BulLetIN OCTOBER 2, 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 Attadale Foundation:

Bob Rodgers


Carole Maxwell  


Attendance Officer:

Gillian Baker


John Sharp



Mick Donnes

Director Membership/PR:

Greg James   



Tony Wilkie

Director Rotary Family:

Martin Houchin 



Colin McCulloch /

Club Website manager:

Martin Houchin



Betty Bright

Club Protection Officer

Llew Withers





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







Ron Day   Birthday


Jean Smailes   Birthday


Elaine & Mal Bennett   Wedding


Winston Marsh   Birthday


Donna & Mike van Trier   Wedding


Greg James   Birthday















Meeting September 16th


President, George Lewkowski, welcomed all members and gave a special welcome to guest speaker Elaine Vandenbos and her associate Jill Reitsema.


Colin McCulloch reported on Saturday’s Sausage Sizzle at Woolworths thanking Patricia and Bob for helping out in the wet, windy weather.  We sold 115 SSs and only 9 drinks and will bank $232.10 including $13.70 in donations. 


Jeff Spickett informed members about his recent trip to Malaysia when he gave the keynote paper at an International Seminar on Health Risk Assessment.  He also advises the Technical University on their courses, content, direction and research programs.


Jill Reitsema is the Australian Coordinator of the Christian Care Foundation for Children with Disabilities (CCD) and organizes volunteers and workers to help disabled orphans in Thailand.  She raises funds to help with the day to day costs of running CCD, employing staff and providing infrastructure.


The sergeant, Mick Donnes, conducted a fines session ending with a game of heads and tails won by Colin McCulloch.  Bob Rodgers won the door prize and Mike van Trier won Chase the Joker but failed to draw the joker that is now worth over one hundred dollars.


Gillian Baker circulated an attendance sheet for the Partners Night on September 23 and informed members that she is arranging to include dessert.


Guest Speaker:


Elaine Vandenbos

Mike van Trier introduced Elaine who is a trained teacher and occupational therapist who has been working for (CCD) in Thailand. 

Elaine outlined how CCD was founded to assist disabled orphans and how it operates and is funded.  CCD brings care, stimulation, therapy, education and love to these otherwise neglected children.  Find out more at www.ccdthailand.org and www.foz.org.au

Text Box: Jill, Gillian and Elaine



Mick Donnes reminded members to bring along their donations to Foodbank and to get their ‘Love in a Shoebox’ in by next week.






Meeting September 23rd


President, George Lewkowski, welcomed all members to the meeting and gave a special welcome to all the partners, Keith and Pat Timmel, our newest Honorary member, visiting Rotarian John Milton from Kalamunda, our guest speaker Phil Sparrow and Kathleen Sullivan our National Youth Science Forum nominee.


Greg James announced that he was going to the Rotary Club of South Bunbury on October 9th

to listen to Dr Chan speak.  Anyone who would like to come with him would be most welcome.


Gail McCulloch, on behalf of Colin McCulloch, presented a DVD of The Rotary Ramble to the Ferguson Valley to Mal Bennett and on behalf of the Rotary members who attended thanked Elaine and Mal for all their hard work resulting in a very interesting and enjoyable weekend.


Colin Taylor reminded everyone that October 7th is the last night to bring in Love in a Shoe box.


Winston Marsh said that the Probus Club at the Piney Lakes Environmental Centre is getting lots of publicity.  He asked Rotary members to take some advertising pamphlets to put in letter boxes to help spread the word of the new Probus Club.


 Mal Bennett is looking for the blue history book containing the first 25 years of Attadale Rotary Club.


Mick Donnes ran a fines session and then introduced John Milton form the Kalamunda Rotary Club.


John Milton spoke about using musical productions and soirees as a way of fund raising.  He did stress that it involved a lot of work and money for it to work.


Patricia Robertson introduced Kathleen Sullivan who had gained a place in the National Science Forum.

She also reminded members that the next meeting on October 7th will be a forum about the Neil Henley Foundation.


Kathleen Sullivan told the members that she was honoured and excited to have the opportunity to attend the National Science Forum.

She is 16 years old and in Year 11 at Santa Maria and is interested in Immunology, Genetics and Chemical Science.


Patricia Trotter won the door prize and Carole Maxwell won Chase the Joker but failed to draw the joker that is now worth $111.



George Lewkowski announced that it was a unanimous Board decision and his honour to bestow Honorary Membership on Keith Timmel. 

Keith joined the Attadale Rotary Club in 1983. 

He has been a valuable member for 30 years and we look forward to his company at meetings and Rotary activities in the future.


Keith Timmel thanked the Club and said he will continue to coordinate the annual bowls night.


President George makes the presentation to Keith >>>



George Lewkowski is attending the 2013 Wesfarmers’ Harry Perkins Oration on October 11th from 4.00 - 5.00pm at The University Club of WA, 35 Stirling Hwy, Nedlands (off Hackett Drive) and invited anyone else who was interested to attend.



Guest Speaker:   Phil Sparrow


Gail McCulloch introduced Phil who has been an aid worker in Afghanistan since 1999, including the period of Taliban rule.

He has worked with refugees, disaster victims, drug addicts, victims of trafficking and other disadvantaged people.  Phil and his wife, Julie, worked for around eight years in Afghanistan, in programs focussed on improving the social and economic position of very marginalised communities in remote parts of Afghanistan.

Phil also worked for the UN in humanitarian coordination.  In 2012 Phil, his wife and three children returned from Afghanistan.  Phil has continued working in development programs.

He has a Masters in Development and several other degrees and in 2005 his book,”From Under a Leaky Roof”, was published.  More recently, Phil has been working for the United Nations Assistance Mission.



Sausage Sizzle Rosters

We have Sausage Sizzles at Bunnings on Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, December 1. 

As Rod is away Colin will be doing the rosters so if you have a preference for the Saturday or Sunday or time of day please email me and I will try to accommodate your preferences.