BulLetIN, FEBRUARY 18, 2016










Monday, February 22nd, 2016  6.00pm for 6.30pm


Guest Speaker:  Dr Andy Marsh - Dial a Doctor



Host:  Bruce Robinson  Chair:  Ian Pittaway  Set Up:  Mick Donnes & Fred Soale




Monday, February 29th, 2016  6.00pm for 6.30pm



Guest Speaker:   Rosemary Sayer - author of "More to the Story"



Host:  Winston Marsh  Chair:  tba  Set Up:  Greg James and George Lewkowski 








Crabbing Day at Calcei's




Dr Andy Marsh - Dial a Doctor




Bicton School Bush Dance




Rosemary Sayer - author of "More to the Story"




Attadale School Bush Dance




No meeting - Labour Day public holiday




Board Meeting




Dinner Meeting


18,  19  &


District 9465 Conference




Dinner Meeting




No meeting - Easter Monday public holiday




Charity Golf Day at RFGC




Richard Offer - Cultural Heritage and History




Michelle Fyfe - Assistant Police Commissioner




Sarah Phillips - Fremantle Sea Rescue




No Meeting - ANZAC Day public holiday









Special Anniversaries for




Dot Treloar   Birthday


Carole Maxwell   Birthday


Greg James   Induction   2005


Phyl Knox   Birthday


Colin Taylor   Induction   1984


Carolyn & Llew Withers   Wedding


Rod Rate   Induction   2009


Ann & Peter Field   Wedding


Viv & Mick Donnes   Wedding


















Monday, February 8th


Many thanks to Max Anderson who recorded the notes for this meeting.


Acting President George opened our first meeting for 2016 and welcomed PDG John Kevan and Rotarian Rod Styles


Rod Styles spoke briefly on the Rotary Shelter Box project, an international disaster charity specialising in the delivery of emergency boxes of aid.  Each box includes a custom designed disaster relief tent, large enough for an extended family, including the fitting out of the temporary shelter from thermal blankets to solar lights, water purifier and cooking and eating utensils.  A donation of $ 1000 covers the total cost of a complete Shelter Box.



Rod drew attention to the disastrous Yarloop Bushfire and said that through Carole he had contacted the Pinjarra Rotary Club to see how our club could help.  He would be approaching each Rotarian of the Attadale Club suggesting that he or she makes a personal donation (if they have not already done so elsewhere) through our club to the Pinjarra Club. 


Mick advised that school Bush Dances are being organised at Bicton School on Friday 26th February and at Attadale School on Friday 4th March and was still seeking something for the hampers to be raffled each night.  (Suggested items were non perishable foods such as chocolates, biscuits, savory or sweet, after dinner mints, jams, condiments, tea, coffee etc or some toiletry gifts such as soap, hand creams, body lotion, cotton buds, flannels, perfume, tooth paste etc.)


PDG John spoke to us on two topics

 – firstly thanking the Attadale Rotary Cub for the $1500 donation it made to the Sustainable Garden Project in the Lily of the Valley Children’s Orphanage,  near Durban in Natal, South Africa -   a project supported by the Rotary Club of Hillcrest in Durban.

– secondly   thanking the Attadale Rotary Club for its $1000 donation to the Pathology Training Laboratories in Sri Lanka.  This project was approved on 5th February with a value of US $207,000 (AUD $300,000)   for the purpose of testing for infectious diseases.  The equipment is to be installed at regional hospitals at Jaffa in the north and at Newara Eliya, south of Kandy with the training being carried out by the University of Peradeniya.  Rotary Foundation will contribute US $100,000 to the project.


Due to time restraints Sergeant Jim let us off with fines


Patricia won the door prize – (I think)


Jeff had a go at the Joker but only received a bottle of wine.



Our Guest Speaker for the evening was Kerry Parsons supported by Greg James.


