CLUB BULLETIN - 9th July 2018
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Service Above Self
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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.

Jul 27, 2018 12:30 PM
Official Visit of the District Governor
Aug 03, 2018 12:30 PM
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Annual Family Bonfire Night - 28 July
Jeff's Farm
Jul 28, 2018
4:00 PM – 11:59 PM
Rotary Means Business Fellowship
Wembley Hotel
Aug 07, 2018
4:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Leadership Series: Michael Sheldrick
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Aug 08, 2018
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Sir Wallace Kyle Oration: Prof. Fiona Stanley
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Aug 22, 2018
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Sep 04, 2018
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July 3
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July 27
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July 31
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July 3, 2015
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July 5, 2013
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July 6, 2012
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July 11, 2017
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July 14, 2017
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July 15, 2016
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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
Wesley's Blog - 3rd July 2018

My first blog as President of the Rotary Club of Perth... perhaps I should just reflect on the changeover we've just had. While wandering around the room that evening, these were my thoughts...


"Thanks to Jill, Kirstin, Minh and many others working in the shadow to make this a most enjoyable evening.  The Rotary Club Singers, as is now a Changeover Night tradition, is witty and entertaining as always. Thank you Rotars for the wonderful (& familiar) music and a very professional performance that added to the celebratory feel of the evening. Thanks to the chef and staff at the Parmelia Hilton for the attentive service, weaving between the tables with their usual casual professionalism that helped put us in a relaxed mood, a perfect way to end a hectic week. I was very happy to see our past member, Michael van de Zanden, offering his vocation as a photographer as a service to the Club, which he does every time we ask. The presentation of Paul Harris Fellowships to Jill, Michael and Barry is well deserved."


For members who were absent, here's a summary of my speech that evening, after presenting a video from Rotary International celebrating the End-of-Polio:

I was hoping to announce by Christmas this year that we’ve completed the first of 3 years towards declaring the world rid of polio. But that’s not to be. Sadly, a few days after that speech by Barry Raisin (incoming President of Rotary International), 2 volunteers in our immunisation team in Pakistan (a mother and daughter)  were killed by gunmen on a motorcycle while they were giving drops to children. Since then there have been 11 new cases reported.

This highlights to me the importance of seeing a project through to completion and not let up on our efforts as we near the objective.  Golfers and tennis players would call this “follow through”.  A few of us who are ex-army might describe it as “fighting through the objective” to secure a decisive victory. A mountain climber does not stop to enjoy the scenery just when he’s peering over the top, clinging onto a tiny precipice… risking the chance of falling back down.  We need to get over the top so that we can sit and rest and enjoy the scenery, safely together, for a little while.

All our projects running today will require persistent and determined effort to run to completion. Our homeless youths, victims of domestic violence, Passages, Path of Hope, The House that Jack Built, Cambodia Family Support, Nokor-Tep Hospital for Women...  They need us to keep going.   It may seem to some that most of these problems may never be solved.  The issues are way bigger than us. Who do we think we are?  Well, let me tell you this story.

There was a man strolling along the beach… bending down, picking up one star fish at a time… tossing them back into the surf.  The sand was littered with thousands of starfish that had been washed up after the wild storm the night before.  Seeing the hopeless situation,  I said to the man, “why do you waste your time? You’re not going to make a difference.”  After bending, picking and tossing another into the sea, he turned and said “it made a difference to that one”.

You can make a difference. One at a time. Each Rotary Club in WA, together with friends seated amongst us, will make a bigger difference. Rotary International with a world-wide membership of 1.2 million makes a huge difference.

When inducted as a new member of Rotary, I remember Past President Don Mazzuccelli saying to me words to the effect… “Rotary values each person’s vocation as an opportunity for service”. That left a big impression with me, not only because he memorised the entire induction charge instead of reading it off a piece of paper like I would, but because I realised then that each person with me in that room is a leader or an expert in their own area; some in several areas, and not everyone in the same thing. I have seen over the past years how a few members… leaders… getting together were able to overcome unbelievable odds. In our team, you will make a difference. Join leaders, exchange ideas, take action.

While on the subject of taking action and Service to the community, I’d like you all to meet the person who taught me this from when I was first able to walk & talk (I pointed out my father who was present). My parents enrolled me in the Boys’ Brigade from the minute I was old enough to join (I was 9). That started me on my journey of service to my community… wherever I find myself. I haven’t stopped… and God willing, I never will.

I’d like to leave you with a quote by John Wesley that I reflect on at least once a year:

Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.

Join Leaders, Exchange Ideas, Take Action.

Together, We Improve Lives!

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
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