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President: Norm de Grussa 2013 - 2014 MEMBERSHIP EVENING At CAFÉ ELIXIR 17th February 2014 With Invited Guests Wanneroo Rotary Club Committee President: Secretary: Treasurer: Youth Services: International Service: Club Service: Vocational Service: Membership: Sergeant: Attendance: Belgrade Village: Program: Bulletin, Publicity & Photography: President Elect:



Norm deGrussa Graeme Smith Bill Kell Owen Douglas Debbie Singh Phil Cousins Neil Cook All Members Phil Cousins Jacob Etoka Colin Griffiths Peter Miskelly Ray Perkins Bill Kell

Apologies: If unable to attend meeting, an apology is to be lodged with President Norm before 3pm on Fridays. Contact details for President Norm: or mobile 0411043889

GinGin Hotel on 24th March at 7.00pm Guest Speaker: David Flanagan

Pickup 5.45pm at Wanneroo Tavern Duty Roster 24th 2014 Chairman Duty officer

Debbie Singh

Duty officer

Andy Anderson

Vote of Thanks Reserve Reserve Fellowship Guest Speaker Topic

David Flanagan Guest Speaker

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President Norm: welcomed Natalie from the Wanneroo Cultural Centre, Ewan McAllister from Trac-West, Beverley Letton from the Wanneroo Business Association and all of our members. We played the video "What is Rotary" for our guests that explains in short what Rotary is all about and how we can help people that come together to help and serve under the banner of Rotary. It also explained the 4 Way Test that we as Rotarians follow. It is a great presentation by Roger Climpson. Club Service Phil Cousins: talked to our members about our joint meeting next week. Anson and Akin gave the club an update on their past weeks experiences. Anson helped Jan Duffy with catering for the Wangara Clubs Party and had some wonderful food and enjoyed some Jazz. Akin was pleased with his first presentation in English last week and he will be assisting with the Duck Derby for the Heirisson Rotary Club. Presentations by Club Members to introduce some of the work our club is involved in and what is proposed in the future. International: Debbie Singh Debbie mentioned that over the past 3 to 4 years we have been supporting some of the projects we have been involved with especially with the transparency that is required. Debbie has been working along with the Burma Children Medical Fund where people travel from Burma to the medical centre in Chaing Mai in Thailand. There will be a presentation on one of the children that we have assisted with a wheel chair from Wheel Chairs for Kids. We have a container of 160 wheel chairs going up to Thailand and Debbie will be there to meet it. Debbie travels about 2 to 3 times a year to Thailand. Youth Service: Owen Douglas Owen explained with the assistance of his power point presentation that Owen joined Rotary in Port Hedland in 1990 then down to Kalamunda and has been with Wanneroo Rotary Club for 20 odd years. There are many youth projects within Rotary such as Interact, Rotaract, Rotary Youth Driver awareness, Youth Science Forum, 4 Way Speech Competition, Science Experience, Rotary Youth Program and Enrichment, Rotary Youth Exchange, Rotary Youth Leadership awards, Schooling Program, and Australia Japan Youth Exchange. There are quite a few varied activities and programs. Our club is not involved in all of these; we could be but were not. Interact is for 14 to 18 year olds. This gives the kids an idea of what a community minded club is and it is sponsored by Rotary. Rotaract is the start of it all for these young adults 18 to 30 year olds. We have 3 clubs in our district and Owen has been involved in Rotaract for a number of years of a former Rotaractor back in the seventies where we led with fellowship and then did a lot of community work in the Ascot Belmont area. Owen was chairman of the Rotaract Committee for 10 years and again it’s a Rotary Sponsored service for 18 to 30 year olds and it’s along the same lines at Rotary. The Subiaco Rotaract Club was down to 4 members when Owen got involved and it is now up and pumping doing many projects such as cooking for the Ronald McDonald Home. Rotary Youth Driver Awareness is a big one and our club is not involved at this stage but we will look at getting involved at the George Burnett Park in Manning. This is for the 15 to 18 year old students. We sponsor youths to go to the National Science Forum. The 4 Way Speech competition the kids talk for 3 to 4 minutes and the speech has to incorporate the 4 Way Test. Youth Exchange has been running in Australia for 52 years and is for the 15 to 17 year old brackets and we try to get 4 sets of host families to host the students for a quarter of the year but this is getting harder to obtain but we are looking at changing tack to ap-

