By Barbara Servulo Herthel, a Rotary Peace Fellow from Brazil As I reached the end of my Professional Certificate Fellowship Program at the Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University, I found …
As Rotarians, we have a fundamental interest in bringing peace to our world.
Rotary’s six Areas of Focus position us as a peacemaker with credentials established over more than a century. The first Area of Focus – Promoting Peace – seeks to address the structural causes of conflict around the world. That process often sees peacemakers address very basic issues on the path to peace.
Shared understanding can contribute to conflict resolution and the maintenance of peace by helping those involved find the common ground required for a sustainable solution. In this engaging talk, writer and radio host Celeste Headlee invites us to better understand people with whom we converse, and offers a number of suggestions to help the process.
Hui Lin Tan is an organisational psychologist who works in the Western Australian local government sector. Hui Lin is also a dedicated and passionate Mandarin and English language broadcaster, who believes in the power of giving back to her community and encourages others to reap the benefits of volunteering.
Community radio has a vital role to play in the maintenance of local social networks amongst common interest groups, and provides an important platform for the airing of community concerns. Local community stations also provide a springboard for emerging artists to share their stories.
Listen to Hui Lin’s story here:
Tony Devitt is the Rotary District 9465 Conference Chair. In this interview, Tony explains his role and outlines what Albany Conference 2015 will offer Rotarians, Rotaractors and partners. The conference is also being pitched as a public event, with content designed for a broad audience, including local residents.
The Rotary Club of Southern Districts has contributed $50,000 towards establishing the Lyn Beazley PhD Scholarship, which will fund a PhD student to conduct research at the Brightwater Care Group, Oats Street, Acquired Brain Injury facility.
Rotary Southern Districts Director John Simpson confirmed the donation at the official opening of the newly completed Oats Street residential transition accommodation on 7 August 2014
Fiona Allenson, a PhD Scholar at the University of WA, has been appointed to undertake research at the Oats St facility. Fiona will be guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Southern Districts meeting on Tuesday 11 November 2014. Southern Districts is delighted that Professor Beazley will also be in attendance on 11 November.
The Lyn Beazley PhD Scholarship was established with a $50,000 contribution from Professor Beazley and the $50,000 donated by Southern Districts Rotary. UWA is contributing the wages for the scholar so the Foundation is not drawing on the principal. Another $150,000 has been raised from the Corporate sector so the Foundation is off to a good start.
Well done members of Southern Districts Rotary for your hard work in raising funds for this vital research.
CLUB BUILDER AWARD
DG Erwin Biemel presented the prestigious Club Builder Award to PP Robert Webster of Willetton Rotary at district changeover on 5 July 2014.
The Club Builder Award recognizes Rotarians who have made a
significant impact in supporting and strengthening their Rotary
The nominee must be an active Rotarian in good standing, with at
least five years of membership.
Candidates must have done the following:
• Recruited at least five members who are active Rotarians at
the time of nomination
• Participated in Rotary training in their club
• Participated in at least one meaningful club-level vocational
• Attended at least two district meetings in the three years
immediately preceding nomination.
Eligible candidates must be recommended by three past presidents of their own club.
Awardee: Robert Webster – Willetton Rotary Club
Past President Rob Webster is a Rotarian who has given long and
distinguished service This began when he joined the Rotary Club
of Scarborough in 1983. In the following 24 years he served with
distinction in many Club & District roles including Secretary and
President, Chair of the District 9450 Youth Exchange Committee
and Chair of the District 9450 Conference Committee. As a
consequence of these activities he was not only awarded a Paul
Harris Fellow but also two sapphires.
In 2007 Rob transferred to the Rotary Club of Willetton and continued his Club building ways by being actively involved in numerous Club activities including the Club’s Annual Community Fair plus the roles of Director International Service, President, Assistant Governor and in 2012/2013 Membership Director. In this
last role Rob was instrumental in recruiting, inducting and training nine new members, five of whom were females. All but one (who left due to employment pressures) are still members. In addition while President in 2010/2011, Rob was the instigator in the Willetton region of the very successful Vocational Service Project, Microscopes in Schools. He also represented the Club at the District Conference in 2011 and also attended the Busselton conference in 2013.
Not content with his many achievements, in 2013/2014 Rob willingly stepped up to Chair the District Conference Committee. He led the committee with distinction and brought his considerable managerial and psychological skills to bear to mould Club members into a very effective effective team who in turn produced an outstanding event.
Rob’s dedication to Rotary and his unassuming but very effective style and presence have contributed in a most significant way to the Rotary cause and through that to building two Clubs the most recent being the Rotary Club of Willetton. He is therefore a very deserving winner of the Club Builder Award.
His nomination for this award is supported by
• Past President David Honeychurch
• Past President Peter Cullen
• Past President Wayne Hand
• Past President Stuart Diggins
DISTRICT SERVICE AWARD
The District Service Award was created to recognize Rotarians’
efforts to serve humanity and work towards world understanding
and peace through Foundation programs. Ten club projects were recognized by way of these awards for the 2013-14 Rotary year.
