BulLetIN APRIL 2, 2014








OFFICE BEARERS 2013 / 2014



George Lewkowski


Director Local Projects:

Patricia Robertson

Vice President:

Mike Van Trier


Director International:

Mike Van Trier

President Elect:

Mick Donnes


Director Fund Raising

Rodney Rate


Carole Maxwell


Director Attadale Foundation:

Bob Rodgers


John Sharp


Attendance Officer:

Gillian Baker

Director Membership/PR:

Jeff Spickett



Mick Donnes

Director Rotary Family:

Martin Houchin



Tony Wilkie

Club Website manager:

Martin Houchin



Colin McCulloch /

Club Protection Officer

Llew Withers



Betty Bright


Rotary District 9465                                          for more information visit: http://rotary9465.org.au/


District Governor:  Erwin Biemel (Willetton)

DG Elect:  Brian Eddy (Rossmoyne)

DG Nominee:  Melodie Kevan (Applecross)

IPDG:  Robert Cooper (Kwinana)


Special Anniversaries for  APRIL





Carolyn Withers   Birthdays


Rod Rate   Birthday


Gail McCulloch   Birthday


Kevin Tangney   Induction   2002


Les Power   Birthday


Bob Rodgers   Birthday


Gillian Baker   Induction 2013


Gillian Hamilton   Birthday


Patricia Robertson   Birthday


Trevor Leaver   Induction   1997


Yvonne Rate   Birthday


Colin McCulloch   Birthday


Freya & Colin Taylor   Wedding


Ian Pittaway   Birthday






Meeting March 24th


President George Lewkowski welcomed all members and bade a special welcome to our guests from Borderless Friendships WA:  Peter Sim, Dr Lorel Mayberry, Thak Eua-amnay and Phil Wilding

George offered condolences to Patricia and Derick Robertson and family on the sad loss of their son Andrew.

Gail McCulloch gave details of the funeral arrangements being a service at Pater Noster on Thursday followed by a private cremation and then a wake at RFGC.


Colin McCulloch said he had secured a cancellation sausage sizzle for April 5th (election day) and asked for volunteers to complete a sheet that was circulated.  Our guests from BFWA volunteered immediately!!


Gillian Baker reminded members of our fund-raising Movie Day on April 6th seeing “Monuments Men” at the Cygnet Theatre. 

Gillian also outlined details of the Community Mental Health Forum to be held at the Melville Civic Centre on Monday, April 14th and said after a meeting this week she would be seeking assistance.



Martin Houchin spoke about:

·      A Club notice for Andrew Robertson will be in tomorrow’s paper.

·      An email from Greg James in response to Martin’s offer of assistance in caring for his recuperating son.

·      The sundowner at Sharps has been cancelled in respect for the Robertsons.

·      A booking for Quinlans Restaurant at Challenger TAFE at 6.30pm on Thursday, May 8th.   The booking is for 24 so “first in, best dressed”.

·      The new Entertainment Books will be available shortly.  Please buy yours through the Club.

·      A proposed visit to the new Fiona Stanley Hospital was well received.


Gillian’s door prize was won by Alan Morecombe and Peter Field’s Chase the Joker, worth $485, was drawn by Jeff Spickett but the joker was not to be found.


Borderless Friendship Foundation


Colin McCulloch introduced Peter Sim who in turn introduced Dr Lorel Mayberry who gave us a passionate talk on BFF and the work it does with the hill people of northern Thailand.  Pramote Eua-amnuay (Thak’s father) is the BFF Director / Project Manager and he works through the local Rotary on multi-faceted programs to improve the life of the hills people.  Education is seen as a key component particularly as it can keep girls from the sex trade.  The people are keen to help themselves and a little money goes a long way.  Five dollars will keep a child at school and fed for a week.  To find out more visit the BFF website here.





Thak sold traditional Thai wares after the meeting and the noisy frogs proved very popular.




Meeting March 31st


President George Lewkowski welcomed all members and gave a special welcome to

·      Patricia Robertson

·      Jan Fairclough, our guest Rotarian

·      and welcomed back Jim Calcei and

Mike van Trier.


