Posted on Aug 02, 2022
Congratulations to Isabella Marchesani, Mercedes College who spoke on the topic of "Challenging Stereotypes" and won the Perth Rotary Club 4 Way Speaking Competition Heat.   All three Colleges were well represented with passionate; well researched and intelligent arguments for their respective topics.  Congratulations to Runner-Up,  Linus Miller, St Georges Anglican College, who spoke about the "Power of a Good Book" and Harshil Khoosal, Ashdale Secondary College who's topic was "Teenage Stereotypes"
We wish Isabella all the very best as she represents our club at the District Finals to be held Saturday, 13 August.  Members are encouraged to attend in support of Isabella and can book on line - .  Thank you to Rotarians Wesley Sim; Kim Hurley and Manu Gupta who worked hard to ensure that all was in place and ran smoothly on the day.   
    Perth Rotary Members - a gentle reminder to pay your 2022/23 Club Membership Fees.  Should you have any queries in relation to the same, please do not hesitate to contact our Club Treasurer, Michael Willett via email - 

    MEMBERs are invited.......     

    to a Club Assembly Meeting, Monday 8 August 2022.  5.30pm, Lv5/110 William St Perth.  Details emailed to all members Friday 29 July 2022.   Enquires:  President Maree Gooch. 

    This Week:

    We look forward to hearing from Lizz Clarke, who is a registered nurse working as the Support Network Coordinator at, a key project of Perth Rotary. Lizz assists individuals and families affected by mesothelioma (meso, like the soup; thee-lee O ma) – a terminal cancer caused by asbestos.

    In 2020, Lizz’s husband, Dr Colin Clarke, died at age 45 from Mesothelioma. Lizz will share her frustrations and challenges in constantly adjusting to a new “normal.” She will share how she intersects her professional and lived experience to provide a unique, in-depth understanding of the needs of individuals, family, and friends. And how she is able to remind them that there is still much laughter, joy and hope to be found on the path ahead. 

    Lizz will present a brief introduction to her and Colin's story and the challenges they faced when navigating a terminal illness. She will include lessons learnt along the way and how she uses her lived experience to help others. Particularly:

    * Why there is a need for specialist support for those affected by Mesothelioma; 

    * How Reflections does it and what that it means; 

    * An introduction to the new Reflections project - the HOPE COMPANION PROJECT - and how it will bring hope and support to those affected by mesothelioma in regional areas.

    Please book on line to attend.  

    The following week we welcome:  Sarah Macaulay, Acting General Manager, Social Impact within RAC’s Social and Community Impact division.

    She has a BSc (Hons) Environmental Science (First Class) and is a Chartered Transport Planning Professional with 19 years’ industry experience from the UK and Australia.  She joined RAC in 2013, and prior to that worked in consultancy.

    At RAC, Sarah is responsible for providing strategic leadership, advice, and support to drive credible and meaningful outcomes from RAC’s social impact activities towards a safer, sustainable and connected future for Western Australians.  Her current portfolio spans public policy, demonstration projects (such as RAC’s Automated Vehicle Program and the RAC Electric Highway), social impact measurement and reporting, and organisational sustainability.  Sarah was the author of RAC’s inaugural Social and Community Impact Report 2020/21, which showcases the impactful initiatives and activities RAC has delivered in working towards its Purpose, Vision and Mission.

    To attend this lunch, please book on line -


    The McCusker Centre for Citizenship at the University of Western Australia, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Perth, invite you to attend the 2022 Sir Wallace Kyle Oration.
    Please register to attend this FREE event by clicking on the links below. 
    Date: Wednesday, 24 August 2022
    Time: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm (AWST)
    Location: University Club Auditorium, Hackett Drive, Crawley
    The Sir Wallace Kyle Oration is given by distinguished citizens and leaders who have made outstanding contributions to the community. The theme of the Oration is "Service Above Self", the motto of Rotary.
    This year, the Oration will be delivered by June Oscar AO, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner.
    June Oscar AO is a proud Bunuba woman from the remote town of Fitzroy Crossing in Western Australia’s Kimberley region. She is a strong advocate for Indigenous Australian languages, social justice, women’s issues, and has worked tirelessly to reduce Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
    This is a free public event. Registration is required.  Please advise if you have any access or support requirements when registering. Please note, the venue is wheelchair accessible.  We look forward to you attending this Oration.
    Fellowship | Perth Rotary Club Family Bonfire | Saturday 27 August 2022
    Saturday 27 August 2022 | Please arrive anytime in the afternoon.  BYO everything; Salad to Share; Meat to BBQ; Drinks; Chairs/Picnic Rug & your dancing shoes.  A fabulous fun filled evening with Rotarian Jeff, Helen and family.  You won't be disappointed - always a great night with the Rotars playing post bonfire until late.   Please rsvp - 
    Please check the attached stories for details of events being hosted by other clubs in our District.  In particular I draw your attention to the Quiz Night being hosted by the Mt Lawley Rotary Club in support of providing clean, portable drinking water for over 100 orphaned school children in Ndola, Zambia.    Mt Lawley Rotary Club would particularly love to see Perth Rotary members supporting their fundraiser if at all possible.  Please book your table by clicking on this link -
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    Yours in Rotary
    Maree Gooch
    President | Perth Rotary 2022/23