Dear Perth Rotary Members & Friends,
Last week amidst increasing calls for our community leaders to be accountable for the treatment of women, particularly in the halls of our National Parliament, Perth Rotary celebrated Women in Rotary and what a celebration it was.  Our speakers were honest, candid, fair and positive in their view of where their Rotary journey started and where it has taken them.   We were privileged to have Dr Jessie Harman, Zone 8 Rotary International Director 2021/23 join us via zoom, DGE Dee Buckland, DGN Ineke Oliver and Perth Rotary's first female President, Maureen McDaniell join us and share the lessons learnt, values held and the projects that created opportunity and impact along their journey.  To top it off, we inducted Robin McClellan and Suzanne John to membership of the Club.  
It is interesting to note that between 1911 and 1917 an all-women Rotary Club existed in Duluth, Minnesota.  However, it was not until 1978 when the Duarte RC, California invited three women to become members that things came to a head with Rotary International. The case went all the way to the United States Supreme Court and in 1987 Women were finely granted the right to join Rotary Clubs.  Sylvia Whitlock was the first female to be elected a President of any Rotary Club – her club was the Duarte Rotary Club.  Perth Rotary Club inducted its first female members in 1990, and our first female president Maureen McDaniell in 1998/99. 
At times it seems we have learnt very little as a society with our community leaders, male and female failing to ensure that no matter the gender, ethnicity, socio-economic or political background, all members of our community deserve to feel valued and be treated with respect and kindness. 
Our children, our family, our club….. will be the community that we create by our actions. Respect and treatment of others starts with us.  Life is fleeting, we only walk this earth for such a short time, perhaps it is timely to remind ourselves to make every step count and to tread carefully, softly, purposefully and always with respect for ourselves and each other.   
Vale Doug Worthington, a Rotarian with 23 years-service to RI and member of Heirisson RC.  Doug was involved in an incident at Cottesloe, Sculptures by the Sea on Wednesday of last week.  Doug leaves an incredible legacy of service to Rotary WA, particularly in the area of Youth Exchange.  News of his sad passing has reached all corners of the globe with many young people devastated and reaching out for support. On behalf of all members, we extend our sincere sympathy to Mrs Worthington and family, Heirisson RC members and the D9455 RYE Exchange Committee along with the many friends Doug has throughout the Rotary network.   
Backyard Cricket Match | Saturday 20 March 2021. 
We are still looking for volunteers to assist with the Backyard Cricket Match which is being hosted in the gardens of Government House.  We are particularly looking for anyone who is able to volunteer from 3pm – 6pm.  It is an opportunity to VOLUNTEER and HAVE SOME FUN whilst raising money for research into childhood brain cancer cures via the Pirate Foundation.  You do not need to know anything about cricket in order to assist and I am incredibly grateful to all those Perth Rotarians and Rotarians from other WA Clubs who have volunteered already.  If you are able to assist, please email me – with your name and mobile phone number.   I acknowledge that the date for this event was changed at short notice so as to avoid clashing with the AFL season opener, but it has made life very difficult for Perth Rotarians, many of whom were already committed to our Passages Race Day.   I thank PDG Graham Peden for taking the lead on behalf of the Club at this special day. 
As previously mentioned, March and April are incredibly busy months with our usual Friday lunch meeting structure somewhat interrupted.  Upcoming Events for the month of March are:  
  • Friday 19 March | Presidents Cocktail Party.  Crystal Club, Crown Towers.  This event is SOLD OUT – if you have purchased a ticket, you will have received an email from me with information on time of arrival etc… If you are in doubt, please contact me by phone or email to confirm your ticket. We are restricted with numbers and should you name not be on the list, the staff will not allow you to go up to the Crystal Club.  
  • Saturday 20 March | Backyard Cricket Match.  VOLUNTEERS needed, please email if you can help
  • Saturday 20 March | Passages Race Day - The Final Race.  SOLD OUT
  • Friday 25 March | Joint Meeting with Crawley Rotary Club.  One In A Million, raising funds and awareness of Men's mental health.  This is a JOINT MEETING with Crawley in place of our usual Thursday evening meeting.  For those members who find Friday lunch meetings difficult, this is the perfect opportunity to attend Rotary.  Ticket sales will close this week, It would be great to have some Perth Rotarians showing support for Crawley.  Please consider going on line and booking a ticket THIS WEEK… 
  • Friday 2 April | GOOD FRIDAY – NO MEETING
  • Tuesday 6 April | Rotary Means Business
  • Friday 9 April | Perth Rotary Business Lunch Meeting.  Parmelia Hilton Hotel
  • Friday 16 April | Perth Rotary Business Lunch Meeting. Parmelia Hilton Hotel
  • Thursday 22 April | NO MEETING
  • Friday 23 April | Centennial Gala Ball, Ritz Carlton Hotel
  • Friday 30 April | Vocational Visit, WA Museum
  • Friday 30 April | Blessing of the Fleet.
Happy St Patricks Day to all for tomorrow, Wednesday 17 March 2021... St Patrick is a 5th Century Bishop in Ireland credited with ridding Ireland of “snakes”, although there does not appear to be any hard evidence that snakes ever inhabited the region.  It is therefore suggested that the term “snakes” is a metaphor for converting the Irish to Christianity and driving out the druids.  St Patrick died on 17 March and is buried at Downpatrick, hence the celebration on this date.  We wish all of our Irish friends and family a “Happy St Patricks Day” and an Irish Blessing... just to be sure to be sure... 
"May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields."

Centennial Gala Ball | Friday 23 April 2021. 
Perth Rotary Club is well represented at this occasion, however, if you would like to join us, please go on line at to purchase your tickets.  The Committee is bringing out a commemorative bottle of wine which will be available for sale at the District Conference and/or by mail order.  Funds raised from the sale of the wine will be directed towards costs associated with the running of the Centennial Gala.  Your support of this fundraiser and the Gala, Celebrating 100 Years of Rotary in Australia is greatly appreciated. 
Rotarians are aware, 2020/21 is the Centennial Year of Rotary in Australia.  To commemorate and celebrate this achievement members can purchase a book on the Centenary of Rotary in Australia.  Advance orders are now being received for the soon to be published 'Humanity in Action - Celebrating 100 years of Rotary Clubs in Australia and it's near island neighbours'.  Pre-orders for this hard cover book should be addressed to PDG Harry Durey – as soon as possible.  Books are limited and cost  $25 plus postage. 
In addition, a pair of commemorative coins will be released to “put Rotary into the hands of every Australian”. 
The Royal Australian Mint has announced that they will launch a $1 coin into general circulation as well as being available in a commemorative pack - $15.  The Royal Australian Mint will also mint a silver $5 coin which will retail at $100 marking 100 years of Rotary Service. 
The new coins were launched in Sydney on 4 February along with a set of commemorative stamps. 
PERTH ROTARY 2020/21 BOARD EMAIL - Our Next Board Meeting – Monday 12 April 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