Kerry reported firstly on the result of the Christmas party held on the 30th December

at the Davao Jubilee Centre in the Philippines, thanking the Attadale Rotary Club for its donation of $1000 towards this event.  The centre which is sponsored by the non profit Kerry Parsons Foundation provides various rehab and treatment services for disabled people.  The Foundation was established by Kerry in 2005.


A second project to which Kerry referred was in the lead up to his main theme of the meeting.  This concerned the St Yared School in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia .( The co founders of the school which was established in 2009 were Jacqui Gilmour, an Australian and Yared Wolde, a young Ethiopian boy –  the aim of the school was to fight poverty through education. )   By selecting the brightest students from the start and following their progress throughout their schooling it is envisaged that these children will become the future leaders of the country.  However one of the problems facing the school is funding for the school upkeep.


This is an area in which Kerry said he would like to be involved - through the Kerry Parsons Foundation and through the Attadale Rotary Club.


The proposition put forward by Kerry was that the Club consider the building and auctioning of a charity home borrowing $100,000 from the Neil Henley Foundation as a deposit and on the basis that the money with interest would be repaid once the house was sold.   In answer to the three questions -   where would the house be built? - what would it comprise?   - and how would it be done? 

The answers were  - A block of land available at Beeliar, at 15% discount fully paid for after the house was sold  - the house  -3 x 2 with study and theatre   -  it would be funded through the loan from the Neil Henley Foundation, discounted material supplies, services and donations.


Some profit from the sale of the house would be used towards the upkeep of the St Yared School.


In further support of this proposition Greg James gave a most impressive power point presentation on the finer details covering the legal and contractual aspects of all procedures and agreements associated with the project.



Stop Press:  Message from Rod


Time did not permit me at last night’s meeting to provide all the details of the Jan 17 SS as provided to me by Colin McCulloch.  I said I would pass them on to all and so here they are:

Special thanks to

  • Nick who had to re-arrange his church commitments
  • Tom who did two hours instead of the usual one
  • Winston who missed his bowls/weekend away
  • Jeff’s grandson Tim
  • And Colin and Gail’s grandsons Matthew and Lachlan
  • And a very special mention to Greg who worked on for an extra hour and then stayed for another 40 minutes to help complete the clean up and pack up

The result was a profit of $1151.15 with sausages, onions and drinks left over for the next one.


Monday, February 15th


Many thanks to Max Anderson who recorded the notes for this meeting.


Mick, acting in place of President Carole, opened the meeting and welcomed NYCF Student Olivia Sell and visitor Garth Curran (prospective members)


(The latest report on David is that he is having further tests taken on the recent stem cell implant and that the results should be known within three weeks.  Carole is hoping to be back at Rotary in two to three weeks time.  We wish David a speedy recovery from his recent illness.  Although we all miss you Carole we know that David needs you more than Rotary.)


Olivia Sell who had just returned from the annual   National Youth Science Forum held in Canberra gave us quite an impressive talk on what she had obtained from the course.  The Forum which comprises a 12 day live in course is opened to all students entering year 12 who are passionately interested in science, technology, engineering and maths.  Olivia said she had gained a lot from the course and opened up her eyes as to the many vocations arising from pursuing such subjects.  She said however she had not yet made up her mind which avenue she would take.


John advised that there would be a meeting of the Finance Committee prior to the next dinner meeting on 22nd February.


Llew gave a brief report on the preparation for the next “give a dam, give a can” project being planned in May. This time it is proposed to use individual shopping bags  (ex Shopping Centres ) with the filled bags being picked up by Rotarians and volunteers and delivered to a truck for transporting to a  central depot for distribution to Fremantle oriented charities.  Llew will arrange for advertising of the project through radio, Scouts and other Rotary clubs.


Kerry referred to the Charity House project which was raised at the last meeting and circulated a list itemising the requirements in the way of plant, labour and materials for the construction.


Mick circulated a list of volunteers for the school bush dances – Bicton 26 February and Attadale 4 March - and said that the club was still seeking goods to be raffled at both functions.


