Posted on Nov 02, 2021
We sailed out to the depths of the Great Sea.  And we survived.  Well, maybe except for Ulrich, that is.  On completion of our circumnavigation of the Swan all that is left of Ulrich is his snorkel.  So there’s quite a lot riding on Ulrich’s appearance this Friday, when the super-star of screen, radio and print – Peter Kennedy – will regale us with Tall Tales of screen, radio and print.  Peter is an astute political commentator and will fill us in on the history of government goings-on over the last fifty years or so.  Note – this week’s meeting begins at 12.30pm - NOT the usual 12.45. This is to accommodate three inductions – Rui Fernandes, Michael Willet and Nicholas Gabriel – without diminishing the time needed for our guest speaker.
But back to the water. Before embarkation we were given safety instructions.  In the likely event of capsizing, we were to send an SOS.  Trouble was, nobody knew how to spell it.  As usual, the food was magnificent, the company exquisite and the drink beguiling.  We all looked over Ivan’s new luxury liner and were duly impressed.  It is, as George Bernard Shaw said of the Grand Canyon, adequate.
The Golden Globe Award for Best Comment of the Evening goes to Jeff Leach.  ‘Let me give you a glass of wine,’ said Jeff to one of our erstwhile members.  ‘No thank you’, was the reply, ‘My doctor has told me to cut back on my drinking’.  ‘Right’, said Jeff, ‘then let me give you something else’.  ‘What’s that?’ ‘The name of a new doctor’.
The Blessing also went off steady as she goes even though I do say so myself.  My job was to give the Blessing and everyone else’s job was to listen.  And the good thing was we finished at the same time.  The fleet is now duly vaccinated with FLOAT-21 (For Longanimity Over All Tribulations) and can sail with impunity for the next twelve months, at which time a booster shot will be necessary.
Thank you to Larry for organising members and friends of Perth Rotary along with the weather to ensure all enjoyed another memorable evening on the Swan River.  Fellowship Chair Nan Walker ably assisting to ensure all aboard had enough rations to see out the evening.  
End of Year events are crowding in.  Next up after Peter Kennedy is Nigel Rogers speaking on the HMAS Sydney, lost with all hands (645 aboard) in a battle with the German cruiser Kormoran on 19 November 1941, 207 kilometres off the WA coast at Steep Point. Why was the Sydney so quickly disabled?  Was the Kormoran camouflaged as a neutral ship?  Was the Sydney lulled into a false sense of security?  Has finding the wreck on 16 March 2008 solved any mysteries?  This will be a Fascinating Friday on 12 November, 80 years after the tragedy.
Please click on the flyers below to go to the booking link for each event.  
Bookings Galore are in the swing for the Vienna Pops New Year’s Eve event, which unsurprisingly falls once again on 31 December. Mezzo Soprano Ashlyn, having previously sung at a Royal Command performance at Buckingham Palace will regale us with her vocal expertise, and she will be but one of a number of musicians delighting us over the course of the evening. Get tickets now for the Evening Gala Concert, or the Matinee or both. Please click on the image below for the booking site or go to the Perth Concert Hall Page -  If you would like to purchase a VIP ticket to Vienna Pops and really make a night of it, please email direct. 
The Board meets Monday 8 November to grapple once more with identifying and pursuing projects to be undertaken and finances to be disbursed. Your presence at our weekly gatherings gives us the financial oomph to make a difference, so please maintain your support. A summary of the activities upon which we embark will be included in a following report.
Joint winners of last week’s literary competition were Ulrich, Wendy and Kim.  ‘Hang him, baboon.  His wit’s as thick as Tewksbury mustard’ was said during a Rotary meeting at the Globe Theatre by Falstaff to Doll Tearsheet about the Globe Rotary Sergeant, Poins, in Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part 2, Act 2, Scene 4.
Can these Three Erudites come in again on the money with the answer to ‘What is the significance of Philippi to Shakespeare?’   (They’re getting harder.)
Thursday 18 November is an evening for all members of the club, particularly our new members of 2020 and 2021 as we show case Perth Rotary Projects and Rotary International.  Members are invited to a casual after work Perth Rotary Networking event.  If you are yet to upload club runner to your phone; need to order a club shirt; are yet to be linked with a club project; Want to get to know your fellow members better or just want to know more about Rotary in general, this is the evening for you.  There is so much happening at our club that often flies under the radar, to truly understand and get to know all aspects of the club, please come along on THURSDAY, 18 November.  More details to follow via email. 
