BulLetIN, APRIL 29, 2015








Monday, May 4th, 2015  5.30pm for 6.30pm 

Guest Speaker:  Brianne James, Y.E. to Successful Career 

Host: Llew Withers  Chair:  Greg James  Set Up:  Mal Bennett and George Lewkowski  


Monday, May 11th, 2015  5.30pm for 6.30pm 

Guest Speaker:  Major Wayne Pittaway, Divisional Commander WA Salvation Army 

Host: Colin McCulloch  Chair:  Ian Pittaway  Set Up:  Bob Rodgers and Jeff Spickett 



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).








District Assembly - Club Officer Training Program




Brianne James, Y.E. to Successful Career




Major Wayne Pittaway, Div Cmdr WA Salvation Army




Board Meeting 5.30 - 7.30pm at Maxwell's




Zoe Saunders, Camp Quality




Michael Brown, St Barts




Western Australia Day - Public Holiday (no meeting)




Deanne Dymock, Diabetes Australia




Board Meeting 5.30 - 7.30pm




Peter McMahon, Stroke Foundation




Cath Macdougal, 5000Meals Project




Changeover Dinner-Partners Night




Dinner Meeting




Dinner Meeting




Board Meeting 5.30 - 7.30pm


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


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



Pat & Les Power   Wedding


Don Rodger   Induction  1982


Max Anderson   Induction  1982


Pat & Trevor Leaver   Wedding


Peter Field   Induction  1982


Llew Withers   Birthday


Alan Morcombe   Induction  1982


Martin Houchin   Birthday


Mal Bennett   Induction  1982


Judy Marsh   Birthday


Winston Marsh   Induction  1982


Mike van Trier   Birthday


Peter Knox   Induction  1982


Rosemary & Don Rodger   Wedding










Monday, April 13th, 2015

Acting President George Lewkowski welcomed our guest speaker Dr Robert Paul, Robin Bridal from a RC in NSW, John Kevan the President of the RC of Applecross and members to the meeting.


John Kevan told the meeting of a successful program involving 120 orphans in a village in Natal in South Africa.  The students had planted crops and gardens that were flourishing.

He spoke of another program that he with the RC of Applecross is involved with in Sri Lanka.  The recent civil unrest has reduced the capability of the health service to provide and maintain services.  One area particularly deficient is in providing modern, rapid, disease identification systems operated by trained technicians.

Through the Lab Without Walls program the club has undertaken to provide equipment and training to selected hospitals and staff.  This will result in a measurable increase in the rapid detection of infectious diseases, enabling earlier diagnosis, targeted treatment and recovery in Sri Lanka

The RC of Applecross are requesting help to finance this project.


Llew Withers reminded members of the annual Give a Damn, Give a Can event, which will be held on Sunday, 24th May 2015 from 9.00am to 11.00am in Bicton, Attadale and Palmyra. 

He also spoke about a possible new project for next year called 5000 Meals.


Carole Maxwell reported that the recent training session she attended was the best ever.  She and Llew Withers were looking forward to working closely with other clubs in the coming year.


Martin Houchin invited all members to attend the Sundowner to be held this Friday, 17th April at the home of Jeff and Evadne Spickett.

He also encouraged members and their friends to buy the new Entertainment Book as it is a good fund raiser for the club.

Martin Houchin then very seriously asked everyone to stand.  When we were all standing he asked us all to join him in acknowledging Essendon!!!!!!!!


The door prize was won by Martin Houchin and Ron Day had a chance at winning the $41 Joker kitty but was unsuccessful.


Acting Sergeant Rod Rate had everyone laughing when he fined Martin Houchin for his "disgraceful behaviour".  He went on to raise quite a bit of money through fines and a game of Heads and Tails that was won by Carole Maxwell.

Acting Sergeant Rod Rate then invited everyone to enjoy the Anzac biscuits cooked by Colin McCulloch with a cup of coffee.


Guest Speaker

Dr Robert Paul - Laser Eye Centre


Winston Marsh welcomed Dr Robert Paul who is the Medical Director, and Principal Surgeon at WA Laser Eye Centre and one of Perth's most experienced and qualified refractive surgeons and the first to perform live surgery at an International meeting.  He was also the first surgeon in WA to have formal higher training in Laser Eye Surgery and the first surgeon to perform the Intralase (Bladeless) procedure at St John of God Murdoch.  He was also the first surgeon to insert approved Phakic Intraocular Lenses. 

