Posted on Nov 23, 2021
The end of the year is galloping on, and this is just the time when we look at our diaries – or computers or telephones or whatever – and wonder if we’ll ever get to see 2022.
However, stress not.  Here’s the thing.  Don’t look at our upcoming Rotary events as impediments to your personal equanimity but opportunities to escape the maelstrom of busyness for an hour or so a week.  Rotary is the answer to keeping what’s left of your sanity.  Just come along and smell the roses.
For instance, this Friday we have John Inverarity being interviewed by Trevor Jenkins about the state of Australian cricket.  Given the current state of play, both on and off the field, this topic could well run for six or seven hours, so to do it justice we’ve brought forward the opening of play to 12.30pm.  This way we can still fit in our scintillating chit-chat and give Larry time to hit a century with his fines.  Come to think of it, when was the last time Larry gathered in $100 in fines in a session?  Ever?  Is he really trying?  Has he lost his hunger?  Come and see - Please book on line, 
John Inverarity is a jewel in the crown of Australian cricket, having played Test cricket and Sheffield Shield cricket for both Western and South Australia.  Most recently he has been Chair of the Australian Selectors.  He also has a Stand named after him at the WACA.  But he still has to pay to sit in it.  That’s life.
Throughout his accomplishments on the field John has kept up an academic and administrative career in education, having been Headmaster of Hale School and Warden of St George’s College.  He now champions Teach for Australia, an innovative project which allows professional people with suitable academic qualifications to go straight to classroom teaching and do their teacher training on the job.
Trevor Jenkins is a highly respected and well-known sporting commentator, having presented the sports report on ABC TV for many years.  His questions will be scintillating, penetrating, humorous and more.
Thursday 25 November join us at our Q & A Series on Healthy Relationships, an informative panel event tailor made for corporates.   Hear about how the Family First Violence Plan was first established and the initiatives it helps to support, at Rotary House on Thursday 25th November.   The HON Judi Moylan AO who assisted Prime Minister Howard with the launch of The First National Family Violence Plan and Professor Stella Tarrant who teaches disciplines at UWA in criminal law, evidence and gender and the law are the guest speakers. 
Date: Thursday 25th Nov Time: 12-1:30pm
Venue: Rotary House, Level 5, 110 William Street Perth
On Friday 3 December St George’s Anglican Grammar School is being inducted as a Corporate Member.  The school is in William Street and so is a close neighbour of ours.  They are looking forward to becoming closely involved in our Club.  Members and guests are requested to please book on line - 
Tuesday 7 December sees us at the Duxton for a Rotary Means Business breakfast.  The breakfast will be great.  The speaker is reputed to be a dud, but don’t let that deter you from coming along.  You can catch up on emails during the speech.  Spoiler Alert – best not to send text messages.  This is very close to a SOLD OUT event, so please don't delay in booking your seat if you have not done so already.  All members and friends of Rotary are welcome to attend.
A Mystery Speaker has been booked for Friday 10 December, which makes it a Must-Be-At Lunch.  If you can guess who it is you are exempt from fines at the previous meeting on 3 December.  You know it makes sense.
Then there’s the Christmas breakfast with lots of Yo-Ho-Ho and strong black coffee, (booking link is open - followed inexorably by the New Year’s Eve Gala-Vienna-Everything, and that, folks, is King, Queen, Jack for 2021.
Stay strong, everyone, and don’t miss a meeting.  You can do it.
Vienna Pops NYE Concert - 2021
Bookings Galore are in the swing for the Vienna Pops New Year’s Eve event, which unsurprisingly falls once again on 31 December. Mezzo Soprano Ashlyn, having previously sung at a Royal Command performance at Buckingham Palace will regale us with her vocal expertise, and she will be but one of a number of musicians delighting us over the course of the evening. Get tickets now for the Evening Gala Concert, or the Matinee or both. Please click on the image below for the booking site or go to the Perth Concert Hall Page -  If you would like to purchase a VIP ticket to Vienna Pops and really make a night of it, please email direct. 
Last Thursday's meeting for new and old members was a great success with many new members signing up to committees/projects with Perth Rotary.  If you are yet to connect with a project, please email me direct ( and I will ensure that you are engaged with a club project. 
Perth Rotarian Sagar Badve continues to have the most amazing time in Atlanta, Georgia.  Please see the attached story for Sagar's latest update. 
We are looking forward to the induction of St Georges Anglican Grammar School as a Corporate Member of the Perth Rotary Club on Friday 3 December.  Please book via the trybooking link to attend lunch this day.  We will also feature our International Projects at this same meeting, one not to be missed.  
All members are requested to log on to Club Runner (  and ensure that their contact details are up to date.  If you do not know how to log on, or are unsure of your password, please email Darren Perera ( or Jacques Phillips ( who will be able to assist you.  Members are encouraged to log onto and explore the e-learning centre.  There are a myriad of subjects which you can enrol in so as to learn more about Rotary at Club, District and International level.