CLUB BULLETIN - 26th June 2018
PresidENTS' Changeover Dinner Dance
Friday Jun 29, 2018 6:30 PM

Join us for the annual celebration of our Club's achievments with dinner, drinks and live entertainmant. 

Date:                     Friday 29 June 2018

Time:                     6.30 for 7pm sit down, Concludes at 11pm

Cost:                      $85/pp

Dress:                   Lounge suit/Cocktail dress

Entertainment:       The Rotary Singers along with our very own after dinner dance band – The Rotars


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Rotary Club of Perth Bulletin 514 - 12th June 2018
Oct 05, 2018 12:30 PM

To be held at the ROP Offices - Lv 5 - 110 William Street Perth
 Friday 05th October 2018 from 12.45pm

Presentation of the Rotary Club of Western Australia Inc. audited Financial Statements for year ended 30 June 2018 for the approval and adoption by members.
Any other business requiring consideration by the members at this Annual General Meeting.

President Wesley Sim
President 2018/2019

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Wesley's Blog - 21st August
Some thoughts from my recent visit to another Rotary Club...
While visiting Singapore for a family event (mum-in-law’s 80th), I took the opportunity to visit the Rotary Club of Singapore to renew old friendships and build new ones. During the lunch meeting, we reaffirmed our Sister Club status. What does that mean? Very simply, we’re saying that we will look for opportunities to build greater friendship between members of both clubs and to support each other in projects where possible.
(From left: RCS President Mark, ROP President Wesley & RCS ISC Director Dr Chan Siew Luen) 
The Singapore club is very similar to the Rotary Club of Perth. The only difference I could see was that they had twice as many members and everyone (plus family) attends the changeover! Otherwise, in terms of quantity and diversity of projects, membership issues, attendance at meetings, etc.…, we’re almost identical. Interestingly, there were as many overseas visitors as there were members at lunch; and the guest speaker was a familiar PDG Danny Low, from Sydney, who has attended many of our lunches because his son lives in Perth.

No automatic alt text available.I did feel a little disappointed initially by a small matter brought up by the Singapore club. A few months back, I had forwarded a request for help with organising a meeting room for a group of Rotarians visiting from Perth. The Rotarians in Singapore were prepared to help. However, about a month before the event, communications went dead from the WA end and nothing else was heard. This left the Singaporeans wondering what went wrong. I believe that if we are to fulfil our goal of building goodwill and friendships (ref: “4-Way Test”), keeping our friends informed of what’s happening is not just courteous but important. I shall have to follow this up with them later but decided for now that this was a good reminder for us all to RSVP promptly whenever our programs committee put together any event, even if the answer is “no”, and not leave them wondering.

After that initial setback, a couple of exciting events too place that afternoon over lunch. A doctor who treated a Perth patient directed his patient to make a $3,000 donation to Rotary in WA instead of charging his usual fee. The patient was already home in Perth but had no idea where to start. By divine intervention, I was at the right place at the right time. I was looking to the next table where Dr Yap Lip Kee was sitting. We greeted each other with a smile and then he asked, “Would Rotary Club of Perth accept a small donation towards any of your projects?” The patient's family has since been in contact with Kirstin.

With an over-endowment of medical professionals in their club (and their affiliated Rotaract Club), Director for International Service, Dr Chan Siew Lun, stood up and reported to their members that they’re looking for projects in Cambodia in the area of health. So I introduced him to the Nokor-Tep Hospital for Women in Cambodia that Rotary Club of Perth has sponsored. Let’s see if we can get a Global Grant from Rotary International for this.
Right through lunch, I was constantly tapped on the shoulder and greeted by different members coming over to say hello. It made me feel very welcome. I kept wondering if visitors to Perth felt the same. Although the attendance at lunch was small, I came away from the meeting with a good feeling that I have just witnessed “Join Leaders, exchange ideas, take action” in motion.

