CLUB BULLETIN - 9th July 2018
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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

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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 - 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
Wesley's Blog - 3rd July 2018

My first blog as President of the Rotary Club of Perth... perhaps I should just reflect on the changeover we've just had. While wandering around the room that evening, these were my thoughts...


"Thanks to Jill, Kirstin, Minh and many others working in the shadow to make this a most enjoyable evening.  The Rotary Club Singers, as is now a Changeover Night tradition, is witty and entertaining as always. Thank you Rotars for the wonderful (& familiar) music and a very professional performance that added to the celebratory feel of the evening. Thanks to the chef and staff at the Parmelia Hilton for the attentive service, weaving between the tables with their usual casual professionalism that helped put us in a relaxed mood, a perfect way to end a hectic week. I was very happy to see our past member, Michael van de Zanden, offering his vocation as a photographer as a service to the Club, which he does every time we ask. The presentation of Paul Harris Fellowships to Jill, Michael and Barry is well deserved."


For members who were absent, here's a summary of my speech that evening, after presenting a video from Rotary International celebrating the End-of-Polio:

I was hoping to announce by Christmas this year that we’ve completed the first of 3 years towards declaring the world rid of polio. But that’s not to be. Sadly, a few days after that speech by Barry Raisin (incoming President of Rotary International), 2 volunteers in our immunisation team in Pakistan (a mother and daughter)  were killed by gunmen on a motorcycle while they were giving drops to children. Since then there have been 11 new cases reported.

This highlights to me the importance of seeing a project through to completion and not let up on our efforts as we near the objective.  Golfers and tennis players would call this “follow through”.  A few of us who are ex-army might describe it as “fighting through the objective” to secure a decisive victory. A mountain climber does not stop to enjoy the scenery just when he’s peering over the top, clinging onto a tiny precipice… risking the chance of falling back down.  We need to get over the top so that we can sit and rest and enjoy the scenery, safely together, for a little while.

All our projects running today will require persistent and determined effort to run to completion. Our homeless youths, victims of domestic violence, Passages, Path of Hope, The House that Jack Built, Cambodia Family Support, Nokor-Tep Hospital for Women...  They need us to keep going.   It may seem to some that most of these problems may never be solved.  The issues are way bigger than us. Who do we think we are?  Well, let me tell you this story.

There was a man strolling along the beach… bending down, picking up one star fish at a time… tossing them back into the surf.  The sand was littered with thousands of starfish that had been washed up after the wild storm the night before.  Seeing the hopeless situation,  I said to the man, “why do you waste your time? You’re not going to make a difference.”  After bending, picking and tossing another into the sea, he turned and said “it made a difference to that one”.

You can make a difference. One at a time. Each Rotary Club in WA, together with friends seated amongst us, will make a bigger difference. Rotary International with a world-wide membership of 1.2 million makes a huge difference.

When inducted as a new member of Rotary, I remember Past President Don Mazzuccelli saying to me words to the effect… “Rotary values each person’s vocation as an opportunity for service”. That left a big impression with me, not only because he memorised the entire induction charge instead of reading it off a piece of paper like I would, but because I realised then that each person with me in that room is a leader or an expert in their own area; some in several areas, and not everyone in the same thing. I have seen over the past years how a few members… leaders… getting together were able to overcome unbelievable odds. In our team, you will make a difference. Join leaders, exchange ideas, take action.

While on the subject of taking action and Service to the community, I’d like you all to meet the person who taught me this from when I was first able to walk & talk (I pointed out my father who was present). My parents enrolled me in the Boys’ Brigade from the minute I was old enough to join (I was 9). That started me on my journey of service to my community… wherever I find myself. I haven’t stopped… and God willing, I never will.

I’d like to leave you with a quote by John Wesley that I reflect on at least once a year:

Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.

Join Leaders, Exchange Ideas, Take Action.

Together, We Improve Lives!

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
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