Posted on Sep 01, 2020
Members & Friends of the Perth Rotary Club,
Spring has Sprung.... or has it?  A return to wet and windy weather today, please take care out on the roads if you are driving and we all look forward to a return of the glorious sunshine of recent days.  
Last week we welcomed the United Nations Association of Australia (WA Div) as Honorary Corporate Members of Perth Rotary.  It was a privilege to welcome Dr Sandy Chong, President of the UNAAWA and her executive team members, Secretary Thijs Roos and Chair of UN Day Organising Committee Teresa Lee Garbo.   Perth Rotarian & UNAAWA member Jurgen Baumhoff introduced the UNAAWA to members and PDG Graham Peden inducted the UNAAWA as a honorary member of the club.  Please refer to the story linked below for a copy of the unique induction prepared by PDG Graham specifically for this occasion.  
Dr Sandy Chong then went on to present to the club an overview of NFP working in a post pandemic world, leadership and how to support our volunteers through this crisis.  It was an insightful, inspiring and worthwhile presentation with many take away's which are easily applied to not only our volunteer organisations but also within the commercial sector. 
It was pleasing to see so many enjoying the evening and a more relaxed format which provided great opportunity for networking.  Our next Thursday evening meeting will be 24 September 2020 and hosted at the Cottesloe Central Shopping Mall , 460 Stirling Highway Peppermint Grove where we will launch the 2020 Vienna Pops New Years Eve Concert with Mark Coughlan, our Musical Director bringing Perth Rotary and our music to the public.  We have some extremely exciting announcements coming in the days ahead with regards to the performers who will be available for this short musical prelude to our New Years Eve Concert and Perth Rotary Fundraiser for our Community Projects.  Please save the date and look for further details as they are released.  A Hint.... COVID19 has made Perth a safe haven for many people, including our international stars who have returned home whilst all theatres and productions are on hold.  
Date:   Thursday 24 September 2020 
Venue: Cottesloe Central Shopping Mall 
Cost:    Free, although we are looking for volunteers to assist.
RSVP:  paperless post invitation. 
Last Thursday evening's meeting was also an opportunity to hi-light the amazing work that Rotary has achieved on a global scale with the announcement from Rotary International President, Holger Knaack, that  the African region has just been certified wild poliovirus-free.  Please refer to the link below to read the full announcement as provided by Rotary International last week.  This is a tremendous achievement for Rotarians across the globe and is a credit to all those organisations, particularly the health workers who have traveled 1000's of kilometres on foot, bicycle, boat, train, car.... 
Save the Date - Perth & Crawley Rotary Clubs to come together, Thursday 22 October for a joint meeting to raise funds for the End Polio Now Campaign.   Now more than ever, it is important that we as a club commit and contribute to this global effort to eradicate the polio virus.  
For members wishing to have an impact closer to home, please refer to end of this bulletin for a list of opportunities available to members and/or contact Club Services Director, Darren Perera via email ( who will link you to the various opportunities available.
This Friday see's a return to our lunch format, with guest speakers Sara Franklyn and Des Pauley who will highlight the work they facilitate in the slums of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  Please rsvp via your paperless post invitation or email with your attendance availability.  We are required to provide accurate catering and dietary requirements to The Westin and your cooperation and timeliness is of great assistance and appreciated by the Club Services Team.
Sara Franklyn
Sara grew up in the South West and attended Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School. While in residence at St George's College, Sara studied Law at UWA. She then worked as a lawyer at Godfrey Virtue & Co, Clayton Utz Perth & Sydney, Medical Defence Association of WA and SRB Lawyers, while raising two children.

After helping educate vulnerable street children in Ethiopia for 12 years, with the support of her husband Robert Franklyn, partner at Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Sara established Direct Reach Ethiopia in 2013. In the past 7 years DRE has been able to facilitate the self sufficiency of over 30% of our starting 100 children (aged 2-25years) through education.

Sara now serves on the Claremont Town Council as an elected member and sits on an ethics committee for the Harry Perkins Institute.
Des Pauley
After graduating from the Muresk Institute Of Agriculture with an Associate Diploma In Agriculture he owns and operates his own broad acre farm in WA's wheat belt, which enables him to continue his other passion, travel.

With teenage nieces in mind, Des decided to sponsor a DRE student and after visiting Ethiopia on many occasions, has now developed a deep empathy and affection to the DRE community and his broad farming skill set has enabled him to spend many productive weeks helping them.

Des provides a helpful, caring and handy role model for the DRE boys who mostly lack a father. His business, and private enterprise skills have also come to the fore in identifying business opportunities for some of the unemployed mothers and assisting them with those ventures.