Yours in Rotary,
Wesley Sim- President - Rotary of Perth 2018/2019
KDT Update July 2018
We have just completed our second KDT Kimberley trip for 2018.
The July trip started from beautiful Broome on Sunday the 15th July
July 2018 Teams: 
Week 1. The team arrived in the Kimberley on Saturday and overnighted in Broome. On Sunday all packed and keen we travelled the 7.5 hours across to Halls Creek where we were based for most of the week. The clinic at Halls Creek hospital was busy with patients on all our clinical days until our departure to Fitzroy on Thursday lunch time. On Tuesday and Wednesday small teams visited Red Hill school and also the Clontarf boys at Halls Creek District High School to provide dental health education and to screen the children. Once in Fitzroy on Thursday evening we set up camp and enjoyed the lovely balmy weather and wallabies bouncing around the camp site. 
On Friday morning the team drove to Bayulu School and screened the children in readiness for our return visit in week 2. Many team members enjoyed a drive out to beautiful Geikie Gorge in the afternoon before a final camp dinner. Saturday morning saw the team head back to Broome to meet the incoming team and catch their afternoon flight home.
Dr Brian Hurwitz, Dr Errol Kilov, DA Ranae Russo, OHT Annabelle Crooke, Tracy Sandercock, final year dental student Lei Ng, Jan and John.
Week 2. Our final team for 2018 arrived in Broome on Saturday and enjoyed the sights of Broome and Cable Beach before heading to Fitzroy Crossing on Sunday to meet us and share a BBQ dinner of delicious Yeeda beef. On Monday we spent the day working in the Peoples Church building at the community of Junjuwa just outside Fitzroy. Tuesday we returned to Bayulu School to treat the children identified as being in need from our Friday screening. On Wednesday we packed up camp and headed to Muludja Community where we screened children and treated people before driving to Derby. Mowanjum Community was a Thursday clinic in the community hall where the team put in a busy day. After a half day rest we packed up our Derby camp and drove to Willare Roadhouse where we had lunch and set up camp before heading into Pandanus Park for a very productive afternoon clinic. After an early start on Saturday morning we got back to base in Broome in time to unpack and clean gear in readiness for 2019 trips before heading to the airport for flights back to chilly Perth.
Dr Andrew Heap, Dr Jenni Bowman, DA Ruth Warden, DA Giorgia Sabbattino, Sue Worsley, final year dental student Dr Charles Toh, Jan and John.
So ended another great year in the Kimberley. In July 2018, KDT provided oral health education and dental services for 260 people. The totals for 2018 trips were that we assisted 654 people over 668 visits in the Kimberley; 654 examinations, 174 extractions, 236 restorations, 106 scale and cleans, 46 fluoride treatments and 989 fissure seals and 4 partial dentures. This was over five clinical weeks with 31,000 kms of road covered in total in our four vehicles.
As we approach the end of our tenth year of KDT, we continue strong professional relationships with ADAWA which provides two scholarships to assist two of our four final year students, this year, Ida Khosraviani and Sharon Babic. Lei Ng was the recipient of the John Pritchard Memorial scholarship, which is a generous prize that supports a student in the Kimberley every year. Our fourth, final year student, Dr Charles Toh, received the inaugural, Richard Lockwood Foundation Award for Community Dental Volunteering. Dr Toh, although a final year dental student, is also a qualified medical practitioner, also through UWA. He hopes to continue on the pathway to become a specialist maxillofacial surgeon and we wish him well in this endeavour. It has been excellent to return to having four students per year as we did from 2011-2015 after reducing to three for two years.
Dental Health Services, continues their support with the provision of materials and use of their clinics in Balgo Hills and Halls Creek, WACHS with transporting our dental products and information and support remains strong from the International College of Dentists (ICD), Academy of Dentists International (ADI), DentiCare, SDI Limited and the West Australian Oral Health Improvement Unit. KDT is once again a recipient of a CBA Staff Grant, the CommBank Grassroots Grant for our Indigenous Youth program.   
A very special thank you to our Foundation partners, the Rotary Clubs of Perth and Heirrison for their incredible support and to Rotaract for happily packing our toothbrushes into classroom ready packs, the McCusker Charitable Foundation, Lottery West, CBA and the WA Oral Health Improvement Unit. The Maven Group (previously Dental Partners) has been an exceptional supporter, not only financially but also providing professional personnel, having supported 35 volunteer dentists, nurses and therapists, over the past 7 years. This year’s volunteers were Dr Ioanna Millis and Ms Jamaica Appo in May and Dr Errol Kilov and Ms Annabelle Crooke, OHT, in the July trip.
Sadly we have really missed our KAMS ‘big’ dental truck which we helped obtain via a federal grant in 2011. We designed and built the mobile clinic in Perth for approximately 60% of what the equivalent vehicle would have cost commercially ($485.000 verses $750,000). We were very proud that over the years, KDT was able to provide over $400,000 of free dental care to Kimberley communities in this mobile clinic. However, even with lots of effort by ourselves, KAMS CEO and Council decided it was time to sell the vehicle, which we believe, has gone to a new home in the Eastern States.
Despite the loss of the truck, KDT teams continue to engage very effectively with remote communities, providing invaluable dental services in a friendly and happy team environment.
Evidence of the effectiveness of the tooth brushing and tooth paste program, Strong Teeth for Kimberley Kids, is now very clear in our treatment profile towards prevention. It is now firmly embedded in the hygiene and health mantra of eye, ear and oral health. Trish Pepper in Broome continues to administer the program through her vast network of teachers and health workers. To supplement this, we have always and continue to supply all patient’s households with toothbrushes and tooth paste for all the occupants of their house and always provide and show their relevant problem or our concerns diagrammatically using our [provided], Strong Teeth, Strong Body, Strong Mind, booklet.
KDT Southern:
As well as oral health education and dental treatment in the Kimberley our KDT Southern teams continue their activities in the Perth metropolitan area with visits to Devenish Lodge, UnitingCare West, Family Foundations and Foyer scheduled before the end of the year. A big thank you to our core of volunteers who help out at these sometimes, challenging sessions. If you would like to be involved in KDT Southern activities please email us to express your interest and availability and find out about the roster and scheduled visits for 2018 and 2019.
The Team spirit and untiring passion of our KDT volunteers and supporters is what makes this all possible – thank you.
We can never thank enough our fabulous volunteers, sponsors and supporters without whom these results could not be achieved over the past decade.
Follow our 2018 travels and adventures on the Craig the Croc Facebook page and see our team photos on the KDT website.    
Jan and John Owen
Kimberley Dental Team

