BulLetIN FEBRUARY 7, 2013






OFFICE BEARERS 2012 / 2013



Mike van Trier


Director New Generations:

Patricia Robertson

Vice President:

Jeff Spickett


Director Community:

Carole Maxwell

President Elect:

George Lewkowski


Director Vocational:

Martin Houchin


Phil Palmer


Director International:

Greg James   new


John Sharp


Director Attadale Foundation:

Bob Rodgers

Director Administration:

George Lewkowski


Attendance Officer:

Tony Wilkie

Director Foundation:

Greg James   new



Ian Pittaway

Director Membership:

Jeff Spickett



Keith Timmel

Director Public Relations:

George Lewkowski



Tony Wilkie

Director Rotary Family:

Tom Slater



Colin McCulloch /





Betty Bright


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


District Governor:  Robert (Bob) Cooper (Kwinana)

DG Elect:  Erwin Biemel (Willetton)

DG Nominee:  Brian Eddy (Rossmoyne)

Area Governor Clubs:  Robert Thompson (Kwinana)





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











Meeting January 21st


President, Mike van Trier, welcomed all members, our guest speaker Len Rathman and Honorary Member Trevor Leaver.

Mike requested board nominees for next year and was pleased to have Patricia Robertson continuing in her role.

Mike spoke about a submission he put to the board for our club to support the education of young girls in Bali at a cost of $250 pa each with a total investment of around $15,000 over five years.

Mal Bennett thanked all who assisted with the water polo parking that raised $1140.


Tom Slater spoke of a bowls night towards the end of February and planning for a car rally, seeking volunteers to host sundowners on the third Friday of each month, and thanked those who attended his 80th celebrations.


George Lewkowski spoke about our meeting venue at RFGC and possible changes.

George encouraged all members to get together a table for the Quiz Night at EFFC on February 15th.  Prizes would be welcome.


Patricia Robertson read a letter of thanks from the Esther Foundation for the welcome packs Patricia has put together.  Patricia also sent fifty Christmas cards with small items of jewellery.

Esther has received a grant from Lottery West and will be moving to Kalamunda.

There was discussion from several members on the lack of thanks from Esther for our assistance.


Bruce Robinson had an email from Mariann wishing all members a Merry Christmas.


Carole Maxwell said Nicole Ripley had returned to Canada and sends her thanks to all for the wonderful support she received.


Tony Wilkie suggested a joint meeting with Como Rotary at RPGC on February 25th to hear their special guest speaker (the pilot who made a miraculous emergency landing).

Greg James thanked Carole for her assistance with Nicole and sought one more host for the Brazilian GSE students from April 4th to 8th with Alan Morcombe volunteering.


The Door Prize was won by Bruce Robinson and the (un)Lucky Joker by Winston Marsh.


Sergeant, Ian Pittaway, had an interesting fines session.


Len Rathman

WA Seniors Card Centre

“Seniors Matter”

Winston Marsh introduced Len who gave us a very informative talk on the Seniors Card, its development and many benefits. He gave all members a special information pack to ensure we are availing ourselves of all the benefits available.



Seniors Card logo


Click the logo to visit the Seniors Card web site.




Meeting February 4th


President, Mike van Trier, welcomed all members, our guest speaker Kerry Parsons, Bob Thompson and Past District Governor, Jim Trotter.

Mike mentioned the District Conference in Busselton with full information on the website and that Penelope will be taking leave to do a dog training course.


Bob Thompson spoke about a Marketing and Communication Workshop to be held at the North Lake Campus on Sunday, February 24th from 11.00 to 3.00.


Rod Rate thanked members for supporting him with Febfast as he has raised nearly S1000 in four days.  You can see all about this event on the website http://febfast.org.au/.


Greg James gave an update on the GSE group coming from Brazil in April.  He is looking for placements for a lawyer, journalist, executive secretary, architect, business owner and agriculturalist.


Jim Calcei spoke about the annual crabbing day and circulated an attendance sheet.


Tom Slater said the next Sundowner will be at his home on Friday, February 22nd

Bring your drinks and nibbles.  Tom should have enough chairs.


