BulLetIN NOVEMBER 26, 2013






OFFICE BEARERS 2013 / 2014



George Lewkowski


Director Local Projects:

Patricia Robertson

Vice President:

Mike Van Trier


Director International:

Mike Van Trier

President Elect:

To be advised


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



Peter Knox   Birthday


Evadne Spickett   Birthday


Penelope Johnson   Birthday


Sonya Rosbotham   Birthday


Tom Slater   Birthday


Jeff Spickett   Birthday


Don Rodger   Birthday


David Maxwell   Birthday


Dellys & Bob Rodgers   Wedding


Brian Wall   Birthday


Colin Taylor   Birthday










There will be a Sundowner at Carole and David's place on Friday November 29 from 6 pm.

BYOG and nibblies.  The address is: Villa 5, 35A, Woodloes Street, Cannington 6107







Meeting November 18th


Members were welcomed to the meeting.


Colin McCulloch reported that Sunday’s combined Men’s Shed sausage sizzle sold 708 SSs and 295 drinks and banked $1,175.50.  Colin thanked all of the Rotary helpers particularly the clean up crew of Betty, Martin and Colin T.  Special mention was made of honorary member Trevor Leaver handling the till over the rush hour and Mick’s granddaughter, Madeleine, who helped with the drinks.


Winston Marsh informed us that the Combined Probus Club of Winthrop will hold its inaugural meeting on Wednesday when they will be presented with their accreditation certificate.  Winston will be requesting $200 to $300 to help meet initial setting up costs.


Patricia Robertson reported that she, Martin and Colin Taylor had met with City of Melville staff to discuss installing six park benches along the Burke Drive foreshore.  The Council was delighted to support this project and sites will be agreed and the project presented to the RCA Board for approval with an estimated cost of $10,500.

Patricia gave an update on the Jobseekers’ Seminar and ongoing efforts to locate Phil Palmer’s organization file, without which it will be difficult to conduct the seminar.


Gillian’s door prize was won by Tom Slater and Peter Field’s Chase the Joker worth $215 was drawn by Carole Maxwell but no joker.


Ian Pittaway reminded the meeting of the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal (see details below) and said that the Melville Water Polo Club may be requesting funding for a water cooler that may cost around $3,000.


Gillian Baker circulated an attendance sheet for the Christmas Dinner meeting and thanked Martin and the Club for the lovely flowers.


Martin Houchin announced that there will be a Sundowner at Carole’s on Friday, November 29th from 5.30pm.  BYO drinks and nibbles and there will be a barbecue available. 

The address is Villa 5, 35A, Woodloes Street, Cannington


Rod Rate commented that whilst walking his dog he had met Penny Johnson who is looking forward to returning to Rotary in the near future.





Guest speaker:  Mick Donnes


Tom Slater introduced Mick as our guest speaker.

Mick gave an interesting and informative talk on his shopping trip to Singapore with Viv.  They stayed in the Marina Bay Sands with the three towers, rooftop infinity pool, $600 per night tariff and $50 breakfasts.  Despite the breathtaking views he judged it to be over-rated.  His good friend, Henry Phang took them to the (very exclusive) Tanglin Club; they enjoyed a fantastic Bollywood show, shopped in expensive designer shops and cheaply at Mustaffas but couldn’t get into the casino without a passport.





Many thanks to Mick for stepping in at late notice and giving such an entertaining talk.





Meeting November 25th               


President George Lewkowski welcomed all Rotarians to the meeting, and welcomed our guest speaker, Lee-Anne Brenssell, from Headwest.

George said that the first meeting of the Combined Probus Club of Winthrop went very well with about thirty members present.


Patricia Robertson reported that with Martin and Colin T she met with Alison from MCC and decided on the sites for the six park benches.  She hopes they will be installed by the end of January.

Patricia also briefed the meeting on tomorrow’s Job Seekers’ Seminar.


Rod Rate reported on the Fund Raising Committee meeting that discussed:

·      Gillian arranging another movie night

·      First meeting for the Golf Day will be next Thursday

·      Sausage Sizzle at Bunnings this Sunday, Dec 1st and an extra on Sunday, Dec 29th

·      Separate submissions by John Sharp and Rod Rate seeking support from the Freo Dockers

·      Carole’s proposal to revive the community fair that was held previously with much success

·      Mick’s proposal for an on-line auction (as seen in the newspaper earlier this year)


Sergeant Mick Donnes held a short fines session during which Jeff Spickett gave a concise account of his recent trip to Malaysia.  George fined Mick for calling talk-back radio and using a Scottish accent that morphed into Pakistani.


