President's  Jottings

This week's meeting will be the last for 2020.  Lorri has organised a special breakfast of shared platters with the DOME manager so you only need to order your drinks at the DOME counter. Tony will have the reception set-up in our meeting room.

  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.  


So that you have plenty of room to collect and store all of your empty containers over the Xmas and New Year celebration period,  the club trailer with the collection bins will be at our meeting on Tuesday.  Our next collection will be at our meeting on the 19th January 2020 and then every first Tuesday of the month.  Hopefully with regualar advertised attendence at the Deep Water Point carpark we will encourage public donations as well.

We have produced 'A frame' signs promoting the Mobile Containers For Change Donation Points that will be set-up at the Perth Makers Market, Jacaranda Festival, Deep Water Point carpark etc.  Also signs displaying the eligible refund containers and the Type 1 and Type 2 non refund containers that we collect on behalf of Greenbatch to keep them out of landfill and giving the plastic a new life.

We have raised $69.80 so far from member's container donations plus provided plastic containers for Greenbatch to recycle that are not eligible for a refund.  Remember our SCHEME ID is C10240570. 

JOINT DISTRICT CONFERENCE (Districts 9455 & 9465)  

If you are planning to go to the Joint District Conference being held in March 5th to7th 2021 at Optus Stadium, you should purchase your tickets before the 24th December to get the early bird discount.  Full Conference Tickets are $275 (early bird special to 24th December $250).  Extra tickets for the Friday night cocktail event and Saturday night gala dinner are $50 and $80 respectively.  Click here for tickets.

At our breakfast meeting on Tuesday 15th December we were treated to a very entertaining and informative presentation from our Rotary Youth Exchange, Connor Ovens, who recently returned from a nine month exchange to Germany.
Connor broke his presentation down to a couple of months at a time commenting that the first two were very different from the middle two and the last two.
He started his exchange in January travelling to Germany on the 18th January.  He was met at the airport by his host family and his host club's Youth Exchange officer.  His first meal at his host family's home was a typical German meal comprising of potato, pork and sauerkraut.  Connor found hearing German spoken by his host family  a "little weird" as he didn't speak any German at that point.
First two months was about trying to fit in, going to German schools, starting to make friends, getting acclimatised to family life, learning the language - the normal first few months of an exchange!  This was pre - COVID and Connor had the opportunity to experience and enjoy the normal German life.
However, from March to July COVID struck and Germany went into serious lockdown.  Connor spent a lot of time in his house and room that was very challenging.  The school was closed and the teaching went online.  Connor was not expected to attend lessons except the English class if the teacher specifically wanted him to join.  There wasn't a lot to do so Connor used the time to learn German which was one positive that came from the lockdown experience.
During the 3 months of lockdown Connor celebrated his 18th birthday.  Some of his German friends and other Youth Exchange friends were able to help him celebrate at a local restaurant.  There were some other times during this period of lockdown that he was able to go out for some enjoyable experiences.
In July to August which was his German summer, Connor moved to his second host family.  It was a different family than the one that was originally allocated as the original family's daughter was supposed to go on exchange however was cancelled due to COVID.  The family didn't have room for Connor and fortunately another Rotary member stepped in to provide a host family.
The summer was when Connor was able to travel, experience and see a fair bit of Germany, however due to COVID was not able to travel into other parts of Europe.  The Exchange students normally have a big tour of Europe in March however this wasn't possible due to COVID.
Connor shared many photos that he took which demonstrated what a fantastic experience he had on Exchange even taking into account the disruption caused by COVID.
As Germany was going into lockdown again Rotary arranged a flight home for Connor on the 18th October.  He was give 24 hours notice as the original flight was planned for the 22nd November.
On arriving back in Perth Connor had to go into hotel quarantine and he shared his experience with the meeting.
His overall experience?
  • Exchange was one of the most memorable years of his life
  • He learned probably more in those 9 months than any other period of time
  • It was really challenging at times, but he left Germany in October with no regrets of the time he spent there
Connor finished by thanking the club for supporting him in going, and all year. 
He especially mentioned Past President Ian Fairnie for his time and effort to restart the RYE programme in our club.

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
0407 357 104
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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