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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Perth, WA  6000
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Rotary Club of Perth Bulletin 514 - 12th June 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 - 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

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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