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.