Posted on Jan 26, 2021
Members & Friends of the Perth Rotary Club,
Once again, Happy New Year and Happy Australia Day, we are so privileged to live in this wonderful country – a land of wide open spaces and opportunity. 
The Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd). Announced the Australia Day 2021 Honours List.  It was very pleasing to see Professor Peter Leedman recognised as an Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia.  Professor Leedman was recognised for his distinguished service to medicine, health and medical research as a physician-scientist, to professional societies, and to tertiary education.
We are extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to visit the WA Police Academy this Friday as part of our Vocational Visit Program for 2020/21 to understand more about how they train Police Officers.  Sincere thanks to Rotarian Rebecca Tolstoy AM and Vocational Services Director Jonas Edner for facilitating this opportunity for our club.  Places are limited to 15 (currently 10 spaces still available) and I urge interested Rotarians to please email Jonas direct with your rsvp ( or call/text 0433 957 039.  Please note this vocational visit is not for the faint hearted, members are requested not to rsvp if they suffer from heart conditions or are of a nervous disposition due to the scenarios we might experience.
I look forward to welcoming members to the Crystal Club, Crown Towers for the President’s Cocktail Party from 7pm on Friday 5 February 2020.  Please ensure you have pre-purchased your ticket via the on-line trybooking link.  Your name must be on the register at the Concierge’s desk to access the Crystal Club.  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.  Tickets for this event are almost sold out with less than ten tickets remaining available.
We then kick the year off at the newly revamped Parmelia Hilton Hotel, Mill Street Perth.  Rev John, Darren Perera and myself had a sneak peek at the newly refurbished hotel last week and can assure you that you will be impressed with the scale of work which has been carried out.  It was with some sadness however, that we were also advised that David Constantine, General Manager of the Parmelia Hilton for the past 37 years has retired effective Friday 22 January 21.  I have passed on our club members appreciation to David for his many years of service to our club and invited him to join us for lunch at a time that is convenient to him in the future.   In the meantime, Mr John Lucas has been appointed the Interim GM.  Mr Lucas has worked at Hilton for many years and is looking forward to joining the team at the Parmelia until a permanent replacement is found.  We are looking forward to meeting with Mr Lucas and for him to see and know the great work carried out by the Perth Rotary Club.
Perth Rotary Wishing Well Project Update:
The Interactive Wishing Well Marker Brief | Elizabeth Quay
Prior to the re-development of Elizabeth Quay, Rotary of Perth had a ‘Wishing Well’[1], which was used to raise funds and awareness of the Rotary organisation and its mission.  This ‘Wishing Well’ was located near the Bell Tower, but was removed in 2014 to accommodate the Elizabeth Quay development. A new structure is to be installed, which meets the objectives of fundraising and promoting of the works of Rotary.
The “Wishing Well” concept has performed well for Rotary throughout the world, however there is a desire within Rotary of Perth to update the concept to enhance the experience and capabilities of the structure through the use of technology to better engage and motivate participants.
Building of the Structure to house the technology has commenced.  The footings have been placed at the site and the transformers are now removed.  The current site is required to undergo a re-zoning to allow electricity to be connected to the structure.  This is currently under review with Development WA. 
The content required for the totem is also currently under review by the Committee in conjunction with the Artist, Midnight Tuesday and their IT Support Providers, Hungry Sky.
We look forward to the placement of the Perth Rotary Wishing Well/Totem as soon as practical. 
Bi-District Conference 2021 – Have you registered to attend? 
With less than 6 Weeks left to go…..we really need your support
Key Action Items:
  • Get Registered and buy your tickets
  • Sponsor a new member or member of the community (that you wish to recognise) at a discounted rate
  • Get any items you want to auction in for GalaBid
  • Register for your Exhibition Space
  • Volunteers for a wide variety of tasks at the conference are needed
  • Post your 2 min Project Video on YouTube and enter into the $500 competition.
As you are well aware, the RotaryWA Joint-District Conference is fast approaching. Over the past few months, we have made a variety of requests to you regarding the conference. Here is a handy refresher on what we are looking from you prior to the Conference:
Buy a ticket | Firstly, we ask that you take part in this historic conference and help to shape the future in Rotary in Western Australia. We will likely never see such a gathering of WA Rotarians again in our lifetimes, and we would love to have you among us. Simply register here or via the link below. You are also asked to encourage the members and associates of your club to register. The more participants of this celebration of Rotary past and future the better.
Help a new/potential member attend the conference | For clubs willing to subsidise the tickets of new and/or potential members, we are offering heavily discounted full Conference tickets. To make use of this offer, simply email with the details of a promising new or potential member that your club would like to subsidise, and we will set them up with a discounted full conference ticket. This offer is also available if you would like to recognise a particularly outstanding member of your community.
GalaBid items | We are including a live and silent online Galabid Auction at our Conference Dinner on Saturday 6th March with proceeds going to Rotary Club projects of your choice and also to our Conference Charity partners: Lifeline and Homelessness. We invite you to encourage your club to source and donate a significant auction item by January 30th. Items may include such things as luxury travel within Australia, a ‘one-off experience”, jewellery, art, technology, motor vehicles, luxury goods or appliances for example. Please fill out the attached form with the details of your item and e-mail it to Martin Graham at
Exhibition space | Given the huge space that we have available this year at Optus Stadium, your club and/or Projects can get some great exposure by taking up an Exhibition Stand. For info and to register your interest, please email ASAP! First in best dressed.
Volunteers | The Conference is organised and run by an all-volunteer team. We are still looking for volunteers to help with a variety of important tasks over the conference weekend. From working on the registration desk, to taking photos and videos of the conference, to keeping our baton relay running smoothly, we have got something for your club members to do. Please ask any interest members of your club to email
RotaryWA Two-Minute Project Competition | Your club is home to a special project, and we want to make sure it gets the recognition it deserves at the Conference. However, we do not have enough time to do justice to all RotaryWA’s great projects centre-stage at the Conference. So, we are running a little competition to determine which projects are broadcast to a crowd of hundreds. All you need to do is record a two-minute video and post it on your club’s Facebook page. The prize is $500 to spend on a charitable initiative of your choice, and a chance to be one of six videos to be shown at the Conference.
Important links
Thanks for your support and see you all at the Conference.
Please get out your Diaries and note the following dates for 2021:
Friday 29 January 2021          Vocational Visit | WA Police Academy
                                                Tickets are strictly limited to 15.  Please RSVP to
                                                Jonas Edner,
Friday 5 February 2021          Presidents Cocktail Party, Crystal Club at the Crown Towers.
                                                Tickets are strictly limited to 100 and must be pre-booked
$55/pp  includes canapes and drinks
Friday 12 February 2021        Chinese New Year Celebration, Parmelia Hilton Hotel
Guest Speaker | Dr Sandy Chong
East meets West:   Business Culture in Rising Asia  
$50/pp  includes 2 course lunch & tea/coffee
Friday 19 February 2020        Lunch Meeting, Parmelia Hilton Hotel
            Guest Speaker | Zak Kirkup, Leader of the Liberal Party
$50/PP includes 2 course lunch & tea/coffee
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.
[1] A wishing well is a term from European folklore to describe wells where it was thought that any spoken wish would be granted. The idea that a wish would be granted came from the notion that water housed deities or had been placed there as a gift from the gods. This practice is thought to have arisen because water  is a source of life, and was often a scarce commodity

PERTH ROTARY 2020/21 BOARD EMAIL | Our Next Board Meeting - 8 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