BulLetIN JUNE 23, 2014
OFFICE BEARERS 2014/2015
Rotary District 9465 for more information visit: http://rotary9465.org.au/
16th June 2014 CHANGE OVER DINNER
President George Lewkowski gave a warm welcome to the Mayor of Melville, Russell Aubrey, DG Erwin and Carol Biemel , DGE Melodie and John Kevan, Bronwein Carey, Kerry and Abby Parsons, Keith and Pat Timmel, Peter and Phil Knox, and Trevor Leaver, and to all the partners of Rotarians. President George also announced that Joan Henley had planned to attend, however, due to a recent injury she was unable to come along.
In her response to the Toast to Rotary International, DGE Melodie Kevan took the opportunity to acknowledge the difference that Members and their families make by sharing the Rotary ideals. She encouraged them to nurture the vision – to step forward with acts of kindness, as a way of building a more stable future.
The Past Presidents’ Award was given to Gillian Baker, who since her induction in April 2013, has contributed significantly and enthusiastically to the Rotary Club of Attadale.
With an overhead screening of photographs charting the history of the Rotary Club of Attadale, Mal Bennett gave some background of how the photos had now been transferred onto a CD. Rotarians were invited to obtain a thumb drive from Mal containing the photographs, which included the history of the construction of the Neil Henley house. Mal announced that he had a large collection of photos which he now needed to return!
President George offered thanks to Ian Pittaway for securing Geoffrey Hughes, a key player in WA aviation. Geoffrey will give a presentation to the Rotary Club of Attadale on 4th August, and President George encouraged Rotarians and partners to attend. He then gave a short synopsis of the past year to Rotarians, which included a change of venue to the excellent Tompkins on Swan. He also offered congratulations to Llew Withers who is the incoming Assistant Governor, and to Winston Marsh, now South Pacific Director of Probus. Winston informed the meeting that the Rotary Club of Attadale had been active in starting up 5 Probus Clubs, as well as being instrumental in helping 9 others become established.
Certificates of Appreciation were given to Patricia Robertson, one of the hardest working Rotarians in the Club; and to Betty Bright, who acted as Deputy Treasurer and Deputy Bulletin Editor. President George gave his thanks to the outgoing Board for all their support, and gave special mention to the support given to the Club by our recently deceased Rotarians, Phil Palmer and Tony Wilkie.
Following the induction of the incoming President Mick Donnes, President Mick introduced his new Board for 2014/2015, and the new Rotary theme, “Light Up Rotary”.
Hopefully photographs taken at the Change Over meeting will be in the next issue of the Bulletin.
Meeting June 23rd
In the absence of President Mick Donnes, who will be overseas for the next five weeks, Acting President George welcomed Rotarians to the meeting, and acknowledged a return visit by incoming Rotarians, Kerry and Abby Parsons; and a return to meetings by Greg James. Introductions were made to the evening’s speakers – Rotarians Jan Fairclough and Ian Pittaway. Acting President George also announced that Adrienne Cotterell had conveyed her thanks to Rotarians, and said that she was keeping better.
The door prize was won by Nick Odorisio, and the elusive Joker was not found by Greg James. Kerry Parsons announced that he and Abby are travelling to the Philippines at the end of June, and if any Rotarians were interested in travelling there, he would be happy to show them the work that his Foundation are doing to assist those most in need.
Our first speaker for the evening was introduced. Jan Fairclough gave a very amusing presentation about her life, which involved two husbands; two sons; and three grandchildren. Born in Wolverhampton, UK (close to Gillian’s place of birth), her parents emigrated to New Zealand where she grew up to become a Government trained graduate who spent ten years filling children’s teeth. She married an English engineer in New Zealand and had her sons, then moved to WA in 1980. As a family they moved around - Argyle Diamond Mine; Newcastle BHP; and Escondida Copper Mine in Chile. After Chile, Jan and her husband then opened a hotel in the UK which they ran very successfully for a number of years, with their two sons acting as chefs. On returning to WA in 2005, Jan and her husband bought a Margaret River Bed & Breakfast with five acres of land. Jan joined the Rotary Club of Margaret River and became Director of Youth and Community. They sold the property in June 2014 and returned to Perth. Jan told the Rotarians that she was very much looking forward to getting to know the Rotarians better, and was also looking forward to helping make a difference.
Ian Pittaway was the next to make a presentation, as he told Rotarians that he had 1 wife; two children; and no grandchildren. He was originally from Mount Hawthorn and raised in North Perth. He left Mount Lawley High School at 14 and began an apprenticeship, which he never completed. Over his lifetime, Ian has had a number of careers, eg a used car salesman, printing works and as a Wedding Photographer. Ian thought the latter job was excellent – he got to be fed and watered at every job. Apparently the alcohol at these functions flowed freely, much to his delight! In 1980, after 17 years with Cockburn Cement, Ian was made redundant – which left him totally demoralized. However, Ian acknowledged the friendship and fantastic support given to him by his fellow Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Attadale throughout that difficult time. Over the years, Ian has been involved in all areas of the Club: 4 Way Test; Foundation Chair; Group Study Exchange; GSE Chairman, the list goes on. In fact Ian said that he had probably carried out all the roles in the Club, with the exception of Attendance, Secretary or Treasurer! Ian offered his thanks to all Rotarians for their continued friendship.
Acting President George thanked both the speakers for their presentations. He also thanked Kerry and Abby Parsons for their attendance, and wish them well for a safe trip to the Philippines. With the Rotary Charge, the meeting was closed.
Following a decision from a Board meeting, Treasurer John Sharp has asked that the following be included in the Bulletin.