BulLetIN SEPTEMBER 4, 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)


DG Nominee:  Linda McLerie (Hannans-Kalgoorlie)

Group One Assistant Governor: Llew Withers

IPDG:  Erwin Biemel (Willetton)

Probus:  Winston Marsh



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 August 25th


President Mick Donnes welcomed all members and gave a special welcome to our guest speaker Jo Milios.


Greg James detailed a request from Alchera Living who run four retirement villages and are seeking volunteer Board members.  Contact Greg for details.


John Sharp gave us an update on his plan for "Changing the World One Conversation at a Time" and asked for member support in the form of organizing conversations over coffee.  Details will be emailed to members.


Winston Marsh announced that on Tuesday he will be going to Denmark to start yet another Probus Club.



Rod Rate reported on tonight's Fundraising Committee meeting:

·      he asked all members to fully support ticket sales for Gillian's film event on September 4th with all proceeds going to the charity account.

·      announced that Gillian is arranging a night at the Melville Theatre to see "Wife After Death".  This will be on Wednesday, November 19th and will cost $20.

·      said we will be selling a quality 2010 Barossa Valley shiraz for $15 and aimed to have most members sell two dozen and this received good support


Sergeant Jim Calcei conducted an interesting fines session before running Heads & Tails for a donated bottle of shiraz from the Adelaide Hills that was won by Don Rodger.

Jim confirmed that the vocational visit to The Leaf Machine had been postponed and asked that all 'Love in a Shoebox' contributions were in by September 1.


The Door Prize was won by Peter Field and Chase the Joker by Greg James who almost picked the joker.


President Mick asked Carole Maxwell to give details of a webinar to discuss flexible and innovative Club programs.


Guest Speaker:   Jo Milios

A physiotherapist specialising in prostate treatment


Ian Pittaway introduced Jo who he has known all her life.

Jo's brother, who is a urologist, persuaded her to specialise in men's health and particularly prostate treatment.

Jo explained the physiology of the prostate and some problems that arise. 

Her physiotherapy assists with recovery after surgery but Jo stressed that prevention is better than cure and that we should all:

·      keep our waist measurement below 94cm for men and 78cm for women

·      eat three veg and two fruit every day


·      have eight hours sleep every night (not the average 6.5 hours)

·      have thirty minutes vigorous exercise five times each weak

More specifically for the prostate and bladder we should have regular medical checks and do pelvic floor exercises regularly each day.  Jo demonstrated then led us in these exercises and played an ultrasound that showed clearly how the muscles contract.


Jo is a great ambassador for Men's Health issues and members can find out more about her work by clicking here and here.



President Mick Donnes thanked Jo for her interesting and informative presentation and hoped that it would encourage men to talk more about these issues.




Meeting September 1st


President Mick Donnes welcomed all members and partners to the meeting.  Mick’s friends and fellow Rotarians and partners from the Rotary Club of Kalamunda were given a warm welcome by the club.  Mick introduced our guest speaker for the evening, Grace Buchanan, who will speak on behalf of Palliative Care WA.  Mick also announced an additional treat for the evening - a presentation by the classical opera singer Ileana Otto-Johanson about her journey to becoming an opera singer, followed by a recital accompanied by Christina Trus.



Director’s Reports

Rod Rate announced that he had followed up a proposal by President Mick about organizing a Bush Dance for 300-400 primary school children and their families.  Rod had approached Bicton Primary School to gauge their interest in a dance early in 2015, and received a very positive response.  It has been agreed that President Mick will attend the Bicton Primary School P&C Committee Meeting on 22nd September.


Bruce Robinson has again followed up on an invite for the two Clontarf students to come for dinner, without success.  He invited other Rotarians to follow suit in the hope that they may be more successful.  Bruce invited his Chinese neighbours to dinner, which was later reciprocated.  Bruce hopes that his neighbours will accept an invitation to visit the Rotary Club of Attadale.


John Sharp reminded Rotarians that there were still twelve outstanding subscriptions yet to be paid.


Gillian Baker reminded Rotarians of the Film Night at the Cygnet on Thursday 4th September from 6pm to 8pm, and she anticipated about one hundred attendees.  Gillian will be on hand from 5.30pm to sell additional tickets at the door and collect any outstanding monies collected.


Jim Calcei reminded everyone about returning their Christmas Love in a Shoebox, and if they gave him their details, he was willing to collect the boxes from Rotarians.  Jim will also give Rotarians a brief presentation on Monday 8th September as to how the boxes are delivered.


Sergeant Jim asked for the draw of the Door Prize which was won by Bruce Robinson.  John Sharp got the opportunity to find the Joker, but yet again, another wasted opportunity.


Our newest Rotarian Kerry Parsons informed the Club that a school for deaf children in Davao in the Philippines has requested assistance in the form of sponsorship for the large number of deaf children they are assisting.  In one specific case, they are looking after a child who is deaf, blind and disabled.  The Kerry Parsons Foundation has donated a wheelchair on behalf of Rotary, which has significantly benefited that boy.  He was now inviting the Rotary Club of Attadale to assist the school.


