BulLetIN NOVEMBER 15, 2012







OFFICE BEARERS 2012 / 2013



Mike van Trier


Director New Generations:

Patricia Robertson

Vice President:

Jeff Spickett


Director Community:

Carole Maxwell

President Elect:

George Lewkowski


Director Vocational:

Martin Houchin


Phil Palmer


Director International:

Llew Withers


John Sharp


Director Attadale Foundation:

Bob Rodgers

Director Administration:

George Lewkowski


Attendance Officer:

Tony Wilkie

Director Foundation:

Llew Withers



Ian Pittaway

Director Membership:

Jeff Spickett



Keith Timmel

Director Public Relations:

George Lewkowski



Tony Wilkie

Director Rotary Family:

Tom Slater



Colin McCulloch /





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



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 5th


President, Mike van Trier, welcomed all members, our guest speaker Iain Cameron and guest Kerry Parsons.

Mike invited members to take some invitation cards and use them to invite guests to meetings.

A letter is going to Trevor Leaver offering him honorary membership.

Mike said that Anne Lewkowski is recovering well and George is under less stress.


Rod Rate has invited all past players to enter next year’s Golf Day and already has $12,500 of sponsorship.  Members are asked to arrange a team to play, suggest firms they think may become sponsors and/or people who could contribute in some way.


Kerry Parsons spoke about the Scholarship Foundation project in the Philippines and an opportunity to visit and see it first hand next February or March over five or six days. 


Colin McCulloch thanked Betty Bright for writing up last week’s meeting and organizing supporting documents for the bulletin.  She and Gail do a great job!

Colin and Gail helped Wendy Clynk organize a sausage sizzle for the Scouts last Sunday.  A thunderstorm and 36c kept sales down to 550 SSs but they made a pleasing $1027. 

Last Saturday Booragoon PS sold 880 SSs but worked until 6.00pm.  This is a record worth challenging.


Greg James spoke about hosting a team of five Brazilians for their Group Study Exchange for about five days.  More details to follow.

Greg said our major fund-raising Quiz Night will be held at the East Fremantle Football Club on February 15th and asked all members to organize a table of ten.


Martin Houchin has arranged a visit to Betta Spuds on Monday, November 19th at 11.00am to be followed by a lunch at Gateway which is nearby.  He will ask for definite numbers next week.


The Door Prize was won by Max Anderson.

Peter Field’s Lucky Joker was won by Ian Pittaway but he missed picking the $535 joker.


Sergeant, Ian Pittaway, made some interesting fines.





Guest Speaker:  Iain Cameron


“Office of Road Safety” 






Alan Morcombe introduced Iain who is the CEO of the Office of Road Safety. 

Iain gave an excellent presentation on each of the four road safety priorities of the ‘Towards Zero’ strategy and supported his views with lots of facts and figures (and common sense!).


Iain strongly advised us to ensure that we choose our vehicles with safety as the top priority.  New cars should have a five star ANCAP rating with side curtain air bags, electronic stability control and preferably a mass of over 1,400kg.

To find out more information that may save your loved ones from death or serious injury visit the Office of Road Safety and the ANCAP websites.









Meeting November 12th



President Mike van Trier welcomed all members, guest speaker Maria Hart and her husband Brett, and special guest Trevor Leaver and invited Bruce Robinson to introduce his guests.

Bruce introduced Jacinta Fong who was one of our nominees for the National Youth Science Forum.  Jacinta is a talented young lady who plays piano and violin and has recently won a science competition to go to Beijing. 

Bruce also welcomed John Hunt who has recently arrived from England and is the Technical Manager of Imtrade Australia.









Mike announced the sad news that Nick and Rey O’Dorisio’s daughter, Maree Rowney, has passed away and that her funeral will be on Friday.

He expressed the Club’s sincere condolences to Nick and Rey.







Colin McCulloch reported that last Saturday’s Sausage Sizzle was our second best result ever with sales of 726 SSs and 336 drinks giving us a profit of $1,514.65 including donations of $90.75.  Colin thanked all workers for a great effort and gave special mention to Alan Morcombe and Jeff Spickett who assisted Gail and Colin with a very speedy cleanup.


Colin was disappointed to report that Bunnings has filled most of the weekend dates for the first half of next year and we have been offered June 9th, July 20th and September 28th.

December 26th and January 1st are also available and Colin asked if anyone was interested in taking up either date.  There was some tentative support from a few members for January 1st.


Colin and Gail will look at an offer to run sausage sizzles on Fridays.  Sales are only around 300 but we would require only a few members on roster.  We will look at a trial in the build up to Christmas.


Phil Palmer gave final reminders for the Job Seekers’ Seminar at the East Fremantle Football Club on Wednesday reminding interviewers that they were required from 10.00 to 11.30 but were invited to enjoy the whole seminar from 9.00 to 1.00.


Martin Houchin reported that he has sent an email giving details of our excursion to Beta Spuds at 386 Mandogalup Road, Mandogalup next Monday at 11.00am.

Lunch at the nearby Cockburn Shopping Centre may be arranged for those interested.


Penelope Johnson won the door prize and Mike van Trier the Lucky Joker draw but he failed to find the joker that was worth about $550.


Sergeant, Ian Pittaway, was in fine form (see more puns below) and was aided and abetted by Greg James who got stuck into his golf mates.






Maria Hart


“KidsMatter Primary”


Betty Bright introduced Maria who explained that Kids Matter is a Mental Health Initiative that she is promoting in our schools.

“KidsMatter Primary is a mental health and wellbeing framework for primary schools and is proven to make a positive difference to the lives of Australian children.

KidsMatter Primary provides the proven methods, tools and support to help schools work with parents and carers, health services and the wider community, to nurture happy, balanced kids.”  Visit the KidsMatter website.


“successful schools start with healthy minds”






Congratulations to Rod and Yvonne Rate who became grandparents on Remembrance Day with the safe arrival of Noah James Young, weighing 7.5 lbs.



Puns for Educated Minds


Time flies like an arrow.  Fruit flies like bananas.


A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall.  The police are looking into it.


Atheism is a non-prophet organization.


I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger; then it hit me.

















More Puns for Educated Minds


A sign on the lawn of the drug rehab centre said: “Keep off the grass.”


The midget fortune teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.


The soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.


A backward poet writes inverse.


When cannibals ate a missionary they got a taste of religion.


A Buddhist refused Novocain for a root canal as his goal was to transcend dental medication.


Text Box:  
Ian Pittaway is coordinating our support for the Salvo’s annual Christmas Appeal and invites members to contribute items as described in these two wish lists and bring them to a meeting on or before December 3rd.