Heirisson Happenings?

Last Week's Guest Speaker: Kathie Whitely

Water for Africa


Kathie Whitely with president Greg Hunter presenting her talk.
Picture Doug Worthington


  • 46,000,000 people in Tanzania and Uganda do not have access to clean drinking water. That's the approximately 2 times the population of Australia!
  • Over 4000 children die every year from diarrhoea from drinking contaminated water in Tanzania
  • 70% of households in Tanzania are without clean drinking water
  • Women and children especially girls carry the burden to collect water each day in Tanzania, resulting in walking for many kms, often leaving them in vulnerable situations and not allowing them to attend school to receive an education.


People are the reason. People are the foundation and focus, they are the drive and passion for what we do.

Each individual like you and me has dreams and desires, we each long to have an amazing life full of happiness to be secure and safe. We can talk all the stats and figures, feel sorry for the Tanzania people but at the end of the day while we sit and read this their life continues. They walk for kilometres in search for water and I’m sure along the way they dream of a life outside the search, about family, friends and what’s for lunch…the usual things of life.

We simply believe that no person should have to live without clean drinking water. Each person is beautiful and they should not have to suffer because they don’t have the essentials.

It’s simply unfair…that’s what drives Water for Africa…..Beautiful People.


Our aim is to ensure that everybody has access to clean drinking water. We do this by installing and maintaining new water projects in remote communities. What we have observed in Tanzania there are many abandoned broken wells but the local people don’t have the knowledge and resources to fix them. This lead us to set up a sustainable program where we empower, train and employ local people to be the solution to this problem and benefit the community.

What we want to see in the future is this sustainable model duplicated across the nation of Tanzania and beyond.


We often get asked what motivates the ‘Water for Africa’ team to do what is does. And of course it’s the beautiful people, it’s the mamas, children and men.

What causes someone to believe that a difference can be made?
What is it that makes you look at someone and believe for the impossible? 

It is our Faith that gives us this perspective.

We view each individual through what the bible says, that they have a heavenly Father who is madly in love with them and longs for his children to know him. They may live in the furthest corners of the globe and feel forgotten but he knows each person by name.

We are compelled by love to drive, walk and travel to the most remote and isolated people to help give them access to clean drinking water and share this good news.

[Source: https://waterforafrica.com.au/clean-water/https://waterforafrica.com.au/clean-water/]


