Dear Perth Rotary Members & Friends,
Whilst one usually associates the "Silly Season" with the months of November/December, we are about to enter the Rotary "Silly Season".  SO please get your diaries out and take note as there is a lot of events and projects coming to fruition over the next 6 - 8 weeks.  It greatly assists those of us who are coordinating events, if members and friends could please rsvp (even if you are unable to attend).  This will significantly reduce the number of email traffic and stress behind the scenes.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation.  
34th HYDE PARK FAIR | Brought to the Community by The Rotary Club of North Perth had to cancel their planned activities for Monday 1 March due to the unseasonal stormy weather.  I am sure it was a great disappointment to the organising committee who placed a lot of their time and themselves into the planning of this event, however their consideration and care for the safety of the public was at the forefront of their decision making.  Perth Rotary through the efforts of Ray Simpson and Rebecca Tolstoy AM were able to promote the work of the Path of Hope Foundation providing hope and raising awareness of families who experience family domestic violence on day one of the fair.  We thank Ray in particular for his efforts in organising the volunteers to man the tent.  On behalf of all club members, we greatly appreciate the work and efforts of North Perth RC and our own volunteers who specifically worked on the Path of Hope Stall.
We have another HUGE opportunity to volunteer in our community and participate in the ultimate BACKYARD CRICKET MATCH.  This is an inaugural event and set to be the highlight of the 2021 calendar.
The cricket match will take place on Saturday 20th March in Government House Gardens, The Pirate Ship Foundation invites ALL ROTARIANS to join them for a backyard cricket match like no other.
The Governors 11 captained by the Hon Kim Beazley AC, Governor of Western Australia and Patron of Rotary WA will take on the Pirates 11 captained by the Head of Oncology at Perth Children’s Hospital Dr Nick Gottardo, in a celebrity-studded, family-fun day to raise much needed funds for The Pirate Ship Foundation.  The event is supported by Channel 9, 6PR, the WACA and Colgan Industries as well as many incredibly supportive individuals and businesses in our community.  This will be a day to remember for all West Australians.
PERTH ROTARY Club & Past District Governor Graham Peden is leading our effort to support the Pirate Ship Foundation in their efforts to raise funds for children affected by Brain Cancer.  WE NEED YOU to help support our effort on a weekend which is extraordinarily busy for all club members.  Please check below for a list of volunteer positions we are looking to fill. If you are able to volunteer your time, please don’t hesitate to contact PDG Graham or myself direct.   We are looking for 135 people to help us, so please gather all of your family and friends - perhaps a work place volunteer outing and come and support our efforts to make life a little easier for children who have brain cancer. 
As previously mentioned, March is an incredibly busy month.  Upcoming Events for the month of March are:  
  • This week we look forward to welcoming Ms Elly Williams, Walk Free as our guest speaker. 
Globally, more than 40 million people are trapped in situations of modern slavery – more than any other time in human history.   Walk Free is an international human rights organisation working to end modern slavery globally within our generation. Walk Free is the producer of the world’s leading dataset on measuring and understanding slavery, and works towards system change through government, business, and faith, to ensure slavery is tackled through both a legal and cultural framework. This presentation will discuss Walk Free’s vital work before providing a deeper look into modern slavery within the garment sector and how our purchasing decisions have a moral impact.
"Unravelling the Thread of Modern Slavery in the Garment Sector"
The Parmelia Hilton Hotel | 14 Mill St, Perth
Friday 05th March 2021
12:30 for 12:45 pm Start
$50 per person
Tickets via Trybookings:
  • Friday 12 March | Rotary Business Lunch | A Celebration of Women in Rotary
    • Past President of Perth RC, Maureen McDaniell is our Guest Speaker;
    • District 9455 21/22 DGE Dee Buckland will open the meeting; and
    • Dr Jessie Harman, Zone 8 Rotary International Director Elect (2021/22) will zoom in. 
    • Please go on line to book your ticket -
  • Friday 19 March | Presidents Cocktail Party.  Crystal Club, Crown Towers. (3 tickets available) 
  • Friday 25 March | Joint Meeting with Crawley Rotary Club.  One In A Million, raising funds and awareness of Men's mental health.  Please go on line to book your ticket in support of the Crawley Rotary Club.  There will be NO PERTH ROTARY MEETING as we are joining with Crawley RC on this occasion.
Please not only put these dates into your calendar, but go on line to purchase your tickets and secure your place at the table.  
Please see below for details of Melville Rotary Clubs zoom meeting, Monday 8 March at 6pm.  Should you wish to link in, please email .  Their guest speaker is Cathy Booth of the Sunrise Rotary Club, Bundaberg | Queensland.  Should you be interested in donating funds to her Umoja Orphanage Kenya Project, her RAWCS Project Number is 51/2011-12. 
The Rotary Bi District Conference to be held 5-7 March 2021.  Congratulations to our longest serving Rotarian of 52 years (28 February 1969), Mr Don Mazzucchelli, who will be our club’s representative in the Centennial Baton Relay at the Opening Ceremony for the Conference.  I encourage members to consider coming along to the Opening of the Bi-District Conference, to cheer Don on and celebrate Rotary in this Centennial Year.  Tickets are available by clicking on the link
Perth Rotary currently has three videos circulating on facebook as part of the Bi-District Conference Video Project Competition.  The Video with the most ‘likes’ and ‘shares’ will not only win $500 towards their project but also enjoy a wider circulation and free publicity and engagement.  Members are encouraged to like and share as much as possible.  The videos submitted are:
  • Cambodia Family Support
  • Vienna Pops
  • Centennial Gala Ball.
In addition to the above, the Path of Hope Foundation are posting 30 second ‘grabs’ and promotional videos for the Path of Hope Foundation Gala Ball, Saturday 22 May 2021.  Tickets are now on sale and we are looking forward to celebrating Victory over Violence with members, guest and Victors at the Crown Towers.  Please get your tickets by visiting .  Tickets are $250/pp and include everything you need to experience a magical evening – fine wine, fine food and fine company!
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. 
As all 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. 
Wishing you all a fabulous, safe and productive week.  A reminder to all our members and friends to remain COVID safe and do the 3 – Wash your hands; practice social distancing.  Our next Perth Rotary Board Meeting is Tuesday 9 March 2021.  
PERTH ROTARY 2020/21 BOARD EMAIL - Our Next Board Meeting – Tuesday 9 March 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