The Rotary Club of
West Perth

Message from the President 
I am continually reminded as to how great it is to be part of an organisation where ultimately our focus is on serving and supporting our communities.  This is reflected in many ways starting with our concern for our own members and extending to the amazing outcomes achieved big and small for people and communities beyond our membership.  Personally I was overwhelmed by the number of members who kept in touch and checked in whilst I was recovering from my recent operation – didn’t receive any flowers mind you, but the messages and calls more than made up for it..!
The sense I have is it is the actions we each take that ultimately build community.  In the face of so many challenges, our actions deliver tremendous impact, our example creating the ripples that extend our reach far beyond that of simply ourselves.
This week we are being hosted by the Rotary Club of Heirisson on Thursday morning.  Club visits give us the opportunity to engage with Rotarians outside our own club, exchange ideas and spark those thoughts that can lead to great collaborations and projects that build better futures.  I encourage you to get along if only for having a chat to someone new and checking out a different breakfast!
On the topic of engaging outside just our club environment, I still encourage you to register for the District conference next weekend at Optus Stadium.  We are expecting over 400 Rotarians from across the 2 Western Australian districts, thoughtful guest speakers and lots of opportunity to share ideas and get a broader idea around how your Rotary journey may unfold.  If all that sounds like a bit much, just register for the conference dinner and at least we can share a good chat over dinner.
Thanks always for your contributions.  Lots still in our plans and great things happening each week.  Look forward to seeing you tomorrow morning and always don’t hesitate to give me a call if you have anything on your mind…!!!
Yours in Rotary Service,
President 2020-21
Breakfast Overview - Thursday 18 February 2021 
Attendees: 23 in total with 21 members and 2 guests 
Guests: Joseph Burke and Claire Orange (speaker) 
Apologies: Neville Clare, Tony Delich, Sandy Gray, Guy Mattioli, Solomon Mbusa, Jill Smith, John Tick
  • Arrivals - those who did not attend last week 
  • Dennis was fined as he was not happy the toast was finished 
  • Mally and Arthur for being late 
  • Stephen Lee for receiving a phone call during the meeting 
  • Geoff Woods and Pat Emery were fined for Dockers Women win
  • Geoff Woods was fined for Bitcoin
  • Everyone who had previously used a lawyer as guest Jo (a lawyer) was present 
  • Joint meeting next week Heirisson Rotary Club will book and pay for 20 
  • Joint meeting Ohio Pathways Tuesday 8am on 10th March zoom meeting  - topic "Perfect attendance to perfect engagement"
  • Hayley spoke to the Board positions for 2022 and noted that following Board the PE for 21/22 will be Stephen Lee 
  • District Conference attendance - day tickets are offered. Stephen encouraged all to attend and noted Club keen for table booking for dinner. 
  • Ethnicity dinners - bi monthly - will start to advertise given interest shown 
  • Mally discussed the bushfires project and how to support and be involved - working with community - do need temporary accommodation at present. Tools suggestion by Geoff Hick. This project will be scoped and come back to club
  • Road Signs  proposed in 3 places - falls under directional signs thus not permitted - simply say Rotary Club - will make decision and submit to council changes. Agreement for sign to say our Club name. John V Vliet noted our sign in Hay street has moved to the cross walk 
  • Albany Trip planned in in May - expression of attendance sought from members.  Geoff Wood will investigate looking for chalets in caravan park. Approximately 15 rooms will be required.
  • Pat Emery noted he provided a message of congratulations on behalf of the Club to past guest speaker, Deputy Commissioner Operations DFES, Mr Craig Waters on achieving an Australia Day honors list commendation and the Australian Fire and Emergency Medal.
Breakfast Meeting Thursday 25 February 2021  
Reminder that our breakfast in the morning will be at the Rotary club of Heirisson at their usual venue, the President's Lounge, Gloucester Park.
Our normal breakfast fee will apply so please pay directly to our Club Account:
BSB 036011
Account 427207   - please put surname in Description Box
No duties for this week. 
February Birthdays & Club Anniversary Celebrations 
Wedding Anniversaries
Name:                    Birthday: 
Byron Kakulas          February 1961
Peter Blockley          February 1961 
Geoff Simpson         February 1972
Ian Hutton              February 1971
Peter Coombes        February 1998
Joined the Club: 
Name:                    Date:
Sandy Gray             February 2019
President of Perth Rotary Club Jill Dawson extends an invitation to all Rotarians in District 9455 to join them at the Parmelia Hilton to celebrate not only International Women's Day, but Women In Rotary, Friday 12 March 2021.  
