BulLetIN NOVEMBER 27, 2014










Monday, December 1st, 2014, 5.30pm for 6.30pm


Guest Speaker: June Wade, RC of South Perth – Shelter Box Relief



Host: Mike van Trier  Chair: Ian Pittaway  Set Up: George Lewkowski and Colin McCulloch



Monday, December 8th, 2014  5.30pm for 6.30pm

Guest Speaker:  Ailan Tran - The Hunger Project



Host: Bob Rodgers  Chair:  Winston Marsh Set Up: Jeff Spickett and Ian Pittaway








If you will not be attending the meeting please email the acting Attendance Officer, Jan Fairclough, before midnight on Sunday on jrfairclough@westnet.com.au, or if you need to apologise on the Monday please phone before 10.00am on Mob 0427 889 016 (Emails may not get read on Monday and cannot therefore guarantee that your apology is received).

Unless Jan receives an apology by 10.00am on the day of the meeting the meal will need to be charged to you, and the procedure to recover costs for non apology will be:


a) Attendance officer to report to Treasurer at end of each meeting names of those who didn’t show and didn’t apologise

b) Treasurer to submit all Attendance Officer reports to monthly Board meeting to authorise recovery – valid excuses accepted

c) Treasurer to issue invoices to members monthly following Board meeting based on b).







June Wade, RC of South Perth – Shelter Box Relief




Melville RC Carols by Candlelight sausage sizzle




Ailan Tran - The Hunger Project




Job Seekers' Seminar




Sausage Sizzle




Christmas Meeting - Partners' Night




Possible Casual Evening




Christmas Break








Welcome Back Barbecue at Point Walter




Dinner Meeting




Australia Day - Public Holiday




Crabbing Day-  Jenny and Jim Calcei’s Mandurah home




Dinner Meeting




Bicton Primary Bush Dance for City Kids




Attadale / Fremantle combined Golf Day at RFGC





Text Box: Meeting on Mondays                                                                                  5.30pm for 6.30pm
Text Box: at ‘Tompkins on Swan’                                                      Dunkley Avenue, Alfred Cove



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



Peter Knox   Birthday


Colin Taylor   Birthday


Jan & Rob Fairclough   Wedding


Evadne Spickett   Birthday


Penelope Johnson   Birthday


Jeff Spickett   Birthday


Tom Slater   Birthday


David Maxwell   Birthday


Don Rodger   Birthday


Kerry Parsons   Birthday


Dellys & Bob Rodgers   Wedding


Brian Wall   Birthday









Meeting November 17th, 2014



The meeting was opened by President Mick Donnes who welcomed all members, especially the Sergeant returning from overseas, Phil Cordery, from Rotary Out West, and the speaker Chantelle Roberts.


Mick commended Llew Withers and the scouts on the ceremony to name the rescue boat the 'Gordon Cargeeg'.  Gordon, at ninety years of age, spoke very well.

Mick thanked Mal and Elaine for organizing last week's excellent car rally and made a special presentation to Mal.


John Sharp updated members on the project "Peace in the Middle East".  John and Mal met with David Goldstein who is a founding father of the Matilda Bay RC.  Their intention is to bring together moderates in the Israel / Palestine and Russia / Ukraine conflicts and conduct appreciative inquiries.


Colin McCulloch circulated a sausage sizzle roster and thanked those who had volunteered by email.  The final roster will be emailed out.  This is a prime time of year and we are looking forward to a really good result.




Mal Bennett thanked everyone for attending the car rally and made a special presentation to Kerry and Abby Parsons for persistence.

Bruce Robinson was presented with a tortoise instead of the traditional wooden spoon. 



Gillian Baker said we have 52 tickets paid for "Wife after Death" and she would like many more.  As well as nibbles, tea and coffee will be available.


Sergeant Jim Calcei conducted a lively fines session and finished with Heads 'n' Tails that was won by Alan Morcombe who received a jar of Jim's homemade gourmet olives.


The door prize was won by Colin McCulloch (again).


Peter Field's Joker is now worth $523 and Ron Day was lucky enough to win the bottle of wine but not the jackpot.


Guest Speaker:

Chantelle Roberts

Fracking: The Other Side of the Story

Greg James introduced Chantelle who came from the UK twelve months ago to join the staff of the Conservation Council of WA (CCWA).  Chantelle's portfolio is Climate Change and Fossil Fuels and she spoke with great knowledge about fracking.  After outlining the geology and mechanics of the process she went on to detail the downside and how it affects landowners, water supplies and the environment.  It was an excellent presentation that helped balance the views shared with us by previous guest speakers.

Chantelle deserves special thanks because she had to catch a train and two buses to attend our meeting.  Upon hearing this Greg proved himself the perfect gentleman by driving her to her office. 


