Winter Lunch a Winner
Great to see Stephen Craddock back and to welcome Graham Houghton's seriously talented wife Tyril to our lunchtime meeting.
Beef Cheeks or Barra and Salad - no decision needed :)
President Ian expanded on items which had been discussed at the morning's Board Meeting.  
Projects for 2020:
  • Give a Damn, Give a Can confirmed to be a school's only project for 2020 with Vic Puzey and Paco Tovar at the helm.  It's expected that this will run through September.
  • Four-Way Test, which is the school's oral presentation competition which culminates in a final to be held at District Conference in 2021, will run, coordinated by Wendy Perdon.
  • Tiny House Project: this is a joint Rotary in Bunbury Project which we will join through representative via Jamie Challis. 
    • The aim for our Club is to been seen on all promotional material and offer support via provision of labour, expertise and services and in-kind to reduce costs or provide materials at cost.
    • AccordWest will manage the project, Salvos are providing the land for the build and Don Punch via the State Government will pitch in $180,000.  
    • Jamie is providing the building expertise and will advise our Club when we are required.
    • Expected to get off the ground around December 2020.
Fundraising Project Status:
  • Op Shop Ball will be looked at to possibly run in 2021.
  • Recycling - Cash for Bottles opportunity:
    • Jamie Challis will organise a visit to one of the sites in Augusta which has commenced collecting bottles for recycling for a possible site visit to look a feasibility of our Club running such a scheme.
    • Ian Telfer to investigate the availability of a WAPRES shed for storage.
  • NMSHS Girls Academy Joint Rotary in Bunbury project
    • Ian, Doug and Fiona will attend initial meetings to assess feasibility etc.
Memories of Saturday Night Fever - 2018, how time flies!
Auspicing Opportunity
  • Fiona raised the subject of auspicing an upcoming event being proposed by a new community organisation.  
  • Auspicing involves our Club assisting with governance, mentoring and risk assessment / insurance of events.
  • Subject to member approval, this is a great way for the Club to have an involvement in community events and projects in a supportive role.
  • There is also an opportunity to attract new members, as each auspicing opportunity requires a Club member to be involved.
  • This will be an ongoing process potentially involving more than one project and members will have the opportunity to be involved.
District Club Checklist has been completed.  This will be presented to the District Governor when he visits the Club.
Raffles and Fines:
Jamie won the wine. Matt drew the Ace of Clubs but it was not the winning card. 
Stephen Craddock won fine of the day for his fine on Nev - for not fining him for the FIRST TIME EVER at a meeting!  Jamie fined himself for not being an apology - and we were all much happier seeing him not being an apology.
Freo fans were warned they are now targets no matter whether their team wins, draws or loses (yeah, good luck!) and the fine session degenerated into a free for all with Mike and Ian P being the biggest culprits.
Big Freo Winner
Please let Sec. Peter know if you are going to be an apology for this week's lunch meeting - we'll see you there if you don't let him know. :)
Dates for your Diaries
We don't have dates yet but the following are in planning:
Port Tour
Pres Ian is keen to spark up Vocational Tours again, starting with the Port (subject to all sorts of things.
If you have ideas, let Peter know.
Ferguson Valley Social Tour
And of course our 40th Anniversary Celebration on 20 February 2021.
Celebrating 40 Years
We're going to have a party.
Saturday 20th February 2021 will be an opportunity to catch up with past members and to celebrate our journey over the past 40 years.
We'll keep you up to date.  Contact for more details, or if you know the whereabouts of members we may have lost touch with.
RYPEN: For youngsters who love a challenge!
The RYPEN (Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment) camp in September is fast approaching!

Our district team is calling on all members to take up the RYPEN challenge ... 

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 be considered for the RYPEN camp from 11th to 13th September 2020.

We believe that after the disruption of the last few months, RYPEN would be a great opportunity for students to have some "Fun with a Purpose".  

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.

At this stage the Board has still to ratify involvement in this project, however all members are encouraged to think about suitable candidates and forward their names to the Board through Secretary Peter Blurton.

Applications close 1st September 2020!

