tuesday meeting. 
2020 Beach Cup Cancelled  Rae Heston 2020-09-26 16:00:00Z 0

Kev's Term A Winner

Posted by Rae Heston
Kevin McDonnell with Wayne Milnes
IMMEDIATE  past district district governor Wayne Milnes had a couple of surprises up his proverbial sleeve when he came to Palm Beach Rotary’s regular club meeting last week.
Kev's Term A Winner Rae Heston 2020-09-26 16:00:00Z 1

THE Catalpa Rescue Re-Enactment Project

Posted by Rae Heston
                                                    Click on Image 
THE Catalpa Rescue Re-Enactment Project Rae Heston 2020-09-15 16:00:00Z 0

RI Action Plan

As People of Action, we share a strong sense of purpose.
More than a century ago, we pioneered a new model of service leadership grounded in person-to-person connections. Today, those connections are a network that spans the globe—bridging cultural, linguistic, generational, and geographic barriers—and shares the vision of a better world.
As People of Action, we understand that fulfilling that vision requires a plan.
This is Rotary’s plan for the next five years: to increase our impact, expand our reach, enhance participant engagement, and increase our ability to adapt.
Increase Our Impact
People of Action are effective problem-solvers.
Why do Rotarians achieve so much? We invest in relationships. We make decisions grounded in evidence. We know how to mobilize our networks to create solutions that last. And we’re always learning from our experiences in projects, clubs, and careers.
Throughout the fight to end polio, we’ve shown what we can do when we draw on our collective strengths. We’ve created solutions that match the people they serve. We’ve evaluated the results to learn from our successes and setbacks.
This is a model we will use again and again in pursuit of our audacious goals: educating the world’s children, ensuring equitable access to water and sanitation, helping local economies grow sustainably, and so much more.
Let’s seek out new ways to translate our expertise into making a difference—in our communities and across the globe. Let’s prove that our impact on the world has only just begun.
Expand Our Reach
People of Action activate and inspire one another.
We know that our capacity to make a difference is larger when more people unite with us. We want the world to appreciate our ambitious, compassionate, and inclusive spirit—because when they do, they see that Rotary is the source for the person-to-person involvement so many are seeking.
Told widely and emphatically, our stories give people hope that the world can change for the better, inviting listeners to imagine themselves as part of that change, too.
Let’s build connections and opportunities that will allow people who share our drive to do the same.
Enhance Participant Engagement
People of Action strive to understand the needs of others.
Just like the people and communities we serve, our participants need to feel seen and heard. They’re seeking experiences that feel personally and professionally relevant and fulfilling. When they see our dedication to investing in them at every stage of their professional life, our participants are eager to go the distance with us—even at a time when there are many other options for networking and volunteering.
Let’s recommit to putting the needs, expectations, and growth of our participants at the center of all we do.
Increase Our Ability to Adapt
People of Action are inventive, entrepreneurial, and resilient.
We’ve shown throughout our history that we excel at finding new ways to lead the world to lasting change. And we’ve proven in our own careers that we know how to help organizations of every kind move forward. That’s why new approaches to our organizing principles don’t threaten our sense of who we are.
We’re ready to seek out fresh opportunities, create more paths to leadership, open up our conversations to diverse voices, and simplify how we operate—with confidence.
Let’s stay true to ourselves and stay ahead of change in our next 115 years.
RI Action Plan Holger Knaack 2020-08-18 16:00:00Z 0

Coffee Cultivation In PNG

Professor George Curry
On Wednesday 29th July, Palm Beach Rotary was fortunate to have Professor George Curry, from Curtin University, visit to explain his research into coffee cultivation  in Papua New Guinea.
George commenced his address with a little of the prehistory of PNG, emphasising agriculture.
Many of us may have been surprised to hear that edible plant species have been domesticated in PNG for at least 10,000 years. These species include banana, sugar cane, taro, breadfruit and yam and (least predictably) apples and raspberries!
 About 300 years ago, sweet potato was introduced and quickly became the carbohydrate staple for families within the villages, he said. Work has been done over the last several decades trying to move PNG farmers in  from growing sweet potato to feed their families to growing a crop which would be more commercial, where people could make money from selling into a market place. 
Coffee Cultivation In PNG Sally Wynn 2020-07-28 16:00:00Z 0

