BulLetIN JUNE 24, 2013






OFFICE BEARERS 2012 / 2013



Mike Van Trier


Director New Generations:

Patricia Robertson

Vice President:

Jeff Spickett


Director Community:

Martin Houchin  new

President Elect:

George Lewkowski


Director Vocational:

Martin Houchin


Carole Maxwell   new


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 /

Club web site manager:

Martin Houchin



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



Nancy Day   Birthday


Betty Bright   Birthday


Jim Calcei   Birthday


Max Anderson   Birthday


Llew Withers   Induction   2003


Peter Field   Birthday


Patricia Robertson   Induction   2011


George Lewkowski   Induction   1990


Gail McCulloch   Induction   2011


Jim Trotter   Induction  


Colin McCulloch   Induction   2011


Alan Morcombe   Birthday


Dellys Rodgers   Birthday


Robin Hamilton   Induction   1987


Helen & Greg James   Wedding


Penelope Johnson   Induction   2011


Gillian & Robin Hamilton   Wedding


Keith Timmel   Birthday







  • Mal Bennett has asked that all those coming along to the weekend away in August please pay their deposit direct to Evedon Park Bush Resort within the next two weeks.  Call Jason at Evedon Park on (freecall) 1800 125 000.  Deposits are $50 for couples or $25 for singles.


  • The Club needs to urgently know the number of Rotarians and Partners coming along to the Changeover Night next Monday evening, 1st July 2013, 6pm for 6.30pm.  If you have not already confirmed your attendance, can you please telephone the Attendance Officer Tony Wilkie, on 9430 7933 or mobile 0404 000 458 so that Tony can finalise numbers.


Update on Proposed Change of Venue for Rotary Club of Attadale

Following earlier advice that the Royal Fremantle Golf Club had requested that RCA look for another venue from 1st July 2013 as it was no longer financially viable for the Golf Club to continue to host our meetings, Rod Rate informed the meeting that following further discussions with senior management, an offer was made by RCA to agree to a small increase in the catering charge and venue hire.  This offer will be taken to the Golf Club’s Board for consideration.  However, in the meantime, a three month extension to September 2013 was likely.


Martin Houchin asked for a recommendation to take to the RCA Board meeting on Thursday evening.  Martin presented the list of four venues that had been shortlisted from the larger list of venues identified Melville Bowling Club; Royal Fremantle Golf Club; Tompkins Park; Rhein Donau.


RESOLUTION:  The members agreed to a three month extension at the Royal Fremantle Golf Club.  It was also agreed that members would hold a Dinner Meeting at each of the other three venues over a three month period pending a final decision on change of location.


Toothpaste And Toothbrush Cartoon Stock Image

Rotarians are asked to bring along one tube of toothpaste on 15 July Meeting to donate to the cause providing dental hygiene to remote, generally, Aboriginal Communities.


Jan & John Owen of Kimberley Dental Practice will be with us on that evening to give their presentation on ‘Dental Assistance in North West Kimberley’.

Meeting June 17th 2013


President Mike Van Trier welcomed all members, special guest Past President Jim Trotter and guest speaker John Sharp to the meeting.  He informed Rotarians that the District Governor had sent the Club a thank-you card for hosting his recent visit.  President Mike also announced that Melodie Kevan, a good supporter of the Rotary Club of Attadale, will be District Governor in 2015.


President Mike also circulated a flier for a Quiz Night being held by the Rotary Club of Bentley-Curtin on Saturday 3rd August, tickets $20 each (see attached, Page 7).




Tony Wilkie announced that he had taken up the offer by Professor Jorg Imberger of a visit to his facility.  Prof Imberger was the speaker on 10th June, and Tony has arranged a vocational visit for members to the Centre for Water Research at The University of Western Australia on 16th July 2013 at 11.30am.  A list was circulated to ascertain the number of attendees.

