District 9455 Info Update
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The Bunbury District Assembly was well received. Five more opportunities for you to attend. Are you booked in yet?
Click on the link or the flyer above to register for the location/date that suits you best.
Registrations essential
From our Friends in Melbourne Melbourne is an expert at big events, and our city is enthusiastically welcoming the Rotary International Convention, 27-31 May. We’re excited to meet you, and we’re creating all kinds of unique experiences that you won’t want to miss! Golfers can enjoy playing 18 holes at one of Melbourne’s legendary sand belt courses on Friday, 26 May (before the convention begins), and help Rotary’s fight against polio at the same time. On Saturday afternoon, discover the exhilaration that comes from attending a match of our own Aussie rules football, or as we call it, footy. Then on Saturday night, experience a different kind of excitement with our welcome reception at the Melbourne Museum, showcasing Victoria’s finest food and beverages as well as insight into Australia’s history. Learn about Indigenous culture, the origin and evolution of our life in Victoria, and sporting treasures like the mighty racehorse Phar Lap. For a very different food and beverage experience, enjoy a sample of our culinary diversity through the Streets of Melbourne events. On Monday and Tuesday nights at South Wharf, you can sample the best we have to offer — and you never know what other surprises we have planned for you! Monday night also offers you a choice from an assortment of club-hosted hospitality events, each one unique. Our final special event on Tuesday night will take you on an exclusive Rotary express train to Flemington, home of the renowned Melbourne Cup horse race, for a night like no other. This is your chance to wear your fanciest fashions, as if you were attending the race. You can dine on Victoria’s superior cuisine and wines and have your picture taken with a past winning racehorse and the mighty Melbourne Cup itself. Melbourne has so much to offer — make sure you take this once-in-a lifetime opportunity! Visit the host committee website to book these events. Explore Melbourne and Australia We’ve also organized a range of spectacular tours to help you explore Australia beyond the convention. Whether it’s a part-day walking tour of Melbourne, a tour to the monolith Uluru, in the ‘Red Centre’, or an exploration of the Great Barrier Reef and nearby rainforests, you’ll find something to meet everyone’s tastes. Explore the tours and book yours today. Between your events and tours, taste some of the best coffee in the world! Melbourne’s rich and diverse coffee culture dates back to the middle of the 20th century, when the first espresso machine arrived in the city. Since then, the industry has grown tremendously and made Melbourne the coffee capital of Australia. Known globally for its coffee obsession and sophisticated cafe culture, Melbourne has more than 2,000 cafes and some of the most accomplished baristas in the world, including the winner of the 2022 World Barista Championship, Anthony Douglas from Axil Coffee Roasters. Notable cafes that locals frequent include ST. AliMarket Lane CoffeeSensory Lab, and Dukes. Choose the Caffeinate option in the online guide to Melbourne as a starting point to plan your daily caffeine needs. And if you have more time, consider attending a coffee roasting, tasting, blending, brewing, or filtering masterclass to learn from the experts themselves!
The RYPEN (Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment) camp in May is fast approaching!
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 19th to 21st May 2023.
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.
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 1st May 2023.
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
Click here for an application form.
We are pleased to announce the upcoming launch event for Rotary Western Australia and invite you to Save the Date for this special occasion.
This will be a great opportunity to gather together and welcome in the new Rotary year, hear from a distinguished keynote speaker, and enjoy an evening of networking, delicious canapés, and refreshing drinks.
Keep an eye out for more info to come!
Interact youth stepped up and onto the runway at the Hyde Park Festival. 
The Interact Club of Subiaco (Perth Modern School) partnered with John Curtin College of the Arts, the Rotary Club of North Perth, and Rotary Club of Perth to model pre-loved formal wear. The Path of Hope fashion show was held at the Hyde Park Festival on Sunday 5 March 2023 at 1 pm.
The 5 youth joined 15 Rotarians to showcase fabulous style at a great price. The high
school students coordinated trips to their local Salvos Subiaco and Salvos Fremantle to get fitted. The Path of Hope Foundation is a partnership between Rotary Club of Perth and Salvation Army to help women and children who are breaking the cycle of domestic violence. MC Jon Lewis showcased the fabulous deals the models got on gowns and suits from the Salvos Stores.
           Will, Sam, and Mia from John Curtin College of the Arts. Lily and Kat from
the Interact Club of Subiaco (Perth Modern School).
Invitations for Rotary and partner participation will be issued shortly or 
contact us for enquiries. F: www.facebook.com/DuckDerbyforRotary
(* based on maximum permit tickets sold)
Margaret Martin from Transplant Australia wants to draw your attention to this article, 'One man’s driving adventure for the Gift of Life', in the Transplant World Journal
It would be wonderful if Anil had a lot of opportunities to talk to groups while he is in WA.
Here's an email from Anil:
Dear Fellow Rotarian,
I am the Charter President of the world’s first cause based Rotary club of Organ Donation RID 3232, inaugurated by RI President Shekhar Mehta. I Founded and chartered a total of 3 still active Rotary clubs. I request an invite to be a speaker at your club. I will be in the area March 21-April 25, on my drive to the next Rotary International Convention in Melbourne, Australia via Argentina. A mission to unite Rotary for Organ Donation so NO ONE DIES WAITING FOR AN ORGAN.
Mission was kicked off at the 2022 Rotary International Convention in Houston by IPRI President Shekhar Mehta and the Next RI President Gordon. Driving about 40000 miles, my drive started in Bangalore, India. The Goal was to speak to 100 Rotary Clubs before I reach the next convention in May, 2023 and compete for India in the World Transplant games in Perth, Australia April 2023.
This mission is on for the past 8 year since my kidney donation. To reach a million potential donors with my story along with pertinent information about organ donation. IMAGINE WE ALL COME TOGETHER? IMAGINE THIS ROTARY. We did it for Polio. We can do it again.
I have reached about 250000 people so far with over 800 talks and on the road for over 800 days Driving across 57 countries. Spoken in over 530 Rotary clubs so far
My lecture covers
•How I dealt with all the fears associated with organ donation
•How I became a world record holding athlete after donating
•Navigating the legal and procedural issues that plagues Organ Donation around the world •About concerns that only first-hand interactions with a donor can help address.
•What happens after you sign up.
•I deal with religious and superstitious myths that surround Organ Donation that comes in the way to help save lives.
In All I speak about Ideas on what your club can do locally to make organ donation awareness part of your club's agenda. WATCH VIDEO: https://youtu.be/XTYS3p6sA-w - Kickoff
Additional resources available here
Is there a club interested in organising a welcoming party for Anil for his arrival in Perth and to coordinate his visit.
Please contact Margaret Martin for further details by email
martin.margie@gmail.com or telephone 

