Posted on Aug 18, 2020

Members & Friends of the Perth Rotary Club,

A wet and windy winter week in Perth has brought some much needed rain to the agricultural areas.  Interestingly an upside of COVID is that the cold and flu season has not impacted our community as it has done in the past. 
Congratulations to all Perth Rotarians and friends of the Club who are maintaining good hygiene standards and keeping not only the COVID virus at bay, but all illnesses.  It is vitally important that as community leaders we demonstrate and maintain good practice and standards.  Stay COVID Free – Do the 3…. Wash hands; Maintain Physical Distance and download the COVID app.
Last week we were privileged to welcome Principal Lee Musumeci to the club as our guest speaker.  It was so pleasing to hear of the positive impact of music on the students and that no child should be defined by a postcode.  Every child has a future and deserves the best education.  Not every child experiences the same level of domestic & financial stability to ensure this happens.  Lee and her team at Challis Community Primary School are working to have a positive effect on the whole community from Birth through to 18 years.
This week we welcome Hugh Stowell, Chairman of the Distinguished Clubs of the World Manager’s Association.  The first time in the Association’s history that the chairmanship has been bestowed on a manager of a club in the Southern Hemisphere.  If you have not already done so please go to your paperless post invitation and RSVP or email Darren Perera, Club Services Director at with your attendance and any dietary.  Payment is on the day/at the door.  $55/pp.
We received notification this week that the Perth Rotary Club has been successful in three District Grant Submissions for the 2020/21 Rotary Year.  District grants fund small-scale, short-term projects that address needs in our community and communities abroad. Each district appoints a committee of Rotarians representing the interest of the whole District who’s unenviable task is to choose which grant submissions will be successful.
This year, the District Grants Committee have had to take into consideration the effect of COVID19 and this has impacted the decision making process.  The recommended submissions are then sent to RI for final approval.
District Grants can be used to support Humanitarian projects, scholarships, Youth programs and Vocational Training Teams. 
District Grants are funded via access to the District Designated Fund (DDF) on an annual basis. The percentage is calculated based on the amount of DDF generated from a district’s annual fund giving three years prior, including endowment fund earnings. Districts receive the funding in one payment and can then distribute funds to the clubs within the District.
The successful submissions were:
  • Nyoongar Outreach Service – repatriation of Aboriginal People to Country.  With the rapid emergence of the COVID 19 pandemic, many Aboriginal people who were visiting from rural and remote locations have become stranded in Perth and are now facing significant challenges in the ability to return to country.  The impact of these barriers mean that many more persons are now homeless and sleeping rough.   We have partnered with the Rotary Clubs of Heirisson and Broome and look forward to fulfilling the project aims in supporting Rotary’s principal area of focus in “Promoting Peace” in our community.
  • Passages Resource Centre | Hub for Homeless Youth – the impact of the COVID19 Pandemic on ‘Passages’ has been to restrict the number of at risk youth who can access the services provided at any one time due to the required social distancing.  This has resulted in high levels of anxiety amongst the street present youth.  The grant will provide self care packs which can be distributed to the youth along with a sensory area within the hub for individuals to access, which will assist in stabilising young peoples mental health and wellbeing within a safe environment.
  • Reflections Through Reality applied for funding to further develop awareness and promotional materials around the harmful effects of asbestos.  Western Australia continues to have the highest recorded case of the terminal, asbestos related cancer, Mesothelioma in the world.  Just this week, Perth Rotary ran a story on our facebook page from Reflections Through Reality of a Mother, Wife and community member struck down with this dreadful disease and no real clear idea of where she may have come into contact with the deadly substance.  At the age of 64 Carmel’s life has been cut short by a disease she had very little knowledge or awareness of.  Education is the key to saving lives and we are proud to play our part along with our partner club Dalkeith Rotary.
Clubs must formally apply for grant funding by the 31 May of each year.  I particularly wish to thank Stephen Inouye, who prompted, encouraged and facilitated much of the enthusiasm and interest around Perth Rotary submitting grant requests.  Wesley Sim and Ashley Ladner also wrote up grant submissions on behalf of the club and Helen & Vincent Kean, Lachlan Ottley and Manu Gupta attended meetings to formulate ideas.  In total we had five submissions submitted of which three were successful.  Perth Rotary is extremely fortunate to access the amount of funding via the District Grant system and we appreciate the time and effort of our District Rotary Grants Committee.
Thursday evening this week (8pm AWST) I will be presenting to Perth Rotary, Scotland on behalf of the club.  Rotarians and friends are welcome to zoom into this meeting for additional fellowship and support of our fellow Rotarians in Scotland.  In a separate email I have forwarded the zoom link and password.  I am happy to forward the link again via email on request.  Additionally it will be advertised on the Private Members Only Facebook Page.  
Please visit the Perth Rotary page - for details of our speaker program.  The Program Committee have been meeting regularly via zoom and working to provide a variety of speakers and networking opportunities to club members.  Should you have a particular interest you would like to know more about or share with members, please provide details to Nicola Johnston, Program Chair.  Nicola's email is  The Programme Committee will consider your recommendation and coordinate the speaker schedule so as to ensure a variety of speakers and topics are engaged on behalf of the club. 

Other events you may be interested in outside of our club:

Rotaract Club of Perth – Public Speaking Masterclass
Date:   Tuesday 8 September
Time:   6 – 7.30pm
Venue: The Public House, 263 Adelaide Terrace, Perth
Cost:   $20/pre-paid   $30/at the door.
Need to sharpen your public speaking and communication skills? Look no further as Toastmasters Young Guns and the Rotaract Club of Perth are collaborating to proudly present:  "Public Speaking Masterclass for Young Professionals" Over the course of the evening, 4 experienced speakers will cover topics including:
  • Controlling your nerves
  • Utilizing your voice
  • Effective body language
  • Inspirational stories
  • And much more
This is a great opportunity for professional development and networking.
Rotary Means Business - District 9455 


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   
At the commencement of this Rotary Year there was a request by members for more opportunities to experience a hands on volunteering opportunity with the club.  With this in mind we have partnered with the Perth Rotaract Club and our corporate members.  Wendy Campbell and Darren Perera, Club Services Director are now coordinating Perth Rotary Members volunteer opportunities. 
  • GreenBatch volunteering ongoing
Location – 4 Brooklands Way. Mount Claremont.
Please contact Darren Perera – and him know what works for you.  Darren will organize a visit.
  • Red Cross Soup Kitchen volunteering – with the Perth Rotaract Club– needs registration at this link:
  • Sept 5 – Toothbrush Packing for Kimberley Dental Team
          Location – Owen Homeopathics, 443 Great Eastern Hwy. Redcliffe.
          Time – 10am to 2pm
          RSVP –   Numbers are limited.
  • Sept 26 – Sandwich making for Perth Homeless Support Group
          Location – Perth Rotary office 110 William St.
          Time – 10am to 12pm   
          RSVP –  Numbers are limited.
  • October 11 – Mullaloo Beach Clean up for those living North of the River in conjunction with Joondalup Rotary
Location – Mullaloo Beach near the surf club, register at the sign in desk near the carpark.
          Time – 8:30am, do as much as you can.
          RSVP –