BulLetIN AUGUST 14, 2013







If you will not be attending the meeting please phone the Attendance Officer, Gillian Baker, before 10.00am on Monday on Mob 0437 146 849 or email her.

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)






Sausage Sizzle at Woolworths




Dinner Meeting




Board Meeting




Rotary Ramble Ferguson Valley  Meet at 9.00am




Rotary Ramble Ferguson Valley




Dinner Meeting




Dinner Meeting




Dinner Meeting




Sausage Sizzle at Woolworths




Dinner Meeting




Board Meeting




Dinner Meeting




10am Ladies Morning Tea – Anne Lewkowski




Sausage Sizzle at Bunnings




District Governor Visit to Rotary Club of Attadale




Sausage Sizzle at Bunnings

March 2014



Combined Attadale - Fremantle Charity Golf Day



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


Text Box: Meeting on Mondays                                                                                  5.30pm for 6.30pm





OFFICE BEARERS 2013 / 2014



George Lewkowski


Director Local Projects:

Patricia Robertson

Vice President:

Mike Van Trier


Director International:

Mike Van Trier

President Elect:

To be advised


Director Attadale Foundation:

Bob Rodgers


Carole Maxwell  


Attendance Officer:

Gillian Baker


John Sharp



Mick Donnes

Director Membership/PR:

Greg James   



Tony Wilkie

Director Rotary Family:

Martin Houchin 



Colin McCulloch /

Club Website manager:

Martin Houchin



Betty Bright

Club Protection Officer

Llew Withers





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




All the horses in Australia  Birthday


John Sharp   Induction  2003


Rosemary Rodger   Birthday


Mick Donnes   Induction  2002


Viv Donnes   Birthday


Adrienne & Graham Cotterell   Wedding


Phyl & Peter Knox   Wedding


Brian Wall   Induction  2012


Annette Macrides   Birthday


Greg James  Induction  2012


Nancy Bray   Birthday


Jim Calcei   Induction  1987






Meeting August 5th


President, George Lewkowski, welcomed all members to our first regular meeting at ‘Tompkins on Swan’, welcomed back travelling members and gave a special welcome to our guest speaker Jeff Hansen and to Jodie Ingram and thanked her for all of her work supporting this year’s “Give a Damn, Give a Can”.

George informed the meeting that:

·      Viv and Nikki had had hip operations

·      Anne has taken on the role of liaising with people who are unwell

·      It is planned to have two additional partners’ nights built into the Club calendar with special invitations to honorary members, past members and their wives.  These will be on the last Monday in September and March.

·      The Convention will be in Sydney next year from June  1 - 4

·      August 11 is membership action day


Treasurer, John Sharp, thanked everyone who has paid their subs and encouraged the rest to do so as soon as possible.


Tom Slater is investigating the Club participating in “The World’s Biggest Dinner Party” to support an orphanage in Kenya.


Director of Fundraising, Rodney Rate, asked all members to provide him with one fundraising idea.  He listed some of the ideas his committee is working on:

·      Sausage Sizzles at Woolworths Melville on the third Saturday of the month

·      Donations to Rotary in lieu of giving corporate gifts, particularly wine, to clients

·      Melville Theatre Night  - movie night

·      Fremantle Circus group productions

·      Raffles

·      Quiz Nights

·      Opera in the Park

·      Producing olive oil

·      Bottling and selling wine

·      Sportsmen’s luncheon


Sergeant, Mick Donnes, conducted a productive fines session that boosted the Club’s coffers.


Peter Field announced there were only eleven cards left in the Lucky Joker pack, but the elusive Joker was not drawn by Greg James and he will have to wait to get his bottle of wine as the cupboard holding the wine and other Club assets has gone missing in the move from RFGC.

Martin Houchin won the door prize and he too will be hoping that the cupboard is located soon.


Mick Donnes read a note of thanks from Viv thanking the Club for her flowers.


Llew Withers reported that the new Attadale Scouts group won the District Camping Competition in only their second week of operation.


Guest speaker:

Jeff Hansen

Australian Director of Sea Shepherd


Mal Bennett introduced Jeff who gave us an intriguing insight into the work of the Sea Shepherd group around the world but particularly in the protection of whales in the Southern Ocean.  The volunteers really put their lives on the line for what they believe in and this was made abundantly clear in the video of the ‘Bob Barker’ being crushed between two Japanese ships.  To find out more visit www.seashepherd.org.au






We are certain that all members will join Colin and Gail in thanking the multi- talented Betty Bright for the superb job that she did publishing the “Attadale View” while we were on extended leave and having a wonderful holiday in Europe.

It is comforting to know that we have such a willing and capable member who can provide seamless continuity in publishing the bulletin.

Good on you Betty!



Meeting August 12th


Acting President, Mike van Trier, welcomed all members to the meeting and gave a special welcome to the wheelchair bound Betty Bright and to our guest speaker Ailsa Allen.

Mike expressed the Club’s condolences to George Lewkowski, Anne and family on the passing of George’s mother. 

Martin Houchin has sent flowers and condolences to George and Anne on behalf of the Club.


Jim Calcei invited all members to support Nancy Bray’s “Love in a Shoebox” project and distributed boxes that are to be returned by October 9th.  Jim will be away during September during which time Patricia will look after this project.

Jim outlined plans to have a wine bottling day and this received overwhelming support. 

