BulLetIN, FEBRUARY 23, 2017









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N41 – February 23, 2017


The Rotary Club of Attadale, Rotary International District 9465

PO Box 110, Melville, Western Australia 6156


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The ROTARY CLUB OF ATTADALE meets on Mondays at:


Tompkins on Swan


6.00pm for 6.30pm


Attendance officer: 

Greg James - 0427 020 682







Tuesday February 28


Guest speaker:  Ken Michael

Chair:  Applecross

Host:   Bob Rodgers

Set up & Pack up:  Mick Donnes & Fred Soale







Bush Dance at Our Lady of Fatima - 6.00 to 8.00pm




NO Dinner Meeting (see Tuesday 28th)




Rotary Foundation Centennial Celebration Dinner at Tompkins on Swan combined with the RC of Applecross

Guest speaker: Ken Michael




No Meeting - Public Holiday – Labour Day




2017 Rotary Charity Golf Day at Royal Fremantle Golf Club




RCA President and Directors – ‘Showcase Meeting’




Board Meeting




Amanda Huxtable – ‘Visit to The School of St Yared’

This will be a PARTNERS NIGHT with sponsors invited




Club Golf Day at Araluen Golf Resort – 8.00 for 8.30am




Clint Heal CEO – ‘Melanoma Foundation’




) 2017 District 9465 Conference hosted by the Rotary Club of




) Fremantle at the Fremantle Sailing Club




‘Schooling in Nepal’




IGWR Nepal Quiz Night at the East Fremantle Football Club




Sandra Kerbler – ‘Journey to Antarctica’ - seeking new date




No Dinner Meeting.  (see Tuesday 11th)




Special Dinner Meeting with the President of Rotary International




No Meeting - Easter Monday -  Public Holiday




Meeting format to be decided




ANZAC Day – Public Holiday




Club Officer training (metro)




Change Over Dinner





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Special Anniversaries for





Dot Treloar   Birthday


Viv & Mick Donnes   Wedding


Greg James   Induction   2005


Carole Maxwell   Birthday


Rod Rate   Induction   2009


Phyl Knox   Birthday


Garth Curran   Birthday


Ann & Peter Field   Wedding




ROTARY SPECIAL MONTHS:    February is Peace and Conflict Prevention / Resolution




Meeting Monday 13th February


President John welcomed our guest speaker Tammy Houston, her partner Allan Fairhead and Steve Kepert from Booragoon RC.


He also invited members to attend

·        Booragoon RC Tuesday 21st February, 6.00 for 6.30 pm at the Midnight Fox where he will be presenting Jacqui Gilmour with a Paul Harris Fellow.

Steve and Greg

·        The MSEL Pitch night on Thursday February 23rd at the Kim Beasley Lecture Theatre from 5.00 - 8.00pm.  John and Jeff have spoken to Thomas Stewart, the coordinator of Murdoch Student Emerging Leadership Program (MSEL), which provides a unique opportunity for students to develop leadership capabilities whilst studying at Murdoch.                                                         

From the initial meeting two projects have been selected to pitch to the students: -

1. Web site re-design

2. Work Ready Seminar


The students will be encouraged to nominate themselves for one of the projects and carry out the work.

Click here for directions to the Kim Beasley Lecture Theatre and parking



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Golf Day for Attadale RC


George has organised a golf day at Araluen Golf Resort on Tuesday March 21st.starting

8.00 - 8.30am

The cost is $45 which includes a shared cart.

Lunch is extra but is reasonably priced.

All golfers are welcome and non-golfers are invited to join them for lunch.


Bush Dance Friday February 24th at Our Lady of Fatima

Attadale RC are holding a Bush Dance at Our Lady of Fatima this Friday February 24th commencing at 6.00pm and concluding at 8.00pm.

We will be selling sausage sizzles, drinks and ice-creams.

If anyone has any items that would be suitable for a raffle, please get in touch with Rod.


Fair- Can You Help?

Patricia announced that she is stepping down from running the Fair.

There is a committee but we need someone to step in and lead this project.

Please volunteer and let John know.

Quiz Night - Friday April 7th at the East Fremantle Football Club

Mick announced all proceeds will go to IGWR Inc. In Giving We Receive.

Giving life to kids in Nepal by giving them access to fulltime education and delivering infra structure support to rural schools.

We will hear all about Schooling in Nepal from our guest speakers at our meeting on April 3.


·        It will be 6.30 for a 7.00pm start

·        Make up a table of 8-10, put together some nibbles and come along for a fun night. 

·        There will be a cash bar and admission is just $20.

·        He asked members to bring along items that would be suitable for a raffle and a silent auction.

·        If you have any queries speak to Mick Donnes or Mal Bennett.


Guest Speaker:  Tammy Houston


Lost Civilisations and the Galapagos Islands

Tammy travelled to Africa 21 years ago, and spent six weeks mainly exploring and experiencing Ethiopia.

Getting around was very difficult as she had to rely on lifts with strangers.

