Heirisson Happenings
Hello members,
From Treasurer Don,
At our last Meeting on Tuesday November 1
Don spoke on ‘ Cactus control in the rangelands –successes and challenges’
and his involvement as a member of the ‘Cactus Hunters’.  The cactus infestations in the Shire of Leonora are an unfortunate legacy of the many townships and camps established from the 1890s onwards by companies and individuals seeking gold, who introduced cacti as an ornamental plant in an environment where water is scarce.  Although most of these original towns and camps are long gone, the cactus has stayed! 
David Fitzgerald and John Morrissey with a Riverina Pear Cactus at Wilson's Patch north of Leonora.
Former pastoralist and Shire President David
Fitzgerald was concerned about the spread of cactus in the shire – especially species that are categorised as ‘Weeds of National Significance – WONS’ and formed the ‘Cactus Hunters’ in 2008.  Every year they traverse the Leonora area searching likely areas where cactus stands have established.  All locations with infestations are logged with GPS for latitude and longitude.  Significant success has been achieved in using chemical spraying and spreading Cochineal (Dactylopious spp.) insects to kill four extensive stands of cacti.
Coral Cactus in the foreground at Gwalia
The Cactus Hunters have benefited from great support from Jim Epis, CEO Shire of Leonora (https://www.leonora.wa.gov.au/), who provides all the resources for the annual surveys, assists in identifying infestations around the town, and arranging for their control.  Other active participants are the Goldfields Nullarbor Regional Biosecurity Association (GNRBA), St Barbara Mines, and local residents who identify stands of cacti. 
The Cactus Hunters hope that the work in the Shire of Leonora, supported by the Shire and others can serve as an example of what needs to be done and what can be achieved in other rangeland areas known to be infested with cactus. 
Dead Cactus at Gwalia after spraying
Fundraising and Classic Cars and Coffee
A small gang of Heirisson worthies (Rick and Debbie Fletcher, Jim Crossland, President Bronwyn, Ken Mullin and Don Burnside) travelled north for what seemed like forever to Wanneroo Raceway on Sunday 6 November to work with people from the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia in collecting entrance money ($10 per car) for people attending the Classic Cars and Coffee event, courtesy of Justin’s invitation to be involved. 
And we did very well – with a total collection of $6,806.81, of which Heirisson has netted 30 percent being $2,042.04.  This compares very favourably with $1,463 which we netted from CC&C last year.  Huge thanks to Justin and yea for us!  It was a great event – apart from the loud burbling noises of some of the cars, and the waves of fumes, thanks to Jim Crossland we enjoyed jam donuts and coffee and lunch provided by Justin and collected by Debbie Fletcher.  We had quite a lot of fun, although at least one of us had to have a lengthy afternoon snooze when he got home…..
‘Launch of ‘Give a Feed’ – Tuesday 15 November
Our next meeting, on the 15th November is a special meeting because we are launching "Give a Feed 2022".  Thank you to those people who have made themselves available to pack some food boxes already!  This is a great cause and important to Heirisson Rotary Club.  We encourage you to bring guests to this meeting.  As usual we will be providing snacks and you bring your own drinks.  If you are bringing a guest, can you please send me quick email so that I can get an idea of numbers attending, so that the club can cater appropriately.
Social evening – Tuesday 29 November
Given there are three Tuesday’s in November, we will be having a Social Evening at our new venue on Tuesday 29 November – 6.00 pm to whenever.  Rick Fletcher will be bringing his guitar, and sundry other musical equipment and will be treating us to an evening of popular music with an opportunity for club members to join in a format resembling karaoke.  It will be good fun, and so please put in the diary and bring family and friends.
A gentle reminder about six-monthly subs
And finally, a gentle reminder from our gloomy Treasurer who would like to remind those who have not paid subs for July to December 2022 to please do so as soon as possible.  If you have mislaid the email with the invoice, please contact Don Burnside, and he will be delighted to send it to you again.
Next Club Meeting Tuesday November 15th.  
(This coming Tuesday!!)
The meeting will be held in our new venue, The Claisebrook Design Community (CBDC) Centre at 25 Gladstone Street Perth. 6pm for light snacks and drinks with 7pm start and 8pm finish
Meeting cost is $20 which includes light snacks and raffle. Please BYO drinks.
Nov 15, 2022 7:00 PM
Launch of 2022 "Give A Feed" Campaign
Dec 06, 2022 7:00 PM
Homes for Homes Scheme to house the Homeless
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Meeting Responsibilities
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
16 years
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