Monthly Archives: February 2020

One Banner to Rule Them All?

Our number 1 banner promoting literacy development

Supporting Reading via Reading Rabbits

Our Number One Banner

One banner to rule them all? Maybe not, but our number one banner – promoting literacy development – has pride of place in our visual storytelling.

Our most important banner was born in 2016. Crucially, that banner addresses two themes that are vital to what we do in Bruce Rock, Narembeen and Quairading:

  • Firstly, the core theme is obvious. We made literacy improvement our prime aim in 2015, knowing that it wasy not going to be easy . Lots of research points to the ongoing challenges of literacy and how a literacy deficit adversely impacts people. We wanted a better future for all kids, so we took on what is now our Rotary Love of Reading program with the help of our wonderful partner schools.  Together we will make a difference.
  • Secondly, the banner depicts another theme that we also value highly: our sponsorship from Bruce Rock Shire.  The Shire has helped us progress the Rotary Love of Reading program in very important ways. Crucially, the Shire enables our use of the facilities at the Bruce Rock Aquatic Centre for the annual Rotary Wheatbelt Swim for Reading.  Additionally, the Shire sponsors our Rotary Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) a development seminar for 14 to 17 year olds.  We offer RYPEN to those students who take part in the Swim and raise funds for their schools.

Have You Spoken with Alison?

Importantly, our number one banner also depicts our 2020-21 president-elect Alison in the kids’ library.  Alison arranged the first Rotary swim in 2014, soon after she arrived in Bruce Rock. Alison, a keen supporter of our reading and youth development programs, still lives in Bruce Rock and still plays a crucial role in the annual Rotary Swim for Reading.

If you live in Bruce Rock and would like to know more about our reading and other programs, look Alison up. She’s always ready to help and keen to talk about what we have to offer.

Kero O’Shea
Rotary E-Club of Western Australia Inc. (“E-WA”)

Our Banners Tell Stories

the banner we use to promote the RYPEN youth development program

RYPEN – our life-changing leadership and personal development program for young people aged 14-17..

Our 2020 Banner to promote the Rotary Wheatbelt Swim for Reading Swim Banner 2020 final

The Rotary Wheatbelt Swim for Reading adds value in lots of different ways.

Every Banner Tells a Story

Our Banners tell stories.  Consequently, we’ve invested in several banners over the years, to share the stories of the Rotary causes and projects that we love.

This year, we’re preparing for our first (leap) birthday party and 6th Swim for Reading, so we’ve acquired new banners to reflect our passion for what we do.

  • Firstly, we needed a new flag for our Rotary Wheatbelt Swim for Reading. We started with a new banner for the first Swim for Bruce Rock Kids in 2015. Then we renamed the event when Narembeen and Quairading entered in 2017. We took care of lots of other things, but put off buying new livery. This year we decided it’s time for a new flag!
  • Secondly, we want to promote the popular Rotary Youth Program known as RYPEN (Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment). RYPEN is a life-changing personal and leadership development camp for young people aged 14-17. RYPEN is on offer to all the young people who take part in the Swim and fundraise.  It’s a core element of our conversation with the young people and the community about the Rotary Love of Reading program.

Swim Banner Busts Myths

Importantly, the banner for the Rotary Swim for Reading busts a few myths.   Why hold a swim to encourage reading? Here are four good reasons:

  • Firstly, the Swim raises funds for reading programs in schools, so it’s about tangible results.
  • Secondly, the Swim highlights the vital link between healthy body (swimming) and healthy mind (reading).
  • Thirdly, the Swim encourages good citizenship by asking kids to work for their schools.
  • Lastly, the Swim develops young leaders through RYPEN, the reward for those who respond to the call.

So please, take a moment to look at our banners and reflect on the stories they tell.

Kero O’Shea
Swim Director 2020
Rotary E-Club of Western Australia Inc. (‘E-WA”)

The Rotary Wheatbelt Swim for Reading Needs You!

The Rotary Wheatbelt Swim for Reading Needs You - image shows a couple of kids sitting on a bean bag readingThe Rotary Wheatbelt Swim for Reading needs you!

The Swim is on at the Bruce Rock Aquatic Centre on Saturday 22 February 2020, starting at 1pm.

The formula for the Swim is pretty simple.

Firstly, the Swim supports three schools:

Secondly,  we promote a love of reading and raise money for reading in local schools via the Swim.  Importantly, we ensure that all funds donated go to the nominated school(s). There is no overhead deduction. We’re all volunteers.

Thirdly, we recognize the efforts of young people who fundraise for their local school and participate in the swim. We value the efforts of these young leaders. Those who fundraise and participate will be in the running for a Rotary youth development program for 14-17 year olds. We’ve nominated more than 20 teenagers for the youth program since 2017.  In 2020, we’re planning to send lots of youngsters on the program.

Want to raise funds for your school’s reading programs? You can!
It’s easy as 1-2-3:

  1. use the accompanying Sponsorship Form  to collect sponsors or go to to contribute online. The online option is brilliant! It enables friends and family anywhere to sponsor swimmers
  2. register for the swim (see attached form) – Rotary Wheatbelt Swim for Reading)
  3. participate in the fun on 22 February at Bruce Rock pool.

Questions? Email us at [email protected] or have a chat with our Bruce Rock-based president-elect Alison Lockwood.

Let’s back our schools at the Swim!  Don’t leave it to others – the Rotary Wheatbelt Swim for Reading needs you!

Kero O’Shea
Swim Director
Rotary E-Club of Western Australia inc. (“E-WA”)