Wesley's Blog - 24th July
Dr Anna Nowak had one of the most gentle and soothing presenter’s voice I’ve ever heard for a presentation on medical research. I congratulate Dr Nowak on the advances she had achieved to make this world a better place and thank her for sharing that with us. However, I not going to summarise or repeat what she said. If you were not there, you missed out!

In the first 2 weeks as president of our club, I’ve had the opportunity to deliver the sleeping bags from Stitches of Hope to Passages and to Street Friends with other members of Rotary, including the young Campbells.
It was good to see that our partnership with St Vincent de Paul has continued to serve a part of our community that appears to me to be often forgotten. With Street Friends, it was an unusual experience for me to be in the midst of a large gathering of homeless people. At the corner of Wellington and Pier Streets volunteers assemble every Thursday evening to provide the bare necessities to anyone who found themselves down and out. It was all surprisingly orderly. A queue formed up as trestle tables were being laid out with various items of food and clothing. Members of Scouts Australia were at the end of the line to hand out the sleeping bags. A mother and daughter team ran a library of donated books. A lady playing her ukulele to brighten the evening even allowed me to sing with her a couple of songs. While walking around and listening to some of the volunteers and homeless, I was reminded of an old song by Johnny Cash, “It could be you instead of him”. I’m glad the Rotary Clubs of Swan Districts and Perth were able to add a little to this work done by Street Friends.
In the past week, I had the privilege to attend a meeting with the WA Chinese Chamber of Commerce, presenting about Rotary and dispelling a few myths about who we really are. I was surprised by the youthful composition of the group. My last experience with them was almost 20 years ago now when their membership was dominated by a large number of pompous rich Asians. This time round, words that come to mind are friendly, professional, entrepreneurial, humble and happy.
Almost everyone present was a migrant who has adopted Perth as their new home. From conversations, it appeared to me they were grateful for the opportunities their new city provided and were looking not only to make the best out of it but willingly helping others do the same in the process. One came up to me to thank Rotary for the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program that she had previously attended. Another asked to be nominated for membership into Rotary. After that evening, I’m thinking perhaps we are not getting out there enough to tell others why Rotary exists. I will definitely look for opportunities to do this more often.

