Posted by Brian Simpson
We had 13 members in attendance and 5 guests.
We were treated to a lovely roast meal.
President Kaye
  • Kaye welcomed us all, including partners Lee and Vicki, inducted Robyn and her husband David and potential new member Helen Poole. Kaye also welcomed back Liam who had been a bit busy lately.
  • Sadly, Greenbatch has gone into receivership.
  • Kaye, Dan and Liam are going to be attending a Kalamunda Business breakfast Wednesday 7 April.
  • Next meeting will be a Sundowner at the Lesmurdie Club. Rotaractors will be invited as well as our recently returned Exchange student, Ciedele. It will be a partner’s night, and the cost will be $15 per person.  There will be fingerfood for the evening.
Guest Speaker – Martin Farr - AAIC
AAIC stands for the Australian Anti Ice Campaign, which started in Queensland.
Martin presented some confronting facts:
  • Australia is the worst country in the world for Ice.
  • Ice destroys lives.  After taking it as few as 2 to 5 times only 2% of users get off it.
  • It is showing exponential growth and is a major cost to our country trying to keep it under control.
  • Unsurprisingly, Ice drives high crime rates.
  • The purity in WA is very high and rates of use are increasing, to the extent that WA has the worst record in Australia.
  • There is evidence of users as young as 12.  On occasions the first dose is given to people to get them hooked.
Martin showed a video from A Current Affair – very good but very confronting.
Ex addicts are prominent in the Anti Ice Campaign.  Martin is talking to other clubs to try and raise $$ to continue presentations to schools.  He has approached 4 schools in Kalamunda with the first presentation coming in early May.  He also has District support.
Martin is keen to form a committee to organise a walk on 12 September to raise funds for this project..
Martin was thanked for this very interesting and informative presentation.
President Elect Liam inducted our newest member Robyn.  Welcome to our club Robyn – we hope you enjoy your time here!
Krys suggested commemorating our late past member Albert Hazebroek with a community award – maybe along the lines of a Pride of Workmanship award.
Roger White, past member, died last week.  An email was sent to his wife Mary and family last week with our condolences.