His particular skills and experience in the field has lead Dr Robert Paul to become an examiner of Australian Eye Surgeons.


Dr Paul spoke to a captivated audience about how the eye works, the anatomy of the eye and how corneal transplants are done.

Some interesting facts were that eagles have the best vision and snails the worst. 

Aboriginals consistently have better than 20/20 vision.  Being hunter - gatherers may contribute to this.

He showed videos on cataract procedures, which can now be done in six to seven minutes using laser assisted surgery.  Last year 240,000 cataract procedures were done in Australia.


Acting President George Lewkowski thanked Dr Robert Paul for his interesting and very informative talk and for answering many questions that put a lot of people's minds at ease.

In closing the meeting he thanked Robin Bridal and members for attending.



Monday, April 20th, 2015


Acting Sergeant Rod Rate opened the meeting and invited Patricia Robertson to lead us in the National Anthem and Greg James to say the Rotary Grace.


President Mick Donnes told the meeting he was pleased to be back after a wonderful time away.

He welcomed our guest speaker Andrew Pittaway and Lelet the older sister of Abby Parsons and asked everyone to give them a warm welcome.


Greg James thanked the members who had bought a ticket in the RC of Katanning raffle.  Unfortunately none of them were winners but the raffle raised a total of $38 000.


Acting Sergeant Rod Rate thanked Jeff and Evadne Spickett on behalf of the members for a most enjoyable Sundowner held at their home.



Text Box: Happy Birthday Jeff





President Mick Donnes introduced Abby Parsons's sister Lelet who with the help of Kerry Parsons shared some pictures from The Kerry Parsons Family Foundation Headquarters in the Philippines.

Lelet is the coordinator and dorm manager.

Thirteen college and vocational students live in the dormitory.  We heard a little about their family background and the courses they are studying.

The Foundation also have 63 students in

Day Care and 111 Primary and Secondary students that attend each day.





Acting Sergeant Rod Rate thoroughly enjoyed fining EVERYONE !!!!!! for a variety of reasons.  Many were collected at the Sundowner where Rod could be seen making copious notes with a mischievous smile.




The door prize was won by Abby Parsons and Gillian was not able to win the $65 in the Joker's kitty.





Guest Speaker


Andrew Pittaway


Max Anderson was delighted to introduce Andrew Pittaway, an Archivist for the City of Fremantle and the son of proud parents Ian and Jacquie Pittaway, who has written a book "Fremantle Voices of the Great War" that tells the tale of more than three thousand Fremantle soldiers who fought in the Great War from 1914 - 1919.

Inspiration to write the book came when Andrew trekked Gallipoli’s crags in 2002 and visited the grave of Fremantle’s last soldier to die on the peninsula, Lance Corporal William Bateman.


Since the Gallipoli visit, Andrew has contacted more than 200 descendants of Fremantle soldiers and pored over war letters, diaries and photos to piece together local stories. 

He has received much recognition and praise for his interesting book.




This book was launched on April 18, 2015

Andrew gave a very touching and memorable presentation on “Fremantle ANZAC’S World War 1.

His presentation was made all the more interesting by the many photographs he showed.  Andrew knew all their names and often stopped to relate a story about many of them.  It certainly made it a more personal story.  There was even a photograph of Max Anderson's father Marcus Anderson.


Of the 3000 men and women who left for war from Fremantle, 853 lost their lives.

Andrew said the individual stories of the men who lost their lives illustrated the devastation of the war for their families.


Fremantle people fought and died in places such as Gallipoli, France, Belgium and Palestine with the Light Horse, Engineers, Infantry, Medical Corps and Tunnellers units, as well as the fledgling Australian Flying Corps.


Any members wishing to buy a copy of the book "Fremantle Voices of the Great War", which sells for $50, can do so by contacting Ian and Jacquie Pittaway.



President Mick Donnes thanked Andrew for his most interesting talk and said that as you get older the relevance of war and past history becomes more interesting and important.


He thanked Lelet for coming and sharing her work with us.


There will be no meeting on Monday 27th because of the public holiday so our next meeting will be on May 4th.