BulLetIN MARCH 17, 2014








OFFICE BEARERS 2013 / 2014



George Lewkowski


Director Local Projects:

Patricia Robertson

Vice President:

Mike Van Trier


Director International:

Mike Van Trier

President Elect:

Mick Donnes


Director Fund Raising

Rodney Rate


Carole Maxwell


Director Attadale Foundation:

Bob Rodgers


John Sharp


Attendance Officer:

Gillian Baker

Director Membership/PR:

Greg James



Mick Donnes

Director Rotary Family:

Martin Houchin



Tony Wilkie

Club Website manager:

Martin Houchin



Colin McCulloch /

Club Protection Officer

Llew Withers



Betty Bright


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


District Governor:  Erwin Biemel (Willetton)

DG Elect:  Brian Eddy (Rossmoyne)

DG Nominee:  Melodie Kevan (Applecross)

IPDG:  Robert Cooper (Kwinana)


Special Anniversaries for



Ann Lewkowski   Birthday


Betty Bright   Birthday


Trevor Leaver   Birthday


George Macrides   Birthday


John Sharp   Birthday


Keith Timmel   Induction   1984


Jenny & Jim Calcei   Wedding


Nancy & Ron Day   Wedding


Elaine Bennett   Birthday


Joan Henley   Birthday




Rey O’dorisio   Birthday





Many thanks to Betty Bright for providing these notes.


Meeting Monday 10th March

Chair: President George Lewkowski        Sergeant: Mick Donnes. 

Speaker: Prof Nigel Laing, Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.

President George welcomed Sarah Jane Robinson, whom RCA had supported at the recent RYLA camp.  President George also welcomed Prof Nigel Laing, and Al Campbell from Colorado making his second visit to the Club. 

Following the National Anthem – Martin Houchin made a presentation to the club of a $20,000 cheque on behalf of the Neil Henley Foundation - $10,000 for the purchase of park benches along Burke Drive; and $10,000 for the purchase of a car for Headwest.


Martin Houchin reminded Rotarians about the upcoming Community Mental Health Forum, organized jointly by the Rotary Clubs of Attadale; Applecross; Booragoon; Cockburn and Melville, 6.30pm – 9.30pm on Monday 14th April, 2014 in the Melville Civic Centre Main Hall, 10 Almondbury Road, Booragoon.  Martin is asking for volunteers to help out on the night.


Betty Bright reminded the members that she had emailed an invite from the Rotary Club of Bentley Curtin to attend their meeting on Monday 17th March 2014 to hear a presentation by Louise Furniss of Nannup who, with a friend, has started a community development project in Zimbabwe.  The meeting is being held at the Balmoral Hotel, 901 Albany Highway, Victoria Park at 6.00 for 6.30 p.m. start. Please contact: jennifer.mott@multifaxdds.com.au.


Ian Pittaway spoke to Rotarians about the Four-Way Test Final held in Kwinana, and expressed his disappointment that there was very little support from fellow Rotarians after the club heats.  Ian announced that although he had been involved in the Four-Way Test since 1993, he has decided that he no longer will be involved in future rounds.  Ian suggested that someone else in the Club be the ‘champion’ of the Four-Way Test otherwise the Club should drop the initiative.


In the absence of Rod Rate at the meeting, Bob Rodgers spoke about the Golf Day.   The event was a huge success and acknowledgement was given to Rod for his tremendous efforts.  Bob’s estimate is that ~$36,000 was raised.  The auction had been very successful, the raffle to a lesser extent.  Patricia was to be commended on her efforts with the latter, with Mal Bennett selling a couple of $100 raffle tickets.  Bob pointed out that among the Rotarians helping out over a very long and hot day – five were over 80, and many aged in their 70’s.  Bob urged the club, and the Board in particular, to try to recruit new, younger members, as it was likely some older members would retire in June 2014.


Mal Bennett reminded the members about the Bowling Night being held at 6.30pm Wednesday 19th March 2014, at Mount Pleasant Bowling Club, corner of Bedford/Glencoe Road, Ardross.  Cost $5 each.


John Sharp confirmed that the next Sundowner will be at his home, 48 Strickland Rd Ardross, on Saturday 29th March at 6pm.  BYO everything.


Gillian Baker reminded the Rotarians about the Movie Fundraiser, The Monuments Men, being held at 3.30pm Sunday 6th April 2014 at the Cygnet Cinema, 16 Preston Street, Como.  Gillian asked if members could collect cash before the event if possible and give to her at Rotary.  If more tickets are required, her contact details are Mobile: 0437 146 849, or email Gillian on gillian.baker7@bigpond.com.


Raffle: Won by Winston Marsh.  Chase the Ace $400: John Sharp – no Joker.




Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Camp: Patricia Robertson introduced Sarah Jane Robinson who had been the Club’s representative at RYLA.  Sarah Jane is a very bright, confident young lady who has graduated from UWA with a double major.  She has secured a position with Schlumberger, the world's largest oilfield services company, and is travelling to Houston, Texas for five months.  Sarah Jane gave her sincere thanks to the RCA for the opportunity to attend the camp.  She has held various leadership roles prior to attending RYLA, but said that there was so much more that she learned during her time at RYLA.



Winthrop Prof Nigel Laing, Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research



Robin Hamilton introduced Prof Laing to the meeting, who began his presentation by announcing that although he was not a Rotarian, he had been awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship by the Rotary Club of West Perth, and he always wears his pin proudly. 

Nigel was born in Scotland and obtained his BSc (Hons) in Pharmacology and PhD in Physiology from the University of Edinburgh.  He spent one year as a Post-doc at the University of Oslo before coming to The University of Western Australia in 1981.  Nigel’s research interests are the identification of disease genes for genetic muscle and neurological disorders, and the development of treatments for genetic muscle diseases.


