President's  Jottings

Next week's meeting will be the last for this year and only a few days before Christmas.  Lorri is organising a special breakfast with the DOME manager and will have the details at tomorrow's meeting.  Bring a wrapped gift with the value of around $10 to play SPITEFUL SANTA.

Our first meeting for 2021 will be Tuesday 19th January.

The following weeks meeting on the 26th January (Australia Day) will be cancelled and members and partners are encouraged to support the Waylen Bay Sea Scout's Australia Day Breakfast.  


This time last year we had the opportunity to hear our outbound exchange student Connor Ovens present the talk that he would be giving while on exchange with the Rotary Club of Willich in Germany.  

Connor has recently returned from Germany and will be our is our guest speaker for tomorrow's meeting. 

Our guest speaker for last week's meeting was PP Chris Dawson.  Chris joined the club in 1996 and was President for the 2005-2006 Rotary year.  We get to hear from our newer members when they join the club,  however most of us have not heard about the interesting lives of our longer term members.  Our programs coordinator Gordon Dunbar is addressing this and Chris was the first of our longer term members to share their story.

Chris's ambition was to be a pilot and during his National Service from 1966 to 1968 he learned to fly.  He obtained his private pilot's license.  He was a good football player, however he did tell the story that while playing for an army team he played on Geelong's Doug Wade and was convincingly beaten. 

After National Service, while playing for a South Suburban football team he received a serious eye injury at training that ended his football and flying ambitions. He successfully applied for a job as a navigator for an aerial survey company guiding pilots for geophysical surveying.  This was long before GPS and he had to relate the geophysical data to what was on the ground.  The nickel and iron ore boom drove demand from mining companies and government for aerial  surveys.

Chris later went into marine seismic work using US Navy satellite navigation positioning technology.  This took him to many parts of globe with a special reference to a very challenging job doing a huge land seismic survey in Northern Thailand with not much infrastructure and all the equipment coming from a previous job in Pakistan.

Schooling considerations for Chris and Helen's two children brought them back to Perth in the mid 80's.  Chris joined a previous company he worked for  that had gone into developing specialised survey equipment located in Technology Park. He then went into his own business importing road barriers before joining Santa Maria College in 2000 as their facilities manager and is still there today.

A very short and hopefully accurate snapshot of Chris's talk,  Like our other members who have shared their story, hugely interesting and amazing life experiences.  Looking forward to hearing from our other longer term members.

The last Perth Makers Market for 2020 on the weekend was extremely well attended that kept everyone very busy, especially the people rostered on the lower carpark.  Applecross Rotary members and friends, with the support of the Rotary E-club and Waylen Bay Sea Scouts,  do a very professional job in managing the parking that complements these very popular markets.  This is an important activity to raise funds that support our club 'to do good' in our community.  Well done everyone!

Looking for Xmas Gift Ideas?
Late last year June Wade, ShelterBox Area Coordinator and ShelterBox Chair for Rotary District 9465 asked Gail McCulloch, as President of the Rotary Club of Attadale, if she would hold the Western Australian launch of the ShelterBox book: -
‘2020 Vision - Eyes Wide Open in the Disaster Zone’
This was to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of ShelterBox and proceeds from the sale of the books are to go towards disaster relief and help ShelterBox achieve their vision of a world where no family is without shelter following a disaster.
Due to COVID 19 the Western Australian Launch of this inspirational book could not take place. 
Mike Greenslade the ShelterBox CEO is also a commercial photographer.  While on many deployments he took pictures that told the story of the natural disasters they encountered.
He produced the coffee table style photography book, featuring 200 pages of full colour images that illustrate the resilience of the human spirit in extreme adversity and the determination of those that work with communities to help them recover.
Our club has purchased a box of these books that showcase the amazing impact ShelterBox  has on the lives of those in need.  They would make an excellent Christmas gift and you can buy these inspirational books at our breakfast meeting at $35 each.
Another gift suggestion is the book titled She's No Lady - She's the Vet: Stories from 100 Years of Female Vets in Australia 
One of the authors is our esteemed member Helen Jones (dec) and the club has copies available at $35 each that would also make an excellent Christmas gift.
This book about female graduates in veterinary science over a 100-year period should prove of interest to people contemplating life as a veterinarian, or as a partner of a veterinarian.  The participation of women in the veterinary profession has increased spectacularly in Australia over the past 50 years and by the third decade of the 21st century will comprise nearly 80 per cent female graduates.  Professor Emeritus Ivan Caple, AM