Janelle with President Greg and Robin Arndt who did the Induction
Photograph by Doug Worthington
Janelle Dawson was welcomed and made a member of the Heirisson Rotary Club last week. Congratulations Janelle.
President Greg Handing the Rotary Club of Heirisson Induction Documents to Janelle
Photograph Doug Worthington
Club Member Ross Jones' Talk 6 June
Pankaj Mishra Age of Anger: A History of the Present 2017
Who is Pankaj? He is an Indian born cosmopolitan.
Pankaj grew up in semi-rural India to parents who were shaped by their upbringing in a pre-modern world of myth, religion and custom. He observed the rupture of lived experience and historical continuity leading to emotional and psychological disorientations in the arduous journey to modernity.
Pankaj’s earliest readings were in Indian classical literature and philosophy, and continues to marvel at Buddhism’s subtle analysis of human experience.
Pankaj’s intellectual formation is largely European and US American. Unqualified regard for Montaigne who recognized the diversity of human cultures and the subdivisions of the individual selves, commending humility, self-restraint, and compassion before the reality of human existence.
Pankaj is drawn mostly to German, Italian, Eastern European and Russian thinkers. For this has much to do with his upbringing in India which like Germany and Russia were latecomers to modernity. India now has its nationalists fabricating a proud new Hindu ideology.
He sees the old West-dominated word order now giving way to global disorder.
Pankaj calls himself a stepchild of the West and feels sympathy for both sides. He lives in London and is a columnist for the Bloomberg Review (International Newsagency headquartered in New York), the New York Times Book Review. Writes regularly for the Guardian British daily newspaper, the London Review of Books, and The New Yorker. A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
What is Pankaj’s concern? Attacks on Western cities since 9/11 in 2001 by alQaeda raised the question “Why do they hate us?” Then ISIS raised more questions.as an anonymous writer to The new York Review of Books wrote that, “nothing since the Vandals in Roman North Africa has seemed so sudden, incomprehensible, and difficult to reverse.”
For Pankaj this has been a major error for 9/11 was portrayed as a clash civilization and missed the unfocused fury and frustration of citizens feeling left behind in unequal societies. Of individuals living with a constant dread where social, political and economic forces determining their lives are unclear. Globalization and volatile markets restrict nation’s autonomy, refugees and immigrants challenge citizenship, national culture and tradition. The fear and insecurity expands.
The hopeful period following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 for with the collapse of Soviet communism the universal triumph of liberal capitalism and democracy seemed assured. Free markets and human rights were the correct formula for the billions trying to overcome degrading poverty and political oppression.
For Pankaj the core issue is Post 1945 planned protected economic growth within sovereign states to uplift specific goals like gender equality.
In the age of globalization post fall of the Berlin Wall political life has become boisterous with unlimited demands for individual freedoms and satisfactions.
From the 1990s a democratic revolution of aspiration across the world with longings for wealth, status and power, along with stability and contentment. In India egalitarian ambition broke free of old social hierarchies.
The crisis of recent years is the failure to realize the ideals of endless economic expansion and private wealth creation.
Most newly created individuals operate within poorly imagined social and political communities within states with weakening sovereignty. Suffer from the loss of old certainties about their place in the world with sense of identity and self-worth along with links to traditional communities and other systems of support and comfort and sources of meaning.
Isolation also been intensified with the decline of post-colonial nation-building ideologies and the junking of social democracy by technocratic elites.
Herded by capitalism and technology into common present with grossly unequal distributions of wealth and power have created humiliating new hierarchies. Hannah Arendt’s “negative solidarity” increased by digital communications with improved capacity for envious and resentful comparison of the commonplace with its compromised quest for individual distinction and singularity.
Many of the shocks of modernity were once absorbed by inherited social structures of family and community and the state’s welfare cushions. Today’s individuals are directly exposed in accelerating competition on uneven playing fields, so it is easy to feel that there is no such thing as either society or state and that there is only a war of all against all.
Their evidently natural rights to life, liberty and security challenged by deep-rooted inequality and threatened by political stagnation and climate change.
Hannah Arendt feared a “tremendous increase in mutual hatred and … irritability of everyone against everybody else.” As ressentiment as existential resentment of other people’s being because of envy, humiliation and powerlessness which infects civil society undermining political liberty in authoritarianism and chauvinism as prejudiced support for one’s cause.
Our perplexity that societies organized for individual self-interest can collapse into manic tribalism and nihilistic violence. In the entrepreneurial free market world swift economic growth and worldwide prosperity enabling Asian, Latin American and African societies to become more secular, rational. Governments getting out of the way of entrepreneurs and stop subsidizing the poor and lazy. Hence in 1990 V.S. Naipaul stated, the “pursuit of happiness through individual enterprise as the final and greatest quest of humankind.”
Yet this secular salvation has been undermined in the assumption that the future will be materially superior to the present yet it is not easily abandoned.
In 1919 only 20% of humankind lived in countries claiming to be independent. In Asia and Africa traditional religious and philosophical belief gave most people their interpretation of the world and their life meaning with social ties and shared beliefs, with family structures and professional and religious bodies defining the common good and the individual. Few could become disenchanted with liberal modernity.
Now billions are exposed to the promises of individual freedom in a global neo-liberal economy imposing constant improvisation and adjustment.
Can the millions of young people awakening around the world realize the promise of individual freedom and prosperity?
The world has never seen a greater accumulation of wealth, or a more extensive escape from material deprivation but this cloaks the inequality of opportunity with nearly half of the world’s income between 1988 and 2011 appropriated the richest tenth of humanity.
A quarter of the world’s largely urban population, 1.8. billion, are between fifteen and thirty. Extremists find easy recruits among unemployed youth. Having undergone multiple shocks and displacements in their transition to modernity and find themselves unable to fulfil the promise of self-empowerment. Heightened in the IT revolution with young graduates and dropouts overnight billionaires. The chasm between them and the technocratic and financial elites.
The majority see social power monopolized by people with money, property, connections, and feel shut out from higher culture and decision making.
Even in advanced countries the collapse of the labour market with young people working part time, study and work at the same time, travelling huge distances to find work (in different countries and culture).
White nationalists in US taking control of their lives again vindicating their liberties. China’s Xi Jinping, India’s Modi, Russia’s Putin, Turkey’s Erdogan, retrofit old-style nationalism for their growing populations of uprooted citizens with their sense of self-contradictory yearnings for belonging, identity and community, along with individual autonomy, material affluence, and national power. The demagogues promise security in an insecure world. The demagogues take a generalized discontent, the mood of drift, resentment, disillusionment and economic shakiness and transform it into a plan for doing something. They make inaction seem morally wrong. Many young people are eager to transform their powerlessness into irrepressible rage to hurt or destroy.

