Written by Tamsin Collins 

Published May 2021


WA Members of RACI, welcome to our May Newsletter.  

It was great to see Earth Day get a few mentions on main stream media and in my newsfeeds on social media. The Sustainable Development Solutions Network on LinkedIn were celebrating #SDG15: Life on land in honor of the Restore Our Earth theme. On Facebook Dirty Clean Food were also commenting on Earth Day celebrating the exposure regenerative agriculture is receiving on by the world’s climate leaders. As of 22/4 the Earth Month Ecochallenge attracted nearly 8000 participants, who collectively saved 63 tons CO2, spent 5 months learning, consumed 20,000 meatless or vegan meals and saved 400m3 of water in just 22 days. You can find out more about the Earth Day Movement on Twitter and Instagram.

Having had Clean up Australia Day (7th March) and Earth Day (22nd April) you might be wondering what we are going to celebrate this month. Well in May, Australia celebrates its 6 million volunteers who dedicate over 600 million hours of help to others with National Volunteer Week, 17-23 May.

Do you think that you could join the campaign to Wave Your Appreciation for Volunteers during National Volunteer Week? Upload your wave photo to social media during National Volunteer Week and share using the Hastags #NVW2021, #waveforvolunteers and of course #OzChem

Have a look and see what the Wave Your Appreciation for Volunteers looked like in 2020 - NVW2020 – Thank you Australia

This year the theme is Recognize, Reconnect, Reimagine.

I would like to recognise and thank our committee members, all volunteers, past and present for their dedication to RACI as well as our sponsors and supporters without whom RACI could not continue. Many of our committees are made up of members who have been consistently contributing to RACI over the whole of their careers. Those that make up our Branch and Group committees are not huge in number (20 or so) and put considerable effort into bringing to life our Newsletter, Chemeraderies, Bayliss Lectures, Titrations Stakes, Crystal Growing Competitions, Group meetings, Seminars, Lab Tours, Social events ……

Over this last year it has been great to see the relaunch of the RACI website and the opportunity it brings to our members to reconnect each other. Over the next month or so I am hoping to see the development or our WA RACI website to include community pages where our members can get more involved by making suggestions for speakers or activities, by providing comment or feedback, by engaging in discussion forums, exploring opportunities to get involved. After all, when we help others or give our time to a cause we value, we also give back to ourselves. What better way can we demonstrate our interest in and contribution to the broader developments in the chemical sciences.

With the relaunch of the RACI website and the renewal of our processes now is a great time to reimagine how we might go about doing things. What do you need from RACI? Please do let me know.

Tamsin Collins

RACI WA President    

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