Dear Perth Rotarians,
The Perth & Peel regions were placed into a 3 day lockdown at midnight last Friday which significantly & adversely impacted major Rotary events planned for the ANZAC weekend and through to the end of April.   Whilst this is regrettable, I particularly wish to thank all Rotarians and Board members who quickly and efficiently adapted our planning efforts to ensure that there was minimal financial impact to the club and/or our chosen charity.  I particularly wish to thank Wesley Sim and David Wee who had worked so diligently in setting up all of the arrangements for the ANZAC Gunfire Breakfast only to have to unravel all of the planning Friday afternoon.  This was done with efficiency, care and grace along with superb communication with all of our volunteers and suppliers of goods for the BBQ.  
We were fortunate to squeeze in the Centennial Gala Ball on Friday night finishing at 11pm so as to allow our guests to return home by midnight.  As already indicated, celebrations commenced with the unexpected announcement at 2.30pm from the Premier, Mark McGowan, that Western Australia was about to enter a 3 day lockdown effective from midnight. The Committee were under some pressure, however, the doors were allowed to be opened at 6.30pm and guests were welcomed to the Ritz Carlton Hotel.   Nan Walker was wonderful in her committee role of event management and is to be commended for her every effort to ensure that the Gala could go ahead in a manner which was safe for all who attended.  Safe to say – telephones were running hot Friday afternoon.
The ladies resplendent in 1920’s fashion and the gentlemen in dinner suits, many with top hat and scarves started to arrive at the Ritz Carlton Hotel from 6.30pm. After a welcoming champagne or two, the guests were shown into the ballroom with its elegant, sophisticated decorations. As the wine flowed, the formalities began.  Owing to Covid restrictions, some amendments had to be made and after an initial Welcome to Country by Karen Jacobs from the Whadjuk people, the Governor of Western Australia, the Honourable Kim Beasley AC came to us with a message of congratulations via video. This was followed by PRID Dr Ken Collins who asked everybody to be upstanding as he read the Rotary Charge.
Just as everybody settled in nicely, Master of Ceremonies, Mark Coughlan after giving a formal welcome, introduced RI Director Elect, Dr Jessie Harman, who proposed a toast to Rotary International via video.  A roll call honouring WA Rotarians who had given 50+ years of servi- ce to Rotary and the community, followed by PDG Dr Marilyn Barton giving an expose` of the newly published book “Humanity in Action, Celebrating One Hundred Years of Rotary Clubs in Australia and their Island Neighbours”.   District Governors John Bilson and Colin Burns introduced a new award in Western Australia - The Dr Ken Collins AM Cit.WA Award for Excellence in Service to Rotary. DG Jon Bilson provided an overview of Dr Ken Collins AM Cit.WA many achievements.  DG Colin Burns introduced the three finalists, PDG David Barton, Melville RC; PP Gordon Hudson, Scarborough RC and PP John Garland, AM, Perth RC.  Dr Ken Collins AM Cit.WA announced the inaugural winner, PDG David Barton, Melville Rotary Club. 
This concluded the formalities of the evening. Darren Reid and the Soul City Groove Band commenced playing, and within a few minutes the dance floor was packed and the whole venue rocking to the music of the seventies and eighties. The venue was alive for the next two hours until unfortunately due to state Government restrictions, the Ball was brought to an end and Rotarians and partners with a smile on their faces, departed the Ritz Carlton hotel to commence three days of lockdown in the afterglow of a fantastic celebration.   Congratulations and Happy Birthday Rotary Australia, may the next 100 years of service be as productive and worthy of celebration as the past 100 years. Please refer to the story attached to this newsletter should you wish to purchase a commemorative stamp and/or book – “Humanity in Action”.
Unfortunately, the Blessing of the Fleet, Friday 30 April has had to be cancelled as we are not able to comply with the social distancing requirements aboard the boats.  Despite Sergeant Larry’s best efforts, our favourite event of the year will be postponed once again.  We look forward to gathering together in the spring all being well.  Once again, our sincere gratitude to Larry Hirsch and all of the skippers for their willingness to take their boats out so the club can participate in a truly enjoyable evening on the water. 
We are currently waiting on advice from the WA Museum with regards to the Vocational Visit scheduled for Friday 30 April.  We are hopeful due to the smaller size of the groups, that we might be able to proceed.  Jonas Edner, Director of Vocational Services will be in contact with those members who registered to attend as soon as practical.
At this stage, we anticipate our Business Lunch on Friday 7 May going ahead as per normal and we encourage members to go on line and pre-purchase their ticket.
  • Tuesday 4 May | Rotary Means Business Insight Series with David Reed AO as the guest speaker.  David is currently the non-executive Director, Neometals Ltd, former chair of Titan Resources Ltd, Noble Resources Ltd and Reed Resources Ltd.  Past Chairman of Eyres Reed Ltd and CIBC Australia.  Co-founder of Diggers & Dealers Forum in Kalgoorlie and Chair of Fundraising for the Australian Prospectors & Miners Hall of Fame – Rotarians and guests are invited to join us at the Duxton Hotel, 1 St Georges Terrace. 5.30pm – 7pm.  $15/pp bar snacks and happy hour drinks. 
  • Friday 7 May | Kristy Staples, Salvation Army - Kristy manages The Salvation Army’s response in WA to one of the most challenging social issues of our community. Once buried deep in the conversation, never really talked about, carrying both visible and invisible (to the eyes) scars, the topic of Family Violence must rise and remain at the surface of public discussion to generate real change. A national conversation needs to be led by example at all political levels as well as the need to have active conversations at home. Now is the opportunity and time to influence current and future generations to create change. Changes in attitudes, understanding and behaviours. Kristy brings her experience and skills into building sector leading and innovative services to both Perth and the Pilbara that can provide a therapeutic model of security, care and empowerment.
  • Friday 14 May | Dr Jemma Green, Director, Power Ledger – Dr Green will be talking on the topic of “All Things Crypto”.  Bookings are via trybooking -
We look forward to welcoming all members to the above events.  Please remember to go on line to purchase your ticket.  Take care, stay safe and remember to do the Covid 3.  
PERTH ROTARY 2020/21 BOARD EMAIL - Our Next Board Meeting – Monday 3 May 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