Heirisson Happenings?

16 January Quest Speaker 
June Wade ShelterBox

Quest Speaker June with Past President Greg Hunter
Photo by Justin
ShelterBox was founded in 2000 in the town of Helston, Cornwall, UK by Rotarian and former Royal Navy search and rescue diver Tom Henderson, OBE. That same year the Rotary club of Helston-Lizard adopted it as its millennium project.

SheterBox deliver emergency aid and essentials that people need to begin rebuilding their lives in the aftermath of a disaster.

Each disaster is different, and so is every community. SheterBox makes considered assessments to provide the exact support that gives people the hope and the power to transform their own lives.

The emergency aid supplied comes in the form of ShelterBoxes and ShelterKits. A sturdy green ShelterBoxes contain family-sized tents specially designed to withstand the elements and provide people with temporary shelter until they are able to start the process of rebuilding a home.

ShelterKits contain all of the essential tools people need to start repairing and rebuilding homes straight away.

That’s not all. A home is much more than bricks and mortar or tarpaulin and tent pegs. The kits and boxes contain the items that help transform shelter into a home, like cooking sets, solar lights and activity sets for children.

The kits are tested and a team evaluates all of the aid to be provide by talking to, and learning from, the families who use it. SheterBox innovative and to continually evolving.

SheterBox has an amazing network of volunteers. The emergency aid is hand-packed with care before being transported around the world.

Highly trained ShelterBox response teams then go the extra mile to find the people left most vulnerable after a disaster – to make sure that no one gets forgotten or left behind. Our teams travel by foot, boat, helicopter or even tuk-tuk to get there. Whatever it takes.

The work isn’t done until the right materials to help people transform their lives has been provided.

ShelterBox response teams don’t just provide tools and tents or share skills. ShelterBox teams are the connection between ShelterBox’s supporters and people devastated by disaster – ordinary families helping other families thrown into extraordinary circumstances.

ShelterBox is working with our trusted partners in Syria, supporting families caught up in the latest fighting in the northeast. 

ShelterBox is providing family-sized tents with winter liners for warmth, along with five sleeping mats per family.

Working through local partners, ShelterBox has supported over 50,000 families affected by the conflict in Syria and Iraq since 2012. This makes it the largest and most sustained response in our 19-year history. But the need is as urgent as ever. It is estimated that up to 160,000 are now being forced to flee because of the conflict, with that number expected to rise. 

Since 9 July 2019, heavy monsoon rains have triggered flooding in the low-lying areas of Bangladesh. Around one-third of the country is now underwater. 

Floods and landslides have damaged roads and vital infrastructure leaving thousands of people stranded and without electricity. More than 66,000 homes have been destroyed.

ShelterBox has a team in the country working with Rotary, Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) and other humanitarian organisations.

Months of torrential rain have caused severe flooding in the capital of Paraguay, forcing entire communities to move to higher grounds to survive.

The unusually heavy rain has been linked to the climate pattern El Niño, displacing nearly 20,000 families who urgently need shelter and essential aid.

ShelterBox has worked with partners and local authorities to support families who have lost their homes. Distributions are now complete, with over 2,000 families receiving vital aid.

Severe drought in Somaliland has affected an estimated 766,000 people since November 2016.

Over the last three years the drought has killed up to 80% of the region’s livestock. This has had a devastating effect for thousands of families who rely on livestock farming, forcing them to flee their homes in search of better grazing land. 

ShelterBox has worked closely with partner ActionAid to support families affected by the severe drought, with essential items like tarpaulins and rope. 

ShelterBox has supported over 4,000 families so far, and we’re currently working to see whether we can undertake more projects in the area in the future.  

Since 2009, Boko Haram has been waging an insurgency in Northern Nigeria. The violence has since spread to the neighbouring regions of Niger, Chad and Cameroon. 

Around 10.7 million people in the Lake Chad region are in need of relief assistance. 2.4 million people are estimated to have been displaced and perpetual insecurity continues to drive displacement.

In Cameroon, a new project is supporting families with tents, shelter kits and other essential aid items. In Nigeria, ShelterBox will be working again with partner ACTED to support internally displaced families.

In Ethiopia, severe flooding and conflict have forced people to leave their homes.

Nearly one million people have been forced to flee because of violent conflicts in the Guji-Gedo zone since April 2018.

Severe flooding has also left thousands of families without homes. These rains have continued, triggering recurrent flooding and landslides. 