Ross Jones with President Greg 
Photograph Doug Worthington


As discussed at recent weekly meeting, nominations are sought for a number of Board and Office Bearer roles for the club for the 201,9-2020 Rotary Year.
Attached is a summary of current and sought positions, obviously the blank spots are the positions we seek to fill.
These are briefly summarized below;
Role Level Description Secretary Board Prepares agenda for Board Meetings Takes minutes of Board meetings Handles club communications and mail distribution Updates membership records Other at direction of the board.
Director Youth Board Organise Youth Directorate meetings Manage Youth programs Liaise with Girrawheen Senior High School in conjunction with Allan Mclean, [school Board Chair)
Social Office Bearer Plan and implement a social program for club members
Speaker Program Office Bearer Organise the Guest Speaker program. Seek input from members, contact and liaise with Guest Speakers to ensure a diverse and interesting Guest Speaker Program.
Web Master Office Bearer Manage the clubs website and social media.
Public Relations Office Bearer
A new role. Manage the club's Publlc Relations;- liaise with webmaster for web and Facebook content; prepare press releases; other Public Relations initiatives.
Taking on one of the above roles is a great way to get to know and gain an understanding of the club's operations.
All Office Bearers will be members of the Club Services Directorate but will also be free to join other directorates of interest.
To discuss any role of interest to you, please contact Allan Mclean or the current incumbent to get further information.
Allan Mclean President Elect.
Friday 5 July Changeover Dinner for members and their partners with a three piece band.
Greg Hunter
Allan McLean
President Elect
Allan McLean
Don Burnside
Don Burnside
Bronwyn Denman
Bronwyn Denman
Director Club Services
Allan McLean
Don Burnside
Director – Community
Ken Mullin
Ken Mullin
Director – Youth
Claudia Pierazzoli
Director International
Rod Slater
Rod Slater
Don Burnside
Bulletin Editor
Ross Jones
Ross Jones
Membership Committee
Greg Hunter; Allan McLean; Don Burnside; Ken Mullin; Sheridan Webb; Justin Walker
Greg Hunter; Allan McLean; Don Burnside; Ken Mullin; Sheridan Webb; Justin Walker
Club Services
Club Services
Rod Slater
Rod Slater
Don Burnside/Allan McLean
Speaker Program
Robin Arndt
Web Master
Warwick Smith
Volunteers interested in taking on any of the above positions are welcome to contact Allan McLean on 0411 721 851 to discuss the expectations of the respective roles.
Thank You.
Allan McLean.
President Elect
Next Club Meeting:
Thursday 20 June 7am for 7.30am start at
Antico Caffe 
3/81 Royal St,
East Perth
Jun 20, 2019
“Supporting people to transition from homelessness”
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Meeting Responsibilities
Roster for 20 June 2019
Set up / pack away
Webb, Sheridan
McCappin, Chris
Roster for 27 June 2019
Set up / pack away
Walker, Justin
Worthington, Doug
Roster for 4 July 2019
Set up / pack away
Smith, Warwick
Burnside, Don
Roster for 11 July 2019
Set up / pack away
Fletcher, Rick
Pierazzoli, Claudia
Roster for 18 July 2019
Setup / pack away
Jessy, Narinder
Nolan, Richard
Roster with 25 July 2019
Set up / pack away
Crossland, Jim
Mullin, Ken
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Chris McCappin
June 12
Janelle Dawson
June 12
Sheridan Webb
June 30
Spouse Birthdays
Bruce Bartlett
June 11
Jaki Crossland
June 21
Debbie Fletcher
July 1
Sapna Jessy
July 1
Janelle Dawson
Bruce Bartlett
June 13
Join Date
Don Burnside
June 12, 2017
2 years
Bronwyn Denman
June 30, 2014
5 years

Rotary Quotes

1999-2000 Carlo Ravizza (architecture), Rotary Club of Milano Sud-Ovest, Italy.
Rotary vision: To ensure Rotary’s success in the 21st century through the message Rotary 2000: Act with Consistency, Credibility, and Continuity.
“Clearly, we are moving toward a future that will be characterized at once by desperate needs and vast potential. We Rotarians are especially well-positioned to serve as a bridge between the problems and the possibilities. We have a strong presence in nations that are technology-rich as well as in countries that can barely meet even the most basic human needs. Let us use that presence — and the unique perspective it affords us — to create the vibrant spirit of Rotary…and extend it to every part of the globe.”
— Rotary 2000, THE ROTARIAN, July 1999
Club Sponsored Outbound Student
Photo of our sponsored outbound exchange student and family. Student is James with mum, dad and sister.
James is a 15 yr old student at Shenton College, very bright, mature, intelligent and well self disciplined.
We believe he will be a fantastic ambassador for both club and country.
Allan McLean
Youth Director,  Rotary Club of Heirisson

Homelessness Awareness at St George's College

Carol Wohlnick, Ken Mullin, Gary Racey (Principal of St George's College)

Ken Mullin presenting to the St George's College Students on Homelessness


ClubRunner Mobile
  Committee Meetings    
Board Every 3rd Tuesday Board Member homes in Mount Lawley 6pm
Club Service To be announced To be advised 6pm
Community (Homelessness) Every 1st Wednesday 21 Wittenoom St., East Perth 6pm