BulLetIN JULY 21, 2014
OFFICE BEARERS 2014/2015
Rotary District 9465 for more information visit: http://rotary9465.org.au/
Meeting 14th July 2014
Acting President Jeff Spickett welcomed the evening’s speaker George Booth, Robin Hamilton’s son-in-law Peter Slyth, and the soon to be inducted Kerry Parsons to the meeting.
Sergeant Jim Calcei requested all Rotarians participate in this year’s Love in a Shoebox, and announced that he and Jenny will donate a shoebox on behalf of each of their grandchildren. According to the website, in 2013 Operation Christmas Child were able to give a record 316,323 children across 7 countries shoeboxes from Australia and New Zealand
Assistant Governor Llew Withers reminded Rotarians about the visit by the District Governor on 18th August. This visit was arranged after the Rotary Club of Attadale declined the offer to participate in a joint meeting of Rotary Clubs at the South of Perth Yacht Club on Tuesday July 22nd. Llew also informed the meeting that fines will now be allocated to ROMAC.
Greg James thanked all Rotarians who brought along donations of food for Communicare. Both Greg and Sergeant Jim gave accounts of how ferocious the morning’s storm had been.
Peter Field informed the Club that the Rotary Club of Attadale had renewed its Public Liability Insurance.
Kerry Parsons was invited to give Rotarians an update of his recent visit to the Philippines, where the Kerry Parsons Foundation was hosting ten new country students, who were now experiencing the differences of living in a city. Kerry was also pleased to announce that the Foundation had been approved by RAWCS, and that the Rotary Club of Attadale was the sponsoring Club.
Following the usual spirited round of fines, there was a game of Heads and Tails – Patricia won the donated bottle of wine and chorizos made by Sergeant Jim. The door prize was won by Betty (Yay!), with Bob Rodgers having no success in his attempt to locate the Joker.
Tom Slater introduced the guest speaker for the evening, George Booth of Travel Tree, who is a Rotarian with Fremantle. George has spent 60 years in the travel industry, and gave a potted history of modern tourism and travel. He acknowledged the big role that Fremantle was playing in the rise of cruising in Australia, although river cruising is the fastest growing area of tourism. In the 1950’s, ships were docking in Fremantle every day, bring migrants to Australia. By the late 1950’s large passenger jets were taking to the skies, with the cruising market losing out. In 1960, 7,500 passengers left Perth International Airport. In the years that followed, the increased popularity of airlines, new aircraft and packaged holidays effectively destroyed the cruising industry. However cruising is now making its resurgence, with new cruise liners putting more emphasis on the environment, with some ships having on-board garbage processing, and water saving programs.
Tom thanked George on behalf of the Rotarians, and Rotarians took the opportunity to ask questions.
Sergeant Jim reminded Board Members of the Board Meeting on Tuesday 15th July at the home of Rod Rate. He also reminded Rotarians to take away a Shoebox to fill with gifts. Finally, Acting President Jeff gave thanks again to the visitors George Booth, Peter Slyth and Kerry Parsons.
Following the Rotary Charge, the meeting was closed.
Meeting 21st July 2014
Acting President George Lewkowski offered a warm welcome to the speaker for the evening, Lee Tate, Communications Manager of Arafmi, WA’s mental health family and carer agency, and to Abby and Kerry Parsons. Rod Rate was the Acting Sergeant for the evening.
Jeff Spickett gave Rotarians an update on the recent Membership Meeting, where it had been agreed to distribute leaflets around Mount Pleasant, inviting residents to visit the Rotary Club of Attadale, and he was looking for volunteers to deliver them. He was also currently making arrangements for the visit by two City of Melville Councillors on 22nd September, and Greg James was developing the program for the evening.
Gillian Baker thanked all those who brought in donations of food for Communicare.
Acting Sergeant Rod reminded Rotarians about the Love in a Shoebox for the Operation Christmas Child initiative.
John Sharp has been in contact
with Rotarian PP Mark Zober in
Jerusalem, who is calling for a Rotary Middle East Peace Summit to be
held immediately, and displayed a Powerpoint presentation showing how
Rotary had helped settle conflicts over the years, and asking Rotarians
to promote a peace initiative.
The Door Prize was won by Abby Parsons, and not surprisingly, Mal Bennett didn’t find the Joker. Following the fines sessions, Acting Sergeant Rod called a session of Heads and Tails – and the donated bottle of Spanish wine won by Abby Parsons, again! Obviously it was well worth coming out on a cold, wet and miserable evening for Abby.
Acting Sergeant Rod donated a $25 voucher for the Royal Fremantle Golf Club, and Ian Pittaway put up the winning bid.
Carole Maxwell as Chair for the evening introduced Mr Lee Tate, Communications Manager at Arafmi, which is a support service for family members and carers of those who have a mental illness. Lee is a journalist who has worked in WA newspapers, not least as Editor of Inside Cover in the West Australian, before taking up his current role at Arafmi four years ago. Lee addressed the meeting by informing Rotarians that 1 in 5 Australians suffer from mental health issues, and that often, carers don’t know that they are carers as they are looking after family members. Lee goes into schools to make presentations to teachers and pupils to publicise mental health issues, to remove the stigma and offer support to those families caring for mental health sufferers. The most important person to the sufferer is their family carer, who knows far more about them than any doctor or specialist. In some extreme situations when the police are involved, carers can often diffuse heated confrontations that police officers cannot, thus preventing attacks on constabulary and subsequent imprisonment.
Carole as Chair for the evening thanked Lee for his presentation and invited questions from the floor.
In closing the meeting, Acting President George thanked Lee Tate for his presentation, and also to Kerry and Abby Parsons for their attendance.
Following the Rotary Charge, the meeting was closed.
Message from Rotary District
You are invited to come along on Sunday morning, September 14th and enjoy this fun event with the hundreds of other Climbers who walk, jog or run up to the 50th floor. It will be fantastic if you are able to encourage family, friends and work colleagues to also register for this exciting day. They may like to join your fundraising team or possibly prefer participating as an individual Climber.
This is a personally challenging and immensely satisfying event and you will be joined by fellow participants of wide ranging ages and differing fitness levels along with elite competitive Climbers. You will have the satisfaction of having your own Climbing time recorded and the comfort of knowing we attempt to arrange team or individual start times to suit their capability.
Now is a really good time to register for Climb for a Smile 2014. It would be great for as many people or clubs to get people to sponsor them, and be involved and either climb (walk or run) as either individuals or as a team. Entry cost is $40.00 per adult and $30.00 per child.
The Climb offers you the perfect opportunity to further improve your current physical condition and overall level of strength and aerobic fitness. With the 3 months lead time before Climb for a Smile 2014 you have time on your side to make any lifestyle changes you feel may be needed to best prepare for the Climb.
Start tomorrow by setting your goals today with suitable exercises and a healthy diet.
Please help us spread the word and let the World know about Climb for a Smile 2014. Tell your family, friends and workmates about our Stair Climb Challenge on Sunday 14th September 2014. The day will certainly be a Win-Win for everyone - for the Climbers and for Rotary's worthy charities. Please take time to forward on this Newsletter -. let your followers on Facebook and Twitter know.
This will be a great event. Entry cost is $40.00 per adult and $30.00 per child.
We look forward to you coming along to enjoy the challenge and the personal satisfaction of having completed Climb for a Smile 2014.