Last Friday’s lunch meeting was a cracker.  Our former Premier Colin Barnett shared his journey in politics and recounted some of the highlights of his tenure.  Perth is a changed city as a result of Colin’s influence.
The jewel in the crown is a toss-up between Elizabeth Quay, the Children’s Hospital and the Perth Stadium.  All magnificent.  Colin spoke of the bold decision to abort the previous government’s plan to resurrect Subiaco Oval and go with a brand-new stadium of world-class standing which wouldn’t clog up an inner-city suburb.  As a result of this vision and hard-work, Perth now boasts a world-class venue.  We hope Colin gets the recognition he deserves – like a stand named after him – or something.
THIS THURSDAY 23 SEPTEMBER is the LAUNCH of our VIENNA POPS CONCERTS.  Come along.  Mark Coughlan, Impresario Supreme, will be the MC for the evening, and will give us a taste of what to expect on New Year’s Eve.  5.30pm to 7.00pm at the Parmelia.  A fun end to the day.  Please book on line to secure your ticket -
Which brings us seamlessly to the LONG RUN EVENT on SUNDAY 26 SEPTEMBER.  This very worthwhile event is organized by Dr David Preece and the Fellowship Committee to raise funds for the Prostate Cancer Foundation.  This will involve a walk of 10 kilometres in groups of 7.  Meet in front of the Boatshed Restaurant in South Perth at 2.00pm and walk the bridges.  Nothing could be easier.  :) 
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Curiously, Sundays are my full-ish days, but fear not, I shall be praying for the awesome success of this great venture, and for all of you enduring, sorry, enjoying an accident-free perambulation and great fund-raising.
Speaking of awesome contributions, we will hear all about Gerard Neesham’s establishment and inspired management of the CLONTARF FOUNDATION at our regular meeting on FRIDAY 1 OCTOBER.  Since the opening of this academy the Clontarf Foundation has grown to cater for over 9,700 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in 149 schools across Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
Make this a firm date in your diaries or cell phones or wrist watches of whatever.  Please also remember our District Networking Event - Rotary Means Business to be held at the Duxton Hotel on Tuesday 5 October 2021.  Rotarian & CEO of the Perron Group, Ross Robertson is the guest speaker.  Please go on line at to book your ticket.  Space is limited, so don't delay in securing your ticket to this exclusive event. 
I have this lurking suspicion that nobody reads my newsletter all the way through, if at all.  So here’s the thing – the first correct answer to this question wins the fabulous prize of $2.00 at the Friday lunch meeting on Friday 1 October:  Who was the Professor of Poetry at Oxford who was the first to lecture in English?  He also wrote the lines ‘The sea is calm tonight, The tide is full, the moon lies fair upon the Straits’.  Your response will give me a clue as to whether anyone actually gets this far in the Newsletter ….
  Upcoming events for your diary:
Rotary Rock vs Sport Fundraising Quiz Night 
THANK YOU to all who helped organize and participate in the ROCK v SPORT QUIZ NIGHT last Saturday.  50% of the funds raised on the evening will be forwarded to Australian Rotary Health and the balance shared between the organizing clubs of Perth, Matilda Bay and Elizabeth Quay.
Special thanks to our Corporate Sponsors – NeoMetals, Veritas and Quairading Earthmoving, Our live Action, Gala Bid and ICMI Entertainment.  As well, our Prize Sponsors – Rambla on Swan, Pepperilly Wines, Parmelia Hilton Hotel and Quairading Earthmoving.