Ro­tary sur­prises cap­tain

Southern Telegraph - - News - David Sal­vaire

The Ro­tary Club of Palm Beach sur­prised HMAS Stir­ling com­man­der Cap­tain Brian De­la­m­ont with an hon­orary mem­ber­ship dur­ing a visit to the naval base last week.

Af­ter ded­i­cat­ing time and re­sources to the up­com­ing Rock­ing­ham Beach Cup, the Ro­tar­i­ans awarded Capt. De­la­m­ont with the mem­ber­ship to say thanks.

This year, the base will as­sist with traf­fic man­age­ment, gen­eral lo­gis­tics and pro­vide en­ter­tain­ment through the navy band.

The com­man­der got an in­sight into the com­mu­nity work the lo­cal Ro­tary club does dur­ing a speech at one of their meet­ings, which he said left a last­ing im­pres­sion.

“There are many navy per­son­nel through­out the base who are in­volved in Ro­tary but that was the first time I got an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for what they do and the amount of money they raise for the com­mu­nity,” he said.

“We’re very happy to pro­vide some as­sis­tance to the Rock­ing­ham Beach Cup and peo­ple on the base are keen to vol­un­teer be­cause it’s their com­mu­nity as well.”

About 30 Ro­tar­i­ans were given a tour of the base last Wed­nes­day.

HMAS Stir­ling con­ducts about 340 com­mu­nity en­gage­ment events each year, in­clud­ing vis­its, school trips and char­ity days.

Capt. De­la­m­ont said the 2000 per­son­nel based at Stir­ling spent about $100 mil­lion of wages in Rock­ing­ham and the wider re­gion ev­ery year and the navy was com­mit­ted to en­gag­ing with the com­mu­nity.

“About 17 per cent of the navy is re­cruited from out­side WA, in­clud­ing my­self, so go­ing out and get­ting in­volved in in the com­mu­nity is a great way to build so­cial net­works,” Capt. De­la­m­ont said.

Go­ing out and get­ting in­volved in the com­mu­nity is a great way to build so­cial net­works. Brian De­la­m­ont

Pic­ture: David Sal­vaire

HMAS Stir­ling com­man­der Cap­tain Brian De­la­m­ont was awarded mem­ber­ship of Palm Beach Ro­tary Club.

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