BulLetIN SEPTEMBER 12, 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





Gail & Colin McCulloch   Wedding


Gillian Baker  Birthday


Annette & George Macrides  Wedding


Bob Rodgers   Induction   1991


Pat & Keith Timmel   Wedding


Adrienne Cotterell


Rey & Nick O’dorisio   Wedding


Pat Leaver   Birthday


Jenny Calcei   Birthday


Tony Wilkie   Induction   2011


Anne & George Lewkowski   Wedding










Meeting September 2nd


President, George Lewkowski, welcomed all members and gave a special welcome to:

·      Guest speaker Professor Yogesan (Yogi) Kanagasingam and his son, Rishi

·      A.G. Bob Thompson

·      Terry Southam


Winston Marsh announced with regret that Colin Taylor’s mother had passed away today at the fine age of 105 years and three months.


Rod Rate announced that Max Binning, a member of Fremantle Rotary, had passed away last Thursday and invited members to attend his funeral tomorrow.

Rod circulated the Fremantle Hospital Medical Research Association’s annual review that contained a glowing report on last year’s golf day.

Rod announced the fund raising meeting will now be held at Tompkins on Swan at 4.30pm.


Patricia Robertson spoke about:

·      A walk on Sunday for ‘Parkinson’s WA’.

·      ‘Give up Booze for October’ to help Aussie Kids.

·      ‘Climb for a Smile’ in October

·      Two students have been accepted for the Science Forum.

·      A suggested forum to discuss using funds from The Neil Henley Foundation to undertake a substantial project of benefit to Attadale and Rotary. 

President George asked members to forward any ideas to Patricia over the next few days.


AG Bob Thomas spoke about:

·      relayed best wishes from DG Owen Biemel who will visit us on October 21

·      a workshop on ‘Visualizing Your Club in Five Years’

·      Pushing membership in clubs

·      John Murray, of Fremantle Rotary, has a surplus of speakers for the Four Way speech

·      Attendance at the International Convention



Martin Houchin surveyed members regarding a Friday function at the Art Gallery and there was sufficient interest so he will email out full details.


Winston Marsh reported on progress with the proposed Winthrop Probus Club and circulated documents for information and comment.


The Door Prize was won by Patricia and Chase the Joker (now worth $50) by Martin.


Sergeant, Mick Donnes, conducted a fines session and allowed Colin McCulloch to admit his error in scheduling the special partners’ night on a public holiday.

Mick made a special presentation to Mal and Elaine Bennett to thank them for their excellent work organizing the Rotary Ramble.




Guest Speaker: 

Professor Yogesan (Yogi) Kanagasingam


Peter Field introduced Yogi noting that he is a member of the Freshwater Rotary Club. 

Yogi gave an interesting account of his medical research using ocular markers to predict the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease. 

He quoted figures that show AD is affecting an ever increasing number of the elderly and noted that as of yet there is no proven medical treatment. 

Alzheimer’s disease is associated with the build up in the brain of a protein called amyloid beta.  Yogi’s research team used PET imaging to reveal the build-up of such deposits in the brain.  This was extremely expensive, invasive and time consuming. 


The team then moved on to using ocular markers to detect amyloid deposits.  It is a very cost effective, non-invasive method that Yogi hopes will make early detection of Alzheimer’s Disease practical and reliable.



Meeting September 9th


President, George Lewkowski, welcomed all members to the meeting and gave a special welcome to guest speaker Ros Worthington and visiting Applecross Rotarians, John Kevan and his wife, Melodie.


Mike van Trier announced, with great pride and passion, the safe arrival of a granddaughter, Madeline.


Mal Bennett announced that next year’s Crabbing Day will be held on February 2nd


Colin Taylor thanked all members for their condolences and especially those who came to the funeral of his mother.


Gail McCulloch reminded us that the pig and the joker raffle are being trialed on Gillian’s table.


John Sharp repeated his request that all subscriptions be paid as soon as possible.

John drew our attention to the power point presentation showing his diving trip funded by his big win in ‘chase the joker’.



Patricia Robertson spoke about:

·      The Job Seekers’ Seminar that will be held on Tuesday, November 26th.  (About 25 interviewers will be required)

·      Raffle tickets for “Climb for a Smile”.

·      Following her comments about a major project to be funded from the Neil Henley Foundation Patricia pointed out that the original suggestion actually came from respected Rotarian Colin Taylor, a good friend of Neil.  A club forum will be held on October 7th to discuss what could be done for the people of Attadale and raise the profile of the RCA.


John Kevan announced that the RC of Applecross will hold their Jacaranda Festival on Saturday, November 23rd and hoped that our members would support it.


Colin McCulloch reminded us that the first Sausage Sizzle at Woolworths raised about $220.  We have another SS this Saturday 14th, that we will try to streamline.  Colin and Gail will set up and work until 11.00am then hand over to two volunteers until 1.00pm.  They will return and work until pack up around 2.00pm.  Many thanks to Patricia Robertson and Bob Rodgers for volunteering for the 11.00am to 1.00pm shift.


The Sergeant ran a fines session, Colin McCulloch won the door prize and Robin Hamilton won chase the joker.


Gillian Baker celebrated her birthday by providing delicious cup cakes for us all to enjoy with our tea and coffee.



Guest Speaker

Ros Worthington OAM


Robin Hamilton introduced Ros who is a philanthropist and motivational speaker.  Ros endured abuse as a child in foster care, battled breast cancer and suffered the suicide of her husband.  Ros has turned pain in to power over and over again.

She founded Breast Care WA, established the Make-a-Wish Foundation in WA, the Love Angel Foundation and recently


Ros Worthington

spearheaded Lifeline WA's HelpME campaign helping to lift the veil on depression and suicide.

Her tireless campaigning was recognised in 2009 when she was named WA's Philanthropist of the Year and she was recently listed amongst the state's '100 Most Influential'.

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.


Guest Speaker

                        September 23rd



Phil Sparrow and his wife, Julie, worked for around eight years in Afghanistan, starting under the Taliban in 1999.  Together, they worked in rural development 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, and in 2008-9 set up Hagar Afghanistan, an organisation dedicated to assisting victims of sexual slavery and trafficking.  Phil, his wife and three kids returned from Afghanistan in 2012 and Phil has continued working in development programs with TEAR Australia.  Phil has a Masters in Development and several other degrees and in 2005 his book,”From Under a Leaky Roof”, was published.