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PP Peter Nichols presented a slide show titled “Where it all began” which was compiled by PP Gary. It covered the process of chartering our club from early interest meetings to charter night and the list of charter members. The slide show is available on request from PP Peter and hopefully will be seen on our club website soon.
This year Wyndham and Warracknabeal Rotary clubs celebrated the 12th year of our mutual support and exchange programs. In this time Wyndham have visited Warracknabeal 5 times and Warracknabeal has visited Wyndham 3 times.
Each visit has deepened the mutual respect and admiration between the clubs.
We commenced by financially supporting the Primary and Secondary School's breakfast program in 2009 / 10 and then due to the effects of COVID on our Club, Warracknabeal supported our brekky program in 2020.
We have been glad to help with many projects during our visits, including Rotary Park, the gardens at the hospital, fund raise through buying a sheep in Warracknabeal's sheep project and the Paddock To Plate dinner.
This year 9 Wyndham members made the enjoyable journey to help celebrate Warracknabeal Rotary's 87th anniversary in Rotary Australia’s 100th year. The Warracknabeal Club was chartered on March 31, 1934, was Club number 19 in Australia, and Perth was in Warracknabeal's district. 
3 New members who haven’t been on an exchange before were inspired by the benefits of this program.
I would encourage all members to ensure we can support this program as an ongoing initiative. (here, here, although you could say I have peculiar interests) Ed  :)
The Yarriambiack Shire is approx 180 Km Long and 40 Km wide = 7200 Sq KM

   The Sheep Hills Silos are 33Metres Tall (100 Feet for you oldies)

                         This Story was written by Daniela Garcia

Polio, and the lifelong paralysis it can cause especially in young children, became preventable when Dr. Jonas Salk introduced the polio vaccine in 1955. Since Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative took on the fight against polio, they have developed systems to facilitate both immunizations and eradication.

This polio eradication infrastructure helps get us closer to a polio-free world. But did you know that it is used to fight and protect against other diseases, too? Here are five examples of the polio infrastructure at work: 

The cold chain 

The polio vaccine must be kept cool, or it risks losing its effectiveness. The cold chain system — made up of freezers, refrigerators, and cold boxes — was developed to allow polio workers to store the vaccine and transport it over long distances in extremely hot weather. In Pakistan, a measles immunization program now relies on the same system. With the help of the cold chain, Sindh province recently reached its goal of immunizing more than 7.3 million children against measles. 


A critical component in immunizing more children against polio, especially in remote regions, is microplanning. A microplan allows health workers to identify priority communities, address potential barriers, and develop a plan for a successful immunization campaign. The workers collect as many details as possible about communities to help them reach and vaccinate all of the children, and this strategy has helped keep India polio-free for five years. Now the Mewat district of India is using microplanning to increase its rates of vaccination against measles and rubella.


The polio surveillance system helps detect new cases of polio and determines where and how these cases originated. Environmental surveillance, which involves testing sewage or other environmental samples for the presence of poliovirus, helps workers confirm polio cases in the absence of symptoms like acute flaccid paralysis (AFP). In Borno state in Nigeria, the AFP surveillance system is now being used to find people with symptoms of yellow fever and was one of many tactics used during a 2018 yellow fever outbreak that resulted in the vaccination of 8 million people. 

Contact tracing

Because polio is a transmittable disease, health workers use contact tracing to learn who has come in contact with people who might be infected. Contact tracing was also critical to containing an Ebola outbreak in Nigeria in 2014. When a traveler from Liberia was diagnosed with Ebola, Nigerian officials were able to quickly trace and isolate the traveler’s contacts, helping prevent the disease from spreading further.

Emergency operations centers

An important part of the polio infrastructure that Rotary and its partners have built is the emergency operations centers network. These centers provide a centralized location where health workers and government officials can work collaboratively and generate a faster, more effective emergency response. The emergency operations center in Lagos, Nigeria, which was originally set up to address polio, was adapted to handle Ebola, and it ultimately helped the country respond quickly to an Ebola outbreak. Only 19 Ebola cases were reported, and the country was declared Ebola-free within three months.



Breakfast club volunteers this week were Len Marshall and Les Porter. After a slow start we were happy to see many children requesting a cheese toasty or toast with jam. The number of sign ins were approx 50 with many having a 2nd visit. A very enjoyable morning finished at 9.00am
Monday, May 3's  volunteers are Jill Hartcher and Julie Mason.
Len Marshall Community team member
It is with great humility that I present to you the 2020/21 Board.
PresidentMichael Lapiña
Immediate Past PresidentAlan Davidge
President ElectJenny Nunan
Vice President - FoundationJulie Mason
Executive SecretarySteve Payne
TreasurerMelinda Dobai
Director - Club ServicesRobert de Vries
Director - CommunityPhil Hartcher
Director - InternationalSue Campbell
Director - VocationalTony Ebejer
Director - YouthWendy Jordan
Thank you to all of those that have stepped up to support me on the Board.  It's going to be a challenging year, but I'm confident that we will be extremely successful with all the activities we put our hearts and minds to.
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