Jim advised that members going on the crabbing party at Mandurah on Sunday 21st February should be at his place (Mandurah) at 7.45am.


Rod advised that e mails had been sent out to all members concerning personal donations to the Pinjarra Bushfire Appeal.  He reminded members that the Appeal closes off on Friday 19th Feb.  There is currently $400 in the kitty excluding those donations made to RRC on a tax deductible status (as advised in Rod’s communication of the 10th Feb).


The Door Prize was won by George - and the Joker was not won by Max but he was compensated with one of George’s best wines.


Heads and Tails was won by Gillian.


Best wishes are extended to Tom for a quick recovery after his recent spell in hospital




All members, past and present, and partners are invited to the annual crabbing day that will be held this Sunday, February 21st, at Jim and Jenny Calcei's Mandurah house at 11 Janis Street, Old Hall's Head.

If you would like to be on a boat and help with the crabbing give Jim a ring on 0418 926 601 to reserve a place on a boat or just take your chances and rock up by 7.45am.

Other guests are invited to arrive later in the morning.  The boats should be returning around 11.00am and the cooking should be under way by 11.30.  The feast should start some time after 12.00 so make sure you are there by then.

What to bring?

Please bring your own drinks and eskies.  There will be some ice available.

Please bring a salad or a dessert to share.

This is always a great day out so don't miss it!

A few photos from the 2015 crabbing day








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).

Please DO NOT send text messages to 0435 305 199 as they do not transfer from the Club phone to the Attendance Officer's phone.

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).


Text Box: Meeting on Mondays                                                                                  5.30pm for 6.30pm


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







OFFICE BEARERS 2015 / 2016



Carole Maxwell


Director Youth:

Patricia Robertson

Vice President:

Mick Donnes


Director Special Projects:

Mick Donnes

President Elect:

John Sharp


Director Fund Raising:

Rodney Rate

President Nominee:

Martin Houchin


Director Attadale Foundation:

Bob Rodgers


Colin McCulloch


Protection Officer:

Llew Withers


Betty Bright


Attendance Officer:

Gillian Baker

Director Membership/PR:

Martin Houchin



Jim Calcei

Director Family of Rotary:

George Lewkowski



Ian Pittaway

Director International:

Mick Donnes


Insurance & Risk Assessment:

Jim Trotter

Director RI Foundation:



Club Website manager:

Martin Houchin

Director Community:   

Bruce Robinson



Gail McCulloch

Director Vocation:

Jeff Spickett


On to Conference:

John Sharp


Rotary District 9465                                                 for more information visit: http://rotary9465.org.au/


District Governor:  Melodie Kevan (Applecross)

Vice Governor:  Erwin Biemel (Willetton)

DG Elect:  Linda McLerie (Hannans-Kalgoorlie)

Group One Assistant Governor: Llew Withers

DG Nominee:  Bruce Lynch (South Bunbury)

Probus:  Winston Marsh

IPDG:  Brian Eddy (Rossmoyne)

Rotary Out West  editor: Phil Cordery                back



Membership Committee

Martin Houchin (Director), Greg James (Deputy), Carole Maxwell, Mal Bennett, Ian Pittaway, Gillian Baker, Jan Fairclough, Bob Rodgers, Bruce Robinson, John Sharp, Gail McCulloch


Fundraising Committee

Rod Rate (Director), Jim Calcei (Deputy), Gillian Baker, Mal Bennett, Mick Donnes, Martin Houchin, Greg James, Carole Maxwell, Colin McCulloch, John Sharp


Youth Committee

Patricia Robertson (Director), Gillian Baker (Deputy), Mal Bennett, Jeff Spickett


Community Committee

Bruce Robinson (Director), Greg James, Gillian Baker, Llew Withers, Winston Marsh


Vocation Committee

Jeff Spickett (Director), Patricia Robertson, Robin Hamilton