BulLetIN JULY 31, 2013
If you will not be attending the meeting please phone the Attendance Officer, Gillian Baker, before 10.00am on Monday on Mob 0437 146 849, or email her at email@example.com
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 2b)
OFFICE BEARERS 2013 / 2014
Rotary District 9465 for more information visit: http://rotary9465.org.au/
Monday 21st July 2013
Tompkins on Swan hosted the meeting of the Rotary Club of Attadale with Rotarians being given the option of making the venue the permanent home for the Club.
President George welcomed Rotarians to the meeting, with a special warm welcome to partners, Del Rodgers and Rosemary Rodger. President George also announced that, sadly, Keith Timmel had tendered his resignation from the Club – following discussion with the Board, President George announced that Keith would be given honorary membership to the Club.
Following the opening procedures, Acting Sergeant Ian Pittaway invited the Directors’ Reports:
· Treasurer John Sharp reminded members that he had issued invoices for annual subscriptions and would appreciate payment before 4th August 2013.
· Martin Houchin informed the members about an invitation to an exhibition ‘Van Gogh, Dali and Beyond – The World Reimagined’ at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, at a cost of $19 per head; or $17 for groups and concession holders. If the tour could be scheduled for Friday evenings, the gallery will also provide a guided tour. It was agreed that Martin should follow this up.
· Patricia Robertson informed the members that following a stint at the Melville Rotary Club Sunday Markets, the RCA received $249 from the Rotary Money Spinner. Thanks to Patricia Robertson, Col Taylor and Tony Wilkie for staffing the Money Spinner.
· Col Taylor: Col indicated that the Men’s Shed had also been offered two Sundays to staff the Money Spinner. However, he informed the Rotarians that the Men’s Shed have been given a two year notice to vacate their current premises at the Bicton Uniting Church. Consideration had been given for four Rotary Clubs to join together for a funding submission to build new premises which could house the Men’s Shed. However, the Men’s Shed would prefer to submit a separate submission.
· Rod Rate offered to establish whether or not food will be served at next week’s Forum to be held at the Royal Fremantle Golf Club – it was agreed that the assumption will be that dinner will be served this coming Monday, 29th July 2013 unless notified otherwise.
· Gillian Baker as the new Attendance Officer will circulate an email with her phone number and relevant contact details.
Door Prize went to John Sharp; Greg James won the wine in the Joker Draw but not the Joker, even though there were only 13 cards left in the pack and $1,120 in the kitty, giving further credence to a suggestion that the Joker is probably not even in the pack! Amusing Fines Session, except for those unfortunate enough to cop a $2 fine!
A quick discussion occurred around the suitability of Tompkins on Swan as a venue. The consensus was that as a venue Tompkins was very pleasing, the room the Rotarians were located was ‘cosy’ given the ‘hollow square’ configuration of the table. There was a brief discussion with the Manager who indicated that larger rooms were available however these incurred a $480 hire charge. However, he agreed that the current room could be reconfigured to four round tables x 8 people. He agreed to set up the room in this manner and send a photo to Ian Pittaway. Rod Rate requested Martin to circulate around all Rotarians his summary of all three venues visited, with their respective cost and size.
Interestingly Rotary meetings ran from 6.30pm until the early hours of the morning on occasion, and involved imbibing lots of alcohol! One meeting was held in a 400 year old inn which had been used by resistance fighters during the Second World War. Sadly, the Innkeeper, his family, and senior officials in the village were shot by the Germans as retribution.
The GSE team went on a numerous fishing visits including a trip on a commercial fishing boat, attending fish auctions and visiting the manufacturer and repairers of fishing nets; they had meals in stately castles and mayoral receptions, and occasionally there were a number of very seedy GSE team members on these visits. On a three day sailing trip, the alcohol on one of the three yachts ran out after 24 hours (there seems to be a common theme emerging here). The group also visited manufacturing industry, forestry and farming ventures including intensive piggeries and mink farms, as well as advanced health and education facilities and many artistic centres.
Brian considered Rotary in Denmark at that time to be less egalitarian than Australia, and probably more affluent. The Danish Rotarians were about as conservative as Australians and shared a very similar, self-deprecating sense of humour. There was a strong politically left wing faction in Denmark that was active in pursuits such as alternative energy (wind turbine) production. They were active even in the armed services. Art is also very important in people’s lives, and Danish design and artisanship were evident everywhere. There were excellent sporting facilities with the main sport being soccer.
