The Rotary Club of
West Perth


A message from President Stephen Lee

I want to talk about many things, but essentially it all boils down to the fact that I wish to mark our meeting of July 30th as the starting point of our journey over the next year and beyond.  Yes, our guest speaker, Steve Allsop was outstanding (Thanks Pat), but in the context of our Rotary journey, the adoption of our 7 goals for 2020-21 frames our direction and the rule against which we can measure our progress.
• 20 new members
• Raise $30,000
• 52 Hours minimum participation per member
• Undertake at least 5 Annual & Continuing programmes
• Establish 2 new Projects (Community Engagement & Community Wellness)
• Publish a weekly bulletin
• Have an up to date and engaging website
Would be good if simply defining our goals means our work is done, but as we all know, anything achieved with little effort ultimately holds little value.
In those immortal words shared with us by Karen – We’ve only just begun……!
Yours in Rotary Service,
What's noteworthy  - Breakfast meeting 30 July 2020 
Attendees present: 20 Members
Zoom Attendees: 2 - Angus Buchanan, Steve Wilton
Guests: Solomon Mbunsa and Prof Steve Allsop
Apologies: Garry Leighton, Tony Pepper 
Club Announcements: 
  • Tony Pepper will be on leave of absence for the next few months Our thoughts go out to Tony over this next few months.
  • Thanks go to Tim Dawe for being there for Tony last week and for taking him along to hospital. 
  • President Stephen acknowledged the bulletin and reminder everyone to contribute if they have news. 
  • The Treasurer reminded those who have not paid their subs that they are now overdue. Those who may need some additional time to pay, please touch base with Dennis directly to arrange a payment plan option. 
  • Noted that there were 8 stallholders at SwampMeet and it seems to be getting busier. 
  • President Stephen spoke to the 2020/2021 goals and these are highlighted in his welcome note above. 
Our sergeant John has some great fine material this week with Dockers supporters once again being tapped on the shoulder (maybe this is a standing weekly fine  Dennis and Stephen???). 
Other who didn't get off lightly were Ian Hutton, Hayley Lethlean, Bernie Fowley and Arthur Blaquiere.
Lucky for most who have an iPhone, they also got ticketed. 
Two minutes with Bernie Foley
Bernie opened his suitcase of treasures and took us all on a journey back through history to the various places in the world he had travelled, and he shared some of those memories with us. 
Bernie has a hobby of collecting caps and his caps are his memories and stories to remember places he has been. Last week Bernie shared 9 of his cap collection, from trekking the Great Wall of China, to Vietnam, Hanoi, North Borneo and the demilitarised zone of South Korea. 
Having worked for Life Education for many years has a number of their caps including his Ocsober cap where he raises funds for his charity. 
And last but definitely not least- his favourite of all times the 2018 West Coast Eagles Premiership Cap.  
Thanks Bernie, such a great presentation and what a a wonderful way to keep your memories alive! 
Current patterns and risks of drug and alcohol use by Professor Steve Allsop 
On Thursday 30 July we all sat glued to our chairs listening to esteemed Professor Steve Allsop provide an insightful overview of the impact of drug and alcohol abuse on society and what we as parents, friends and members of the community can do. 
A fascinating insight into drinking habits and how hugely influenced young adults are by what they see taking place around friends, school, family and their local community clubs. 
An important message from Steve in that we should never judge those who may struggle with substance abuse. Risk factors which may influence their own personal journey with abuse include the environment, their individual circumstances, their family and their local community.  
As quoted by Prof Steve on the day, I rewrite the famous speech by Mississippi legislator in 1952, Noah SS Sweat Jr. It's not an easy fix when it comes to saying yes or no to the role of alcohol in society, but what is important is that we support those who need our help and show them dignity through their struggles. 
" My friends, I had not intended to discuss this controversial subject at this particular time. However, I want you to know that I do not shun controversy. On the contrary, I will take a stand on any issue at any time, regardless of how fraught with controversy it might be. You have asked me how I feel about whiskey. All right, here is how I feel about whiskey. 

If when you say "whiskey" you mean the devil's brew, the poison scourge, the bloody monster, that defiles innocence, dethrones reason, destroys the home, creates misery and poverty, yea, literally takes the bread from the mouths of little children; if you mean the evil drink that topples the Christian man and woman from the pinnacle of righteous, gracious living into the bottomless pit of degradation and despair and shame and helplessness and hopelessness, then certainly I am against it.

But if when you say "whiskey" you mean the oil of conversation, the philosophic wine, the ale that is consumed when good fellows get together, that puts a song in their hearts and laughter on their lips, and the warm glow of contentment in their eyes; if you mean Christmas cheer; if you mean the stimulating drink that puts the spring in the old gentleman's step on a frosty, crispy morning; if you mean the drink which enables a man to magnify his joy, and his happiness, and to forget, if only for a little while, life's great tragedies, and heartaches, and sorrows; if you mean that drink, the sale of which pours into our treasuries untold millions of dollars, which are used to provide tender care for our little crippled children, our blind, our deaf, our dumb, our pitiful aged and infirm, to build highways and hospitals and schools, then certainly I am for it.
This is my stand. I will not retreat from it. I will not compromise." 
Breakfast Meeting Thursday 6th August 2020
Join us tomorrow morning to hear from Education Manager at the Cancer Council WA, Grace Buchanan.
Grace will be sharing with us more information about palliative care and advanced care planning.  
In her role at the Cancer Council, Grace provides palliative care education for health professionals,
health care workers and palliative care volunteers across WA.
Look forward to seeing you all tomorrow and to hear more from Grace about this important topic. 
Duties Roster 
Duties for the following two breakfast meetings: 
Thursday 6th August
Host:             Angus Buchanan
Welcome:       Neville Clare
Toast:            Tony Delich
Thanks:         Bernie Foley 
Newsletter:    Hayley Lethlean 
Duty:            Sandy Gray 
Thursday 13th July
Host:             Neville Clare
Welcome:       Patrick Emery
Toast:            Bernie Foley
Thanks:         Tony Delich
Newsletter:    Elizabeth Gorey 
Duty:            Geoff Hick 
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 
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 
Hard working parents
Family and friends 
Mums and dads on a mission
Nigel sent through some fantastic pictures for the West Leederville Primary School busy bee that was held on Saturday to get the new community garden underway. Apparently lots of fun was had and the garden is now nearly ready for the kids and teachers.
Next steps are the retic and pump and then the kids can get stuck in. 
Thanks again to Nigel for all his hard work on this project and in true Rotarian way, making this community space a better place for all.
IMPORTANT - DATE CHANGE - 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. 
Given the previous proposed date fell over Mothers Day weekend, we are changing to the following weekend. 
Friday 14, Saturday 15 and Sunday 17 May 2021 
Invitation to join Rotary Club of Subang Zoom meeting 
Rotarian Vishnu Subramanian recently attended one of our breakfast meetings via Zoom. He has extended an invitation to our Club to join their Zoom meeting later today.
The guest speaker is Rotary International President Elect Rtn Shekhar Mehta 
Meeting date: 12/08/2020 (Wednesday)
Time: 7.30 PM Malaysia Time
Zoom ID: 733 7216 2174
Password: Rotary3300
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