Gone — but not completely


Posted by Rae Heston
PP PHF and "all-round nice bloke" Brian Stanley
A RECENT Palm Beach Rotary Club meeting was unexpectedly emotional.
Past president and Paul Harris fellow Brian Stanley announced he was retiring from the club because of family responsibilities.  He could not always get to meetings or do as much as in the past so felt it was time to go.
Brian resigned but did not get away completely — club members unanimously voted to make him an honorary member.
Gone — but not completely  Rae Heston 2020-07-23 16:00:00Z 0

The Centenary Countdown has begun

It’s a special time. Rotary in Australia and NZ celebrates the First 100 years of Service in 2021.

In 1921, four Rotary Clubs were created in Melbourne, Auckland, Wellington and Sydney. From there, Rotary and Rotaract clubs were created everywhere across Australia and NZ. We all share a centenary in 2021. We can come together and create a common legacy. Think about the impact we can make!

It's the time to discover what is the best way to mark the occasion! And create a legacy that propels Rotary into the next century of service. This is so important – we will not have another chance in our lifetime!

We have a plan to make people aware, capture ideas of what we can do and enlist willing players in a part of history. We have constructed a toolkit to help Rotary leaders to help build that story. That's what this website is about. You can also join us on Facebook.

So get started with our introductory video

The Centenary Countdown has begun 2020-07-14 16:00:00Z 0

Change Over Night

Posted by Rae Heston

Kev Says Thanks

IN his final report, outgoing president Kevin McDonnell said: “I was fortunate in my role as president to have the support and mentoring of many club members but some individuals stand out from the crowd.
“One such club member was president-elect Donna McDonald.
“Her support for the president and the club has been outstanding and she was an exemplary president-elect, aways calm and efficient and with the type of problem-solving skills needed in a crisis. 
“Her capacity to contribute and take on work seems endless.
“PE Donna made my life as president much easier and I am eternally grateful she was able to take on the role as president-elect of the club and step in as chair of the Rockingham Beach Cup  Committee.
“Thank you Donna and may you have a great year as president.”
“Her capacity to contribute and take on work seems endless.
“PE Donna made my life as president much easier and I am eternally grateful she was able to take on the role as president-elect of the club and step in as chair of the Rockingham Beach Cup  Committee.
“Thank you Donna and may you have a great year as president.”
Change Over Night Rae Heston 2020-06-19 16:00:00Z 0

Brain Games

Posted by Australian Rotary Health
Brain Games Strengthen Areas of the Brain Associated with Mental Illness

Brain games have been found to strengthen areas of the brain associated with mental illness, but do not necessarily prevent them, according to new research funded by Australian Rotary Health (ARH).

Dr Louise Mewton from the University of New South Wales was awarded an ARH Postdoctoral Fellowship from 2015-2018 to investigate whether brain training could prevent mental illness in adolescents.

The idea came from the knowledge that certain areas of the brain (particularly frontal areas) are associated with an increased risk of developing a mental illness.

Dr Louise Mewton 

“Internationally, this was the first study that included enough participants to answer this question properly. No other study has been conducted like this in Australia.”

228 young people aged 16-24 were involved in the study, with half of them completing a brain training program that focused on the frontal areas of the brain, and the other half completing a brain training program that strengthened other parts of the brain not associated with mental illness. Before and after the intervention, participants were asked to complete a questionnaire.

“We found that brain games are capable of strengthening areas of the brain that have been associated with mental illness. These same areas of the brain have also been associated with our ability to plan, judge and strategise.”

Although while these areas of the brain were strengthened, this did not lead to improvements in mental health, alcohol use, or day-to-day-functioning.

