President Colin's Report on the year 2012-13 was presented at the Changeover Night on 26 June 2013 by PP Bill Knight as Colin was unable to be there.


Peace Theme 12012-13Rotary Club of Mandurah City - The Year 2012-13 in Review

It has been an interesting year for the club and one of stability compared with the previous year of changing leadership.  We are a small club yet managed some achievements for the good of the community over the year.

Our major fund raising achievements this year were:

·         Duck Race – a substantial contribution to our fundraising with $11,000 to the club as well as paying out our remaining share of the donation for the Peel Mobile Health Service van, which was a joint project with the other Mandurah clubs. Thank you Mike Kirke who was the “Duck Master” as well as Jean and Pat who were on the committee and all who assisted in this major project.

·         Golf day – a bumper year with income to the club of $6000, thank you Darren and others involved.

These were successful and enjoyable events and raised the funds that allowed us to support the following projects and donations:

·         Peel Health Foundation Mobile Clinic – donation for their van.

·         End of year book awards at local schools

·         Donated 30 Microscopes to Halls Head Primary School

·         Handicamp – we sponsored a Rotaractor as a buddy

·         Donation to Yirra Djinda Netball Club for indigenous girls.

·         Cancer Council via the Rotaractors Relay for Life team

·         Kate’s Kitchen – donations of food and money to the Mandurah Soup Kitchen

·         Playground for disabled children in Novosibirsk, Russia – a joint matching grant project

·         House of Hope Uganda – Water wells

·         Shelterbox

·         Peel Passages drop in centre for homeless youth

·         Princess Margaret Hospital Burns Unit

·         Mandurah Museum

·         Legacy

·         Peel Bowling and Social Club - for the disabled and abled.

·         Mandurah Surf Lifesaving Club

·         Rotary Foundation

·         Polio Plus

·         Australian Rotary Health Fund

Youth – has been a focus again for us this year.

·         Mandurah Rotaract Club

o   Colin and Di nurtured the new Mandurah Rotaract Club to their formal chartering and we all enjoyed their charter dinner in November. They have been out helping in the community, extending our relationship with People Who Care and raising funds for the Cancer Council through Relay for Life.

·         Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA)

o   We sponsored two Mandurah Rotaractors  –  President Alistair Cole and Secretary Carly Hatwell. They returned full of praise for the program and considered it a life-changing experience.

·         Rotary Youth Exchange

o   Katherin Doneux from Belgium was with us for part of the year, Mara O’Grady is our outbound student and is yet to return.  Stephanie Cerf from Chile is our current inbound student. 

o   Thank you Sue for all the organisation that went in to the RYE Peel week when most of the exchange students in our District were hosted in Mandurah as a joint club project. Thank you to those members and partners who hosted or participated also.

·         We participated in the 4 way Test speaking competition with candidates from the Mandurah Baptist College. Thank you Carol and Jean for your involvement.

·         Sail into Life – thank you to Gareth and the skippers and other members who helped the disabled enjoy some sailing experience.

Group Study Exchange

·         We had a great talk from our last year’s GSE nominee, David Feast on his return from Russia. .We nominated Elizabeth Jardine and Meagan King for the Group Study Exchange to Denmark and they were both shortlisted and interviewed, but Meagan did not get a place and Elizabeth is a reserve.

Vocational Visits and other away visits:

·         We had visits to the Great Moscow Circus, Mandurah Museum, Surf Lifesaving Club, Fish & Chips with the Exchange students in RYE Peel Week, the best BBQ in town at Sue and Mike’s place, a Lawn Bowls evening at the RAAFA and our traditional Christmas Breakfast at Prontos.  Thank you to Carol, Sue, Barbara and Bill for organising these events.

·         Home and away joint meetings with RC Mandurah Districts, RC Mandurah, RC Palm Beach.

We had a very special dinner in May when PP Bill organised our twentieth birthday celebration and we had guests from our past including past presidents and charter members, what a memorable evening.

In membership we lost a few and gained a few.  Welcome to Jean Campbell, Barbara Rowe and Mike Job.  We have ended up with 24 members, the same as we started with this time last year.  Matt Young was going to be inducted tonight but unfortunately sent in an apology at the last minute as he has to be out of town.

We topped off the year with a brand new website based on Clubrunner – now the standard for the District.  This has the potential to become a great management and communication medium for the club in the coming year.


I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the club this year, particularly the club officers.  Please stand as I call your names.


Positions for 2012/13


Colin Gilbert


Andrew Ralph

President Elect

New Generations

Sue Kirke


Duck Race

Mike Kirke


Frank Wheel


Diane Gilbert

Public Relations

Raffle Master

Chris Forward


Rob West

Community Service

Pat Schraven


Peter Hutchings


Bill Knight


Bill Knight


Carol Sawyer

Rotary Information and Bulletin Editor

David Oxley


Thank you all and apologies from Colin for not being here to thank you himself.

Best wishes to Sue and her team for a fantastic year ahead.