FUNDRAISER – RIDE TO THE OTHER SIDE
Awardee: Craig Alford – Armadale Rotary Club
Craig Alford is driving a Hustler Super Z ride-on lawn mower around Australia to benefit charity. In 2012, he drove from Perth to
Kalgoorlie. In February 2013 he drove from Kalgoorlie to Adelaide
arriving at the Clipsal 500 motor race! In May 2014 the Ride left
Adelaide for Sydney and the Rotary International Convention, via
Melbourne, Hobart and Canberra! Craig is assisted by a group of
supporters. In 2014, the Ride benefits Australian Rotary Health’s
Mental Illness Research Program , Rotary Foundation’s End Polio
Now Program and the EJ Whitten Foundation for prostate cancer
awareness and research.
FUNDRAISER – CLIMB FOR A SMILE
Awardee: Ron Mildenhall – Kenwick Rotary Club
The Rotary Club of Kenwick Climb For A Smile fundraiser at Brookfields tower at 108 St Georges Terrace, Perth was a huge success surpassing all expectations and raising over $70,000 for Rotary causes. The fundraiser supports End Polio Now, Interplast, Romac,and the The Smith Family West Australia.
FUNDRAISER – SWIMARATHON
Awardee: Genevieve Carr – Kwinana Rotary Club
Genevieve organized a district wide Swimathon to raise money for Polio Plus .The event is a sponsored swim
organised by Rotarians to raise money and awareness for End Polio Now, organised by the Kwinana Rotary
Club together with other clubs worldwide in February each year.
FUNDRAISER – FILM NIGHT
Awardee: Brian Guest – Kenwick Rotary Club
Brian organized a district wide fund-raiser for Polio Plus which raised $2250.00. Rotarians and partners from many clubs attended the film MONUMENTS MEN at the Carousel Hoyts Cinema.
The film was fantastic and we had a sell-out crowd in attendance.
FUNDRAISER – HIGH TEA
Awardee: Jodie Sparks – Ascot Rotary Club
Jodie organized a high tea held at the Rotary Hall Sandgate Street South Perth to raise funds for foundation. This was a great sell-out event which raised $1297.00 for Polio Plus.
PROJECT – WATER SUPPLY SIBOLONG HAMLET INDONESIA
Awardee: Raymond Heather – Armadale Rotary Club
The objective of the grant is to provide a clean, reliable year, year round water supply to residents of the Sibolong hamlet. Currently during the dry season the water supply is unreliable resulting in residents having to walk to a small spring to bathe and wash clothes. The project will deliver potable water to the homes of the villagers and eliminate the need to walk and take turns at the water source for bathing and washing of clothes. All members of the hamlet, approximately 750 men, women and children will directly benefit from the project. This Global Grant project has a District DDF contribution of $11330 USD and a total budget of $36805USD.
PROJECT – WATER FILTRATION SYSTEM SCHOOLS IN LEBANON
Awardee: John Gray – South Bunbury Rotary Club
The project objective is to install water filtration systems in 17
schools in Lebanon that lack clean water, and whose current water
installations are old and rusted, which constitutes a health hazard
for the school children. The main beneficiaries are the school
children at the schools as well as faculty members and staff. Clean
water is essential to protect the children from many diseases
such as diarrhea, eye and skin problems, affecting children’s
growth and education. We believe that every children, rich or
poor, should have access to clean water. This will be beneficial to
the community at large, since this will reduce absenteeism and
sicknesses, as well as improve the learning ability of the students,
and reduce the medical bill on the community. This Global grant project has a District DDF contribution of $10000USD and a total budget of $44220 USD.
PROJECT – WATER PROJECT TIMOR LESTE 4 VILLAGES OF LAGA NUNIRO SALARI AND RUBILA
Awardee: Max Bird – Kwinana Rotary Club
The project will provide potable water supply to four Timor-Leste communities. The project will involve four villages of approximately 400 families per village (minimum of four persons per family) gives an estimated direct benefit to six thousand five hundred persons. The villages are Laga;Nuniro; Salari; Rubila. The inhabitants will be responsible for the maintenance of the project once it is completed
This Global Grant Project has a District DDF contribution of $10000 USD and a total budget of $39048 USD.
PROJECT – BASIC EDUCATION AND LITERACY
Awardee: Bob Phipps – Kenwick Rotary Club
To purchase reading books for years 1 , 2 and 3 primary students in Indonesia. Bob and his wife Kay have visited at their own expense the schools for which the books were purchased .Research by the Rotary Club of Bali Lovina indicated the need for appropriate books to assist students to learn to read Indonesian. After a trial three years ago the club is now committed to supplying these age appropriate resources to schools in the northern Bali area.
This District Grant project has a District DDF contribution of $4000 USD.
PROJECT – MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH
Awardee: Barry Mendaliwitz – Applecross Rotary Club
To create and fit out a new birthing room at the Clinic Cafe in Letefoho, Timore Leste. This District Grant project has a District DDF contribution of $4200 USD