BulLetIN AUGUST 20, 2014







OFFICE BEARERS 2014 / 2015



Mick Donnes


Director New Generations:

Patricia Robertson

Vice President:

George Lewkowski


Director Fund Raising:

Rodney Rate

President Elect:

To be advised


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)


DG Nominee:  Linda McLerie (Hannans-Kalgoorlie)

Group One Assistant Governor: Llew Withers

IPDG:  Erwin Biemel (Willetton)

Probus:  Winston Marsh





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 11th


President Mick Donnes welcomed all members and gave a special welcome to Murray McKay visiting from the Applecross Rotary Club.


Gillian Baker reported that she had put in for a grant of $3000 to the District Committee on behalf of the Fremantle Language Centre and was pleased to announce that it had been approved.


Mick Donnes asked who had attended the Grants Seminar.  Patricia  Robertson had attended with John Sharp.  They were given a disc containing all the relevant information to take back to the Rotary Club.  Patricia explained that there was only a certain amount of money available and when that had been allocated there was no more.


Martin Houchin chaired the A.G.M. of the Rotary Club of Attadale Neil Henley Foundation in the absence of Bob Rodgers.  He read Bob's report which was moved by Ian Pittaway and seconded by Mal Bennett that the report be received.


Martin then read his treasurer's report which was moved by Robin Hamilton and seconded by Max Anderson that the report be received.


Martin announced that the term of office for three trustees, Alan Morcombe, Don Rodger and Greg James had ended.  All three had re-nominated.  As there were no other nominations they were re-elected.


To be a member of the Foundation the annual fee is $1.00 that is added to your annual Rotary fees


Patricia Robertson entertained us by reading a humorous poem by Pam Ayers entitled "My SATNAV".


Jim Calcei followed on with an entertaining piece about a linguist who was asked to explain the difference between the meanings of 'complete' and 'finish'.


Sergeant Jim Calcei conducted a humorous fines session before running Heads & Tails for a donated litre bottle of wine which was won by Rod Rate.


The Door Prize was won by Martin Houchin and Chase the Joker by Colin McCulloch but, alas, no joker.


In the absence of the advertised guest speaker Kerry Parsons volunteered to share his best story:  

"The Most Impressive Man He Has Ever Met.  His Son Craig".

Kerry gave an emotional and inspiring account of how his son became a quadriplegic at the age of sixteen as a result of a motorcycle accident while competing in Southern Cross.  He was very grateful for the work of Dr George Bedbrook who instigated quadriplegic care and without him Kerry feels his son Craig would not have survived.  He related how a

tendon operation allowed his son to have a grip action.  He also told of visiting faith healers in Manila in the hope that they could make a difference.  After a year in Shenton Park Craig was ready to go home where ramps had been installed.  Kerry encouraged his son to take on sport.  He has gone on to compete in table tennis at the Seoul Paralympics and wheel chair rugby at the Sydney Paralympics,  He is now a hand cyclist and has been to the Boston and Berlin Marathons and is going to compete in the Rio Paralympics.  

This amazing man is married and the proud father of a fourteen year old daughter.   .


President Mick Donnes thanked Kerry for sharing his enlightening story and as he knows Craig agreed that he is an amazing young man and one of nature's gentlemen.




Meeting August 18th


President Mick Donnes welcomed all members and partners and gave a special welcome to our District Governor, Brian Eddy and his wife Pamela, and our Assistant Governor, Llew Withers.


Pam Eddy asked members to support a raffle to raise funds for ROMAC, a cause dear to both her and Brian.  The prize is a painting by Pam valued at $950 and featured below.


John Sharp outlined his business plan for "Changing the World One Conversation at a Time" and asked for member support.  The business plan will be emailed to members together with an email pro forma members may wish to use.


Martin Houchin asked members to complete an attendance sheet for a vocational visit to the Leaf Bean Machine on Thursday, August 28th from 6.00 to 8.00pm.  The venue is at 1 / 12 Horus Bend, Bibra Lake (behind Masters).

Martin also mentioned possible visits to a waste disposal facility, dinners at two TAFE colleges, and an aquaculture farm in Fremantle.


Winston Marsh showed members a special certificate he will be presenting to the Attadale Probus Club to celebrate their thirtieth anniversary.


Sergeant Jim Calcei bravely fined his darling wife Jenny (twice) and then himself.  As Jenny had no purse Jim had to pay the lot!  After that he spread the fines around.