Greg James spoke on behalf of Llew Withers on the Attadale Scout Group.  The leaders are now in place, and the youth will be recruited over the next month, with the launch of the group the first week in August.  The RCA is taking a leading role until the parents become involved, and the expectation is that the Club’s active participation will end in September.  Recognition was given to the hard work of Brian Wall whose endeavours saw the success of funding grants.  (Please see additional report from Llew Withers on Page 5).

Rod Rate requested that an attendance sheet be prepared for the Changeover Dinner on 1st July 2013, just two weeks away.

Mal Bennett reminded members about this year’s Rotary Ramble on the weekend of August 24 / 25th that will take place in Pinjarra, Harvey and the Ferguson Valley.  Mal indicated that there were presently approximately 11 couples coming along, and he was hoping that more would come on board for a weekend of fun and social events (see attached details on Page 8/9).

The Door Prize was won by Tom Slater and Betty Bright won the Joker draw (the jackpot is now worth almost $1000) but sadly – the only win for her was a bottle of wine!




Martin Houchin put out a final call for Entertainment Books – please contact him if you would like to purchase one at $65.


Following a spirited Fines Session, Bruce Robinson as Chair introduced John Sharp, who gave a presentation of his visit during December and January to Central America and the Caribbean. 


John Sharp


The title of John’s presentation was a somewhat tongue-in cheek

Drug Capitals of the World and Other Perspectives”!

Trish and John spent a number of weeks in December and January travelling through Central America and the Caribbean.  John extolled the beauty and delights of Antigua, with its ancient buildings, both well preserved and in ruins; the fabulous food; music; and interesting conversations with the residents despite the language barrier.  John pointed out that Antigua has 30 churches, 18 convents and monasteries, 15 hermitages and 10 chapels all in an 8-by-8 block area less than 1 km across!  John and Trish spent many a happy hour touring the area, and climbing the world’s most active volcano – on horseback!  Although a Civil War raged for over 30 years and only ended in 1996 - apart from the tourist police that are seen on street corners complete with automatic rifles, Antigua was a place or peace, tranquility and amazing beauty. 


Our happy travellers made their way through Mexico to Villahermosa for more sightseeing, touring and more eating!  Christmas Day was spent on a beach in Tulum, and on to Cozumel and then to Cuba with its crumbling architecture and decay, with vehicles on the road at least twenty years old.  The streets are plastered with posters celebrating 54 years of victory over the US – yet John considered that progress stopped in Cuba at the same time.  There is no phone service, almost nonexistent internet access – yet the residents seem unaware of the outside world, and live their life filled with fun, laughter and music, providing a great source of entertainment for our intrepid travellers.


The final step in the trip was a cruise around the Caribbean which provided some fantastic ports of call.  Not so fabulous was the trip following, in John’s words, to frivolous Florida and crass California, where “LA and Miami as indicators of the American dream are horrifying”.

Meeting 24th June 2013


Acting President Rod Rate gave a warm welcome to the small group of Rotarians to the meeting, a total of sixteen attendees.

The Door Prize was won by Col Taylor and Rod Rate won a chance to draw the Joker (the jackpot is now worth almost $1000) but sadly for Rod – that elusive Joker had the last laugh.

Melville Rotary Club has offered the use their Money Spinner at the Melville Markets, to the Rotary Club of Attadale on Sunday 30th June 2013, from 6.30am to 10.30am.  Patricia Robertson, Colin Taylor and Tony Wilkie all offered to staff the Money Spinner.  Patricia will coordinate the times for each of the volunteers.

Acting President Rod Rate informed the meeting that a thank-you letter had been received from the Zonta Club acknowledging the contributions given to them through the Give a Damn - Give a Can project.


Acting President Rod Rate reminded the members of the Changeover Dinner on Monday 1st July 2013, 6pm for 6.30pm. The cost per head will be $40.  Drinks will be complimentary for the first half hour, following which members can purchase their own drinks for their table. 

