Posted on Dec 08, 2020
Members & Friends of the Perth Rotary Club,
Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And never brought to mind;
Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And auld lang syne.
New Years Eve is only 23 sleeps away…… Have you got your tickets to Vienna Pops NYE Gala Concert???
Tickets are selling well and our Musical Director Mark Coughlan along with the Perth Rotary Vienna Pops Committee are working hard to ensure that not only will the Perth Rotary Club raise much needed funds for our 2021/22 Community Project Fund but that all who attend will enjoy a magical evening of musical entertainment. 
Don’t miss out – Tickets are on sale and selling.
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 THIS FRIDAY at lunch. 
Please come and see a member of the Vienna Pops Committee at the registration desk THIS FRIDAY who will assist you. 
We have three Concert options available for you:
  1. New Years Eve Matinee Concert – 2pm.  Tickets & further information are available by clicking on this link
  2. New Years Evening – 9.30pm.  Tickets and further information are available by clicking on this link
  3. New Years Eve VIP Packages ($198/pp all-inclusive of VIP seating, pre-show canapes and sparkling wine, interval canapes and drinks and post-show concert and chance to meet the stars of the show), are available through direct sale.  Please register your interest with the Vienna Pops sales team by sending an email to for your VIP ticket.  Evening concert only.
Auld Lang Syne is one of those songs that everyone seems to know and whether one can sing or not – it is sung with gusto on New Years Eve.  Auld Lang Syne is a Scottish folk song, first brought to the publics attention by the poet Robert Burns in 1788.  The phrase “for auld lang syne” – translates as “for old times sake”.  So, whilst not originally thought of as a New Years Song, it works well the whole world over and you can break into song at the Perth Concert Hall this New Year along with your friends and family - but only if you go on line and purchase your ticket.
Last week we had a very interesting and thought-provoking speaker in Mr Ron Manners AO. Ron’s topic was “Is it Time for another Revolt?”  Ron then went on to provide a brief background to the Eureka Stockade Revolt of 1851 and why this was revolt was necessary and beneficial to Australia.  Ron made reference to Thomas Jefferson, President of the United States of America (1801 – 1809) who famously quoted, “I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical[1].  A reunion of sorts with many stories pre-formalities of time in Kalgoorlie and on the Goldfields.  .Past President David Reed AO, introduced Ron to club members.  David and Ron have a long history going back to when David's father was the President of the Kalgoorlie Rotary Club and Ron was the guest speaker - November 1960.  It was lovely to see Perth Rotary Honorary Member, Mr Bob Mickle come along to the luncheon to catch up with our guest speaker.  Ron very kindly donated a signed copy of his book “Mannerisms”, a collection of speeches, open letters and articles published by Ron over many years.  Ron has dubbed these writings “Mannerisms” and hence the name of the said book.  Mr John Garland AM auctioned off the book with a great result for the club.  Funds raised from this impromptu auction will be directed to our Community Fund for expenditure on club projects and we sincerely thank Ron for his generosity.
This week we welcome Riaz Mahmood, General Manager of the Duxton Hotel to the club as the world’s newest Rotarian.  Riaz is an experienced general manager within the hospitality industry and we look forward to getting to know Riaz better as we work together on club projects in the future.
Our guest speaker this week is Anne Brake who is the Senior Manager of Marketing & Community Service for the National Trust.  Anne has been with the National Trust since 2000 when she joined as Manager Interpretation for the Golden Pipeline Project.  Anne has many years of experience in the museum and heritage sector in both NSW and WA and has made contributions at committee level to the state branch of Museums Australia and the National Committee of Australia (ICOMOS).  Anne is committed to the important role heritage plays in strengthening our communities.  This marks the end of our lunch meetings for 2020 with our final meeting of the year Friday 18 December being a Family Christmas Breakfast. (  
In a year which has provided many challenges, we have been blessed to meet at The Westin Hotel each week.  All Staff at The Westin have looked after us so well during these unusual and unprecedented times.  I would particularly like to thank General Manager Peter Brampton, Sales Manager Liezil Slabbert and Catering and Events Manager Aimee Mumford along with the events floor team.  Matthew Taylor and the team at AV Partners have looked after our audio needs each week and have been so accommodating.   Each week our meetings appear to run seamlessly, however there are many emails back and forth with our PA Kirstin and Club Services Director Darren Perera ensuring that all is in place for members to enjoy our meetings each week.  Thank you Kirstin and Darren for being the conduit between our club and The Westin. 
We are looking forward to closing out the year with a big celebration Friday 18 December and I encourage you to go on line without delay to book your seats so we can finalise the catering and seating arrangements in a timely manner.  All members are welcome to bring family, work colleagues and/or friends to this final meeting for 2020.
Bi-District 2020/21 Conference Early Bird Ticketing is now open and all members are encouraged to go on line and purchase your tickets.  In addition to Michael Chaney AO, DG Jon Bilson has announced that Louise Giolitto, CEO of WA Council of Social Services (WACOSS) will be a key note speaker at the event. 
Full details of the conference, accommodation options and additional activities can be found in the story attached to this bulletin. 
Last night our Board met for the last time in 2020.  We are beyond thrilled with where we’re at as a club this year and excited for a positive and energetic 2021.  I emailed members with a quick update of the last six months last week.  We are meeting our targets and then some.  Most importantly members have the opportunity to have a positive impact within our community.  I would particularly like to thank the Perth Rotary Board Members for their dedication to the Club areas of service and projects.  Our next Board Meeting is in February 2021, however, should any member have concerns or a new initiative they would like to bring to the club, please don’t hesitate to contact either myself or a board member direct.
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.
PERTH ROTARY 2020/21 BOARD EMAIL | Our Next Board Meeting - February 2021
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