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Unassuming local hero named the
2021 John Curtin Medallist
A devoted philanthropist, volunteer and Rotarian who has changed the lives of children across the globe has been awarded the 2021 John Curtin Medal.
For more than 30 years, Ron Geary has served his community by donating his time, care and personal funds to support fellow Australians and people in need all over the world.
Through his voluntary work with Rotary, Mr Geary has raised money, volunteered and coordinated international efforts including polio vaccination clinics in India, plastic and reconstructive services in Fiji, education and training programs for teachers in Northern Laos, and supported the Rotary peace scholarship program.
Curtin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne congratulated Mr Geary on his well-deserved recognition following decades dedicated to community service.
“Ron’s community service has been consistent, significant and enduring,” Professor Hayne said.
“Over three decades, Ron has quietly given his time to helping children and important causes all over the globe without fanfare. I am delighted to be able to acknowledge his meaningful contribution by awarding him the John Curtin Medal, in recognition of his alignment to the former Prime Minister’s compassion for all and commitment to community service.”
Mr Geary said he was “very humbled” by the recognition and thanked his wife, Glenys, for her unwavering support, and Curtin University for the tremendous honour.
He shared an anecdote that drove him to help others after visiting India for a polio vaccination clinic where he met a young mother and her baby boy who was suffering from paralysis caused by polio.
“All you saw virtually were big, brown eyes. I gave him the drops, she wrapped the child up and… I went out the back and shed a tear, or three,” Mr Geary said.
“That’s why I got very heavily involved in Rotary and I swore that this is what we were going to do – we were going to make sure we ended polio and it’s our promise to the children of the world to end polio. We are this close, very, very close.”
The John Curtin Medal is named after the Right Honourable John Curtin, the Prime Minister of Australia from 1941 to 1945, who is recognised as one of Australia’s greatest statesmen.
It is awarded annually by the University to recognise individuals or organisations displaying the attributes associated with him – vision, leadership and a commitment to community service.
Congratulations Ron.
Rotary Club of Northbridge is delighted to be working with Zonta Northern Suburbs Club in this assembly of birthing kits to be sent to communities in developing countries to enable better hygiene during childbirth, thus reducing the risk of disease and fatalities.____________________
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2022 Rotary-Peace Corps Week:
Peacebuilding on the Ground 
By Partnering for Peace, a group of Rotary members and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers 
The service partnership between Rotary International and The Peace Corps is the focus of the second annual Rotary-Peace Corps Week taking place 19-23 September 2022. Partnering for Peace (PFP), a group of Rotary members and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, is hosting the week-long virtual celebration. The Rotary community is invited to join and learn about how the partnership can support your peacebuilding and service projects.  
The year’s theme is Peacebuilding on the Ground and will start on Monday, 19 September at 10.00 CDT with a panel webinar including: 
  • Keevon Baten, Chief Financial Officer of Open Doors Asheville, founding Rotaract Club President and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer; 
  • Charles Dambach, President Emeritus of the National Peace Corps Association, Former President of the Alliance for Peacebuilding, 2017 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, 2017 Institute for Economics and Peace Leadership and Service for Peace Award Recipient; 
  • Peter Kyle, 2020-22 Rotary International Director, active peace builder and former chair of the Rotary Peace Center Committee;
  • Ana Patel, U.S. Representative for Frontline Defenders, Rotary Peace Fellow, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Rotary Representative to UN Women. 
The week’s other events include: 
29 Sept, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
PICA Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, 51 James St, Perth WA 6000, Australia
This course teaches participants how to assist people experiencing mental health problems
& aims to reduce the stigma of mental illnesses
The Standard Mental Health First Aid Course is a 12 hour course delivered over two (2) days.
Saturday 10 September 2022- 0900am - 3:00pm
Saturday 24 Sepember 2022 - 0900am - 3.00pm
Tea and coffee will be provided.
BYO lunch - kitchen onsite/Food van at lunch
This free training is funded by WAPHA in conjuction with Alliance Against Depression framework.
Click here to register
Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Kalamunda
A great way to connect to schools in your area. Also, at no cost to you and
a good income through your club!
For many years district 9810 in Victoria has been running “Wheelchairs for Kids” wheelathons with a donated furniture trailer and 20 wheelchairs. Incomes for the day ranging from $2,000 to a top of $16,000. Wheelchairs for Kids commenced this project in the Perth area last year, once again with a donated furniture trailer (by Coates Hire). 
All you have to do, is arrange with your school, the kids then ask the parents to donate per circuit or just donate into the school account. 
 We will turn up with the trailer and it’s up to you how you participate. One club also ran a sausage sizzle. Schools come back year after year.
See us on the website link WFKs website or go straight to a wheelathon video wheelathon video
For more information check with Gordon Hudson ghudson@wheelchairsforkids .org 0412111419 
or make a booking with volunteer John Jeffery 4120111419 johnjeffery038@gmail.com
Click here  for the nomination pack
Following on from our very enjoyable Golf Day last year,
Rotary Matilda Bay invite you to join us at Mount Lawley Golf Club.
The fee includes golf for four, plus dinner and drinks for eight with an inspiring guest speaker.
A great event for corporates who want to entertain clients or
have some fun with staff and partners.