We look forward to welcoming three new members to Perth Rotary Club this week.  (Please arrive at the Parmelia Hilton Hotel at 12.15 for a 12.30 meeting start time).
Rui Fernandes grew up and was educated in Goa, India, a former Portuguese colony (1510-1961). On completing formal studies, Rui  graduated with honours in Chemical Sciences.  Rui and his family moved to Australia on an assignment with Woodside Petroleum for two years in 2006 and decided to call Australia home and has never looked back! After finishing with Woodside as a Technical Lead for eight years, he joined Chevron with the Australia Business Unit for another seven years. He has recently been contracted with Inpex Australia as Operations Advisor for both the onshore and offshore assets  
Happily married to Beliza for 22 years, his two daughters are pursuing their university studies in Perth. Rui speaks fluent Portuguese, loves western classical and contemporary music and shares a passion for ballroom dancing. Rui performs regularly with the Perth Symphonic Chorus and the Perth Chamber Choir conducted by Margaret Pride OAM.   
Nicholas Gabriel has been looking for a community that has a focus on the betterment of our community and society. Having been blessed, Nicholas would like to share his blessings with others and give back to support those who need help at times of need.  Nicholas is the co-owner of Lighthouse Legal WA – A Family Law Firm – Founder/CEO – Bayswater and Beyond Chamber of Commerce (Soon to be WA SME COUNCIL)– Partner – Outré Communication.  Nicholas is particularly interested in empowering our youths, migrants and those at risk to be future leaders.  Nicholas wishes to use his network to bring together people to work on projects for the Greater Good.
Michael Willett is looking forward to becoming a member of the Perth Rotary Club and meeting like-minded people who want to give back to their community, both locally and internationally.  Michael is a Financial Adviser with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management.  Within this working environment, employees are actively encouraged to give back to the community.  Michael looks forward to utilising his business skills for a club project.  
  • Walk in Kings Park on 7 November 2021 commencing at 9.30 a.m.  We will be enjoying “Wildflower Wonders”  Spring is the best tie to see marvellous displays of Western Australia’s unique wildflowers in the gardens and bushland. We will meet outside the gift shop Aspects near the sign “meet the guide” The cost of the tour is $5.00 per person which is paid to our guide and will take about 2 hours.  If you have any queries please contact Nan Walker
  • Cooking Classes - Our next class is 22 November 2021 at 7 p.m.  If you are interested email Fellowship -  Last week fourteen of us enjoyed at night at Nico Morretti’s Urban Cooking School  We watched and ate delicious food including salmon rillettes, duck confit and other tasty dishes. It was a fun night enjoyed by all.
  • Anzac House Tour - The Tour set down for 28 February 2022 is full.  Another is arranged for 2 March 2022.  Let me know at Fellowship ( if you would like to participate.
I am arranging a meeting of the Fellowship committee to discuss events for 2022 including walks around the lanes of the King Street area, cocktail walk Fremantle, bowls at the Mosman Park Bowling Club in March and others.  If there is any of event you would like me to arrange please email me at Fellowship.  With thanks, Nan Walker
Dalkeith Rotary Club are pleased to advise they have booked a theatre at the Windsor for an evening of Bond.
The date is Sunday 14 November at 6.15.  For a bargain $35 fundraising price each person also receives a raffle ticket and a bottle of water.  Funds raised will go toward our International causes we support.
Tickets can be purchased on line at Trybooking. Please use this link.
Path of Hope invites all members & friends of the Perth Rotary Club to a Q & A Series on Healthy Relationships to be held at Rotary House,
Lv 5/110 William Street, Perth on Thursday 18 November and Thursday 25 November respectively.  These are FREE events, however your registration via the following link is greatly appreciated.  
The first in the Q&A Series focuses on a 'life working with victims/survivors of family violence' and presented by Sargent Darrel Hagan of the Western Australian Police Force and Kristy Staples, State Manager of the FDV Unit for the Salvation Army. 
The second session in the Q&A Series is presented by the Hon Judi Moylan AO and Professor Stella Tarrant.  This session focuses on strengthening women's economic security, leadership and prosperity.