With the support of a partner, ShelterBox has supported over 3,000 families in total so far. But our work is far from over; our next project starting soon will support over 1,000 more families.

Philippines has its own distribution centre as it has emergencies twice a year. A ShelterBox cost a $1,000 and is donated to the people in need and is paid for half by Rotary and half by the public donation.
ShelterBox has it criteria to assess if what it supplies will help:

1. Permission to respond
Is ShelterBox's response likely to be welcomed?

Has the affected country’s government declared a state of emergency and/or requested support from either local or international NGOs (Non-Governmental Organisations)? ShelterBox needs to make sure that it can work in a country, and has permission from the relevant authorities to be there. 

2. Number of families needing help

Will at least 200 families still need emergency shelter by the time the aid is provided?

ShelterBox's experience shows that when fewer than 200 families have lost their homes, emergency shelter is often more quickly and easily provided by the local community like friends, family and neighbours, or government or other local organisations.

3. Type of aid

Will ShelterBox's emergency shelter aid be culturally and contextually appropriate?

Will families need to stay where they were before the disaster to protect their land? Are families sharing space with other families in places like a community centre? ShelterBox will always ensure the aid we provide is appropriate for the cultures of families in need of support and the conditions they are living in.

4. Length of time support will be needed

Are families likely to be using their emergency aid for at least one month?

ShelterBox will carefully consider whether the need for emergency shelter might reduce. ShelterBox wants to focus on helping people who don't have any other options for emergency shelter or support, and prioritise those who are least able to support themselves.

5. Supporting the most vulnerable
Are there any marginalized or vulnerable groups that aren’t getting any help?

How are local agencies or communities able to help? Are other organisations or agencies already providing the support that is needed? To ensure that ShelterBox aid has the best possible effect, ShelterBox will only respond if other organisations, agencies, partners, or authorities are not already meeting the emergency shelter needs by the time we are able to give help.

6. ShelterBox Resources

Does ShelterBox have the resources needed for the duration of a response?

ShelterBox has limited resources and has to ensure that the response will give families the support they need. ShelterBox carefully considers the resources available and will only decide to respond to a disaster if they know they are able to see it through and achieve  make a positive impact to the lives of the people affected.

7. Can ShelterBox safely respond?ShelterBox takes the safety of its teams, its partners, and its beneficiaries seriously. ShelterBox is experienced in working in lots of different and extreme situations around the world. ShelterBox works hard to understand the risks involved and the resources that will be needed to help local families and ensure that the response can be carried out safely.

8. Global Development Index Rating
What is the affected country’s index rating?

SheterBox will always work hard to prioritise and help the most vulnerable families in an emergency. To ensure that ShelterBox is helping those most in need when disasters happen across multiple countries, it uses additional criteria outlined by INFORM (Index for Risk Management) Global Risk Index and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s list of countries eligible for Official Development Assistance.

9. Positive impact
How quickly and efficiently can ShelterBox respond, and where will its support have the greatest impact for families?

ShelterBox will carefully consider how quickly and efficiently it can respond, and where its aid and support may be best suited for families affected by the disaster.

10. Other, ‘non-shelter’ aid items
Will ‘non-shelter’ items save lives?

Whilst emergency shelter is at the heart of ShelterBox, it also supports families with other essential items that can help provide a sense of normality for families living through disasters, such as water filters, blankets, and mosquito nets. ShelterBox will provide help support that doesn’t include shelter aid when it has the  right items ready for the response and when it can make sure that these items will save lives.

[For More Information please go to https://www.shelterboxaustralia.org.au/]

Student Arrival and Departure

Lauren arrives at Perth International Airport 5.20 pm Saturday 18 January on Emerits flight 420. 10.20 pm James leaves, please be there before 8.30pm.

