BulLetIN NOVEMBER 13, 2014






OFFICE BEARERS 2014 / 2015



Mick Donnes


Director New Generations:

Patricia Robertson

Vice President:

George Lewkowski


Director Fund Raising:

Rodney Rate

President Elect:

To be advised


Director Attadale Foundation:

Bob Rodgers


Carole Maxwell


Attendance Officer:

Jan Fairclough


John Sharp / Betty Bright



Jim Calcei

Director Membership/PR:

Jeff Spickett



Ian Pittaway

Director Rotary Family:

Martin Houchin


Insurance & Risk Assessment:

Peter Field

Director International:

George Lewkowski


Club Website manager:

Martin Houchin

Director RI Foundation:

George Lewkowski



Colin McCulloch /

Director Community & Vocation

Greg James



Betty Bright


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


District Governor:  Brian Eddy (Rossmoyne)

Vice Governor:  Robert Cooper (Kwinana)

DG Elect:  Melodie Kevan (Applecross)

Group One Assistant Governor: Llew Withers

DG Nominee:  Linda McLerie (Hannans-Kalgoorlie)

Probus:  Winston Marsh

IPDG:  Erwin Biemel (Willetton)





Special Anniversaries for



Donna van Trier   Birthday


Jacquie & Ian Pittaway   Wedding


Ron Day   Induction   2001


Judy & Winston Marsh   Wedding


Elsa Anderson   Birthday


Pat Power   Birthday


Helen James   Birthday


Jim Trotter   Birthday


Carole Maxwell    Induction   2005


Freya Taylor   Birthday


Jeff Spickett   Induction   2005


Patty & Jim Trotter   Wedding


Trish & John Sharp   Wedding


Tom Slater   Induction   1993









Meeting November 3rd 2014

(With special thanks to Carole Maxwell for taking the notes)


The meeting was opened by President Mick Donnes who welcomed all members and the speaker: Ronald Stobie from Hamilton Hill Salvation Army.



Llew Withers reminded members of the ceremony to name the rescue boat the 'Gordon Cargeeg', at 10.30am on Sunday 9/11 at the Waylen Bay Scouts Hall.  All welcome.  See the last Bulletin for further details.


Greg James advised that we have been invited to run a sausage sizzle at the Carols by Candlelight being organised by Melville Rotary on 7/12.


Mal Bennett announced that there will be a car rally culminating in a picnic (under shade) on 16/11 commencing at 8.45am.


Gillian Baker asked for numbers for "Wife after Death" on Wednesday 9/1


Mick Donnes reported that we will be helping run a Bicton Primary School Bush Dance on 20/2/2015 with the NumGuts Bush Band.  Volunteers are being sought for the committee. 

A sausage sizzle on the night is to be discussed.


Acting Sergeant Ian Pittaway conducted an interesting fines session including one on himself:

While preparing to go to the Fremantle Celebrations last week Ian lost his wallet.  He then cancelled all credit cards etc., as you do.  He then went to the wardrobe and found his wallet with his shoes ... too late!!!!!


Heads and tails was won by our speaker Ron Stobie (bear in mind this is a committed Salvation Army Officer so no gambling and no alcohol so he took the olives!)


The door prize was won by Greg James.


The Joker is now worth $467 and Greg James had the right ticket again but couldn't find the joker.


Mick Donnes congratulated Llew Withers on being nominated for the Valued Citizen Award from the City of Melville.  Llew was nominated for his continuing strong involvement with the Scout's movement.




Guest Speaker:

Ron Stobie, Hamilton Hill Salvation Army.


Ron and his wife and 3 yr. old daughter came to WA in January, from both New Zealand and Victoria.  They are responsible for the area covering Cockburn, Fremantle and Melville and are already making things happen in their area.

Ron described the Salvation Army as faith with its sleeves rolled up, and explained the two arms of the Army, the Church and the social.  He explained that although in the past the two areas had drifted apart they are now coming back together again.  His main area of expertise is the community or social aspect.

While working in Melbourne he had recognised that by just giving handouts a revolving door was being encouraged and his philosophy is to give people a hand up rather than a hand out. Very similar to the Rotary International aims.  He is working with a number of people and families to help them find a better way of life.  This does not exclude the regular free dinners and hampers being handed out.

Poverty can be ‘Situational’ which is the easiest to fix, a temporary problem that needs immediate assistance.  Or Generational which is much more difficult and involves counselling and training as well as the quick fix.

Generational is the poverty trap often experienced by parents and then adult children and their children.  Ron explained it can take eight years or more to remove one family from generational poverty.  The couple are currently working with nine people giving intensive assistance, budgeting, talking to debtors and generally helping them to cope with life and money.  Always being conscious of the dignity of any person, it has been agreed that after two parcels of food are handed out, counselling is mandatory.

Food donations are received and three days per week fresh food is available along with non-perishables.  This is set up supermarket style and a card is used to help people back into the way of actually purchasing food.