Jan Fairclough is a Rotarian from Margaret River who has moved to Perth and now lives in Bicton.

Gillian welcomes Jan to the meeting >>>




Patricia Robertson thanked everyone for the huge support she and her family have received since Andrew passed away.  She said it was a tremendous help to them all and played a big part in them getting through an extremely difficult time.




Colin McCulloch thanked the volunteers for our cancellation sausage sizzle on Saturday, April 5th (election day) and said we should have a good result as the weather forecast is ideal and we have quite a few drinks left over from the Golf day.

Colin gave a potted history of sausage sizzles since Bunning’s change of policy saw us go from running 24 SSs a year to just two.  The potential massive fall in revenue (from about $25,000 down to $2,400) has been reduced by securing two SSs for the Men’ Shed and taking on three cancellations.  We should raise about $1,200 this Saturday and that will take our total funds raised this financial year to about $8,700.

The roster is included below.


Gillian Baker reminded members of our fund-raising Movie Day on Sunday, April 6th seeing “Monuments Men” at the Cygnet Theatre and encouraged members to sell as many tickets as possible.  Carole and Colin volunteered to collect tickets.

Gillian said the Mental Health Forum on April 14th will need volunteers to do a variety of jobs and these will be made clear this Thursday.


Gillian’s door prize was won by Gillian Baker!! and Peter Field’s Chase the Joker, worth $514, was drawn by Gillian Baker!!!!  but then her remarkable luck ran out and she could not find the joker.


After the Sergeant’s fines session George opened the Annual General Meeting.

Apologies were received from Winston Marsh and Bob Rodgers.

Office Bearers for 2014/15 were elected:

President:                              Mick Donnes

President Elect 2015/16:    tba

Secretary:                              Carole Maxwell

Treasurer:                              John Sharp

Vice President:                     George Lewkowski

Membership & Marketing:  Greg James

Local Projects

            Community:              tba

            New Generations:    Patricia Robertson

            Vocation:                   Martin Houchin

International Projects &

Foundation:                          tba

Fundraising:                         Rod Rate

Family of Rotary                   Martin Houchin

General Business

The Proposed Amendment to Club Bylaws as tabled was discussed at length.

It was generally agreed that Section 1 could be better worded and suggestions are to be emailed to the Secretary.

After full discussion Section 2 was adopted (with 17 votes from the quorum of 22) on the motion of Carole Maxwell, seconded Mike van Trier.


The topic of reporting the proceedings of Board Meetings to members at Dinner Meetings was raised and discussed and will be actioned.


Special thanks go to Patricia Robertson who provided delicious truffles to enjoy with coffee.



Sausage Sizzle Roster for Saturday, April 5th, 2014 






Betty Bright, Martin Houchin, Brian Wall,






Jeff Spickett, Bruce Robinson, Pietro Lomas, Rod Rate, Tom Slater 11-12






Colin McCulloch, Gail McCulloch, Carole Maxwell, Tony Wilkie






Gillian Baker, Lorel Mayberry, Phil Wilding, Thak Eua-amnay (from Borderless Friendships Foundation)


If there is anyone else who can be on call as an emergency please let Colin know.




This letter of thanks from the Motor Neurone Disease Association was received by Rod Rate but is really directed to all members who assisted in any way with the Golf Day.







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Presented by Rotary Clubs

and Australian Rotary Health

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to provide information and answer questions on



Anxiety - Depression - Eating Disorders - Dementia


Speakers will cover the following topics:-

·      Identifying cues to mental health.  Changing of habits that impact the health and wellbeing of the family unit

·      Caring – Professional or Family volunteer?

·      What assistance is available?

·      Maintaining your Mental Health


Support Groups

There will be many support groups attending with information, assistance and support advice on mental health related matters (from 6.30 pm)


Melville Civic Centre Main Hall 


Off Almondbury Road or Davey Road, Booragoon


Monday 14 April 2014

7.00 pm until 9.30 pm


your family and friends Are most Welcome

Call to let us know you are coming on

0447 111 408  or   www.trybooking.com/EKNU


Admission is free   –   Tea - coffee provided free