District Governor's Newsletter Issue no. 3 / 2019-2020  
Welcome to the District Governor's Newsletter September/October 2019 
As DG I am well into my Club visits and presentations which I call the ‘Message from America’ which are really about the ideas coming through our Rotary International President 2019/2020 Mark Daniel Maloney.
Of course, those ideas come from the Rotary Centre in Evanston, Illinois and as Mark has suggested: ‘Rotary is Big’ and from my experience yes, Mark is right. 
Rotary is big and I say this as I am always amazed how many projects Clubs undertake in D9455 alone but then multiply it by 35 thousand (number of Rotary Clubs in the world).
However, sometimes I do feel like Oliver Twist because as the District Governor 2019/2020 I always seem to be asking Clubs for MORE.
Mark is asking Rotary to GROW and in that respect the world population is growing and unless we grow Rotary then the task to do good work gets harder.
What is it that is needed from Rotarians and Rotary Clubs?
  • The Foundation is Rotary’s Charity if there is money to donate please think of the Foundation first.
  • Today is World Polio Day (24 October). Rotary’s task is to eradicate polio, this is a horrible disease but now there are only two countries left where Polio remains endemic, Afghanistan and Pakistan. When we eliminate Polio altogether for it never to return then possibly Polio is a word we can remove from our dictionaries as we will not need to use it ever again?
  • Think about connecting with Greenbatch, particularly donating funds towards the proposed education centre regarding the recycling of plastics. I would like Club Boards to think about making this work. In fact, it would be foolish not to be involved, particularly so, if as Rotarians we want young people to be involved with Rotary.
To Grow Rotary and the reason for doing so is to: -
  • Increase Rotary’s Impact on our communities
  • Expand our reach
  • Enhance participation and engagement
  • Increase our ability to adapt to be more meaningful to new and younger members.
Finally, by way of a reminder, you may be interested to know that the next Zone 8 District Symposium and Conference will take place in Alice Springs during September 2020. 
The next Rotary International Conference will take place in Honolulu, Hawaii from the 6 to 10 June.  (The 15 December is the last day for an early registration discount).
For those that have the time you still have good opportunity to organise your Cruise to Hawaii to then disembark in time to attend the Conference? Worth thinking about?
A presentation of a cheque from Rebecca Tolstoy Rotary of Perth/Path of Hope to the Salvation Army which is a result of the Path. 
I understand it the donation will cover the salary of outreach workers who then make contact and support people caught up in the web of domestic violence.
Once again, a brilliant example of Rotary Connects Western Australia. As you may know, the Path of Hope concept is going global and so yes, 'Rotary Connects the World' Yes, Rotary is BIG.
I think our RI President Mark Daniel Maloney and Gay were quite bemused being presented with their own personal duck at the Christchurch NZ duck-derby.
I am not sure whether you have to declare your duck when passing through the border force on your return to the US?
I like this photo taken in Christchurch NZ. As you can see Rotary always organises the most comfortable means of travel and these are the Zone 8 DGs just arriving in Dr Who's Tardis.  I know the Tardis was a police phone booth, but it also had a chameleon circuit so that it could blend into the surroundings. 
You don't ever really need an excuse to have a party, but in this case this party was a gathering of many people/professional volunteers who have had an involvement with the Kimberley Dental Team (KDT) over the past 10 years. It was held at the Royal Perth Yacht Club, it was a beautiful evening with a view of the City. 
This is one fine example of what our RI President is wanting us to do, he is wanting 'Rotary to Connect the World' looking round at the many different people there I am sure this was happening but definitely it was 'Rotary Connects Western Australia.
In the photo you will see John and Jan and of course Craig the Croc and that is made up of many photos taken of KDT's travels over the past 10 years.
I was delighted when the President of Wyalkatchem, Sheryl,  invited both Susan and I to Wyalkatchem's 50th Birthday.
There was such a great atmosphere of friendship and so many Rotarians had driven the 3 hour journey from Perth to be there.
Of course to maintain the momentum the RC of Wyalkatchem were already busy working out what they needed to do over the next 50 years. Well done Wyalkatchem!
We hope you enjoy reading this edition.
Yours in Rotary
       Graham Peden
       District Governor 9455 
Interact Club of
    Mount Lawley      
10 Years of Service
Happy 10th birthday to the Interact Club at Mount Lawley Senior High School.
Larry Manno started the club 10 years ago with the support of District Governor Paul Gianatti and Principal of Mount Lawley Senior High School, Milton Butcher.
The celebrations took place on Thursday 5 September with District Governor Graham Peden, Principal Ms Lesley Street, Associate Principal Michael Camilleri and members of the Rotary Club of Mount Lawley in attendance.  The Interact Club of Mount Lawley at Mount Lawley Senior High School is sponsored by The Rotary Club of Mount Lawley.
The first meeting of prospective members was held in December 2008 with a group of Year 9 students and the Interact Club was chartered in January 2009.  The first Year of operation was with 30 Year 10 Students. 
Over the next three years as students moved on in years, the numbers were increased by new recruits from Year 10, so by 2011 the Club consisted of students from Years 10 to 12. From then on as the Year 12’s left, new recruits form Year 10 helped maintain member numbers.  On average the membership each year consist of approximately 60 students.
Each year, Interact clubs complete at least two community service projects, one of which furthers international understanding and goodwill.
Through these efforts, Interactors develop a network of friendships and learn the importance of:
  • Developing leadership skills and personal integrity
  • Demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others
  • Understanding the value of individual responsibility and hard work
  • Advancing international understanding and goodwill
Over the past 10 years the Interact Club has supported both International and local projects. They have raised funds in many innovative ways including, car washes, cake stalls, chocolate sales, sausage sizzles and assisting other Rotary Clubs with their fundraising events.
Projects that have been supported include:
  • Polio Plus
  • Camp Quality
  • Make A Wish Foundation
  • Heartkids WA
  • Aboriginal War Graves Project
  • East Timor Student Scholarships
  • Materials for September 14 School in East Timor and
  • Wheelchairs for Kids
Over the past 10 Years the Interact Club has raised and distributed over $20,000 for their various projects.

President Harris Boehm, Treasurer Leanne Goh, Vice President Aleena Saji and Secretary Veronica Pinkerton cutting the Birthday Cake


District Governor Graham Peden (centre) presented Certificates to the Committee. From left, Treasurer Leanne Goh, President Harris Boehm, Vice President Aleena Saji and Secretary Veronica Pinkerton.
The Interact Club of Mount Lawley has been awarded the Presidential Citation seven times in the last 10 years acknowledging their commitment to the Club.




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