BulLetIN, APRIL 2, 2015








 Monday, April 13th, 2015  5.30pm for 6.30pm

 Guest Speaker:  Dr Robert Paul - 'WA Laser Eye Clinic' 

Host:  Robin Hamilton  Chair:  Winston Marsh  Set Up:  Colin McCulloch and Gail McCulloch 


Monday, April 20th, 2015  5.30pm for 6.30pm

 Guest Speaker:  Andrew Pittaway - 'Anzac Tribute'

 Host:  Peter Field  Chair:  Max Anderson  Set Up:  Gail McCulloch and Ron Day



If you will not be attending the meeting please email the acting Attendance Officer, Gillian Baker, before midnight on Sunday or if you need to apologise on the Monday please phone before 10.00am on Mob 0435 305 199 (Emails may not get read on Monday and cannot therefore guarantee that your apology is received).

Unless Gillian receives an apology by 10.00am on the day of the meeting the meal will need to be charged to you, and the procedure to recover costs for non apology will be:


a) Attendance officer to report to Treasurer at end of each meeting names of those who didn’t show and didn’t apologise

b) Treasurer to submit all Attendance Officer reports to monthly Board meeting to authorise recovery – valid excuses accepted

c) Treasurer to issue invoices to members monthly following Board meeting based on b).








Easter Monday - Public Holiday (no meeting)




Dr Robert Paul - 'WA Laser Eye Clinic'




Sundowner at the Spicketts'




Andrew Pittaway - 'Anzac Tribute'




ANZAC Day Public Holiday (no meeting)




Brianne James, Y.E. to Successful Career




Major Wayne Pittaway, Divisional Commander,

WA Salvation Army




Zoe Saunders, Camp Quality




Michael Brown, St Barts




Western Australia Day - Public Holiday (no meeting)




Deanne Dymock, Diabetes Australia




Peter McMahon, Stroke Foundation




Dinner Meeting




Changeover Dinner-Partners Night


Text Box: Meeting on Mondays                                                                                  5.30pm for 6.30pm


Text Box: at ‘Tompkins on Swan’                                                      Dunkley Avenue, Alfred Cove





OFFICE BEARERS 2014 / 2015



Mick Donnes


Director New Generations:

Patricia Robertson

Vice President:

George Lewkowski


Director Fund Raising:

Rodney Rate

President Elect:

Carole Maxwell


Director Attadale Foundation:

Bob Rodgers


Carole Maxwell


Attendance Officer:

Jan Fairclough


John Sharp / Betty Bright



Jim Calcei

Director Membership/PR:

Jeff Spickett



Ian Pittaway

Director Rotary Family:

Martin Houchin


Insurance & Risk Assessment:

Peter Field

Director International:

George Lewkowski


Club Website manager:

Martin Houchin

Director RI Foundation:

George Lewkowski



Colin McCulloch /

Director Community & Vocation

Greg James



Betty Bright


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


District Governor:  Brian Eddy (Rossmoyne)

Vice Governor:  Robert Cooper (Kwinana)

DG Elect:  Melodie Kevan (Applecross)

Group One Assistant Governor: Llew Withers

DG Nominee:  Linda McLerie (Hannans-Kalgoorlie)

Probus:  Winston Marsh

IPDG:  Erwin Biemel (Willetton)

Rotary Out West  editor: Phil Cordery



Special Anniversaries for  APRIL





Carolyn Withers   Birthday


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









Gail McCulloch named Rising Star!  Professor Spickett has shots of the night!


Members enjoyed an evening of lawn bowls at the Mount Pleasant Bowling Club on March 18th.  Keith Timmel and Winston Marsh managed the bowls and Pat Timmel organized the nibbles afterwards.  They did a great job and were thanked warmly by President Mick.


Gail McCulloch showed a lot of potential and teamed with Jim Calcei for a convincing win on rink one.  Over on rink two Jeff Spickett rolled a few beauties to really impress the regular bowlers.  President Mick could be heard encouraging himself and partner to do better and they did, coming from far, far behind to finally close the gap to just one point.


