Posted on Dec 15, 2020
Members & Friends of the Perth Rotary Club,
HO, HO, HO….. And A Rotary Merry Christmas to all of our Bulletin Readers, Members, Family and Friends of Perth Rotary Club. 
This week we meet for our annual Family Christmas Breakfast, 7.15am at The Westin Hotel.  Have you booked your ticket on line?  Plenty of parking in the City of Perth ‘Firemans’ Car Park adjacent to the hotel and/or valet parking at The Westin or park underneath the hotel in the Wilson Car Park.  If catching public transport – Red Cat Bus will drop you adjacent to the hotel.
It is hard to believe that December is upon us and that our 2020 Rotary Year is almost at an end – What a Year It Has Been!!  An extraordinary year in so many respects, one of great growth for our club, not only in membership (18% increase) but in innovation, activity and funds raised for the community.  To date we have collaboratively raised in excess of $130,000 which has been directly returned to the community for various projects, research and assistance.  Well done to all of our members, collaborating rotary clubs and strategic partners for working together to ensure that our community is all the better for Rotary being a part of their World.
I sincerely wish to thank all Perth Rotarians for their support and hard work during this year.  The club is a reflection of YOUR membership, YOUR Values, YOUR hard work and YOUR service to our community.  We could not be the successful, dynamic, innovative and fun club WE ARE.....  without YOU…. So thank you.
As I mentioned in my opening comments, This Friday is our last gathering for 2020.  We are utilising the opportunity to sell chocolates and appreciate your efforts to pre-order (& pay direct to our bank account) the chocolates to effect a quick transaction at our Breakfast meeting this Friday.  If for some reason you are unable to collect from the Breakfast on Friday, please order, pay and collect from my office in Como.  Please email me – and we can agree a time and date for collection post Friday 18 December 2020.
Chocolate – why do we love it so? 
Chocolate is derived from the native tropical regions of the Americas and Asia.  Its seeds (or sometimes referred to as beans) are the source of Cocoa for the world-wide chocolate manufacturing Industry. 
Chocolate consumption goes back at least 4000 years, to the peoples of present-day Mexico: the Mayans, Aztecs and their predecessors, the Olmec. The fermented seeds from the cocoa pods were ground to a powder and then used to make a cold chocolate beverage, quite different to what we consume today.   Archaeologists have found evidence of the Mayan people using a chocolate teapot as far back as 2000 years.  It would seem that the chocolate beverage was served at the celebration of sacrificial victims from evidence found in archaeological diggings of these regions. 
The Spanish people are credited with bringing chocolate back to Europe along with the many spices also discovered in the Americas.  Chocolate drinking became fashionable as well as enjoyable.  It was thought that it might even increase one's virility. 
It is only in relatively recent times (200 yrs) that the chocolate could be separated into a powder, thus enabling the production of eating chocolate.  The taste of chocolate comes from a mixture of chemicals, many resulting from the roasting process. 
But why do we love to eat chocolate?  A mixture of naturally occurring psychoactive drugs; caffeine, serotonin, tryptophan and stimulants which all combine to affect our mood.  Bring on the Chocolate I say!!! A natural way to feel happy and what better time of the year than Christmas to be happy.
The Perth Rotary Board met on Monday 7 December and approved the following payments to Rotary International:

$7500 – Rotary Foundation
$2000 – End Polio Now Campaign    
I thank all members who contributed funds which allow us to donate on behalf of our club and meet our annual obligations to Rotary International.
A huge Shout Out to Mrs Betty Smith who has been collected used stamps from businesses for more than 40 years.  At age 90, Betty has finally admitted that perhaps age is against her and so Rotarian Ulrich collected the last box of used stamps from Betty this past week. 
Service Above Self comes in so many forms.  Betty was recognised by our club in 2018/19 by Past President Wesley when he presented Betty with a Paul Harris Fellow pin.  At the time Betty featured in the Community News for her work for the Community and Rotary. 
Congratulations once again Betty and thank you most sincerely for your many years of dedication and service. 
We continue to sell tickets for the  Vienna Pops New Years Eve Gala Concert.  We have approximately ten VIP Tickets left.  If you would like to join us, please contact the team direct by email for these premium tickets –  All other tickets are sold via the Perth Concert Hall website –
There are still some fabulous seats available, particularly for the afternoon matinee if you are interested.  We would really like to sell the both concert out so as to maximise the funds raised.  This is very important this year as we can only fill the hall to 60% capacity in order to comply with COVID distancing requirements.  Your support of this major Perth Rotary Fundraiser is greatly appreciated.
If you are unable to attend Vienna Pops but would like to “gift” tickets to our strategic partners and/or to your family, Xmas Gift Packs with tickets to the Afternoon or Evening Concerts will be available for purchase THIS FRIDAY at breakfast.
Please come and see a member of the Vienna Pops Committee at the registration desk THIS FRIDAY who will assist you. 
We have three Concert options available for you:
  1. New Years Eve Matinee Concert – 2pm.  Tickets & further information are available by clicking on this link
  2. New Years Evening – 9.30pm.  Tickets and further information are available by clicking on this link
  3. New Years Eve VIP Packages ($198/pp all-inclusive of VIP seating, pre-show canapes and sparkling wine, interval canapes and drinks and post-show concert and chance to meet the stars of the show), are available through direct sale.  Please register your interest with the Vienna Pops sales team by sending an email to for your VIP ticket.  Evening concert only.
Bi-District 2020/21 Conference Early Bird Ticketing is now open and all members are encouraged to go on line and purchase your tickets.  In addition to Michael Chaney AO, DG Jon Bilson has announced that Louise Giolitto, CEO of WA Council of Social Services (WACOSS) will be a key note speaker at the event. 
Full details of the conference, accommodation options and additional activities can be found in the story attached to this bulletin. 
Friday 23 April 2021   Members of the Perth Rotary Club have been collaborating with the Melville Rotary Club on behalf of District 9455 and 9465 to create an event worthy of celebrating the Centenary of Rotary in Australia.  It is with a great deal of excitement that we can announce on behalf of DG Jon Bilson and DG Colin Burns, Rotary WA will host the Rotary Centennial Gala Ball, Friday 23rd  April 2021 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. 
The Theme is “Puttin on the Ritz” and we look forward to a large contingent from the Perth Rotary Club at this event.  As this is a Western Australia wide event, and numbers are limited, we urge you to book your tickets asap via the try booking link below.  This also helps to alleviate the financial pressures associated with hosting such an event and your cooperation in this regard is gratefully acknowledged and appreciated.

PERTH ROTARY 2020/21 BOARD EMAIL | Our Next Board Meeting - February 2021
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