BulLetIN SEPTEMBER 6, 2010





 What's Your Point of View?


For all of us who feel only the deepest love and affection for the way computers have enhanced our lives, read on.

At a recent computer expo (COMDEX), Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated,  

'If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon..' 

In  response to Bill ' s comments, General Motors issued a press  release stating: 

If  GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics (and I just love this part): 

1. For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash.........Twice a day. 

2.. Every time they repainted the lines in the road, you would have to buy a new car.  

3... Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason. You would have to pull to the side of the road, close all of the windows, shut off the car, restart it, and reopen the windows before you could continue. For some reason you would simply accept this. 

4. Occasionally, executing a manoeuvre such as a left turn would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine.  

5. Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, was reliable, five times as fast and twice as easy to drive - but would run on only five percent of the roads. 

6. The oil, water temperature, and alternator warning lights would all be replaced by a single 'This Car Has Performed An
Illegal Operation' warning light.  

I love the next one!!!  

7. The airbag system would ask 'Are you sure?' before deploying.  

8. Occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key and grabbed hold of the radio antenna.  

9. Every time a new car was introduced car buyers would have to learn how to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car. 

10. You'd have to press the ’Start’ button to turn the engine off.  

PS - I’d like to add that when all else fails, you could call ' customer service ' in some foreign country and be instructed in some foreign language how to fix your car yourself!!!!

For those who love - but sometimes hate - their computer!



New American Business


A friend of mine just started his own business, manufacturing landmines that look like prayer mats.

It’s doing well.   He says Prophets are going through the roof.




Many thanks to Ian Pittaway and Colin   Taylor for filling in the blanks for the meetings of 23rd and 30th August, during my absence – Ed.

The History of Rotary District 9465

When Rotary was first introduced into Australia, it was operated by Commissioners. Professor W. Osborne was appointed Commissioner for Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria. The first Australian Clubs were the Melbourne Club (on 21st April 1921) and the Sydney Club (on 7th May 1921). In 1926 Perth was visited by Professor W. Osborne.

Twenty five leading citizens of Perth were invited to be inaugural members and the first Rotary Club of Perth luncheon was held on 1st September 1926. The founding President was Sir William Lathlain, a major Retailer in Perth and Mayor of Perth from 1919–1923.

In September 1927 the 17 Clubs in Australia had become District 65 with Fred Birks of the Rotary Club of Sydney as the first District Governor. In 1938, Western Australia, South Australia and the western half of Victoria formed District 64 with 23 clubs. In 1949, District 64 was renumbered and became District 33. In 1951, Western Australia had 12 clubs and became a separate District, numbered 34. In 1957 Western Australia was renumbered again and became District 245.

In 1970 Western Australia divided into 2 Districts, 245 and 246. In 1977, all districts were renumbered with the 9 in place of the 2 prefix. In 1985, Western Australia formed a third District, numbered 947.

In 1991, all districts re-numbered by adding a nought to their number; thus Australian districts are numbered 9450, 9460, 9470

In 2010 Western Australia changed again with redistricting divided into two districts 9455 and 9465. District 9465 has 56 clubs and approx 1600 Rotarians.


(Note – Stolen from various web sites by the editor.)