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Vocational Committee 2020-21
Director: Peter Philipps
Committee: Allie Humphries, Kirsten Junge, Steve Fisher
I have found the 2020-21 Rotary year to have been both disappointing in some regards and rewarding in others.
 The disappointments were in regard to some of the established programs that have been run for several years. They include the Pride of Workmanship and Employer of the Year.
Despite intensive advertising and personal approaches, we were unable to attract sufficient candidates to hold successful presentation evenings.
We acknowledged those that were nominated, who were grateful for the recognition, but I think the time has come to discontinue both these programmes.
My committee were very diligent in approaching possible candidates but we had little success.
 Apprentice of the Year, on the other hand, was well supported.  We had six finalists who were all extremely well credentialed and we found it very difficult to select  the winner.  
All six were a credit to their employers and came highly recommended by them.
A successful presentation night, held on May 24th, was well attended. All six finalists attended along with their employers and quite a number of supporters.
The Apprentice of the Year 2020-21 went to Cameron Pracy, who is a third year plumber and gas fitter apprentice with Drip Hunters.
He received a framed Finalist Certificate, a framed Winner Certificate, the trophy and $2000.
Vocational visits were popular with members and were well attended. Our first visit was to Co-operative Bulk Handling in Kwinana.
Those that attended were enthusiastic and enjoyed a comprehensive and interesting visit.
The guide was well informed and humorous.  Some beautiful photos were taken from the top of the CBH building and inside the site.
In January sixteen members travelled to the Harry Perkins Institute.
We had had a guest speaker from the Institute in the previous year, before COVID19  put a stop to socialising, and we intended following up with this visit.
Judi Lane, from the Institute, proved to be not only an excellent guest speaker but also an interesting guide.
The research work on cancer carried out there was world class and we were suitably impressed.
Our final Vocational Visit was to the Boola Bardip Museum on Saturday May 23rd. which was attended by 16 Rotarians and friends of Rotary.
We booked into the one hour Guided Highlights Tour.
The guide did an excellent job and this new museum is an amazing place where one could spend many hours. 
Members then enjoyed a lunch together in Northbridge.
In conclusion, I would like to thank my committee for their time and effort throughout the year and I wish in-coming Director, Allie Humphreys, a very successful 2021-22 year.