CLUB BULLETIN - 26th June 2018
PresidENTS' Changeover Dinner Dance
Friday Jun 29, 2018 6:30 PM

Join us for the annual celebration of our Club's achievments with dinner, drinks and live entertainmant. 

Date:                     Friday 29 June 2018

Time:                     6.30 for 7pm sit down, Concludes at 11pm

Cost:                      $85/pp

Dress:                   Lounge suit/Cocktail dress

Entertainment:       The Rotary Singers along with our very own after dinner dance band – The Rotars


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Rotary Club of Perth Bulletin 514 - 12th June 2018
Jul 20, 2018 12:30 PM
From mouse to man in mesothelioma – a story of hope from the tragic legacy of blue asbestos
From mouse to man in mesothelioma – a story of hope from the tragic legacy of blue asbestos

In the 1950’s and 1960’s, Wittenoom Gorge supplied blue asbestos to the rest of the world, and left behind a tragic legacy of people affected by mesothelioma, a rapidly fatal cancer of the lining of the lung. Even today, people who lived in Wittenoom for as little as a few weeks when they were children are diagnosed with this disease. Until now, there have been few effective treatments for mesothelioma.

This talk will tell the 20 year story of how immunotherapy went from the ‘fringes’ of cancer treatment to now providing new hope for people with mesothelioma, and the ongoing work that the Perth-based National Centre for Asbestos Related Diseases is doing to fight this devastating disease.

Professor Anna Nowak is a medical oncologist at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and a professor within the School of Medicine at the University of Western Australia. As well as her medical qualifications, Anna holds a PhD in tumour immunology. She treats and researches two invariably fatal cancer types: mesothelioma and malignant brain tumours. Anna has recently taken on the position of Director at UWA’s National Centre for Asbestos Related Diseases (NCARD) which is a Centre for Research Excellence funded by the key national body for medical research, the National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC). NCARD comprises around 35 scientific staff, and has an international reputation for mesothelioma immunology, biomarkers, and translational clinical trials. Anna completed a post-doctoral fellowship in clinical trials and quality of life research, which has given her a unique perspective that truly bridges laboratory bench to patient bedside. She has been a principal investigator on a number of local and international clinical trials, and has recently had very promising results from a combined chemotherapy/immunotherapy trial called DREAM, with the involvement of another NCARD clinician-scientist, focused on mesothelioma. It is hoped that this trial can be taken into the next phase.

She is passionate about patient-doctor communication, mentoring, and women in oncology and science. Anna was recently named the WA Cancer Council’s Cancer Research of the Year.

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Wesley's Blog - 10th July


I had an enjoyable time catching up with everyone who came to the new Rotary Office on Friday. I agree with many members who feel that despite weekly meetings, we do not seem to have enough time to actually sit and talk to one another. I shall keep that in mind for all our meetings from here on.

It was even more special to also hear from a couple of members who have been away for a while. You have been missed not just by me but by many others in this Club. Several members expressed that they don't really belong anywhere within the system. So we need to fix that. I was recently reminded of one of Mother Theresa’s quotes, “if you want to fix the world, go home and love your family”.  Who is my family? Some may consider it a strange thing to say, but I believe, where I can, I have attended every funeral involving past members (and family) of our Club. I suppose who my “family” is depends not so much on who you make me out to be but who I make you out to be.

