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Community Service Annual Report 2016-17
First off I must thank my committee.
I was privileged to have had an excellent, vibrant committee this year. Your input, discussions and recommendations made our year a success. My many thanks to you all for the job well done.
During the year our committee welcomed new members Michael and Arthur. You both integrated very well with other members of the committee and I’m glad you both joined us.
I received quite a bit of mail and emails over the year from a variety of organisations, charities, groups (both within the area of Rockingham and outside), Rotary District and members.
Relevant correspondence was dealt with at committee meetings with some progressing to a board recommendation.
Over the year our committee also dealt with a number of community issues from homelessness to City projects, supporting schools, hospitals, organisations and clubs.
We had quite a few discussions over the year with a number of recommendations going to the board. 
We have had and will continue to work closely with the City of Rockingham and our thanks go to them for their continued support.
My thanks also goes out to our members who contributed their time in some of the projects we had done this year including the running of the sausage sizzle for the Peel Hospital in supporting Organ Donor Week, Sausage & Meatball night to support Prostate Cancer Awareness to manning our tent at the Baldivis Fair, Shaking a tin at the Rockingham Railway Station for Rotary Mental Health Week, Hat Night and cleaning a back yard for someone who needed our help.
From the beginning of this year Rotary Year many discussions within our committee and quotes were obtained to determine the quality and how many defibrillators were to be purchased and which centres would receive one. This was narrowed down to five Centres. The Autumn Centre Mike Barnett Sports Centre, Mary Davies Community Centre, Gary Holland Community Centre and the Rockingham Library.
The units which were purchased from Alsco arrived in May and training was arranged by Alsco for the five recipient centres to be shown how the units are to be used. Special Rotary badges were made and placed on the defibrillators to celebrate our 50th year serving our community. We thank the City of Rockingham for their support in replacing the batteries when they expire. Approximately every 4 years.
We continued to have our $20,000 Rockingham Rotary Grant available again this year. Although we did not advertise in the local paper we still received 34 applications.  Our committee gave a share of those funds to 14 groups or organisations.  My thanks to Sharyn McCaskey for her social media input and to club members that shared the grant information.
This year’s recipients were:
CWA Safety Bay Belles - $1,000
Hillman Hornets Cricket Club - $1,000
The Cruising Yacht Club – Jr Sailing - $1,750
The CREW Incorporated - $2,500
Waikiki Primary School - $1,000
St Brendan’s Homeless Respite - $1,250
Western Warriors Basketball Club - $1,000
Coastal District Care Centre - $2,500
Baldivis Brumby Girl Guides - $1,000
Lifeline - $2,000
Search Dogs Australia - $2,000
Rockingham Dist Senior Athletics - $1,000
Baldivis Scout Group - $1,200
Rockingham Historical Society - $800
TOTAL - $20,000
A grant application was received from the Rockingham Peel Hospital looking at funding two pieces of equipment to a total of approx. $24,000. It was suggested by our committee and advice from our board that we could fund one of the items but not within the grant. A recommendation by our committee and subsequent board approval was made to purchase a GE Bilisoft Phototherapy System for the use in the Neonatal and Maternity units.  This system allows treatment for jaundice while the Neonats (babies under 4 weeks old) are wrapped and held instead of the requirement to be in an incubator and be separated from their mother. Skin to Skin bonding sessions can be increased and in turn increase the successfulness of breastfeeding and overall mother and baby wellbeing. Continuous light therapy from the Billsoft unit will reduce the serum bilirubin levels quicker than the standard light source.  The recommendation of $7,677.00 was passed.
Early enquiries have been made on possibly having two or three dump points within the City of Rockingham. The Rockingham Tourist Centre would welcome the idea as many visitors bypass Rockingham as we do not have any facilities for RV’s & Caravans. The closest one is in Mandurah. Preliminary costs show each Dump Point would be $2,100 each but they would also need to be connected to the sewerage system and have clean tap water available. An earlier discussion with the City of Rockingham suggests we should arrange a meeting with them. I am sure next years’ committee will continue on this project.
July 2016: Haemophilia Foundation - $100, Baldivis Brumby Girl Guides - $500 towards their camp in October, Sudden Unexplained Death of a Child - The use of our ‘Charitable Collectors License’
August 2016: Leukaemia Foundation Light the Night $400 towards hire of BBQ and Marquee, City of Rockingham $5,000 - Inner Space Playground Secret Harbour, Baldivis Fair $800 - items for wheel barrow, Rockingham Senior High School - $500 - Breakfast program.
September 2016: CWA Safety Bay Belles - $650.00 - two outdoor settings for playgroup
October 2016: Royal Flying Doctor Service - $1,000 Haemophilia Foundation - $100, Department of Child Protection and Family Support - $1,000 - Towards Christmas Party, Palm Beach Rotary Club - $600 - Race Day, Charges U12 Basketball - $500 - some equipment and uniforms 
November 2016: Prostate Cancer Foundation - $325 to top up the $175 from our Sausage & Meatball night, Australian Rotary Health - $530 to top up the $470 we raised at the Hat Day at Rockingham Station, Coast District Care Centre - $1,500 - Christmas Appeal, Salvation Army (Rockingham) - $1,500 - Christmas Appeal, St Vincent De Paul - $1,500 - Christmas Appeal, SOUL Soup Kitchen - $500
December 2016: Food Bank $1,000 - Christmas Appeal, Tourism Rockingham Inc. $650 – Support, Rotary Club of Rockingham 2017 Grant - $20,000
January 2017: No recommendations to the board as there was no committee meeting.
February 2017: No recommendations to the board 
March 2017: No recommendations to the board as we did not have sufficient committee members to vote.
April 2017: Laerdal Australia - $381.50 - Replacement pads and battery for defibrillator at Diving Academy, Bullet Signs & Print - $71.50 - Flyers & stickers to businesses on defibrillator location, Alsco Perth - $11,250 - Purchase of 5 defibrillators ($2,250 per unit) for Rockingham area, ANZAC Day wreath $120.00  
May 2017: Rockingham Peel Group - $7,677 - Purchase of Phototherapy System for Neonate & Maternity, Royal Flying Doctors $1,500 -  support, QLD Flood appeal through Rotary District 9465 - $5,000, Rockingham Beach Primary School - $2,000 - Container for storage
Over the year the Community Services Committee gave back into the community a total amount of $66,655.
Well that was the year in Community Service. I would like to say thanks again to my committee for this year and to pass on my best wishes to PP Peter Philipps. Thanks Peter for your advice & guidance on a few matters during the year. It was very much appreciated.
Darrel Donovan Community Services Director 2016-17