President's  Jottings

Thanks to PP Kenn Williams for filling in for me at last week's meeting.  I had a minor dose of 'man flu'  that I knew I wouldn't be popular if I shared it with the meeting. I was still able to join the meeting via our Zoom connection.

Chris Whelan's comprehensive report on the Jacaranda Festival confirmed that even with all the challenges provided by the COVID 19 pandemic the 2020 Jacaranda Festival was one of our most successful and only marginally down from last year.  The attendance of  approximately 11000 people throughout the day would be our most accurate count compared to other years, due to our COVID 19 event plan requiring people to be registered for contact tracing purposes if required.

The 'on the day' volunteer time was an impressive 740 hours with our club members contributing 398 hours, followed by the Waylan Bay Sea Scouts with 227 hours.  We are very appreciative of the support we received from our fellow Rotary Clubs in Attadale, Willetton, Melville and the E-Club.  The Applecross Primary School P&C did a fantastic job under the direction of Clive Pearson to manage the car parking task on their school grounds.

It is pleasing that we are able to contribute funds to the organisations who support us in running the Jacaranda Festival.  Also that we have funds to support Rotary programs such as RYLA, RYPEN, Handicamp, Rotary Foundation, Rotary Health and many more.  We also provide support for a number of local community groups and this would not be possible without the Rotary Jacaranda Festival.  So keep in mind there are only 355 days to go before our 2021 Rotary Jacaranda Festival! smiley


What a beautiful day for our Xmas lunch at Brookside Vineyard  located in the picturesque Bickley Valley. Thanks to Liz and Lorri for organising the event and it was unfortunate that Liz and David were unable to make the lunch due to unforeseen circumstances.  
The Vineyard Kitchen served some delicious food and everyone had the opportunity to taste Brookside Vineyard's award winning wines. 
Most of the group of 32 Rotarians and partners travelled by bus and the mood was captured (picture above) perfectly by Ian Fairnie from the co-drivers seat before we left to head home.


'GIVE A FEED' Ambassadors Aaron Pitt and Wayne Smith
This weeks guest speakers were Aaron Pitt  and Wayne Smith who are Give A Feed Co-Founders.
Give A Feed is an initiative of the Rotary Club of Heirisson which started in 2011.  Both Greg and Aaron (current and past Rotarians respectively) have used their professional skills and network, to answer a challenge to provide Give A Feed Festive Hampers to West Australian families in need so they can celebrate Christmas and not go hungry.
Now in its ninth year, 19,285 Christmas Hampers have been distributed and this year their goal is to provide more than 2500 hampers.
They need our support to reach this target and for just $30 you can help provide a Christmas food hamper to a WA family in need.  Spread the word amongst family and friends 
For more information check out the VIDEO on the following web page:
Tomorrows speaker is our sergeant and PP Chris Dawson.  Chris is going to be a 'busy boy' tomorrow.  Looking forward to it.
Also looking forward to our guest speaker the following week (15th December) when our recently returned  Rotary Youth Exchange student, Connor Ovens, will be reporting on his Youth Exchange in Germany.  As we know through some updates during the year from Connor via Zoom, he has shown unbelievable resilience spending a significant amount of his time in Germany either in lockdown or under significant travel restrictions.
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.
Are Jacaranda's native to Australia?
Jacaranda is so well known to Australians and so well loved, that many of us think of them as a native. But the genus Jacaranda is actually native to South America, and the most common variety in Australia, Jacaranda mimosifolia, may be from an Argentine source.
As well as the annual Rotary Jacaranda Festival in Applecross, Jacaranda festivals are a highlight of the year in many towns across Australia, including in Grafton, Goodna, Camden, Woodville and Ipswich, to name a few.
Pretoria, South Africa’s capital, is renowned for them, as is Gaborone, the capital of Botswana.  California, Texas, Florida, southern Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain and India boast stunning populations of jacaranda, too.
(Notes from Dr Gregory Moore, University of Melbourne)
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
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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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