Unfortunately our Speaker was ruled out by Covid issues, and so we enjoyed a home-made variety of items instead. Our Youth Director Frank led the way with a message recorded by one of the Santos Science Experience students, Charlotte from Year 9 at Newman College, who summarised her three day experience with aplomb! Their very busy time covered a range of topics including Genetics, Fun with Maths, getting to know Macro Invertebrates, climbing the Yanchep Gravity Tower, Conservation & Wildlife Biology, Computer Science coding, Chemistry, making Ice Cream using Liquid Nitrogen, and Engineering Robotics! The Pupils were challenged both mentally and physically, and the experience clearly had a positive effect on all participants. Frank continued with the Youth update, explaining what changes have been forced upon various programmes by Covid, and he covered the National Youth Science Forum, The Four Way Test Speaking Competition, Driver Education, and the short term Student Exchange with France. Pres. Jeremy summarised other Youth activities such as teaching students how to run meetings, the Junior Cricket Sausage Sizzles, Year 6 Art support at City Beach School, Sustainability Education, the Australian Rotary Health Wristband project, and the Peace Poles venture. It is amazing how much activity is going on with the Youth in our area, and it was an eye-opener for our newer Members as well as those who have been around awhile! Our thanks go to all Members who are so involved.
In addition Peter Pearse gave a short summary of how our Club’s finances are structured, and he covered the role of our District plus that of the Rotary Foundation including PolioPlus. Our Visiting Rotarian ADG Jane O’Leary explained how the PolioPlus experience has helped Rotary to be of great value to our communities in matters relating to Covid and to natural disasters. Jane also told us that from July 2023 Rotary in Western Australia will comprise one District – to be known as District 9423. Finally Don reported that the Karya Mulia Deaf School Project in Surabaya, East Java is effectively on hold for the moment, given the constraints posed by the pandemic.