This email has been generated just for you as a Rotary member or someone who has an interest in Rotary in Western Australia.
In this issue, you'll find news about what's going on in the District, our Clubs and Rotary International.  
If your Club has an event, function or project you wish to advertise throughout Rotary Western Australia, forward your article and photos to the editor, Judy Dinnison at dgexecassist@rotarywa.au Please provide flyers in either jpg or jpeg format.
New items in this week's issue include:
  • Good News - RC of Esperance
  • Good News - Four Way Test Speaking Contest winners
  • Rotary Means Business 3 October
  • Rotary WA Golf Team Challenge 20 October
  • Mental Health Week Collaborative Opportunities 7-14 October
  • RC Busselton - Geographe Mental Health Week Consortium 7-14 October
  • Karrinyup Raising Funds for Polio Sundowner 24 October
  • Camp Opportunity 14-20 January 2024
  • Camp Opportunity Dinner 17 January 2024
  • Shelterbox - Morocco earthquake. Can you help?
  • RI - The Gift of Reading
  • RI Convention 2024 Singapore
The newsletter is published each Friday except in unforeseen circumstances. 
Well Done, RC of Esperance
RC of Esperance donates bikes
Esperance aged care workers from Kirribati can now travel to and from work with ease, thanks to Rotary. 
Read more here.....
RC Esperance Donates an Ultra Sound machine
Esperance residents, especially men, no longer have to travel to Perth for medical procedures such as trans perineal prostate biopsy.
Read more here.....
Above: Year 10 winner Mahek Aribenchi
Right: Year 6 winner Tahlia Clohessy 
Year 10 Four Way Test Speaking Contest State Final
Eighteen Rotary Clubs attended the Year 10 State Final of the Four Way Test speaking contest that was held last week.
Winner and Runner up of the Year 6 speaking contest led the way into the Year 10 State. Two Year 6 students gave their three-minute speeches with enthusiasm and energy that set the tone for the four Year 10 students who followed and who delivered their 6 minutes speeches to Adjudicators and audience.
Winner of the Year 6 speaking contest was Tahlia Clohessy, Wembley Downs Primary School, who selected Screen Time as her topic. Tahlia was sponsored by Rotary Scarborough.
Winner of the Year 10 State final was Mahek Aribenchi, Perth Modern School, sponsored by Rotary Subiaco. Mahek chose the topic Downs Syndrome is not a Choice.
Congratulations to all – winners, runners up, talented teachers plus Rotary clubs who continue to support the Four Way Test speaking contest through the Rotary Western Australia School Link project.
Book for the next Rotary Means Business event here or
click on the flyer above
Do you want to know more about the Rotary Leadership Institute? Watch the video at the link for more information.
Scan the QR code above, click on the flyer or
link to register
7-14 OCTOBER 2023
Has your club had a direct or indirect involvement with setting up your local Men’s Shed, or working with your local P&C, CWA, sports clubs, council or other local community leaders and volunteer groups? More than likely, YES! 
Congratulations! Your support assists Men's Shed, and other similar networks grow across the WA community. If you haven’t had a Men's Shed involvement, chances are you’ve worked with others on a project promoting family and community health generally, or mental health particularly.
Given the primary reasons why Men's Sheds and similar groups were established, and are now so popular in our community, there are opportunities for your club to consider undertaking joint activities during Mental Health Week in WA. This is coming up in early October. 
A whole Mental Health Week program is being coordinated in Busselton-Geographe, with many local stakeholders — and your club is sure to know of a least one local group to talk with!
Australian Rotary Health (ARH) has had a focus on mental health research for many years, and now the prime focus is for mental health research for pre-teen children (12 years old and under). Research tells us this is the age bracket where mental health issues begin, so is a great opportunity to work with youth groups and families.
Is your local Men's Shed, P&C, youth group or sports club etc aware of the mental health focus of ARH? If not, consider coordinating an ARH awareness session with them. After all, the mental health and well-being of all their members remains as an ongoing priority ... and of course a prime reason why many exist, and why their people volunteer their time and energy!
With annual ARH Hat Days coming up (which are strongly supported by many Rotary clubs across Australia), we suggest you invite your local Men's Shed etc to become involved. It’s a great opportunity for community collaboration for a common joint cause! And have some fun along the way.
If your club has not developed a community relationship with a Men's Shed, or similar groups, this is the perfect time to step up and do so. The mental health and wellbeing of every Australian is of vital importance.
For any further collaborative ideas, support or information, please contact your ARH WA team to assist.
See the flyer above and click here for additional information and contact details
Camp Opportunity Pirate Dinner
See details to book and pay on the flyer above
Entries close at the end of September
To read more about the competition:
Would you like to help families of sick children in the Goldfields?  
Scan the QR code above or click on the link to purchase a raffle ticket and win your share of $25,000
Raffle runs 6th August 2023 – 7th November 2023
Perth Rotary Luncheon | Basil Zempilas & John Longley
Friday 15th Sept 2023
Our first ‘good-sport’ guest speakers for the Perth Rotary Sporting Season
September is a month of sporting celebration, and Perth Rotary’s good sports include the winning America’s Cup crewman John Longley, reminiscing on forty years since a West Australian Yacht bonded a nation.
At the same luncheon, Lord Mayor Bazil Zempilas, will momentarily discard his Chains of Office, to talk on the AFL Grand Final. As an ex-player for West Perth, plus, how much the America’s Cup win means for WA.
An early commencement of 11.30, 15th September, Parmelia Hilton, as the Mayor will speak at midday, before leaving for City business.”
Perth Parmelia Hilton 14 Mill Street Perth
Friday 15th September 2023
12:00 Noon START! 
