Wed 4 Oct 2023  7.15am for 7.30am start

Foodbank, 23 Abbott Road, Perth Airport


Matilda Riiali  Exchange student from Finland.

Foodbank has a well deserved reputation for being there for people experiencing financial hardship and ensuring there will be food on the table.

As we begin a new relationship between City Rotary and Foodbank, we thought members would like to visit Foodbank to see their operations and at the same time have our breakfast meeting there.

Our meeting at Foodbank is part of a two pronged action to support the life-affirming work done by Foodbank to help those in need.

The first action will be a volunteer group to stay on after our breakfast meeting to assist in packing Foodbank food hampers. There are limited volunteer positions available so please indicate when you register for the event if you would like to participate. The volunteering will conclude at approximately 11.30am.

The second action is a food drive to assist Foodbank in stocking their food supplies. Attached is a list of the most needed items. Or if you would prefer to make a cash donation, the Club will collect funds and then present to Foodbank. You can bring your donations on the day.

More details of these two initiative are available in the attached documents.

Host a food drive for Foodbank WA

Foodbank WA – Our impact in the community


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Wed 18 Oct 2023  7:00am-8:30am

The Hyatt Perth

Mars, here we come!

Leanne Cunnold  CEO, Arose

Leanne Cunnold



You might not be aware that Western Australia has a thriving space industry and that NASA has asked Australia to provide the lunar rover for its Artemis missions.


Our guest speaker, Leanne Cunnold, is about to tell us about contributions we are making to NASA’s inspirational endeavour to return to the Moon and then go on to Mars. AROSE is part of the Trailblazer Stage 1 consortium which has evolved from our world-leading expertise in remote operations and automation technology developed for our resources industry.


Leanne will share how Australian businesses and researchers have access to international space supply chains and how we are creating local jobs and enabling growth of industries through the development and application of space technologies.

She has over 25 years’ experience in the technology industry with a proven track record of delivering business expansion and navigating organisational and market challenges in both start-up and complex billion-dollar global environments.


It’s sure to be a futuristic breakfast!

$42 for City Rotary members, $49 for non-members

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Wed 1 Nov 2023  7:00am-8:30am

The Hyatt Perth

Redefining The Great Australian Dream

Michelle Blakeley  Architect, Founder & Chair "MyHome"

Michelle Blakeley,


Founder and Chair “My Home”


Once, the Great (White) Australian Dream was believing that home ownership was an expression of success and security in life. For most Australians, it was an attainable foundation of our individual and social wellbeing. Not anymore.

Today’s reality is that not everyone in Australia will be in a financial position to ever own a home, especially with the ever-expanding size of Australian houses and the ever-expanding cost. More and more Australians will continue to rent housing throughout their life.

Where did we go wrong? What is affordable housing? How do we make housing affordable? Michelle explores the need for a new national vision for housing.

Many Rotarians will be familiar with “My Home” and Michelle’s work in delivering housing for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. This session delves into the many learnings of working in the social housing sector for over five years and how this has influenced her design of homes for private clients and the delivering of more affordable homes for Australians generally.

$42 for City Rotary members, $49 for non-members

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Fri 3 Nov 2023  9:45am registration, 10:00am-4:3

Subiaco Community Business Space - 430 Rokeby Road, Subiaco (free parking!)

Mental Health First Aid Workshop Fundraiser

Louise Rabbone  Registered Psychologist

About 1 in 5 Australian adults experience a common mental illness each year. Many people are not knowledgeable or confident to offer assistance. Physical first aid is accepted and widespread in our community, however, does not cover mental health problems.

Mental Health First Aid training was developed by Mental Health FirstAid Australia over 20 years ago in response to this challenge with the initial support of Australia Rotary Health. It is an educational course that arms participants with practical first aid skills to:

 Recognise common mental health problems
 Provide initial help using a practical, evidence-based Action Plan
 Seek appropriate professional help
 Respond in crisis situations

The 12-hour Mental Health First Aid course is available to any interested adult and is ideal for individuals who wish to increase their skill set and knowledge in the area of mental health and organisations wanting to ensure their workplace takes a proactive stance in identifying the signs of mental health issues in their workforce and refers those in need to appropriate support avenues.

The facilitator of the workshop is City Rotary member Louise Rabbone who is a registered Psychologist and holds a Master of Psychology degree. Louise has facilitated numerous mental health training programs (including over 400 for Beyond Blue) and is a Master MHFA Facilitator.

Completion of the course will result in participants being able to become an accredited Mental Health First Aider for 3 years after completing a basic online assessment.

Rotary Fundraiser – all proceeds of the course to go to City Rotary community support projects.

This course runs over two days on Friday 3 November and Friday 10 November 2023.


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Our previous City Rotary events

September 2023


Dr Andrew Davies  CEO and Medical Director of Homeless Healthcare.

