The Rotary Club of
West Perth


A message from President Stephen Lee

I was reminded this week of an old story about coming across a hunter out in the bush.  The hunter was firing arrows into various shrubs with seemingly no result. 
When approached the hunter was asked,
“Any luck yet?”,
“No”, came the reply, “but I am confident I will get something soon.”
The observer pressed, “Is this a good location for hunting?”
“I don’t know…..  Perhaps”
“But I see you are firing lots of arrows all over the place, what do you see?”
“I don’t see anything, but if there is something there, I will probably hit it.”
No doubt we can all identify the shortcomings and likely futility in the Hunters approach, yet in truth, how often do we get caught up operating under a similar plan – Fire out enough arrows and surely we will hit something!?!?
As we step through the 2020-21 Rotary Year our challenge will be to remain mindful of our choices as to where we shoot our arrows – the clearer the target, the higher the likelihood of success.  Together with the board, and drawing from the feedback of our club forums, we have developed 7 targets for this Rotary year, each aimed at improving our engagement and capacity to deliver great outcomes for our members and the communities we serve. 
These will be shared for discussion at our meeting Thursday and I look forward to some rigorous debate!!
Yours in Rotary Service,
What's noteworthy  - Breakfast meeting 22 July 2020 
Attendees present: 20 Members
Zoom Attendees: 4 - John van Vliet
Guests: Solomon Mbunsa
Apologies: Arthur Blaquiere; Ian Hutton
Club Announcements: 
  • Reminder to all that there will be a joint club meeting with Western Endeavour and Nedlands on 20 August
  • Changeover dinner is booked for Friday 2 October 
  • Mensshed visit on 12 November
  • Albany visit next year... details below 
  • Reminder to donate to Nathan Blockley. If you don't have Facebook, you can also make a donation to the Club and this can be passed on to Nathan. 
  • SwamMeet last week made over $400
  • Peter Blockley has successfully nominated a candidate for the club. 
  • The West Leederville School Art competition is commencing and Nigel is looking for prizes. 
Bernie Fowley received the wine raffle fine, while Solomon Mbunsa was fined for being late. Anyone with outstanding dues was also fined and  poor Tony Delich was fined on behalf of Hayley Lethlean as she "piked Out" from working the SwapMeet shift with the Sergeant. 
Two minutes with Geoff Hick 
Geoff gave a super interesting 2 minute talk (Ok maybe it was just a little bit longer than that!) on his 200 acre property in Pemberton and his journey into becoming a winemaker. Not only did this take him on a research journey of grape varieties, soil types and climate impact, he also quickly became up-skilled in planting techniques, trellising and vineyard management.  
Through this new found hobby, Geoff's interest and knowledge grew as he learned more about the varieties of wine within the Great Southern region, across Australia and New Zealand and then as far afield as France and Italy. 
Geoff has so much to share in this area, so if you are interested, be sure to corner him at the next meeting to gain some valuable tips on which wines to pair with your favourite cuisine.
All Abilities Play Space Project 
On Thursday 23 July Angus Buchanan spoke to the opportunity of the Sensory Garden redevelopment at the Verne Wheatley All Abilities Play Space. This project is a longstanding one with our club and will offer a great opportunity for future Club member engagement and activity. 
The challenge is to rectify the planting that was previously done and to redesign the garden for greater sustainability going forward. 
Angus spoke to the opportunities that lie ahead with partnerships and collaboration with the MensShed and potentially a local Noongar Aboriginal Community group.  Angus spoke also to the ongoing collaboration with Rotary Clubs of Nedlands and Subiaco. 
Form the positive encouragement and support noted at the meeting, it is definitely something our Club wants to be involved with for the next 18 months. 
Breakfast Meeting Thursday 29 July 2020
Join us tomorrow morning to hear from Professor Steve Allsop who has been involved in all aspects of the drug field for almost 40 years, working in government & universities.
