Happy New Year! 
As we move in to 2014 it is a good time to reflect on our Rotary year so far and look forward to the coming year. I believe that we have achieved a lot in the past 6 months with involvement from all members and a real commitment to the ‘Engage Rotary – Change Lives’ theme.ar comes to an end, our thoughts turn graciously to those who



As I stated in my Interim Report at our AGM in December, we  have been actively involved in many  fundraisers and events this year, including: The Night of Intrigue, The Iron Man event; Youth Services (Youth Exchange, RYLA, RYPEN, Citizenship Awards; Microscopes for schools; Peel Week); Golf Day; Vocational visit to the Peel Hospital and the 4 Way Speaking Contest.

Our upcoming commitments include the Open Air Cinemas, Sail Into Life, assisting with the District Conference in March, and of course our major fundraising event, the Duck Race.

We have recently committed funds to purchase 2 Shelter Boxes; money to purchase some equipment for the disabled at the Peel Bowling Club; funds raised from the Open Air Cinemas will directly assist with the Youth Development programmes at the Mandurah Surf Life Saving Club; and the major beneficiary for this year’s Duck Race will be Peel Passages. The Board are also currently considering other opportunities to provide funding and assistance in both our local community and internationally.

As we move in to the New Year we need focus on building our membership. I was very encouraged by the many worthwhile ideas put forward at our recent Membership Committee meeting. One of the initiatives we plan to implement is to build a group of ‘Friends of Rotary’ who would like to help us to make a difference in the lives of others, and can assist with some events and fundraising, but are not necessarily in a position to become a full member. We also plan to have more regular fellowship nights, e.g. at a member’s home or as part of a vocational visit, in place of some of our formal meetings. 

As RI President Ron Burton said at the RI Assembly when he announced his theme for the Rotary year: 

“If you want somebody else to do something, you can just sit around and wait for them to get the idea, or you can ask.”  Burton applied that lesson also to membership development, which he insisted is the responsibility of every Rotarian. “You have to ask,” he said. But Burton emphasized that the job doesn’t end when a new member joins: “It’s not done until that new member is engaged in Rotary, inspired by Rotary, and uses the power of Rotary service to change lives.”

So, if you know people who you think may be potential Rotarians, please ask them along to a meeting, a fellowship or vocational night, or to help at an upcoming event. Give them the opportunity to get involved, get engaged and help us to change lives.

Thank you all for your support, fellowship and commitment to ‘Service  Above Self’. Best wishes to you and your family for a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year.


President Sue Kirke wishe