A good time was had by all and we particularly thank Keith and Pat for organizing the evening.



Sundowner at the Spicketts'

Jeff and Evadne invite all members, old and new, partners and friends to a Sundowner at 159 The Esplanade, Mt Pleasant, on Friday, April 17th from 6.00pm


Please bring your drinks and a plate to share.  Further details closer to the date.




Monday, March 23rd, 2015         

Following national anthem and grace, President Mick welcomed all Rotarians, partners and guests.   He also gave invited Rotarians to welcome Past District Governor Sylvia Byers.  President Mike also gave special thanks to Rod and Yvonne Rate who, while travelling to the Rotary Conference, stopped to administer assistance at the scene of a fatal head-on collision in Bedfordale.


Directors’ Report:  John Sharp once again circulated a very brief survey on Board Succession Planning, and asked for responses by the close of the evening.   He reminded Board Members of the next meeting at his home on Thursday 26th March at 5.30pm.


Rod Rate gave an update on the status of the Charity Golf Day.  He indicated that the donation of four boxes of chemicals was distributed to the Women’s Refuge at Zonta House; Esther’s Foundation; and Wesley MissionCol McCulloch had bid $110 for the film and theatre package however a Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Fremantle made a counter offer of $120.   Rod announced that over $38,000 had been raised to be shared between Motor Neurone Disease Australia and Fremantle Hospital.


Rotary Conference:  Bruce Robinson and Llew Withers both gave a summary of the Conference in Albany, and Bruce’s summary of the conference is attached to the bulletin.  Llew circulated the Program for District Officers, and was very impressed with the attention to detail.  President Mick said he been very impressed with the Conference Speakers.  Donna Cross spoke about cyberspace and how children are sharing too much information.  When they download phone apps, the phone reverts to factory settings, cancelling their security.  There had also been a workshop on the spread of drugs which can start at school, with some students becoming addicts, who resort to lying, stealing and aggressive violent behaviour. 


The usual discriminatory fines session took place, followed by the door prize which was won by Mal Bennett.  Raffle Prize was won by Ian Pittaway’s guest.



Ian Pittaway introduced the special speaker for the evening, Geoffrey Thomas, who is an expert in aviation matters, and is the Aviation Editor for The West Australian.  Geoffrey began his presentation by acknowledging the good work done by Rotary, and said that his father had been involved in Rotary.


Geoffrey Thomas with President Mick and Jenny Calcei


Geoffrey spoke about the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines MH370 and the four ships now involved in using scan sonar to map the sea floor.  Inmarset data gives investigators details on how long the plane flew; and the satellite data pinpointed the likely area of impact in the South Indian Ocean.  The data has been examined multiple times and five independent teams all agree as to the location of the llikely crash site.  Geoff’s explanation as to the lack of debris was the wild weather which hampered the search, and the strong currents would have taken any debris well away from the search site.  For those interested, the Australian Government has a comprehensive website on the search for MH370, and this can be found via the link http://www.atsb.gov.au/mh370.aspx.


Geoffrey then turned his attention to Perth Airport, specifically the rapid growth of aviation and whether Perth Airport can cope.  In 1960 there were just over 126,000 travellers out of Perth Airport; by 1970 it totalled over 536,000; in 2010 it was over 10 million.  Travellers in 2013 totalled just under 14 million.  Geoff said that the 9.1% growth at Perth Airport is almost twice the world average, and conflicts with Perth Airport claims of 3% growth.  Perth Airport’s income from parking alone is $90 million from 16,000 bays.  The busiest time for the airport is 5am to 7.30am; and 45 tonnes of cargo arriving before 4am has to be sorted by 5am.


Despite the crises in aviation – people still want to travel.  Geoff put up a slot availability chart at Perth Airport – from 5pm to 9pm the airport is operating at almost 70% capacity.  The reason for the increase is cheaper travel.  In 1960 a return ticket to London would be the equivalent of 35 weeks’ salary – in 2015 it costs the equivalent of 1.5 week’s salary.  In terms of domestic travel, Geoffrey indicated that a traveller could make 291 trips to Sydney on a current weekly salary, compared to 7 trips in 1960.


