Heirisson Happenings?

Meeting 31 October
Guest Speaker Alicea Garcia
African Fellowship Agriculture:
gender dynamics with climate change in Ghana Central Region in power as expressed in social norms.

President Allan, Alicea, Don who introduced Alicea and Alicea's PhD Project
Photo: Doug Worthington

Equality matters for climate change adaptation.
There is expected to be a 1 to 3 degree temperature rise by 2060 leading to times of  drought which will impact the people whose livelihood is dependent on agriculture.

The research project is based on a education technical adaptive assets focus. Especically upon gender dynamics with research into existing gender inequality.

The theory behind this research project is based upon Intersectionality Theory where gender roles are one aspect of intersectionality. Alongsdie this is the theory of Subjectivity in its role power and adaptation, especially in its roles in authority and knowledge.

So two questions that guide this research project are: How does gender subjectivity affects crop farmers? And what opportunities for negotiation exist?

These two questions where addressed through: interviews, walk and talk while being video recorded, and in focus groups.

The aim was to discover the perceived strengths of men and women powers as an education resource.

What was discovered was that men were perceived as hard laborers who were providers and this gave them authority to control the resources, and hence control of adaptation.

The cost to the men was that of exhaustion and injury. Men were perceived as physically strong and productive hence they worked large land sized areas. This enabled the men to have purchasing power. The senior responsible men, compared to the men who undertook risky living, were held to be powerful with a lot of influence.

Women were perceived as the polar opposite, even though women are 51% of farmers. Women farm small plots of land for their households giving them less purchasing power. Women were seen as dependent on men for labour.

The single woman and the widow were seen as especially helpless and as having less agency.
Perceived as lazy and uninterested in farming and so excluded from training.

Both men and women show adaptation. Women in being market women who sell in the markets for profit. This brings tension as these market women come to be regarded as powerful exploiters of the farmers. Further, this supplement of income enables the market women more control and to be economically independent.  These market women come to know the market and can predict the market as well as cutting out the middle trader.

The way forward is through emancipation of gender sterotypes to renegotiate power within gender roles undertaken through story education on climate change co-learning  workshops.  Along with visual drawing activity leading to insight through conversation on gender roles within the women and men activities in both farm labour and marketing of the produce.

There is of course the powerful community members who desire to shut down any future change hence the challenge is to keep open these potentials for change. 

More long-term renegotiation is required as little traction has so far been made.

First Aid Boxes Distributed

Michael of Perth Homeless Support Group receiving the First Aid Boxes from Don.
Photo supplied by Don.
The distribution of all available First Aid Kits (contributed by the WA Electoral Commission) has been completed by Richard and Rosalie Saxby and me this morning.  Assuming about 20 kits per box, the distribution was as follows:
140 - St Barts
180 - Homeless Healthcare
115 - Tranby House
60 - Perth Homeless Support Group
60 – Leonora Aboriginal Group (via RC of Osborne Park)
25 – kept by Rosalie
60 – kept by Don (for possible more orders from RC of Osborne Park)
640 in total.
The donation of the kits has been warmly welcomed by the above organisation, and we could have distributed a lot more if we had them.
Ross at St Barts receiving the First Aid Boxes.
Photo by Don Burnside
Well done to Warwick to locating these, and thanks to John Grimshaw (at the Electoral Commission) for his assistance in getting them ready for collection.
Don Burnside
Club Services, Heirisson Rotary Club

Sausage Sizzle Fundraiser
Chem Centre 26 Oct


Photo supplied by Don Burnside

$210 was raised on a quiet day.

Homeless Connect Day on the 13th of November

During these economically difficult times, most of us can still manage to have a few niceties in life. Would you consider fresh new underwear or the availability of sanitary products niceties? Well there is a very large group of Western Australians who unfortunately do consider such items as luxury in their daily struggles.
Homeless Connect is in desperate need of donations for their Homeless Connect Day on the 13th of November.
Please pass on the attached information regarding the donation process and a link to donate directly to the cause to your members.
I call upon all members to dig deep with help to make a small change to someone’s life.
I thank you all for your contributions.
Best regards
Gregory Disselkoen
President Elect Kalamunda Rotary
Email: greg@dissel.com.au

Shelter Box

We are project partners with Rotary International, a global community of 1.2 million neighbours, friends and community leaders. Their aim is to create positive, lasting change in communities at home and all over the world.

By working together with Rotary, we are able to collaborate and combine resources to ensure that we can support more communities in desperate need of shelter.

Rotarians and Rotary groups across the world support us in a variety of ways, from raising funds to providing support on the ground during our response to a disaster. This enables us to cross boundaries and cut through red tape to reach even the most remote communities.

This partnership has helped us to become who we are today. Our global network of ShelterBox affiliates, which provides all round assistance, evolved from Rotary relationships.