“Smaller studies have suggested that brain games lead to improvements in mental health among young people. However, our study was much larger and conducted more carefully,” Dr Mewton said.

“While we did not find that brain games are an effective stand-alone strategy for preventing mental illness, our results are exciting because they indicate that they may be a useful accompaniment for other effective strategies that involve a lot of mental resources.”

Dr Mewton believes further research should focus on whether brain games can be used together with other prevention strategies to boost their effectiveness in young people who might be experiencing cognitive difficulties.

This research is currently under review for publication in Behaviour Research and Therapy.

Dr Mewton is currently working on her project ‘The long term effectiveness of a combined prevention model for anxiety, depression and substance use in adolescents’, with a Mental Health Research Grant from Australian Rotary Health.

Brain Games Australian Rotary Health 2020-05-24 16:00:00Z 0

Rotary Role in Battling COVID-19

Mark Daniel Maloney

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

The COVID-19 coronavirus is affecting every aspect of our lives in real time, and this puts Rotarians in an unfamiliar place. As People of Action, we are most comfortable when we are fully engaged in the world – moving freely, meeting openly, and offering helping hands. These are very difficult times for people who, like us, are at our best when we are learning, growing, and serving—together.

We are also leaders in our communities, and these times call for leadership. In many ways, this also is our time. We have proven abilities to reach out and collaborate to offer immediate help to people in need at a rapid pace. These are precisely the skills needed all over the world today. The global effort against COVID-19 depends on actions taken in every country. Rotary has the unique ability to help improve those efforts in every community and every country.

Using all the technology we have at our disposal, we as Rotarians can continue to reach out and collaborate on big projects with Rotary clubs, Rotaractors, and Interactors. There are a number of examples where Rotary clubs are helping health authorities communicate best practices or provide needed equipment or support that have been shared with our leaders around the world.

As Rotary’s president and president-elect, we have been thinking of these issues very seriously in regard to upcoming Rotary events. As you may be aware, we have made the difficult decision to cancel two Rotary Presidential Conferences honoring our relationship with the United Nations- one in Paris, another in Rome. In the near term, we recommend that Rotary districts and clubs cancel or postpone meetings or events following the advice of national and local health officials.

Rotary Role in Battling COVID-19 Mark Daniel Maloney 2020-04-26 16:00:00Z 0

Questionable Activity

QUESTION: what  rare and valuable item was first prize in a raffle at this week’s Rotary Club of Palm Beach quiz night?
ANSWER: a 48-roll pack of toilet paper.
Pictured  contemplating their luck and (from left) Carole Moelands, Jo-Anne McDonnell, raffle winner Kevin McDonnell and Theresa Pynenburg .
The prize was won by the club’s president Kevin McDonnell and, being  good Rotarian, he shared his good fortune. 
He opened the pack and divided the rolls between all of the tables.
The  quiz night attracted 48 people and was intended be a regular event at the Clipper Inn.  
Sadly corona virus panic has forced a rethink.  The quiz is off until further notice.
Questionable Activity 2020-03-19 16:00:00Z 0

Rockingham Beach Cup - Awards

Posted by Rae Heston on Mar 11, 2020
WEDNESDAY ( 11 Mar 2020) was a night of celebration  for Palm Beach Rotarians, partners and friends.
The club thanked a swag of local people who helped make the city’s annual beach horse races — the Rockingham Beach Cup — such an iconic event
FROM LEFT: Brad Dean, Genevieve Bailey, Renee Forrest and Rob McGavin.
Accountant Brad Dean and real estate agent and investor Rob McGavin were given Rotary International’s highest recognition, being made Paul Harris Fellows, for their outstanding community service.
Genevieve Bailey, CEO of Bailey’s Fertilisers, and 2020 cup winning jockey Renee Forrest received community service awards.
Rockingham Beach Cup - Awards Rae Heston 2020-03-10 16:00:00Z 0
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Rockingham Beach Cup 2019 