proach the local Primary Schools and advertising outside of the club. The host families have to be well interview to ensure they are suitable and of good character. The young adults who come here have to follow the 4 D rules, No Drinking, No Driving, No Drugs and No Dating. Owen had a bit of a giggle on this one which was evident on one of the slides of Anson which should be no Teasing of the dog lol. They follow your rules and fit into your family’s routine. Youth Leadership Awards which is a one week living camp with many indoor and outdoor activities. There is a tremendous change in just one week with many of the kids. Our link school is the Wanneroo Senior College that gives us and the student’s great support. Owen said that he is very proud of our current exchange students who have made great advances in their speech and in the way that they are handling themselves. Raffle Winners: 1st Prize: Natalie 2nd Prize: Graeme Kent Sergeant Phil Cousins: Phil fined the raffle winners once they are chosen, late comers (Graeme Kent) President Norm for allowing an exchange student to carry his beer for him, Anson for having too many girls asking him to the school ball, Rebecca for no badge and a birthday, Ray no badge or bulletin, Owen for Essendon issues, Debbie for soccer wins, Phil came with no money and no pin, Peter for choosing a chap to win a race for him, Bill for not claiming his equipment back. Cross fine should be for Phil for hiring Bills equipment but Phil claimed he didn't use it. Dolphin Wishing Well: Bill Kell; Bill welcomed everyone and said that Rotary does wonderful things to raise money in many activities. The founding fathers of our club started a Foundation that in 2002 had built up to about $70,000 and that was earning about 3% and we had the opportunity to make that money work for us. In about 1997 the Atlantis Marine Park was closing down and three of the dolphins Rajah, Milo and Echo were relocated to the Hillarys Marina at AQWA and in 1999 the three of them died mysteriously. In 2000 the Rotary Club of Hillarys were approached by the Hillarys Boat Harbour to create a memorial in the harbour for the 3 dolphins. Hillarys started working on it for the first couple of years but the funds required of about $80,000 were not available to complete the task. The Wanneroo Rotary Club was approached at a conference to join with Hillarys as a joint venture on a 50 50 basis and we invested about $75,000. From 2002 to 2004 that is when the development started to happen and initially it was just a static wishing well and with the full approvals given for a certain location but due to the redevelopment of the harbour those approvals were rescinded. We were obviously put out and we fought that for about 2 years but when you take on the Government you always loose and we did. However during the time the design of the Dolphins went from a static one to a rotating one. There were many challenges in design and costs went from about $80,000 to $280,000 and that it is what has finally cost us but it has been a financial success. From 2004 to 2010 with all of the problems overcome with meetings every week we were successful and in 2010 in was completed. There has been a lot of headaches being a one off design with some teething problems but we now have a reliable Rotary Icon that generates much needed funds for the community projects that we run. To date in excess of $105,000 has been realised and $22,000 of that going to Telethon and $3,500 going to Dreamfit and nearly $2,000 going to Breast Cancer and $1,300 going to Autism the balance going to both clubs for local community projects. There is a static Wishing Well area that didn't collect many donations but when a Wishing Well Sticker was placed on it the donations increased. 50% of what we paid out of our Foundation has been repaid and the balance is generating approx. 22% income. Natalie who works at the Wanneroo Cultural Centre mentioned that they ran a promotion on the Atlantis Marine Park asking for information from people and she was surprised how many people knew about the Rotary Dolphin Wishing Well.

