Canadian Visitors

Last night we welcomed some Canadian visitors to the club. Guests of Marilyn and Peter Gregory were June and Roger Painter. 

June and Roger hail from Vancouver Island and are members of the Rotary Club of South Cowichan, Mill Bay. Vancouver Island.

June and Roger are in Perth visiting their Daughter and her family.

Shown accepting the Banner from Roger Painter is President Tony and Roger's host, Peter Gregory.

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Huiyen Siaw – NYSF Attendee

Last night we were privileged to hear from Huiyen Siaw whom the club sponsored to attend the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF).

What a fabulous presentation from a scientist of the future. SDRC is proud to have sponsored Huiyen and look forward to reading about her achievements in the science journals in years to come.

Here is the text of Huiyen's speech to the club.

Hi everyone, my name is Huiyen and today, I am speaking about my experience at the National Youth Science Forum. The National Youth Science Forum, or NYSF is a non-profit organisation that runs a number of science outreach activities. It’s flagship Year 12 Program runs in January each year. The program runs for 12 days, where participants stay on campus at the host university and gain significant insights into the variety of study and career opportunities available across science, technology, engineering and maths (or STEM) fields. 

This year, NYSF had 3 different sessions, two in Canberra and the first ever session held in Brisbane. I was one of the lucky ones who was able to attend the Brisbane session staying at the University of Queensland. When thinking of how I should present my experience to the rotary club, I decided that instead of showing you the hundreds of photos I took during the program, I made a short 4 minute video, documenting some of the activities I did during my time at NYSF.

The camp was absolutely one of the best experiences of my life. Throughout the 12 days in Brisbane, I got the chance meet, connect and make meaningful bonds with so many like minded peers which I wouldn't have had the opportunity to do so otherwise. I can now say that I have friends across all of the states in Australia. 

I was exposed to such a variety of STEM topics, from an physicist talking about the physics behind jewellery making along with combing STEM with art to a palaeontologist talking about how he discovered 21 different species of dinosaur footprints in WA. I went from visiting an Algae farm; learning about how different types of algae could help in acting as a supplement of protein and a replacement for fossil fuels to visiting a quantum dynamics lab learning about the fundamentals of quantum physics and how photons could help in improving our encryption systems. 

However, not everything was just about STEM, we also had evening activities like learning how to swing dance and dressing up in costumed for our science themed disco. During the science dinner, apart from just getting a one on one to talk to professionals working in STEM fields, I also got the opportunity to listen to a speech made the 2017 Australian of the Year, Professor Alan Mackay-Sim, on how his research on the regenerating capabilities of olfactory stem cells helped a paraplegic Polish man to walk again.

The NYSF experience was truly once in a lifetime and I want to thank the Rotary Club of Southern Districts, for funding and supporting me to go to NYSF. I also want to say a special thank you to Nancy for being so accommodating throughout the whole NYSF process. I hope that after hearing my presentation, the club will continue to support future students to go to this amazing program. 

Hui Yen.

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District Conference at Margaret River

DISTRICT CONFERENCE 2018 16-18 March 2018

The Rotary Club of Margaret River will host the 2018 District Conference and invites you to visit this wonderful part of Western Australia for a fabulous Rotary experience. Margaret River is known for its craft breweries, boutique and world renown wineries. Beaches and surf breaks line the nearby coast, whose waters host migratory whales from June to November. Stretching between 2 lighthouses north and south of the town, the long-distance Cape to Cape Track fringes the limestone caves and sea cliffs of Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park.

Margaret River is a popular destination all year round which results in competition for accommodation and services. As a result the Rotary Conference has a limit on the number of attendees.

INSPIRING LINE-UP OF PRESENTERS – there is an excellent list of presenters scheduled for the conference.

Registrations will be accepted up to the level of capacity of the venue: thus Rotarians and guests are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Credit Card On-Line payment forms part of the registration process.

REGISTER HERE:  You are encouraged to book accommodation ASAP as rooms in town are going fast. It would be good to have more Southern Districts Rotarians attend this year. 