2019 Winning Jockey - Renee Forrest
Please open the Rockingham Beach Cup 2019 photo album to view a wonderful selection of photographs from Club Members, Friends and Photo coffee
FEMALE jockey, Renee Forrest “rode like a girl” to pilot her mount Princess Satab first past the winning post to win the 2019 Rockingham Beach Cup.  The bay mare — owned by Don Archer and trained by David Harrison of Serpentine— thundered past the winning post a length in front of her nearest rival.
Rockingham Beach Cup 2019 2019-11-20 16:00:00Z 0

Grant fires Howitzer project

1917 155MM Howitzer
LAURIE Smith — past president for the Palm Beach Rotary Club and driver of the project to install a reproduction 1917 howitzer gun at Point Peron — was finally able to phone metal worker Adrian Watt  recently and tell him to start work.
The just-commissioned replica gun  will be an as-close-as-possible match to the original WWII guns that were placed at Point Peron. 
Earlier this year the City of Rockingham Council awarded a $10,000 community grant to the club for the project, which was recently matched by $10,000  from the Point Peron Rehabilitation Committee. 
The separtment, of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and Planning, Lands and Heritage are also supporting the project. 
 Point Peron Rehabilitation Committee chairman Phil Edman  said: “This site will be to remember more than 3000 Australians who lost their lives on Australian soil and in its waters during one of the world’s saddest and ugliest conflicts.” 
Grant fires Howitzer project  2019-11-20 16:00:00Z 0

Tianqi Lithium Plant

Posted by Rae Heston
Tianqi Lithium Plant
TIANQI Lithium has spent more than $600 million so far on its Kwinana lithium hydroxide plant (already the world’s largest),  the company’s Australian general manager Phil Thick told Palm Beach Rotarians on Wednesday night.
It will spend another $200 million before stage two is completed, he said.
Tianqi Lithium Plant Rae Heston 2019-11-17 16:00:00Z 0

Indigenous Health Scholarship

Posted by Rae Heston
Kristy Stewart and Daughter Jasmin
KRISTY Stewart — recipient of a 2019 Australian Rotary Indigenous Health Scholarship — told her gripping life story  at a special meeting organised by the Baldivis Rotary Club.   The Palm Beach, Baldivis, Kwinana, and Rockingham Rotary clubs have sponsored her $5000 scholarship, — awarded last year — which is paying for her text books.
 Indigenous Health Scholarship Rae Heston 2019-11-17 16:00:00Z 0

Good News - Rockingham Beach Cup

Posted by Rae Heston
Danny Miller - Winner 2017 Beach Cup
ROCKINGHAM City Council has granted $118,000 to the Rotary Club of Palm Beach for the Rockingham Beach Cup.  The money is on top of the previously awarded $36,000, making a total of $154,000.    The council voted eight to one to give the money to what has become the city’s signature event. 
PB Rotary’s president-elect  Donna McDonald, who is also the beach cup committee’s secretary, told the club’s recent board meeting that the submission asked for more. That request included the cost of a professional assessment of the cup’s  value to the community — an economic and social impact statement. However the council opted to give the funds less $8000 for the impact statement, which it would organise itself.
A condition of the grant was that an upmarket event launch be held on the  night before the races (Saturday) for the  Premier, appropriate government ministers, travel industry, media, sponsors, the horse racing industry  and other movers and shakers.  This would enable the council and race organisers to thank those involved and showcase the city and the Rockingham Beach Cup.
Good News - Rockingham Beach Cup Rae Heston 2019-09-24 16:00:00Z 0

