The Rotary Club of Bunbury Leschenault is actively involved in many programs and projects in the Bunbury region and also contributes to the Rotary International program. Each year, our Club supports both community based and Rotary programs such as:
Give a Damn, Give a Can (first Sunday in May 2012)
AquaSpectacular (long weekend March 2012)
Masterchef in conjuction with the Bunbury Mail (more details to follow!)
Rotary Foundation - Polio Plus
Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment (RYPEN)
Sail into Life
Rotary Young Leaders Achievement programme
Val Lishman Foundation
Clontarf Football Academy
Young Achievers Programme
Hazel Marks Literacy Award partnering with Newton Moore Senior High School
Four Way Test (Debating competition)
This is in addition to funding of various activities undertaken by the different Committees.
Listed are many of the programs that are undertaken by each of the Committees. We invite you to register your interest via our contact page.
Our club has worked hard to revamp its image, and now offers its members a variety of social and service activities to take part in.
Speakers' Program: On the second Wednesday of each month, the Club will feature a vocation visit, where a business in the region will host our members and give an overview of its activities. To date we have been lucky enough to be invited to the Bunbury Police Station, hosted by the inimitable Constable Steph Smith and WAPRES where we were hosted by General Manager Ian Telfer and treated to some first class snacks.
Social Activities: Over the year, the Club runs a number of social activities for its members and their guests. Events include progressive dinners,quiz nights, regular sundowners plus the ever popular Karri Vally Weekend.
Give A Damn -Give A Can: This is an annual appeal to all householders and schools for non-perishable foods, usually cans or packets of pasta etc. These items are collected at letterboxes in pre-delivered special bags on a well advertised Sunday. Usually conducted in May, the foods are passed on for distribution and use to our In Town Lunch Centre, The Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul's Society at a time when their other sources of supply / funds are traditionally low. The 2002 collection saw approx 13,000 items collected and passed on for distribution.
Blanket appeal: We organis an appeal for blankets, doonas, bedspreads, quilts etc, which is ongoing. The Agencies for South West Accommodation are most appreciative.
Food Van: The Members helped organise the food van which was used at the Brunswick Show, Australia Day and the Three Waters Festival. The van is also hired out by the Junior Soccer Club.
Vocational and Youth Services
Siemens Science Summer School: Held for year 10 students, this three day camp allows students to be introduced to some of the wonders of modern technology.
Handicamp: Run by the Rotary Club of Esperance Bay, this camp is for physically handicapped young adults and their carers.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA): This is held in a week long camp at Busselton
Rotary Youth Program of enrichment (RYPEN): A three day course held in Camp Mornington near Harvey.
Leeuwin Ocean Adventure: Our club sponsors a young person to participate in this life changing adventure, not only learning valuable life skills , but also gaining a TAFE equivalent certificate in Seamanship.
South WestYoung Achiever Program:
(SWYAP) This annual program brings together young leaders/achievers and others with potential and motivation to hear motivational speakers and discuss in groups with mentors various aspects of personal ethics, goals and leadership.
Other projects: Our Club also supported Newton Moore SHS's Environmental Science program, a mentoning program with Rotarians visiting the same school, and the Hazel Mark Literacy Award.