BulLetIN SEPTEMBER 20, 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





Gail & Colin McCulloch   Wedding


Jenny Calcei   Birthday


Jan Fairclough


Anne & George Lewkowski   Wedding


Annette & George Macrides  Wedding


Gillian Baker   Birthday


Pat & Keith Timmel   Wedding


Bob Rodgers   Induction   1991


Rey & Nick O’dorisio   Wedding


Adrienne Cotterell




Pat Leaver   Birthday






Meeting September 8th


Acting President George Lewkowski gave a warm welcome to all Rotarians and in particular to the guest speaker for the evening, PDG John Kevan, Rotary Club of Applecross.


Sergeant Jim Calcei invited Directors to give their reports:


Patricia Robertson informed the meeting about the next Job Seeking Seminar on Tuesday 9th December, and she was looking for potential interviewers to commit to a half day at Fremantle Football Club.  She suggested that interviewers consider what positions they would like to see filled.


Betty Bright circulated on behalf of Martin Houchin a sheet asking for names of Rotarians and partners who would like to come along to the Leaf Bean Machine vocational visit in Bibra Lake on Thursday 25th September at 6pm.


Jim Calcei announced that the next Crabbing Day will be at his Mandurah home on Sunday 1st February 2015.  Jim also thanked Rotarians for the thirty donations of Love in a Shoebox and said that he will be giving a presentation at a later date on how these are distributed.  Nancy Bray has sent her sincere thanks via Jim for the Club’s efforts.


Gillian Baker thanked everyone for their support for the Movie Event, which raised over $900.  Rod Rate won a CD for the most tickets sold, and Colin McCulloch won a second CD from the lucky ticket draw.  Gillian also took the opportunity to publicise a play Wife After Death being put on by Melville Theatre Company on 19th November, and is offering tickets at $20 each.


Bruce Robinson informed Rotarians that next week’s menu (Sept 15th) will be chosen by Impromy Health and Weight Loss Program, in the form of CSIRO designed meals and special shakes.  Impromy will be subsidizing 50% of the cost of the meal, and Bruce will recommend to the Board that they consider donating the other 50% revenue to a sustainable project assisting an impoverished village grow their own vegetables and raise poultry.


Sergeant Jim announced that the next Fund Raising Committee meeting will be on 22nd September at 5pm at Tomkins on Swan, the last meeting for seven weeks.  With Rod Rate away, Jim will Chair this meeting on behalf of Rod.




Sergeant Jim extracted funds from George Lewkowski for his 41st Wedding Anniversary, from Gillian Baker for her birthday tomorrow, and from Bob Rodgers whose induction was in 1991.  Jim also announced that $12.95 had been collected in fines last week – when fines are actually $2 a head – so he fined Bruce Robinson for the shortfall and for being twenty five minutes late! A game of Two Up at $2 a head saw Robin Hamilton win the donated bottle of red wine.


Door Prize was won by John Sharp, and the Joker was won by Winston Marsh – bottle of wine that is, he didn’t find the Joker though - funny that….


Guest Speaker

Ian Pittaway introduced the speaker for the evening, PDG John Kevan, from the Rotary Club of Applecross, who was speaking about a Sustainable Vegetable Garden project, in Lily of the Valley Village, Natal, South Africa.



PDG John announced that the Rotary Club of Applecross has a horticulturalist - Hamish Turner, who is working with Peter Dupen of the Rotary Club of Hillcrest (80kms west of Durban) on this project, which has since become a RAWCS project, giving them access to better resources.  The RAWCS official route to getting a project up means that the project must be measurable; the data needs to be evaluated; but most importantly, the project must be sustainable, ie ‘teach them how to fish’ concept, how to encourage them to continue.



Established in 1993 the not-for-profit Lily of the Valley Village has 12 children accommodated in cottages cared for by a housemother.  The village has a school and medical facilities, and now has a sustainable garden which provides food, horticultural training and an income, and instills a sense of ownership in all the participants.


The local council in South Africa is happy at Rotary’s involvement as is the community.  There are five hectares of land available and up to four crops per year are being grown.  Infrastructure is being put in place to fence off an adjoining game reserve.  Accommodation and transport is provided for volunteers, and African corporations are providing herbicide to clear the land.  In South Africa companies are bound by law to donate 1% of their profits back into the community.  This particular project has the involvement of five large key South African sponsors.


The budget for the project is $20,000 – RC Applecross has donated $2,000 and is looking for assistance from other clubs as soon as possible to allow them commence in late 2014 for summer crops.  Currently with donations from RC Melville, Booragoon, Albany Port and Applecross, just over $7,000 has been raised to date.  The biggest cost of the project is funding for a Project Manager, and for fencing, water tank, labour and sheds. 


Sergeant Jim called on Acting President George to close the meeting.  George gave his thanks to Gillian for her efforts in the Movie Event, and John Kevan for his presentation, and said that he would ask the Rotary Club of Attadale Board to consider funding his project.



Meeting September 15th


Acting President Geoge Lewkowski welcomed Rotarians to the meeting, and gave a special welcome to Simone Sulllivan of Impromy and Gavin Pereria of Booragoon Chemmart Pharmacy, the speakers for the evening.


Sergeant Jim Calcei invited Patricia Robertson to lead the National Anthem, while he read the Grace.  Directors were invited to give their reports:


Llew Withers sent a message from the Attadale Scouts Group who won a recent state-wide competition, and the Scouts acknowledged the contribution from the Rotary Club of Attadale, which allowed them to purchase equipment to realise their potential.


Patricia Robertson asked that all potential interviewers for the next Job Seeking Seminar on Tuesday 9th December to please nominate their preferred professional occupation on the sheet to be distributed – the occupation that would be of most interest to the interviewer.