Kev Sees So Clearly Now

Posted by Rae Heston
REALLY KNOWS:  Palm Beach Rotary president Kevin McDonnell has had two corneal transplants
DONATELIFE Week — encouraging people to sign up as potential organ and tissue donors —  means a lot to the Rotary Club of Palm Beach president, Kevin McDonnell.
He would not have had his military and police career without two corneal transplants, he said, when reminding club members that  the promotional effort ended on Sunday, August 4.
A quick head count at a recent Palm Beach Rotary meeting showed half the members were already on the Australian Organ Donor Register. One member, Lara Hall, said she registered because her mother gave permission for her late father's organs to be harvested when he died.
Kevin's need for a transplant arose from a childhood eye injury in 1969. “It was all done through the Lions Eye Institute,” he said.  “I have had two corneal transplants because the tissue does not last forever.
“The first one in 1993 took my sight from the largest letter on the eye chart to 5/6, which is pretty good.”
Kevin had missed out on an earlier transplant because he was in Cape Leveque and could not get to Perth quickly enough.  “We had to put it off until I could get back to Perth,” he recalled.
His surgery was carried out by associate professor Ian Crawford, who also worked on his iris and did two lens implants. “They guarantee it for five years,” Kevin  said. His current cornea has lasted nine years “and shows no signs of clouding up — it’s been good”.
His one regret is that he has never found the name of his donors.  “You can't write a letter to say thank you, unless the families want it of course,” he said. “I am registered to be a donor of course,” he said.  “Having been a recipient I know how much it means.
“I would have been blind in one eye otherwise and would not have had my career in the military or police. If  your sight is not good, you are out.”
To register, visit .
Kev Sees So Clearly Now Rae Heston 2019-08-05 16:00:00Z 0

Claudia's View On A Different Way Of Life

Posted by Rae Heston
       SPANISH exchange student Claudia Jiminez Sancho is hugely impressed by the Perth metropolitan public transport system.   "Public transport here is so good,” she enthused in her farewell to   her hosts and other supporters at the Palm Beach Rotary Club.  You can get everywhere so quickly.
   “On the island (Minorca, where her family lives) there is one bus every two hours.  So you walk everywhere.”  Menorca was only 45 kilometers long and about 16km wide.  Australia’s size was a   shock. “Here you can travel 35 minutes and you are not even in Mandurah!” She had learned a lot about another way of living during her year in Western Australia.
     She knew nothing about New Zealand before she came to Rockingham and went to the local high school.  Now she reckons she could go to the Land of the Long White Cloud “and speak like   them”.   One thing the school taught her very quickly was that her intended career was not for her.  She had intended studying nursing and becoming a midwife.  “But when I came to Australia I found   the school had a mini-hospital.  One of my subjects was in nursing and we were doing stuff that I discovered was not my thing.  I just don't want to do that.”
Claudia's View On A Different Way Of Life Rae Heston 2019-07-16 16:00:00Z 0

Little Penguins

 NESTING: this fairy (little) penguin is making the most of her Palm Beach Rotary-supplied nesting box. 
    LITTLE (Fairy) penguins are using the nesting boxes made for them by Palm Beach Rotarians — most notably Des Mant. Past president Rick Dawson got the “great news” on June 8 from researcher Erin Clitheroe — and this photograph proving it , Erin — who is working towards her PhD at Murdoch University’s School of Veterinary and Life Sciences — wrote that she was back on the island last month to do a little bit of extra field work and had “put some temperature loggers in the new nest boxes”. 
    Rick, a former wildlife officer, and a small party of Rotarians transported 20 nesting boxes onto Penguin Island in late July last year. Rick had initiated the box-making project because the old boxes on Garden Island — which were falling apart — had no allowance for good ventilation and penguin chicks has perished as a result of heat exhaustion in previous heat waves. 
The new boxes are the Ritz of nesting boxes ,with air vents on the sides and raised insulated roofs allowing hot air to rise and dissipate. The were carefully designed with Erin’s aid and made of sturdy plywood by Des Mant (who began his working life as a cabinetmaker). Less-skilled Rotarians were allowed to paint the boxes’ exteriors after they were completed. The new boxes also feature small corridor entries to mimic the tunnels which would lead into underground burrows, the birds’ natural nest sites.
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Club Member of the Year