Speaker - Mick Donnes - ‘Philippines Project for Disadvantaged Children’

Mick gave a presentation about a recent trip taken by himself and Jim Calcei to visit a worthwhile project being carried out by the Kerry Parsons Family Foundation in the Philippines. Their objective is to provide the means for every child in the Foundation to go to school and make it possible for them to continue their education through to high school, and possibly college or university.  Those children who go on to succeed are then encouraged to come back and mentor the younger children.


Since the Foundation was initiated in 2005, over 120 children have been put through the school.  Despite their poverty, the children are very happy.  The conditions they are living in are often atrocious with, in one instance, up to five families living in one hut.  Carpenters have been brought in to make the hut more livable, especially for the twin boys suffering from cerebral palsy.  The aim is to get these handicapped children into school.  Mick told of another situation where a 13 year daughter is the sole carer for her mentally handicapped mother; grandmother and disabled grandfather.


The Foundation also provides some fun away from the slums at Christmas time and takes them to a local theme park, where the owner of the park allows them entry for free.  As can be seen from the photo below – a good time is being had by all.


Kerry Parsons is keen to purchase an empty building and convert this to an office and dormitories staffed by house mothers, which would allow the children to leave the slums and come to the property to study in relative peace.


Jim and Mick are keen for the Rotary Club of Attadale to assist the Kerry Parsons Foundation, and will develop a proposal to bring to the Board. In the event of funding being provided, this would need to be channeled through the Rotary Club of Davao in the Philippines.






Report from Llew Withers on the Waylen Bay Sea Scout Group

The Rotary Club of Attadale donated $720 in 2012 to the Waylen Bay Sea Scout Group to assist with shelving & storage problems at the Waylen Bay Scout Hall.  One Leader Bruce Pilgrim sourced the Brownbuilt shelving system and built a rack system to hold pioneering poles at the side of the scout hall. The Group appreciates the support of the RCA for providing funds to purchase materials to make this racking.  A report is included overleaf.







Hi all,


Please see below for photos showing some storage improvements at the Scout Hall in the Strand.


A rack has been constructed on the outside at the East end of the building which will store all the big pioneering poles, the slippery pole tube and scaffold support and various star pickets etc.


The front is made up of three removable panels that when unlocked can be lifted out and put aside. The key to the padlocks is on the aerial key tag just inside the roller door.


With the removal of the pioneering poles the camping store has been opened up and new pallet style racking installed.  We have tried to put the lesser used items (Committee, BBQ stuff, etc.) on the racks at a higher level out of the way.


There are still some improvements to be done but I think you will agree it is better and much safer than what it was.


Our thanks to Rotary for providing the funds to enable the racks to be made.





Bruce Pilgrim (Roa)

Waylen Bay Sea Scout Group

Tel: 9364 6380

Mob: 0417 991 252








Ferguson Valley Ramble

(Via - places of interest in Pinjarra and Harvey)


When:  24th/25th 2013 August with an overnight stay and Xmas in August Dinner at "Evedon Park Bush Resort” in Burekup which is the start of the Ferguson Valley.


Start9am Saturday 24th August. Tompkin on Swan Car Park 9 (cnr Cunningham and Melville Beach Rd) where full route instructions will be handed out for the morning’s departure.


Morning tea at the Pinjarra Heritage Village - then to Harvey via the Big Orange/Harvey River Bridge Winery and then on to lunch at Stirling Cottage and Gardens, a stop-over at HaVe cheeses and arrive at "Evedon Park Resort” mid-afternoon just in time for a walk around the lake, light up your log fires ready for the evening (remember to bring paper and matches.)


Pre-dinner drinks at 6.30pm before our Christmas Carvery Dinner at 7.00pm.


Sunday 25th August.  Start the day with a hearty buffet breakfast, and then start some more rambling at 10.00am?