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Join us at the Shine On Awards

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Thanks to MG Kailis

At our Christmas function we were fortunate enough to run a couple of raffles designed to help fund the Rotary Club so that we can keep doing wonderful things on behalf of the community.

Prizes included fresh crayfish and chef services which were donated by club members, but a special shoutout goes to MG Kailis who donated 5KG of large raw Exmouth Tiger Prawns as part of one of the prizes which is destined to become a degustation dinner. Our thanks to Rotarian Ken Glasson for arranging this.

Make sure you get to MG Kailis for all your seafood needs over the festive season, this company has supported Rotary, so we should return the favour.

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Christmas Party 2017

What a fabulous night we had at our annual Christmas party. Terrific buffet meal professionally provided by Gosnells Golf Club. And the evening's entertainment provided by a very professional guitarist Jason Ji and trumpet player Christine Zappa, both of whom were swinging the night away with a good mix of carols and swing standards.

We ran a raffle with three prizes including $20 worth of scratchies, a package of 3 freshly caught crayfish and a seafood degustation dinner for 4 people. The crayfish part of these prizes was generously provided by Meredith and Mike Sanders and the degustation dinner will be cooked by our Rotarian Professional Chef Manfred Supper and his partner Regina.

Phil Cordery got his Santa on and handed out all of our secret Santa presents.I guess he's done this before :-)This was lots of fun and everyone participated.

Jason Ji and Christine Zappa


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Our latest short term exchange student

Tonight Charlotte Meagher and her Mum Celia attended our get together.

Southern Districts Rotary will be her sponsor club.

Charlotte has been accepted to do Short Term Youth Exchange with D1910 Austria next year.

Needless to say she is super excited.

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District Governor Bruce Club Visit

District Governor Bruce Lynch and his partner Glenda will be visiting SDRC on Tuesday 5th September. This is bound to be a good night as Bruce has just returned from the leaders institute held in Darwin and so will be energised and full of fabulous ideas.

Members are reminded that the meeting is at 6:30pm for a 7:00pm start as this evening is scheduled a parters night.

You would have all seen Colin's email asking you to let him know attendees.

Would all board members please be at the Golf club at 5:00pm for a Board Meeting with DG Bruce.

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Robert Epstone – Solemen

Last night we were priviledged to hear from Robert Epstone, the founder of Yayasan Solemen Indonesia (Solemen), an Indonesian registered non-profit Foundation, formed in October 2010 to raise awareness and provide funds to support accredited agencies and projects for the disadvantaged in Bali.

Solemen‘s first ‘awareness’ 535 km barefoot walk around Bali was not just a ‘walk’.  The Solemen held frequent health education checks and made presentations in schools, orphanages and villages together with a medical team from Anak Anak Bali (Bali Kids).  The Solemen also taught the children to be aware of and how to clean up their immediate environment.

As well as raising awareness, Solemen is now primarily focusing its efforts in helping the disadvantaged in Bali, Indonesia.

Solemen works alongside accredited agencies and projects to alleviate suffering and support the disadvantaged in Bali. Solemen provides health and safety education as well as teaching how to respect and protect the environment. Solemen’s ‘OUTREACH’ crew searches out and are able to react immediately to assess and action the alleviation of individual cases of suffering. This often means driving immediately to the person or people who needs help and taking them for assistance and, where appropriate, therapy and/or medical treatment at one of our strategic partner units.

Click here for the Solemen Web Site

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Our Helen Hosking’s Scholar is next weeks guest speaker

Southern Districts Rotary (in its previous incarnation as Thornlie Rotary) established a fund in the memory of Mrs Helen Hosking to provide a summer vacation scholarship in the discipline of biochemistry. The scholarship is called the Rotary Club of Thornlie Helen Hosking Vacation Scholarship in Biochemistry.

Nicholas Dunstan is our latest Scholarship Awardee. 

Nicholas Dunstan from Alice Vrielink lab was awarded the highly prestigious J A Wood Memorial Prize "for the most outstanding Honours graduand for 2016 across the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences”. Nicholas completed his Honours project in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, working on the structure and dynamics of validated drug targets for antibiotic resistant bacteria. This year he has commenced the Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree at UWA.


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