Posted on Nov 24, 2020
Members & Friends of the Perth Rotary Club,
Congratulations to Dr Tristan Campbell on his recent graduation and research success with the development of a model which can successfully predict good and bad seasons for honey thus protecting bee hives in the bad seasons and maximising production in good seasons.  It is wonderful to see many years of hard work pay off for Tristan and his family and we look forward to hearing more of his success in the days to come.
Last weeks meeting at the Westin Hotel was a very successful meeting for our club and what will become a landmark day in the history of the club.  Chair of the Path of Hope Foundation and Perth Rotarian Rebecca Tolstoy AM, commenced with sharing the POH Annual Report with Rotarians.  The  POH Board continue to work diligently and are committed to ensuring that their project is an example of Rotary working at it’s best and they are happy to share their success and knowledge with fellow Rotarians to help all projects.  Emma Cork then presented an update of the Strategic Plan taking into account member feedback from our AGM.  The Strategic Plan is a roadmap for our club taking us into the future with clear goals and strategies to measure success and/or see where there is room for improvement.  Emma has spent many hours consulting with members and strategic partners for which I am very grateful.  The Strategic Plan will be presented to the Board of Directors at our next board meeting, Monday 7 December for adoption and then distributed to all members via email.  We concluded the meeting with a presentation by Director of Community Services David Wee and Perth Rotarian Lisa Kazalac – a new project for our club – Transitional Housing for 18 – 35 year old’s who are homeless | The Tiny Houses Project.  You will all be hearing a lot more about this project in the weeks and months ahead, if you are keen to become involved, please email David direct –  We also welcomed Eileen Hao as a NEW member of our club and the World’s Newest Rotarian along with a performance by 2020 Vienna Pops Rising Star Rohan Zakharia, AND…..we welcomed back Perth Rotarian Rhonda Roe after an absence of several months as she recovered from knee surgery – all in all, an action packed and meaningful meeting, which was well attended and left members with plenty to consider and get involved with.  Thank you to all those involved and who contribute to the life of our club.
Saturday morning I met up with Perth Rotarian Manu Gupta and our Global Citizens May Jeong, Rochelle Gotico and Girish Jhurkut.  All three Perth Rotary Global Citizens will graduate from the programme in a few short weeks.   May, Rochelle and Girish have quietly participated in the life of our club, often helping out at events such as Rotary Means Business and the Liquid Gold Polio Dinner.  Rotarian Jeff Leach sponsored their tickets to the Liquid Gold Polio Dinner and the GC Citizens responded by not only attending but helping with the packing up at the end of the night.  This is just one small example of their commitment to the club and appreciation of the opportunities afforded them by the program and associaiton with our club.  The Perth Rotary Board of Directors has resolved to sponsor their first year of membership to the Perth Rotaract Club as a stepping stone from the Global Citizens Programme.  May, Rochelle and Girish are attending our club meeting this Thursday - The Brave Shave at the Duxton Hotel and I invite members to introduce themselves to them, engage them in conversation and congratulate them on their extraordinary achievement with the Global Citizen Programme.   A special thank you to Rotarian Wendy Campbell who brought this project to our club in early 2019 during PP Wesley Sim's year and Manu Gupta and PP Stephen Inouye who have Mentored the students through the programme to a successful graduation.  This programme was successful in our club due to the commitment of the students and Rotarians working together to ensure the best possible outcomes and KPI's were met.  On behalf of all members we thank you most sincerely for your dedication and support of our Global Citizens. 
November 23 – 29 is designated as Asbestos Awareness Week.  Whilst asbestos has not been mined for many years now and no longer able to be purchased or used as a building product since 1990, it is still present in many homes and commercial buildings throughout Australia.  This years theme is “Asbestos lurks in more places than you’d think” and is supplemented with the theme “Before you start, be aware”. 
