Heirisson Happenings?

9 January Quest Speaker 
Mar Knox CARAD Refugees in Australia

Quest Speaker Mar with President Elect Don
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World has many reasons why there are refugees. The UN definition is:
Refugees are defined and protected in international law. The 1951 Refugee Convention is a key legal document and defines a refugee as:
“someone who is unable or unwilling to return to their country of origin owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion.”
Of the 25.9 refugees over half are under 18 years of age. That is one person every 3 seconds. The top three countries where refugees come from are: Syria, Afghanistan, and South Sudan. Countries hosting the largest number of refugees are: Turkey (3.68 million), Pakistan (1.40 million), Uganda (1.17 million), Sudan (1.08 million) and Germany (1.07 million). Discounting Germany the reason these countries are hosting refugees is because they don’t go far from their culture.

1% of refugees are in the official UNHCA program and that take a person 10 years.

Australia with a population of 25.9 million takes in 17,000 people which is 0.06%. Australia has obligations under the refugee convention.

A refugee arriving by plane receives bridging visa status but not so for a refugee who arrives by boat. A person who is 10 years in detention or refugee camps is never in community. Hopelessness and despair arise in their lives. The people in the detention centres are surprised that they are treated inhumanely.

It is not illegal to seek asylum, and here the media has conveyed misinformation to the people of Australia.

To be in community a person needs a visa. The bridging visa is constantly being changed by the government, affecting work opportunity, medical care, education access and so on.
The Red Cross and CARAD are the two principal support agencies for refugees. CARAD is the Agency of last resort for these refugees.

CARAD undertakes advocacy like enabling refugees to have concession rates for public transport. Education for access for their children. Currently seeking Medicare access for them.

CARAD conveys a sense of welcome to the refugees. Provides: emergency relief, case work, accommodation, food, and medicine prescription, also conversation English classes, Homework tuition program.

CARAD has launched its Social enterprise Fare Go Food truck. Employment for residents for first job.
Community support is essential for: Foodbank donations, gift cards for supermarkets, instant coffee, unisex deodorant, shampoo and conditioner.

Help by having informed conversations with people.


Quest Speaker Mar being thanked by President Elect Don for the informative presentation.
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The Rotary Australian Bushfire Appeal has been launched and is able to take individual donations. 
The link is https://donations.rawcs.com.au/68-2019-20 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

Outbound Rotary International Student Lauren Wolters

Lauren had her birthday on January 1. Happy birthday Lauren from everyone at the Club.

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.

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.

Calvin and Hobbes

Next Club Meeting:
Thursday 16 January 7am for 7.30am start at
Ibis Styles
69 Adelaide Terrace, East Perth
Meeting cost is
$20 full breakfast




This is the month for us to consider how our Rotary values – and our own actions – influence public perceptions of Rotary. Rotary’s strategic plan outlines five core values that define and guide us as we chart a course into our second century of service.

Service is our first value

Fellowship is the reason Rotary was founded over 100 years ago

Diversity is an aspect of Rotary that becomes more important with every passing year.

Integrity is fundamental to the organization’s identity. 

Leadership, the fifth, and final, core vale.

By living by our core values and committing to Service Above Self, we build a stronger Rotary and a better world for all.

Source: https://portal.

Meeting Responsibilities
Roster for 16 January 2020
Crossland, Jim
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


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