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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Membership Milestone Reached

With the addition of our two latest members, Southern Districts Rotary is delighted to announce that we are now at 50 members.

The club has an aggressive growth strategy whilst not losing sight of our Rotary values and creating opportunities for networking and fellowship.

By Christmas we'll be around 55 members and by June 30 2018 we should be around 60.

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Two more members for Southern Districts Rotary

Last night, Southern Districts Rotary welcomed Marilyn and Peter Gregory as full members of our Rotary Club. Previously with the Rotary Club of Heirisson, Marilyn and Peter will be fabulous additions to SDRC.

See in the photos are PP John Rechichi performing the induction, Pres Tony Italiano welcoming them and Nancy Kilkenny who is the Director of the Youth Committee.

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Two new members join SDRC

On Tuesday evening we were delighted to welcome two new members to Southern Districts Rotary Club. Ken Glasson as our new Rotarian and Kens partner Ann.

We also welcomed New Rotarian Mike Sanders and his partner Meredith.

SDRC welcomes you all to our club and we are confident that you will make exceptional Rotarians.

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Pille Repnau – our newest Rotarian

Southern Districts Rotary is delighted to welcome Pille Repnau as our newest Rotarian. Pille, a professional business photographer, will be an excellent asset to our club.

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Next Weeks Guest Speaker – Ray Galliott – Australian Prisoners of War

Ray has been a member of the Australian Armed Forces for 27 years and is the current Secretary/Treasurer of the EX-POW Association of WA.

Ray will speak to us abot the history of the Australian Prisoner of War and take us on a journey through the Boer War, two World Wars, the Korean and Vietnam war.

Currently there are 217 EX POW’s still alive today.

Ray will touch on the life of Dave Harris.

This looks like another interesting guest speaker thanks to the good offices of our guest speaker coordinator Phil Cordery.

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Next weeks guest speaker – Richard Offen – CEO – Heritage Perth

Heritage Perth is an organisation that deals with cultural and architectural heritage in the capital city of Perth in Western Australia.

The organization is supported by the City of Perth, and is independent of other Western Australian heritage organisations such as the Heritage Council of Western Australia and the National Trust of Western Australia.

Earlier efforts by the City of Perth to work on heritage within its area were hampered by lack of supporting government legislation in relation to heritage conservation, and lack of understanding of the importance of heritage and cultural tourism. In recent times a more sophisticated understanding has evolved, culminating in the annual Heritage Council Heritage Awards and council awareness of the issues.

Earlier in the history of the City of Perth activities of promoting the history of Perth were conducted by a range of organisations in Western Australia, however Heritage Perth is now the main body dealing specifically with the history of Perth.

It conducts annual Perth Heritage Days, which have run since 2009 as well as producing newsletters and web based information about places and people of Perth's history.

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