While not to the extent of the American President with his tweets, I try to make the world a happier place by posting “happy” things on Facebook. And because happiness is attractive, we are able to draw attention to Rotary with appropriate posts to that platform as well. I would like to encourage members to use that platform to promote Rotary activities that you are participating in to draw more attention and support for our projects and the multitude of Rotary programs. Barry has done a fantastic job getting us more press coverage in one week than we used to get in a year, but it is up to every one of us to spread the news that the Rotary Club of Perth “Join Leaders, Exchange Ideas, and Take Action”.

Yours in Rotary,
Wesley Sim- President - Rotary of Perth 2018/2019
Wesley's Blog - 10th July


I had an enjoyable time catching up with everyone who came to the new Rotary Office on Friday. I agree with many members who feel that despite weekly meetings, we do not seem to have enough time to actually sit and talk to one another. I shall keep that in mind for all our meetings from here on.

It was even more special to also hear from a couple of members who have been away for a while. You have been missed not just by me but by many others in this Club. Several members expressed that they don't really belong anywhere within the system. So we need to fix that. I was recently reminded of one of Mother Theresa’s quotes, “if you want to fix the world, go home and love your family”.  Who is my family? Some may consider it a strange thing to say, but I believe, where I can, I have attended every funeral involving past members (and family) of our Club. I suppose who my “family” is depends not so much on who you make me out to be but who I make you out to be.

