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South Bunbury

Guest Speaker Meet the Candidate Michael Lay

Michael was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. He earned a basketball scholarship to attend Concordia University where he balanced life as a scholar-athlete. In 2005, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration before embarking on a professional sporting career. His basketball career spanned 12 years and started in Mexico, followed by Australia, then Germany, and resulted in him returning to Australia. Whilst in Australia, he’s held a variety of positions in roles such as a Bookkeeper, Youth Outreach Officer, Executive Assistant, Managing Accountant, Case Worker (Youth), and Academy Director (Halls Creek). In this time, he also served on boards such as Binar Sports, SHINE, Bunbury Geographe Chamber of Commerce (BGCCI), and Bunbury Lotteries House. He is currently employed by the Clontarf Foundation in the role of Regional Manager for the south of WA. He hails from a family of educators, social workers, and community leaders who helped develop his sense of civic duty. He’s been married to Natasha for 10 years and they have two beautiful children together: Macey (4) and Marlow (1). Michael and Natasha both envision raising their family in Bunbury because they love the lifestyle and see Bunbury as both progressive and vibrant.


Reception John Grey

Fines Roger Veen

Introduction Jill

Raffle Pass the Bucket


Without the support of Rotary Western Australia, this State might not be celebrating the 50th anniversary of The University of Western Australia’s Medical School this year.

This special long-term relationship between Rotary and the Medical school was  commemorated on Wednesday, October 31, 2007, at 6pm with the unveiling of a plaque by the Governor, Dr Ken Michael, also a Rotarian.

It is hard to believe that before 1957, aspiring young medicos had to go to the Eastern States or overseas for training. Many stayed where they had qualified, leaving WA’s booming population with a shortage of doctors.

Rotary came to the rescue. The Perth Rotary Club was looking for a worthy and substantial community project and several of its members, including leading ear, nose and throat specialist, Dr Harold Nash, considered the establishment of a medical school in Perth.

A team of UWA staff, Perth Rotarians and doctors toured the State to garner support for the project. Country Rotary Clubs joined in and the fundraising target was exceeded in little more than 12 months.

Today, WA has an outstanding medical reputation nationally and internationally, offering first-rate training in courses in pharmacology and clinical medicine to medical, science and dental students.

The clinical teaching program is supervised by acknowledged leaders in medical education who have introduced modern teaching and learning innovations while preserving the traditional patient-centred clinical apprenticeship.

Part of the 50th celebrations are Rotary-funded ‘mini med schools’ in regional areas to help inform and involve those communities in the changing demands of the profession. Body-painting as an anatomical learning tool and family health history are some of the mini schools’ interactive activities.