Dear Perth Rotarians,
Just when you think it is not possible for our club to pull off another event, bigger and better than the last …. Our members step up.  Last Saturday evening it was an absolute privilege and a pleasure to attend the Path of Hope Gala at Crown Towers in support and celebration of all those Women who have survived Family & Domestic Violence and in support of all those who are yet to escape this travesty and blight within our society.
Rotarian Rebecca Tolstoy AM and her events team; Ray Simpson; Brendon Watson; Sarah-Jane Sharp; Robyn Scotney; Sebastian Tarrant and AG Bruno Fic have worked tirelessly over the past several months to pull together all of the threads which make up a spectacular evening worthy of any organisation.   I recommend that you all place Saturday 21 May 2022 into your diary now – as I am sure that next year’s Gala will be every bit as fabulous as this years.  It truly is an event not to be missed and worthy of your attention. 
We are grateful to Mrs Rinehart, Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd and Roy Hill for their continued sponsorship of this event which allows Path of Hope to shine a spot light on Family Domestic Violence; What a Healthy Relationship Is and how to support Women who seek a safer and healthier environment in which to live.  The Path of Hope Gala enables Rotarians to stand shoulder to shoulder with those in our society who most need our support as we reaffirm that there is no room in our society for violence in the home.  Funds raised are directed to the Salvation Army Family Domestic Violence Unit to employ an Outreach Worker who works with women in a variety of ways to support them as they manage their particular challenges. 
In the Window:  J Garland AM; Major M MacDonald & R Tolstoy AM
Back Row:          J & G Etrelezis; K Nyi Htet; B Watson; R Simpson; DGE D Buckland; DGN I Oliver;
                             DG J Bilson; HHG Legal; J Bon; N Johnston, S John; J Leach; V Katsaitis; D Wilcox;
                             J Edner; M Bilson;  Kusinski; P Dawson; J Dawson, M Thornhill
Seated:                J Pinczuk, Dr K Michael AC & H Leach                            
                                                                                                                  Photo Credit:  M van der Zanden
2021 John Garland AM Meritorious Award
Perth Rotary and the Path of Hope Foundation is delighted to have developed an award in honour and gratitude of the volunteers, who help us to realise our dream of breaking the cycle of family and domestic violence.  To be considered for the John Garland AM Award, Individuals must consistently demonstrate a diverse and unique skill-set,  display a  professional, compassionate and an enthusiastic willingness to assist others, specifically to move from Family and Domestic Violence Victims, to Family and Domestic Violence Survivors. Such a person is instrumental in educating individuals and the broader community, that there is an end and way out of Family & Domestic Violence.
It is our great privilege to recognise such a person, Major Margaret MacDonald Retired, Salvation Army was awarded the 2021 John Garland AM  Meritorious Award.   Congratulations and thank you Major Margaret for your continued support of Path of Hope and Perth Rotary.  
Major Margaret MacDonald & John Garland AM 
Major Alan MacDonald and Major Margaret MacDonald
This week we meet 5.30pm Thursday evening at the Parmelia Hilton Hotel.  Our guest speaker is Dr Lesley Williams, President of the Karrakatta Club established in 1894.   It is the oldest Club for women in Australia with its founding roots in advocacy for women and social issues.  The Club was created from a desire to educate and inform women during a time of great social restraints. it continues to flourish as a place of enrichment and knowledge-sharing for women of all ages and their guests. 
Founded on a view that anything that educated and enabled women also tended to strengthen men and the community, the Karrakatta Club continues to be guided by its motto Spectemur Agendo – Let us be guided by our actions – proposed by founding member Edith Cowan AO JP, Australia’s first female Parliamentarian and great social reformer.   Dr Williams will share some of the stories of the Karrakatta Club and enable you to come face to face with its history which includes far-sighted initiatives from many distinguished members in areas of healthcare, children’s advocacy and support for returning soldiers.  A history that helped shape Western Australia.   With world-wide connections fostered through its membership of International Lyceum Clubs the Karrakatta Club has flourished for the past 127 years continually adding to its heritage, story and benefits.
Thursday evening enables those members of our club who find Friday lunch time meetings difficult to attend, an opportunity to stay in touch with club members as well as work on our various projects.  It is only through the continued nurturing of relationships within our club that we are able to work together and serve our community.  I invite all members to consider attending our Thursday evening meeting – please book on line at your earliest convenience.  
The year is slowly winding down and we look forward to our June Meetings and Changeover Events.  A reminder to all Rotarians that you are invited to attend the District Changeover in support of DG Jon Bilson and DGE Dee Buckland on Saturday 3 July.  Please check below for various events along with the relevant booking links. 
Our program for the next few weeks is as follows: 
  • Thursday 27 May – Perth Rotary After Business Drinks | Dr L Williams, President of the Karrakatta Club Venue – Parmelia Hilton Hotel. Booking link -
  • Friday 4 June – Perth Rotary Business Lunch | Dr Robert Isaacs.  Venue – Parmelia Hilton Hotel. Booking link -
  • Friday 11 June – Perth Rotary Business Lunch | Richard Court AC, Former Premier of WA.  Booking Link -   ** WHOLE CLUB PHOTO to be taken at this meeting.  Arrival time 12 noon.  Venue – Parmelia Hilton Hotel.  Please rsvp to Jill Dawson direct - and advise if you are available for the photo shoot at 12 noon. 
  • Friday 18 June – Perth Rotary Changeover Dinner at the DUXTON HOTEL.  Evening Event and a fun event for members and partners. Booking link -
  • Saturday 26 June – Rotex D9455 Charter Night.  Prince Lane Rooftop Bar, 356 Murray St, Perth  WA  6000.  Booking link –
  • Thursday 1 July – Crawley Rotary Club Changeover Night.  join us for dinner as we celebrate the Rotary new year. You are welcome to a arrive from 5:30pm for a 6pm sit-down. This will be a dinner to reflect the year past and hear the vision for the year ahead. We look forward to celebrating the Rotary new year with you!
  • Saturday 3 July – District Changeover.   Burswood on Swan, 1 Camfield Drive, Burswood.  6.15pm – 8.30pm.  Light cocktail food and welcome drink.  $60/pp  booking link –
This week Perth Rotary will be finalising our District Grant submissions.  District grants fund small-scale, short-term projects that address needs in our community and communities abroad. Each district appoints a committee of Rotarians representing the interest of the whole District who’s unenviable task is to choose which grant submissions will be successful.  The District Grants Committee have had to take into consideration the effect of COVID19 and this  will influence the decision making process.  The recommended submissions are then sent to RI for final approval.  District Grants can be used to support Humanitarian projects, scholarships, Youth programs and Vocational Training Teams.  District Grants are funded via access to the District Designated Fund (DDF) on an annual basis. The percentage is calculated based on the amount of DDF generated from a district’s annual fund giving three years prior, including endowment fund earnings. Districts receive the funding in one payment and can then distribute funds to the clubs within the District.  We expect to hear in July if we have been successful and President Elect John will update members accordingly.
As we do come to the end of our Rotary year, members are encouraged to log onto the ‘Member Area’ within club runner and check that their personal data is up to date.  Should you require any assistance with this, please contact our Club Secretary Jacques Phillips and/or Club Services Director Darren Perera.   Emails are listed below.

Take care on the roads and have a great week,
PERTH ROTARY 2020/21 BOARD EMAIL - Our Next Board Meeting – Monday 5 July 2021
President:   Rev Dr John Shepherd AM ;
Past President:         Jill Dawson     
President Elect:        Maree Gooch  
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