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Over the next 12 months, my aim is to build on the relationships within our Club. While we work together to improve lives in Perth and around the world, let’s not neglect our own. We boast of having a large number of projects. Each project is run by a small group and very often the same people are called on to do more. I challenge each member to start looking out for another member with whom you are not yet familiar.
Ask them the following questions:
  • What project are you involved in?
  • Who are you working with?
  • Would you like to know more about this project I’m working on? Or Can I join your team?
Some may choose to be observers or simply be financial supporters. That’s fine. There is a part for everyone. For a great number of years, I was not directly involved in any project as a Rotarian. I kept turning up every Friday because I believed I was learning from the older, more experienced leaders of our community just by being around them. You can say I’m a slow learner without a specific aim, and that is probably true. But what I have learnt and the friendships I have made has taken me where I am today (I’m not talking about being President). I would like to see to it that every new member to the Rotary Club of Perth has the same opportunity. Fast or slow… to each his/her own.
Let’s work together to achieve this. While we improve lives around the world, let’s also improve lives within our family. Together, we achieve more.
Yours in Rotary,
Wesley Sim- President - Rotary of Perth 2018/2019
Singaporean-born businessman, Wesley Sim, has taken over as the 92nd President of the Rotary Club of Perth.
Mr Sim, who moved to Perth 30 years ago, lives in Mt Claremont with his wife and two children and has been involved in real estate, IT consulting, computer software development and childcare services.
“I have a great interest in community activities and joined Rotary 18 years ago because of the amazing range of projects they initiate – both here and overseas,” said Mr Sim. “In particular, the work they do to help Perth’s homeless and victims of domestic violence is now being recognized internationally.”
Mr Sim said that during his term as President he wanted to grow club membership by attracting more people from the Asian community.
“Many of our overseas projects are focused in Asia but we don’t have a lot of active members from that region,” he said.
“I want to reach out to these people and encourage them to engage in that space, exchange idea and demonstrate their leadership potential.
“In particular, there are fantastic opportunities for young people to join our Rotaract Club, get involved in community programs
and network with our growing number of young professionals and emerging community leaders.”     
Mr Sim said that next month he would be speaking to the WA Chinese Chamber of Commerce on “What Is Rotary All About”.
He takes over the club Presidency from Perth businessman Mr Stephen Inouyue.
Media contact: Barry Thornton 0411 557 328
Stephen's Blog - 29th May
We’re in the final stretch of the FY! But which President is counting?! Last week we were privileged to have Darren Lomman, Founder of Greenbatch, present his concept of reducing environmental waste (plastics) to make the world more sustainable. But I hope you caught one of the underlying messages that he presented as well: an opportunity to engage the next generation of community minded leaders! Through Darren’s engagement with primary schools, this environmentally focussed project presents an excellent opportunity for Rotary to jointly engage (via Greenbatch) with this sector of the population. Imaging if we were to establish Interact Clubs in these schools with the proceeds from plastic recycling serving as funds for the students to run their projects! This model of engagement could prove beneficial to the future of Rotary and is worth exploring!
Over the next three weeks, our lunch speakers are all similarly minded to Darren - and somewhat linked. This batch of speakers are not only dynamic leaders in their own right, but they also represent the next generation of social entrepreneurs who are working selflessly to make a difference and positive impact in our community. The list includes:
Karin Borzel. 1 Jun 18. National Coordinator of Path of Hope. Path of Hope’s vision of breaking the intergenerational cycle of family and domestic violence starts at home and in the home. This partnership phenomenon between Rotary and the Salvos is going global. Considering there is a local Rotary and Salvos in just about every community in the world, this grass roots model of collaboration is taking hold.
Katie Liew. 8 June 18. Founder of The Undergorund Collaborative. TUC is a social enterprise which exists to provide employment and housing solutions for homeless, at-risk and disadvantaged youth and seeks to empower the community to help break the cycles of homelessness. Through training and selling of coffee via mobile coffee carts, this projects seeks to empower!
Amanda Stephenson 22 June 18. Founder of Bluebird. Bluebird's vision is to be Australia’s leading provider of psychologist led, peer supported services championing adult mental health and wellbeing. Bluebird seeks to fill a gap in current service provisions for adult mental health, particularly in the 25+ year old community. Through collaboration with other young adults, Bluebird aims to make a difference in the lives of our next generation.
What ties all these dynamic young leaders together is that they represent the future community leaders of tomorrow. Recognising this, our club (via the Board) has elected to support 2 of these projects as candidates for District Grants. In cooperation with other Rotary Clubs, we seek to support the work and these initiatives which have great potential to make a positive difference on the lives of the people they touch.
To further support these initiatives, we have invited all four of these young leaders to accompany our vocational trip to Canberra. Through the generosity of two of our club members, our club is sponsoring their airfares and accommodation. This is what Rotary does: Empower service through the linking of skills and networks to create positive outcomes for the community. Dean Smith, our club member and Senator for WA, was pleased to hear of the response to his invitation and looks forward to facilitating engagement between those attending the trip and our WA legislators in Canberra.
I trust you will join us for this next series of lunches where you will get some direct insight into the directions of next years’ projects…straight from the people running them.
Join Leaders. Exchange Ideas. Take Action!
Yours in Rotary, Stephen Inouye - President - Rotary of Perth 2017/2018


The Rotary Clubs of Perth and Swan Districts together with Stitches of Hope, have combined forces to provide 500 sleeping bags to Perth’s homeless for the winter of 2018.
The 500 sleeping bags are being manufactured at a Cambodian sewing centre and will be shipped to Perth and distributed to the homeless before the winter of 2018.
The project is about creating employment opportunities for Cambodians and to keep our homeless population much warmer during the cold winter months.

The sleeping bags will be sold at $50 each to raise $25,000 before April 2018. The plan is to ‘sell’ the sleeping bags as presents, people can buy one by donating $50 to Rotary and the club will present the sleeping bag to a homeless person before this winter.

Homeless people have almost no choice, their shelters are either on the sidewalk, a park bench or any other public place. In shelters the homeless will be provided a bed and some blankets, which leaves the others to miss out and are forced to sleep out in the open. in this case, a sleeping bag can make a huge difference, especially in winter to stay warm. A sleeping bag is the only protection that a homeless person have against the winter elements.  
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