In what has been a strange year, danger lurks in the most unlikely of places and activities.  With Covid 19 there was a spike in home renovations and consequently an increased concern as to home renovator’s awareness of Asbestos by industry and health professionals.  Reflections Through Reality is a not for profit working with the building industry to reduce the impact of asbestos in our community through education and awareness building.  Last Saturday night saw the second Steeltoes & Stilettos event which was hosted at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Adelaide Terrace.  It was heralded as a huge success with around 250 guests attending the event.  Thirty seven tradies ‘strutted their stuff’ on a runway with gorgeous models. Funds raised by the tradies amounted to $38,270 – amazing!!   Many Perth Rotarians joined Jo Morris and her team at Reflections for an amusing night of fun, a touch of mischievousness and fundraising for a good cause.  Jo Morris has said “that funds raised by the tradies will be used to increase the message of asbestos safety.” Jo was appreciative of the support from Perth Rotary Members and is already thinking about next years event.  Tickets included a red-carpet entry, canapes, drinks and live entertainment.
This Thursday our club meeting will be held at The Duxton Hotel as a joint meeting with the Crawley Rotary Club – If you have not yet gone on line to purchase your ticket to attend this massive fundraising effort, it is not too late and we would greatly appreciate your support. 
The Brave Shave – We have just passed $63,391 in funds raised for the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.  So .... Word is definitely out! 
Perth Rotarians and Past Presidents Wesley Sim and Larry Hirsch along with myself greatly appreciate your support.  Collectively we have raised nearly $16,000 of the total funds.  Crawley Rotarian Shane Wee is our super star fundraiser with an individual total of $32,371.
We are not yet ready to stop asking for your support.  Our target is $100,000 and we believe we can get there, so please consider attending, donating and supporting this effort to “keep families together for longer” by raising funds which will help medical researchers find that much needed breakthrough.   Sometimes it is just one more trial, one more dollar that is needed ….. let’s do what we can to help.  
C’mon Perth Rotary – lets support each other and this massive effort to raise funds and really put our Club and the Crawley Club on the map.  Perth Rotarian Ashley Ladner and Crawley Rotarian Brad Stein are our MC’s for the night and guarantee that you will leave the Duxton Hotel having enjoyed a great night out.  
With your help and support we can be “People of Action” | “Rotarians Serving our Community”
Professor Peter Leedman is our guest speaker for the evening.  Peter Leedman is the Director of the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research (‘Perkins’) in Perth, Head of the Perkins Laboratory for Cancer Medicine and Professor of Medicine (endocrinologist) at Royal Perth Hospital. Peter completed medicine at UWA, trained in endocrinology at Royal Melbourne Hospital before completing his PhD at WEHI and a Post-Doc in a Howard Hughes Institute at Harvard Medical School where he worked on the molecular mechanisms of thyroid hormone action. Peter was instrumental in establishing the Perkins and building the two new state-of-the-art facilities with Peter Klinken, the former Perkins Director. He is internationally recognised for his research on the molecular mechanisms of hormone action, with a focus on RNA biology and microRNAs, and how this information can be harnessed for novel therapeutics, especially in poor prognostic tumours, such as head and neck and liver cancer. He co-founded miReven, a spin out company established to commercialise microRNA-7 as a replacement therapy for cancer, and is driving this initiative towards an early phase clinical trial in patients with liver cancer. He has served the research community for many years on numerous committees and is currently Chairman of the Viertel Foundation Medical Advisory Committee, Chairman of Linear Clinical Research Ltd (the Perkins’ 24-bed early phase clinical trials facility) and is on NHMRC Research Committee. In his spare time, he immerses himself into family and friends, food, cycling, travel and playing drums in a rock and roll band.
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,5.30 arrival for a 6:00pm start
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 Nedlands
34th Bring & Buy Dinner Auction Event
Friday 27 November 2020
Dalkeith-Nedlands Bowling Club
6.30pm viewing, 7pm for dinner
$70/pp payable at the door
Please rsvp to PP Steve Currie – 0413 984 569
Rotary Club of Crawley
Festive Dinner with special guest – The Street Doctor
Thursday 10 December 2020
UWA Club 6pm
$65/pp –
Must pre-purchase tickets – inc 2 course dinner & 2 drinks.
Rotary Means Business | District 9455
Tuesday 1 December 2020
Major General John Hartley (Retired)
"What Resolutions Should we Really be Making?"  $15/pp 
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