Posted on Jul 25, 2017

- Passages info session

- RYPEN recap

- Whitegoods for Graceville

- Path of Hope Gala Ball

- Past President of RoP to become District Governor 2019-20

- Next Week: Toastmasters!

What is a Toastmaster? Or more importantly...who are Toastmasters?

That is a question I have long wondered...and recently, I had the privilege to meet with a past International President of Toastmasters who was visiting from the US through an introduction made by Joseph Wambua. Toastmasters was first envisioned in 1905 as an opportunity for people in the community to learn how to speak, conduct
meetings, plan programs and work on committees. The founder, Ralph Smedley, decided to organise a club where people could learn these skills in a social environment. He named the group the Toastmasters Club; "toastmaster" was a popular term that referred to a person who gave toasts at banquets and other occasions.
Today, in Western Australia alone, there are over 80 Toastmasters clubs which provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth. Even more interesting is the fact that our two organisations have quite a bit in common in terms of the members our respective organisations attract and the service opportunities in our community we each seek to find! This week we will invite a number of Toastmasters to our club to provide us some insight what they do and how they run their weekly meetings.
I trust you will find this a great opportunity to learn, develop, and potentially make contacts with other professionals seeking to support our community. Please invite a colleague or young professional who might be interested in attending!
Last week was another busy week for our club. On Thursday, our Passages project partner, St Vincent de Paul Society, hosted an information evening for community residents to find out more about the centre’s relocation (see A number of our club members attended the briefing which was a great way to demonstrate our support for both the Passages project and Vinnies. It was also a great way to meet the new Vinnies CEO, Susan Rooney, who comes with a great deal of experience in the not for profit sector having been CEO for the Cancer Council WA for the past 15 years.
 If you joined us for our weekly lunch meeting, you would have heard from Nicola Pike and Sarah Henbury, our two year 10 students we sponsored at this year’s Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) camp. Supporting RYPEN is one way in which we can support the future for person at a time. The enthusiasm of these two young ladies was evident in their presentation to us. Our challenge of course, is to build upon this success. How are we keeping in touch with our RYPEN alumni (year 10’s), RYLAP (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) alumni (18-25 year olds) and RYLEAP (Rotary Youth Leadership Extension Advanced Programs) (open to graduates of RYLA) and how are we connecting these youth between these programs and ultimately to Rotaract and Rotary? If you’ve got any thoughts, please come and see myself or Jess Karlsson our Youth Director.
A great vote of thanks to David Reed and Wendy Campbell who within the hour of being alerted, were able to assist our new Rotarian Kelly Gibson find whitegoods and other essential appliances for a departing resident of Graceville into the community. Acts like these are a great reminder on our club’s motto: Service Above Self.
Finally, this Saturday marks a great day on the Rotary Club of Perth calendar: our Path of Hope Gala Ball which is now a sell-out event. This will be a fantastic evening to celebrate the women and children who have survived domestic violence, with all proceeds from the sale of tickets directly benefiting survivors.
 AND FINALLY, THIS JUST IN.... I am pleased to advise that the District Nominating Committee has selected Past President of Perth Graham Peden to be the District Governor 2019-2020 and will become the District Governor Nominee pending any challenging candidates (pursuant to the RI Bylaws). PP Graham was our club president from 2015 – 2016. It will be a great honour for another member of our club to serve in a capacity that offers so much for our wider community. We look forward to supporting Graham in his future endeavours. Have a great week. Join Leaders.
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Yours in Rotary, Stephen Inouye - President - Rotary of Perth 2017/2018