BulLetIN MAY 7, 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:

Jeff Spickett



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



Pat & Les Power   Wedding


Pat & Trevor Leaver   Wedding


Max Anderson   Induction  1982


Llew Withers   Birthday


Peter Field   Induction  1982


Martin Houchin   Birthday


Alan Morcombe   Induction  1982


Judy Marsh   Birthday


Mal Bennett   Induction  1982


Graham Cotterell   Birthday


Winston Marsh   Induction  1982


Mike van Trier   Birthday


Peter Knox   Induction  1982


Rosemary & Don Rodger   Wedding


Don Rodger   Induction  1982









Meeting April 28th



[Thank you to Betty Bright for providing the notes for this meeting]



Chair: President George Lewkowski        Acting Sergeant: Ian Pittaway. 

Speaker: Ms Yolanda Cool, Curator, Melville Discovery Centre.


Acting Sergeant Ian gave the welcome to Rotary, Max Anderson led the Grace, and Patricia Robertson led Rotarians in the National Anthem.


President George and Rotarians gave a warm welcome to Yolanda Cool – not only our Speaker for the evening, but a past member of the Rotary Club of Attadale (RCA).



President George gave members an update of the Board discussions from Tuesday 15th April, and intimated that there are on-going discussions about allocation of funds between Club and Charity accounts.


Assistant Governor Elect, Llew Withers:

·      Announced that Rotary Club of Attadale will return to District 9465, which is a better fit for RCA.  The Clubs (Attadale, Applecross, Booragoon, Melville and Canning Bridge) will be invited to have a joint social gathering;

·      Gave an update on the Give a Damn Give a Can project, which has seen has seen a huge increase in response from residents following involvement by Acton.  Bags are to be delivered from Tuesday 6th May to Wednesday 14th May.  The collection will be on Sunday 18th May, 9 am -12 noon.  Volunteers are required.


Rotarians requiring a new Rotary shirt should first approach Tom Slater who has eight shirts in stock.


Patricia Robertson announced that the benches have now been installed around Burke Drive, although the Rotary plaques are yet to be added.


Martin Houchin informed Rotarians that Entertainment Books were available for purchase at $65.


Robin Hamilton suggested a vocational trip to WAAPA (West Australian Academy of Performing Arts) in Mount Lawley.  Two or three times per year the public are invited to attend a pre-performance matinee with a tour of the facilities for $30.   The next opportunity will probably be around September of this year.


Gillian Baker informed the meeting that the Mental Health Forum on Monday 21st April was a success, and she thanked Martin Houchin, Ian Pittaway, and Betty Bright for their assistance on the evening.


Door Prize: Patricia Robertson.  Chase the Ace $577: Winston Marsh – no win for him.


Fines Session:  None.



Rod Rate gave Rotarians a short presentation about Microscopes in Schools, an initiative from Prof Lyn Beazley, Chief Scientist of WA which involved the Rotary Club of Freshwater Bay.  A number of primary schools have now received a donation of microscopes which can be used indoors and outdoors.  Bicton Primary has a presentation next Friday at their assembly of 30 microscopes donated by the Rotary Club of Attadale.  The cost is $450 per school for 30 microscopes, and $24 for battery backup.  Rod recommended that the budget planning for next financial year includes a line item to provide microscopes for primary schools.


Guest Speaker:

Yolanda Cool, Curator, Melville Discovery Centre

Tony Wilkie welcomed Yolanda to the meeting, and announced that she is travelling in August to present a paper in Sweden, and is the only Australian to be invited by The International Committee for the Collections and Activities of Museums of Cities.

Yolanda’s presentation was Engaging a Community Through a Child, and she explained how her work as Curator at the Melville Discovery Centre allowed her to

take school children through the Centre to give them a sense of being; an identity; a belonging and a link to the past.  The children learn the processes of being a curator through ideas of ‘when, where, who and how’ – a way of making history real.  These children are being valued, and they gain experience that defines who they are.  They are working together to interpret meaning, and the children are encouraged to create displays in their own schools. 