She found the people to be very welcoming and delightful.

The countryside was very dry and arid but had stunning landscapes.

The town of Lalibela attracts tens of thousands

Colin, Tammy Houston and Allan Fairhead

of pilgrims, each year to visit its 900-year-old churches carved from rock.

On another trip, Tammy visited the Galapagos Islands where she saw a wide range of land and marine animals such as birds, iguanas, turtles, and tortoises.

Her talk was very interesting enabling us to learn about places many people never visit.


Board Report

John reported on information from the last Board meeting:

·        Martin has taken over Youth from Llew and will coordinate a stand at Conference.

·        We are still trying to get a grant for a laptop that can be shared by the treasurer and assistant treasurer. 

·        We are hoping to have a positive result from the MSEL Pitch night, Thursday 23rd Feb to help update our website.

·        We will not be donating microscopes to Palmyra PS as they already have some.

·        Shona Davis a former exchange student is in The Around the World Race.  If it ends in Fremantle she will be invited to talk to our members.

·        A proposal for the erection of an orchestral shell on the Point Walter Reserve at Point Walter has been sent to the Melville Council.

·        Kerry has spent $60 000 on the Rotary Charity House.  We are hoping to be exempt from Stamp Duty.

·        John feels we are in a position to push the button on the Global Grant.


Next Week                  Do not come on Monday

On Tuesday, February 28th, the Rotary Foundation Centennial Celebration Dinner will be held at Tompkins on Swan combined with the RC of Applecross.

The guest speaker will be. Dr Ken Michael who was the 30th Governor of Western Australia.

Partners and friends are invited to come and enjoy the evening with us.

Please email the Attendance Officer, Greg James, or phone him on Mob 0427 020 682 before 10.00am on FRIDAY, February 24th.


Paper Cranes


Carole had an email from Kate McKenzie (Rotary E-Club of Western Australia) regarding the City of Melville hosting a community festival

1000 Paper Cranes Brain Cancer Awareness Project on the afternoon of Sunday 19th March at Piney Lakes Reserve, Murdoch Drive, Winthrop. 

Rotarians, Rotaractors and friends from any club are invited to volunteer to support the participating charities by assisting with event operations.
In return for our help, we can share a free stall to promote Rotary/Rotaract membership and programs.
Please let Carole know if you can volunteer to do a 2-hour shift with 3 choices of activity.



Rotary International President is Coming

Greg announced that on April 11th the Rotary International President and the two DG’s from WA will be at Tompkins on Swan.  This is expected to be a huge night as both function rooms have been booked for the occasion.


Wishing Ian All the Best

Ian had a knee reconstruction last Friday.  Our thoughts are with him and hope he makes a speedy recovery. 


Congratulations Again!!!!!

Bob won the door prize AGAIN and Mal the raffle.  The Joker remains elusive and is worth about $600.



Patricia carried out a delightful fines session after warning members of possible fines.  She also included $1 Happy News Fines.


Coffee and Cake

Thanks to Colin for the tasty Anzac Biscuits that were enjoyed with coffee.



Paul Harris Fellow Presentations - An Amazing Family


Mal, Colin and Gail went with John to the Rotary Club of Booragoon to see him present Jacqui Gilmour with a Paul Harris Fellow. 

Jacqui Gilmour

Jacqui founded Hope for Children in 2004 which works in Ethiopia to support vulnerable children, young people and their families to realise their inherent potential. 

Jacqui had most of her family there to enjoy her recognition including her husband, Dr Graham Forward, an orthopaedic surgeon, who founded

Australian Doctors for Africa (ADFA), a charity engaging medical professionals who provide voluntary medical, surgical and nursing services to Ethiopia, Somalia and Madagascar.


Robert Forward

Robert was also presented with a Paul Harris Fellow by the President of Booragoon RC for his services in helping Australian Doctors for Africa (ADFA) send sea containers filled with medical supplies and equipment to help assist with the work and teaching carried out at the hospitals in Africa.  So far, they have dispatched over 50 containers.  It was amazing to discover that Robert is Graham’s father and Jacqui’s father- in -law.  What an outstanding contribution this family has made to improve the lives of others.


John Feary gives the history of the Paul Harris Fellowship

President John Sharp presents Jacqui’s certificate

Booragoon President, Matt Bruyninckx and Robert Forward

Robert, John and Jacqui

Robert Forward thanks his family for their support

Matt, Robert, John and Jacqui


Many thanks to President Matt and the Rotary Club of Booragoon for hosting this evening.



If you will not be attending our weekly dinner meeting please email the Attendance Officer, Greg James, or phone him on Mob 0427 020 682 before 10.00am on Monday.

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 Greg receives an apology by 10.00am on the day of the meeting the meal will need to be charged to you.




Rotary Charity Golf day

This year’s Rotary Charity Golf Day will be held at Royal Fremantle Golf Club on Friday, March 10, and will again be supporting MND and the Spinnaker Foundation. 

Last year we raised $44,442 to share between these worthy causes.