Nigel gave a fascinating presentation on how some genetic conditions are caused by mutations in a single gene.  These conditions are usually inherited in one of several straightforward patterns, depending on the gene involved.  He successfully investigated Australian families with mostly dominantly inherited diseases, and said that where there are two carriers within a family, there is a chance that one in four of their children will develop a disease.  Nigel’s work in genetics over the years has resulted in him identifying a condition named ‘Laing distal myopathy’ which is a condition that affects skeletal muscles that the body uses for movement. This disorder causes progressive muscle weakness that appears in childhood.


From 1987-2011, 15 genes were discovered over 24 years.  However, with the advance of technology, in particular the Proton DNA Sequencer, between 2012-2013 seven genes had been identified over a 19 month period!  Multiple patient DNA samples can now be sequenced in one Proton run in less than a day, and the capabilities of next generation sequencing are allowing researchers to find disease genes and obtain cost-effective diagnostic answers for families for whom this simply could not have done this before.


Professor Laing continues to hunt human disease genes, while now working towards developing possible treatments for some of the diseases he has identified.


Following questions taken from the Rotarians, the Rotarians gave Prof Laing a resounding response for his presentation.


President George closed the meeting by giving thanks to Nigel and Sarah Jane for their presentations.  President George suggested to Sarah Jane that she could visit another time to give a presentation about her new job.  Thanks were again given to Al Campbell for his return visit.







Meeting March 17th


President George Lewkowski welcomed all members and bade a special welcome to our guest speaker Dr Dale Edgar from the Fiona Wood Foundation.

George spoke about:

·      The Bowls Night on this Wednesday night

·      The sad news that Colin Taylor had tendered his resignation

·      Greg James has taken 12 weeks leave to look after his son during recovery from an eye operation. 

·      Jeff Spickett volunteered to take over Greg’s portfolios during this period


Mal Bennett reminded the members about the Bowling Night being held at 6.30pm, Wednesday 19th March 2014, at Mount Pleasant Bowling Club, corner of Bedford/Glencoe Road, Ardross.  The cost is $5 each.


Colin McCulloch reported that Bunnings was offering special Sausage Sizzles on April 22, 23 and 24 and asked if any members could help if we could secure a date.  Seven members volunteered.


Rod Rate reported on the highly successful Golf Day saying that the final amount raised would be around $37,000.  He thanked Bob Rodgers for his report last week and the excellent job he did on the day looking after the prizes.  Rod thanked all of those who assisted with the day and helped to make it so successful.  A representative from the Motor Neurone Disease Association will be invited to a meeting to receive a cheque.


Rod was given a standing ovation for his incredible work and leadership of the Golf Day after Carole Maxwell detailed the Board’s motion of congratulations and thanks to Rod.


Mick Donnes announced that Jim Calcei’s daughter-in-law had given birth to twin boys last week


Gillian Baker outlined details of the Community Mental Health Forum to be held at the Melville Civic Centre on Monday, April 14th and asked for assistance on the night and for distributing flyers.

Gillian also reminded members of our fund-raising Movie Day on April 6th seeing “Monuments Men” at the Cygnet Theatre.  She will distribute tickets to each member to sell. 

See the poster with full details below.


Mick Donnes asked members to consider hosting an exchange student.


Gillian’s door prize was won by Tony Wilkie and Peter Field’s Chase the Joker, worth $465, was drawn by Rod Rate but he could not find the joker.






Guest speaker: 

Dr Dale Edgar


“Improving post-burn recovery. 

What have we learned since Bali?”

Winston Marsh introduced Dale who is the secretary of the Fiona Wood Foundation and a senior physiotherapist.  Dale gave an extremely interesting talk outlining advances in burns treatment and rehabilitation that have seen Western Australia leading the world.

He told us that the best first aid for burns is twenty minutes under cool, running water and that this is effective up until three hours after the burn is received.  Click here to learn more.






Secretary Carole thought members may enjoy reading this article:



DG 02/03 Fred A. Carvin, author of "Paul Harris and the Birth of Rotary."

PDG Fred A. Carvin



"It is my belief that the currents of Rotary have never been more deeply agitated than during the year 1923 and I'm certain that we have never made greater progress."  Paul Harris- The Rotarian Magazine - February, 1924.

Carvin book

From Paul Harris's standpoint, he had witnessed the birth of Rotary in 1905 as an opportunity to relive some of his rapscallion boyhood days and perhaps do some business with friends.  Later, a long and hard struggle ensued when he asked Rotarians to forgo this original premise, convincing them the path to happiness came from freely giving back some of their success to the communities that had generated it.  This "service" concept was not readily accepted and had been the source of discord for many years.


In 1923, roughly 19 years later, his creation developed a new set of guidelines that promised hope for the future.  It defined itself in terms of noble ambitions and restated goals.  Rotary placed service at the center of its existence.  Yet this change did not transpire without controversy.


Please read the rest of the story





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Presented by Rotary Clubs

and Australian Rotary Health

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to provide information and answer questions on



Anxiety - Depression - Eating Disorders - Dementia


Speakers will cover the following topics:-

·      Identifying cues to mental health.  Changing of habits that impact the health and wellbeing of the family unit

·      Caring – Professional or Family volunteer?

·      What assistance is available?

·      Maintaining your Mental Health


Support Groups

There will be many support groups attending with information, assistance and support advice on mental health related matters (from 6.30 pm)


Melville Civic Centre Main Hall 


Off Almondbury Road or Davey Road, Booragoon


Monday 14 April 2014

7.00 pm until 9.30 pm


your family and friends Are most Welcome

Call to let us know you are coming on

0447 111 408  or   www.trybooking.com/EKNU


Admission is free   –   Tea - coffee provided free