Posted on Oct 06, 2020
Members & Friends of the Perth Rotary Club,
Life is so busy at the moment; I hardly know which news item to start this week’s bulletin off with!  GreenBatch Foundation have been selected as a finalist in the 2020 UN Day Awards for Environmental Actions AND the Container Deposit Scheme is finally up and away.  We have just inducted our tenth new member for the year at Perth Rotary, Maree Masamayor.  The Wishing Well project at Elizabeth Quay is gaining momentum once again.  Vienna Pops NYE Gala Concert tickets are selling like hot cakes!!
And…… Our R100 Liquid Gold Polio Dinner Fundraiser, Thursday 22 October is shaping up to be the most inspiring of evenings, if you have not already done so, please visit to secure your ticket. 
Congratulations to PP Larry Hirsch and his team at Rotary Means Business for providing opportunities for Rotarians to be mentored, inspired, stimulated and encouraged in these challenging business times.  Rotary Means Business meets on the first Tuesday of each month and is a fellowship chapter of District 9455. 
The RMB Mission Statement is:  “Rotary Means Business encourages Rotarians to support the success of their fellow Rotarians by doing business with them, and by referring others to them.”  RMB can be seen as a ‘value add benefit’ of being a Rotarian.  Paul Harris, The Chicago attorney who was the founder of Rotary, created a space where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships.   Please save the date for the next RMB event:  Tuesday 1st December with Major General John  Hartley (Rtd) as the guest speaker.  Please go to the following link to secure your ticket to this December RMB event -
Last night the Board of Perth Rotary met for our monthly meeting.  We were privileged to have Dr Sandy Chong, President of the UNAAWA present to us on Leadership in NFP prior to the commencement of Perth Rotary Board business.  Dr Chong spoke about leadership in a pandemic world, ensuring that members of our organisation were well cared for and that our organisation, Perth Rotary was adaptable to the pandemic and post-pandemic world. 
  • Leadership is defined,  “as the action of leading a group of people”. Ref:
  • Ethical leadership is defined “acting according to your moral principals in your day-to-day business life and decision making.”  Ref:
  • Effective leadership includes exhibiting a strong character. Leaders exhibit honesty, integrity, trustworthiness, and ethics. Leaders act in line with how they speak and earn the right to be responsible for others' success in the company. Strong leadership involves clear communication skills.  Ref:
It was interesting for the Board to consider leadership and membership engagement together.  For Perth Rotary to remain an effective and strong organisation the responsibility of leadership sits alongside each Director along with the responsibility of ensuring their team members are well looked after, feel valued and able to contribute to our projects.  We are committed to ensuring that all members feel valued and appreciated.   With this in mind, The Board of Directors along with the Membership Committee will be hosting an "Evening for New Members" Monday 2 November at our CBD Office.  New Members will be invited to attend along with their proposers to get to become more familiar with the history of the Perth Rotary Club, Perth Rotary Club Projects, Club Runner and My Rotary along with Board Members and Project Leaders.  Further information regarding this event will be sent to all new members, However, any Perth Rotarian is welcome to join us on the night. 
To Wish Upon A …..Well???   When the current Elizabeth Quay site was developed, Perth Rotary’s original wishing well was removed and funding set aside to re-establish another wishing well when the time was right.  The original well (pictured below) was removed and relocated to the East Perth Power Station Site some time ago.   We have been advised by DevelopmentWA that should any Rotarian wish to take possession of the well they must do so by COB Friday 16 October, otherwise the well will be disposed of. Please contact PDG Graham Peden by email if you are interested in the well. 
Last week we inducted Philip Lako (featured in last weeks bulletin) and Maree Masamayor as the newest members of Perth Rotary.  Maree returns to Perth Rotary after a brief sojourn whilst she regained her health.  It was so lovely to see Maree back and looking so well.  Please see below for a little more about Maree. 