Source: https://www.shelterboxaustralia.

Rotary Basics

At rotary we believe in investing in our future by empowering young leaders, helping them learn leadership skills, and giving them opportunities to have cross-cultural experiences.
Rotary Youth Exchange promotes international understanding and lifelong friendships by letting young people see another part of the world. Exchanges can be long-term or short-term. Short-term exchanges last from a few days to several months and often take place when school is not in session. Students typically stay with a local family in the host country, but they might also attend a youth camp or tour the country with other foreign students. During a long term exchange, students spend a year in another country, attending school and living with host families. Exchanges vary widely among districts, so contact your district’s Youth Exchange chair to learn what’s available in your area.
Interact clubs give young people 12-18 years old the chance to work together and have fun while learning about service and promoting international understanding. Each club is required to complete at least two major projects each year, one to serve the community and the other to promote international understanding.
Rotaract clubs are service clubs for young people ages 18-30 that emphasize the importance of leadership and community involvement. Rotaractors can join Rotary clubs and enjoy dual membership until they leave Rotaract.
Interact and Rotaract clubs are sponsored by nearby Rotary clubs. Ask your club leaders how you can get involved if you’d like to work with local Interact and Rotaract clubs.
Go to: https://www.rotary.org/en/

Members of local Canberra region Rotary clubs were integral to the establishment of the NYSF in 1983 (then known as the National Science Summer School).

Today, Rotary clubs around Australia continue to play a key role in supporting the NYSF to deliver its mission, by conducting selections for the NYSF Year 12 Program.

Source: https://www.nysf.edu.au/who-we-are/the-role-of-rotary/

Next Club Meeting:
Thursday 7 November 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
Meeting Next Week
will be FRIDAY 15 November
7am for 7.30am with Give a Feed
Nov 15, 2019
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How Rotary Clubs Access Rotary FOundation through District Grants.

District grants fund small-scale, short-term activities that address needs in your community and communities abroad. Each district chooses which activities it will fund with these grants.

What district grants support

You can use district grants to fund a variety of district and club projects and activities, including:

  • Humanitarian projects, including service travel and disaster recovery efforts
  • Scholarships for any level, length of time, location, or area of study
  • Youth programs, including Rotary Youth Exchange, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), Rotaract, and Interact
  • Vocational training teams, which are groups of professionals who travel abroad either to teach local professionals about their field or to learn more about it themselves

You have plenty of freedom to customize your service projects. 

How they’re funded

Districts may use up to 50 percent of their District Designated Fund to receive one district grant annually. This percentage is calculated based on the amount of DDF generated from a district’s Annual Fund giving three years prior, including Endowment Fund earnings. You aren’t required to request the full amount available.

You’ll receive this funding as a lump sum and then distribute it to your clubs.


Districts need to become qualified to apply for district grants. 

How clubs request funds

If your club is seeking district grant funding, you can apply directly to your district. Individual districts administer their own district grant programs. Check with your district to find out about available funding, application forms and guidelines, deadlines, and any other requirements.

Meeting Responsibilities
Roster for 7 November 2019
Set up / Pack away
Nolan, Richard
Hunter, Greg
Roster for 14 November 2019
Set up / Pack away
Gregory, Peter
Dawson, Janelle
Roster for 21 November 2019
Set up / Pack away
Walker, Justin
Worthington, Doug
Roster for 28 November 2019
Set up / Pack away
Smith, Warwick
Burnside, Don
Roster for 5 December 2019
Set up / Pack away
Webb, Sheridan
Crossland, Jim
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
Rosalie Saxby
November 13
Don Burnside
November 20
Rick Fletcher
December 12
Spouse Birthdays
Bev Burnside
November 12
Rick Fletcher
December 12
Robin Arndt
Ann Arndt
December 23
Join Date
Rod Slater
November 24, 2006
13 years

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.

Melbourne Cup Lunch, 11.00 am, Tuesday 5 November.  Depending on the level of interest, we will organise a lunch event for ‘the race that stops the nation’.  More details to come.
Robin Arndt Testimonial luncheon, Sunday 17 November – to celebrate Robin’s 50 years in Rotary!  This is a provisional booking, depending on the availability of caterers.  However, please pencil this in for now, with more details to follow.
 Foodbank Packing, Foodbank, 8.00 am to 12.00 pm, 25 November.  The Foodbank warehouse is located at Perth Airport (see https://www.foodbank.org.au/?state=wa).  We need to be there early, to enable us to pack about 1,250 hampers, operating along an assembly line.  It is an enjoyable morning.  One requirement – participants need to be wearing closed shoes. 

Footrot Flats Cartoons






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Club Service Every 2nd Tuesday 13 Woodsome St, Mt Lawley 6pm
Community (Homelessness) Every 1st Wednesday 21 Wittenoom St., East Perth 6pm