Two weeks ago we welcomed Ms Lisa Kazalac to the Perth Rotary Club as a member.  Lisa is a welcomed addition to our club and I would like to provide members and friends of Perth Rotary with a brief overview of our newest member - Lisa Kazalac. 
Lisa Kazalac moved to Perth 8 years ago from Melbourne. A Hawthorn supporter but don’t hold that against her. A second-generation migrant child, passionate about equal opportunity for all Australians, migrants, and refugees.
Eight years ago Lisa took on a critical role at the WA Chamber of Commerce and industry. Lisa helped drive the outcome for payroll tax relief to WA small businesses in the lead up to the 2012/2013 State Election.
New opportunities arose and Lisa headed up REIWA’s advocacy and property market intelligence division with key outcomes in reform allowing the industry to access commission for off the plan sales before settlement.
Lisa is now in the not for profit sector, channeling her passion for making an impact and changing government systems to ensure everyone in WA has a place to call home. Her current executive role is as the Head of Policy and Sector Development of Shelter WA, the peak body for advocating for social and affordable housing and ending homelessness. The vision of Shelter WA, where Lisa heads up policy and sector development and supports her CEO Michelle Mackenzie who is here today is that all West Australians have housing that enables them to thrive.
Lisa is an economist.  She’s passionate about community, love and fun and we welcome her into our Perth Rotary community. 
I would encourage all members to visit the My Rotary website learning centre and have a look around.  The 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention Breakout Sessions are available on the convention website at and there is an Accountability & Inclusion Webinar Series to explore diversity, equity and inclusion coming on line in September.  Members may register at  the session will be run Thursday 17 September at 15.00 (UTC-5) Chicago time.  Should you not know how to access the My Rotary website or club runner, can you please contact Secretary Jacques Phillips.
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.

The Long Run is an awareness and fundraising event for Australian men and families impacted by prostate cancer.  All you need to do is run, walk or wheel 72km during September;  Every kilometre you cover will raise funds to bring us closer to a world where prostate cancer is no longer a burden and where all men and their families with a diagnosis are supported.
The PERTH ROTARY TEAM Response - We’re taking on The Long Run!

We’ve committed to conquering 10KMs each on September 20th to raise funds and awareness for Aussie men and families fighting prostate cancer.  Please support us by making a tax deductible donation to Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.  Together, we can make sure our fathers, brothers, sons, husbands and mates will be there for the long run.
The PERTH ROTARY TEAM plan… meet at The Boatshed in South Perth at 2pm, Sunday 20th September and walk the bridges (approx. 10kms) in small groups. Head toward the Causeway, collect a take-away coffee from a café at Barrack St Jetty, stop for a photo op in Elizabeth Quay (PFC to meet us there with their banner), before resuming our walk across the Narrows and back to Boatshed. (For those who feel they can’t go the distance, they can catch the ferry back across river.) 
Dr Dave Preece, Perth Rotary June Inductee has set up a team page for 'Perth Rotary' for the long run event.  To join the team people just need to click on the link and hit the join button, or you can make a donation without joining.   

Other events you may be interested in outside of our club:

Rotaract Club of Perth – Public Speaking Masterclass
Date:   Tuesday 8 September
Time:   6 – 7.30pm
Venue: The Public House, 263 Adelaide Terrace, Perth
Cost:   $20/pre-paid   $30/at the door.
Rotary Means Business - District 9455 

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   
At the commencement of this Rotary Year there was a request by members for more opportunities to experience a hands on volunteering opportunity with the club.  With this in mind we have partnered with the Perth Rotaract Club and our corporate members.  Wendy Campbell and Darren Perera, Club Services Director are now coordinating Perth Rotary Members volunteer opportunities. 
  • GreenBatch volunteering ongoing
Location – 4 Brooklands Way. Mount Claremont.
Please contact Darren Perera – and him know what works for you.  Darren will organize a visit.
  • Red Cross Soup Kitchen volunteering – with the Perth Rotaract Club– needs registration at this link:
  • Sept 5 – Toothbrush Packing for Kimberley Dental Team
          Location – Owen Homeopathics, 443 Great Eastern Hwy. Redcliffe.
          Time – 10am to 2pm
          RSVP –   Numbers are limited.
  • Sept 26 – Sandwich making for Perth Homeless Support Group
          Location – Perth Rotary office 110 William St.
          Time – 10am to 12pm   
          RSVP –  Numbers are limited.
  • October 11 – Mullaloo Beach Clean up for those living North of the River in conjunction with Joondalup Rotary
Location – Mullaloo Beach near the surf club, register at the sign in desk near the carpark.
          Time – 8:30am, do as much as you can.
          RSVP –