All posts by Margie Coxall

Give a Damn Give Raises estimated $30,000 in Goods

 Rotary – Give a Damn Give a Can Day provides and estimated $30,000 in cans and dry goods in aid of those in need.

Blue skies, and pink bags came together for the fourth annual Give a Dam Give a Can collection  and once again the  folk in Fremantle and district have shown their willingness to assist those not so fortunate in the community.

This year four Rotary Clubs, Fremantle , Fremantle Port, Attadale and Cockburn joined together to collect donations of cans and dry goods which were passed on to five  community organisations including the Salvos, Women’s Refuge, Church Freo’s Homeless Project, St Pats and Anglicare.  These gifts will be used to provide hot meals, and assistance parcels to individuals and families who need  a helping hand.

Our carpet of pink in the park attracted attention from passersby and several people who missed the door to door collection, including Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettit delivered their bags in person and joined in the “thank you” sausage sizzle for volunteers and friends.

Local pharmacies also acted as delivery points and three local schools were also involved asking their students to take part in the collection and providing excellent contributions.

Rotary members hand delivered the bags and then collected them with assistance from friends and family.  A good walk on a beautiful day followed by a sausage sizzle yielding over an estimated  $30,000 of aid to the community.  Rotary – helping hands in the Community. To join us in projects call Bob Coventry 0467 609 993
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Staying Safe on Line – a very important issue for all of us at Freo Rotary

Last Wednesday night we had Kero O’Shea give a very informative talk on the importance of following some fairly simple procedures to ensure we stay safe online.  The Rotary Club were very appreciative of Kero’s talk and there many questions at the end.  It was great to have him at our meeting and we hope he enjoyed his evening with us.  Pictured are Kero showing President Jan some examples of what to look for when on line.kero

Timely reminder to lock up

communitypolicingPaul Samson and Dave Whitelaw from the Crime Prevention Unit gave us a timely reminder to be diligent in making sure our property is secure, last Wednesday.  They gave  very informative and factual talk on how to increase our personal security and how to be aware of simple ways to prevent theft and damage.  Rotary Fremantle thank Dave and Paul for giving us time to talk to us.


Connecting a business with China the opportunities and pitfalls

On Wednesday 6th Feb 2013, Allen Vaughan, son of our indefatigable member, Maisie, gave a fascinating talk on the pros and cons of setting up a business in connection in China. From Allen’s talk it was obvious that a great deal of persistence  tact and mutual understanding was needed to be successful and we wish him well in all his future endeavours. Pictured are Allen together with his proud mum, Maisie

Next weeks talk at Fremantle Rotary  is on home security and will be given by Dave Whitelaw & Paul Samson from Community PoliceMaisie

4 Way Test finals night at Kwinana

Fremantle, Cockburn, Kwinana and Fremantle Port Clubs joined together at Kwinana club rooms for the local district final of the 4 Way Test Speech last Monday night.  Year 10 contestants came from Hamilton High and CBC Fremantle.  The contestants were asked to speak on Rotary’s test on the things we think, say or do- Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned? Pictured with the contestants are President Jan Mason from Fremantle Rotary and the presidents of the three other clubs involved.

Rotary Medal Award

President Jan Mason shown presenting the The Rotary Medal  to Rose Fitzpatrick at  John Curtin College of the Arts.  The medal is awarded to a student who has attained high academic achievement, has been involved in extra curricular school activities, demonstrated leadership and exemplary conduct

Rotary Christmas cakes and puddings

 We will shortly be receiving our Christmas cakes and puddings. Please help if you can it’s an important fundraiser for our club.

We have a number of customers in place which include businesses and retirement villages who will take orders of anywhere between a dozen and 6 dozen items. We will lose some as our contacts disappear so it is important that we source new customers. If anyone has any contacts please let us know and we will provide selling aid material. Some will sell the cakes for us and others use the cakes as gifts to staff.  Tell your family and friends that we will have them so you get in first.  Closer to Christmas we will be setting up selling stalls at Stammers shopping and will also be selling  at the George St markets.

Contact:Kim Passmore ph 0409 112 145



Freo Rotary supports Year of the Book,with childrens art inspired by books competition

Winning Entry in the Under 7 age group "Pearl Fairy" by Molly

From Chris Marshall, Co-ordinator Atwell Gallery,   ‘Thanks again to Rotary for supporting the Pictured Word Exhibition and for arranging the donations from Dymocks. As I said the other day, we are delighted with the exhibition as a whole and think that the children have done a fantastic job. All of the children’s work will come into the gallery next week (26 Nov)for their end of year exhibition “Celebration of Youth.”  Atwell Gallery is located on the cnr North Lake Rd and Canning Hwy , so make a point of dropping in to see the exhibition.

How Freo was saved from the Wrecker

Don Whittington gave a fascinating talk to Freo Rotary, on the history of the Port city and how close many of our iconic buildings came to being pulled down in the fifties and sixties.  Thanks to concerned  members of the Freo community back then, we are now able to the historic buildings and streetscapes that make our city unique