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Swim for Bruce Rock Kids on 25 March.

Swim for Bruce Rock Kids

The 2017 Swim for Bruce Rock Kids is on Saturday 25 March 2017, with registration commencing at 4pm.

We’re holding our third annual Swim for Bruce Rock Kids at the Bruce Rock Aquatic Centre on 25 March 2017, with registrations from 4pm on. This year’s event promises to be the biggest and best yet! And you’re invited!

Entry is FREE!

The Swim is a community event that will raise funds for two important reading incentive programs supporting vital literacy development for pre-primary and year 1 students at Bruce Rock District High School.  The Reading Rabbits and Reading for Life programs commenced in 2016 and Principal Fiona reports a significant increase in reading nights over the previous year.

You can support these important reading incentive programs by:

1. Obtaining sponsorship from friends & family and taking part in the Swim (it’s open to everyone); or
2. Sponsoring a swimmer; or
3. Making a donation to the reading incentive programs.

If you’re interested in supporting literacy development for Bruce Rock kids and would like to join a fun community event, this is for you. Entry is FREE! We’ll also offer a sausage sizzle at nominal cost to keep those hunger pangs at bay, so dinner is taken care of too!.

If you would like to know more, please contact:

President Alison Lockwood – 0432 129 658
Swim coordinator Kero O’Shea – 0408 802 490

We look forward to swimming with you for the kids on 25 March.

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

Margaret Mendelawitz receives her Family and Community Service Award from DG Erwin Biemel

Family & Community Service Award to Margaret Mendelawitz.


The District 9465 recipients of this prestigious award for 2013-14 are:

This award recognizes individuals or organizations for outstanding
service to families and communities, as well as Rotarian family
members who make positive contributions to a Rotary club.

Awardee: Betty White – Kwinana Rotary Club

Mrs Betty White has provided extensive support to Rotary since
her husband, Matthew White, joined the Rotary Club of Kwinana in December 1992.

Outstanding areas of service given by Betty throughout the years include the following:

  • For over eight years (2005-2013) Betty was involved almost every week in working within a team at Rotary fundraising barbeques on Saturdays.
  • When the Club Barbeque Project Manager was away for approximately two months during 2010,  Betty performed the role of Acting Barbeque Manager.
  • For over 10 years Betty has been a member of the Christmas Day Lolly Run team which has driven aroundthe streets of Kwinana on Christmas morning distributing bags of lollies to children living in the community.
  • Betty also assists each year with preparations for the Anzac Day and Australia Day Breakfasts serving food during the event, and cleaning up after the event.

Over the years Betty has also frequently made her home available for club social functions.  On occasion Betty has also looked after the young children of a female club member so that the latter could attend various Rotary functions.

Awardee: Margaret Mansfield – Mill Point Rotary Club

Since moving to the South Perth Community in 2010 Margaret has volunteered at the South Perth Senior Citizen’s Centre, sitting on it’s social committee and is active in seeking donations for the Annual Gopher Muster, the Christmas Concert and the regular tea dances. The South Perth Senior Citizens Centre Manager describes Margaret as someone who is “always willing” and can be relied upon when asked at the last minute to help out.

As a Rotarian Partner Margaret is involved in everything that happens, and is never shy to help out and volunteer extra time. This year in particular Margaret has gone above and beyond, supporting husband John with the volunteer training prior to Ramble, and ensuring bellies were never hungry. She followed this up with a full day of volunteering on the day of the Ramble, roping in friends to help too.

Margaret was also the BBQ queen feeding the hungry hoards of tree planting volunteers as part of the Men of the Trees Tree planting project in Beverley.

Margaret and John also attended the Perenjori wildflower weekend 360 km North of Perth assisting to ensure catering was well provided.

Margaret embraced the theme of changeover dinner, actively
participated in the Club Visioning day, and volunteered her time
as a car park attendant with the Waterford Weekend.

Margaret participates in the Mill Point ladies dinners, has attended
our Hotham Valley train trip, and the annual ‘Guess who is coming
to Dinner’.

With a warm smile and sparkling eyes, Margaret Mansfield is an
asset to the Mill Point Rotary club.

Awardee:  Margaret Mendelawitz –  Applecross Rotary Club

Margaret was brought up in South Perth and attended Applecross Senior High school beginning in their inaugural year. She trained to become a Nurse at Fremantle Hospital and King Edward Memorial Hospital where she met her future husband Barry.

She established the  “Meet a Mum” Association in Perth which was created to try and help thousands of mothers who feel out of their depth, depressed or a little isolated when their babies are born. With a neighbour she produced a directory of parent support services for 10 years.

Margaret is also Involved in parent education classes and is Involved with P&C Applecross Primary school while all sons attended.

Margaret Mendelawitz is a graduate in history and anthropology from the University of Western Australia.   She has had a lifelong interest in Australian social history stimulated largely through her being a descendant of pioneering families who settled in Western Australia in 1829-30, and Victoria in the 1850s.