The past Director of two Australian national research centres (Perth and Adelaide) & for many years he worked in senior roles with the WA Government Drug & Alcohol Office.
His other roles include:
  • Chair WA Network of Alcohol & other Drug Agencies; Deputy Chair, Australian National Advisory Council on Alcohol & other Drugs
  • Member Child Death & Domestic Violence Review panel, Ombudsman (WA)
  • Member Mental Health and Welfare Advisory Group
  • Australian Defence Force.
ln 2015 Steve won a drug field Senior Scientist Award, & in 2017 was winner of the National Honour Roll, Alcohol & Drug Excellence & lnnovation Awards.
Community roles include being President of the Coolbinia Bombers Junior Football Club'
 Join us to hear Prof Steve discuss current patterns & risks of drug use & wilt explore influences on drug use and implications for what we can do as parents, members of the community & as individuals'
Survey timeframe extended to 16th August 2020 
Samar Aoun, a Perron Institute Research Fellow is promoting a survey asking for people to share their experiences about palliative care in WA. Samar's research focus is palliative care in ALS/MND. Professor Aoun currently holds the position of Professor of Palliative Care at La Trobe University, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Notre Dame and Monash University. Having published over 110 papers in peer-reviewed journals and presented over 100 conference presentations, she has gained an academic reputation at both the national and international levels.
Consumer Perspectives on Palliative Care in WA – Patients and Carers – have your say now!
This is an independent review, funded by the health department in WA, seeking patients and family carers perspectives of palliative care in WA. The survey is open to those who used and did not use palliative care services, so we can improve these services in WA.
  • People are invited if they are:
  • Patients with a life-limiting illness
  • Family/friend carer of a person with a life-limiting illness
  • Family/friend carer of a person with a life-limiting illness who has died in the last five years (2015-2020)
The survey NOW closes on 16th August 2020. A hard copy is also available and can be obtained by emailing
Duties Roster 
Duties for the following two breakfast meetings: 
Thursday 30th July
Host:             Peter Blockley
Welcome:       Angus Buchanan
Toast:            Neville Clare 
Thanks:         Tim Dawe
Newsletter:    Bernie Foley 
Duty:            Elizabeth Gorey  
Thursday 6th August
Host:             Angus Buchanan
Welcome:       Neville Clare
Toast:            Tony Delich
Thanks:         Bernie Foley 
Newsletter:    Neville Clare 
Duty:            Sandy Gray 
Rotary Member birthdays - August 
A very happy birthday to all those that celebrate their birthdays in August.
Hayley Lethlean          1 August 
John Holman               8 August
Steve Wilton                11 August 
Two August birthday celebrators at SwapMeet last Sunday
Rotary & Club Anniversaries  - August 
A time to acknowledge our members, celebrate their commitment and recognise their many years of service to Rotary and our Club. 
Steve Wilton      9 years       17 August 2011
John Holman      23 years     21 August 1997
Ralph Martins     15 years     25 August 2005 
David Arrowsmith happily planting his trees 
Smiles all round for the Rotarians and their family 
Another happy Rotarian face 
Rotarians, under the auspicious of Treemission, planted 1800 shrubs and small trees at Adenia Park, Riverton on Saturday 25 July. More than 20 Rotarians from West Perth and WA e-club, with their family and family, spent the morning on the annual planting supplied and directed by the SERCUL. 
The weather was kind, the holes pre-dug and the fellowship over morning tea and sausage sizzle lunch was very enjoyable. And the environment said, “thanks”.
Next year Treemission may take us somewhere else … so come and join in.
SAVE THE DATE - Club trip to Albany in 2021 
Make sure you put the date in the diary, and if you are looking at joining the Club in our visit to Albany, we encourage you to start looking for accommodation. 
Dates to keep in mind are:
Friday 7, Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 May 2021 
If you know any of the fellow Rotarians from Albany, who may offer greater suggestions for good places to stay, you can touch base with them on the link below. 
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