Places to see and try en-route around the "picturesque Ferguson Valley” are Wild Bull Brewery, Willow Bridge Estate Winery, via Wellington Mills, drive through forest to Gnomesville (for a second Gnoming ceremony); Moody Cow Brewery; finishing at St Aiden’s Historical Church and winery (for prayers and drinks??) plus a light lunch on the verandah of the winery overlooking the vineyard. Finish lunch around 2.30pm/3.00pm, then a leisurely drive home if you are not staying another night.


Accommodation and approx. costs.


CABINS: There are now only (4) left with accommodation for 2 couples (4 people) in each – they consist of 2 bedrooms - one queen size bed in first room and a single and double bunk in the second bedroom.


These cabins have a bathroom (shower and toilet within) open kitchen/dining and lounge room and log fire with wood ready to burn and a TV. A small balcony overlooks the lake.


The cost of the cabins are $180 (for 2) plus another $20 per extra adult ($220 if 2 couples could get together to share) THAT IS $110 PER COUPLE TO SHARE and if you wanted to stay Sunday night another $120 ($60 per couple).


So in all there is enough accommodation in the cabins for 16 people.


(Mal and Elaine did the trial run with their friends and stayed in a cabin and it was fine for the weekend night.) We are not looking at luxury here but it is quite clean and comfortable, and they had a lot of fun putting this together along the way. (Their dinner at night was first class) and the main consideration was again to keep the costs down.


TWO STOREY APARTMENT UNITS (9 in all): The bedrooms upstairs (spiral staircase) which consists of a queen size bed and the second sleeping area with two single beds is on the landing of the stairs. Unfortunately bedroom 1 has to walk through bedroom 2 area to go downstairs so the apartments are more suitable for a couple (with family), with the bathroom and toilet downstairs with the living area/kitchen/dining TV and log fire. The cost is $180 for 2 and $20 per adult extra. If not sharing and want to stay the Sunday night is another $100 extra and if any sharing with other people another $20 p/p. Please keep in mind that you do have to climb stairs so if this is a problem the cabins are more suitable for anyone with a medical problem!!


Please get together with your Rotary friends and decide which type of accommodation you would like as unfortunately it is limited.


CABINS HOLD 8 COUPLES in the configuration as outlined.          (16 people)


TWO STOREY UNITS are more suitable for 9 couples -1 couple in each (18 people)

(available 34) so hopefully that will cover everyone who would like to come.


TO HOLD THE ACCOMMODATION A DEPOSIT OF $50 PER COUPLE IS REQUIRED (BY 10TH JUNE) AND CAN BE PAID DIRECT BY CARD TO "EVEDON PARK BUSH RESORT" BUT FIRST IT IS IMPORTANT TO PLEASE RING MAL 0413 833 747 OR EMAIL HIM mal.bennett5@optusnet.com.au so he can keep track of THE TYPE OF ACCOMMODATION AND IF SHARING ETC WITH ANYONE. He will then give you the resort’s phone number to make your deposit payment. Balance of payment can then be paid on vacating the resort on Sunday.




Saturday 24th August 2013

Morning tea:    at Pinjarra tea rooms (at your discretion)

Lunch:             at Harvey (fantastic location) we are arranging to have them make up light mixed sandwiches with help-yourself tea or coffee    $8-$10


Dinner:           “Evedon Park" (going by the sample dinner the Bennett’s had, it should be really good)         

                                    Christmas in August Three Course Carvery Dinner       $45 p/p


Sunday 25th August 2013

Breakfast:      "Evedon Park" full buffet style                                                      $20 p/p

Lunch:           St Aiden’s Winery "LIGHT" Ploughman’s lunch                                   $20 p/p




Sharing a cabin with another couple

$300 p/couple for weekend

Not sharing a cabin or unit

$370 p/couple for weekend


It would be great to get at least 10/12 couples to make this weekend worthwhile from the resort’s point - let alone ensuring everyone has a great time having a Rotary bonding weekend.


We need to move quite quickly on the accommodation now as it’s been quite hard coming up with reasonably priced accommodation and a date suitable to get everyone together.




Regards MAL