Rotary Club of Joondalup’s youngest president highlights community service goals for group

President of the Rotary Club of Joondalup Eliza Bourgault du Coudray. Photo: Martin Kennealey
President of the Rotary Club of Joondalup Eliza Bourgault du Coudray. Photo: Martin Kennealey

YOUTH exchange, a beach clean-up and homelessness issues will be some of the focal points for the Rotary Club of Joondalup next month.

President Eliza Bourgault du Coudray (23) said the group of “community-minded individuals” met regularly at Joondalup Resort in Connolly and lived by the mantra of “service above self”.

The Connolly resident is the club’s youngest president to date and her goal is to lift its profile in the community through engaging meetings, community projects and developing networks with businesses and individuals.

“The club is currently seeking new members and there are a variety of ways to support and be involved with the club – either by becoming a member, hosting an exchange student or volunteering for a project,” she said.

“The Rotary Club of Joondalup was chartered more than 20 years ago and has been involved with a number of projects, locally and internationally.

“In more recent years, the club has sponsored students to attend the National Youth Science Forum and the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards camps; selected students to go on exchange, and facilitated the exchange of international students through the Rotary Youth Exchange Program.”

The club has also provided financial assistance to a number of projects in Thailand; organised beach clean-ups; and donated food and toiletry items to the Spiers Centre and Ebenezer Home.

The club will hear from past and present Rotary Youth Exchange students at its October 8 meeting at Joondalup Resort.

On October 22, it will host guest speaker Katie Liew, from The Underground Collective, for a talk about homelessness at the resort, with both meetings open from 6pm for a 6.30pm start.

The club is also planning a beach clean-up at Mullaloo Beach on October 14, between 8.30am and noon.

On November 12, Amelia Kennedy from Wasteless Pantry will speak to the club about how to reduce waste.

Brightwater Care Group’s music and wellbeing coordinator Hayley Antipas will explain why music is good for older adults cognitive and physical wellbeing, including those with dementia and Parkinson’s disease, at the club’s November 19 meeting.

For more information, visit joondaluprotary.org.au, email joondaluprotary@gmail.com or call Eliza on 0466 515 194 or secretary Darren Perera on 0439 906 558.