At the meeting of the Rotary Club of Attadale on September 10 President Ian Pittaway was delighted to welcome Club member James Doogue as the Guest Speaker for the evening and to welcome James' wife Shelly and sons Jacob and Jordan and friend Alice Walsh as well as guests Anne Lewkowski and Graeme Wishart. He was also pleased to welcome back Patricia Robertson who had returned from her Overseas holiday and to present Gillian Baker with her 'Birthday Cup-Cake'.
James spoke to the meeting about his wonderful 'Adventures in the Middle East'. He visited a number of different countries in the area and had a range of amazing experiences. He flew over a huge refugee camp and said that Jordan receives hundreds of millions of dollars from the United Nations to house the refugees they take in. The camps are often near cities so that the refugees can try and find work. He saw many wind turbine farms in his travels and about 40% of the turbines were broken. They are very hard to maintain. In contrast to the modern inventions he was surrounded by Bedouins that live in tents and have goats and camels.
James visited Petra, the famous archaeological site in Jordan's southwestern desert. It is a vast, unique, carved city that is accessed via a narrow canyon called Al Siq and it contains tombs and temples carved into pink sandstone cliffs, earning its nickname, 'the Rose City'. Its most famous structure is 45m high 'Al Khazneh', a temple with an ornate, Greek-style facade and known as The Treasury.
WHAT A FUN NIGHT it was on Monday September 3 when the Rotary Club of Attadale President Ian Pittaway had great delight in welcoming the Rotary District 9465 Governor Robyn Yates and the Assistant Governor Lesley Coombs to the meetiung along with many partners and Guest Monika Kaur.
DG Robyn told members that Rotary International is always there to support Rotary Clubs. Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbours, friends, leaders and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and act to create lasting change - across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves. . From literacy and peace to water and health, we are always working to better our world and we stay committed to the end. Rotary is made up of three parts: our clubs, Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation. Together, we work to make lasting change in our communities and around the world.
Robyn also shared with everyone a little about her life growing up. She saw her parents always helping others in need and from a young age Robyn learnt about giving without expecting anything in return. She learnt that the smallest act of kindness can change someone's day for the better. Joining Rotary has allowed her to continue to help others in need. Robyn congratulated the Attadale club on the interesting, unique projects and initiatives that are being undertaken. Robyn also spoke about the Conference that will be held in the lovely town of Collie in March next year. We can't wait!
After all the formalities were over Greg James (acting as a Ringmaster for the night) in true theatrical style gave a great introduction to a Magic challenge between MARTIN THE MAGICIAN and COLIN THE CONJURER. Greg's costuming and introduction were superb.
Martin needed the assistance of District Governor Robyn and Assistant Governor Lesley Coombs along with Rotarian Betty Bright and of course a 'bit of string'.
Then Colin, looking the part in his magician's cape had the DG sign a coin which he placed under the cup on the table. Of course with the help of some magic words and a wave of his wand the coin moved back and forwards. Members had to then vote for the most impressive act by placing a coin in a specially constructed voting box. Everyone enjoyed the fantastic showmanship, wit, humour and enormous talent of these members. It was good to see so many laughing and crying at the same time and the magical acts will be remembered and talked about for a long time. All the coins had slid down one end of the voting box, so depending which way the box was held, it was never proved which of the magicians actually won.
A BIG THANK YOU to Martin Houchin & Colin McCulloch.
Pictured is President Ian Pittaway with District 9465 Governor Robyn Yates with the Rotary Balloons, Also pictured is Past President Colin McCulloch and DG Robyn Yates on presentation of an Honorary Membership to a very thrilled Jacquie Pittaway. Robyn is also pictured with Rotary members Rodney Rate, Gail McCulloch & Colin McCulloch with her beautifully presented Shoebox for the Club's Love in a Shoebox project. Entertainment Ringmaster Greg James looking very dapper, Martin the Magician and Colin the Conjurer and the winner's coin box.
Giovanna McKay is a committee member of Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC) and was very pleased to introduce Wilma McBain as Guest Speaker at the Rotary Club of Attadale meeting at Tompkins on Swan on Monday August 27.
Wilma trained as a nurse at Royal Perth Hospital and in 1988 she started work at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children as the coordinator of the Cleft Lip and Palate Unit, the only one of its kind in WA. She became the overall coordinator of the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Unit in 1993 and in 2006 she became the Secretary of the Australasian Cleft Lip and Palate Association. In 2008 Wilma was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for service to the community through the care and support of children requiring craniofacial plastic and reconstructive surgery.
ROMAC commenced in March 1988 out of the actions of an Australian Rotarian who,with a group of surgeons, visited Lambasa in Fiji. They found the child mortality rate as high as 25% in some places and quickly identified that lack of medical and surgical facilities and skills for children of the island nations in Oceania, was a major cause. During the next four years, eight children were brought to Australia for major, often lifesaving, surgery. Soon 20 Australian Rotary Clubs were caught up in the success of each case and assisted in various ways. ROMAC established five regions representing clubs in the west, east, south, north and centre of the country. A New Zealand region was formally established in 2004. First and foremost ROMAC is quite a rare not-for-profit humanitarian organisation being run entirely with volunteers - no paid staff, no leased offices and the small expenses are recovered from investments.
Rotarians volunteer their time and expertise to run this Rotary program that encompasses all the Districts of Australia and New Zealand, assisted by many eminent surgeons, who generously donate their time for the treatment of the patients. They need more financial assistance. To help, Rotarians and Rotary Clubs can:-
Thank you to Wilma McBain for sharing the wonderful work done by all those involved in (ROMAC) - ROTARY OCEANIA MEDICAL AID FOR CHILDREN.
Pictured is the Attadale Rotary President Ian Pittaway with Wilma McBain and Giovanna McKay.