CLUB BULLETIN - 4th September 2018
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ROP Lunch Meeting @ the Hilton 7th September 2018
When: On Friday 7th September 2018
Location: Parmelia Hilton Hotel 14 Mill Street, Perth, WA
Time: 12:30 for 12:45 start - 2:00pm
Two course meal, with cash bar
Cost: $45.00 per person
Bookings essential to: by COB Tues 4th September 2018
Always a popular meeting, with three students presenting a timed oration on a chosen subject using the principles of the Rotary Four Way Test.


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Leeuwin Ocean Adventure – Building Social Capital for Over 30 Years
Leeuwin Ocean Adventure – Building Social Capital for Over 30 Years

A voyage on the tall ship Leeuwin, like life itself, is a great adventure. It provides an exhilarating hands-on experience while building life-skills, leadership and teamwork. For over 30 years, Leeuwin Ocean Adventure has provided young people from across Western Australia and beyond with an opportunity to build psychological skills – self-confidence, self-esteem and teamwork) and sociological skills (acceptance and co-operations of others). These skills contribute to the social capital and civic functioning of Western Australia.

Carol first sailed on Leeuwin in 1989 – sponsored by her employer Challenge Bank as part of a leadership development program. Carol saw the extraordinary impact of a week at sea on her fellow voyage-trainees and resolved that this was an organisation she wanted to be part of – no sailor then and no sailor now – Leeuwin Ocean Adventure for Carol is about the impact on young people and Leeuwin’s capacity to give young people the skills to make good choices in life to enable them to be better citizens.

PERTH ROTARY Lunch Meeting @ the Hilton 26th July 2019

When: On Friday 26th July 2019

Location: Parmelia Hilton Hotel 14 Mill Street, Perth, WA

Time: 12:30 for 12:45 start - 2:00pm Two course meal, with cash bar

Cost: $45.00 per person

Bookings essential to: by COB Tuesday 23rd July 2019

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Wesley's Blog - 13th November
In her usual unassuming way, Emma told the crowd present on Thursday evening the reasons for her motivation to help the people in rural Cambodia. It was great to see how she had managed to assemble a group of energetic Rotarians, family, friends and colleagues around the project and made the evening both fun yet mission focused. I enjoyed a very pleasant evening of fellowship with friends old and new. I’m glad to report that the efforts of everyone involved that night resulted in $50,000 raised towards Cambodia Family Support. Thanks must go also to Emma’s employer, Macquarie, for their generous matching donation.

Following up on the ripple effect that an evening like this might create, our next guest speaker on Friday, Jane' Alam Sheikh, is a good example of how a child sharing 1 tap and 2 toilets in a forgotten community of 10,000 people had his life changed for the better by strangers who cared.
From the slums of Kolkata, Jane' has progressed past an MBA from Manchester University to empowering others to work their way out of poverty. Come along and see through the eye of Jane' the impact you can have as a Rotarian on the future of someone you may not yet know today.

While our sights are set on alleviating poverty, it is sobering to know that one of the causes of extreme poverty, war and civil unrest is still occurring all around the world today. 

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
George Santayana

Most of us believe that lessons learnt from the past will help prevent a repeat of history. So it is quite disconcerting to see that many of the “whys” that started WW1 as presented by Phillip on Friday still exists today. In particular, we’re seeing a rise in ethno-centric nationalism in some of the larger economies. In return, communities feeling threatened and dis-empowered fight back with the limited means they have. In many instances, this means some form of violence. After listening to Phillip, I wished my history teacher had used Venn Diagrams and cartoons like Phillip did in his presentation. I would have had an easier time remembering who did what with whom, and in today’s vernacular, who “friended” and “unfriended” whom.

The latter 3 statements in a Rotarian’s 4 Way Test of the things we do or say are: “Is it fair to all concerned”, “Will it build goodwill and better friendships” and “Will be beneficial to all concerned”. If we keep these in mind, I believe that we’re on the way to promoting peace in our own little corner… and we’ll start a ripple effect and spread peace to the rest of the world, difficult as it may be.
Another Remembrance Day came and went. As Rotarians, let’s remember that one of our Areas of Focus is to promote peace.

“Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me…”
Yours in Rotary,
Wesley Sim
President - Rotary of Perth 2018/2019
Wesley's Blog - 30th October
It has been a very busy week. We started the week off in a crowded room of about 300 to publicly recognise an exemplary Rotarian, Stan Perron, for his contribution to the community. That same evening, our club was represented by several members supporting our student from Mercedes College, Ellen van Beek, in the 4-Way Speaking Competition. On Thursday evening, we were privileged to hear an update from Katie Liew on The Image may contain: 1 person, indoorUnderground Collaborative and join with Rotary of Crawley to present her the $10,000 grant to continue in her project to help break the cycle of homelessness. On Friday evening, several Rotarians celebrated with our corporate member HHG at their fund-raiser which handed over $23,000 for Fresh Start to continue in their efforts to help people break free from their addictions. Ironically, this is the first event I’ve attended that addresses the issue of addition (including alcohol abuse) that did not provide free alcohol! I believe everyone responsible for that evening at HHG should get a pat on their backs for showing congruence in their intentions and actions.
Image may contain: 3 people, people smiling, people standingAt lunch on Friday, Chris Hermann (Rotary Club of Mill Point) gave a fascinating insight into what some of us might consider doing in “My Senior Gap Year”. The message I took from the presentation was that if we have our eyes and ears open, and our heart in the right place, the opportunity to make a difference will present itself. Who would have thought that a chance encounter with some “rubbish” would save over a hundred pallets of bed linen from becoming landfill and instead be redistributed to families in need across Australia. Perhaps we are often trying too hard to look for projects when all we need to do is just look around us daily.