This year’s joint major sponsors are PRM Property and Personal Pathway Solutions.


<< Rod Rate gives the briefing at the 2016 Golf Day


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Many thanks to Chris Niquet from REDFISH Fish, Chips & Grill for joining many other local businesses in supporting our Rotary Charity Golf day. 

Chris kindly donated four $50 vouchers for REDFISH.

Our daughter told us that Chris made the best fish tacos in the world.  We tried them and reckon she’s right!

In fact, everything we have tried from REDFISH has been superb.  This is a superior, local food venue!  Do yourself a favour, try it out this week, and don’t forget to thank Chris.



If you will not be attending our weekly dinner meeting please email the Attendance Officer, Greg James, or phone him on Mob 0427 020 682 before 10.00am on Monday.

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 Greg receives an apology by 10.00am on the day of the meeting the meal will need to be charged to you.



Update on the School of St Yared


Global Grant Application submitted

President John has now completed and submitted our Global Grant application for the Refurbishment and Expansion of the School of St Yared in Ethiopia.  This Global Grant covers

stage one of the redevelopment and is for a total of US$79,432.  This includes the matching grants we will receive from The Rotary Foundation.  We received US$10,000 from District Designated Funds and this becomes US$20,000 with the $1 for $1 subsidy for districts.  Donations from clubs attract a 50c in the dollar subsidy.


Colin, Mal, Kerry and John met with Jacqui Gilmour to discuss the latest developments in Ethiopia.

Amanda Huxtable admires a photographic display of the Santa Maria College students’ trip to the School of St Yared.




Amanda Huxtable Presents …

Mark Monday, March 20 as a special date in your calendar as that is the evening Amanda will be telling us all about the School of St Yared in Ethiopia.  Amanda is the Head of Dance and Drama at Santa Maria College and she has spent her Christmas holidays for the last six years working at the school of St Yared.  This year she took a group of students to Ethiopia with her and they all worked in the school and loved the experience.

This will be a special partners’ night and we will be inviting all of our generous Rotary Charity House sponsors and donor Rotary Club representatives.




The Rotary Charity House Concept

The Rotary Charity House is the brain child of Kerry Parsons and similar in concept to our original charity house built in the early 1980s that funded the establishment of the Neil Henley Foundation that has helped fund our charitable work for over thirty years.

The idea is that we will build a house and seek sponsors to donate or discount goods and/or services.  The more donations we receive the less it will cost us to build the house and the greater the profit will be when we sell the house.  These profits will go to RCA charities with a substantial amount to be allocated to the “Relocation, Refurbishment and Expansion of the School of St Yared” in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  We have been receiving extremely generous support from many individuals and companies, both large and small.  We are keen to thank all of our sponsors for their support by recognizing their contributions as widely as possible; using their services whenever possible, and recommending them to our friends and relations.


Please support our valued sponsors.


Rotary Charity House Sponsor of the Week is BGC


BGC has been a huge supporter of our Rotary Charity House.  They have supplied the cement and all building materials including the insulation; and all of the doors and door furniture; and all of the major kitchen appliances.

All of this has been provided at no charge!  What wonderful, caring people!




Click to visit the BGC website



Rotary District 9465 Conference 2017

When: 31 March to 2 April 2017

Where: Fremantle Sailing Club

Full Registration

Includes: Friday Evening Welcome to Conference; Saturday Evening Governor’s Gala Dinner; all conference sessions; Saturday and Sunday lunch plus morning and afternoon teas in the sailing club.

Cancellation Policy:

A refund is available providing your cancellation is received by 28 February

Full Registration (valid from 1 January 2017)                         $295



Support other Rotary Clubs’ Events     Click on the links for more information


RC of Kwinana                                    Swimarathon February 26


RC of Applecross & Attadale              100 Years Celebration of Rotary Foundation  February 28



The City of Melville is hosting a community festival 1000 Paper Cranes Brain Cancer Awareness Project on the afternoon of Sunday, 19 March, 2017 at Piney Lakes Reserve, Murdoch Drive, Winthrop. 

Rotarians, Rotaractors and friends from any club are invited to volunteer to support the participating charities including Brain Tumour Association of WA  Cure Brain Cancer, CanTeen WA and James Crofts Hope Foundation - Brain Tumour Support by assisting with event operations.

More details and register here: https://goo.gl/forms/8Zsr4mEIMQvAy3Fu2 (3 x two hour shifts, three choices of activity).

Watch video on brain cancer and why patient support and research is so important http://www.btawa.com.au/

Coordinator: Kate McKenzie from Rotary E-Club of Western Australia




15 April 2017 Mandurah Rotary Duck Race. The three Mandurah Rotary clubs, Mandurah, Mandurah Districts and Mandurah City, will again join forces to stage the ninth Mandurah Rotary Duck Race on Easter Saturday, 15 April 2017, in conjunction with a Rotary Family Fun Day and Fair, including stalls, entertainment and activities for families young and old.