RYLA: For Young Adults with Leadership Potential
Applications for RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) for 2021 are open now!
RYLA is an intensive eight-day program designed for 18-28 year olds with leadership potential and a commitment to community service. The program is a unique opportunity aimed to bring participants out of their comfort zone and challenge them to think outside the square while actively using and building on their existing skills and knowledge.
RYLA includes seminars, workshops, physical activities and team games relating to areas including Communication and Public Speaking, Leadership, Team Work and Group Dynamics, Problem Solving and Decision Making, Goal Setting, Time Management and Self Awareness and Emotional Intelligence.
Applicants are interviewed prior to acceptance onto RYLA.  Successful applicants will have the energy, commitment and motivation to develop their leadership potential and be willing to challenge themselves physically and mentally over the course of the program.  
Please note: Applicants who apply via a Rotary Club will receive priority acceptance onto the program.
RYLA is held at the Serpentine Camping Centre from Saturday 16th January – Saturday 23rd January 2021.
Rotary Club Sponsorship for a RYLA participant is $850, and the participant contribution is $200.  This includes all activities, accommodation and meals for the week.
Applications must be in 15th November 2020.
If you know a young person who might be eligible and benefit from sponsorship to RYLA please advise the Board through Sec. Peter in the usual way.  
Joint Bunbury Clubs Fundraising Proposal
Rotary Club of Bunbury's President Margaret Robertson asked us to join in a fundraising project for the Newton Moore Senior High School Girls' Academy (The Academy).
Leisa and Jess from The Academy.
President Margaret invited our Club to work on a joint fundraiser for a 12-seater bus for the Newton Moore Senior High School Girls' Academy (The Academy). 
The Academy was established in 2004 with a view to closing the gap between Indigenous education outcomes and non-Indigenous which include after hours academic support, kitchen support for breakfasts and lunches, and providing a safe environment for the girls contracted to the Academy with an overarching emphasis on mentoring.  It was recognised that talented students were not always in supportive families who value education, and the Academy sought to redress some of the issues.
The Academy representatives gave an passionate presentation outlining the reasons they are looking for a bus, the requirements and why they are not able to utilise the Boys' Clontarf Academy buses which are required to be used for sporting events.  The Academy currently has 53 contracted members, which is a comparable figure to the Boys' 54 (and there are non-contracted students who also attract the GA's assistance when possible).  
They expressed as certain amount of frustration at the amount of "non-eligible" funding which is out there
Issues of maintenance costs, funding insurance and drivers have been explored and as yet are not addressed, and it is hoped that the School will also be able to come on board with assistance.
The Board will consider the request - we encourage suggestions and assistance from members  which can be submitted to the Board through Secretary Peter.
Rotary Sail into Life
Ian Pigott gave us a rundown on the latest Sail into Life news.
Ian told us that it appears that COVID-19 restrictions might have put paid to our ambitions to have a season in 2020.
"It's just too small in the boat safely have two people sail," he explained.
"The two square meter rule simply cannot be followed, so it looks like it's all over for this season unless there is some easing of restrictions."
That having been said, there are still opportunities to do some maintenance, and it may be possible to get "Reel Time" into the water, and Ian will advise when busy bees will be held, probably around end of September and October.
Stay tuned.
From the previous edition:
Please welcome new Rotary Sail into Life coordinator Marissa Mosca to the program.
Previous coordinator Sharon Kavanagh says, "she is very competent, full of fun and will continue to run the program with fresh eyes and new energy."  High praise from Sharon.
Marisa came to talk to the club recently, and it was great to hear of her commitment and plans for the future.
We are looking forward to working with her on the project.
Vale Mrs Craddock
It is with sadness that we hear of the passing over the weekend of Mrs Audrey Craddock, mother of Rotarian Stephen Craddock.  Our sincere condolences to Stephen and Maria and Lisa, and their family and friends. 
Our thoughts are with you.
Mrs Craddock featured in the South Western Times 20th May 2016 in a feature about classic wedding dresses. Model Chloe Richardson modelled Mrs Craddock's 1950's style wedding dress at St Boniface Cathedral.
Packwash units for Timor Leste - Project Update
Back in April, Vic Puzey gave members an update on the Packwash Project for Timor Leste.  We have republished this update for those who may have missed it the first time round, and to indicate that the project continues to have our support as it evolves during the Pandemic and weather events which are adversely affecting our neighbours to the north.

We are supporting the project to get Packwash units into Timor Leste - Vic Puzey is our contact for this project.

One Dili site and 3 village sites have been selected. All are visited regularly by the clinic and have Catholic church connections. Howard believes the church will have plumbing personnel contacts who will be invaluable for low cost installation and monitoring services.

Our club will make a contribution of $5,000 to the project.  Our contact on the ground, Howard Mendel, is closely monitoring progress and will update Vic as necessary. Howard has asked for photo/video evidence of progress which can be sent to us for information and promotion purposes.

