Submissions for the Weekly Update must be
received by 12 noon the day before publication or they may not be included.
Please provide flyers in jpeg or png format
 
Email address for submissions: secretary@rotarywa9455.org
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ESRAG Oceania - Rotary Carbon Calculator
Garry Fowler has been working with a team for 18 months to create an effective and practical club carbon calculator which Rotary clubs can use to identify and quantify the carbon emissions generated by their club meetings and events.  By identifying the emissions, they can then make decisions on carbon credits, tree planting opportunities and other measures to reduce their impact on the environment.
 
First developed by Dr Roger Blakeley and his team at Rotary Wellington New Zealand, Roger worked to have their club certified as a Carbon Zero organisation with a certificate from Steve Dixon of Toitū Envirocare.   
 
To offset the carbon emissions for 2018-19, the Club purchased 8 tonnes of carbon credits from Puhi Peaks Station, Kaikoura in the South Island of New Zealand, at a cost of $34.10 per tonne.. These are "gold standard" carbon credits for growing native forest with biodiversity add-on benefits of protecting endangered native birds.
 
By encouraging all clubs to consider their carbon impact and to purchase carbon credits from reputable organisations, Rotarians are walking the walk in their environmental impact.
Book here
 
 
How to turn $1 into $4 
 
Royal Flying Doctors Service fundraising partnership with the Rotary Club of West Perth and the RCWP Trust
 
Dear Rotarians and Supporters,
 
The Rotary Club of West Perth and the RCWP Trust have been appointed an “RFDS Champion” with Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) to support RFDS Flying Doctor Day appeal on 17th May 2022.
 Flying Doctor Day celebrates the anniversary of the first RFDS flight 94 years ago on the 17 May 1928.
 
From 1st to the 16th May your tax-deductible donations to the Royal Flying Doctor Service made through the RCWP Trust Account will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000.  The RCWP Trust will donate the total contribution to the RFDS Flying Doctor Day Appeal.
 
Donations made to this appeal will be similarly matched dollar-for-dollar by RFDS Matched Giving Partners (Rio Tinto, CBH Group, IGO Ltd and Byrnecut Group) further doubling the contribution!
 
We are working together to turn $1 into $4
 
Please donate today! 
Your donation will go towards purchasing essential equipment required to fit out a PC12 Aircraft.
Donations are to be made to the RCWP Trust
BSB:                036011
Account #:       405139
Please include the following reference: [Your Surname RFDS]
 
A receipt for your tax-deductible donation will be issued by the RCWP Trust as part of this appeal.  
Please provide the following contact details to our secretary:
your email or postal address via secretaryrotarywestperth@gmail.com to ensure you receive your receipt.
 
For further information contact
Geoffrey Hick 0438 946 927 or Peter Blockley  0419 900 942
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Announcing Stan Grant as
Reconciliation WA's
National Reconciliation Week 2022 keynote speaker!
 
Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi man Stan Grant is the International Affairs Editor for the ABC and a multi-award winning current affairs host and author. Passionate about justice and humanity, Stan Grant links the importance of leadership and the impact of history, and above all believes in the power and resilience of people. All of which aligns perfectly with the NRW 2022 theme, 'Be Brave. Make Change'.

Reconciliation WA is inviting one million Western Australians to join our National Reconciliation Week Breakfast on
Friday 27 May. Here is your chance to hear from Stan Grant as he speaks to this year’s theme as our keynote.
 
 
NRW 2022 Virtual Breakfast Program Released
We are also excited to announce that we have finalised our NRW Virtual Breakfast Program, so check out what else we have in store, and share with your event attendees today!
 

Be BRAVE and Make CHANGE this
National Reconciliation Week!

Reconciliation Memoirs with Fred Chaney
The launch of Reconciliation Memoirs with Fred Chaney will be hosted in WA Museum Boola Bardip’s stunning outdoor courtyard on Tuesday May 31, with an engaging fire-side conversation with Fred Chaney and Ben Wyatt.
 
Walk for Reconciliation
We are inviting the community to journey through Kaarta Koomba (King’s Park) on June 3 for the Walk for Reconciliation. Live acoustic music will carry walkers through to meeting places dotted along the walk, featuring truth telling sessions, opportunities for reflection, and cultural experiences.
 
WA Museum Boola Bardip Hub 
We are proud to partner with WA Museum, who will become the NRW Hub for 2022. WA Museum Boola Bardip, WA Maritime Museum and WA Shipwrecks Museum will lead activations in Boorloo (Perth) and Walyalup (Fremantle), with regional museums running local programs and collections for NRW.
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My Home’ Project Update
 
Providing housing for homeless women fifty five (55) and over, the fastest growing cohort of homeless people in WA is our mission.
 
As you are aware our journey commenced in January 2020, fabulously supported by many Clubs, individual members, community groups and schools. 
 
