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As part of our Youth Service, Karrinyup Rotary again sponsored two students to attend the 2024 National Youth Science Forum (NYSF). Eddy Giacomel introduced our 2024 students Daniel Stait from Warwick SHS and Purva Patel from Churchlands SHS. In their presentations, the students each described their experience at NYSF, an annual program which brings together hundreds of Year 12 students from all around Australia. The program is designed to encourage young people in their passion for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
From time to time our we enjoy hearing vocational updates from our own members. Relatively new member, Beth McCormack has lived an interesting and varied life and has had experience and found work in some very unusual areas. This evening she told us about the time she worked in the aviation industy in the Northwest refueling all manner of aircraft. Vocational Director Tess Gardner was on hand to wish her well with her presentation.
Eddy Giacomel introduced Guest Speaker Kevin Gest, a member of the Wanneroo Branch of the University of the Third Age (U3A). He has spoken to that group a number of times about inventions. He maintains that very often some of mankind's greatest inventions happened by chance or serendipity. Some examples of this are: vacuum tubes (valves) - later replaced by transistors, the microwave oven, the telephone, cornflakes and penicillin.
Vocational Service Director, Tess Gardner introduced Adam Hewber, Founder and CEO of Ability Heroes and his dad Joe. Adam, who has lived with spastic paraparesis since birth, told us how he developed self-determination and resilience from an early age by pushing through the perceived and real barriers he experienced. This self determination increased his self worth. His mission through Ability Heroes is to raise awareness of the need for access, inclusion and acceptance of people of all abilities.
In Vocational Service month we welcomed Irene Walker, Executive Officer of the Apprentice Employment Network WA, (AEN WA) a Registered Not for Profit Charity. Irene described the work of AEN WA and the wonderful parternership with Karrinyup Rotary, instigated by President Kay. This year our Vocational Service team provided practical support for outstanding apprentices/trainees with Special Recognition Awards. Irene introduced the four award recipients present, who spoke on their career paths and explained how the club's support had assisted with the purchase of essential items for their work.
International Director Sandra McGuire introduced the Guest Speakers Duy Nhu Nguyen and Cam Nhu, from Swim Vietnam, a recipient of Karrinyup Rotary International funding. Duy and Cam provided an update on the work and changes, which Swim Vietnam has implemented during the past year. They thanked RC Karrinyup and RC Wanneroo for their generous support, which will greatly assist in giving Vietnamese children a skill that could save their lives.
Dawn Palm introduced Shayde Douglas, seen here being greeted by President Kay. Shayde describes herself as an educator, librarian, social worker and activist. She loves to do research and became interested in 'Memento Mori', which is literally an artistic or symbolic trope serving as a reminder of the inevitability of death. However, Shayde prefers the expression 'Pieces of the People We Love'. She focussed her presentation on hair, explaining that people have been giving and receiving locks of hair as keepsakes and expressions of love for centuries. She shared some of her research into this aspect of the history of hair.
Les Woodland introduced his brother Don Woodland, an experienced tandem sky diver and former Australian Parachute Federation examiner. A skydiver for over 40 years, thirty years as an instructor and more than 11,000 jump on his record, his presentation was entitled 'Skydiving for Fun from a Tandem Master.' In 2019, Don was part of the team of record-setting Australians skydiving as a 130-person freefall formation. Members had numerous questions for Don.
For the benefit of newer members, Russell Stokes introduced Karrinyup Rotary's only remaining Charter Member, Ian McDonagh, affectionately known to all as 'Macca'. Russell told us that Macca has been a member of our club from its earliest days. During the first two years he served as secretary and as president during the 1986-1987 Rotary year. Macca spoke to a fabulous presentation of historical photos and regaled us with interesting and amusing stories from yesteryear. These days he spends most of his time at the beach in Dunsborough.
Before there was a vaccine, polio become the most feared disease in the world mainly affecting children under five. Many, who survived death from paralysis of the lungs, faced lifelong crippling consequences with deformed limbs. During the 1950s the Salk vaccine was given by injection to school children. This was followed in the late 60's by the oral Sabin vaccine. Unfortunately for Barbara Johnson, the distribution of the vaccine to children at her school came too late. While hers was considered a 'mild case', she remained bedridden for many months.
John Maker introduced Prachi Dave, a Mechatronics Engineering student at Curtin University. Karrinyup Rotary recently supported Prach's participation in the 64th London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF), a two week STEM summer camp for 16 - 21 year old students, held at the Imperial College in London. This year there were 410 students attending from 84 countries around the world. She described each day as inspiring, motivating and truly life-changing. Meeting other like minded students from diverse backgrounds encouraged her to view the world with a more positive and 'can-do' attitude.
Trish Lynch needed no introduction. She related her history of 'accommodation with a difference' through the Home Exchange Rotary Fellowship. Operating since 1972, the Rotary fellowship is now organised by People Like Us Home Exchange, which is considered the world's most trusted home exchange community. Home Exchange Rotary Fellowship is provided exclusively for Rotary International members. Trish is seen here with fellow club and People Like Us Home Exchange members Kay Durrant and Jenni Wilke.
