Event Types

Linda J Bettenay is a local WA author who writes under her birth name and is an excellent and entertaining speaker.  Linda was born in Roleystone, into a pioneering orcharding family who have farmed the land since 1901 and have lived in the area since 1895.

Linda's current occupation is owner and editor of a community magazine, The Roleystone Courier. This monthly publication has existed in Roleystone for over 40 years and, along with her husband Mike, has owned and operated this business since January 2008. This is a labour of love, providing a much loved and important method of communication to this delightful rural community.

Prior to this, Linda was in education and spent over 30 years in schools across regional Western Australia.

Linda and Mike have two sons, Joseph and Brett, two daughters-in-law Beth and Rebecca and three very cherished grandchildren Leigh, Violet and Mirabelle.

Linda's stimulus to write her first novel has come from the discovery of an amazing, true story of an event in her husband's family. This story was kept secret from the family over the years and was only recently uncovered.
'Secrets Mothers Keep', 'Wishes For Starlight' and 'The Apple Core Wars' make up the 'Secrets Series', fictionalised stories based in the rich history of Western Australia.

Linda J Bettenay
Jan 23, 2018

In third world countries, girls frequently miss school and are confined to their rooms for while menstruating.  Days for Girls is dedicated to creating a more free, dignified, and educated world, through providing lasting access to feminine hygiene solutions and health education. 

Penny Hooper
Jan 30, 2018

Vanessa is a 19 year old woman who is both deaf and blind.  While Ms Vlajkovic was born blind, her hearing did not begin to deteriorate until she was seven.  She learnt braille at 4 and twelve months ago switched off from the hearing world.  Due to her limited vision, the Auslan is ‘tactile’ meaning the signs are formed on Vanessa’s hands. 

Vanessa has never let her sensory loss prevent her from being involved at school and in the community – competing in gymnastics and cheer-leading, several awards, and being named WA Young Person of the Year in 2016. She has become a significant advocate within the Deafblind Community, and helped establish Deafblind West Australians, an entity providing support, social interaction and advocacy for deafblind individuals.   

The Rotary Club of Osborne Park sponsored her to attend the 9th European Deafblind International Conference, held in Aalborg, Denmark in September 2017 where she presented a paper on  “The important role that touch has played in my life”.  

Vanessa Vlajkovic
Feb 06, 2018

Michele Alexander knows what it’s like to go through a good dose of hell. She woke up one day and her hearing started failing. Then. It was gone. How would you feel if that happened to you?

The only option was a cochlea implant. If I woke up and found myself without hearing, I could probably kiss DJing and Beatboxing goodbye. But then again, people like Michele are proof that you can do more than manage a new way of life, you can excel. Michele overcame that most dreadful of challenges to which we are all susceptible. I’m not talking about losing your hearing, but something harder to come to grips with. The accepting of yourself the way you are.

Michele tells a story of being ashamed of her cochlea implant. She didn’t want anyone to know. On top of that, she got her fair share of cancer, had chemo and lost her hair. This resulted in having to wear a wig because she was still so afraid of people seeing the cochlea implant.

Things changed in a single moment when she met Nick Vujicic. A super human without arms and legs. Michele went to give Nick a hug at one of his gigs and this is where she had a healing transformation. She told Nick, “before I give you a hug, I have to do something.” She removed her wig in front of all those people. Exposing her cochlea implant of course, but more importantly, accepting who she really was.

Many of us go through life hiding something from others, when really it’s not the worst thing when they find out. In fact, most people do not react the way we think they would have. It’s our own acceptance of who we are. Yet, I believe there is something even greater at play here. A further fear and Ordeal to pass through. It is quite simply, facing our light, seeing that we are capable of amazing things even in the face of weakness.

Michele is a business coach and the past-President of Belmont Rotary Club.

Michelle Alexander
Feb 20, 2018

Past District Governor Ron Geary is a Endowment and Major Gifts Adviser for Zone 8 and a Director of the Rotary Foundation Australian Ltd.   He will be talking to us about the ring pull program and other Rotary projects that he is familiar with.

Ron Geary
Feb 27, 2018

Robert Vickers is the Event Manager for Urban Descent, who will be running the abseiling and other height events at our Conquer the Quarry event.  Robert will talk to us about the event, the site and their safety systems and any other information we may want.

Robert Vickers
Mar 06, 2018

James Chesters, will be going on an expedition to Nicaragua and Costa Rica for three months in September.  He will be joining the registered charity Raleigh International and is committed to raising £3,000 in funds as a donation to help them continue doing their life changing work around the world.

Volunteers on the expedition will be working with rural communities in the very heart of Nicaragua and remote areas of Costa Rica, protecting one of the most bio-diverse places on the planet, and expedition projects can involve working on water and sanitation initiatives to bring clean water to rural communities, or constructing school buildings for indigenous communities.

He will be joining as a volunteer communications officer, and will be taking leave from my full time desk job for the unpaid position. "I am very lucky to have had many opportunities in my life -- now it is time to use my skills I to give back. I want to help rural and indigenous communities, and support Raleigh International who enable local communities and young people to work side by side to create positive change in the world, empowering them."

James Chesters
Mar 13, 2018

Sarah Cairns will be coming along with another one or two members of the City and two young people to talk about the youth programs run by the City and another program that they are keen to implement and need funding for.

Sarah Cairns
Mar 20, 2018 7:30 AM

Matthew is a recent Rotary Youth Leadership Award ​attendee and will be coming along to talk about his experience at the recent RYLA camp.

Matthew Haddon
Apr 03, 2018 7:30 AM

Injury Matters leads the way in preventing injury and supporting recovery by providing programs and services that enable Western Australians to live long and healthy lives.

Georgie Sweeting
Apr 10, 2018 7:30 AM
May 05, 2018 8:00 AM –
May 06, 2018 5:00 PM
May 27, 2018
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM