In 2014 Tracy became a published author, telling her family's story in "Small Bamboo". Since 2016 Tracy has hosted Today Perth News, with regular local updates from 7am to 8.30am live from Perth.
Attadale Rotary Club Acting President Carole Maxwell and Members will welcome any visitors who would like to come along and hear a lot more about Tracy's story and also about her published book.
Meeting details are as follows:-
Venue: - Tompkins on Swan (come and see the view from there)
Time: 6pm for Fellowship and Meeting commences at 6.30pm and concludes around 8pm for more fellowship and
Cost: $26 with a meal (1 course and tea/coffee/bikkies)
Please mention when booking if you have any dietary requirements or if preferring the 'no meal' option at $7.
Drinks are available at club prices.
Bookings - Please contact Greg James (Attendance) by 10am on Monday 4th September on email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on his mobile 0427 020 682.
Rotarian Bev Moffatt had great pleasure in introducing the Guest Speaker Nicholas Duncan of SAVE African Rhino Foundation to the members and friends of the Rotary Club of Attadale last Monday evening. From 1968 To 1971 Nicholas was a Geography teacher at Sheffield in the UK. Between 1971 to 1973 he hitched Africa and Asia and in late 1973 he arrived in Perth. Between 1974 to 2001 Nicholas was the owner of a small direct sales company. In 1987 he read an article saying that Africa's black rhino numbers had decreased from 65,000 in 1972 down to only 3,500 in 1987, a 96% decrease! At the time Nicholas had a massive love of animals and was open to new challenges. Three days later he became co founder of SAVE African Rhino Foundation and has proudly been its President for the last 28 years.
As President of the Foundation Nicholas has orchestrated the raising and donations of over $8Million of equipment, kit and vital supplies into the field to Rhino Conservation. He shared with us his story of about 30 years campaigning to raise funds for rhino conservation initiatives in Zimbabwe.
During this time Nicholas has seen the black rhino numbers increase from 3,500 in 1987 to 5,100 in 2017 to which SAVE African Rhino Foundation has played a large contribution.
Funds are raised in four main ways: memberships, donations, safaris and an annual dinner/auction. The reason for keeping on going for all these years is the clear objective of preserving and conserving a species that has been around for more than 40 million years and hence, can't be allowed to disappear in the future. Nicholas explained the changes needed if poaching is to decrease and the ridiculously high prices paid for rhino horn. At the other end of the overall picture is the need for horn demand reduction campaigns in Vietnam and China.
Nicholas showed us lovely pictures of the rhino but also ones of poached and mutilated rhino laying on the banks of a river at Kruger National Park. More information is available on their website or follow on FB and for a small cost become a member and receive regular newsletters. Nicholas' presentation was extremely interesting, informative and passionate.
At the Rotary Club of Attadale meeting last Monday evening, 14August, the Guest Speaker was Dr Ameer Ali whose presentation was named "The Long Road to Islamic Radicalisation".
Dr Ali gave a historical journey from the origins of Islam to where we are today. From his presentation Dr Ali demonstrated his broad historical knowledge of Islam throughout the ages. He also explained that originally there were several Korans written many years after the Prophet's death. It was some years later that a leading Imam decided that just the one Koran was required and the others were destroyed. Dr Ali also said most Muslims were peace loving. This was one of those presentations that asked questions, and left the audience with much to ponder over.
It was a challenging presentation but rewarding to those in attendance.
What a breath of fresh air we had at the Attadale Rotary Club on Monday night with the informative and 'hands on' presentation by the Guest Speaker Emma McLerie.
"Wildlife Rehabilitation fills a place in my heart that I never knew was empty".........Emma's own words and Ethos.
Emma is a young lady who through health issues out of her control wasn't able to continue her love of sport and go on to develop a business career. After volunteering with a wildlife organisation and with further training she followed a lifelong interest in our native wildlife. Emma took us through her various rescue missions (with the help of her partner Tom who has proven to be her worthy assistant).
Some members of the audience were looking warily at a covered cage and one member was heard to say "I hope there aren't any snakes in there." Fortunately for us Emma and Tom brought along their two pet Bobtails who proved to be a great attraction on the night. We also learnt that these little bobtails have their own distinct personalities, very cute and friendly.
A very poignant part of Emma's talk was how most people don't like or appreciate our native ravens, who are protected species here in WA. A raven lay injured on the side of a busy road in Kewdale and had lain there for most of a cold winter's day without any of the hundreds of motorists bothering to stop and check on the bird. Emma eventually got the call and went to rescue it. It was beyond rehabilitation, so Emma took it to Murdoch Veterinary for it to be caringly euthanised. At that stage those present felt her empathy with our native fauna. Emma also gave a lesson in how to look for a joey in the pouch of any dead kangaroos we might come across in our travels and how to look after them on the way to a rescue organisation. A couple of certain Rotarians in Kalgoorlie can be very proud of what Emma is doing voluntarily in saving our local fauna.
As Emma is a volunteer she has had to now limit herself to rescuing reptiles, with personal costs being a factor.
We all know there are many dynamic young people in our communities and it was just wonderful to be reminded of
it by hearing Emma's presentation.
Thank you Emma....and Tom of course.