Posted on Nov 17, 2020
Members & Friends of the Perth Rotary Club,
The Silly Season has arrived and my diary is in overdrive.  
This Friday is a very important meeting for our club members to attend as we finalise the 2020/21 and beyond Strategic Plan.  I invite all members to please join us at The Westin Hotel for lunch, Friday 20 November.  We also have the pleasure of Rohan Zakharia, Vienna Pops 2020 Rising Star and New England Conservatory Scholar as our guest performer.  
Rohan is fresh out of high School, graduated from Hale School 2019 and was the successful winner of the 2020 Dean's Scholarship of Merit, Bachelor's Programe for Percussion Performance at New England Conservatory (NEC), Boston.  He leaves for America in January 2021 to commence his tertiary education. 
Rohan comes to us as a highly recommended and lauded young musician and his performance this Friday will be something not to be missed.  New England Conservatory (NEC) is one of the world’s leading musical institutions, that prepares its students for subsequent careers as internationally renowned performers.  To date, Rohan has been under the tutelage and mentorship of Joel Bass and Brian Maloney (Principal Percussionist of WASO).  Most recently Rohan was the Principal Percussionist in the Australian Youth Orchestra’s Young Symphonists’ Program, Australia’s leading institution for emerging musicians. 
We are so blessed that we are able to play a small role in promoting and assisting our youth to follow their dreams.   
Last week we welcomed the US Consul General, Mr David J Gainer to the Perth Rotary Club as our guest speaker.  It was a very warm and friendly meeting with Australia's trading partner and ally.  Mr Gainer hi-lighted not only the trade relations but the under utilised opportunities for Australian Youth to travel to America and work.   It was also a pleasure to induct Maree and Sagar as the worlds newest Rotariarns, however, they won't keep that title for long as this week we are looking forward to welcoming Eileen Hao to the club. 
Past President David Reed nominated Eileen as a member of Perth Rotary.  Eileen is already well known to many in the club and has been busy volunteering with Greenbatch, Kimberly Dental Team, Perth Rotaract Club and the Joondalup Rotary Club at the  Mullaloo Beach Clean Up.  
Eileen Hao has more than 25 years working experience on industrial minerals, metals and applications, including 15 years with ECC International (English China Clays) and Imerys Group, one of the world largest multi-national industrial mineral processing company, as the Group’s China Project Manager then China Commercial Manager, responsible for establishing projects, investment for ECC and Imerys in China, as well as Imerys product sales, marketing and business development. She was the core Senior Consultant of Roskill Consultancy Group, the world leading information and consultancy company based in London, UK.
She has been working as key advisor and deeply involved in successful developing several world-class mining and mineral processing projects worldwide, covering many different kinds of minerals and metals, specialised on lithium, VTM, nickel and cobalt, mineral sand, kaolin, graphite, zirconium, titanium, vanadium, bauxite, rare earths and battery materials.
Since the beginning of 2010, Eileen has been working with Reed Resources and Neometals as the company’s Business Development Manager and General Manager China, successfully introduced Neometals into China market, and helped Neometals on establishing the joint venture with Ganfeng Lithium on Mt Marion lithium project, one of the largest lithium compound producer in the world.   
Eileen has degrees and strong technical background on chemistry, geology and material engineering. She is the key expert in China and worldwide on battery minerals and metals, battery materials and industrial minerals.  We look forward to welcoming Eileen, Friday 20 November 2020. 
This week is the festival of Diwali and we wish all Rotarians, but particularly Manu and Nitin Happy Diwali.  Diwali is called the Festival of Lights, celebrated Saturday 14 November in honour of Rama-chandra, the seventh avatar (incarnation of the god Vishnu).   After many years of exile, Rama returned to his people, fought a great battle against the demon king Ravana and won.   Diwali is a joyous festival celebrated with all homes, business and streets lighting up, hence the Festival of Lights.  The festival lasts for five days and is widely celebrated not only in India but throughout the world.  
