BulLetIN OCTOBER 30, 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 October 21st


President, George Lewkowski, welcomed all members and partners and gave a special welcome to District Governor Erwin Biemel and his wife Carol.

George congratulated Winston Marsh on the establishment of the new Winthrop Probus Club.

AG Bob Thomson sent his apologies and George tendered his wife Anne’s apologies.

With deep regret George informed the meeting that Phil Palmer is critically ill.


Patricia Robertson reminded members that there will be no meeting at Tompkins on Swan on November 4th as a Club visit has been arranged to the Rotary Club of Bentley Curtin. 

An attendance sheet was circulated.


Betty Bright mentioned that Major Rabia Siddique is on QA on the ABC at 9.30 tonight and that her book Equal Justice is now available.


Ian Pittaway announced that the next round of the Four Way Test will be held on Monday, October 28th at Kwinana RC.


Martin Houchin spoke about the vocational visit to the Art Gallery on Friday evening, November 15th and asked members to email him ASAP if they wish to attend


Winston Marsh announced that last Wednesday’s meeting to launch the new Probus Club was very successful with 32 in attendance and even a contest for two committee positions.  This is the fifth Probus Club that RCA has sponsored.  The cost to our Club was about $700.


The door prize was won by Nick O’dorisio.  Peter Field’s Chase the Joker was won by Don Rodger who got the bottle of wine but not the jackpot.


The sergeant, Mick Donnes, conducted a short fines session and then ran several games of ‘heads and tails’ for prizes donated by the DG and his wife, Carol.  The wine presentation pack was won by  and Carol’s beautiful, handmade wrap by Ron Day.


Colin McCulloch reported that though the weather was terrible last Saturday’s sausage sizzle was very successful with sales of 708 SSs and 166 drinks giving a profit of $1260.40 including $30.25 in donations.  Colin thanked all of the helpers and particularly those who filled in when others couldn’t make it. 




We will be helping The Men’s Shed run a SS at Bunnings on Sunday, November 17th.  They will provide ten (of the 14) workers so we will be asking for four volunteers to assist on that day.


President George introduced DG Erwin Biemel who gave an interesting and informative presentation on the current priorities of the District and showed a video about Ron D Burton, President of Rotary International.


The sergeant, Mick Donnes, wished Anne Lewkowski all the best for her up coming operation.


President George Lewkowski closed the meeting by:

·      thanking DG Erwin and Carol for coming and for their generous gifts

·      thanking all of the partners for coming

·      apologizing for there being no dessert and saying deductions would be made from future dinner charges.


Click here to find out more about District 9465





The Family of Rotary mourns the sad passing of our esteemed member, Phil Palmer, on October 22nd.  Phil was inducted into the Rotary Club of Attadale on the 25th July, 2011. 

He soon volunteered for the onerous job of Secretary and filled this position with distinction. 

He organized the Job Seekers’ Seminars and was a valued member of the Neil Henley Foundation Board.  He will be sadly missed.

The Club offers sincere condolences to Jenny, Wendy, Dan, Lindy, Ben and Fiona and family.





Meeting October 28th                    with notes courtesy of Betty Bright


President George Lewkowski welcomed Rotarians to the meeting, and introduced the speaker for the evening, Natalie Durkovic, and her colleague Mark Huchison.  Natalie will give a presentation of Shen Yun Performing Arts.


·      The funeral of Phil Palmer will be held at 2.00pm on Wednesday 30th October, 2013 at Bowra and O’Dea on South Street, Hilton.  A wake will follow at East Fremantle Yacht Club.

·      There will be no Rotary meeting on Monday 4th November, as Rotarians will join the Rotary Club of Bentley Curtin at their meeting to be held at the Balmoral Hotel, 901 Albany Highway, Victoria Park, 6.00 for 6.30pm.


On behalf of Family of Rotary, Martin Houchin informed Rotarians that he had delivered flowers to Anne Lewkowski and Carole Maxwell after their recent operations.  A condolence notice for Phil Palmer from the RCA will be in The West Australian on Tuesday, 29th October.  Martin also asked for final numbers by Thursday 31st October, for the vocational visit to the Art Gallery of WA on the evening of Friday 15th November.


Door Prize:  Tom Slater.  Raffle Prize:  Greg James – bottle of wine but no cash


Mick Donnes held a spirited Fines Session – among those fined included past travellers and future travellers!


Our guest speaker for 11th November will be Brett Pollock, currently Councillor in the Town of Mosman Park, and former pastoralist and farmer at Wooleen station in the Murchison. 

Brett was winner of the State Landcare Award for his regeneration of lands in Murchison.


Guest SpeakerNatalie Durkovic

Natalie was introduced to Rotarians and invited to give her presentation on the Shen Yun Performing Arts.  Shen Yun cannot be seen in China today where traditional culture has been nearly lost since the systematic destruction of Chinese culture began in 1949 with the Cultural Revolution, destruction which is still ongoing.  Shen Yun, a Not for Profit Organisation, has become an international phenomenon bringing the wonders of ancient Chinese culture through classical Chinese dance to millions of people across the globe.


Natalie showed a video of an outstanding performance of artists, wearing intricate colourful handmade costumes, performing in front of elaborate animated backdrops. The dance tells stories of Chinese history, e.g. the introduction of Buddhism to China during the Han Dynasty with its values of compassion and the development of the qualities of awareness, kindness, and wisdom.

The Shen Yun Performing Arts group will perform for the first time ever in WA at the Regal Theatre in May, 2014, and Natalie urged Rotarians to take this opportunity to see the world acclaimed performance.

As an interesting aside, Natalie indicated that Rotary had been very popular in China before the Cultural Revolution – however only two clubs exist in China now, and those are for expatriates.

Following her presentation, Tony offered Natalie the thanks of the Rotary Club of Attadale.



President George thanked Natalie and Mark for their visit, thanked Rotarians for their attendance, and closed the meeting.