0415 926 907


Transplant Australia are looking for volunteers to assist with the World Transplant Games to be held in Perth 

What’s required to be a volunteer?

There are some basic eligibility requirements you must meet to be a volunteer. Preference will be given to volunteers who are able to commit to at least three shifts.
Applicants must:
  • Be available between 15-21 April 2023 as a minimum.
  • Be aged 18 or over at the commencement of the Games. Children aged 14-18 can be involved with parental supervision.
  • Have valid and acceptable photo identification documents.
Volunteers at the World Transplant Games should register here https://worldtransplantgames.rosterfy.com.au/register


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End Polio Now Newsletter:
February 2023
2022 in review
For polio eradication efforts, 2022 brought good news. Fewer genetic strains of the virus are circulating than ever before. Afghanistan and Pakistan are the only two countries where polio remains endemic. And support from political, medical, and community leaders in those areas has strengthened vaccination efforts during the past year.
Global support for polio eradication also reached new heights, as was proven at the World Health Summit in October, when Rotary and international partners and donors pledged a combined US$2.6 billion to eradicate the disease.
There were challenges in 2022 as well. The poliovirus appeared in places it hasn’t been for a long time: Israel, the United Kingdom, and the United States, to name a few. Wild poliovirus cases were reported in Mozambique, related to the 2021 case in Malawi caused by wild poliovirus imported from Pakistan. News of these cases didn’t slow our eradication efforts, however. If anything, it made us even more determined. Now is our best chance to finish the fight against polio. In 2023, we need everyone’s help. We invite you to use the call to action “Together, we end polio” to express our collective will to finish the job.  Explore the shareable images, ads, and other materials on Rotary’s Brand Center, and check again throughout the year, because we’ll add even more content. Let’s work together to end this disease forever.
Promote the power of vaccines for World Immunization Week this April
With decades of experience in polio eradication, Rotary members play a key role in publicizing the power of vaccines. In part because Rotary members and partners have worked so hard to counteract vaccine hesitancy and reach all children with the polio vaccine, we’ve immunized billions of children against the disease. World Immunization Week, 24-30 April, is an opportunity for Rotary and Rotaract clubs to spread the message that vaccines save lives. It’s critical to continue polio vaccinations for children around the world and to advocate for COVID-19 vaccinations for all.
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To end polio, address community needs
Rotary’s PolioPlus program integrates polio immunization work and efforts to provide basic services, such as access to clean water and sanitation facilities. Because poliovirus is transmitted through contaminated water, improving water quality, in addition to vaccinating people, is critical to stopping its spread. When we address a community’s basic needs, we also build goodwill and trust that support our polio vaccination campaigns.
Rotary and polio in the news
§  Bloomberg News, an international news agency, quoted Carol Pandak, Rotary’s director of PolioPlus, in a piece that emphasized the fact that if polio exists anywhere, it is a threat everywhere. The article also highlights Rotary’s role in inspiring the start of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
§  Punch, a national Nigerian daily newspaper, published an opinion piece by Rotarian Kunle Adeyanju, who rode a motorbike from London to Lagos to raise awareness of the need to end polio.
§  Der Tagesspiegel, a national German daily newspaper, featured PolioPlus National Advocacy Adviser Anne von Fallois in connection with the funding commitment event at the World Health Summit in Berlin.
§  Financial Times quoted Carol Pandak noting that polio anywhere is a threat everywhere in an article published on 23 October.
§  Fox 32 (Chicago) conducted a live, in-studio interview with polio survivor Ina Pinkney for World Polio Day.  Pinkney stressed the importance of vaccination, noting that polio is 100% preventable and 100% incurable.
§  NEWS CENTER Maine (NBC affiliate) interviewed polio survivor Ann Lee Hussey about her work to immunize children and featured Rotary information and hyperlinks, teasing World Polio Day. More recently, Hussey was featured on Maine Calling, a live call-in program, along with Janell Routh (epidemiologist, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and Dora Anne Mills (chief health improvement officer, MaineHealth), to share her experiences as a polio survivor and Rotary member.
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Support polio vaccines for children
Please consider contributing to Rotary’s PolioPlus Fund, and have your donation matched 2-to-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Your donation helps us reach vulnerable children with the polio vaccine and other essential health services.
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