Speaker Date Topic
President's Cocktail Party Feb 01, 2019 5:30 PM
New Year Social Networking
New Year Social Networking

Join President Wes and start the 2019 Rotary year with an evening of fellowship and fun on the Piazza at the Parmelia.

The President’s Cocktail Party offers a chance to chat with Rotarians old and new in a social environment, to make and strengthen the relationships that make our club & projects such a success. 

The ticket includes a plentiful seafood buffet & meat BBQ, soft drinks all night and a glass of wine or beer on arrival. Cash bar.  

Tickets $55 / PP

Friday 1st Feb; 5.30-8.30pm
Piazza & Karri Room - Parmelia Hilton Hotel 

Bookings by Monday 28th Jan


Henry Ng - President, Chinese Chamber of Commerce Feb 08, 2019 12:30 PM
Chinese New Year Celebration
Chinese New Year Celebration

Join us for our annual celebration of Chinese New Year. 

This year, guest speaker Henry Ng the President of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce will share some of the more amusing Chinese customs as we wait for a visit from the ever spectacular  lion dancers. 

Jill Baker: Author Feb 22, 2019 12:30 PM
The Horns : Britain’s last colony – Rhodesia to Zimbabwe
The Horns : Britain’s last colony – Rhodesia to Zimbabwe

The known history of Rhodesia from the coming of the Matebele Kings in 1840 to the Unilateral Declaration of Independence in 1965 forms the basis for the development of fascinating historical fiction – particularly when debated and discussed, agreed and disagreed by four young school leavers – one white girl and three black boys.

Jill Baker was born in what was then Southern Rhodesia and brought up in the Matebele heartland of Tjolotjo and Nyamandhlovu.   It was also the historical heartland of the Matebele Kings as they established their reign over every existing tribe from 1840 to 1890.   At this point, Cecil Rhodes formed the British South Africa Company, gaining both mineral rights and settlement to the northern area of the country, Mashonaland.   Matebeleland remained relatively untouched, until three years later, when in 1893 the Matebele King Lobengula was defeated in battle. 

It is against this dynamic historical background that The Horns has been written, with the increasingly divergent lives of its players coming into focus as the childhood playmates become ever more unsympathetic and hostile to each other.

It is a story of the best and worst of British colonialism brought to life through the fresh arguments and characterisations as the character and background of each player develops. 

Rhodesia was the last of Britain’s colonies – but the story is absolutely intriguing for anyone living in any of her one-time colonies, for the changing perceptions of what was, to what is.  Today, the prevailing wisdom of judgement and disdain of colonialism is examined in the light of modern interpretations of what was and what is deemed should have been.

Jill Baker has developed an intriguing fiction around the historical fact to debate and unravel the history. With many years as a broadcaster and public speaker, Jill’s talks are hotly debated and always remembered.

Jill Baker Biography

Jill Baker spent her childhood years in Matabeleland before moving to Mashonaland at the age of 14. From school she studied music at the Guildhall School of Music in London, while doing a business administration course.

Marriage to a tobacco farmer meant their lives on the farm ended shortly after UDI and Jill and her family moved to Salisbury where she worked for the next 15 years as a journalist, news and documentary presenter and producer in radio and television. She also opened her own business, Jill Baker Associates, in public relations and marketing.  Due to the increasing guerrilla war and an increasing role to be played by the women of the country, black and white, as the men were called up or husbands voluntarily joined the guerrilla groups or the Rhodesian African Rifles, Jill was instrumental in forming Co-Ord-A-Nation designed to help women cope.

On moving to Australia in 1983, Jill managed a radio station for five years, before opening her own business in consultancy to the tourism industry. 

When the farms were taken by the government of Zimbabwe, Jill formed The Zimbabwe Connection to help farmers find positions and therefore visas in Australia.   In 2005 she was awarded the Order of Australia for her work in this regard.

Her first book, Beloved African told the story of her father’s life as a headmaster in African Education from 1936 to 1966 and went to three editions. Beloved African and the Horns are available as print copies or e-books – and will be produced as author narrated audiobooks in the new year.


Pia Turcinov Mar 22, 2019
“Future skills in a new digital world: How to enable and inspire the next generation” by WITWA
“Future skills in a new digital world: How to enable and inspire the next generation” by WITWA

Change has been a constant throughout history, but unlike previous “revolutions”, the new digital dawn we are experiencing is a seismic shift with a rate of change, complexity and scope never seen before. Advances in technology are transforming every aspect of our lives, from the way we work to the way we communicate and access services. Women in Technology WA (WITWA) focus heavily on the themes of industry and organisational transformation, technology trends and workforce diversity. Part of this conversation requires us to consider how to best champion the skills future generations will require to be able to fully participate and make the most of the opportunities the jobs of the future will present to them.

As a Perth based, not for profit network organisation WITWA is a proud champion of diversity and equality for women in technology, with a mission to promote and encourage the entry and retention of women in roles within the technology and STEM industries.  This presentation will provide an overview of effective programs implemented to shift the dial, enable and inspire.

Pia has been a member of the Women in Technology WA Committee since 2014 and held the role of Chair for the past 2 years. Managing a portfolio career, Pia holds a number of positions which are connected through a common focus on the opportunities which innovation, disruption and diversification offer.

Aleasha Sanchez - Data Breach Legislation Mar 29, 2019 12:30 PM
Data Breach – Legislation and its Implications
Data Breach – Legislation and its Implications

A presentation on the importance of privacy legislation awareness in business, specifically with a focus on Notifiable Data Breaches. Complying with the law, protecting the business and effectively implementing preventative measures are all essential actions.

Aleasha is a law student at the University of Western Australia. She holds an undergraduate degree in Law and Society, and is currently completing her postgraduate degree – a Juris Doctorate of Law. Aleasha works as a Legal Assistant at Veritas Group, which is an issuing body for background checking services and identification cards. Thus, she has experience in the realm of privacy legislation, sensitive information and data breach control. 

Dr Jaap Poll May 17, 2019 12:30 PM
“A cool look at global warming – applying the 4-way test”
“A cool look at global warming – applying the 4-way test”

The Climate conversation has been hijacked – we are either “believers” or “deniers”, while most of us don’t know what there is to believe or deny.  Most politicians believe that we can control global warming by emitting less CO2 – is this so? Should we deny India our cleaner coal than the coal they use?  Does rise in CO2 give rise to warming or is it the other way around. As a Geoscientist I want to talk about the past to understand the present.


Jaap Poll was born in the Dutch Indies, now Indonesia and as a toddler, was interned with his family in a Japanese prison camp. Jaap completed High School and University in Holland. Jaap has a PhD in Structural Geology and joined Shell. He worked and lived in Central America, the Middle East and Europe before arriving in Melbourne in 1969. When Shell wanted to transfer Jaap to Nigeria, he joined Woodside in 1973.

In 1980 Jaap and family moved to Perth and has worked in Australia, PNG, Thailand, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, Indonesia, the Philippines, Argentina, Italy, Russia, the North Sea and the last 16 years extensively in Turkey.

Jaap acquired degrees in Arbitration and Mediation from the UNI of Adelaide and has been an active Rotarian since 1992 in PNG. He has been President 3 times in different Rotary Clubs. His hobby is researching climate change through the eyes of a Geoscientist for the last 10+ years