Rod Rate thanked Brian for his insight into the Danish culture. President George closed the meeting, first giving thanks to all Rotarians and to special guests Del Rodgers and Rosemary Rodger. President George also acknowledged the concerns about the somewhat confined set-up but believed that this had in fact led to greater interactivity and spontaneity during the evening.
Monday 29th July 2013, Royal Fremantle Golf Club
President George Lewkowski welcomed Rotarians to the meeting, and informed them that the Forum topic for the evening would be a discussion about the future venue for RCA meetings. Martin Houchin led the forum by giving a summary of costs for the three venues visited, Rhein Donau Club; Melville Bowling Club and Tompkins on Swan; plus Martin included the most recent offer by the Royal Fremantle Golf Club to continue to host Rotary meetings in return for an increase in room hire and meal charge. Rotarians were invited to speak on the topic, but were restricted to two minutes only. It was the intention of the Board to convene at 7.30pm to discuss Rotarians’ views, and to come back to the members with a final decision before the end of the meeting.
A number of members expressed their opinions, with the majority supportive of a move to Tompkins on Swan. Although it was agreed that the meeting room viewed was somewhat cramped, it was pointed out that there were three rooms available in total, the small one for our previous meeting which was 43m2; a 68m2 room upstairs, or a very large 290m2 room. (It would need to be established whether the large room incurred the hefty fee previously stated by Tompkins). Bruce Robinson also put forward a suggestion that Cater Girls could be invited to cater one evening each month at a cost of $22 per head, with the balance of $3 covering the Tompkins on Swan outlay. However, the actual supplement to be paid to Tompkins is yet to be confirmed. The sentiment was that Tompkins on Swan would be attractive to visitors, and with new Rotary signage, the venue had the potential to increase Club membership. There was also potential for a joint fund raising exercise with one of the sporting clubs that currently use Tompkins. The Board adjourned to reach a decision based on the members’ input.
The Board reconvened fairly soon after confirming that the new venue for the Rotary Club of Attadale will be Tompkins on Swan. President George agreed to be the contact person with the Manager of Tompkins, Alex Dowling. President George also agreed to contact Rhein Donau and Melville Bowling Club offering our thanks for their hospitality. Bruce indicated that he would speak with Esther Foundation/Cater Girls giving them an update about the discussions re the potential for monthly catering.
Past President Mike Van Trier offered his services to shift the Rotary Club’s equipment to the new venue on Wednesday afternoon 31st July, and will be assisted by Ian Pittaway and Nick Odorisio.
The draws were taken for the Door Prize and for the Joker. Door Prize was won by John Sharp; Joker Draw was won by JOHN SHARP!!!! We all waited with bated breath while John drew his card to see if “everything really does come in threes”…… No – apparently they don’t! Too bad, John……
Another spirited Fines Session by Sergeant Mick Donnes – as there were only 19 Rotarians, it is fair to say that we all got hit with a $2 fine at least once, particularly where we were all fined for, according to Sergeant Mick, the most appalling rendition of the National Anthem. Where is Chorister Patricia when you need her? Hope you are recovering well Patricia, we look forward to welcoming you, O Tuneful Voice!, back. Then we had the usual round of fines for football supporters; misplaced car keys; holidaymakers from the last three months; Rotarians recovering from ill health; latecomers; and President George for not wearing his badge of office!
· John Sharp: The Treasurer reminded Rotarians about outstanding subscriptions, and would appreciate payment by 4th August. John also announced a new procedure for recouping costs for dinners for Rotarians who do not send an apology before 10 am Mondays. The procedure can be found on Page 1 of the Bulletin, under ‘Apologies’. John also reminded Rotarians that dinners for Guest Speakers could be drawn down from the Club’s Charity Account. John will liaise with the Attendance Officer to keep track.
· Martin Houchin: Martin made an announcement on behalf of Greg James, who is seeking the location of Club Banners, as he needs them for his GSE Teams. It transpired that only two Banners currently exist in the Club, and more will need to be ordered. It was agreed that Bruce Robinson would liaise with Trevor Leaver to establish how this should be done.
With no other reports, President George called the meeting to a close, thanked everyone for the input into the Forum, and looked forward to welcoming them to the Club’s new venue on Monday 5th August.
Ladies Morning Tea Last Friday Every 2nd Month
Anne Lewkowski, wife of President George Lewkowski, is proposing to host a bi-monthly Ladies Morning Tea and hosted the inaugural Morning Tea at 10am on Friday 26th July at their home at 118 Matheson Road in Applecross. A number of ladies attended the morning tea, and by all accounts, a good time was had by all!
