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 and information about what's going on in the District, our Clubs and Rotary International.
BE AN EARLY BIRD....You have 2 days left to be eligible to go in the draw for 4 bottles of wine to share at the Rotary Action Day International Dinner. Register on or before March 31st.
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 png, jpg or jpeg format.  Flyers sent as PDFs unfortunately lose resolution when converted for inclusion in the newsletter.
New flyers/events are at the start of the newsletter and are listed below.
New items in this week's issue include:
  • Rotary Action Day - Early Bird Prize - Register NOW! 
  • Good News item - Thanks to Geraldton Wizard Pharmacies
  • Gin Fellowship - Perth Chapter Foundation meeting 21 April
  • Rotary Artisan Market 14 April - RC of Willetton
  • Breakfast with Christina Matthews 19 April - City Rotary
  • Melita Markey, CEO Asbestos Diseases Society 5 April - Perth Rotary
  • WA Rotary Relief - support for families in the fires
  • Launceston couple bike riding for 'End Polio Now' campaign
  • Can your Rotary club help flood victims
      In the RI section of the newsletter:
  • How Rotary has changed to help people get clean water for longer than just a few years - Your ROTARY FOUNDATION at work!
  • Singapore International Convention - TIME'S RUNNING OUT - next price rise is 31 March
The newsletter is published each Friday except in unforeseen circumstances.
Click the link or the flyer below to secure your place at any of the events.

The RISE - Function Suite
28 Eighth Avenue, Maylands WA 

How good would it be to have some fabulous International Wines like these to accompany your scrumptious International Dinner at Rotary WA Action Day!!
12 fabulous wines are on offer:
1. Book in before the end of March and be in the draw for 4 bottles of wine.
2. Rotary Club with most bookings at the Dinner will have 8 bottles of wine to share.
In the event of a draw, the winner will be drawn from a hat by DG Ineke.
Wine winners will be announced early at the International Dinner.
Click here to register for the International Dinner
L to R Ibrahim Elsharkawi , Asha Serman , Teharnie Martin, Geoff Wood
Geraldton Wizard Pharmacies Celebrated 
In a heartwarming display of community spirit, Wizard Pharmacy Geraldton and pharmacies across Western Australia, have been instrumental in the success of the Rotary Path of Hope Christmas Appeal, in partnership with The Salvation Army. These pharmacies served as vital collection points in 2023, amassing an impressive array of gifts for women and children affected by domestic violence, bringing much-needed joy and hope last Christmas.
The initiative's success was evident once again last year, as the donated gifts significantly impacted the lives of women and children in The Salvation Army’s refuge centres in Western Australia. There were many stories of smiles, gratitude, and renewed hope as families unwrapped presents that symbolised the community's care and support.
Rebecca Tolstoy AM, representing the Rotary Club's Path of Hope Project, extended heartfelt thanks to the participating Rotary Clubs and pharmacies: "Your contributions have been a beacon of HOPE in our communities across Western Australia. Your generosity and engagement have brought essential JOY and support to the women and children during the holiday season. Furthermore, your efforts in providing vital national helplines in fostering healthy relationships within local communities.”
In recognition of their pivotal Rotary Club of Greater Geraldton President Geoff Wood presented a certificate of appreciation to the staff at Wizard Pharmacy Central Stirlings honouring their commitment for the positive impact they had made.
The collaboration of Rotary clubs and The Salvation Army through the Path of Hope Project has strengthened the support network, ensuring displaced women and children experience the joy and dignity they deserve, especially during the festive season.
Last year's appeal has shown that kindness and community spirit can transform lives, echoing the shared goal of creating a safer, more nurturing environment for everyone
Click here or on the flyer above to book.
Perth Rotary Luncheon
Melita Markey | CEO, Asbestos
Diseases Society
 5th April 2024
“The worst industrial disaster the world will ever see”.
Flying Doctor (later Professor) Eric Saint, Wittenoom Mine, 1948.
An unfortunate truth. Now even more to fear.  YOU NEED TO KNOW.
If your home is pre-1980’s there will be asbestos.  If you are a Do It Yourself operator, be careful.  A gardener?  Even your mulch can contain asbestos.  Over 3000 products are impregnated with asbestos.
In the 1980’s Asbestos products were banned. Disallowed industrially.  Now it is women and children increasingly at risk.
Melita Markey, CEO of the Asbestos Diseases Society, which has aided sufferers and their families for well over forty years, is a world expert on the dreaded disease.  Speaking last month on the BBC, Sky News and currently a documentary on the sad fact that WA leads the world in Asbestos and Mesothelioma Deaths, it also leads the world on research.
(Please note that the ABC will be filming this presentation for a documentary.)
Perth Parmelia Hilton 14 Mill Street Perth
Friday 5th April 2024
12:15 for 12:30 Start
$50.00 per person
(Bookings close Wednesday 3rd April @ 5pm)
You must book via trybooking link, as it is essential we have exact attendance numbers in advance for the Hilton
Support for Families in the Fires
Rotarians you have an amazing State Wide project team called WA Rotary Relief assisting those in need since the Wooroloo fires.  Please have a read of the information at the link on our District website.
Nanga fires are another reminder this issue will be with us forever.  Please also see WA disaster issues that may still need assistance https://www.disasterassist.gov.au/find-a-disaster/australian-disasters?state=wa
May I please request two things:
  1. Clubs, please consider donating to WA Rotary Relief now as we have several activities needing assistance.
  1. In anticipation of the new Rotary Year budgets, please also consider an annual contribution to WA Rotary Relief to help the current and inevitable new disaster relief support.
Funds can be deposited into our own District account for West Australians in difficulty, District Emergency Response - 036-046 247652
Please contact me at any time with ideas for support or questions on process – always looking for new volunteer Rotarians.
Peter Durrant
Chair WA Rotary Relief
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Working in tandem: Launceston couple bike riding for 'End Polio Now' campaign
As a follow up to their successful 3000km ride across the Nullarbor in 2022, Rotarians Joyce and Phil Ogden from the Rotary Club of South Launceston are about to ride a tandem bicycle from Adelaide to Sydney via Melbourne.
Joyce and Phil are in their seventies and hope that this 3000km ride will raise even more than the $38,000 they raised during their 2022 ride. They will leave Adelaide on Wednesday 3 April and arrive in Penrith NSW on Wednesday 29 May.