Dolphin Race: Ray Perkins; We were thinking over the coming year what we can do to raise more income for our projects and there are many clubs doing Duck Races to raise funds. I thought about the Dolphin Wishing Well and had the idea of using Dolphins instead of Ducks. The idea has matured into the 2 clubs planning a joint event at the Hillarys Marina in October 2 weeks prior to the Telethon Event. We are looking at being a Partner with Telethon were 50% of the race proceeds go to Telethon and the remaining 50% will go to both clubs to fund their local projects. We are working at purchasing 20,000 pink and blue dolphins as per our samples and hope to sell the full 20,000 race tickets at $5.00 each. We are currently looking for Major Sponsors for the major prizes of a Car, a Holiday and an entertainment package plus some minor prizes. We would have additional fundraising with can rattling and selling T shirts and Fishing Dolphins from the Well. The dolphins will be launched from the Breakwater Tavern end and follow a boom pathway to the other end of the boardwalk perhaps with some propwash assistance from the Whitfords Sea Rescue boats that are stationed in the Marina. 2 videos were shown displaying firstly the prop wash assistance and then a water slide version of an event showing how the event can be run. This project will be run every year so the Dolphins will be reused and many entertainers will be invited on the day to make it a great Fun Day for everybody. President Norm explained to our guests that the Rotary Year runs from the 1st July to the 30th June and each year we have a change of the Board of Directors. Being that is the case I would like Bill Kell to speak briefly on the coming year. President Elect Bill Kell: 2014 - 2015 This is my wish list one could say on what I would like to happen; such as more input from all of our members so that if you commit to something, do it, see it through. He would like to encourage all of our members to advertise Rotary and especially being at the Cafe Elixir people can see us from the outside we endeavour to wear our Rotary Shirts to the meetings and outside of the club. Regular communication between all members, board members and ordinary members so don’t complain it is a way of being kept informed and also include more social content and that will be up to each committee to organise 1 or 2 social events for the year outside of our normal meetings. Guest speakers are important to be interesting to have a good meeting. Bill would also like to see a greater effort from all members to increase membership to boost our clubs fellowship and increase in interest with people having new ideas. Active committees to get the projects done that we want to complete. His idea is to get more local content for our projects. Bill presented our visitors with some thumb drives that has more information about Rotary and our Club. President Norm thanked our guests for attending and hoped that they enjoyed the evenings information and hopes that they will give some thought to joining Rotary either with our club or another club in the near future. The meeting was closed with the singing of our national anthem.




29TH MARCH 2014 Kell Bill (Supervisor)

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deGrussa, Norm

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Douglas, Owen


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Irish Bar Jokes


Paddy walks into a bar and asks for ten shots of the establishments finest single malt scotch. The bartender sets him up, and Paddy takes the first shot in the row and pours it on the floor. He then takes the last one in the and does the same. The bartender asks him, "Why did you do that?" And Paddy replies, " Well the first shot always tastes like crap, and the last one always makes me sick!" ———————————————————————————Three men are at an Irish bar in Sydney. The first says to the second man ''so where might you be from then?''. The second man says ''I'm from Ireland myself''. The first says ''I'm Irish too, where 'bouts may you be from?'' ''Cork City is my home quoth the second'' ''Well so am I'' says the first ''and where did you go to school?'' ''St. Mary's'' ''What a coincidence, what year did you finish?'' ''98'' replies the second man. ''That's my year. We must have been in the same class!' The third man at the bar turns to the barman and says ''have you even seen anything like this before?'' The barman says ''oh, dont take any notice of the O'Brien twins, they're drunk again'' _______________________________________________ A Scotsman, an Englishman and an Irishman are sitting in a bar in New York reminiscing about home. "Back in me pub in Glasgow," brags the Scotsman, "fer every four pints of stout I order, they give me one fer free!" "In me pub in London," says the Englishman,"I pay fer two pint's o' Guiness and they give me a third one free!" "That's nuthin'" says the Irishman, "Im my pub back in Dublin, you walk up to the bar, they give the first pint fer free, the second pint fer free, the third pint fer free -- and then they take you upstairs and you have sex for FREE!" "Is that true?" asks the Scotsman. "Has that really happened to you?" "Well, no," says the Irishman, "but it happens to me sister all the time!" St Patrick's Day Jokes A young Roscommon boy and his father, Paddy, were visiting Liffey valley Shopping Centre for the first time. They were amazed by almost everything they saw, but especially by two shiny, silver walls that could move apart and then slide back together again. The boy asked, "What's that Da?" Paddy (never having seen an elevator) responded, "Son, I have never seen anything like this in my life, I don't know what it is." While the boy and his father were watching with amazement, a rather heavy, not too attractive, older lady walked up to the moving walls and pressed a button. The walls opened and the lady walked between them into a small room. The walls closed and the boy and his father watched the small circular numbers above the walls light up sequentially. They continued to watch until it reached the last number and then the numbers began to light in the reverse order. Finally the walls opened up again and a beautiful, young woman stepped out. The father quickly turned to his young son and excitedly said "Go get your Ma"

An Irishman, by the name of O'Malley proposed to his girl on St. Patrick's Day. He gave her a ring with a synthetic diamond. The excited young lass showed it to her father, a jeweler. He took one look at it and saw it wasn't real. The young lass, on learning it wasn't real, returned to her future husband. She protested vehemently about his cheapness. 'It was in honor of St. Patrick's Day,' he smiled. 'I gave you a sham rock.'

Rotary Bulletin 30 2014  

Membership Information Evening at Cafe Elixir on 17th March 2014