The Rotary Club of
West Perth

Weekly message from President Stephen Lee 
Credibility is fundamental to who we are as people, who we are as Rotarians and it is with that in mind that I must own up and confirm – despite my best intentions – I have not been able to allocate the time intended this week to firstly prepare my contribution to the bulletin, but moreover to tick off a number of the tasks on my list relating to the club.  In short, I wanted to be prepared for our business meeting on Thursday, but I just haven’t addressed what I had intended to do.
Bad President I am sure you are all thinking, but just how often do those of us who are not Supermen or Superwomen, find ourselves in a similar position.  Sure we can step back and excuse ourselves (as I am doing now), comforting myself that I was busy with other important things – quite justified of course!  But the net result is “things” stop getting done.
As I like to say to my formerly young and impressionable boys credibility comes from being credible.  So I ask you please to hold me to account when I undertake to do something and I in turn offer to do the same for you for the simple reason that this speaks directly to who we are and what we value.  The more we follow through with what we say the more Rotarian we become.
Yours in Rotary Service,
President 2020-21

Breakfast meeting 17th September 2020 - Update

Attendees present: 22 attendees 
Zoom Attendees: Garry Leighton, Mally Rall 
Guests: Solomon Mbusa
Apologies: Steve Wilton, Ralph Martins, John Tick, Geoff Hick, Hayley Lethlean, 
  • Stephen Lee acknowledged the funeral service of John Hollingshead and thanked Agnus Buchanan for his wonderful efforts at facilitating the service and noted it was wonderful to see so many friends and family celebrate John's life. 
  • As raised previously the committee that will be overseeing the memorial acknowledgement for John and Vic include: Guy Mattioli, John van Vliet, Tim Dawe, Geoff Woods and Geoff Hick. 
  • Reminder to please complete the survey about the Club projects for focus in future. 
  • Tony Delich noted the record breaking income of over $500 at SwapMeet the previous week. Congratulations and thanks to those who hosted and those who came along to tidy up and clear out old stock. 
  • Tony noted that the Magic Show advertising has started and funds are flowing in. 
  • Neville Clare for his birthday
  • Pat Emery 30th anniversary and John van Vliet's 21st. 
  • Late: Arthur Blaquiere
  • Tony Delich as it was Talk like a Parrot Day 
  • Bernie Foley was questioned in relation to the talk last week but as he was absent, Tim Dawe then answered and chose a table to be fined. 
  • Those who had not taken the survey as yet
On Thursday 17th September we listened to a wonderful presentation by the President of the Royal Agricultural Society of WA, David Thomas. David started his career in the army in 1984 and served in the regiment until 1994 after which he went into the resources industry. David provided an overview of the history of the Royal Show. 
In 1831 the families who pioneered the State of Western Australia founded the  Agricultural Society of WA. Meeting were held monthly at the Guildford Inn and at that stage attendance included the Governor Sir James Stirling. IN 1934 on 3rd January the Society decided to hold an annual show known as the Fair and Cattle Show in November of that year. In 1890 the Queen granted permission of the title Royal Agricultural Society.
The Governor’s Cup is awarded each year to the exhibitor with the most points in the livestock exhibits including sheep, cattle, horse, goat and alpaca and rewards both excellence and consistency while also promoting the quest for higher standards. The Governor’s Cup is by far the most prestigious award at the Perth Royal Show each year.

Twelve years later in 1902, in return for land the Society held in Guildford, the State Government granted RASWA a site of 34 acres (13.7 hectares) in Claremont.

The first Show at Claremont was in 1905, utilising the buildings from the old grounds in Guildford, with a newly erected Exhibition Hall and a bar. Prize money totalled 3,000 pounds and attendance topped 30,000 people.

The shift in location to Claremont in 1905 more than quadrupled the attendance at the Show and the number visiting the Showgrounds for the State’s biggest annual community event has been growing ever since, peaking at over 460,000 people in 1997.
In 1927, RASWA signed a contract with the Speedway to allow racing at the Showgrounds. This led to the erection of safety fences and lights, as well as the enlargement of the arena to allow the racetrack to equal three laps to a mile. The speedway offices were located in the Musgroves Building which was erected in 1930.
In 1981 the Society celebrated its 150th anniversary and Her Majesty the Queen and his Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh visited Perth Royal Show and a Queen's Cup was presented. Since then the Royal Show has been hosted during the Queens Birthday Public Holiday. 
In 2004 the Show was named an icon by the WA State Government. 
David then spoke about 2020 and the impact of COVID-19 on the Show. No Show will take place this year and as such it has had a significant effect on the organisation and its staff. RASWA have planned other events for 2020 which include the Royal Foods Awards with Beer Awards, Wine Awards, Meat and small goods awards and a Spring Festival from 26th to 30th September. They also have a Christmas Festival in planning. 
Duties Roster 
Duties for the following two breakfast meetings: 

Thursday 24th September
Host:             Sandy Gray
Welcome:       Ian Hutton
Toast:            Hayley Lethlean
Thanks:         Guy Mattioli
Newsletter:    Hayley Lethlean 
Duty:            Tim Dawe
Thursday 1 October
Host:            Ian Hutton
Welcome:      Geoff Woods
Toast:           Guy Mattioli 
Thanks:        Mally Rall
Newsletter:   Geoff Simpson 
Duty:            Garry Leighton 
September Birthday Celebrations 
Wishing our members a very happy birthday for the following dates: 
Name:                    Birthday: 
Neville Clare            5th September 1939
September Club Anniversaries 
Thanks for your continued support and congratulations on your Club anniversary for the month of September.
Name:               Date Joined West Perth:
Nigel Blacklock    28 September 2017    3-year anniversary 


Pease accept this as formal notification to all Members that we have received a membership application from Solomon Mbusa. Solomon currently holds the position of Mission Director for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Outreach Charity. Solomon has previously held a membership with the Club.
Should you have any queries or concerns regarding this membership application, please direct these to the Secretary prior to Friday 2nd September 2020. 
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