Angus' Message, 31 March 2016

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

I hope you have all had an enjoyable Easter break and your batteries are recharged to take on the next day of your life.

Due to a wedding invitation, Kathy and I ventured west to the beautiful south western area of Western Australia, in particular the Margaret River and Bunbury district. It is truly a beautiful part of Australia. As most of you wine drinkers know. this area is famous for its wine and wineries, surfing beaches and fishing. Cave Road is the spine of this region and is a truly beautiful scenic road. The Kari Forest is awe inspiring and a must see experience.

We stayed at a Grand Old Hotel in Bunbury, The Rose, an art deco masterpiece. It was like a time warp seeing some of the past technologies like the old switchboard and cash register. One sign inside the Hotel caught my eye and I don’t know how it came to be but I thought of Rotary and our members on reading it – “The World is My Country, To do good is My Religion’. I thought that saying sums up what the Rotary ideals are all about.

Rotarians can never retire as there is so much to achieve. New problems and catastrophes emerge every day of our lives. Now that we have just about achieved the eradication of polio, we now look for a new battlefront. Locally we have the drug problem and addiction which is a hard battle to win. It can only be won by the addict wanting to change for the better but that is not always the case. Our goals are full to the brim with addiction and crime and that does not only include drug related crime.

So we as Rotarians are continually in demand for some purpose or problem and it’s nice to know that giving our time and helping out is part of our timetable.

So to all my Footscray Rotarians I salute you for giving your time and energy to our never ending projects.

Have a great week.

Kind Regards,
Angus Scott-Walker President
Rotary Club of Footscray