BulLetIN AUGUST 6, 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 July 28th


Acting President George Lewkowski welcomed all members and gave a special welcome to our guest speaker John Park and to Peter Slyth, Kerry and Abby Parsons and welcomed back the intrepid travellers: Gail and Colin McCulloch



John Sharp reported that everyone should have received an invoice for their annual subscriptions and thanked the three members who had already paid.

John then spoke about the Rotary Peace Initiative for a Middle East Peace Summit and spoke to an excellent Power Point presentation that he will be forwarding to all members for their consideration.  The concepts and principles of the presentation apply to most if not all life situations and are commended to readers.

covered a number of interesting concepts including:

      Making progress 'One conversation at a time'

      Six degrees of separation

      Appreciative inquiry

John asked for member support for this initiative.


Jim Calcei thanked those members who had taken boxes to fill for "Love in a Shoebox" and said there were more available.


Patricia Robertson thanked Ian Pittaway for accompanying her to help select two boys from Clontarf for the RYPEN camp in October.

Patricia implored members to set aside the morning of Tuesday, December 9th to assist with interviews at this year's Job Seekers' Seminar for Melville SHS students.


Abby Parsons spoke about how beneficial it would be if members were able to assist her in locating second hand dialysis machines that could be sent to the Philippines where they would save lives.


Bruce Robinson suggested a chemist from Garden City as a guest speaker on "Well Being and Weight Loss" based on a CSIRO Well Being Diet and this was referred on to Ian Pittaway.


Ron Day related details of a 100.1 radio program that commented on the low percentage of funds that make it through to the recipients of many charities; often as little as 13% to 15%. 

The program suggested that donations to Rotary were particularly worthwhile as 100% went to the intended recipients.


Sergeant Jim Calcei conducted a spirited and productive fines session before running Heads & Tails for a donated bottle of wine.


The Door Prize was won by Peter Field and Chase the Joker by Ron Day but, alas, no joker.


Guest speaker:

John Park

Aviation Heritage Museum

Greg James introduced John Park who is the Administrator of RAAFA's Aviation Heritage Museum at Bullcreek.

John gave a passionate and interesting overview of the museum explaining that its

mission is to collect, conserve, display and research Australian aviation heritage with special emphasis on Western Australia for the enjoyment and education of the general public.

The Aviation Heritage Museum provides a unique museum experience of civilian and military aviation through its extraordinary aviation displays, helpful guides and special tours.  The Museum's talented volunteers have designed, donated and built a truly amazing array of aviation displays that include 30 aircraft and thousands of artefacts.  From the helpful gift shop attendants to the meticulous restorers, the Museumís hundreds of volunteers have truly built one of the most unique museums in the Southern Hemisphere or even the World.

The Royal Australian Air Force Association along with community assistance from sponsors, visitors, and friends of the Museum makes the Museum one of the top self funded Museums in Australia.

Click here to visit the Museum's excellent website that presents a wealth of information and features simulated, virtual and video tours of the museum and externals and internals of the planes.


Meeting August 4th



Mick Donnes, looking resplendent in suit, tie and chains of office, opened his first meeting as President and welcomed all members, our guest speaker, Dr Helen Brown, and Martin Farr from RC of Kalamunda.  Mick said his dress was to recognize the importance he attached to the induction of Abigail and Kerry Parsons.


Llew Withers presented Mick with an official manual to help guide his Presidency and commented that the DG, Brian Eddy, will be coming to our meeting on August 18th.


Martin Houchin gave details of a number of incorrect invoices received from the City of Melville for the six park benches installed on the Attadale

foreshore on our behalf.  The written quotes for the work were about $12,000 but the initial invoice was for $17,000 then upon correction became $41,000!


Bruce Robinson related how he had tried to do the right thing, as suggested, and invite the Clontarf boys to a family meal.  Regrettably this proved too difficult so he invited his Chinese neighbours instead.  


Patricia Robertson reported that due to circumstances we are sponsoring a student from outside our area to the National Youth Science Program.  She is Cassie Howell from the Frederick Irwin Anglican School in Mandurah and is one of only six students from Australia to be selected to attend the RYSP in Auckland.

Patricia reminded members of the Job Seekers' Seminar to be held on December 9th saying that we will have a new facilitator and we will need a firm commitment from members to act as interviewers.


President, Mick Donnes, assisted by Director of Membership, Jeff Spickett, inducted Abigail and Kerry Parsons into the Club. 

Mick will be their mentor and they will work with George Lewkowski in the International portfolio.

Anecdotes by Mick and Rod Rate told of very close relationships with the Parsons over many years.  Rod related that his parents and Kerry's were married in the same church thirty minutes apart, shared their wedding

reception and honey-mooned together in a caravan!  Now that is a close friendship.


Sergeant, Jim Calcei, conducted an interesting and profitable fines session and a game of heads 'n' tails for a bottle of donated wine that was won by Gillian Barker. 

Martin Houchin won the door prize and Alan Morcombe won Chase the Joker but could not find the joker.


Many thanks to Jenny Calcei for providing the delicious cake to accompany coffee.


Guest Speaker:

Dr Helen Brown

Department of Health, Safety and the Environment,

Curtin University



Jeff Spickett introduced Helen and congratulated her upon recently receiving her Doctorate.

Helen gave a broad overview of the effects of climate change on our urban areas with particular

reference to the loss of trees and the creation of urban heat sinks.  Combined with global warming, our aging population and urban development practices we will see more severe hot weather leading to more deaths and heat-related trauma.

Helen postulated that we need to be proactive in approaching this problem and one way would be to retain and increase tree cover in urban areas.


Sergeant, Jim Calcei, asked members to return their Love in a Shoeboxes over the next few weeks and said that Bob Rodgers would conduct a Foundation meeting as part of our meeting next week.




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