Here is a link to a video about the ride.
Read an article from the Launceston Examiner here
See Joyce and Phil's route here
It has been 3 to 4 months since Cyclone Jasper and the flooding in December 2023. As expected, service providers are winding down their assistance but people are still homeless and in need.
Thank you to the Rotary clubs that have already assisted us, but we ask those who have not yet donated please consider donating either to RAWCS or the nominated bank account below. 
Please note if people need a tax deductible receipt they should donate via the RAWCS link.     https://directory.rawcs.com.au/33-2023-24
Alternatively, Rotary clubs can donate to the account set up by the Rotary Club of Cairns Trinity on behalf of the combined Rotary Clubs of Cairns,
The account details are:
BSB 633 000 
Account Number 211 976 543.
To better appreciate the extent of the devastation caused by the flooding, please read the CCN article by clicking the READ MORE HERE! button below and view the short YouTube video via this link https://youtu.be/O_8ni0OkAcA
If you have any queries or would like to lodge an expression of interest, contact Rui Fernandes at 4wtsc@rotarywa.au or phone on 0419 096 812
Find out more by clicking on the flyer above or here
Find the application form here
The Catalpa Adventure Festival returns in 2024!
Join us for a two-day festival in Rockingham
Add some colour to your Spring garden and support the
RAWCS Wanneroo Bushfire Project
Tulips with a Difference catalogue here
How to order here
Order form here
Orders close 29th March 2024
Any queries phone Judy Dinnison on 0403 173 040 or email judyrotary9455@gmail.com
Extraordinary fun had at every quiz with prizes, raffles and enjoyment
being the vibe.
Get your tickets here:  https://events.humanitix.com/rmbwach    
Book using the QR code above or click the link 
Winter is fast approaching and Karrinyup Rotary is once again running two projects to assist the homeless.
Backpacks for distribution via the Perth Homeless Support Group containing items, which will provide some comfort and warmth during the cold winter evenings.
Socks for the Homeless Winter Collection. These will be collected at the Stirling Farmer’s Market each week.
For more information or to book, visit agfr.org
Join the Swan Rotaract Club for an unforgettable quiz night fundraiser on behalf of the Animal Protection Society of WA! After a hugely successful event in 2023, we're back to test your trivia knowledge, offer a fun night out, and support a noble cause. Get ready for an evening filled with challenges, laughter, and friendly competition. Expect prizes for top teams, engaging table quizzes, and a lively 'Ears or Tails' round among other activities. Assemble your squad of up to 8 for $130 per table, with all proceeds directly benefiting animals in need, providing essential care and love. 
Date:  Saturday 11th May 2024 
Time: 6pm to 9pm 
Location:  Bassendean Bowling Club, 10 Whitfield St, Bassendean WA 6054
Tickets - Table of 8 for $130 + booking fee, available from here   
Games - there will be a variety of gold coin games throughout the night, so bring your spare change along! 
BYO Food - We encourage tables to BYO food if they'd like a more substantial meal. There will be no food available for purchase at Bassendean Bowling Club, however there are plenty of dinner options at the nearby shops! 
No BYO alcohol or drinks. Bar will be available (at bowling club prices!) all evening long! 
If you have any questions or queries, contact the Swan Rotaract Club at swan@rotaract.wa.org.au 
For inquiries, contact Swan Rotaract Club at swan@rotaract.wa.org.au. Don't miss this fun opportunity to support both your local community and the Animal Protection Society of WA!
The Rotary OpShop Collective is run by members from four Rotary Clubs- West Perth, Western Endeavour, Matilda Bay and Subiaco.
** We are putting the call out for Volunteers to help us.
The volunteers do not necessarily have to be a Rotarian.
We need help with sorting through the many donations of books and clothing and bric-a-brac and also .. if willing..take a turn on the Roster.
The OpShop Is in the basement carpark at Broadway Shopping Centre - Nedlands… Sunday mornings 07:30 - 12:00.
We are also looking for Stall holders.. come and sell your wares.. only $5 Bay.
Any further information can be obtained by phoning:
Wilma McBain. 0412 754 579

How Rotary has changed to help people get clean water for longer than just a few years

The lack of access to clean water, sanitation facilities, and hygiene resources is one of the world’s biggest health problems — and one of the hardest to solve.
Rotary has worked for decades to provide people with clean water by digging wells, laying pipes, providing filters, and installing sinks and toilets. But the biggest challenge has come after the hardware is installed. Too often, projects succeeded at first but eventually failed.
Rotary International Convention 2024
1st April, the registration fee will go up another $100US, so time to register by the 31st March)
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