BulLetIN OCTOBER 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







Ron Day   Birthday


Jean Smailes   Birthday


Elaine & Mal Bennett   Wedding


Winston Marsh   Birthday


Donna & Mike van Trier   Wedding


Greg James   Birthday









Meeting October 6th 2014

Acting Sergeant Ian Pittaway welcomed guests and Rotarians to the meeting, and handed the meeting over to Acting President George Lewkowski.  Acting President George gave a warm welcome to our speaker for the evening, Dr Miranda Lewis, and to PDG Hugh Langridge of the Rotary Club of Ascot.


Acting Sergeant Ian invited Directors to give their reports:


Martin Houchin announced that he and Gillian Baker will be on the Organising Committee for the 2015 Mental Health Seminar.


Carole Maxwell invited Rotarians to a Sundowner at her and David’s home on Friday 31st October from 5.30pm-8.30pm, at Villa 5, 35A Woodloes Street, Cannington 6107. Phone 9258 8501


Greg James informed Rotarians that there is another Ambassadorial Scholar coming to the Club from Christmas Island via New Zealand. 


He also thanked Martin for organizing the great evening at the Leaf Bean Machine and the dinner following.


Fleur Cassidy of the Leaf Bean Machine demonstrates the serious business of making a decent cup of coffee





John Sharp raised the issue of the Rotary signage at Tomkins on Swan.  A template was circulated for members’ input.  According to Tompkins, a solid sign will require Council Approval, although a PVC sign would not.  There was some discussion about the telephone number listing for the Attendance Officer which would obviously change from time to time.  John also indicated that there are still three membership subscriptions still outstanding.


Gillian Baker informed members that she had a letter from the Principal of the Fremantle Language Development Centre thanking the Club for their donation, which was advertised in their Newsletter.  Gillian also circulated a sheet seeking names of those who would like to attend the production at the Melville Theatre in Stock Road on Wednesday 19th November.


PDG Hugh Langridge spoke to members about his experience as Branch Chair of District Grants.  He indicated that Clubs were generally slow in applying for grants, and suggested the RCA consider applying for a grant for the Mental Health Seminar – his own club had received $5,000.  Hugh pointed out that the Club’s money contributed to Rotary Foundation, so he encouraged the Club to apply for funds, and he offered his assistance to complete the required forms.  Acting President George presented PDG Hugh with a token of appreciation for the success of the grant for Fremantle Language Development Centre.


The Door Prize was won by Don Rodger, and Find the Joker Raffle won by John Sharp.  Needless to say, the Joker is still on long service leave and is no hurry to be found.  However, John also won the donated prize of a bottle of red wine and jar of olives.


Following the usual spirited fines sessions, tea and coffee were served.


Peter Field introduced the speaker for the evening, Dr Miranda Lenis from Fremantle Chiropractic.  Miranda is a Canadian who came to study at Murdoch University, and now has a practice in South Fremantle.  Miranda had been involved in Rotary during her time at high school.


Photo of Miranda from her Fremantle Chiropractic website

Dr Miranda


Miranda thanked Rotarians for their warm welcome, and informed them that her practice is a family practice which focuses on maintaining happy, healthy families.  She indicated that the role of a chiropractor is more hands-on compared to a GP, with a focus on nutrition and exercise, and a study of the surrounding environment which might be causing the problems.  She considers that there is too much reliance on prescription medication, and made the analogy of disease care where the focus is on medications, surgery, a reactive patient as victim; versus wellness care which encourages the patient to eat well, exercise regularly to reduce stress, and to become proactive and empowered.


Miranda pointed out that lifestyle has a greater impact on life rather than simply genes, and that there were five basics for good health,


1.     Exercise - thirty minutes a day minimum

2.    Good nutrition – something recently fresh – no packaged food

3.    Rest, relaxation and sleep for body recovery

4.    Positive mental attitude (meditation/exercise)

5.    Properly functioning nervous system.


Miranda advised Rotarians to avoid pro inflammatory food such as salt, sugar, white foods, wheat, processed cakes, pasta, and bread.





Miranda pointed out that the human brain controls everything by carrying experiences down through all the nerves – any interference means that the body does not function properly and can result in heartburn, stomach ache, possible high blood pressure and potentially a heart attack.  Chiropractors do ‘adjustments’ to help your brain talk to your body, to effectively get the power ‘turned back on’


Following a question and answer session, Miranda circulated a sheet around the Rotarians inviting them to a complimentary Health Assessment at her practice in South Terrace, South Fremantle.