Currently a lunch is supplied for anyone who needs it one Sunday each month.  This is expanding to two Sundays per month at a cost to those needing it of $3 per meal although if helpers recognise that a person may not even have the $3, it is given free.  The opportunity to train in the art of service and hospitality to upskill for future employment is also given.

Each Christmas Gift cards and Food parcels are distributed.  Last year 100 were given out to the value of $80 per person this year it is planned that 200 will be available.

RCA together with Fremantle and Give a Can Give a Damn filled the food shelves for 4 months!

Ron was very pleased to advise that we are more generous in WA than Victoria

Llew advised that there is a program now running with the local schools using years 11 & 12 to cook meals for Foodbank.  It is anticipated that there will be 5000 meals prepared for the freezer and he asked if Ron was aware of this and hoped that they could be a recipient through Foodbank.

Following questions Ron was presented with the highly prized RCA coaster and invited, with his wife, for a meal of Christmas Cheer on 15th December.  All members were reminded to bring a suitable selection of gifts and/ or food for the Salvoes



Monday November 10th 2014


President Mick Donnes welcomed all Rotarians and welcomed back Gail and Colin McCulloch, Rod Rate and Bruce Robinson.  He gave a special welcome to our guest speaker Karen Rhodes.


Gillian Baker reported that we have 58 committed tickets for "Wife After Death" and she urged members to try help get that up to 100.  She circulated a sheet to organize nibbles for the night.


Mick Donnes reported that we have received a cheque for $162 as our proceeds from wine sales from Fraser Gallop.  Total commissions paid to Rotary Clubs was over $6500.


Mal Bennett spoke about the Car Rally to be held on Sunday, November 16th.  Please meet in the Tompkins-on-Swan car park at 8.45am when the route information will be distributed.  Children and grandchildren are welcome and we will have morning tea somewhere along the coast and lunch at a mystery destination.  There will be a $1-in-the-slot barbecue available so bring your own meat etc or just bring a picnic lunch and drinks.  Also bring along some chairs.


Assistant Governor, Llew Withers, reported that he has visited all of the clubs in our cluster. 

He told of a notice-of-motion from Collie RC regarding having to attend a training session before applying for matching grants.  Their proposal is that the training and application all be done over the internet.

Llew also encouraged members to plan to attend the Albany Conference on March 22nd,2015.


Colin McCulloch thanked Betty Bright for the excellent job she did publishing the bulletin for the last two months and Carole Maxwell for taking the meeting notes last week.

Colin stated that our two allocated sausage sizzles for the financial year are coming up on November 22 and December 13 (both Saturdays).  He asked members to record their preferred days and times to volunteer on a sheet that was circulated.  (Unfortunately the sheet stalled half way around so an email will be sent out to complete the job.)


Patricia Robertson requested more volunteers to act as interviewers at the Job Seekers' Seminar on Tuesday, December 9th and a sheet was circulated.

Patricia is also looking for a suitable candidate with leadership potential and aged 18 to 28 to attend RYLA.


Bruce Robinson reported that he had met with John Kevan and spoken about several African projects aimed at increasing local food production.  The aim is to create jobs and cash flow in townships where unemployment is as high as 90%.


Acting Sergeant, Ian Pittaway, conducted a wide ranging fines session followed by Heads and Tails that was won by Patricia Robertson.


Colin McCulloch won the door prize and Ron Day unsuccessfully tried for the Joker that is now worth $493.


Guest speaker: 

Karen Rhodes - The Dogs' Refuge


Rod Rate introduced Karen who is President of The Dogs' Refuge in Shenton Park. 


Karen became involved with the Home in August 2006 when she adopted one of the home’s long termers, Homer.  Karen’s background is marketing and advertising and she leads the fundraising and PR committee to ensure all fund raising opportunities and activities are maximised.  Karen adopted her second dog Bronson from the Home in 2009 and now boasts she has the two best looking men in Perth.  She is also a regular weekend walker and has many favourite dogs.

Rod presented a (fully cleaned) doggy urinal

to Karen and she was crowned President



The Dogs' Refuge Home is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the rescue, care and re-homing of dogs.  Established in 1935, it is one of the oldest animal welfare agencies in Australia  Its activities are motivated by the fundamental understanding that dogs are entitled to the same love and respect that they unconditionally give to us.  Based at 30 Lemnos Street, Shenton Park, the kennels are capable of housing up to 150 dogs.  They have a pro-life policy, which ensures that no dog will be euthanised on economic grounds.  Every year they take in many hundreds of dogs that have been abused, neglected or are simply no longer wanted.

Without donations the refuge would not be able to provide vital care to these beautiful dogs so please consider making a donation.




Rotary Club of Attadale - Thirty Years of History DVD


Mal Bennett reports that work is being undertaken to improve the quality of the written reports in the Club history.  Members will be notified when this is complete and the new copies are ready for distribution.


Mal has passed all of the original photographs borrowed and used for the history to Nancy Bray and Joan Henley.  Members who are yet to receive their photos back should contact Nancy or Joan.





Please bring donations of food for The Salvoes

to our Christmas Dinner on December 16th