          KERILEE Dawson, a comparatively new member of the Palm Beach Rotary Club, was startled and emotional when declared the club person of the year at the annual changeover dinne.
   She joined three years ago, during Ted Curr’s presidency, but her association with the club stretches back 14 years — to  when her husband Rick joined. 
   Rick became a Paul Harris fellow on the same night.)
   Kerilee was lauded for her work as youth director, managing our first exchange students for some years, opening her home for club events and meetings, her work on City Markets Rockingham.
   She said she joined when Rick had contemplated leaving the club, because he was spending too many night away from home and family, particularly Kerilee.
   She decided she would solve that problem by joining the club too — it would be something they could do together.
   Now they go walking together and arguing about the best way to do things in the the club.
Club Member of the Year 2019-07-16 16:00:00Z 0

Something To Sing About

Posted by Rae Heston on May 12, 2019
Rhythmos Chior
   CURTIN University’s Rhythmos Choir wowed about 90 people at the Clipper Inn on Saturday night. 
   And so did  18-year-old local singer Ellen Melton, who is now studying contemporary music at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
   Ella was a late inclusion  on the program program, when it seemed Rhythmos’ musical offering would be very short.  But her contribution was a welcome change of pace.
   As it turned out, Rhythmos shook the mothballs off some of its old  songs and debuted one new one so had a reasonable-length program afterall.
   And the choir’s creator and musical director, engineering academic Dr Jonathan Paxman, was there to steer the singer through a widely varied program.
Rae Heston and Dr Johnathon Paxman
Something To Sing About Rae Heston 2019-05-11 16:00:00Z 0
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Howitzer project firing up

Posted by Rae Heston
REAL THING: a 155mm Howitzer in the field.
 INSTALLING a 155mm Howitzer — or a replica artillery piece — at the planned Point Peron World War II memorial might have seemed fanciful just a short time ago.  But Palm Beach Rotary proponents are now  convinced it will go ahead — and are  looking for  rubbered wheels to allow the replica seven-metre-long gun to be moved.
 Past president Laurie Smith told recent club meetings that the replica will be built by Adrian Watt, who operates a  metal fabrication works in Spearwood, Adrian  is an artist in metal, Laurie declared.  “He built the mini-submarine at the Maritime Museum and — given the quality of his work — he can do it.  He sees no difficulty,” Laurie said.
 New Rotarian James Girling — also a metal fabricator — has been heavily in involved in the effort. “He has been advising us and has been the technical go-between between Rotary and Adrian Watt,” Laurie added.
Howitzer project firing up  Rae Heston 2018-11-04 16:00:00Z 0

Thankyou Andrew

Posted by Rae Heston
PALM Beach Andrew Whall
PALM Beach Andrew Whall recently presented Ian of Tutt Bryant Hire with a “thank you” letter and plaque, acknowledging the company’s sponsorship of this year’s Beachside Festival.
“He was surprised and very much appreciated it — and indicated he would be willing to help with next year’s event,”   Andrew reported later.
Thankyou Andrew Rae Heston 2018-06-05 16:00:00Z 0

RYLA again changes lives

Posted by Rae Heston
Caleb Muir
HIS week at the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) camp had changed his outlook on life, Caleb Muir, a 28-year-old engineer with Raytheon on Garden Island, told last week’s Palm Beach Rotary meeting.
He made friends with people he may never have associated with (and making friends through adversity),  learned about forming groups  and public speaking.
On his return to work, he took under his wing a new team member who had been struggling.  “He told me that if things did not turn around in about a week, he was going to quit,” Caleb told the meeting.  “I used tools from RYLA, listened to him and tried to help him along.”
That new team member gained a whole new attitude to his job and told the boss “that he was grateful for my help”, Caleb said.
RYLA again changes lives  Rae Heston 2018-02-11 16:00:00Z 0

They Did What They Went To Do

Posted by Rae Heston
Palm Beach Rotarian Mick le-Cocq recently reported on his latest trip to East Timor,  to connect a two-stage pumping system supplying potable water to the village of Gari-Uai.   He and Max Bird of the Kwinana Rotary Club were in Timor-Leste from December 4 to December 18 last year.  Following is Max Bird’s diary report of their journey.
They Did What They Went To Do Rae Heston 2018-02-04 16:00:00Z 0

