Posted on Oct 27, 2020
Members & Friends of the Perth Rotary Club,
Some days just make you happy……last Thursday evening’s combined club meeting with Crawley Rotary Club was an exceptional evening of fellowship between two clubs striving to make a difference, whilst celebrating adversity & determination exemplified in Val Cearns, Rosemary Hannon; Marion Wragg, Bryant Stacey and the Hon Mr Beazley AC, Governor of Western Australia.   All spoke so candidly about the trials and tribulations of living with polio whilst displaying incredible courage and positivity.  I sincerely thank all Perth Rotarians for their support of this combined club event.   A total of $3712.55 was raised and will be forwarded to the Rotary International End Polio Now Campaign on behalf of both clubs. 
Saturday 24 October was World Polio Day and Rotarians all over the world participated in activities to raise awareness about Rotary International’s efforts to eradicate polio, a preventable disease for good.  Rotary began immunizing children against polio in 1985 and continues to work hard to raise the necessary funds to get the job done.  When Rotary began its work to eradicate this disease there were more than 350,000 children infected on an annual basis.  These figures have fallen to less than 50 case per year with only two countries now endemic down from 125 endemic countries in 1985. 
The bottom line is this.  As long as polio threatens even one child anywhere in the world, all children – wherever they live – remain at risk….. We are this close!
Vocational Service is one of Rotary International five avenues of service.  It provides an opportunity for Rotarians to empower and educate others by showcasing their unique skills and expertise to address a need within the community.  Vocational Visits provide an opportunity for Rotarians to discover new professional opportunities and areas of interest. 
This week we will have the opportunity to attend our second Vocation Visit when we visit the Greenbatch Foundation recycling and educational facility in Mt Claremont.  Perth Rotarian and Engineer Darren Lomman has a dream to rid the environment of plastic and has worked tirelessly to bring about this reality.   By visiting businesses, Rotarians are afforded the opportunity to experience firsthand how likeminded organizations operate.  Rotarians are reminded to RSVP via their paperless post invitation, particularly if they wish to join us for a casual lunch afterwards at the J’Co Café, Bayview Terrace.  Please also remember to wear closed in shoes.
A Volunteer Opportunity | Greenbatch has been invited to be part of the Beer and Beef festival on Saturday the 31st of October and Sunday the 1st of November. Greenbatch will need all hands on deck to cater for the 8000 people expected each day! Greenbatch will have a tent and be selling some merchandise and offering information to the public about plastic recycling and recovery. We will also be sorting containers onsite to divert a maximum of containers from landfill!  
No special skills or knowledge are necessary, but we have some basics requirements for events: 
  • Reasonable level of fitness (some heavy lifting required for setting up, packing up and to empty the bins during the day)  
  • Must have your own transport to meet at the venue (free parking available nearby or via public transport: Burswood Station and Victoria park station) 
  • The volunteers must help for a minimum of 4.5 hours (1 shift) during the event but will be able to come before or stay after their shift to enjoy the festival.  
  • To comply with COVID requirements, all volunteers need to undergo a quick online training on COVID safe practice.
A few extra bits of information: 
  • Don't wear your best clothes, the sorting can be messy! 
  • You cannot bring your own food and drinks inside the festival. Free drinking water will be available. 
Volunteers will also need to fill up a quick volunteer form so they are covered by our insurance.  Please contact Clementine Caron (Greenbatch Volunteer Coordinator & Event Manager) by email - and or by phone M: 0492 968 293 if you are able to assist. 
CONGRATULATIONS are in order for the Worlds Newest Grandparents; Bruce Henshaw and Nigel & Wendy Barker.  Last week Bruce welcomed his first grandchild, Miles Collins Henshaw, Wednesday 21 October 2020 and Nigel and Wendy along with big brother Flynn welcomed Ivy Evelyn Barker 2.5Kg Sat 18th October 2020 at 11.00pm.
Rotarian Tristan Campbell and Blaine are also getting ready to celebrate the end of many hours of hard work as they both prepare to graduate from their respective fields of study.   Tristan and Blaine would like to celebrate with members their success and an invitation to join them will be emailed separately to this newsletter. 
Para Dance is a wheelchair sport, governed by the International Paralympic Committee, that has until only recently been available to local wheelchair users. Dance Sport WA have been instrumental in introducing Para Dance in Australia.  In the past few years a local team of Para Dancers has formed in Perth, which is unique to Australia. These enthusiastic dancers train for local and national competitions, with the goal of one day representing Australia in international competitions.