The Rotary Australian Bushfire Appeal has been launched and is able to take individual donations. 
The link is https://donations.rawcs.
 and I have just made a donation without any dramas.  Note you will be asked to give the name of our district – it is 9455 – I had to go looking for it! 
Dear Perth Rotarians, 
I am writing to you to update you on how we as Rotarians can help those in the East as they battle the fires and resulting devastation. 
As a person who grew up in rural Western Australia (like many of you) I remember only to well the fear and resulting trauma of an out of control fire.  Being a kid and watching your Dad and brothers go off to fight fires, making sandwiches and a thermos of tea to send out, sheltering in the middle room of the house during Cyclone Alby as winds and fires raged all around - these experiences are nothing compared to what those in the East are now experiencing and yet they left a lasting impression on me.  
Below is a link currently being shared on facebook (which some of you may not have access to).  This is a fabulous way of Rotary supporting the fire victims and a guaranteed way of knowing your money donated will be put to good use.  If you have time and some spare cash, it would be fantastic to see Perth Rotary Members donating. 
Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and look forward to catching up with you all post summer holidays at President Vangelis's Cocktail Party, Friday 31 Jan, The Westin Hotel. 
Best wishes, 
President Elect 2020/21
Next Club Meeting:
Thursday 23 January 7am for 7.30am start at
Ibis Styles
69 Adelaide Terrace, East Perth
Meeting cost is
$20 full breakfast




January is Vocational Service Month. People from all over the world have multiple reasons for joining Rotary. Many new Rotarians each year join for the same reason I did — because Rotary is a great way to benefit your career.


People from all over the world have multiple reasons for joining Rotary. Many new Rotarians each year join for the same reason I did — because Rotary is a great way to benefit your career. When I was a new attorney starting out in Alabama, Gay and I became partners in her father's firm. He instilled in us the value of joining Rotary as a way to build relationships and demonstrate to potential clients that we were serious professionals who held firm to values even more robust than what our profession required.
Rotary's commitment to vocational service is built on the highest ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful work, and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society. That last point is so important. No matter our profession, we all contribute mightily to the world when we conduct our work with integrity and always adhere to The Four-Way Test.
I have made balancing the demands of Rotary with professional and family commitments one of my priorities as president. No Rotarian should feel pressured to put in more time than a volunteer position should ever demand. This is true for several reasons, one of them being that the work we do in our day jobs is just as important to Rotary as the work we do in the organization. We carry our Rotary values everywhere, and our professional success helps build a case for Rotary every day we go into the office.
This is particularly important in our efforts to reach younger new members. We want to see a Rotary where no one is ever asked to choose between being a good Rotarian and being a good parent, business owner, manager, or employee. When we ask busy young people to join us, we should not be asking them to give up their time and freedom. We should be rewarding them with an experience that makes everything they already do even more inspiring.
Providing greater balance within Rotary will have another benefit as well: It will create opportunities for other Rotarians, including Rotaractors, to step up and take a leadership role on projects and committees. This will ensure that they remain engaged in our clubs and inspired to be Rotarians for life.
Throughout the world, Rotary is admired for its vocational service and for the time-honored values we instill in all business relationships. As we continue our work to grow Rotary, let us remember that vocational service remains a crucial selling point to potential members.
Rotary Connects the World, and by making Rotary's vocational service work known to people in more professions and at different stages of their careers, we will help grow our organization and make it stronger and more diverse.
Mark Maloney,
Rotary International President, 2019-2020


Meeting Responsibilities
Roster for 23 January 2020
Burnside, Don
Roster for 30 January 2020
Dawson, Janelle
Roster for 6 February 2020
Fletcher, Debbie
Roster for 13 February 2020
Fletcher, Rick
Roster for 20 February 2020
Hickey, Glenda
Roster for 27 February 2020
Hunter, Greg
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Debbie Fletcher
January 1
Spouse Birthdays
Vicki Hunter
January 20
Ann Arndt
February 15
Chris McCappin
Karen Hill
January 31
Greg Hunter
Vicki Hunter
February 28
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
Warwick Smith
February 1, 1992
28 years
Rick Fletcher
February 8, 2019
1 year
Justin Walker
February 21, 2019
1 year

General Catch Up

Tony brought a banner from his Rotary Club of Tarporley.

Brass on the Grass donated the net profit of $552.29 to St Barts.

Give a Feed has so far done 2,871 hampers 70,000 more than target of 2,500.

Australia Day Sausage Sizzle has already enough staff for the 9am to 4pm, the staff for 4pm to 10pm requires 8 people and 5 nominated at the meeting, if you would like to help please let Don know.

Duck derby has a discounted car which is yellow in colour.
ClubRunner Mobile
  Committee Meetings Monthly  
Board Every 3rd Tuesday Board Member homes in Mount Lawley 6.30pm
Club Service Every 2nd Tuesday 29 Woodsome St, Mt Lawley 6.30pm
Community (Homelessness) Every 1st Wednesday 21 Wittenoom St., East Perth 6pm