BulLetIN, APRIL 29, 2015
FUTURE MEETINGS AT ‘TOMPKINS ON SWAN’
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
APOLOGIES: PLEASE NOTE THIS REVISED PROCEDURE
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).
OFFICE BEARERS 2014 / 2015
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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.
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.
Day Care and 111 Primary and Secondary students that attend each day.
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.
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.