Geoffrey stressed the need for a second parallel runway which would double the capacity of the airport and considered that the lack of such a runway is restraining the growth of the state.  Perth Airport operates as a private company on Commonwealth land, with Perth Airport treating the airlines, and not the passengers, as their customers. 


In conclusion, Ian Pittaway led the Rotarians and guests in appreciation of Geoffrey’s presentation.


Sadly, Geoffrey’s expertise in aviation was called on by numerous media outlets the very next day with the crash of the Germanwings plane in the French Alps.  Another aviation tragedy with so many innocent lives lost.


President Mick in closing the meeting supported the comments made about the chaos at Perth Airport, compounded by the major roadworks and diversions around the airport.  He announced that Rod Rate will be Acting Sergeant for the next six weeks with Sergeant Jim away on vacation.



Monday, March 30th, 2015

Acting Sergeant Rod Rate opened the meeting with the National Anthem and Rotary Grace.  He handed the meeting over to Acting President George Lewkowski, who in turn welcomed Rotarians and our speaker for the evening, John Garnaut.


Acting Sergeant Rod invited those Rotarians who wished to address the meeting:


Gillian Baker announced that 193 tickets had been sold for yesterday’s Movie at the Cygnet, 92 of which had been sold by Rod Rate.  She thanked Rotarians for their support and announced a profit of $1,225.   Rod explained that there was little effort in selling the tickets as he simply used a database of names, and mail merged the invite to his invitees in one keystroke.  He offered to show Rotarians how to also do a mail merge on their computer.  He had subsequently emailed his thanks to those friends who attended, and had received positive feedback about the film and the afternoon.


Bruce Robinson announced that Marianne Ziegler (a previous Rotary Exchange Student with RCA) had contacted him seeking his help in getting an industrial placement in Australia, and to this end, she had sent him a comprehensive CV package.  Bruce was seeking input from Rotarians as to where Marianne might be placed.  At the Cygnet, Bruce had a conversation with a Consular Official from Ghana, a gentleman who had undertaken a Chemical Engineering degree in Germany.  Bruce will also contact this person for advice.


John Sharp announced that his professional responsibilities have resulted in him having to update his current software package which is also used for Rotary finances.  However, once updated, this software cannot be used by Rotary.  Therefore, as of Easter, Betty Bright will assume the role of Treasurer using the existing older software.


Martin Houchin reminded Rotarians about the next Sundowner to be at the home of Jeff and Evadne Spickett on 17th April 2014.


Ian Pittaway reminded the attendees of the function to farewell the departing Turkish Rotary Vocational Study Team on 8th May at a cost of $60 per head.  Please contact Ian for further details.


Rod Rate read out a letter of gratitude from the Motor Neurone Disease expressing their thanks for the donation of $19,000 from the Charity Golf Day.  They gave credit to the dedication of the Rotary Clubs of Attadale and Fremantle and sent a framed certificate which Acting President George accepted on behalf of the Club, who again reiterated the thanks to Rod and his Committee for all their efforts.


The Door Prize was won by John Garnaut, and Carole Maxwell won the bottle of wine for the Joker Draw.  There was a Fines Session with just about every Rotarian in the room being fined, some two or three times in succession.


Jeff Spickett introduced the speaker for the evening John Garnaut. John commenced his career in education as a Physical Education teacher having completed his degree at UWA. He has recently retired from his position with the Department of Education where he was Director Schools in the West Coast District. Previous roles with the Department included Director Teaching and Learning, Superintendent Health and Physical Education and Director Schools in the Mid-West and Swan education districts. John’s passion for supporting schools with disadvantage extends internationally where he is voluntary chairperson of the ANGKOR Project which provides support to schools in Cambodia.