Many members also indicated that they would be able to sell cartons of wine to friends and this will be arranged.


Sergeant, Mick Donnes, amused us with an election mode article entitled “Dead Horse Theory”.


Robin Hamilton won the door prize.


Treasurer, John Sharp, thanked the 21 members who have paid their fees and encouraged the remaining 12 to do so as soon as possible.

On behalf of George, John asked for a show of hands who would attend a ‘champagne breakfast’ costing approximately $25 with profits going to the Club account.


Bruce Robinson reported that Marianne Zeigler, our 2012 German exchange student, is back in Australia and trying to make contact.


Tony Wilkie reported that Jeff Hansen from Sea Shepherd has a fundraising event on Friday, November 15th at the Cottesloe Surf Club.  More details will be given closer to the date.


Peter Field’s Lucky Joker is now worth $1265.  Alan Morcombe drew the winning ticket but not the joker.  Only ten cards are left now.




“Rotarian of the Year Award”

Martin Houchin asked Rod Rate and Jeff Spickett to join him and they presented the “Rotarian of the Year Award” jointly to Colin and Gail McCulloch who had been away for the Change Over Dinner when this award is usually presented. 

Martin said that this is a unique situation as the award had never been shared before.  He said that since they had been inducted Colin and Gail had been willing workers in all activities and mentioned their excellent work with the Sausage Sizzles, publishing the bulletin, the MS Swim and seeking donations for major events.





Winston Marsh spoke about the need to establish another Probus Club as the existing clubs are at capacity and with waiting lists to join.  New Probus Clubs are sponsored by a Rotary Club at a cost of about $800.  There is quite a lot of work involved and this would be done by Winston and a few helpers.  There was very strong support from members for our Club to sponsor a new Probus Club and Winston will prepare a business plan and present it to the Board for approval.


Winston (who perhaps should be called ‘Mr Probus’ or ‘Mr Efficient’) has produced the comprehensive business plan already and it is included as an attachment.

Members should find it interesting reading.


Probus is an association of active retirees who join together in clubs for the purpose of Friendship, Fellowship and Fun.




Colin McCulloch spoke about conducting Sausage Sizzles at Woolworths Melville. 

Rod Rate put in a request for one a month (missing months when we have a Bunnings SS) and we will have our first trial this Saturday, August 17th

This will be a much smaller operation than at Bunnings with sales around 200 compared to Bunnings 600 to 700.  The suggested hours of operation are 10.00am to 2.00pm. 

Colin and Gail will organize everything and just need four volunteers to assist.


Many thanks to the willing volunteers:

10.00 – 12.00 ~ Ian Pittaway and John Sharp.  12.00 – 2.00 ~ Martin Houchin and Tony Wilkie


Food handling

Bunnings has informed us that:

“The City of Melville has requested that all temporary food stall operators demonstrate skills and knowledge in food safety/hygiene by undertaking in a food handling training program.”

The Melville City Council has recently launched a FREE interactive on-line training program which can assist to ensure food handlers gaining valuable skills and knowledge in food safety and hygiene to help ensure safe and suitable food is produced.  The program is presented in an interactive, easy to follow, and entertaining format and includes the ability for the user to print off an acknowledgement form and a certificate on completion of the program and will meet the above requirements for operating a temporary food stall.  For further information on food safety topics within this training program, please visit the website on www.melvillecity.imalert.com.au or contact 9364 0281.

To maintain consistency I suggest that all future fund raisers from the 1st August undertake the training and provide Bunnings with the certification to demonstrate that such requirement has been met and to ensure that the operators have basic food knowledge and hygiene skills”


If you have a booking after the 31st July can you please ensure that the training program has been completed by at least 2 of your members and a copy of the certificate sent to the Melville store a minimum of 2 weeks prior to your booking.  If this is not received in this timeframe, unfortunately the event will need to be cancelled and the date offered to other groups.


Gail and Colin will do the course and send our certificates to Bunnings.  It would be good to have more, if not all, members who handle food for public consumption complete this course.


Guest Speaker

Ailsa Allen

Tony Wilkie introduced Ailsa, his long term friend and author of “A Special Gift”.

Ailsa coordinated the WA organ donor program during the 1990s and spoke about all aspects of tissue transplants and the importance of knowing the wishes of your family and loved ones.



Reminder for this year’s Rotary Ramble

Meet in the Tompkins on Swan car park at 9.00am, Saturday, August 24th



Mal Bennett reminds us that this year’s Rotary Ramble is on the weekend of August 24 / 25 and will take in Pinjarra, Harvey and the Ferguson Valley. 

It will be a fantastic weekend with morning teas, lunches, walks around the lake, log fires, Christmas in August, a buffet breakfast, breweries, winery lunch and Gnomesville! 

Full instructions for the drive down and the weekend will be provided at the car park.

Just pack your clothes, PJs and wallet and look forward to a weekend of Friendship, Fellowship and Fun.





Just outside Dardanup is the tourist attraction called "Gnomesville." Gnomesville is a collection of hundreds of Garden Gnomes left by visitors in a wooded area at the intersection of Furguson Road and Wellington Lowdon Road. The collection started as a protest over the construction of a traffic circle at the intersection. Gnomes were left by anonymous protestors and over 20 years the collection has grown. Visitors from all over the world as well as local school groups and organizations now add to the collection every year.