We had a Club ‘housekeeping’ meeting this time, during which we conducted a de-briefing after our very successful Fete – held in conjunction with St Edmund’s Church in Wembley. President Jeremy asked Fete Committee Chairman Peter Pearse to lead the discussion, and it was a very useful exercise. The location for the event was ideal, and the total involvement by Club Members and their families was wonderful. Credit card sales accounted for about 20% of the turnover, but at future events we expect this to increase a lot. We need to find out through surveys what drew the patrons to the event, e.g. radio, Post newspaper coverage etc., as it was suggested that letter box pamphlets will become much less effective. Many thanks go to our Fete Committee, and especially to Peter and Leonie Pearse and Frank Nathan for a fantastic effort! Thanks also go to each and every participant as well – wonderful commitment by Rotary and St Edmunds!
Last weekend many of our Members, Wives and families distributed pamphlets advertising the Rotary Cans for Christmas project – held in conjunction with Foodbank WA to assist the vulnerable at this time of the year. Donations of cans and packaged non-perishable foodstuff can be taken to the nearest collection point (Wembley Districts Junior Cricket Club car park off Selby Street Wembley near Hay Street) on Saturday 5 December between 8.00 am and 1.00 pm. Please consider contributing if you can.
Last Wednesday, 2nd December 2020, seven of our Members joined 156 year 10 students from John XXIII College at the Claremont Showground for the Rotary WA Driver Education programme. The students were split into six groups and attended six separate 25 minute instructive sessions on various points of driving. They learned about the many and varied issues relating to motor vehicles and what accidents can befall young drivers. Particularly confronting was a presentation by a genuinely badly physically affected crash survivor - you could hear a pin drop while he was speaking. The students were well behaved and a credit to John XXIII College. Without doubt the programme was beneficial in some way to each of them and, as a youth programme, is very much what Rotary is all about. Feedback from the school was extremely positive and they want to book their year 10s in again next year for a third straight year.