I took that thought with me into the weekend and by this morning (Monday), I can’t help but keep thinking about the 52 children still living in detention at Nauru with no definite end in sight. Psychiatrists working on the ground with Médecins Sans Frontières have reported that many of these children are “suffering from traumatic withdrawal syndrome... deteriorated to the extent they were unable to eat, drink, or even walk to the toilet”. It’s often been said that hope keeps us alive. Take away hope and you take away the will to live.

On the other hand, I’m hearing that Australia needs to work out the details of the solution before taking action. I liken this to saying that we should leave a victim in a burning building until we know there’s a hospital bed available. Perhaps we have been “inoculated” against the plight of refugees after decades of reports on their arrival by boats on our shores and the politicising of the issue. Perhaps, “we’ve boundless plains to share” has just become like the words in a pop song instead of an ideal expressed in our national anthem. If my heart is in the right place, I will need to do something.

Rotarians travel all over the world trying to improve lives. While we stretch our efforts across the oceans to Cambodia and India, let’s not forget the vulnerable closer home. Last week the Department of Home Affairs told the Senate that of 652 people on Nauru, 541 were declared refugees. Let’s speed up the process of getting these refugees settled. Write to your local MP, to anyone who can influence. Let’s improve the lives of these families who are already here and prevent further trauma for the young minds who like many before them, can grow up to become good citizens of Australia. I know because I just caught up with Philip Lakos who was our guest speaker earlier this year, a refugee from South Sudan, a child soldier, to find out what he’s currently up to and to request his help in another project. Philip is a model citizen, grateful for a second chance in life, ready to help where he can. There are many more like him in process.
Don’t just turn the page. Take Action.

Yours in Rotary,
Wesley Sim- President - Rotary of Perth 2018/2019
Wesley's Blog - 16th October
Friday’s lunch with West Coast Eagles’ Ross Glendinning was probably one of the most entertaining presentations we’ve had. Ross introduced us to the thinking and values behind the team that brought home the flag in the most relaxed and entertaining manner that brought out plenty of laughter in a packed room of over 80 Rotarians and friends. With a combination of the “friends, family, flags” theme and “head, heart and gut” mantra, the message I received from the Eagles win was that while motivation must come from the inside of each one of us, working for something greater than self makes it sustainable.
Here’s a report by one of our club guests, Jessica Warriner, in the Guardian Express:
Thanks to everyone who worked in the background to make the occasion possible and memorable.

Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, people standingWhile on the topic of people who’s who in the background, we were also privileged to celebrate Kirstin surviving a decade of club presidents and still wearing a smile on her face! Thanks, Kirstin, for being one who worked in the background supporting all our projects and making things happen with minimum fuss!

It was also my privilege to welcome Veritas, a company that encourages its staff to be community leaders, as a corporate member of the Rotary Club of Perth. Amanda Stephenson, who as one of the inductees representing the company on Friday, is the founder of Bluebird Mental Health that was recently presented a District Grant through our club. I look forward to witnessing further contributions that members of Veritas will be making to our community.

I was also pleasantly surprised to welcome as a visiting Rotarian from overseas, an old classmate from UWA, Sukit Kasikitvorakul, who is the current President of the Rotary Club of Prakanong, Thailand. Their club, meeting in a suburb of Bangkok, also has a focus against family domestic violence and human trafficking. I took the opportunity to give him quick introduction to the Rotary Path of Hope and its champion, Rebecca. Naturally, they are now looking forward to Rebecca as their guest speaker when she visits Bangkok in November.

It’s amazing how Rotary connects. Let’s keep that up. Join Leaders, Exchange Ideas, Take Action!
Yours in Rotary,
Wesley Sim- President - Rotary of Perth 2018/2019
Wesley's Blog - 04th September 
Image may contain: 3 people, people smiling, people standing and suitI believe it was appropriate that we had PDG Jerry Pilcher tell us about Australian Rotary Health (ARH) and their focus on funding mental health research as we presented a cheque of $5,500 to Bluebird last Friday. Bluebird is a grassroots organisation that is working in the area of early intervention, suicide prevention and recovery support specifically for adults over 25. Suicide remains the leading cause of death for all Australians between 15 and 44 years of age. Bluebird’s program of psychologist facilitated support groups, well-being events and networking activities builds the confidence and skills for individuals to manage their own anxiety and depression, reaching people in need before they become a sad statistic.
Over the past two decades, I’ve had several first-hand recounts from people who have lived with anxiety or depression.  It took a long time for someone stubborn like me to understand, but it is now clear that my old thinking of giving people a kick in the bum to get them back to “real” life is often mostly inappropriate. Do you still only think that way?
There’s just so much that we do not understand when it comes to mental health. It would be fruitless for us to work in the areas of homelessness and domestic violence in isolation without considering the impact of mental health. So it is great to know that ARH is helping us to address that.
Since its formation, ARH has funded $33,000,000 into research in health and wellness. This is a collective effort of all Rotarians in Australia, of which we are a part. It’s often difficult for us to see the bigger picture from our little corner in Perth. Having someone like PDG Jerry provide a glimpse into the greater whole helps me understand how each one of us in our small corner can Join Leaders, Exchange Ideas and Take Action!
In doing my little bit to join leaders and exchange ideas, I shall be attending the UNAAWA’s forum this week on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal #3 “Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages”.  Go ahead... do your bit in your small corner too.
Yours in Rotary 
Wesley Sim - President - Rotary of Perth 2018/2019

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