The Rotary Club of Attadale's very own 'Batman', Past President Colin McCulloch has recently completed the allocation and distribution of the one hundred subsidized microbat roosting boxes to the residents of the City of Melville, with just a few allocated boxes awaiting collection. Boxes are now being presented to schools and Booragoon Primary School has recently been given two and Colin and Gail McCulloch attended the Palmyra Primary School last Friday and presented them with two boxes. The incredible microbats will be really enjoying this coming summer as will the residents of the City of Melville who will be able to enjoy the outdoors more with a greatly reduced number of mosquitoes in the area. Colin is pictured after presenting a Bat Box to a Palmyra Primary School student.
Members and partners of The Rotary Club of Attadale were welcomed by President Ian Pittaway to a very different meeting on Monday August 13. It was held at St Catherine's College, The University of Western Australia. After a really delicious meal was served, the Chairman and organiser of the evening Rodney Rate was delighted to proudly introduce his long time friend Fiona Crowe, who he met when his wife Yvonne Rate was Head of St Catherine's College from 1993 to 2003 and Fiona was Dean of Students.
Fiona has been Head of College since 2004. Fiona gave us a very informative talk about the College over the years. She also took us all on a interesting tour of the College and we were all impressed with the very high standard of student accommodation and were surprised to learn that they let out rooms and apartments to the public. We were also privileged to hear two students speak about its flagship innovation program, Bloom. (Bloom.org.au), where students of the College and young people from across all five universities and outside of tertiary education are encouraged to embrace thinking about their future in a different way. Bloom runs workshops, seminars and social events aimed at supporting young people to start something - to take an idea, prototype or business along the entrepreneurial journey of learning, failure, more learning and success in its many forms. Over 50 young entrepreneurs work from Bloom and thousands of students participate in seminars and workshops.
St Catherine's also runs a dedicated indigenous access program, Dandjoo Darbalung, that has a proven track record in improving the retention rate and educational outcomes of indigenous students undertaking higher education.
It was a fantastic night with time as well for great fellowship.
Pictured are some of the people who enjoyed the evening.
Neil McKay receiving his Birthday muffin from President Ian, Carole Maxwell& David, President Ian and Jacquie Pittaway, Giovanna and Neil McKay, Rod with Rachel & Simon Rate, Gill & Robin Hamilton, Mal & Elaine Bennettand Head of St Catherine's College Fiona Crowe is pictured with Rodney Rate to edit.
July 30 meeting
Rotary Club of Attadale President Ian Pittaway welcomed the Guest Speaker Carol Shannon and guest George Carter to the meeting at Tompkins on Swan on Monday night July 30 and had great delight in presenting the Chairman for the evening George Lewkowski with a candlelit birthday cupcake.
Carol Shannon is the Chief Executive Officer of Leeuwin Foundation which is a trusted not-for-profit organisation based in Fremantle. Since 1986 they have welcomed more than 40,000 young people onboard the STS Leeuwin 11.The Leeuwin Foundation is funded through a combination of grants, corporate sponsorships and donations by organisations and the general public. Rotary clubs across Western Australia have been extraordinary sponsors over the years, regularly topping up people's voyage fares. Their primary program is the Youth Explorer Voyages, a week-long opportunity designed for young people aged from 14 to 25 (although older participants with a sense of adventure can also apply) to sharpen their work-ready skills and enhance skills in communication, leadership and collaboration.
Participants are inspired and given opportunities to try completely new things. They are not taught to sail-- the aim is giving and receiving instructions, listening, taking challenges, accountability and responsibility. They do, however, make sure everyone understands how ships work - safety instructions, emergency drills, ship hierarchy, watching out for their mates, and that it's okay to feel sick. Learning to step out of their comfort zone and work together gives them a sense of achievement. Next year, their Future Connect voyage will have 20 Western Australians from a refugee background and 20 Western Australian youth raised in WA to come together through adventure, exploration and discovery that will encourage greater community connections and understanding. There are so many challenges facing young people these days and giving them opportunities to build confidence, courage, resilience personal development and leadership will provide key life skills that they will take into their studies, careers and community.
Thank you Carol for enlightening all present to the wonderful work done by the Leeuwin Foundation. Very inspirational.
"An investment in the youth's future is an investment in our future".