Appreciation to the Rotary donation - Finally purpose fulfilled
Dear All,
Hope all of you are keeping well and I pray and hope for a recovery from the pandemic and its consequences we face today.
We, Sri Lankans, are truly grateful for the local and Australian Rotary involved with donating the molecular pathology equipment to Sri Lanka (NuwaraEliya and Jaffna) to enhance the molecular diagnosis of infectious diseases. Moreover, for training local medical laboratory technologists, scientists and microbiologists locally as well as in Australia. 
Today Nuwra Eliya and Jaffna are doing the COVID-19 testing using the RT-PCR machines and other equipment donated by Rotary Australia. 
1. Jaffna - Mark Mithulan is actively contributing to testing.
2. Batticalo - Jana is contributing to testing.
3. Peradeniya - Anfas is actively contributing to testing.
These people were trained in Perth and finally the purpose for the donation and the training are met and those trained are also actively contributing.
Those involved and facilitating Rotary work in Peradeniya / Sri Lanka are also highly involved in COVID-19 PCR testing and related work in Sri Lanka.
1. Prof Vasanthi Thevanesam - Mentoring us.
2. Dr Enoka Corea - Coordinating PCR testing in Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo.
3. Prof Faseeha Noordeen - Coordinating PCR testing in Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya.
4. Dr Nazmiya Mubarak - Contributing to PCR testing in Faculty of Medicine, Sir John Kotelawala Defense University, Ratmalana.
We are truly grateful to John, Tim and Sara and others involved and this act of assistance will always be remembered.
Best regards and thanks
Faseeha Noordeen
Department of Microbiology
Faculty of Medicine
University of Peradeniya
Sri Lanka

Tens of thousands of West Australian families will struggle to put food on the table this Christmas.
Hunger is a growing crisis in Western Australia with at least half a million people struggling to afford enough food to eat in the past year. Sadly, more than 100,000 are children.
Message from DG Colin Burns
It is with great pleasure to announce to all Rotarians in District 9465 that the 2021 District Conference, which will be held in conjunction with District 9455 has been locked in for March 5th to 7th and will be held at OPTUS STADIUM. With the difficulties we have all faced in 2020, this Joint District Conference is a massive opportunity to celebrate not just the past 100 years of Rotary…..but the many years ahead. More information and the release of early bird tickets are available at:
Whilst we have an amazing Conference Program being developed and some truly inspirational speakers lined up - we need your support to make this event a big success. Get your tickets early and make sure you pass this opportunity on to friends and family (this year’s Conference has been designed to appeal to all).
The opportunity to celebrate 100 years of Rotary in Australia in 'the world's most beautiful stadium' and enjoying the unique experiences the Stadium has to offer, is definitely an opportunity not to be missed. Make sure you get your tickets asap at the Early Bird rate.
I look forward to seeing you all there.
Colin Burns
District Governor
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Rotary in Australia is celebrating 100 years of service. Please join Rotary in Western Australia for a night of celebration at The Ritz Carlton - Perth
The Ritz-Carlton
Barrack Street, Perth, WA 6000
On Friday 23 April 2021 at 6:30 PM to 11:30 PM
Tickets are available at  

R100 Centennial Ball | Puttin on The Ritz - 20's Style | Friday 23 April 2021

The Rotary Club of Perth and the Rotary Club of Melville on behalf District 9455 and District 9465 have joined together to create an event in Western Australia that celebrates the First 100 Years of Service of Rotary in Australia – The Centennial Gala Ball.

The Theme is “Puttin on the Ritz” and we look forward to a large contingent of Rotarians 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.  

It’s a special time in the history of Rotary in Australia and NZ as we celebrate the First 100 years of Service in 2021.

In 1921, four Rotary Clubs were created in Melbourne, Auckland, Wellington and Sydney.  From there, Rotary and Rotaract clubs were created everywhere across Australia and NZ with the Perth Rotary Club being the first club to charter in Western Australia on 15 April 1927.

As Australians, we all share a centenary in 2021 and therefore it is fitting that we should all come together and celebrate the common legacy that we as Rotarians leave behind. Think about the impact we have made in this State and this Country!  Let’s shout out loud and celebrate!

There are limited tickets available for this premier celebration of Rotary in WA.  Therefore, I urge you to get in contact with your fellow club members, organise your table and book online as soon as possible, otherwise I fear you will miss out. 

Tickets are available at  

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