Posted on Aug 25, 2020
Members & Friends of the Perth Rotary Club,
The fourth week of the Month is After Business Drinks/Rotary Networking on a Thursday at The Westin.  A great opportunity for those members who find Friday lunch meetings difficult to accommodate.  This week we have Dr Sandy YL Chong as our Guest Speaker.   Please go to by 12 noon Wednesday 26 August to secure your ticket. 
Dr Sandy Chong is a Harvard alumnus, founder of Verity Consulting and the President of the United Nations Association of Australia (WA Div).  Sandy earned her PhD (2003) specialising in digital commerce and international business communication.  Sandy is passionate about driving business performances with social impact and is a strong advocate of international trade and economic empowerment as a pathway to peace and security.
Dr Chong follows last weeks’ presentation by Hugh Stowell, Chairman of the Distinguished Clubs of the World Manager’s Association.  Hugh walked us through a property and art portfolio second to none in the world.  It was an interesting peak into a rarefied world of tradition and modernity juxtaposed alongside a fast paced and changing social & business landscape. 
We also welcomed Ms Lisa Kazalac to the Perth Rotary Club.  PP John Garland AM introduced Lisa to members and PP Wesley Sim completed the induction process.  Lisa is the eighth member to be inducted into the club since our return to lunch meetings on Friday 19th June of this year.  I encourage all members to go out of your way to make our new members welcome, engaged and valued at the Perth Rotary Club.
Last week also saw a return of zoom attendees at our lunch meetings with PP Ray Della-Polina zooming in from Bali.  Should any member not be able to attend our regular Lunch and/or After Business Drinks meetings due to poor health or distance (ie: out of the country); we are more than happy for those members to zoom in.  PP Ray enjoyed being a part of the meeting and even tho across the Timor Sea, still did not escape being fined by Sergeant Larry.  I would particularly like to thank Club Services Director Darren Perera who managed the technology with literally one-minute notice.  We hope to improve the sound quality and overall experience in time.  If you have an interest in this technology, please feel free to contact Darren to offer your support as many hands make light work.
The month of August is designated Membership and New Club Development Month with Rotary International.  Traditionally this is a time when clubs recognise their members and their contributions to their communities.  Every cloud has a silver lining and ZOOM meetings and international club interactions appear to be COVID’s silver lining. 
Last Thursday evening I was invited to be the guest speaker at Perth Rotary, Scotland’s weekly meeting.  I was a bit nervous, had shuffled my notes and checked the prezi several times prior to the meeting.…. I linked in early and was relieved to see a few WA Perth Rotarians join…… Imagine my confusion, joy and absolute excitement when then Mads Stefansen joined …. I was like… omg that’s Mads name, then Cami Anderlini, followed by a steady stream of WA Perth Rotary Exchange Students from the past 7 years.  I simply couldn’t believe it when I saw their beautiful faces pop up on the screen one by one – they all look so well and pass on their very best wishes to all the Rotarians at Perth WA…. I’m not quite sure what our Scottish counterparts thought as we sort of hi-jacked their meeting, but it was amazing to see Gonzalo with a moustache, Chiara with long curly hair, Cami looking so grown up and Doctor like…. Lea’s gorgeous face, Mads looking very fit and healthy and Sho looking so  mature.  Unfortunately, Laura was in class and Gaelle teaching swimming lessons so they were unable to join.  A special thank you to PP Wesley Sim for organising the troops and this special treat for all of us – the kids… young adults are keen to catch up with us all again and we’ll work towards setting up a suitable time and date.  
It was such a pleasure to represent this club and I want to thank our members also, who were able to join in on the zoom link to add support and encouragement not only to me, but to the Rotarians in Scotland who continue to be in a semi-lockdowned state, unable to meet in groups of larger than 4 families.  Each Thursday lunch time, they all link in via zoom to catch up and listen to the nominated guest speaker.  We are so blessed to be here in Western Australia, able to move freely around our state, open the doors to our business and enjoy the fellowship of our fellow Rotarians.
I would encourage all members to visit the My Rotary website learning centre and have a look around.  There is a wealth of information available.  The 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention Breakout Sessions are available on the convention website at and there is an Accountability & Inclusion Webinar Series to explore diversity, equity and inclusion coming on line in September.  Members may register at  the session will be run Thursday 17 September at 15.00 (UTC-5) Chicago time.  Should you not know how to access the My Rotary website or club runner, can you please contact Secretary Jacques Phillips who will assist you with passwords and access.  All members should have the club runner app downloaded on their phones.  This provides you with the contact details of all members in the club.  
Please refer below for more details on the Zone 8 Rotary Conference, scheduled for the weekend of 19th and 20th September.  Due to COVID 19, we all have free access to a Virtual Conference format this year, operating out of Alice Springs.  (9.30AM – 11AM AWST), however you must pre-register. 
The Perth Rotary Fellowship Committee continue to provide opportunities for club members to come together, enjoy each other’s company and on this occasion tick a number of boxes for us as Rotarians and for our Club:

The Long Run is an awareness and fundraising event for Australian men and families impacted by prostate cancer.  All you need to do is run, walk or wheel 72km during September;  Every kilometre you cover will raise funds to bring us closer to a world where prostate cancer is no longer a burden and where all men and their families with a diagnosis are supported.
The PERTH ROTARY TEAM Response - We’re taking on The Long Run!

We’ve committed to conquering 10KMs each on September 20th to raise funds and awareness for Aussie men and families fighting prostate cancer.  Please support us by making a tax deductible donation to Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.  Together, we can make sure our fathers, brothers, sons, husbands and mates will be there for the long run.
The PERTH ROTARY TEAM plan… meet at The Boatshed in South Perth at 2pm, Sunday 20th September and walk the bridges (approx. 10kms) in small groups. Head toward the Causeway, collect a take-away coffee from a café at Barrack St Jetty, stop for a photo op in Elizabeth Quay (PFC to meet us there with their banner), before resuming our walk across the Narrows and back to Boatshed. (For those who feel they can’t go the distance, they can catch the ferry back across river.) 
Dr Dave Preece, Perth Rotary June Inductee has set up a team page for 'Perth Rotary' for the long run event.  To join the team people just need to click on the link and hit the join button, or you can make a donation without joining.   

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 –