Bulletin December 1, 2008





*Attadale View

Official bulletin of the Rotary Club of Attadale

Vol 26 No 14 Bulletin  -  1st December 2008


Meets 6pm for 6.30 pm at Royal Fremantle Golf Club,

359 High Street, Fremantle.

PO Box 110 Melville WA 6156



Carole Maxwell

Vice President

Llew Withers

President Elect

Martin Houchin


Colin Treloar


Trevor Leaver

Director Community Services

Jeff Spickett

Director Vocational Services

Alan Morcombe

Director International Services

Russell Smailes

Director New Generation

Llew Withers

Director Fellowship

Mal Bennett

Director Membership &  Marketing

Sonya Rosbotham

Dir.Club Service

Martin Houchin

Rotary Family

Jim Trotter


Greg James

Sergeant at Arms

Don Rodger


Ian Pittaway


Peter Knox

Bulletin Editor

Russell Smailes


APOLOGIES to Peter Knox Tel:  9330 2559 by 10am Mondays



Next Meeting

Monday 8th December 2008

November Setting Up

Yolanda Cool, Graham Cotterell, Ron Day

November Hosts

Mick Donnes, Peter Field, Robin Hamilton



Speaker / Programme


8th December


PDG Sylvia Byers on “Being a patron of the WA Police Academy”


15th December


Ordinary meeting but with our partners celebrating Xmas with big, bold, cuddly Santa ($10 max same gender gift contribution by each person attending)

President Carole






Saturday Dec 13

8am – 11am

Don Roger, Keith Timmel


11am – 1pm

George Lewkowski, Jim Trotter


11am – 2pm

Colin Treloar, Mick Donnes


1pm – 4pm

Llew Withers, Mal Bennett

Sunday Dec 14

8am – 11am

Trevor Leaver, Ron Day


11am – 1pm

Max Anderson, Vacancy


11am – 2pm

Greg James, Russell Smailes


1pm – 4pm

John Bray, Carole Maxwell






Peter Knox                                     5th December

Tom Slater                                     14th December

Don Rodger                                   15th December

Col Taylor                                      19th december

Evadne Spickett                             22nd December

Sonya Rosbotham                          22nd December

Jeff Spickett                                   24th December

David Maxwell                               29th December


Bob and Delys Rodgers                  15th December


Recent Attendances  91.4 %




·        Wednesday 10th December – 7pm at  Cygnet Theatre ,“Australia” $12pp

·        Monday 15th December – Xmas meeting with Santa

·        Monday 22nd December -  No meeting

·        Saturday 27th Monday to Monday 29th  December – Water Polo – Parking We need four people each shift from the time of 5.30pm to approx 8pm each day. Roster sheet coming around in a few weeks.

·        Monday 29th December – No meeting



·        Monday 5th January – No meeting

·        Monday 12th January – BBQ – venue to be announced – Mal Bennett will announce details

·        Monday 2nd February – International Night – Himali Ghurka restaurant – details to come  from Russell Smailes

·        Sunday 8th February 2009 – Crabbing Day

·        Sunday 22nd February – Bowls Night

·        Tba – Picture Theatre Night

·        TBA -  Weekend Away  -  possibly in April 2009



Thank You

Thank you to all the helpers and the donations in making our final Melbourne Cup luncheon such a great success with over $4,000  raised.

Many thanks

Jenny Calcei


Guardian angel


Inside the lounge at White Waltham Airfield in Berkshire, UK, earlier this year, 99-year-old Sir Nicholas Winton waited for the arrival of a microlight, a small aircraft open to the elements. He was about to indulge his lifelong passion for flying. This was no ordinary flight, and he’s no ordinary Rotarian. Judy Leden, MBE, a world champion hang-glider and microlight pilot, flew from Derbyshire to make the flight, which has become a traditional birthday treat for the man she refers to as Sir Nicky. Her father, Thomas Leden, was one of nearly 700 children – most of them Jewish – who Sir Nicholas helped to flee Prague on eight kindertransport trains between 13 March and 2 August 1939, ahead of the Nazi invasion. A ninth train with 250 children was due to depart on the day war was declared, 3 September 1939. None of those children survived.


