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Fran introduced our Honorary member Barry House who has been retired from Parliament now for 11.5 months
 
Barry spoke of his luck in having the experiences he has had in life which meant he traveled overseas from a young age, starting with schoolboy cricket in South Africa, a Young Political Leaders trip to the USA in 1992 and then a Group Study Exchange trip in 1994 to Japan
 
During his time as State President, Barry became a member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) which is designed to strengthen Commonwealth  territorial assemblies and legislatures.  The Association has its base in London and recently Barry was asked by the CPA to run a post election seminar for the new legislature on the island of St Helena
 
There were 4 presenters at the seminar in total, the Clerk of the Isle of Man Parliament, and representatives from Kashmiri and from the Cook Islands
 
St Helena is in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and has a population of 4,500.  It is a British Overseas Territory administered and mainly funded by Britain, but its has its own legislature which is a mixture of a local government and a parliament.  It has its own Governor appointed by the British
 
The island shares its constitution with Ascension Island (700 miles away), Tristan de Cunha and the Falkland Islands
 
Since the completion of the island's air port, only 6 months ago, it is now serviced by one flight a week which arrives from Johannesburg, but not without first refueling in Namibia
 
The island was discovered by the Portuguese in 1500 and the British East India Company was eventually stationed there.  James Cook planted Norfolk Pines there in the hope they would make good sailing masts (not the case).  Charles Darwin visited following his visit to the Galapagos Islands.  He brought with him a tortoise which still lives on the island to this day and is 200 years old, its name is Jonathan
 
The island was in a strategic position until 1869 when the Suez Canal opened and then it was bypassed
 
The island has no indigenous population is mainly made up of people who didn't fit in elsewhere in the World. Barry found them quite worldly however and well traveled as most had spent time in South Africa, the US or the UK
 
Best known for its fame as being the place of exile for Napoleon until his death, this is the main tourist attraction.  Napoleon's house can be viewed and Napoleon's tomb, although his remains were later relocated to Parish.  His house provided him with good accommodation suiting his idea of himself as Emperor of the World.  Napoleon wrote his memoirs there
 
1,000 troops were stationed on the island to prevent Napoleon escaping and the island is fairly heavily fortified with canons, although they have never been used
 
The island is run by its 12 strong legislature and the focus is on increasing its wealth with tourism now it has an airport, it is otherwise completely dependent on Britain.  Whale watching trips may be a source of income for it
 
The island has a small port and cannot take large ships or cruise lines.  Until the airport was built, it was only accessed from the sea
 
Barry is photographed standing in front of Napoleon's tomb (above) and with the Speaker of the St Helena Legislature (below)
 
 
The Club recently recognised retiring member Ray Arthur's 21 years membership.  Club members recounted stories Ray may probably rather have not heard, although Ray had a few ways of getting his own back.
 
Ray's contribution to the Ag Show, Rotary's overseas trips to New Guinea and to Ipoh, his work at Rotary Park, his contribution to the Fun Run over many years, his help with the Curtin Volunteers, his reliability and his mentoring work with young people were all acknoweldged
 
The Club presented Ray and Denise with a small token of the Club's appreciation for Ray's 21 years' service.

The 2018 Margaret River Rotary Directory has now been published and is now being distributed. Extra copies can be obtained from our sponsor Home Hardware in Station Rd and from Shire offices and post offices within our shire.

The annual weekend visit to Margaret River by Curtin Volunteers took place recently. The students spend time during the weekend working on community projects in the area. They are hosted by members of club and the visit includes a social. This year the students helped relocate a landing stage before clearing the banks of weeds at the Rowing Club. After lunch they then moved onto the Old Settlement for the afternoon helping with general maintenance. The CV's enjoyed a vocational visit to the Wallcliffe Volunteer Fire Brigade headquarters where Gordon and Barney bought them up to speed with the latest equipment. A BBQ and fellowship was enjoyed by all, a great chance to mingle as most of these participants are also members of the newly formed Elizabeth Quay's Rotary Club. Sunday saw them reconvene for a bit of weed eradication along the banks of the Margaret River from Rotary Park and a competition evolved which did well to spur on the process. Lunch was kindly provided again by Fran, Sue, Ley, Pat and Marg. 

New member Andrea Preece  was warmly welcomed into membership of the Rotary Club of Margaret River this week. The induction reminded us that Rotary is the world’s original service organisation with a concept for service above self. We look forward to on-going fellowship with Andrea.

This guest speaker at this weeks meeting was Tracey Muir. Tracey is the Education Officer for Nature Conservation Margaret River and works with children across the region on an evolving program that informs and engages primary school children in their natural environment in an interactive program.

In 2016-17, Rotary Foundation turns 100. That’s a century of Rotary members changing lives and improving communities all over the world. And that’s definitely something worth celebrating.

Through Foundation, Rotary members have supported thousands of projects to provide clean water, fight disease, promote peace, provide basic education, and grow local economies. We’ve also been a leader in the fight to eradicate polio worldwide.

 
 
 
Ongoing maintenance in Rotary Park this week. Cleaning and repainting the concrete tables and benches in addition to starting the repaint of Kate. Further painting this coming Tuesday morning (14th February). Sorry kids Kate might be closed off for a couple of hours whilst the paint dries.

Alternative Leavers Week is a project in partnership with villages in Timor Leste; a team of school leavers visits East Timor to meet the people, learn about life and work on community development activities. This project aims to provide support for the Timorese people and an understanding of life in a neighbouring country like Timor for the Margaret River students.

This Saturday (Nov 5th) members of the club will be loading up 100 chairs and desks from the school and transporting them to Kent Street, Perth as part of the Friends of the Timor Container Project run by the Rotary Club of Hillarys. The desks and chairs along with other donations such as computers and teaching equipment will be packed into sea containers for shipment to East Timor.

The Harvey Bike Riders visited Margaret River last Friday afternoon on their fund raising journey for Childrens Leukaemia & Cancer Foundation.  For this now annual event the club always provides afternoon tea when the riders arrive in town. The Hon Barry House MLC also presented the riders with a cheque for $1,000 on behalf of the Club.  The riders had cycled from Mandurah and were continuing onto Augusta in this big fund raising effort.  9 cyclists were taking part this time, and both the cyclist and support crew were well catered for.

Update August '16
The latest palning meeting attracted 31 attendees and there are now 18 new names on the register following this second meeting.
Membership fees have been set at $30 until the shed opens with 28 signed up. Currently estimating 18 months until the Shed opening.  
 
 
The Rotary Club of Margaret River

Margaret River

Service Above Self

Mondays 6 for 6:30pm, Check web site calendar for confirmation of meeting
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78 Wallcliffe Road
Margaret River, WA  6285
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Upcoming Events
 
Speakers
Suzie Craddock
Oct 22, 2018
NGO working to prevent trafficking of women and children
AGM and Club Night
Oct 29, 2018
Service Projects Discussion
Asling Wallace and Jonelle Fraser
Nov 05, 2018
Autism
Boyd Wykes
Nov 12, 2018
Local Endangered Species
Debi Spencer-Smith
Nov 19, 2018
School of St Judes
Heather Auld
Nov 26, 2018
Margaret River Library
DG Visit
Dec 10, 2018
Christmas Function
Dec 17, 2018
Timor Lest Student Presentation TBC
 
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