Yolanda said that the forum in Sweden is about how to take Museums into the future; where a future generation will be looking for something other than specimens in glass cases.


Rotarians thanked Yolanda for her presentation, and President George in closing said he hoped that RCA could welcome Yolanda back into the Club at some point in the future.



Rotarians gathered for a photo opportunity to promote RCA’s donation of a car to Headwest.


Meeting May 5th



President George Lewkowski welcomed all members and gave a special welcome to:

·      John Kevan, Past DG, and Melodie Kevan, DG Nominee

·      Jan Fairclough, member to be

·      our guest speaker, Wendy Strang

·      Kerry Parsons and Angel and her mother Faye

·      His wife Anne Lewkowski

Text Box: John, Melodie and George


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Text Box: Angel, Kerry and Faye


Kerry Parsons introduced Angel and Faye and spoke to members about his work with ROMAC (Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children) in the Philippines and his efforts to raise awareness of the plight of needy children everywhere.  He gave a description of Angel’s medical problems and how Dr Michael Holt, other medicos and Saint John of God Hospital had facilitated her treatment.  Kerry stressed the Foundation’s concentration on providing schooling and also spoke about supplying eight students with hearing aids.


Martin Houchin spoke about:

·      The dinner at Quinlan’s on Thursday, May 8th at 6.30pm.  The address is 15 Grosvenor Street, Beaconsfield and the cost is $27 per head.

·      Most members have already paid for their Entertainment Books.

·      There was insufficient interest to arrange a visit to WAAPA.




Llew Withers and Don Rodger gave details of this year’s “Give a Damn, Give a Can” and asked for members to deliver the bags and notices later this week or early next.

The collection will be on Sunday, May 18th from 9.00am to 12.00 and an invitation to attend a Rotary meeting will be delivered with each thank you slip.  

The support of ACTON and planned publicity should result in a record collection.



Rod Rate informed members that he had addressed the Bicton School assembly last Friday and presented a set of 30 microscopes. 


Rod said $36,950 had been raised at the Golf Day and he has prepared a cheque for $18,500 that will be presented to the Motor Neurone Disease Association in the next few weeks.   >>>>




Gillian’s door prize was won by Winston Marsh and there was much excitement when Anne Lewkowski drew her own ticket out and then selected the Joker and won $600!



John Kevan thanked RCA, Gillian Baker and Martin Houchin for helping to run the recent, very successful Mental Health Forum.  Five Rotary Clubs participated, 83 people attended the Forum and 13 support agencies were involved.


DG Elect, Melodie Kevan, said she was getting towards the end of her nomination year.  She has been to training but still has lots to learn and is looking forward to hearing from clubs about what they would like to happen in our area.


Patricia Robertson detailed the locations of the park benches and said the plaques should be attached soon.


Jan Fairclough was formally welcomed into the Club.  President George said it was a great pleasure to welcome Jan who is transferring from Margaret River.  Her classification will be hospitality and she will work in Youth projects with Patricia Robertson who will also be her mentor. 

A new Attadale badge and a special certificate were presented to Jan.


Jan thanked everyone for her very warm welcome and said that she was very much looking forward to working with members on community projects and joining in club activities.



Guest Speaker:  Wendy Strang


Gillian Baker introduced Wendy who is the Principal of the Fremantle Language Development Centre.  Wendy gave a brief overview of how LDCs are organized across the state and then described the children who they help.  These students are ‘bright little buttons’ who have difficulty with the normal mastery of language skills.  They come from all areas and walks of life and need help for their specific language difficulties.  If they don’t receive this assistance they will fall by the wayside and not reach their potential in life.

Wendy described the specific areas that may require intervention and said the aim was to return the students to their mainstream classes as soon as possible.

To learn more click here.



Members will be pleased to note that RCA is supporting the work of the Fremantle Language Development Centre through our Occupational Therapy Project led by Gillian Baker.  RCA is contributing towards the costs of screening all Pre Primary students attending the FLDC with the purpose of identifying those that are at risk with sensory processing and fine motor skills. 

Those students identified will be referred to government and private occupational therapy services for individual intervention therapy. 

This project will make a real difference to the lives of these children.