In 1938, Winton, a young stockbroker, had been planning a ski holiday in Switzerland, but a friend suggested he travel to Prague instead, where he experienced the danger posed to Jews and others by the advancing Nazis.


“It was a very cold winter, and all the people who had fled from Sudetenland into Czechoslovakia [and] who didn’t have relatives or friends were in Nissen huts, and conditions were very bad. There were five committees in Prague looking after the various … people who were in danger: the Jews, the communists, the writers in the PEN club, and other people on Hitler’s blacklist. There wasn’t any organization dealing specifically with children who had been orphaned or whose parents were missing. At the same time, parents were desperate to get their children to safety, even if they themselves were unable to leave. In order to help, we had to coordinate these committees and then see if the home office in England would let the children in.”


“In 1938, there were 10,000 children who came into the UK from Germany under a mass arrangement with the home office. They were put into camps, and then homes were found for them. However, the conditions for bringing children in from Czechoslovakia were different. I wasn’t allowed to bring in any children unless I already had a home that would look after them. I also had to raise the £50 required for each child to be able to return home after the war. I saw some of the children when I was in Prague and saw all the children when they arrived at the Liverpool Street station [in London]. At the end of the war, I assumed that none of the children were still in England. I didn’t meet any of them again until 50 years later.”


Sir Nicholas celebrated his birthday in May by being flown over the Thames Valley before attending his Rotary club lunch meeting in Maidenhead with Judy Leden. He said, “My first microlight flight was in 2003, and on that occasion, sponsors raised £5,000 (US$8,900) toward a new Abbeyfield home for the elderly. I should have worn bicycle clips, [because] the wind blows straight up your trouser legs.”

A Rotarian for more than 40 years, Winton served as a club president in 1973-74 and continues as a member of the community service committee for the Maidenhead club. He is still actively involved and is also the president of three local charities.


His wartime story only emerged in 1988 when his wife, Grete, came across a leather briefcase in the attic and found a scrapbook detailing the evacuations, complete with lists and photographs of the children and letters from their parents. He had put the briefcase with his working documents away after the children had been placed with their families. He never told anyone about what he had achieved. For 50 years, most of the children didn’t know the person they owed their lives to. He hadn’t even told his wife, but she persuaded him to have his efforts documented officially. Since then, his story has spread around the world. Today, there are more than 5,000 descendants of the Winton children in the United Kingdom, Canada, the Czech Republic, and the United States.


In 2003, Winton was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. In November 2007, he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by the Czech Republic. And at the 2007-2008 RIBI Conference, he was named a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow by RIBI President Allan Jagger. Sir Nicholas said, “Rotary means a great deal to me; it encapsulates the various principles by which I live.” 

At the event, Lady Milena Grenville-Baines, one of the Czech children he saved, explained how she found Sir Nicholas 20years ago through a chance comment at an Abbeyfield meeting in London. Another survivor, Rudi Wessely, was sitting next to Sir Nicholas, who noticed his accent and asked where he was from. Wessely replied, “I was brought to London on a kindertrain in 1939.” Sir Nicholas told him that he helped organize that train, to which Wessely said, “You are the man who saved my life.” 


Lady Milena showed delegates the label that was around her neck when she arrived at Liverpool Street station in 1939, together with her permit and the list of children on her train. She said, “In 1939, as you scrambled to save hundreds of lives, Nicholas, you wrote in a letter: ‘There is a difference between passive goodness and active goodness, which is, in my opinion, the giving of one’s time and energy in the alleviation of pain and suffering. It entails going out, finding, and helping those who are suffering and in danger, and not merely in leading an exemplary life in a purely passive way by doing no wrong.’”