Margaret is the editor of a five book series Charles Dickens’ Australia. Selected Essays from Household Words 1850-1859 comprising volumes titled:

  • Convict Stories;
  • Immigration;
  • Frontier Stories;
  • Mining and Gold; and
  • Maritime Conditions.

Margaret has been a volunteer mediator for the Citizens Advice Bureau Perth and Gosnells Legal Service since 2003. She is a Accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner.

Margaret was actively involved in establishing the Bakhita Community Centre in Eraulo East Timor.  She is a founding Mother of the City of Melville Friends of Hatolia and has been a management committee member since inception in 2005.

Melville Friends have been involved in helping build a Senior Secondary high school with dormitory in Hatolia and paying teachers’ salaries as well as providing resources and school furniture and in providing funding and building toilets in primary schools.

Pushpa Pushpalingam receives the D9465 Rotarian of the Year Award from DG Erwin Biemel

Pushpa – Our Rotarian of the Year!

Awardee:  Pushpa Pushpalingam – Cannington Rotary Club

PDG Pushpa Pushpalingam was appointed with the approval of
the Board to the role of District Foundation Chair  (DFC) for a three year appointment from 2013-14 to 2015-16.

As incoming DFC,  Pushpa was instrumental in the roll-out of the
new foundation grants model formerly called “Future Vision”.

It fell to the District to design organize and run a qualification and
training session in November 2012 in preparation for the launch
of Future Vision. In addition sessions were organized for PETS and Assemblies to further train incoming Presidents and directors on how the new system will work.

Pushpa also attended training in San Diego in January 2013 incidentally after he ran the District Training for Future Vision.

Pushpa has worked closely with our Grants Chair Hugh Langridge in implementing the District Grants process and in calling for and reviewing submissions for grants. He has also worked closely with Clubs on Global Grant applications making countless phone calls at all hours to RI in Evanston to seek clarifications and sort out issues on applications for Grants.

The Global Grants system being in its first year of a full Global roll-out has presented many challenges as we have become
more familiar with the rules and requirements of this new system.

Pushpa was also tasked by the DG with the implementation of a $210,000 USD Global Grant to establish a Friends Cafe in Ethiopia . This project is a first of its kind in Africa with the aim of training orphans and disadvantaged youth in hospitality and to place them in employment in the rapidly expanding tourist industry.

The project is modelled upon the Friends International Restaurant model which is run very successfully in Cambodia and Asia currently. Friends International will provide the training module design and overview of the program . Hope for Children which runs two schools for disadvantaged youth in Ethiopia will run the new Cafe in that country. To make this Global Grant a reality PDG Pushpa pulled out all stops to gain the cooperation of 28 clubs and districts worldwide to raise the funds required . The project is currently expected to receive final approval from RI prior to changeover.

This year the District has received more matched funds in dollar amounts that funds contributed due entirely to the efforts of PDG Pushpa and the clubs of this district.

PDG Pushpa is a tireless worker for Rotary and a deserving recipient of this award.

Marilyn Hopkins

Marilyn Hopkins – Worthy Recipient of the RI Vocational Service Leadership Award


The award citation reads:

The Vocational Service Leadership Award recognizes Rotarians who have made a significant impact in advancing vocational service.

An individual may receive this award only once.

Candidates must have exhibited significant support of vocational service by fulfilling each of the following criteria:

• Exemplifying integrity and high ethical standards in their vocation and in Rotary
• Using their vocational talents to serve the community.

Personally undertaking at least one of the following:
1. Mentoring a young person to help that person succeed in vocational pursuits
2. Organizing a vocational service discussion or group workshop to inspire others to take action
3. Teaching other club members about their vocation by participating in a classification talk
4. Participating in a business networking event that introduces non-Rotarians to the principles of vocational service
5. Implementing an activity to celebrate Vocational Service Month in October
6. Participating in another vocational service project that meets local needs

Awardee:  Marilyn Hopkins – Margaret River Rotary Club

The Rotary Club of Margaret River has provided funding for a program aimed at encouraging year one students to use their local public library called reading rabbits.

All year one students in the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River are given a Reading Rabbits pack that includes general library information, colouring in and a special reading rewards card. Every time the student borrows a book from the library they will be given a stamp on their card.

After ten visits to the Library by one of the students prizes such as stationery, stickers and book vouchers available from the Margaret River Bookshop are awarded as incentives to encourage reading.

Reading Rabbits is sponsored by Rotary Club of Margaret River, The Margaret River Bookshop and Scholastic Australia.

Marilyn Hopkins was instrumental in setting up this program together with the Shire Librarian as a Vocational Program of the Margaret River Rotary Club. The success of the program is self evident.

Marilyn as a lawyer has used her skills for social causes and is a long standing member of Rotary.

Marilyn is a most worthy recipient of Vocational Service Leadership Award and the first recipient of this award in D9465.  She will join a distinguished list of previous recipients on the Rotary International register of awardees.