We are looking forward to Steeltoes and Stilettos, an event that Jo Morris and the Reflections through Reality Team have been working on for several months now.  They have a great team of Tradies lined up to walk the runway and looking forward to reaching their fundraising targets.  If you have not yet secured your ticket to attend this event, please contact Jo Morris direct - 
Saturday 21 Nov - Steeltoes & Stilettos - is a building and construction industry event bringing the risk of asbestos to the big stage. Tradies are dobbed in and sponsored to walk the catwalk with a model.  Reflections, a not-for-profit which is working to reduce the impact of asbestos on our community, is offering you the opportunity to join us in bringing this landmark event to life. With the highest rates of the asbestos-related terminal cancer, Mesothelioma, in the world and significant amounts of in-situ asbestos in our built environment, asbestos has left a devastating legacy in Western Australia. Raising awareness in the building and construction industry is crucial, and this unique event also spreads the message to the wider community.
Tickets include a red-carpet entry, canapes, drinks and live entertainment.   Early bird tickets are on sale for a limited time.
Thursday 26 Nov - The Brave ShaveWe have just passed $41,500 in funds raised for the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.  So .... Word is definitely out!  However, we would love your company at this event and invite you to join us at The Duxton Hotel, Thursday 26 November to witness the Shave and give us some moral support as we part with our hair. 
The aim is to raise $100,000 to boost a cancer breakthrough, join us and the team in making a difference for friends and family facing cancer. Professor Peter Leedman is our guest speaker at this event and we look forward to your company in amongst the mayhem and fun!  Don't forget, YOUR presence at the event is giving us courage to go ahead with the shave.
1 - Show your Support - Donate to
2 - Attend the Event
The Bald & The Beautiful Brave Shave
But we don’t want to do this on our own.  We would love your company and invite you to:
Thursday 26th November, 6:00pm
The Duxton Hotel Perth
1 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000

Ticket includes complimentary drink on arrival and canapés.
Cash bar available.
Friday 23 April 2021   Members of the Perth Rotary Club have been collaborating with the Melville Rotary Club on behalf of District 9455 and 9465 to create an event worthy of celebrating the Centenary of Rotary in Australia.  It is with a great deal of excitement that we can announce on behalf of DG Jon Bilson and DG Colin Burns, Rotary WA will host the Rotary Centennial Gala Ball, Friday 23rd  April 2021 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. 
The Theme is “Puttin on the Ritz” and we look forward to a large contingent from the Perth Rotary Club at this event.  As this is a Western Australia wide event, and numbers are limited, we urge you to book your tickets asap via the try booking link below.  This also helps to alleviate the financial pressures associated with hosting such an event and your cooperation in this regard is gratefully acknowledged and appreciated.
Tickets are on sale and we thank all Rotarians and members of the Community who have supported us with purchases of tickets.  If you are unable to attend Vienna Pops but would like to “gift” tickets to our strategic partners and/or to your family, Xmas Gift Packs with tickets to the Afternoon or Evening Concerts will be available for purchase at lunches. 
Please come and see a member of the Vienna Pops Committee at the registration desk who will assist you. 
We have three Concert options available for you:
Rotary Clubs of Mt Lawley and Cambridge
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PERTH ROTARY 2020/21 BOARD EMAIL - Our Next Board Meeting - Monday 7 December 2020
President:                  Jill Dawson     
Past President:         Vangelis Katsaitis
President Elect:        Rev Dr John Shepherd AM
Treasurer:                  Joseph Wambua
Secretary:                  Jacques Phillips
Rotary Foundation  Emma Cork     
Club Service:           Darren Perera 
Fellowship Chair:    Jo Morris               
Media Chair              Barry Thornton
Speaker Program     Nicola Johnston
Membership              Ashley Whitworth
Vocational                 Jonas Edner   
Community               David Wee      
International             Wesley Sim     
Youth                         Kelly Gibson