There are negotiations with a Chinese company underway, in the hope that they can provide further ready assembled future units which can be relatively cheaply transported directly to Dili.

So, with a few twists and turns along the way the project is making definite progress.

The Importance of Sourcing Local
In the first of a series of Member Profiles, Wespine CEO Patrick Warrand gave members an overview of the issues affecting the timber and construction industry, already on a slide before COVID-19.
The industry is facing challenges with WA approvals for dwelling construction having been on a downward slide for around 6 years, 15,000 having been approved for 2020 and likely to fall to around 10,000 in the next twelve months, according to figures released by the Housing Industry Authority (HIA).
Government stimulus packages are encouraging movement, but if things continue to go bad in Victoria, this will have a ripple effect in WA.

The industry has banded together to produce a marketing website "Buy Aussie Timber First" in an attempt to raise the profile of the Australian Products and try to stem imports of timber from Europe and Asia.  This may be the first time many of the Australian organisations have cooperated with each other.
FYI there are about 14 sq m of timber used in the construction of a house.
At the Australian Institute of Architects 2020 Western Australian Architecture Awards gave the state’s top honour, The George Temple Poole Award, to Pingelly Recreation and Cultural Centre (below) by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects with Advanced Timber Concepts Studio, which also took out the Wallace Greenham Award for Sustainable Architecture a public architecture award.
Have your say on Palliative Care
We have been asked to help to promote a consumer survey on experiences/perspectives of palliative care in WA.
Professor Samar Aoun is seeking support from Rotarians - maybe some of our members can help.
She is seeking support to promote a consumer survey on experiences/perspectives of palliative care in WA.  This research has been commissioned by the Department of Health, WA, in response to the recommendations of the Joint Select Committee on End of Life Choices, in particular recommendation 9:  
WA Health should conduct an independent review, from a patient’s perspective, of the three models of palliative care in Western Australia: inpatient, consultative and community. The review should examine the benefits and risks of each model and the accessibility of each across the state.
She is asking that we promote this survey for an independent review via our clubs/district/website/social media/e-news.  Find the link at:
Survey closes 16 August.
Share your experiences if you used or did not use palliative care services and help shape the future of palliative care in WA.  If you fall into one of the categories below, please tell us about your experiences via our online survey:
  • Patients with a life-limiting illness
  • Family/friend carer of a person with a life-limiting illness
  • Family/friend carer of a person with a life-limiting illness who has died in the last five years (2015-2020)
Paper copies are available from
For more information, contact Professor Samar Aoun, Palliative Care - - Mob: 0419911940.
Bogan Bingo Fundraiser - Postponed
The Board considered and approved this event as a fundraiser, however in light of the current social and economic environments, it was agreed to postpone the event until the worst is past.  Stay tuned to the Bulletin for further information.

"Wow what a great race - Oz Day 10k

"Well I came second on podium mixed results.  But I came first over the line for the Junior Men. Also beat my last year time by just over 15 mins.
Congratulations to Victoria for winning and Brydi in 3rd. Super proud Brydi.

"All of us juniors did a fantastic job, had a lot of fun doing it too.  I didn’t have family over this year, I’m sure I will next year.  So I would like to put a huge THANK YOU to everyone that has cheered me on and sent some photos and videos to mum.  You have all made me feel so welcome and loved.

"Thanks to everyone at home for watching and messaging."

Club Information
Bunbury Leschenault
Service Above Self
Thursdays at 12:15 PM
Dolphin Discovery Centre (upstairs)
Koombana Drive
Bunbury, WA 6230
While the COVID-19 restrictions are in place, our Club has changed its meeting days to Thursday. We may also meet for Breakfast instead of lunch as suits our awesome venue. Please keep an eye on our website for details.
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Duties for 13th August
(Breakfast - 7am for 7.15am)
Reception: Paco Tovar
Sergeant: Ian Pigott
Intro Guest: N/A
Thank Guest: N/A
Fines: Stephen Foster
Bulletin Notes / Photos: Peter Blurton
Executives & Directors
Photo Albums
2020 Changeover Dinner - Welcome President Ian
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Member Birthdays
Fiona Hinds
January 19
Steve Woodhouse
January 27
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Aline Tovar
December 20
Club Board Meeting
WAPRES Board Room
Jan 06, 2022
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Club Board Meeting
WAPRES Board Room
Feb 03, 2022
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Club Board Meeting
WAPRES Board Room
Mar 03, 2022
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
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