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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
 

AFL Women's is Australia's national Australian rules football league for female players. The first season of the league began in February 2017 with eight teams.  Come and learn more about it.

Brunette Lenkic
Apr 17, 2018
 
No Speaker
Apr 24, 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
May 01, 2018 7:30 AM
 
 
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May 05, 2018 8:00 AM –
May 06, 2018 5:00 PM
 

The Big Issue is an independent, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting and creating work opportunities for homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged people. Simply put, they help people help themselves.

Andrew Joske
May 08, 2018 7:30 AM
 

Redkite is an Australian cancer charity that supports children and young people with cancer (0–24 years) and their families. We provide essential support from the moment of diagnosis until after treatment finishes, including financial assistance, information and counselling, and education and career support.

Karen Fleischer
May 15, 2018 7:30 AM
 

Cate Pearce, the convenor of the Western Australian Genealogical Society, https://membership.wags.org.au/ will be talking about the use of DNA testing for genealogical research.  The use of DNA testing allows you to  uncover your ethnic mix, discover distant relatives, and find new details about your unique family history with a simple DNA test.   It’s a fascinating subject and Cate is passionate about it and most interesting to listen to. 

This will be an evening meeting held at Central Park, 152 – 158 St Georges Terrace, in the Conference Centre commencing at 6:00.  Drinks and nobbles will be served. Please let David know if you will be coming.

Cate Pearce
May 22, 2018 6:00 PM
 
May 27, 2018
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
 
We will be assisting MLA Toni Buty, the member for Armadale, at the end of this event with the provision of a light lunch.  The competitors include the Deputy Premier and Treasurer.  The riders are due in at 12:20 pm and we have been asked to prepare a light lunch (sandwiches, coffee, muffins etc.) for them and some of their support crew.  
May 27, 2018 12:00 PM
 
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Striling Mayor Mark Irwin
May 29, 2018 7:30 AM
 
The annual Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal is on again and we will be assisting with the tin rattle.
Jun 02, 2018 9:00 AM
 
Speaker free day
Jun 05, 2018 7:30 AM
 

Arthur is a member of the Rotary Club of West Perth and is currently leading the SeeLOng Project for spectacle recycling to Sri Lanka with the Rotary Club of Columbo, restoring vision to many thousands.

Arthur Blaquierie
Jun 12, 2018 7:30 AM
 

Inclusion Solutions is a social enterprise that supports the work and objectives of Inclusion WA, a not-for-profit organisation with a proud 25-year history. Social inclusion is our passion. We develop programs that connect peoples at risk of social exclusion and isolation with their own communities.​ We wholeheartedly believe in the importance of inclusion and the many benefits it provides individuals and communities. These benefits touch all parts of our community, and include improved physical and mental wellness, an enhanced sense of belonging, stronger networks of social support and economic growth arising from a healthier society.

Ciara Cooney
Jun 19, 2018 7:30 AM
 

Darren Loman, who you may recall from Dreamfit, has started a new venture GreenBatch.  GreenBatch is working towards building Western Australia's first plastic recycling facility. That's right: there are currently no plastic recycling facilities in WA. Every time you put a plastic bottle into the recycling bin, it is sold to the global waste market and shipped overseas (yes, there is such a thing!).  

Darren Loman
Jun 26, 2018 7:30 AM
 
Anna Sawyer
Jul 17, 2018 7:30 AM