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5 December Guest Speaker David Stephens, Agrometeorologist

President Allan, with member Glenda who was at Denmark School with Guest Speaker David Stephens. Photo supplied by Don Burnside
Agrometeorology is the study of weather and use of weather and climate information to enhance or expand agricultural crops and/or to increase crop production. Agrometeorology mainly involves the interaction of meteorological and hydrological factors, on one hand and agriculture, which encompasses horticulture, animal husbandry, and forestry.
Image from Wikipedia Article Agrometeorology
Horticulture is strongly influenced by climatic variations, however small.
It is an interdisciplinary, holistic science forming a bridge between physical and biological  sciences and beyond. It deals with a complex system involving soil, plant, atmosphere, agricultural management options, and others, which are interacting dynamically on various spatial and temporal scales. Specifically, the fully coupled soil-plant-atmosphere system has to be well understood in order to develop reasonable operational applications or recommendations for stakeholders. For these reasons, a comprehensive analysis of cause-effect relationships and principles that describe the influence of the state of the atmosphere, plants, and soil on different aspects of agricultural production, as well as the nature and importance of feedback between these elements of the system is necessary.
Agrometeorological methods therefore use information and data from different key sciences such as soil physics and chemistry, hydrology, meteorology, crop and animal physiology and phenology, agronomy, and others. Observed information is often combined in more or less complex models, focused on various components of system parts such as mass balances (i.e. soil carbon, nutrients, and water), biomass production, crop growth and yield, and crop or pest phenology in order to detect sensitivities or potential responses of the soil-biosphere-atmosphere system. However, model applications still involve many uncertainties, which calls for further improvements of the description of system processes. A better quality of operational applications at various scales (monitoring, forecasting, warning, recommendations, etc.) is crucial for stakeholders. For example, new methods for spatial applications involve GIS and Remote Sensing for spatial data presentation and generation. Further, tailor-made products and information transfer are critical to allow effective management decisions in the short and long term. These should cover sustainability and enhancement strategies (including risk management, mitigation and adaptation) considering climate variability and change. Papers are invited addressing these problems in the context of agrometeorological applications in “atmosphere” as an actual and important contribution to the state of the art.
Agriculture, water resources and temperature
Extreme temperature events (either heat or cold) can have a large impact upon many agriculture practices. For instance, extreme heat has the potential for significantly increased mortality in poultry, pigs and even feedlot cattle. Similarly both milk production and cattle reproduction can decrease markedly during extended heat waves. Heat waves are also of major concern for fire management.
In the longer term, above average seasonal temperatures can exacerbate drought during rainfall deficiencies due to higher evaporation and increased water use uptake by plants. Yields for crops such as wheat, rice, canola, potatoes some fruits and soybeans can be reduced by high temperatures at key development stages.
Furthermore, a rise in river and estuary temperature during heat waves may impact fish populations. It may also lead to the degradation of water quality and the death of some parts of the water ecosystem. High temperatures and low water flows contribute to algal growth, which can cause fish kills in rivers and lakes.
At the other extreme, cold temperature impacts vary from location to location and commodity to commodity. Frost, and more particularly the freezing and rupturing of a plant cell walls, can damage many crops, particularly early or late in growing seasons. Prolonged cold snaps can also lead to stock losses.

Rotary Basic

Getting the Most Out of Your Rotary Membership?

The key to getting the most out of your membership is to get involved in ways that suit your interests. The time and energy you invest in Rotary will yield rich rewards. You can shape your club experience by talking with club leaders about your ideas, and as a member, you, too, are eligible to be a club leader. Over time, active members find that the connections they make through Rotary become lifelong friendships. To see how you can get involved, go to appendix A: Optimize Your Membership Experience. You can also check out our publication Connect for Good (https://my.rotary.org › document ›
with an overview of opportunities to be an engaged member of Rotary.

Members are eligible for discounts on a variety of services all over the world through Rotary Global Rewards. Visit the Member Center on Rotary.org to learn more.


  • Attend as many club meetings and events as you can. Connect with different people each time.
  • Volunteer your skills and take on a role such as committee member, greeter, or webmaster.
  • Identify a need in your community and suggest a hands-on project that addresses it.
  • Participate in, or offer your expertise to, a club leadership development program.
  • Tell friends and colleagues how your club is giving back to your community, and emphasize the unique opportunity Rotary provides for networking with leaders in many professions.
  • Get involved with your club’s international service projects.
  • Browse Rotary service projects worldwide at rotary.org/showcase.
  • Join a Rotary discussion group to connect with others who share your interests.
  • Discover Rotary voices from around the world at blog.rotary.org.
  • Stay up-to-date by subscribing to newsletters from Rotary International at rotary.org/newsletters, reading your club and district newsletters, and visiting your club and district websites and Rotary.org.
  • Help your club or district raise funds to eradicate polio.
  • Set a personal contribution goal in support of your club’s Annual Fund giving goal, or donate through The Rotary Foundation’s recurring giving program, Rotary Direct.
  • Propose a friend or colleague for membership in your club.
  • Ask your club leaders how you can get involved in Rotary Youth Exchange, Interact, or Rotaract.
  • Talk to club leaders about where your expertise is most needed.
  • Visit Rotary Ideas to get ideas for club projects or contribute to another club’s project.
  • Post a finished service project on Rotary Showcase to share your success and inspire others.
  • Attend your club’s next assembly and help plan club activities.
  • Volunteer to help with your club’s signature project — one your club is known for in the community.
  • Check out the Member Center and other resources on Rotary.org.
  • Join a Rotary Fellowship and meet Rotarians from other countries who share your interests.
  • Go to your district conference and the Rotary International Convention.
  • Check out another Rotary club’s meeting. Contact its leaders first to make arrangements.
  • Take a course on the Learning Center.


All of the coming events – fund-raising, promotional and social – that are coming up in the next two months.  Can you please list these events in your diaries.

Brass in the Grass 2019 
5.00 to 8.00 pm
11 December

We are collaborating with the East Perth Community Group and will be providing – yes you guessed it – a sausage sizzle.

Perth Homelessness We Care get their annual dinner together which will be held 17th  December

Lindsey Francis seeking assistance with the Perth Homelessness We Care dinner seeking dontations towards the cost of the Turkey,  which comes to $640 required to feed the 350 to 400 homeless as a school has donated the Ham.
I hoped it was a good idea that clubs could chip in a little each. Elizabeth Quay is bumping in the tables  and chairs which have been loaned FoC by Reece, one woman is  making all the rolls by hand , another is going to make Christmas puddings and chocolate puddings despite being on chemotherapy  so I offered before I thought about that some Rotary Clubs would help with the Turkey. If we come in short I will donate the remainder myself, if we come in over in can go towards some more water for them to take away or tins of tuna etc.
RC Matilda Bay
Please donate directly to Lindsey Francis by contacting her via her email.

Shultz Cartoons

Next Club Meeting:
Thursday 12 December 7am for 7.30am start at
Gusti Restaurant
Crowne Plaza
54 Terrace Road, 
Parking in the Street

Meeting cost is
$15 continental and $20 full breakfast


December is family month. It is a time to focus on our families, to involve them in our Rotary service, and to challenge ourselves to do even more for those in need. Because there are so many families and so many children waiting for our help, we, as Rotarians, cannot look away.

“By involving our family members, we make all of our endeavours more successful and enjoyable. We also address the problem, often cited by younger members, that Rotary competes with family time. Once people realize that they do not have to decide between Rotary and family, they will be more likely to accept our invitations to join.
And just as important, once they do join, they are much more likely to become and remain educated, productive Rotarians.”  Jonathan Majiyagbe, RI President 2003-04 (the first year Family month was recognized on the Rotary calendar)
 “It is important to integrate our own families into the family of Rotary.
Rotary should be something that brings our families together – not a force that pulls them apart.
Rotary clubs and districts can offer diverse service and social activities that appeal to all members. This is critical  if we want to attract younger members, who may have children as well as other demands on their time.” Glenn E. Estess, Sr. - RI President 2004-05   

“But the family of Rotary can be more than a single family unit. It can represent many aspects of the organization.
The  RI  Board is part of the family of Rotary International. So is each district as well as each club.
Each Group Study Exchange team is part of the family of Rotary. So are our Rotaractors and Interactors and our Youth Exchange students studying abroad. Our RI training leaders and all of our committees and resource groups form various parts of the family of Rotary. 
Finally, The Rotary Foundation is a large and important part of our family of  Rotary.” Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar  - RI President 2005-06   
“Like our own family, we can count on the family of Rotary to help when help is needed and to share life’s joys and sorrows.
Being part of Rotary means being part of the largest extended family in the world.
Rotary is an organization of people who care — about their homes, their communities, and each other.
And caring is what family is all about. ”W.B. (Bill) Boyd - RI President 2006-07    
 “Our family of Rotary is strong because it’s close, and because it’s always forming new ties.
We need to ensure that Rotary keeps growing – in all the branches of our family.
“December is family month. It is a time to focus on our families, to involve them in our Rotary service, and to challenge ourselves to do even more for those in need.
Because there are so many families and so many children waiting for our help, we, as Rotarians, cannot look away.
We cannot and will not rest until all children, everywhere, have the chance for a long and healthy life.” Dong Kurn (D.K.)  Lee  - RI President 2008-09
“The idea of the family of Rotary is a simple one, and one that we celebrate every December during Family Month.    
Every Rotarian is part of the Rotary family – but our family is much larger than just our 1.2 million members.
The family of Rotary includes every one of the men, women, and children who are involved in our work: the spouses and children of our members, our Rotary Foundation program participants and alumni, and all of those who are part of our programs, in the tens of  thousands of  Rotary communities around the world.” John Kenny - RI President 2009-10
“I feel incredibly strongly that Rotary should never, ever come between the
Rotarian and the family.
Rotary service should be something that brings the family closer together. The more that families are involved in Rotary, the more Rotary will thrive – today and tomorrow.”  Kaylan Banerjee - RI President 2011-12

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Meeting Responsibilities
Roster for 12 December 2019
Set up / Pack away
Fletcher, Rick
Pierazzoli, Claudia
Roster for 19 December 2019
Set up / Pack away
McCappin, Chris
Fletcher, Debbie
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Debbie Fletcher
January 1
Rick Fletcher
December 12
Spouse Birthdays
Vicki Hunter
January 20
Rick Fletcher
December 12
Chris McCappin
Karen Hill
January 31
Robin Arndt
Ann Arndt
December 23
Join Date
Debbie Fletcher
January 1, 2019
1 year
Glenda Hickey
January 1, 2019
1 year
Jim Crossland
January 1, 2019
1 year
Narinder Jessy
January 1, 2019
1 year
Chris McCappin
January 31, 2019
1 year


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Community (Homelessness) Every 1st Wednesday 21 Wittenoom St., East Perth 6pm