Mick Donnes announced that the Quiz Night was being postponed until March 22nd and urged members to get items for the raffle and silent auction.


Keith Timmel invited all to a Bowls Night at the Mt Pleasant Bowling Club on March 6th from 7.00pm at an approximate cost of $7.50 that covers green fees, bowls and nibbles. 

Bar facilities are available and flat shoes or bare feet are required.


The door prize was won by Ian Pittaway who followed up with some interesting fines.


Kerry Parsons

History of the Fremantle Branch of the Liberal Party     and  

The Philippines Foundation


Mick Donnes introduced Kerry who spoke about politics in Fremantle and then detailed three case studies of children who the Foundation is helping.

If you are interested in joining a trip to the Philippines to look at the work of the Foundation contact Mick Donnes.




Sausage Sizzle Update

Many thanks go to all of the willing volunteers who enabled us to do the cancellation SSs over the summer and raise an extra $5,172.20 for our charity account.  As Gail and Colin will be off touring for the next few months we will be recommending that we suspend doing cancellations and look forward to our rostered dates of June 9, July 20, September 28, October 19, November 16 and December 1.


Advance Notice - Attadale Rotary Club Roster


Monday 25 Feb:

Set up: Don Rodger, John Sharp. Host: Llew Withers. Chair: Bruce Robinson


Monday 4 March:



Monday 11 March:

Set up: Jeff Spickett, George Lewkowski. Host: Carole Maxwell. Chair: Mal Bennett


Monday 17 March:

Set up: Winston Marsh, Brian Wall. Host: Peter Field. Chair: Jim Calcei.


Monday 24 March:

Set up: Robin Hamilton, Mick Donnes. Host: Tom Slater. Chair: Patricia Robinson







Jeff Spickett writes from the UK


I am now getting back to trying to be semi-retired after the Christmas/New Year season.

I arrived in London just before Christmas and we went straight up to Norfolk to have a couple of weeks with an old college friend from our time at London Uni back in the 60s.  We were pleased that our son, Anton, was able to come and visit for a few days from Qatar.  Cromer, a "resort" on the north Norfolk coast, had a traditional Boxing Day swim for about a 100 very hardy souls.  They were not in the water long!!


We had an” interesting” morning  New Year’s day as we noticed that the drains were not working very well – you guessed it – my friend and I spent an hour or so unblocking the drains.  In the evening the good folks at Cromer put on a firework display.  It was about 0 degrees with a very cold wind.  The local mayor introduced the event by saying "how lucky they were with the weather".  She was serious as presumably it was not raining or snowing!!


On the way back we stopped in Suffolk for a week with another college friend.  I don’t know if you know about a magazine called "Punch" that was very popular in the 1800s and 1900s.  It was mostly satire and cartoons about political and social events at the time.  These friends had some old copies and in one from 1931 there were a couple of comments about the weather:

"There is a general feeling that next summer should take place on one complete weekend and not be scattered at odd moments over the whole season"

“A writer on etiquette says that it is bad form to talk about the weather.  The proper words to describe the weather in this country would certainly be rather strong for the drawing room".


While we were in Suffolk our friend had a party – the beer is kept cold by leaving it outside the back door.  Anyway at the party we met some Rotarians who invited us to a meeting at Stowmarket.  It was what I imagined it would be, a more “traditional” meeting as they have no female members, although there were some partners there since once a month they have a meeting where partners (wives) are invited.  I think they miss out so much without having the fairer sex as full members.


Since then we have been based in Sunbury-on Thames.  We had some snow about 12 days ago which resulted in major disruption to air travel - you may have seen this on the news.  I thought that I was going to be affected as I was due to travel to Manila for a 3 day meeting at the WHO office there but by Saturday afternoon it was OK for planes to take off so I had a chance to thaw out in a warmer climate for a few days.


We are planning on seeing some more friends in Sussex tomorrow and then in Jersey in mid- February. 


Evadne is having a fruitful time with her genealogy research.  She is also very excited about the discovery of the remains of King Richard III as she has a big interest in the period of the Wars of the Roses.