Sergeant Jim hosted an indiscriminate Fines Session which included fining a number of Rotarians’ wives for not wearing their name badges, including wife Jenny.  Elaine Bennett was fined $4 for not wearing her badge even though it was available.  Jenny was fined a second time for having a birthday in September, as was anyone else in the room game enough to admit that they too had a birthday in September.  Greg was supposed to be host for the evening, but wasn’t, so he was fined – and Abby Parsons was fined for falling sleep in the Business Class Lounge at the airport and missing her flight!



President Mick invited the Chair for the evening, Jeff Spickett, to introduce the guest speaker for the evening, Grace Buchanan from the Cancer Council WA. Jeff introduced Grace, who has a nursing background in midwifery.  She is a volunteer with Palliative Care WA as it can help cancer patients.


Grace Buchanan with President Mick


Grace gave a lively, amusing informative presentation talking on a very emotional topic about caring for people to the end of their lives, be it in hospices, care units, or dying at home - where the role of the carers is to help maintain the best quality of life remaining for their patients.


Grace pointed out that while most people have their finances sorted out, they don’t plan for other avenues of life ie nearing the end of life, or being diagnosed with a terminal illness. Palliative care is about Advance Care Planning (ACP) where people are encouraged to think about dying; to discuss and record their wishes; perhaps make a Living Will; arrange Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) and Enduring Power of Guardianship (EPG).  ACP recommends that you record what treatments you may or may not want – Grace said we should not avoid these conversations.  A more legal document is an Advance Health Directive (AHD) which can be prepared in which you specify what you want to happen - whether or not you want to have intensive care or whether you want palliative care.  The AHD can be witnessed by the family doctor or pharmacist – Grace recommended that copies are made and circulated around family and friends.  WA Legislation is in place to protect your rights and wishes to people need to ensure that their wishes for their future are documented and respected. 


Grace summarised her excellent presentation by urging everyone to have the discussion now, and there was a rush of attentive listeners that took advantage of the large collection of informative literature giving some excellent information on palliative care, Advance Care Planning, and how to prepare an Advance Health Directive.


Following a short Question and Answer Session, Jeff Spickett offered the sincere thanks of the attendees to Grace for his talk.




President Mick also offered thanks to Grace and he then invited John Milton, Rotary Club of Kalamunda to introduce the next speaker for the evening, Ileana Otto-Johanson, with her topic on how she became an opera singer.



Ileana pictured speaking with Robin Hamilton

Ileana was named after a famous opera singer, and was born in the city where Handel had lived.  Her father died when she was two, and her mother was a judge in East Germany, so Ileana attended a crèche where they soon learned that Ileana could sing.  By four, Ileana was taking ballet and piano which involved lots of training and practice, with a strong emphasis on performing well.  At the age of twelve she started singing lessons and was tutored by a famous opera singer.  The decision to sing was made for her - Ileana wanted to become a Forensic Scientist.  Ileana continued her vocal study at The Liszt School of Music, Weimar from 1989 and graduated in 1995 majoring in voice.  During her six years of intensive training Ileana had to undertake other activities eg fencing, riding, acting, learning Russian and Italian. However, Ileana also became a draftswoman as back-up in case something happened to her voice!


In 1996 Ileana enrolled in Communication Studies at Curtin University, and travelled to New Zealand in 1998, where she met and married her husband. In 2001 Ileana moved with her husband and children to New Zealand to live on a remote farm, whilst trying to maintain her links with opera.  She became an acknowledged soloist in a variety of productions, operas, choral works and other musical engagements. In addition to being a regular soloist with the Central Hawke’s Bay (CHB) Concert Choir, Ileana performed a pivotal role as creator and director of the highly acclaimed Opera at Oruawharo — now in its tenth year.

After finding it too difficult to earn a living as farmers, Ileana and her family moved to Australia, where Ileana has become involved in the music scene, singing, and teaching private pupils in Kalamunda and working at Guildford Grammar School.


Ileana then gave a recital accompanied by Christina Trus.  Despite apologising for her lessened vocal range due to contracting a cold from her pupils – Ileana held the audience spellbound as she sang three simply beautiful arias, a truly amazing performance.  As a finale, John Milton and Ileana sang a lovely duet with a song from Phantom of the Opera, which was a fitting end to a terrific evening.



Sergeant Jim asked for two volunteers to assist Gillian at the film evening on Thursday – Martin and Betty nominated each other…..  Jim also reminded Rotarians about the final call for Love in a Shoebox.


President Mick closed the meeting by thanking Ileana and Christina, and guest speaker Grace Buchanan.  Thanks were also given to all Rotarians and partners, to the visitors from Rotary Club of Kalamunda, and to Mick’s friends for coming along to the meeting.


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.