In September 2021, the State Government made land available in Congdon Street North Freemantle - home for 18 single female tenants.  Once construction is complete, the houses will be managed by St. Pats, an experienced Community Housing Provider who will collect the rent (set at an affordable proportion of the tenant’s income), maintain the houses, and provide the umbrella support to the tenants.  Other tasks under way:
 
  • Highbury Homes - awarded the Building Contract,
  • DM Civil - awarded the Sewer Main Extension Contract, and
  • The City of Fremantle provision of the Building Permit.
 
Rotary will “make these houses into homes” by providing furniture and household items.
 
Our RAWCS fund is still available to enable Rotary Districts and Rotary Clubs and Rotarians assisting this disadvantaged community with tax deductibility options.  https://directory.rawcs.com.au/7-2020-21
 
In this current building climate, there have been both avoidable, and unavoidable delays – fortunately significant progress is being made. 
 
The asbestos problem is being remediated and the $200,000 cost of remediation is being covered by PTA (Public Transport Authority).  Western Power have agreed to waive the cost of the connection fee for the site, the City of Fremantle have waived their costs for the Building Permit.
 
Building industry delays with the contingent labour and material shortages may still extend construction; but Rotary is paused ready to spring into action once the site works start.
 
Rotary is on track to supply furniture and fit outs as promised.  The Kitchen and lounge room furniture have been ordered and should it arrive before the homes are built Freedom will store it until required.
 
Sponsors are waiting in the wings to donate Crockery and Linen, Quilters to donate bedding and our Facebook page is keeping all interested parties up to date with the latest happenings. 
 
When we near building completion we shall organise a Stall at the Stirling Farmers Market (Karrinyup Club) to introduce the Community to the Housing First project.  https://myhomehousing.org.au
 
If you want to be connected and wish to help with furnishing theses homes, please contact:
 
Kay Durrant
Inventory Officer
0419931899
durrant@wn.com.au
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DISTRICT 9455 IS NOT HOLDING A RYPEN CAMP THIS YEAR SO IF YOU HAVE STUDENTS TO SEND, HERE'S YOUR OPPORTUNITY
 
The D9465 RYPEN (Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment) camp in May is fast approaching, and we still have vacancies that are open to all WA Rotary clubs.
We would appreciate it if clubs planning on sending someone on RYPEN can let us know as soon as possible for our planning purposes.  It is essential that we have some idea of the number of participants we can expect.
If you know someone who is 14-17 years of age who is
  • Wanting an opportunity to develop and challenge themselves
  • Looking to develop their self-esteem and confidence
  • Interested in developing skills including leadership, teamwork, communication, goal setting and problem solving
  • Wanting to build a network of young people and to make new friends
  • Excited for a weekend of fun
Then we'd love to have them attend the RYPEN camp from 20th to 22nd May 2022.
RYPEN depends on Rotary Clubs to sponsor participants, and the more participants we get the better the camp will be. We would love to welcome your applicant to the camp.
We've got an exciting and challenging program lined up for the weekend, so if you know of someone who would like to attend please get your applications as soon as possible.
COVID-19
Based on current Government Health Restrictions, RYPEN is able to go ahead as planned.  We will be conforming with all relevant health restrictions, including masks and physical distancing where required.
All participants and volunteers on RYPEN must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
In the event that RYPEN can’t proceed due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will postpone the camp.  Participants will be offered a place on the rescheduled dates, or the club will be refunded the participants fees in full. 
An application form can be downloaded here: https://bit.ly/RYPEN_Application
 
Please send applications to rypen@rotary9465.org.au The camp costs $330 per attendee and your club will be invoiced later for the camp.
Applications close Sunday 8th May 2022! 
If you have any questions or would like further information, please don't hesitate to let me know.  You can email program chair Roy Philbin at rypen@rotary9465.org.au or call 0418 948 847.
Yours in Service,
Ian Ball
on behalf of the
District 9465 RYPEN Committee
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PERTH OBSERVATORY VISIT
RC OF KALAMUNDA
 
Following up on the conference we offer a visit to the Perth Observatory. This is a great opportunity to visit both Historical Telescopes and the Worl Wangkiny exhibit where Aboriginal artists and students have painted stories of the sky and where you can hear stories of the galaxies from an Aboriginal Elder.
 
Tuesday 31 May 2022 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC+08)

Perth Observatory
337 Walnut Rd, Bickley WA 6076

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Is Unresolved Conflict Killing Your Club? (Bernadette Le Grand)

Unresolved conflict is a major destroyer of Rotary clubs.
 
Join in as District 9560 mediator Bernadette Le Grand shares strategies to better manage inevitable conflicts in Rotary Clubs - Conflict is inevitable, Combat is optional.
 
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Pedal power across the Nullarbor for Polio
 
Tasmanian Rotarians Phil and Joyce Ogden will soon tackle an epic tandem bicycle trip across the Nullarbor to raise funds for Rotary’s END POLIO NOW campaign. They are leaving Perth in mid May to ride the 2,750 km to Adelaide.
 