July 2023

Helping Our At-Risk Children with Earbus Foundation

Lara Shur  Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Earbus Foundation

August 2023

Breakfast with Basil

Basil Zempilas  Lord Mayor, City of Perth

September 2023

The Journey from Mines to Electric Vehicles

Troy Scudds  Vice President, Lithium Markets & Strategy

July 2023

Telehealth Can Be Better – Experiences from the Fiona Stanley Hospital Virtual Immunology Clinics

Clinical Professor Dominic Mallon

June 2023

Enabling People To Do More

Adam Hewber  CEO, Ability Heroes

June 2023

From Transplantation to Ironman

Troy Scudds  WA Chair, Transplant Australia

May 2023


Ben Harvey  Journalist & Chief Reporter - The West Australian

May 2023

Contracts don’t HAVE to be boring – humanising law with comics, visuals and interaction

Camilla Andersen & Peter Corner  Law Professor, UWA & Alternative Contracting, Manager

April 2023

The Race to Zero Emissions- Is It Achievable?

Peter Fitzpatrick  AO, AM(Mil), JP, FSAE, GAICD

April 2023

A PATHWAY TO HOPE – The Pindari Restorative Continuum

Phil de Vos  Vice-Chairman - Pindari Ministries

March 2023

Born Into Homelessness – A Too-Hidden Issue

Professor Lisa Wood

March 2023

Powering the Future: Will batteries or hydrogen prevail?

Dr Terry Humphries  Senior Research Fellow, Physics and Astronomy - Curtin University

February 2023

On Coaching and Careers

Justin Longmuir  Coach, Fremantle Dockers

February 2023

Behind the Scenes of a Five Star Hotel

Ribhu Chatterjee  General Manager, Hyatt Regency Perth

January 2023

Using Your Powers for Good

Amanda Hunt

December 2022

Overcoming Obstacles in the Digital World

Stephen Cornish  Founder - Pentanet

November 2022

Bouncing Back

Kim Hughes

November 2022

HMAS Stirling: How It Works

Commander Phillip Andrews  Executive Officer

October 2022

Rotary in WA: The Future

Ineke Oliver  Rotary District Governor D9455

October 2022

Harry Perkins Institute

Judi Lane  Community Education Manager, Harry Perkins Institute

September 2022

The Fastest Aussie on Earth

Rosco McGlashan OAM  The Fastest Aussie on Earth

September 2022

Changing Energy

Brenton Laws  Head of Strategy & Business Development, Western Power

August 2022

COVID – Two Years In

A/Prof Christopher Blyth  Associate Professor of Paediatrics, UWA

August 2022

Success at University for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students

Braden Hill  Professor, Edith Cowan University

July 2022

Drones for Good

Mahmood Hussein  CEO, Global Drone Solutions

July 2022

Western Australia – A Historical Boast

Richard Offen  Historian, Author & Broadcaster

June 2022

How Foodbank WA Works

Ian de Nazareth  Foodbank WA Senior Fundraising & Partnership Manager

June 2022

The Psychology of Resilience

Petra Skeffington  Associate Professor

June 2022

Salt of the Earth

Keren Paterson  Managing Director & CEO, Trigg Mining

May 2022

White Ribbon Australia

Melissa Perry  CEO, White Ribbon Australia

May 2022

1918 The Year of Victory – The Western Front

Wayne Gardiner OAM  Military Historian

April 2022

Cultural Appreciation

Rohin Kickett  Artist

March 2022

Home Stretch: Support Circles and Interdependence for Out Of Home Care Youth

Darcy Garrett & Andy Kazim  Home Stretch WA Trial

February 2022

Understanding Homelessness in WA

Dr Amanda Stafford  Emergency Medicine Specialist, Homeless Team Clinical Lead, Royal Perth Hospital

February 2022

Decarbonisation & The Role of Hydrogen

Margot Matthews  Managing Director, Natalliam

January 2022

How AFL Impacts Our Community

Trevor Nisbett  CEO, West Coast Eagles

December 2021

Shifting the Bull

Eliza Eady  Producer and Bullshift TV Presenter

December 2021

Women In Leadership

Kim Lancer  Founder, Tall Poppies Leadership

November 2021

Personal reflections and life lessons

Rob Scott  Managing Director, Wesfarmers

November 2021

Estate Planning

Karolina Rzymkowska & Matthew Gunn  Lawyers

November 2021

WACA Rejuvenation

Christina Matthews  CEO, Western Australian Cricket Association

October 2021

Lawyer, Mother and Dreamer

Patti Chong  Lawyer

October 2021

WA Recovery College: Why Now and Why You?

Naomi Carter  Principal

September 2021

Saving The World: One Stray At a Time

Dean Morris

September 2021

All About Rotary

Cath Sutherland and Dee Buckland  Club President, City Rotary | District 9455 Governor

August 2021

Richard Goyder Up Close & Personal

Richard Goyder  Chairman - Woodside, Qantas, AFL Commission

August 2021

Strategy, People & Change

Katherine Whitehead  Project Delivery Manager, Royal Flying Doctor Service (WA)