John opened his talk by reminding Rotarians about Cambodia in 1975-1979 where the ruling Khmer Rouge aimed to wipe out the intelligentsia by forcing them to return to a self-sustaining agrarian lifestyle by working in communal farms.  It was a horrific time in Cambodian history with many of these now peasant farmers dying in the subsequently named ‘Killing Fields’.  All schools were closed and almost two million people lost their lives through hunger or overwork under the regime.  It was not until 1998 with the death of ruler Pol Pot that real reform began to take place in Cambodia.


Education has now become valued in Cambodia.  Although impoverished, the children are beautifully presented, make huge efforts to attend, and there are no behavioural issues during lessons.  In the rural areas of Cambodia, there can often be two to three shifts of classes due to the lack of classrooms, with between 50-70 children in each class. 


John became involved in the Angkor Project back in 2003 when he was working in the WA Education Department.  He travelled to Cambodia with a delegation to carry out a joint program.  When they saw how little resources these schools had, they linked up WA schools with sister schools in Cambodia to raise funds to provide much needed materials for the Cambodian schools, and there are now currently 23 sister schools.  The WA students learn to take action, they can see it working, and they recognise the difference their efforts are making.


John alluded to the massive corruption that often exists in third world countries.  However, his group has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Federal agencies in education, so it is easier to monitor exactly where the resources are going, and for them to maintain some quality assurance controls.  In this way, the group can see they are getting good value for their money in the way of drinking water; toilets; books; and buildings.


In one instance a WA school raised $3,000 for their sister Cambodian school.  This was a massive contribution to the school’s budget and is the equivalent of $2 million being given to a school in WA.  The Angkor Project is effectively a program where children are helping children.


Jeff gave the thanks of the Rotarians for John’s excellent presentation, and Acting Sergeant Rod said he saw the potential to involve Rotary to bring together WA Schools.  He intended to discuss this further in an effort to assist the process by encouraging the involvement of WA schools.


Acting President George gave thanks to the speaker of the evening, thanks to Rotarians for attending.  Following the Rotary Charge, the meeting was closed.



Finally, Rotarians and families are wished a very safe and happy Easter, and a reminder that there is no meeting on Monday 6th April 2015, however we look forward to seeing you all again on Monday 13th April.


Centenary of ANZAC Conference

20 – 22 March 2015 Albany – Summary by Bruce Robinson

1.              District Governor Brian Eddie

·      Introduced the “new” three way test;

o  Is it fun?

o  Will anyone get hurt?

o  Will anyone find out?

·      The theme for rotary this year is “Light Up Rotary”

o  From Confucius: “it is better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness”

o  Never underestimate the power of one – are you the one person to make a difference?

o  Seize the day and “light up the world”.

2.              RI World President Representative Ed Tumangan from the           Philippines

·      “Light up Rotary” – is only meaningful if we set it into action

·      Outlined some of our major rotary activities;

o  providing fellowship

o  promoting peace where there is conflict

o  basic education and literacy projects

o  water and sanitation projects

o  economic and community development projects e.g. men’s shed

·      The Rotary Foundation Model – enables us to do our work

o   maintaining an operating reserve equal to 3 years operating costs

o   has a record of management and transparency

o   provides a better life for all

o   make Rotary Foundation our preferred charity

·      Has Rotary been able to establish its correct image? – What and who are we?

·      Let us “Ennoble” the world by “ Lighting up Rotary”

3.              Peter Watson MLA and Dennis Wellington –

          Mayor of Albany

·      it was highly fitting that the conference was in Albany on this Centenary Commemoration of the ANZAC Flotilla of 34 boats departing from King George Sound in 1915 and the first Dawn Service celebrated on Mount Clarence by Padre White in 1915

·      It was also fitting that we were hosting a Vocational Exchange Team from Turkey – a shining example of Rotary facilitating the development of strong bonds of friendship between two nations that had been at war. The Turkish exchange student poignantly read out both in Turkish and in English Ataturk’s words “your sons who fell on our land are now our sons who rest in peace” or words to that effect

·      it was fitting that the conference was held on this Centenary Commemoration given the ANZAC’s and the Rotarian’s common value of “Service above Self”

4.              David Irvine AO – Former Head of ASIO – The Role of the           Australian Security Intelligence

·      David, speaking as Australia’s chief “Spook”, said that if Diplomacy was a polite way of avoiding war using overt measures, then Security Intelligence was the way ASIO avoided catastrophe using covert methods.