The Joker was won by Peter Fields and the Door Prize by Betty Bright


Gillian Baker spoke about a movie night that she has arranged to see "The Hundred Foot Journey" on September 4th at 6.00pm at the Cygnet Theatre.  Tickets will be issued to all members to sell.  See poster below.


Jim Calcei

·      asked that all 'Love in a Shoe Box' be returned by September 1st so that they can be delivered by September 8th.

·      reminded members that Jan Fairclough will be away for the next few weeks so all apologies should go to Gillian Baker (0437 146 849 or gillian.baker7@bigpond.com)



President Mick introduced

District Governor Brian Eddy 

who gave an informative and uplifting address that covered a wide range of subjects:

Précis of Brian's address:

The one becomes the many when one Rotarian lights a candle and 1.2 million Rotarians join in, so join in as not only as we light up Rotary but we light up the world.

Being a Rotarian means doing serious work, but doing it has to be fun.

Joint meetings of clubs for the official DG visit have been well received and from all accounts most successful.  They have been enjoyable and

Rotarians shared some remarkable fellowship.

Great fellowship and interesting club programs make sure Rotarians wouldn’t miss a meeting; because it’s fun to be there.  Don’t rely on the catering!

Foundation is the cornerstone of Rotary’s good works.  RI and the district have an obligation to make sure every Rotarian shares in believing it should be supported on its merits, not simply because we’re Rotarians.

Avoid polio fatigue, have faith we can finish the job, it just needs your continued commitment and support.  Don’t forget every $1 by Rotary becomes $3 through the Gates Foundation matching $2 for $1.

Success in increasing membership starts at the club.  Critically review the projects the club undertakes, ask pertinent questions about their effectiveness at all levels – club; community; members.

If you look far and wide, well beyond your club, you’ll find projects which will motivate you.  For Brian it was Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children.  There is a myriad of opportunities to serve the community, local, national and international.

Come to the 2015 district conference.  We’ll be in Albany 20th to 22nd march 2015

It is important we recognise the contribution by our army of supporters and friends of Rotary.  Rotary could not function and serve the community as it does without that support.

Seize the day, challenge yourself to discover a project which motivates you to take action, a project which make s a difference and one which will not only light up Rotary, but will light up the world.


President Mick Donnes thanked Brian for his stimulating presentation and presented special coasters to him and Pam.

Mick announced that the September 1st meeting will be a partners' evening as we will have two guest speakers:

·      Grace Buchanan who will be talking about palliative care

·      Ileana Otto-Johanson, a classical opera singer, who will tell us what it takes to become an opera singer and sing a few pieces for us accompanied by Christina Trus.

Mick mentioned that we may also have visitors from the RC of Kalamunda



Ian Pittaway forwarded this information on next week's guest speaker:


Our guest speaker next week is Jo Milios, physiotherapist specialising in working with men who have had prostate cancer, operations and prostate problems.

She has developed a regimen of exercises and physiotherapy for men which also includes men speaking to each other about their experiences and problems.

That is an achievement in itself.

Recently she addressed a large group of doctors and specialists in Bunbury who were very impressed with her work.

To that point it is important for all members to make the meeting if at all possible and to include partners as well.

She is a delightful young woman and very enthusiastic and is deserving of a good attendance.




As previously reported Rod Rate gave a light-hearted and amusing talk, complete with baby photos, of how close the Parsons and Rate families have been over the years. 

You may remember that the parents shared a wedding reception and their honeymoon!

Today's quick quiz is: 

Is the beautiful baby opposite little Rodney or little Kerry?



Rotary Club of Attadale  -  Thirty Years of History


Mal Bennett has co-ordinated the recording of the history of our Club over its first thirty years.  This has been produced in digital form and is now available to members.  This record from 1982 to 2012 includes a wealth of information and memorable photographs that capture the character, activities and achievements of the Club.  It will become a treasured memento to all members past and present and is available to all members and past members for (drum roll) FREE!

All you need do is choose the version you want as it comes in three configurations:

·      Photos and Reports                    runs for 1h 46min                1,087,822Kb (about 1 Gb)

·      Photos only                                  runs for 1h 26min                877,086Kb

·      Written Reports only                   runs for 33min                      324,402Kb

The full Photos and Reports is recommended. 

They will all come on a DVD so should play on a computer or a DVD player.

Please click here to email Mal Bennett to let him know which version you prefer.

If you would rather have your copy on a USB thumb drive please bring one to our next meeting.  It will need to be 2 Gb or more for the Photos and Report or 1 GB for the other choices.  Please name your thumb drive clearly.

Below are a few photos to give you a sample of the delights in store. 

The full Photos and Reports will be played before our meeting next week.