Welcome To Our Newest Member

DONNA McDONALD: school principals really are  CEOs nowadays.
PALM Beach Rotary Club has acquired a new member  — Donna McDonald, principal of the Thornlie Senior High School.
Ms McDonald, who “lives just around the corner”,   came to the meeting to check us out, decided she liked what she saw and put up her hand to join that very night.
This is not her first foray into the world of Rotary. She was formerly a member of the Cockburn club but found she could not attend its breakfast meetings and get to work on time in the metropolitan area.
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Dr Renuka Ranasinghe

Posted by Rae Heston
Rockingham GP and dermatologist Dr Renuka Ranasinghe (centre) with husband Paul and her Rotarian patient Brian Stanley.
ROCKINGHAM GP and dermatologist Dr Renuka Ranasinghe diagnosed one squamous cell carcinoma after talking to Palm Beach Rotarians on Wednesday night. She also suggested other lesions should be followed up. Dr Ranasinghe came to the meeting with her husband Paul, “a technical wizard” who kept confronting images of various skin cancers coming during her talk. She also came equipped with a dermatoscope — a small instrument which emits polarised and non-polarised light and magnifies skin lesions — and invited Rotarians to have their lumps and bumps checked after her talk. A considerable number took up her offer.

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Club History

The Late Ross SmithIn 1981, at the request of the then-District Governor, Ron Sloan, The Rotary Club of Rockingham was approached to survey the Rockingham area to ascertain whether another Rotary club was needed in the area. A Past President of The Rockingham Rotary club, Ron Newbey was appointed, ably assisted by Past Presidents Les Godley and Murray Forbes to conduct the survey. The committee began its task by identifying potential members. Former members of the Rockingham club, John Greenway and Charles Griffiths, who lost their classification due to employment changes were now considered eligible for any new Rotary club as they now had suitable classifications. Others approached included former Moora-Geraldton club member Fawcett Bestall, Peter Dickman a former Bridgetown member, Basil Manessis from Merredin, and Stephen Yeo formerly of the Cunderdin club.
After weeks of approaching other business people in the area, an interest meeting was called. After several meetings of information on Rotary and its objectives, principles, and its place in the community as a service organization a provisional club was formed. A president and a board of directors was elected (The Late Ross Smith - Photo). The first official meeting of the Provisional Rotary Club of Rockingham Districts was on the 10th March 1982 at the Ocean Clipper Inn, the first official function at the new center, with 22 of 24 members present.

The club received its charter from Rotary International on the 12th April 1982 with a membership of 23. An induction meeting was held on 5th May and the charter meeting on the 9th of June 1982 attended by 140 people. On the 2nd January 2002, the club was renamed The Rotary Club of Palm Beach WA Inc.

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ROCKINGHAM BEACH CUP 2017 Golden Criterium

Posted by Nick Cowie - Sound Southern Telegraph on Nov 14, 2017
Theo Yates celebrates his win. Picture: Nick Cowie
Theo Yates celebrates his win. Picture: Nick Cowie

Last Saturday morning saw the initial running of the Beach Cup Golden Criterium on a tight 850m circuit on the Rockingham Beach foreshore and cafe strip.

It was intended to run both a men’s and women’s elite race, however, with several of the best female riders participating in the Tour of Margaret River, the women’s race was converted to a support race open to under-17 boys and girls, as well as C-grade men.

ROCKINGHAM BEACH CUP 2017 Golden Criterium Nick Cowie - Sound Southern Telegraph 2017-11-13 16:00:00Z 0

ROCKINGHAM BEACH CUP 2017 Fashions on the Sand

Posted by David Salvaire - Sound Southern Telegraph on Nov 14, 2017
The Fashions on the Sand event was a highlight of the White Lakes Brewing Rockingham Beach Cup program. Pictures: Kingsley Klau
The Fashions on the Sand event was a highlight of the White Lakes Brewing Rockingham Beach Cup program. Pictures: Kingsley Klau

This year’s White Lakes Brewing Rockingham Beach Cup saw a stacked program of events draw a big crowd to the foreshore across the weekend.