·      ASIO had as responsibility to protect our nation against political violence and ASIO had a responsibility to protect our armed service personnel

·      Good intelligence is central to government’s first responsibility -  to protect its people

·      The people in ASIO are deeply committed Australians dedicated to justice and fairness. They need to balance human rights, on the one hand, with national and personal security on the other

·      Our first and most major threat is the digital threat of the Internet.  With every great advance comes a “bomb blast set of vulnerabilities”. The wars of the 21st century will start in cyberspace

·      Australian is faced by a growing threat from Islamo Fascist Terrorists (terrorism has been around since 1909) and the number of Australians killed by terrorists is already up to 120

·      We need to work hard to ensure that we do not alienate our moderate Muslim community who are significantly different to the “lone wolf” terrorists that are off our radar - most of whom have been galvanised by thoughts of the Islamic State designed to create; fear and hatred, who reject Australia and who promote a theocratic state

·      We have overlooked the power of religious faith – which, in its radical form, uses the Internet to proselytise young people for violence and radicalism. We need to work out how to deal with this

·      Government is not adept at tinkering with religious belief. Those that are best able to do this are the mainstream Muslim population.

·      We need to develop counter radicalisation measures over the Internet

·      We need support from the wider society in synthesising and creating a Muslim community that does not feel set apart and that strengthens harmony in a biosynthesis of diversity

·      We need to protect ourselves against cyber threat

5.              Dr Donna Cross – Winthrop Prof –“ways to enhance the

          social development of students and decrease stress”

·      “My goal is to help people die young but to live as long as possible”

·      Positive relationships are the key

·      If you want to know something about the computer asked the 6 to 14-year-olds

o  2001 2 million tweets per day

o  2004 2 million new tweets every two minutes

·      “If it is free on the net, you are not the customer you are the product”

·      We can look forward to a future with no secrets – friends of friends are the enemies

·      Keeping emails private is important – as Mick stated, “each time you install an update you wipe out your privacy settings and need to reinstall them”

·      We need to mobilise young people to help each other

·      Humiliation is a very strong emotion

·      What can we do to enhance the social development of students and decrease stress?

o  Listen without interrupting

o  Sit/walk shoulder to shoulder

o  Acknowledge and take their concerns seriously

o  Encourage them to talk in detail

o  Show belief in them

o  Prompt with open-ended questions

o  Talk about what we have tried that has worked

o  End with encouragement (from the Greek en –“to give” – “courage”)

·      “They may forget what we say and what we do but, they won’t forget how we made them feel”

6.              Prof Lyn Beasley – Shedding Light on W.A. Innovation

·      Need to see innovation within a global context

·      Southwest W.A. is experiencing severe climate change – the nearer the coast the drier it is getting

·      Feeding the hungry planet

o  W.A. produces 45% of the national wheat crop

o  wheat yield peaked in 2000

o  we need better wheat varieties adapted to dry conditions – it has taken 10 years to sequence the wheat genome (GMO’s are basically a way of speeding up Mendelian genetics and one way of helping to feed a hungry world)

·      Supplying clean energy – geothermal and wave

o  there is a lot of geothermal energy under our sedimentary basins

o  can also pull up cool water to cool down our buildings

o  wave energy can supply local energy and desalination of water at the same time

·      Protect biodiversity

o  temperature determines the ability of a plant to germinate and increasing temperatures with CC will affect survival of certain plants. We need to find out where the plants are located and to develop ecological solutions for their survival

·      Solving health problems

o  (e.g. motor neurone disease - let me acknowledge what Rod and the Club have contributed via a series of $38,000 Golf Days)

o  (using energy, music, movement and neuro plasticity to help solve balance problems, learning difficulties, autism, Parkinson’s etc. through innovative enterprises such as Gillian Baker’s “Sound for Life”)