In a round of Two-Up, the prize of bottle of red wine and jar of olives was won by Betty Bright.  Spot the Joker was also won by Betty Bright.  She won the bottle of wine, but didn’t find the Joker to win $368, but with a cache of prizes to carry away, it didn’t seem so important!  At the end of the evening, she was last heard rattling her way back to her car…. Jim Calcei won the other bottle of wine in the Door Prize.


Given the very small audience of 17 Rotarians most of the Rotarians Sergeant Jim planned to fine were not at the meeting, however, Sergeant Jim managed to fine Don Rodger for something/anything, and also Mick Donnes who had just arrived back from vacation coming straight from Perth Airport - $2 for being twenty minutes late and $2 for his prolonged absence.


There was a short break to allow Simone and Gavin to distribute samples of meal replacement shakes and snack bars.  To highlight the efficacy of the program, the delicious meal for the evening had been prepared by Tomkins on Swan, based on recipes provided to them by Simone and Gavin they had taken from the CSIRO Simply Well Companion Recipe Book.


okSergeant Jim invited the Chair for the evening, Bruce Robinson, to introduce his guests Simone Sullivan of Impromy and Gavin Pereria of Booragoon Chemmart Pharmacy.  While Simone gave her presentation about the Impromy Health and Weight Loss Program, Gavin was at the back of the room giving Rotarians the opportunity to have their blood pressure and blood glucose levels checked.  


Bruce Robinson with Simone and Gavin


Simone is a highly qualified dietician with Impromy – which is basically an acronym for ‘Improve Myself’.  She informed Rotarians about the Impromy Health and Weight Loss Program, which is a unique health and weight management program available exclusively through selected pharmacies.  The Impromy program focuses on improving health through weight loss and good nutrition. The emphasis is on wellbeing - mental, physical and spiritual, by reducing the risk of diabetes; high blood pressure and cholesterol; and cardio vascular problems; through the provision of nutritious highly accepted meal replacements in conjunction with high protein meals from the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet.


The program has been clinically tested by CSIRO and includes the support of trained pharmaceutical staff who will help to achieve weight loss and related health goals and involves point of care testing to assess weight and risk factors such as cholesterol and blood glucose.

The program also includes meal replacements, high protein meals and provides ongoing support by trained staff in the pharmacy that have tested the efficacy of combining higher protein main meals with breakfast and lunch meal replacements in the form of shakes in the early stages of weight loss. What this research has shown is that it can help to accelerate initial weight loss, and decrease high blood pressure and cholesterol, and reduce the risk of diabetes.  Recent research also shows that greater early weight loss predicts longer term weight loss, making the meal replacement program a useful approach for weight control.

Participants have an initial consultation with their Pharmacist to have their height and weight checked.  They are then provided with an individualised eating plan involving good quality meals, which can be supplemented with meal replacement shakes and high protein bars.  For a small cost of $49.95, this gives participants a lifetime membership to the program, plus five health checks.  Participants can have weekly or fortnightly consultations with their Pharmacist.  A membership also includes a guide to getting started and a copy of the CSIRO Simply Well Companion Recipe Book, and provides access to a Smartphone Application as well as back-up support from the Impromy Help Line.

Rotarians are encouraged to go along to the Booragoon Chemmart Pharmacy on 177 Davy Street, Booragoon (08 9316 3777) and speak with Gavin.  What have you to lose? (except the excess kilos) and everything to gain.  With currently 7000 clients in Australia (without prior advertising), there are obviously a lot of people out there who can see its value.  Just go along and speak to Gavin, no obligation to take up membership, and see if the program would be of value or interest to you.

Following the presentation, a number of Rotarians had questions to ask of Gavin and Simone, some were seeking specific advice as to how best they might increase and maintain their motivation to reduce their weight.

Acting President George offering the sincere thanks of all Rotarians to Simone and Gavin for a terrific presentation and, Sergeant Jim closed the meeting with the Rotary Charge.

Rotary Club of Attadale - Thirty Years of History

Mal Bennett has co-ordinated 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 (drum roll) 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.



Message from PDG Marilyn Barton about ROMAC


To all Rotarians and friends of Rotary,


Would you like to donate a little bit of your time to helping raise the awareness of ROMAC (Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children) to the community?


ROMAC is a wonderful project that provides medical treatment for children from developing countries in the form of life saving and/or dignity restoring surgery, not accessible to them in their home country. This year, more than any other, ROMAC has had a much higher profile in the community, and is doing more fundraising activities than ever before, not only to raise money to help bring children here for the medical help they need, but also to raise awareness in the community. ROMAC is also the special project of the District Governor Brian Eddy’s partner, Pam, which I’m sure you would have become aware of during the District Governor’s visit to your club.


The ROMAC Western Region committee is small in number, but is becoming increasingly involved in a large number of activities. The committee is looking for interested Rotarians and friends of Rotary who would like to volunteer to man a ROMAC display at various activities, often just sitting next to the ROMAC trailer and handing out pamphlets. Examples of activities are the “Climb for a Smile” event, the Jacaranda festival in Applecross in November, the Willetton fair and many, many more in both the metro and country areas, run by various Rotary clubs. 


All we ask is for people to send in their names so we can add them to our growing database of people willing to help. When activities arise, we will contact you and ask if you are interested in helping out on that particular day on that particular activity. Some people might be able to put in a few hours, others only one or two hours, some at lots of events, others at only one or two. It doesn’t matter how much or how little you can do it. Every little bit helps.


If you are interested and willing to be part of the data base, please send your name to the secretary of ROMAC Western Region, Marielle Sloss at



Many thanks for your interest and future assistance.


Yours in Rotary Service,


Marilyn Barton 


PDG Dr Marilyn Barton

District 9465 ROMAC Chair