Monday October 13th 2014

Acting Sergeant Ian Pittaway opened the meeting before passing to Acting President George Lewkowski who welcomed Rotarians and the evening’s guests Susanne Taylor-Rees from the Melville City Council, and Siobhan Lyons from the Fremantle Language Development Centre.  Following the National Anthem and Grace, Directors were invited to give their reports:


Carole Maxwell once again reminded Rotarians of the Sundowner at the Maxwell home on Friday 31st October from 5.30pm – 8.30pm, BYO drinks and nibbles to share.  A confirmation email will be sent out as a reminder (also see attached flier).


Ian Pittaway informed Rotarians that next week’s speaker will be Shannon Lovelady, who will be speaking on the topic ‘How many WA men died at Gallipoli?”.  Ian urged Rotarians to invite friends and partners to come along to what promises to be a very good evening.


Gillian Baker spoke about the 100 tickets she has for the Melville Theatre Production of Wife After Death, on Wednesday 19th November.  Gillian has sold approximately 20 or so to members, and needs to sell the remainder, and asked Rotarians to invite their friends.  Carole will send an invite around the other Rotary Clubs.  Rotarians were reminded that with Jan Fairclough’s return from overseas (welcome back Jan), members were ask to contact Jan in future on jrfairclough@westnet.com.au, or Mobile 0427 889 016  as Jan will resume her role as Attendance Officer.  Acting Sergeant Ian thanked Gillian for filling in as Attendance Officer during Jan’s six week absence overseas.


Door Prize was won by Ian Pittaway, and Find the Joker Raffle by Peter Field (who even went through the motions of actually looking for the non-existent Joker!).  The winner of Two-Up bottle of wine and olives was George Lewkowski – (sort of like selling ice to Eskimos).….


Following the usual fines session – the highlight was Malcolm Bennett being fined for his and Elaine’s 50th Wedding Anniversary on 3rd October, sincere congratulations to them both, there was a short tea and coffee break.


Fremantle Language Development Centre

Siobhan Lyons gave a short presentation on how the Rotary Club of Attadale’s donation and a District Grant had funded her work as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist to work on the Sensory Processing Screening Project, working with forty-six pre-primary school children in three schools. 


Someone with Sensory Processing disorder finds it difficult to process and act upon information received through the senses, which creates challenges in performing countless everyday tasks. Motor clumsiness, behavioral problems, anxiety, depression, school failure, and other impacts may result if the disorder is not treated effectively.


Siobhan’s presentation showed how she worked with children, teachers and parents over ten weeks throughout the school year with a program - screening results, any classroom observations of the child that stood out, any major teacher concerns that were presented to her, and how the child’s specific concerns may be affecting them in the classroom (i.e. attention, concentration, behaviour, emotions).  She then discussed any concerns with the parents and also circulated a questionnaire to parents for their feedback.  As a result, thirty four of the children were recommended for occupational therapy, although not all of the parents elected to take up the recommendations.


Thanks were given to Siobhan for her work and her presentation, and with the impending birth of a baby, Siobhan will return to the US at the end of the year.


Directors’ Reports to Melville City Councillor, Susanne Taylor-Rees

A representation of Directors gave a summary of the work that the Rotary Club of Attadale carries out in the community, both as an introduction for Susanne, but also as a reminder to all Rotarians of the length and breadth of the work that is carried out by the Club.   


Carole Maxwell spoke on behalf of Greg James about the Swan River Marathon that Rotary had previously been involved in for many years; she also spoke of the five Probus Clubs that had been set up; Men’s Shed; Job Seekers’ Seminar; Melville Fair which the Club ran for four years; the building and selling of a house for charity; the donation which allowed the excellent work being done in the Fremantle Language Development Centre presented tonight; and the many sausage sizzles Rotarians worked on to provide the funding to do all these projects.


Llew Withers spoke about Rotary in Scouting, where the Rotary Club of Attadale assisted with the formation of the Scout Group of Attadale, which had secured 35 Youth Members since June 2013.  Llew noted that Rotarians brought business and admin support, and grants supplied the vast amounts of equipment.  The Scout Group recently worn the State Camping Competition and is a very successful group, thanks in part to the ongoing support of the Rotary Club of Attadale.  Llew also gave thanks to the Melville Council who provided the paint that the Waylen Bay Scout Group had used to paint bus shelters.


