Making a difference... you can too
People will do amazing things when given an opportunity.
This simple philosophy inspires Applecross Rotary's members: both locally and further afield. 
We are from all walks of life - we are marketeers, scientists, educators, farmers, engineers, lawyers  and retailers: the list goes on - and we range in age from early 20s through to 80. The commonality we share is an interest to use our time, skills and energy to improve the lives of others. And we have fun while we do it.
Our projects are equally varied. From our much-loved Rotary Jacaranda Festival, the Pride of Workmanship Awards, a local Art Show and Sale, numerous youth initiatives as well as supporting indigenous, mental health and women's refuge projects and delivering major health and water based projects around the world that will save thousands of lives.... we're an ambitious club with the power to get things done. 
Applecross Rotary meet weekly; and we have a flexible approach to membership. Just be involved; be there only when required for your project outcomes.
We meet Tuesday for a 7.30am start, at the Dome Café, Deep Water Point, Mt Pleasant (or via ZOOM if that works for you). 
Just turn up (and/or send an email to
Visitors are the future of our community service outcomes. Check us out at a meeting, a fund raising event or at a social event. Try us on for size. 
If interested please drop us a line.

Upcoming speakers at our Tuesday breakfast meetings (7am for 7.30am start, finishing at 8.30am)

Cran Collis
Feb 27, 2024 7:30 AM
Long Service In Kenya
Colin Kaeser - Kaeser Mediated Solutions
Mar 05, 2024 7:30 AM
Mediator older age disputes
Jarrad Brown
Mar 12, 2024 7:30 AM
How to make Social Media an Effective Marketing Tool.
Mark Meekan
Mar 26, 2024 7:30 AM
Whale Sharks
Club News

Applecross Village will once again come alive this spring with the return of the much-loved, family-friendly Applecross Rotary Jacaranda Festival!

Held on Sunday 19 November 2023 from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm, this one-day extravaganza features an amazing selection of boutique stallholders, a fabulous line-up of entertainment for the whole family to enjoy, a community group hub, a quiet area for mums and kids and a gourmet food zone serving up all your favourites!
Nov 10, 2023
President Tom presided over our November Sundowner to pay special thanks to District 9423 for exercising its discretion by allowing our first inbound exchange student for many years to delay his arrival until he had attended the World Scout Jamboree in South Korea.  And here he is, Valentin, with Norm de Grussa and Jill Hanna from the District Youth Exchange Committee.
Tom also singled out Vice President Logan who heads the Youth Committee, who worked with Norm to locate two hosting families, Aurian and Tom Clarkson, and Waylen Bay Sea Scout leader Margot Whittington and her husband Keith.  Quite co-incidentally, Norm, Logan and Tom (Clarkson) all attended Scotch College, where Valentin now continues his study for the International Baccalaureate.  Remarkable really!
Valentin seems to have Chis Whelan under control!  Tables will be turned at the Jacaranda Festival next Saturday!
Valentin with his current host mother, Applecross Rotarian Lorri Brazier
The Sundowner was held in the Community Centre at Myaree Gardens Estate, and the feast included a very large Antipasto Platter donated by the nearby General Store in Marmion St.

Oct 02, 2023
No, not a job change for our Cran, Principal of the Kensington Secondary Special Needs school, but an important milestone for his plans to provide real world opportunities for many of his 65 or so Special Needs students.

We flagged the opening recently of the classroom Woolies “store in a school”, one of many that the supermarket colossus is supporting across Australia. It has a dedicated room setting, with a range of various types of stock for “sale”, full scanning technology, cash registers, appropriate shop assistants attire and promo material, and all that goes with a fully functioning retail outlet.
It’s Purpose:
To give the kids at the school real world training and shopping experiences, better equipping them for both job opportunities (for some) and confidence to go about shopping for their daily needs in a post school world. To be honest, it is quite an eye opener, attractively set out with lots of regular Woolies colour and promos, but a good range of stock appropriate to the learning experience. It looks truly commercial!
Cran is truly chuffed with the support that he has been able to muster for his kids, many of whom are severely limited in their capability to receive a “normal” school schooling.
Well done, Cran! Well done, Woolies!
AxR’s support for helping to equip the Special Needs Sensory Room is also progressing well, with the arrival of the Magic Carpet at the very end of last school term. It is a $20k plus educational sensory experience for kids, allowing them to touch and identify with the multitude of images displayed on the carpet via video beam. Brett and I saw the carpet in action on a visit to a promo some months back, and it is amazing in how it creates the changing educational and learning images. Great for kids who need that sort of stimulation to get their personal learning experiences underway.
AxR is continuing to support Cran with his Special Needs sensory experience needs and aims to help fully equip the Sensory class room for those kids in our world with indeed SPECIAL NEEDS.
Future Sundowner.
How about we aim for a Sundowner at the school in the next month or so and we can all check out what a wonderful project this is,  aimed at kids who tend to be neglected by the main stream educational opportunity.
Editors footnote:  And where is Cran now?
On a well-earned 3-month LONG SERVICE leave.  And where is he spending it?  With MAMA RESPOND helping them out at the newly completed Special Needs Unit, Kenya. This project was recently completed in partnership with ROTARY.


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