·      Hosting the world’s biggest radio telescope array together with South Africa

·      Wi-Fi Australian developed

·      Currently we have a skills shortage and we only produce one 10th of the Ag Science graduates we need – a different environment to that 40 years ago

7.              Betty Kitchener OAM – Mental Health First Aid Programme

·      One in five people have experienced mental health problem

·      After cancer and heart attacks mental illness is ranked third as the source of disease burden

·      Go to mental health website – research download

8.              Team Challenge – Malcolm Smith

·      I don’t know who that child is any more – the effect of drugs – try to put life back together again – reach out to family and school

·      “Say no to drugs, stay free”

·      Treatment Centre in Esperance – don’t carry people but helped them to change if they so wish

·      “Our truth is not our children’s truth until they experience it”

·      The four stages of drug entrapment (as detailed by Mick Donnes)

o  begin to lie

o  have new friends and secrets

o  become a thief

o  become violent

·      Pain is meant to tell you you are doing something wrong

o  The first pain is physical

o  the second pain is relationship pain

o  the third pain as future pain – every day of your life

9.                 Team Challenge – Tracy Hilton – healing families

·      Must change the way you think of yourself (love yourself)

·      I became exactly what I thought I was

·      Broken people hurt people

·      On the inside is just a little girl that just wanted to be loved

·      Need to take responsibility for own life

·      Taught conflict resolution

·      Learnt how to love myself at team challenge

·      Need hope – need to journey next to others

·      First of all freedom, then success, then give back to others

10.               Graham Edwards AM – Australia in Commemoration 100               years of ANZAC

·      We need to challenge ourselves              

o  triumph against the odds

o  courage in adversity 

o  democracy

o  we have lost 100,000 lives but have gained a legend, faith and deeper understanding of what it means to be Australian (Keating on Gallipoli)

·      The challenge to us as Australians is to make those who fell proud of what we do today

·      The spirit of the Anzacs; courage, sacrifice, distain for authority, service above self

11.           Presentation by Vocational Study Team from Turkey

·      Ataturk’s words “peace at home and peace in the world”

·      Very rich and sensitive presentation that brought forward the best In Rotary – go and interact with them if you can.

12.           Four Way Test Speaking Competition Final

·      Molly Elliott – Corpus Christi – “Social Media And Its Effect on Society”

·      Emily Leek – Mandurah Catholic College – “Domestic Violence”

·      Sebastian Roche – “The Internet and Its Downfalls”

o  Three excellent presentations but in my opinion we need to place more emphasis on the content of satisfying the rotary four way test then was done here.

o  It was interesting to note that the youth as well as Prof Cross and the past CEO of ASIO David Irvine have all identified the Internet as a major threat to our society -  as well as an opportunity.

13.           Gerry McCann – Micro-Finance Project – third world and     first world – Mill Point Club

·      Very worthwhile endeavour that has provided small loans for the woman to work in groups (about six) to enable them to generate an income e.g. via the purchase of a sewing machine. The loan is paid back weekly with one of the group helping other members of the group make their payments if they are tight spot. There is no collateral provided but the repayment of the loans has displayed a 98% success rate. This particular project has had an impact on about 20,000 people. Once the loan is repaid it is lent out to someone else.

·      The program is being trialled in the low socio-economic area in the USA. $2000 has been found to be too little in this environment and it seems that about $25,000 is more than the sum that is required. Generally speaking it has been advanced to fund training. There has been some take-up by community banking of the slanting function. A work in progress. (Why don’t we give it a go right here in Australia in disadvantaged sectors of our community?)




I hope that has shared some of the thoughts that were provided at the conference. For a different slant and further insight please also talk to Mick Donnes, Rodney Rate or Lew Withers also made the pilgrimage which was both thought-provoking, rich in people and strong and spirit – a great success apart from “the game they play in heaven”! Western Force we live in hope! Thanks organising Committee for a job well done!




Bruce Robinson

23 March 2015