This week we look forward to welcoming Jahna Cedar OAM, Director Indigenous Advisory, Policy and Evaluation as our guest speaker.  Jahna’s topic is “Walking in Two Worlds” and registration is via your paperless post invitation and the lunch fee of $55 is payable on the day.  Alternatively, please email your rsvp to Club Services Director Darren Perera –
Jahna Cedar is a Nyiyaparli/Yindjibarndi woman from the Pilbara region of Western Australia, with family connection to the Gija people of the Kimberleys, and is recognised as a strong Indigenous community leader. She has worked for over 20 years advocating for equal rights and reconciliation of Indigenous people and has represented Indigenous Australia at the United Nations in New York, on three occasions. In 2012, Jahna was the youngest person to be elected into the West Australian International Women’s Day Hall of Fame and in 2017 proudly won Business news 40 under 40, First amongst equals. Jahna was also awarded Telstra Business Women Awards WA – For Purpose and Social Enterprise Winner in 2017 and enjoys speaking at various events on issues of social justice, Indigenous rights and business management.
A motivational leader, Jahna’s corporate experience includes 18 years in business/human resources management and consultancy, including the implementation of organisational and change management strategies, projects and policy development, in both the Not for Profit and Private sector. Offering an innate leadership style and proven business acumen, Jahna drives consistent results and is passionate about encouraging and developing others, while working ethically towards corporate and strategic goals. Jahna is dedicated to challenging preconceptions, breaking down damaging stereotypes and working hard to make a difference for Indigenous people, specifically women and youth.   Ref: IPS Management Consultants Bio
PERTH ROTARY AGM – Friday 16 October 2020.  Please mark this date in your calendar and come to lunch.  This is an important opportunity for members to engage with our club leaders, have some input into the future direction of the club and understand where our strengths and weaknesses lay.  How can we make the Perth Rotary Club the Best Rotary Club?  What can we do?  Are we doing enough?  Are we relying on too few members?  How can we improve?  What do we do well? 
This week has also been designated Rotary Mental Health Awareness Week.  With this in mind I would like to draw your attention to two initiatives: 
  1. Australian Rotary Health Lift The Lid On Mental Health Hat Day Campaign - Perth Rotary will combine our AGM with a Lift the Lid event.  Please wear your BEST, MOST LOVED, EXTRAVAGANT Hat to lunch or risk the financial burden of paying up to the Sergeant.  All funds collected by Sergeant Larry will be forwarded to ARH in support of their important work in raising awareness and funding medical research into mental health.   Australian Rotary Health is one of the largest independent funders of mental health research within Australia.  ARH also provides funding into a broad range of general health areas, provide scholarships for rural medical and nursing students, as well as Indigenous health students. Australian Rotary Health provides funding into areas of health that do not readily attract funding, and promotes findings to the community.  Australian Rotary Health is a project of the Rotary Districts of Australia and is supported by Rotary Clubs.  We have a broad vision to improve the health and wellbeing of all Australians.
  1. District 9455 in conjunction with ARH are hosting a Statewide Rural Mental Health Virtual Forum Interest Meeting via zoom Friday 16 October 10am - 12 noon.  Mental health, particularly of young people, is often raised as an issue in country areas around Western Australia.  As ‘People of Action’ can Rotary with others in towns and shires across WA address this challenge?
Can our metropolitan club members’ expertise, efforts and networks help bring this initiative to fruition?
Can you help out with initiating practical vocational responses and community mental health forums and projects across country WA?
Join Rotary colleagues from rural communities across Western Australia to explore how Rotary and other service groups, local government, education and health services, community groups and others might address this challenge in 2021 and beyond.
How can Australian Rotary Health and Rotary in Western Australia open opportunities and make a difference in the lives and mental wellbeing of many across our great state?
To participate in this online discussion, please register your interest today.  Registrants will be advised of the Zoom link prior to the event.
To register:
Please refer to the attached story for more information regarding this fun opportunity for Perth Rotarians to actively support this club project and support our young tradies to stay safe.
Early bird tickets are on sale for a limited time.
Devon Lake, Perth Rotary Vienna Pops Rising Star, took off like a rocket with his performance of ‘Per Te’ by Josh Brogan and we are excited to see what else Devon has in store for us come New Year’s Eve along with the return to the Perth Concert Hall of Rachelle Durkin, recently returned to Perth from New York.
We have two Concert options available for you:
Other Events you may be interested in: 
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