Posted on Sep 15, 2020
Members & Friends of the Perth Rotary Club,
Thursday 10 September is known as R U OK? Day…  a national day of action, Australians are reminded that any moment of any day is just the right time to check in with your family, mates or work colleagues and ask them….. Are YOU Ok?  There is no doubt that 2020 has been a more challenging year than most and so it was fitting that our guest speaker last week was Perth Rotary Corporate Member, Di Wilcox.  Di is the founder of the Magic Coat for Kids program, which aims to create confident, calm and caring kids who know how to problem solve, feel safe and manage their emotions appropriately.  Di is a passionate advocate for those children who through no fault of their own live a life dominated by adult decisions, fear, poverty and lack of security.  Di and The Magic Coat foundation equip the children with the skills needed to feel safe and have some control over viewing their worlds through more positive lenses.
The work of Magic Coat aligns with the Rotary International areas of focus of:
  • Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
  • Maternal and child health
Rotary supports training, education, and practices related to peace building and conflict resolution alongside improved standards in maternal and child health outcomes.  Rotary achieves these goals by a variety of KPI’s that enable individual capacity to transform, educate and provide services that help vulnerable populations.  Rotarians can find more information regarding Rotary International’s seven areas of focus by logging into My Rotary and following the link
The next two weeks are quite busy and important for our club.  Your participation in our club meetings and support of our events adds value to our projects, encourages our members who are working behind the scenes and is appreciated. 
  • Friday 18 September - Perth Rotary Special Business Luncheon Meeting.  Our Key Note Speaker is Major Brad Potter, Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army, Western Australia.  Our Major Sponsors Roy Hill Mining and Hancock Prospecting will be in attendance at this luncheon to launch the 2021 POH Gala Ball.   We invite you to join us at The Westin Hotel for this auspicious Perth Rotary | Path of Hope Foundation event.  To assist us with our catering arrangements and seating plan – Please book on line at   Please note, it is 12.15pm for 12.30pm commencement of formalities.  
  • Sunday 20 September - The Long Run.

    Have your registered and/or donated towards the The Long Run?  We now have 8 teams registered to walk the bridges on Sunday 20 September in groups of 7 people (representing 70 kms) and I am delighted to say we’re more than 50% of the way there with our fundraising efforts.  Jeff Leach is leading the way with our fund raising efforts ably supported by the many Rotarians and friends of Rotary who have already donated.  Our team leaders are Jeff Leach; Jo Morris; Darren Perera; Rebecca Tolstoy AM; Wesley Sim; Dr David Preece, Jonas Edner and the Noonan/Dawson Family.  There is still time to register your team and/or join an existing team and/or… donate direct to the page – link above.   
Kids can bring their bikes, scooters, prams or roller skates if that makes life easier.   
A great Family Day Out with the whole family!
  • Thursday 24 September - In place of our usual Thursday Evening Cocktail event we are going to launch the 2020 Vienna Pops New Years Eve Concert at the Cottesloe Central Shopping Mall.  Are you ready to ring in the New Year???

    Join us on September 24, for a sneak peak of the 2020 New Year’s Eve Gala Concert featuring the Vienna Pops Orchestra. Be the first to experience the celebrations and access presale tickets as Musical Director, Mark Coughlan launches this year's event.  Enjoy short performances from talented musicians including the star of last year's concert, Perth's own Amy Manford, recent star of London's West End Phantom of the Opera  This is a FREE EVENT, however we request that you please go on line to reserve your spot as numbers are limited.  Your confirmed online booking will help us manage numbers for this Free Event for COVID requirements at our sponsors venue.  Following the Launch, Perth Rotarians are invited to adjourn across the highway at the Albion Hotel for a causal dinner.  Please let Nan Walker know if you will be joining us so we can make a table booking.  Nan's email:

Please RSVP your attendance for the actual Launch Event 
at [] and dinner at The Albion to Nan's email.  
            Perth Rotary | Vienna Pops | Launch Event:   
Thursday, September 24, 2020  
  • 5.30pm- 6:30pm, Cottesloe Central Shopping Centre 
  • 460 Stirling Hwy, Peppermint Grove WA 6011
  • Free parking available
  • For any enquiries, please contact
  • Launch Event Sponsored by Primewest Cottesloe Central
As always, I am so proud and amazed at the combined efforts of so many Perth Rotarians to keep our club active, achieving goals, but most of all, helping those in our community who most need our support.  
"Service Above Self in every moment of every day..." 
This is the last call for Perth Rotarians to book for the 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention. 
Please refer below for more details on the Zone 8 Rotary Conference, scheduled for the weekend of 19th and 20th September.  Click the link and you can register.
Other Events you may be interested in: 
  • The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) 

  • The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) provides a great opportunity for Rotarians to update and expand their knowledge of Rotary and for new Rotarians the greatest benefit you are likely to get from this course is a knowledge about Rotary, how it is structured, how it works and its wide breadth of programs.   
SAVE THE DATE - Friday 23 October to celebrate with our Corporate  Member, The United Nations Association of Australia (WA div), their 75th Anniversary. 
The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945 after the Second World War by 51 countries committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights.  To Rotarians, these foundations are very familiar and so no surprise that Rotary was integral in the formation of this organisation.   
During World War II, Rotarians were able to guide, inform and influence our leaders and the general public alike, as to the importance of planning for peace.  Sadly, not much has changed in our world over the past 75 years, and it is a call to action that remains as important and valid today as it was in 1945.   The term "United Nations" was first officially used in 1942 with the signing of a pledge to uphold the ideals on which signatories "based their hopes for a better future for the world."   In the ensuing years, representatives of Great Britain, Soviet Union and the United States met in Moscow (1943) and later Washington DC (1944) by which time China had joined the round table discussions.  These meetings became known as the Dumbarton Oaks Conference where a proposal was developed for the new organisation that was to be - The United Nations. 

After the conference, Rotary published “What Can Rotarians Do Following Dumbarton Oaks?” It included the proposed charter, talking points, and suggestions for discussing with club members how the United Nations would relate to Rotary’s goal of advancing international understanding. 

Due to its unique international character, and the powers vested in its founding Charter, the Organization can take action on a wide range of issues.  The work of the United Nations reaches every corner of the globe. The UN is best known for peacekeeping, peacebuilding, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance to people throughout the world. The Organization works on a broad range of fundamental issues, from sustainable development, environment and refugees protection, disaster relief, counter terrorism, disarmament and non-proliferation, to promoting democracy, human rights, gender equality and the advancement of women, governance, economic and social development and international health, clearing landmines, expanding food production, and more, in order to achieve its goals and coordinate efforts for a safer world for this and future generations.

The UN has 4 main purposes

  • To keep peace throughout the world;
  • To develop friendly relations among nations;
  • To help nations work together to improve the lives of poor people, to conquer hunger, disease and illiteracy, and to encourage respect for each other’s rights and freedoms;
  • To be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations to achieve these goals
PERTH ROTARY 2020/21 BOARD EMAIL - Our Next Board Meeting - Monday 5 October 2020
President:                  Jill Dawson     
Past President:         Vangelis Katsaitis
President Elect:        Rev Dr John Shepherd AM
Treasurer:                  Joseph Wambua
Secretary:                  Jacques Phillips
Rotary Foundation  Emma Cork     
Club Service:           Darren Perera 
Fellowship Chair:    Jo Morris               
Media Chair              Barry Thornton
Speaker Program     Nicola Johnston
Membership              Ashley Whitworth
Vocational                 Jonas Edner   
Community               David Wee      
International             Wesley Sim     
Youth                         Kelly Gibson