Paralympics Australia have provided permission for the Para Dancers to use the Australian Paralympic uniforms. Using funds from team fundraising, the team purchased jackets in preparation for travelling to the Australian Dance Sport Championship in December 2019.   It is with great pleasure that I share with you a photo of the Para and Ability Dance WA team who competed in the WA Open Dance Sport Championships last weekend.  The team were superbly fitted out in new Team T-Shirts to match their jackets, which were jointly sponsored by the Perth Rotary Club and Fully Promoted Perth.   
Darryl Davenport, Dance Coach emailed to let us know that the team t-shirts were handed out on the day and were very popular. They will have a lot of future use and a wonderful way for Perth Rotary to support our community members and make them shine.
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.
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.
Tradies register and raise funds for the opportunity to walk the catwalk. There are several runway categories, each representing different trades – Carpentry, Electrical, Masonry, Finishes and Plumbing. The top ten fundraisers in each category will ‘strut their stuff’ beside a model. An esteemed judging panel will choose the top two tradies from each heat who will represent their trade in a Runway Grand Final. Great prizes are up for grabs. May the best tradies win!
Tickets include
  • a red-carpet entry, canapes, drinks and live entertainment.
Funds raised by the tradies will be used to support the work being undertaken by Reflections.   Early bird tickets are on sale for a limited time.
THE PERTH ROTARY BOARD AND MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE are looking forward to hosting our newest Rotarians at an information evening Monday 2 November at our CBD Office (5.30 - 6.30/7pm).  A REMINDER to RSVP to Membership Committee Member Don Mazzucchelli -  The evening will be an informal look at Perth Rotary Committees, Projects, Club Runner and Fellowship Events.  In short, it is an opportunity to better get to know each other and your Club.   Should you have any queries in relation to this event, please don't hesitate to contact Don Mazzucchelli, Membership Director Ashley Whitworth ( or my self,  ( 
Please mark this date in your calendar – Past President Wesley Sim and Past President Larry Hirsch have agreed to support me as we join with the Crawley Rotary Club, President Karin Cable and Rotarians Shane Wee and Blake Burton to SHAVE OUR HEADS in support of medical research at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.   Every research project needs that final dollar raised to push it over the line….. Our aim is to raise that FINAL DOLLAR… or, as much as we can to hopefully have a positive impact on someone’s health when they need that help the most.  Please note we will be at The Duxton Hotel for this event. 
We have three Concert options available for you:
Thank you once again for your interest in Perth Rotary and our efforts to raise funds in support of our community charitable events.  More information on the Perth Rotary Club can be found by visiting
Heirisson Rotary Club | “Give A Feed” is a WA wide Rotary initiative providing wholesale Christmas food hampers to vulnerable West Australians struggling to afford enough food to eat.  This year we aim to create 2,500 hampers for families struggling to put Christmas meals on their tables.  The 2020 Rotary launch of “Give A Feed” will be hosted by Heirisson Rotary from 7:30-8:30am on Thursday 12 November in the President’s Room at Gloucester Park in East Perth.  
A full breakfast will be provided for $25. Please RSVP by 2 November for breakfast catering purposes. Payments accepted in cash or card via Square. (Alternately, bank transfers are possible to BSB: 066-155, Account # 10465327 with description"GAF-Surname".)
Our guest speaker will be Greg Hebble, CEO of Foodbank WA, who bulk-buy produce and distribute the hampers. Bulk-buying means hampers with retail values two to three times the donation can be created.  "Give a Feed" involves 'wholesale' generosity. It is a fantastic way of encouraging corporate giving. It can be a great Christmas recognition of staff, customers, contractors and suppliers, family and friends. For details on "Give a Feed" or to donate hampers, see:
An exclusive evening and interview with Ross Robertson CEO Perron Group
Reflections of a CEO of a 6-billion-dollar corporation
WHEN – THURSDAY 29 OCTOBER – 5 – 7.30pm
WHERE – Exclusive Access - 50TH Floor Central Park – The highest sundowner in WA!
PROFILING – City Rotary’s initiative  - The WA Business Alliance to End Homelessness and
FEATURING – The Eye Contact Exhibition – shining a light on the face of homelessness in Perth. By photographer Phil England.
COST – $120 per head
Catering by City Rotary Corporate Connect Member – Hyatt and sponsored by Leeuwin Estate and Gage Roads
PERTH ROTARY 2020/21 BOARD EMAIL - Our Next Board Meeting - Monday 2 November 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