BulLetIN APRIL 24, 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 April 7th


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

·      our guest speaker Tim Griffin

·      invited guest Brian Crossley

·      Jan Fairclough, soon to be member

George thanked Gillian Baker for organizing a great movie afternoon


Llew Withers spoke about this year’s “Give a Damn, Give a Can” with the collection to be held on Sunday, May 18th.  We will need volunteers to distribute and collect the bags.  Don Rodger will check on the total number of properties involved.  Volunteers will visit local primary schools to talk about the project.  The collection will be between 10.00am and 12.00 noon.


Colin McCulloch thanked all of the volunteers at our cancellation sausage sizzle on election day.  We sold 648 SSs and 243 drinks, received $53.50 in donations and banked $1,238.55.  This brought the total raised this financial year to $8,740.75.  Unfortunately our volunteers from Borderless Friendships Foundation mixed up the days and arrived ready to work on Sunday.


Gillian Baker thanked everyone for their contribution to the success of the Movie Event. 

105 tickets were sold and together with donations this raised $945.

Rod Rate won a CD for doing a great job selling the most tickets and Ian Pittaway won a CD in the lucky draw.

Gillian reminded members of the Community Mental Health Forum to be held at the Melville Civic Centre next Monday, April 14th and said that we may need volunteers to assist with the parking.

Gillian also gave an update on Mike Pauly, a previous guest speaker, who is walking around Australia and has now reached Northampton.  You can check his progress on his blog.


Gillian’s door prize was won by Robin Hamilton and Peter Field’s Chase the Joker, worth $529, was drawn by Peter Field but he could not find the joker.


Colin McCulloch congratulated Gillian Baker on the first anniversary of her Induction into RCA on April 8th last year.  He outlined the tremendous work Gillian has done for the Club in so many different ways and her keen participation in all activities.  She is a valuable member who is greatly appreciated by us all and members showed this with applause.






Guest Speaker:  Tim Griffiths


Tim Griffiths is a Deputy Director General of the WA Department of Mines and Petroleum and he gave us an excellent overview of “Natural Gas from Shale and Tight Rocks”.

Conventional natural gas is released freely through the sandstone and carbonate rocks they are stored in.  Natural gas found in shale and tight rock formations is trapped and cannot flow freely, so a different process is needed to recover the natural gas from the ground.



Shale and tight rock formations need to undergo hydraulic fracture stimulation (also known as fraccing) to release the natural gas and enable recovery.  Hydraulic stimulation has been used in the oil and gas industry in Western Australia for the past 50 years.

In Western Australia, research shows that there is potentially twice as much gas available onshore, as there is offshore.

Shale and tight gas production is new to WA, but has been practiced worldwide for over 30 years.  The State combines its current regulations for oil and gas with international knowledge and technology to ensure high standards are enforced.


Tim gave all members present a comprehensive information pack that is available on line by clicking here.





Meeting April 14th


President George Lewkowski welcomed all members and gave a special welcome to our guest speaker, Joy Sinclair.  George noted that our numbers were reduced as we had several Rotarians assisting at the Mental Health Form.


John Sharp circulated two sheets on behalf of Martin Houchin.  One for attendance at Quinlan’s Restaurant and the second was to purchase Entertainment Books.


Patricia Robertson offered two left over prizes from the Golf Day.  Both were for 18 holes of golf for four people with carts.  Colin McCulloch purchased the Royal Fremantle GC voucher for $100 and the Kwinana GC voucher (valued at $230) is still available for $100.


Jeff Spickett has been in touch with Curtin Radio who will do community announcements to encourage members and promote the club at no cost.  Jeff and John will do the layout for a Club brochure to attract members and asked if anyone has contacts with a good printing firm.


Alan’s door prize was won by Colin McCulloch and Peter Field’s Chase the Joker, worth $555, was won by Max Anderson but the joker again proved elusive.


Guest Speaker:  Joy Sinclair


Tony Wilkie introduced Joy who represents Nelson Homes.  She told how Nelson Homes provides housing for recovering alcoholics after they have completed a 12 week rehabilitation program.  They must be accepted by the group and remain dry during their three to six month stay.  They must cook and keep house themselves and Joy and others teach them how to shop, cook, clean and manage on a tight budget.  The recovering alcoholics have usually lost their jobs because of their drinking and often lost their marriages and access to their children as well.  They are encouraged to write letters of apology to those they have offended and these have often had positive effects.


Tony Wilkie and Joy Sinclair

Nelson Homes owns and operates a house in Maylands and hopes to build a new three storey complex in Willagee.  They have a block and building plans approved and $300,000 in cash but need substantially more funds.


Secretary, Carole Maxwell, advises members that laminated copies of the Rotary Grace are kept in our storage cupboard at ‘Tompkins on Swan’.


O Lord of every race and creed

Who gives to each his every need

Bless this food and bless mankind

In service may we be enjoined