August 2021


Sepo Young  Director/CEO, Street Friends WA

July 2021

Building a New Project in Today’s Climate

Dan Lougher  Managing Director & CEO, Western Areas

July 2021

Leadership and Resilience

Bob Hunter  CEO, Leader Ops

June 2021

The 20 Minute MBA

Rod Evans  CEO, The Ideas Factory

June 2021

Managing Drug & Alcohol Risk In Your Organisation

Sue Caswell  General Manager, The Drug Detection Agency

May 2021

Tourist to Tour Meister

Ryan Mossny  CEO Two Feet & A Heartbeat

May 2021

For The People. With The People. By The People. The New Western Australian Museum

Alec Coles  CEO Western Australian Museum

April 2021

Corporate Connect

Adrian Fini  CEO FJM Property

April 2021

Covid Vaccine

A/Prof Chris Blyth  UWA

March 2021

Through Blood, Sweat and Tears to Triumph

Lance Stringer  Family Pet Care

March 2021

From Challenging To Hopeful: Getting Ready For The Road Ahead

Dr Jenny Brockis

February 2021

Creating Positive Futures for our Youth

Mark Waite  CEO Youth Futures

January 2021

No Boundaries

Peter Rowsthorn  Comedian

December 2020

Christmas – What’s the Point?

Dr John Shepherd, AM

December 2020

The Penis Project Podcast

Dr Jo Milios & Melissa Hadley Barrett  Physiotherapist & Sexologist

November 2020

Aboriginal People, Change, and Co-design

Mark Anderson  Foundation for Indigenous Sustainable Health

November 2020

Getting Your Story Right

Mark Doran  Corporate Communications

October 2020

Corporate Connect

Ross Robertson  CEO Perron Group

October 2020

About Antimicrobial Resistance

Dr Colin Hughes  Paul Harris Fellow

October 2020

How Long for our Rich and Rare Landscapes?

Professor Kingsley Dixon  John Curtin Distinguished Professor

September 2020

Lord Mayor Candidates on Perth’s Homeless

Di Bain, Mark Gibson, Brodie McCulloch, Sandy Anghie, Tim Schwass & Bruce Reynolds  Perth Mayoral Candidates

September 2020

Behind Australia’s Most Successful Sporting Team

Nick Marvin  Management Consultant

August 2020

Valencia, Covid & Me

Shu-Min Kho  Rotary Youth Exchange

August 2020

Entrepreneur to Megapreneur?

Lesa Hinchliffe  Author

July 2020

Why is Your Voice Important

Trevor Jenkins  Voice and Presentation Coach

June 2020

Where to now With the Stockmarket?

Murray McGill  Director of Canaccord Genuity

June 2020

Making Happy Help Kids With Cancer

Amanda Mandie  Koala Kids Foundation

May 2020

‘My Home’ for the Homeless

Michelle Blakeley  Architect

May 2020

Rotary and the United Nations

Doug Vincent  Rotary UN Representative

April 2020

The new Online Etiquette

James Lush  Media and Communication Consultant

March 2020

Promoting our Economic Powerhouse

Paula Rogers  State Director CEDA

February 2020

A Cool Look at Climate Change

Jaap Poll  Geoscience Researcher

February 2020

Matching Refugees and Migrants With Work

Mosayeb Khademi  State Manager Refugee and Migrant Talent

January 2020

“Did you Hear the one About…”

Jason Woods  Comedian

December 2019

Diary of a Rotary Exchange Student

Shu-Min Kho  Student

November 2019

Achieving the Impossible

Kimberley Dental Team Volunteers, Jilen Patel Paediatric Dentist

October 2019

The Business of Football

Scott Gooch  Chief Commercial Officer

October 2019

Serving up Tennis in WA

Michael Roberts  CEO of Tennis West

September 2019

The Future of the West

Anthony De Ceglie  Senior Editor

September 2019

Creating a Better Life for Children and Young People in Care

Sarah Lewis  CREATE Foundation

August 2019

Invigorating the City

John Carey  MLA

August 2019

Q&A Breakfast

Michael Cheika  Australian Wallabies Coach

July 2019

Rotary Connects the World

Graham Peden  Rotary District Governor 2019/2020

July 2019

The WA Economic Outlook

Rick Newnham  Chief Economist of CCIWA

June 2019

The Future of Retail in Australia

Rob Scott  MD of Wesfarmers

June 2019

Start Somewhere. Anywhere

Kate Mclvor  Refugee Activist

May 2019

Taking the Freeway Home Accelerating Ways out of Homelessness

Dr Andrew Davies  Medical Director of Homeless Healthcare

May 2019

The House That Jack Built

Michael Gurry  Charity Founder

April 2019

The Nobel Prize. Now What?

Professor Barry Marshall  Gastroenterologist

April 2019

Anzac day. More Important Than Ever

John McCourt  RSLWA Chief Executive Officer

March 2019

Digital and the Decline of Media Effectiveness

John Driscoll

March 2019

Ditching the Wheelchair With Ground-breaking Molecular Therapy Research

Professor Steve Wilton

February 2019

An Update on Perth Airport

Kevin Brown  CEO Perth Airport Pty Ltd

February 2019

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Peter Kennedy

December 2018

WACA’s new way Forward

Christina Matthews  CEO WA Cricket Association

December 2018

Inaugural City Rotary Breakfast Club big Sport. Big Business

Richard Goyder