Our 2023-2024 Inbound Rotary Youth Exchange student Karolina, seen here with her first host mum President Kay, needed no introduction, having been an active member of our club since her arrival in Perth in late July. Our students' presentations, where they describe themselves and their home country, are always most interesting and Karolina did herself proud. It was lovely to have three of her four host families, her District Placement Officer, our Assistant Governor, Karolina’s favourite teacher, our 2024 Outbound - Ewen, and several past exchange students join us for the evening.
Jane Wake introduced Sam Thomas from Sam's Spares, a Registered Not for Profit Incorporated Association that saves unwanted e-waste from landfill. Sam is just nineteen years old and has a passion for for community, environment and electronics. He repairs and refurbishes computers, laptops, mobile phones, gaming systems and other electronics and gifts them freely to community members in need. While Sam is autistic, he strives to overthrow stigmas and limitations put upon his Neurodivergent community, proving that anyone with a passion and purpose can succeed.
Peter Durrant needed no introduction to club members, however, perhaps some newer members may not have known of his long career with the Royal Australian Navy. Having spent many years as a submariner, Peter has an ongoing passion in the role submarines play in our country's defence. Following his previous presentation in March, Peter explained the importance of updating the submarine fleet, not only to defend Australian land from invasion, but also to protect Australia’s economic and strategic interests.
Barbara Johnson introduced architect Michelle Blakeley, a member of the Rotary Club of Perth City East. Michelle's architecture practice, focuses on creating more efficient, thermally comfortable and joyful living spaces. This includes developing high performance models for social and low-income affordable housing. She is Chair of the “My Home” initiative, which delivers housing for people, who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless The first “My Home” project was completed in North Fremantle earlier this year. What is next?
John Burt introduced Judith Amey to inform us about the University of the Third Age. Judith told us the organisation is for retired or semi-retired people, who share a love of learning within a social network. It is run by volunteers. 'University' is used in its original sense of 'a community of teachers and scholars' - people who come together to learn from one another. The teacher is a learner and the learner is a teacher. There are no exams and no degrees. Members all have something to give due to their life experience. The motto is Learn, Laugh, Live.
Hilary Thraves introduced Ian Simon from the WA Genealogical Society, also known as Family History WA. Ian is a geoscientist but had a second career as a teacher, majoring in maths and science. He joined the Genealogical Society 35 years ago in 1977 and has served as Vice President and President. Ian said a search is a journey of discovery and demonstrated how his journey of discovery for a relative. Ian's presentation triggered in depth conversations at the tables during the meal and many questions afterwards.
Guest speaker Anne Maree Peleusey was greeted by President Kay and introduced by Dawn Palm. She is a graduate of ECU with a Bachelor of Visual Art. Anne Marie is also a registered nurse and learned to balance this work she needed for financial reasons with the art that she loved. Her primary work in our local area was the previous mural at Mt Flora Museum at North Beach, which she painted in the summer of 1996, working in the cool of the early morning and alternating it around her nursing shifts.
Klaus Nehyba is seen here with Christina Kolodyj, recipient of a Paul Harris Fellow from our club in 2021. Christina is the Community Service Coordinator at Churchlands SHS. With a background in social work, her task is to provide opportunities for senior students to develop the values, skills and understanding needed to contribute to civic wellbeing and personal self worth. The community service the young people provide towards our Stirling Farmers Market is a key factor in this. Christina also called Rotarians to be part of a cultural change.
Mike Murphy needed no introduction, as he is well known as our Community Service Director. However, few members knew that he is also a very passionate and talented photographer, with a particular fascination for macro photography. Mike shared some very techical data with us, as well as some rather magical images he has managed to create using macro. A most inspiring presentation!
Youth Director Trish Lynch introduced new District 9423 RYLA and RYPEN Chair, Ian Ball (RC Como), who addressed the club on the benefits and operation of the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) and Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN). Ian explained how the programs will work going forward following the merge of the two districts to Rotary WA. Karrinyup Rotary has long been a supporter of both programs and this year had three participants in the RYPEN program. We also directed funding support towards the RYLA camp, when our participant was unable to attend.
Geoff Inman introduced Michelle Foster from Axford Real Estate, whose connection with Rotary started when she was a Rotary exchange student to Japan in 1993. Michelle has over twenty years experience in Real Estate. She gave us a most interesting insight into the current state of the the Perth Rental Market. The rental crisis is also a community crisis, which has resulted from a variety of influencing factors and it is having with far reaching effects. Later in the week the WA government announced new rental reforms.
Vic Dennis introduced Phill Matson, from the Mount Lawley Society, a community organisation founded in 1977. Its aim is to foster a community spirit, with a focus on the retention of the older buildings and townscapes, protection of the limited open space and to research and publicise the history of the suburbs. Phill told us that while the original subway opened in 1906, the story began many years before that on 3 June 1879, fifty years after the establishment of the Swan River Colony.
Environment Committee member Ross Daniel introduced David Pike, President of Friends of Star Swamp Bushland to give an update on recent developments. Friends of Star Swamp Bushland was formed in 1985 to give a community voice and assist with the management of the Reserve. The bushland provides a breeding site and sanctuary for many bird species and is also an important habitat for many species of reptiles, insects, and spiders. Karrinyup Rotary has provided support for many years. David was supported by Friends of Star Swamp secretary Christine Curry.