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Over the next 12 months, my aim is to build on the relationships within our Club. While we work together to improve lives in Perth and around the world, let’s not neglect our own. We boast of having a large number of projects. Each project is run by a small group and very often the same people are called on to do more. I challenge each member to start looking out for another member with whom you are not yet familiar.
Ask them the following questions:
  • What project are you involved in?
  • Who are you working with?
  • Would you like to know more about this project I’m working on? Or Can I join your team?
Some may choose to be observers or simply be financial supporters. That’s fine. There is a part for everyone. For a great number of years, I was not directly involved in any project as a Rotarian. I kept turning up every Friday because I believed I was learning from the older, more experienced leaders of our community just by being around them. You can say I’m a slow learner without a specific aim, and that is probably true. But what I have learnt and the friendships I have made has taken me where I am today (I’m not talking about being President). I would like to see to it that every new member to the Rotary Club of Perth has the same opportunity. Fast or slow… to each his/her own.
Let’s work together to achieve this. While we improve lives around the world, let’s also improve lives within our family. Together, we achieve more.
Yours in Rotary,
Wesley Sim- President - Rotary of Perth 2018/2019
Singaporean-born businessman, Wesley Sim, has taken over as the 92nd President of the Rotary Club of Perth.
Mr Sim, who moved to Perth 30 years ago, lives in Mt Claremont with his wife and two children and has been involved in real estate, IT consulting, computer software development and childcare services.
“I have a great interest in community activities and joined Rotary 18 years ago because of the amazing range of projects they initiate – both here and overseas,” said Mr Sim. “In particular, the work they do to help Perth’s homeless and victims of domestic violence is now being recognized internationally.”
Mr Sim said that during his term as President he wanted to grow club membership by attracting more people from the Asian community.
“Many of our overseas projects are focused in Asia but we don’t have a lot of active members from that region,” he said.
“I want to reach out to these people and encourage them to engage in that space, exchange idea and demonstrate their leadership potential.
“In particular, there are fantastic opportunities for young people to join our Rotaract Club, get involved in community programs
and network with our growing number of young professionals and emerging community leaders.”     
Mr Sim said that next month he would be speaking to the WA Chinese Chamber of Commerce on “What Is Rotary All About”.
He takes over the club Presidency from Perth businessman Mr Stephen Inouyue.
Media contact: Barry Thornton 0411 557 328
Stephen's Blog - 29th May
We’re in the final stretch of the FY! But which President is counting?! Last week we were privileged to have Darren Lomman, Founder of Greenbatch, present his concept of reducing environmental waste (plastics) to make the world more sustainable. But I hope you caught one of the underlying messages that he presented as well: an opportunity to engage the next generation of community minded leaders! Through Darren’s engagement with primary schools, this environmentally focussed project presents an excellent opportunity for Rotary to jointly engage (via Greenbatch) with this sector of the population. Imaging if we were to establish Interact Clubs in these schools with the proceeds from plastic recycling serving as funds for the students to run their projects! This model of engagement could prove beneficial to the future of Rotary and is worth exploring!
Over the next three weeks, our lunch speakers are all similarly minded to Darren - and somewhat linked. This batch of speakers are not only dynamic leaders in their own right, but they also represent the next generation of social entrepreneurs who are working selflessly to make a difference and positive impact in our community. The list includes:
Karin Borzel. 1 Jun 18. National Coordinator of Path of Hope. Path of Hope’s vision of breaking the intergenerational cycle of family and domestic violence starts at home and in the home. This partnership phenomenon between Rotary and the Salvos is going global. Considering there is a local Rotary and Salvos in just about every community in the world, this grass roots model of collaboration is taking hold.
Katie Liew. 8 June 18. Founder of The Undergorund Collaborative. TUC is a social enterprise which exists to provide employment and housing solutions for homeless, at-risk and disadvantaged youth and seeks to empower the community to help break the cycles of homelessness. Through training and selling of coffee via mobile coffee carts, this projects seeks to empower!
Amanda Stephenson 22 June 18. Founder of Bluebird. Bluebird's vision is to be Australia’s leading provider of psychologist led, peer supported services championing adult mental health and wellbeing. Bluebird seeks to fill a gap in current service provisions for adult mental health, particularly in the 25+ year old community. Through collaboration with other young adults, Bluebird aims to make a difference in the lives of our next generation.
What ties all these dynamic young leaders together is that they represent the future community leaders of tomorrow. Recognising this, our club (via the Board) has elected to support 2 of these projects as candidates for District Grants. In cooperation with other Rotary Clubs, we seek to support the work and these initiatives which have great potential to make a positive difference on the lives of the people they touch.
To further support these initiatives, we have invited all four of these young leaders to accompany our vocational trip to Canberra. Through the generosity of two of our club members, our club is sponsoring their airfares and accommodation. This is what Rotary does: Empower service through the linking of skills and networks to create positive outcomes for the community. Dean Smith, our club member and Senator for WA, was pleased to hear of the response to his invitation and looks forward to facilitating engagement between those attending the trip and our WA legislators in Canberra.
I trust you will join us for this next series of lunches where you will get some direct insight into the directions of next years’ projects…straight from the people running them.
Join Leaders. Exchange Ideas. Take Action!
Yours in Rotary, Stephen Inouye - President - Rotary of Perth 2017/2018


The Rotary Clubs of Perth and Swan Districts together with Stitches of Hope, have combined forces to provide 500 sleeping bags to Perth’s homeless for the winter of 2018.
The 500 sleeping bags are being manufactured at a Cambodian sewing centre and will be shipped to Perth and distributed to the homeless before the winter of 2018.
The project is about creating employment opportunities for Cambodians and to keep our homeless population much warmer during the cold winter months.

The sleeping bags will be sold at $50 each to raise $25,000 before April 2018. The plan is to ‘sell’ the sleeping bags as presents, people can buy one by donating $50 to Rotary and the club will present the sleeping bag to a homeless person before this winter.

Homeless people have almost no choice, their shelters are either on the sidewalk, a park bench or any other public place. In shelters the homeless will be provided a bed and some blankets, which leaves the others to miss out and are forced to sleep out in the open. in this case, a sleeping bag can make a huge difference, especially in winter to stay warm. A sleeping bag is the only protection that a homeless person have against the winter elements.  
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