Martin Houchin as Vocational Director praised Rotary for helping others as well as themselves!  In addition to the Job Seekers’ Seminars where Rotarians conduct mock interview with high school students, there was also the 4 Way Test for high school students where they participate in public speaking competitions.  The Mental Health Seminar is an annual event where health experts come along to speak at public gatherings.  For Rotarians themselves, there is an annual weekend away, the Crabbing Day in Mandurah each February, and occasional vocational visits to places of interest, ie Leaf Bean Machine, Waste Disposal Centre, TAFE Restaurants, visits to Fish Nursery in Fremantle, and regular sundowners at Rotarians’ homes.


Patricia Robertson gave a summary of her portfolio and talked about the three students who were going to spend one week in Canberra at the National Youth Science Forum, with one having been selected to go onto the Conference in Wellington.  Four students were involved in the RYPEN Enrichment Program culminating in a weekend at Serpentine.  Two students were involved in the National Youth Leadership Program, which involved an exceptionally challenging week-long camp.  Handicamp provided a holiday for children with special needs.  Patricia spoke about the Neil Henley Foundation (from the sale of the charity house) which provided donations to purchase a new car for Headwest as well as six benches located along the river foreshore in 2014.  Rod Rate for The Rotary Club of Attadale formed a committee to host the highly successful Motor Neurone Disease Golf Day which raised over $18,000 in two successive years, with a similar amount raised by the Rotary Club of Fremantle.


Susanne Taylor-Rees responded to Rotarians, proffering the apologies of Councillor June Barton.  She then gave an intro into her own background as a Bicton resident, married for twenty years, with two children and a career as a Flight Attendant with Virgin.  Susanne spoke about how stunned she was by the depth of involvement of the Rotary Club of Attadale.   She had personally been delighted by the installation of the park benches and the huge effort by Rotary.


Susanne Taylor-Rees with Patricia Robertson and Acting President George Lewkowski

Susanne said she was clearly involved with the community, yet was unaware of the Club’s activities.  She raised some other topics that Rotary could become involved in, ie the relocation of the Men’s Shed, and the installation of Bat Boxes to address the increasing mosquito problem.  With the uncertain times ahead with council amalgamations, Melville City Council were unable to fund this program of work, but The Rotary Club of Melville have agreed to provide funds for Bat Boxes to be built and located in foreshore locations, allowing the micro bats nesting there to feed on the mosquitoes in the area.


Susanne summarized by thanking Rotarians for their invite, and for all their hard work, and said she was humbled by the efforts of the Rotarians.   She was then happy to take questions from the floor.  Patricia thanked Susanne and offered her a small token of thanks from the Rotary Club of Attadale.


Acting President George thanked both Susanne and Siobhan for the presentations, gave thanks to the Directors for their excellent reports, and to Rotarians for their attendance.


Following the Rotary Charge, the meeting was closed.






Rotary Club of Attadale - Thirty Years of History



Mal Bennett has coordinated the recording of the history of our Club over its first thirty years.  This has been produced in digital form and is now available to members.  This record from 1982 to 2012 includes a wealth of information and memorable photographs that capture the character, activities and achievements of the Club.  It will become a treasured memento to all members past and present and is available to all members and past members for FREE!


All you need do is choose the version you want as it comes in three configurations:


·       Photos and Reports                         runs for 1h 46min                      1,087,822Kb (about 1 Gb)

·       Photos only                         runs for 1h 26min                      877,086Kb

·       Written Reports only             runs for 33min                           324,402Kb


The full Photos and Reports is recommended.  They will all come on a DVD so should play on a computer or a DVD player.  Please click here to email Mal Bennett to let him know which version you prefer.


If you would rather have your copy on a USB thumb drive please bring one to our next meeting.  It will need to be 2 GB or more for the Photos and Report or 1 GB for the other choices.  Please name your thumb drive clearly.














5.30PM TO 8.30PM






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DISTRICT 9455 and 9465









Come and be part of a celebration of Rotary. Enjoy breakfast with friends, hear a great speaker and there are fun activities for the children. Bring the family and be part of something special!



Sunday 23 November, 2014, 9–11 am


Tompkins Park, Alfred Cove


Cost $35 (children 12 and under - $5)

Bookings open soon!