$50.00 per person
(Bookings close Wednesday 13th Sept @ 5pm)
You must book via trybooking link, as it is essential we have exact attendance numbers in advance for the Hilton
Email here to order your tickets to the Wine Show
“The Long Walk – for Prostate Cancer.  Come and Join us!”
Perth Rotary Club invites all Rotarians to join with us in walking around the Bridges, Sunday 17 September to raise awareness and funds for the Prostrate Cancer Foundation. 
Donations can be made by clicking on the following link – https://bit.ly/PerthRotaryLongRun23 . 
We are meeting 9am adjacent to the Boat Shed Café Carpark.  We’ll set off around the bridges with a rest and revive stop at Elizabeth Quay. 
Bring your children; grandchildren; pets; friends – just come along and enjoy a beautiful Sunday morning walk.  Please wear your Rotary Colours/Shirts or blue & Yellow if possible. 
The average age of death for people who are homeless is 50 years, contrasting with the general Australian population median age of 81.7 years: a 30 year gap in the median age of death.
Why? Locally, nationally, and internationally there is a strong evidence-base confirming that health issues are a cause of homelessness and that deteriorating health is a major factor which keeps people trapped in long-term homelessness. This can become a revolving hospital door experienced by many people who are homeless and reducing their life expectancy. People who are homeless are also likely to have multiple morbidities at once – that is multiple symptoms or conditions of disease or illness.
Homeless Healthcare is the largest specialist homelessness primary care service in Australia, providing mobile street services, a drop-in clinic, services to people recently housed and a respite centre for people who have recently been discharged from hospital.
Dr Andrew Davies is at the coalface of caring for people who are homeless and sees first-hand the reasons for such a low life expectancy amongst people who are homeless.
He will shed light on this shocking problem in our community and how we can do better in helping people live longer.
20th September 7:00 - 8:30am
Freshwater Bay Room at the Hyatt
99 Adelaide Terrace
Click here to book your tickets
Profits from the Narrogin Flaming BBQ Festival will go primarily to assist with Mental Health.
Display car entry, click here or on the flyer above.
If you want to exhibit your Lego creations – applications close at the end of this month for the adults. Applications for junior builders (younger than 16) will open in August.  The application link for adult builders is here. Then you need to get building.
Tickets are on sale, so if you want to pick your preferred time slot to attend – get in quick.  Here's the link
Tables of 8
Click here to buy your tickets to the Northbridge Quiz Night
Support Tony's fundraising for Cancer Research......click here to donate
The Rotary Club of Busselton Geographe Bay, and its local ARH champion, are coordinating a mental health week consortium of around 20 local contributors into a full week program.
Supported by Rio Tinto and the City of Busselton, it will include an agency expo, wellness, mindfulness and relaxation sessions, and youth events. 
Mental Health First Aid seminars, a community choir, story-time, art and sports activities, and an RUOK caravan convoy, will culminate in a Lift the Lid Walk on iconic Busselton Jetty on the Saturday. 
RSVP by clicking here or on the flyer above by
10 October 23
Scan the QR code above or click the link to enter your team
Click on the QR code above to register for Mind the Walk
Click here to book or scan the QR code above
“Together, We End Polio”
Eradicating polio is an audacious goal, but, together, Rotary members can make history and end polio for good.
Scan the QR code above or click here to register
Click here to book or scan the QR code above
For more information about the Italian Car Day click here www.italiancarday.com.au

The Guatemala Literacy Project is working to reverse the country’s low literacy rates and keep children in school

By Photography by 
When Rotary International Past President Jennifer Jones visited a primary school in a farming village in Guatemala’s highlands and asked who wants to become the country’s president, the students’ hands shot into the air. Before a Rotary-supported reading program began in the village of Chajalajyá, students would often drop out after a couple years of school. “Reading will change our society,” Principal Vilma Nizeth Moreira told Jones during an April visit to the school. “These are powerful tools we are giving children to eradicate ignorance.” Schools often teach in Spanish, but about 25 languages are spoken in the country, and there are few written materials in local languages.
Read more here.......
Rotary International Convention 2024
Register by 15th December for discounted member rate of US$500
Register here
Morocco hit by devastating earthquake
As we evaluate a possible response, we urgently need your help.
People in Morocco are feeling the effects of a devastating 6.8 magnitude earthquake that struck late on Friday night, under the cover of darkness, when many people would have been at home asleep.
With the epicentre located 70km south of Marrakesh, it’s the strongest earthquake ever recorded in the region and could be felt as far away as Portugal and Algeria.
Read more here........
Death count climbs while survival improves
New data has revealed a 25 per cent increase in the number of deaths from prostate cancer in Australia since 2007, prompting calls for greater awareness of the disease. Data just released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare estimates 25,487 Australian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year, an increase of around five per cent in just 12 months.......
Read more here and here.
Jeff Leach from Perth Rotary is available to speak on Prostate Cancer on 9385-3522 or jeff@jjleachgroup.com.au
Maui Wildfire Disaster 
D9685 has pulled together an appeal for the Maui Wildfires Disaster to provide funds for humanitarian programs to assist the people and communities affected by the catastrophic wildfires on Maui, Hawaii. They have done so by creating a RAWCS Project with the Rotary Club of Maui and it is open for donations now. It is quite a desperate situation. 
The worst wildfires in the US in more than a century have caused loss of life, left thousands in need of emergency shelter, and reduced towns to ash. 
Your donation to the Hawaii Wildfire Relief Fund will support immediate wildfire relief and long-term recovery efforts in affected communities.
Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) will be working with Rotary Clubs within the regions to provide assistance to affected communities.
RAWCS has registered a Rotary Australia Relief Fund project to seek financial assistance, donations are tax deductible.
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