Peter Field’s Chase the Joker, worth $245, was won by Carole Maxwell but she did not draw the joker.  The door prize was won by Ron Day.


Mick Donnes canvassed support for a Quiz Night to be held at the EFFC on the last Friday in February saying that we would need 25 tables and prizes to be given out and auctioned.

Rod Rate suggested approaching restaurants that you visit and asking for a voucher and offering to buy one of equal value.



Guest speaker:


Lee-Anne Brenssell


Greg James introduced Lee-Anne who is the Executive Officer of the Headwest Brain Injury Association of WA.  Headwest is WA’s leading advocacy, awareness and training organization specialising in acquired brain injury (ABI). 

They have a small, dedicated staff catering for a large clientele with ABI and doing so with limited funding. 

Lee-Anne suggested that it would be of great assistance if Rotary could help provide them with (another) vehicle and assist with funding to complete a video about Albie Lyons, their Headwest Ambassador, who suffered ABI when he was mugged.

Find out more at the Headwest web site.


Text Box: Headquarters opposite Tompkins on Swan



Text Box: Albie Lyons






Sausage Sizzle Roster for Sunday, December 1st, 2013





Jim Calcei, Ron Day, John Sharp





Rod Rate, Colin Taylor, Brian Wall, Don Rodger





Martin Houchin, Betty Bright, Mick Donnes, Tony Wilkie





George Lewkowski, Gillian Baker, Max Anderson (2-3), Colin McCulloch


Sausage Sizzle Roster for Sunday, December 29th, 2013





Mal Bennett, Colin McCulloch, Tom Slater (8-9) / Robin Hamilton (9-10)





Alan Morcombe, Bob Rodgers, Jeffrey Spickett, Patricia Robertson





Carole Maxwell, Greg James, Llew Withers, Colin Taylor





Tony Wilkie, Rod Rate, Gail McCulloch




Christmas Dinner Menu      December 16th          $40 a head


Hot buffet:

Roast turkey with gravy, roast potatoes, pumpkin and minted peas and cranberry sauce on the buffet table

Roast beef with herb red wine jus

Cold buffet:

Sliced champagne ham, tossed mixed green salad, fresh bread rolls

Dessert - a choice of:

Summer berry tart with fresh cream and fruit compote            or

Individual Christmas puddings topped with custard and fresh cream

Tea and coffee served with after dinner mints


Please note that numbers for the Christmas Dinner MUST be confirmed by December 9th.









The Salvation Army Christmas Appeal



Christmas Meeting

Monday, December 16th



All members and friends are invited to support the Salvos by bringing donations of non-perishable food and / or Christmas presents to our special Christmas Meeting.


The presents should be Christmas wrapped and indicate whether they

are for a boy or girl and the approximate age. 


It has been a long standing tradition of the Club to support the Christmas Appeal and everything will be distributed in the local Fremantle area.


We have always been generous and the Salvos are always grateful for our efforts.




Tins of Ham, Tins of baked beans, Chocolate, Christmas Bon-Bons, Tins of fruit,  Custard, Puddings, Mixed nuts, Rice, Lollies, Bottled water, Cordial, Fruit Mince Pies, Tea and Coffee, Bottled soft drink, Tins of Vegetables, Baby food/ formula, Fruit juice box drinks.

New toys including:

Books, Barbie & other Dolls, Tonka Trucks, Action Figures, Board games and puzzles, educational toys, stuffed toys, building blocks, Lego


Toilet paper, towels, underwear, disposable nappies, soap, toothbrushes, shampoo and conditioner, deodorant, baby rattles, thongs, sand shoes


Thank you for your kind support!




The Shen Yun Performing Arts group will perform for the first time ever in WA at the Regal Theatre in May 2014, and our recent guest speaker, Natalie, urged Rotarians to take the opportunity of seeing the world acclaimed performance.  Bookings can be made through Ticketek or visiting: http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=SHENYUN14



Job Seekers’ Seminar – Melville Senior High School

Thanks to all of the volunteers who assisted and helped to make this year’s seminar so successful.  Thanks and congratulations to Patricia Robertson for the way she stepped in and took over the organization of the day.  Well done Patricia! 

Special mention also to George Lewkowski for his excellent work as a role model interviewer.