Click here to check out the Rotary Out West web site that features a few photos about the Rotary Club of Attadale. 

Scroll down to about the middle..


Our visiting Rotarian, Phil Cordery, is editor of Rotary Out West.



Monday November 10th 2014


President Mick Donnes welcomed all Rotarians and our guest speaker Lee Tate. 

He called on Patricia Robertson who introduced teacher Patrick Bowder and student Gerard Dixon from Clontarf.  RCA sponsored Gerard's attendance at a recent RYPEN camp and Gerard addressed the meeting thanking RCA and sharing some of the benefits and highlights of the camp.  Patrick followed up with a video showing the wide range of activities at Clontarf and praised Gerard for his dedication and achievements.

Patricia then presented Gerard with a certificate for attending the RYPEN camp.



Llew Withers reported on yesterday's district meeting saying that:

·      The DG would like each club to celebrate Rotary Day in their own time.

·      Of the fifty clubs in the district only eight applied for district grants and all were approved.

·      There are vacancies for chairs of RYPEN and RYLA.

·      Nominations are required for DG in 2017/18.

·      Conference fliers are now out but the registration forms are delayed.  Payment by credit card is now available (with a surcharge of 2.5%).  It is $295 for full registration.

·      Palm Beach RC is chartering a new club at Baldivas.

·      Port Hedland RC has recently been revitalized inducting 23 new members on one night.

·      DOTS will take place on the Friday of Conference.


Rod Rate gave details of a fund raising project on-selling wine.  A quality wine from the Barossa Valley with a Piano Gully label will be available for $20.  It would normally retail for $27 to $30 and will be great for Christmas presents.  An order form was circulated and further orders are encouraged from family members and friends.


George Lewkowski reported that last week the Board moved to sponsor the education of two deaf children in the Philippines.  A boy and girl will be sponsored at a total cost of $960.  This will be managed through the Deaf Action Fund partnering with Deaf Industries International.





Gillian Baker thanked everyone who supported the theatre night last Wednesday. 

"Wife After Death" was enjoyed by everyone and raised $740.



Gillian also reported that our grant to the Language Centre that allowed their assessment programs to continue will not be required next year as the Education Department will once again provide the necessary funding. 

A very pleasing result!



Colin McCulloch congratulated Gillian on her superb organization of the theatre night before thanking all of the volunteers at Saturday's sausage sizzle.  He made special mention of the two grandsons (Rodger and Rodgers) and Kerry Parsons, Alan Morcombe and Brian Wall for working extra hours.  We sold about 950 sausage sizzles and 325 drinks, received $30.80 in donations and banked a pleasing $1,624.45.  This is just short of our record profit of $1778.10 and Colin predicted confidently that we will beat that record on December 13.  We still need more volunteers for December 13 particularly in the afternoon.



The morning crew get started cooking

Big smiles! We have sold out!


Sergeant Jim Calcei fined young and old before conducting the quickest Heads 'n' Tails on record.  With just three tosses we had a winner and the bottle of wine went to our guest speaker, Lee Tate


The door prize went to Robin Hamilton and Nick Odorisio won a chance to claim the jackpot of $540 but could not find the joker.


Jim Calcei reported that this year's "Love in a Shoe Box" was very successful with over three hundred boxes sent off to needy children.  Jim has short video that we will watch over the next few weeks. 



Guest speaker: 

Lee Tate


Max Anderson introduced Lee Tate noting that he has written for a plethora of newspapers throughout Australia and is a highly regarded journalist.  Lee spoke first about his passion to help those with mental illness.  In particular he wants to help the carers who he sees as absolutely crucial in helping those with mental illness.  He promotes the work of Arafmi and you can find out more by clicking here.


Lee then enthralled us with a round up of

interesting facts to do with our great state.  He has written "West Aussie Book of Firsts" which features 500 fascinating facts about Western Australia and West Aussies such as:  WA is home to the world’s rarest tortoise and the world’s smallest python, has the world’s oldest rock paintings, the world’s richest piece of gold-bearing earth and is the world’s biggest producer of rare diamonds.  If you missed your chance to buy the book you can do so by clicking here



President Mick Donnes concluded the meeting by:

·      thanking Patrick and Gerard for attending and sharing their experiences

·      congratulating and thanking Lee for his interesting and fact-filled talk

·      on behalf of all members thanking Gillian for her amazing efforts in organizing the theatre night and saying how everyone thoroughly enjoyed it

·      reminding us of the Christmas Dinner Meeting on December 15th, with partners, and don't forget to bring along food, toys and gifts

·      commenting upon the wonderful venue we have here at Tompkins on Swan

·      announcing that we donated $800 to the Scouts to purchase two kitchen flies

·      giving the date of the next Board meeting as December 16th at Rod Rate's



A few photographic highlights of the Car Rally



















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