We are excited to announce that our very own District Governor Elect, Dee Buckland will open the meeting by sharing her vision of what it is to be a Rotarian.  We have the first female President of the Perth Rotary Club, Ms Maureen McDaniel as our guest speaker as well as Dr Jessie Harman, the first female Rotary International Director to be appointed for Zone 8 zooming in to the meeting. 
All three women have demonstrated a passion for Rotary, their communities and leadership.  All three are trail blazers in their own way and have so much to share with us.  
I invite you to go on line and purchase your ticket to this event celebrating Women, celebrating Rotary and celebrating how fortunate we are, here in Western Australia. 
Tickets are on line -
$50 includes a two course meal, tea and coffee.  
Thursday 4 March 2021 
Host:             John Holman
Welcome:       Ian Hutton
Toast:            Hayley Lethlean
Thanks:         Garry Leighton
Bulletin:         Guy Mattioli
Duty:             Tony Pepper 
Thursday 11 March 2021 
Host:           Ian Hutton
Welcome:     Hayley Lethlean 
Toast:          Garry Leighton
Thanks:       Guy Mattioli  
Bulletin:      Tony Pepper  
Duty:          Mally Rall 
There are so many exciting speakers and topics being presented, a full conference program can be found here.
And if you cant make it for the full weekend, it would be wonderful to have a group from the Club join for dinner on the Saturday evening. 
Book your spot here: CONFERENCE BOOKING 
The delightful Claire Orange, mum to four boys, owner of DiGii Social Medial Company, speaker, therapist and trainer provided us all with an informative yet devastatingly raw and eye-opening presentation about the impact of social media on our children's suicide rates in Australia.  
Statistics provided by Claire indicated that by the time a child is 8 years old they have spent 30% of their awake life on a screen. She also shared that 80% of  12 year-olds have 2 or more social media accounts and that 30% of 5 year olds' own their own date-enabled devices. Equally alarmingly, we know that 20% of 14 year old's are cyberbullied weekly and that 24% of 12 year old boys have accessed pornography. 
Claire provided an overview of their company DiGii Social Solution  - a platform for students which can be described as “Social media with training wheels” where experiential learning is driven by the child as they play. Within this platform, Students able to post picture and word content on a central Message Board, in “private” chats and in games and through Artificial Intelligence all the content is moderated and feeds back to the child.
This type of Cyber-education is extended through 50 animated Tutorials, Challenges and quizzes which align to curriculum outcomes and standards and which create an environment for Positive Digital Citizenship, where help seeking and reporting is taught and rewarded. 
There is also an Educator Platform and Parent Platform which provides subject matter to best support the children. Claire noted they are currently trying to get this platform into the school system with the aim to change, and save the lives of millions of children world wide. 
We thank Claire and congratulate for her efforts in trying to save lives and educate everyone in the importance of raising well informed, empathetic children in the current digital age.  We hope to hear further updates from Claire in the future.
If you would like any further information on this project please reach out to Claire directly:
Claire Orange, CEO & co-Founder
Geoff Woods noted a show on interest for 30 adults and 4 children last week and with a few away last Thursday we could get 40 people.
Geoff has looked at a few places to stay in Albany and the closest Caravan Park to town is “Albany Gardens”, its prices are below and it is good for location and availability is good at the moment but that won’t last.
This has:
  • 6 x 2 bedroom deluxe cabins ($225 per night),
  • 4 x 1br studio’s ($120 per night) and
  • 3 x 1 br chalets ($140 per night) all available right now.
It is only 15 min walk or 3 min drive to CBD, the initial plan is to have a BBQ on the Friday night at the Caravan Park and to have a meal out on the Saturday night. Saturday will be free for members to do as they please and can include the ANZAC Museum, Whale Station Museum, a Winery visit, Gap visit, Pub/Brewery lunch etc, etc.
There are 10 cabins available all on the foreground of the attached photo being 6 x 2 bedroom deluxe (new) cabins and 4 x 1 bedroom cabins. This will sleep 32 people and will be first come first served. They have more cabins on the other side of the park so if we have more than 32 people they can be accommodated.
Please book now or you might miss out, if you book online you receive a 5% discount (the discount/promotion code is ALBANY5) or it is the prices above if you phone 9841 4616.
They will take one nights accommodation as the deposit per Cabin.
If you love a good drop of red of white wine, do your bit by ordering some of the Killerby Win options and at the same time make a  few dollars for the Club. 
The order form is available here so complete and send through to 
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