Rotarians for over ten years they have witnessed first hand the terrible legacy of the Polio epidemic of the fifties and the ongoing threat to children of the world until the Rotary inspired campaign worked its magic over the last 30 plus years. The couple said “We feel that the enormous effort which has gone into turning the tide of the disease will be lost if pressure and fund raising are not maintained until the disease is totally eradicated.
 
Logistics for the ride will be challenging with camping and motels (where available) the only accommodation options on the Nullarbor. A tandem cycle carries two riders but only has the luggage capacity of a single bike so the volume of extra provisions will be difficult to accommodate. However, weight is less of an issue as Google Maps describes the entire route as ‘mainly flat’.
 
Every dollar donated to End Polio Now will be matched with $2 from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Contributions are at https://raise.rotary.org/phil-ogden/fundraiser - and please give generously. 
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UPDATE ON SUNFLOWERS FOR UKRAINE
 
There are now Rotary clubs in Queensland and Victoria who have paid for and received sunflower seeds. The good news is that the Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organisations, through their Humanitarian Aid Initiatives Director, Diahanna Senko, wants to get their youth to sell the packets of seeds around Australia.  Diahanna is in touch with Guy Glenny, RAWCS Project Manager for the Ukraine Appeal, and they speak on a regular basis.
 
The latest news of the partnership with the Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organisations, RAWCS and Caritas Ukraine can be viewed here:
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Now Accepting Applications for the 2023 Rotary Peace Fellowship - Apply Now!
 
Promoting peace is one of Rotary’s main causes. The fully funded Rotary Peace Fellowship, which covers tuition and living expenses, increases the capacity of existing leaders to prevent and resolve conflict by offering academic training, field experience, and professional networking.
 
Up to 130 fellows are selected every year in a globally competitive process based on personal, academic, and professional achievements. Fellows earn either a master’s degree or a post-graduate diploma in peace and development studies at one of the seven Rotary Peace Centers, located at leading universities around the world.
 
Over 1,500 program alumni are working in more than 115 countries as leaders in national governments, nongovernmental organizations, education and research, law enforcement, media and the arts, and international organizations such as the United Nations.
 
▪ 15-24 month program, small-group classroom learning, in fields related to peace and development ▪ Intended for leaders near the start of their careers
▪ 50 fellows selected annually to study at one of five Rotary Peace Centers at partner universities, which offer interdisciplinary curricula with research-informed teaching
▪ 2-3 month field study experience to develop practical skills
▪ Fellows connect with an international cohort of fellows, thought leaders, and a global network of Rotarians
 
▪ Yearlong program for working professionals that blends online learning, in-person classes, and an independent project, based at a Rotary Peace Center in Thailand or Uganda
▪ Intended for social change leaders with extensive experience working in peace-related fields
▪ 80 fellows selected annually to earn a post-graduate diploma in peace and development studies
▪ Interdisciplinary program includes a two-week online preliminary course, 10 weeks of on-site courses with field studies, a nine-month period during which fellows implement a social change initiative (with interactive online sessions), and an on-site capstone seminar
 
Eligibility: Take the eligibility quiz.
 
Qualified candidates must:
▪ Have three years of related work experience for the master’s program
•      Have five years of related work experience for the certificate program and be able to explain how their plan to promote peace aligns with Rotary’s mission (Candidates for Makerere University must either be from Africa, have worked in Africa, or work with African communities or initiatives outside the continent.)
▪ Be proficient in English
▪ Have a bachelor’s degree
▪ Demonstrate leadership skills
▪ Have a strong commitment to cross-cultural understanding and peace
 
Candidates must have at least three years between the completion of their most recent academic degree program (undergraduate or graduate degree) and their intended start date for the fellowship. Candidates currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program are not eligible to apply.
 
Applications for the 2023-24 academic term need to be submitted by 15 May 2022. Please write to rotarypeacecenters@rotary.org with questions.
 
If you know someone who might be a good candidate for this fellowship, please submit a referral form with their name and email address. We’ll contact them with information on how to apply. Thank you for supporting our program.
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DISTRICT GRANTS
Applications are now invited for the new round of District Grants for 2022/23. We extend a warm welcome to Rotaract Clubs which are also now eligible to apply.
Applications close 31 May.
 
Clubs are urged to consider the use of District Grants to address ways in which Rotary can assist those in our communities impacted by a range of current issues. Against a backdrop of a worldwide pandemic, inglorious international events and local natural disasters. There are many in need of the type of support Rotary can provide.
 
Grants are provided on a matching dollar for dollar basis up to $5,000 per grant with a maximum three projects per Club. Full details of terms and conditions and the relevant forms can be found on the D9455 website. And don’t forget to attend the Foundation Showcase which is a pre-requisite for Grant applications.
 
Any questions on accessing the grants can be directed to District Grants Chair – PP George Etrelezis - george.et@bigpond.com or 0419900566.
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