Anne asked ladies to bring a small plate and she proposed collecting a small donation each meeting to be donated towards a charity to be decided on the day. Dates for next morning teas will be Friday 27th September and Friday 29th November 2013 unless otherwise informed.
For future reference, Anne’s contact details are: Phone: 9316 0336. Mobile: 0433 259 777
Special Invite from Grow WA
Grow’s Odd Socks Day 04 October 2013 and Fun and Friendship Day 02 August.
Odd Socks day – 04 October 2013.
Please wear odd socks on 04 October 2013 to your work to promote Grow’s mental health anti stigma campaign and if you could do anything to help us promote anti stigma campaign in any way possible please let us know.
Grow’s The Odd Socks Day is a national mental health anti stigma campaign that has been developed to engage people socially and encourage open and honest conversation.
It is a light-hearted approach to reminding people that anyone, at any time can have an odd day or moment and that talking about and sharing feelings can really make a difference. It also highlights that stigma is still a real barrier to seeking help and recovery.
Grow Fun and Friendship Day Friday 2nd August 2013
Friendship Day at the Grow Centre. 9.30am – 12.30pm. Bingo and card games! Soup and bread lunch provided for $2 per person. Places limited! RSVP essential to the Grow Centre 1800 558 268 or 9228 1411.
Grow is a national organisation that provides a peer supported program for growth and personal development to people with a mental illness and those people experiencing difficulty in coping with life’s challenges.
The program is designed for people to take back control of their lives, overcome obstacles and start living a life full of meaning, hope and optimism.
Grow groups offer the opportunity for people to share challenges and solutions for recovery in a supportive and structured way. Participants are also able to attend education and training sessions and participate in a range of social activities.
Grow weekly groups are free to join and you don’t need a referral or diagnosis, see attached list of locations.
Manager - Grow WA
MUTUAL HELP GROUPS:
AN IMPORTANT GATEWAY TO WELLBEING AND MENTAL HEALTH
by Dr Lizzie Finn, PhD, and Professor Brian Bishop
Mutual help groups (MHGs) addressing a myriad of mental and physical health problems are a widespread and growing phenomenon in the westernised world. While they have historically flourished at grass roots level, it is only in the past two decades that MHGs have caught the focused attention of psychological researchers in America and Europe. In Australia, however, little research has been conducted to either describe or measure their effectiveness. Concomitant with this dearth of research work is a lack of information amongst many professionals about the potential benefits of mutual help groups.
Dr Lizzie Finn has been involved in an extensive quantitative and qualitative research into Grow, a community mental health organisation which was set up in Australia in 1957 by former psychiatric patients. Today, Grow Australia-wide comprises some 277 groups and it’s estimated that nearly 10,000 people a year have direct contact with Grow. Overseas some 280 Grow groups have been established. The study builds on and extends over a decade of research into Grow conducted in the United States.
With the current project an initial survey of more than 900 Grow members from around Australia, employing a newly-developed six-factor scale of psychological wellbeing (Autonomy, Environmental Mastery, Self Acceptance, Positive Relations with Others, Purpose in Life and Personal Growth) pointed to length of membership/extent of involvement in Grow activities as being related to improved psychological wellbeing, and a reduction in the use of medication and hospitalisation. Improvements were made particularly in the area of life management skills. Three-quarters of the sample had been given a diagnosis. Similar results were found in a longitudinal study with a sample of 28 Western Australian Grow members surveyed at less than 2 months membership and then 6 months later.
Then followed a year and more of total immersion in the culture of Grow, undertaking ethnographic work as a participant-observer at meetings for 12 months, attending live-in training weekends and social events, and interviewing Grow members at length about their experiences before and after joining Grow. This qualitative work supplemented and extended the initial indications of the quantitative study, in terms of its added ability to describe the process involved in group interaction, but above and beyond that, process of change at an individual level.
A primary characteristic of the majority of Grow members interviewed for the study, ranging on the mental health continuum from the ‘worried well’ to people who had experienced severe mental health problems, was a history of increasing isolation and deterioration of interpersonal skills. The experiences they related, and observations made at Grow meetings, suggest that Grow offers a (‘real’) in vivo training ground for learning essential social and life management skills. Layman’s cognitive-behavioural therapy is a staple ingredient in Grow’s program and one consistently used by Grow members.
However, Grow’s benefits go beyond this simple description. A major theme of the research is that Grow is a micro-community with an organisational purpose and structure endorsing a value system within which Grow members not only learn important life skills but have the opportunity for identity transformation in terms of feeling useful, valued and a sense of belonging.