One of the cup’s flagship events, Fashions on the Sand, had more than 40 entrants all donning their best attire and vying for a number of prizes.

Samantha Shvetsova picked up the award for best head-ware, while Lisa Ausden took out the major prize for best-dressed.

ROCKINGHAM BEACH CUP 2017 Fashions on the Sand David Salvaire - Sound Southern Telegraph 2017-11-13 16:00:00Z 0


Posted on Aug 26, 2017
Woo hoo we won! So proud of this awesome club.
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Indonesian Catholic Youth Organisation (ICYO) Charity Concert Leanne Knowler 2017-07-27 16:00:00Z 0
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Three Days of Festival Activity

Posted by Rae Heston
Beach Cup committee chairman Michael McCafferty
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.
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Rotary Beach Side Festival 2017 - Blast from the past

Posted 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 - Blast from the past Rae Heston 2017-03-27 16:00:00Z 0

Applecross fights ‘super bugs’

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.”
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Rockingham Beach Cup

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.
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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
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Elisabeth revisits host club

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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Great Stories From The Past

Posted on Mar 02, 2016
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.
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Over The Moon

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.
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Club boosted by new members

Posted by Rae Heston
ABOVE: beachside
festival committee
chairman Paul Ellis
(left) welcomes Frank
Club welfare officer
Brian Stanley
congratulates Kevin
Fahie on joining the
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.
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Palm Beach Christmas Party

Posted by Thomas Söderholm
 Fly On The Wall
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

Baldivis to visit Palm Beach

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.
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PP Ross Adam - Lost home just stuff

Posted by The Sunday Times 10 Jan 2016

Lost home just stuff: top cop


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

Ted celebrates 25 years as Santa



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.
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Golf Ball Drop

Posted by Rae Heston

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

Bitter fight to get women into Rotary

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

War becomes real over dinner table

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

Working with former Freedom Fighters

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.


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Visit to the Åland Islands 2015

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

Young locals aid Indonesian school

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.
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Cheque Presentation To Telethon Kids Institute

Posted by Rae Heston
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

Getting youth set for work

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

Great night and great result

Posted by Rae Heston
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.
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Club Visits The Telethon Institute

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

Partnerships get things done

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

Professor Lyn Beazley visit

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

Sergeant Paul Trimble Cares

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

Change Over Night 2015

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

Change Over 2015

Posted by Rae Heston

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

Moments in China

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

Biggest Gunfire Breakfast

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 
Biggest Gunfire Breakfast 2015-04-27 00:00:00Z 0

Ride For a Cure Poker Run

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.
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 shares his Vietnam adventures

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.
Click on the Read More button to follow his story
Thomas shares his Vietnam adventures 2015-03-14 00:00:00Z 0

Learning how to lead

Posted by Rae Heston

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

Club History - Carnaby's handed Wheatbelt lifeline

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

Top scientist speaks

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

District 9465 Rotary Conference

Posted by Lindsay Hemy


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).

District 9465 Rotary Conference Lindsay Hemy 2015-01-28 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary’s response to the Ebola outbreak

Posted by Lindsay Hemy
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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Security and Integrity of Your Data

Posted by Lindsay Hemy
ClubRunner secures all your private information using the latest security technologies. Hosted in a world class data centre with redundant power, Internet backbones and 24/7 security and monitoring, you can rest assured that your club data is safe and protected. Your members' contact information is secured behind unique logins and passwords. Access to information is also restricted, for example, a member can only view the list of members, but can modify his or her own personal information.

Data on the server is protected by TCP/IP filtering, firewall and anti-virus software that protect against any unauthorized intrusion. Backups of data are made daily and stored off-site.

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