Change Over Night 2018 was a really wonderful occasion.
President Colin McCulloch was delighted to welcome many guests including PDG Melodie Kevan & PDG John P Kevan, as well as past Attadale members PDG Jim Trotter and Patricia Trotter, Alan Morecombe, Keith & Pat Timmel, Trevor & Pat Leaver, Peter Field, Joan Henley and Nancy Bray.
Guests Ann Kennedy, Linda Jackson and Ross Cusack, Julie Walker & Ben Walker and Marie Ricci were also given a big welcome. Colin also welcomed all the partners. Rotarian John Sharp was very informative when proposing the Toast to Rotary International which was followed by a very interesting and knowledgeable response by PDG John P Kevan who also related a story where he was mistaken for Ian Riseley, the current Rotary International President.
Giovanna McKay was awarded the Past Presidents Award for her outstanding work. This was an extremely popular choice as Giovanna has made a wonderful new website for the Club and has helped President Colin McCulloch and all members in so many ways. Peter Field and Mike Van Trier were presented with Honorary Membership Badges for their valued contribution to Rotary over many years.Then came the surprises, President Colin McCulloch was absolutely delighted to announce three amazingly dedicated members of the Rotary Club of Attadale had received a Paul Harris Fellow with Sapphire Pin. PDG Melodie Kevan and PDG John P Kevan made the presentations to John Sharp, Rodney Rate and Ian Pittaway. Colin gave a summary of the enormous contribution they have all made to the club and Rotary over a number of years.They all continue to put Service Above Self and have helped in so many ways to make the Club what it is today. They each received a well deserved and heartfelt standing ovation on their presentation. President Colin McCulloch thanked all members of the Club, Office Bearers and especially the Board for their hard work and wonderful support given to him during his year as President. Colin was then delighted to congratulate the new Attadale President Ian Pittaway and helped him with the 'Chains of Office'. Ian thanked Colin for the great work he did during the year, he will definitely be a hard act to follow. Ian is looking forward to a very enjoyable year with everyone's support. Colin and all members wished Ian and Jacquie all the best for the coming year. Neil McKay did a great job proposing a Toast to Partners to which Jacquie Pittaway responded on their behalf. Jacquie also gave a lovely presentation of beautiful orchids to Gail McCulloch as wife of the outgoing President as well as an extremely hard wor Rotarian throughout the year who assisted Colin in so many ways. Gail always showed great friendship to everyone. She also has great skill with a camera and always made sure to take photos at club meetings and functions during the year.
It was indeed a very enjoyable and special evening to remember.
The Rotary Club of Attadale certainly 'Made a Difference' during the past year and for this next Rotary year 2018-2019 will definitely 'Be The Inspiration'. Incoming President Ian Pittaway is pictured receiving the 'Chains of Office' from outgoing President Colin McCulloch. Also pictured is President Ian's new Board who will be giving him great assistance during the year. Paul Harris Fellow Sapphire Pin recipients Rodney Rate, John Sharp and Ian Pittaway are pictured with outgoing President Colin McCulloch and Rotary District 9465 W.A. Past Governors John P Kevan and Melodie Kevan, Giovanna McKay receiving the Past Presidents Award. Also pictured enjoying the evening were PDG Jim Trotter and Patricia, Keith & Pat Timmel, Donna & Mike Van Trier, PDG's John & Melodie Kevan and Trevor & Pat Leaver, Jacquie Pittaway and new Attadale President Ian Pittaway, Carole Maxwell and David Maxwell and Jacquie Pittaway after presentation to Gail McCulloch.it.
At the Rotary Club of Attadale meeting on Monday, June 11, President Colin McCulloch was delighted to welcome Guest Speaker Yared Wolde as well as a large number of other guests. The Chairman for the evening Kerry Parsons had great pleasure introducing Yared and sharing with the meeting how he and Abby had travelled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to visit the School of St Yared and were so impressed by Yared and the whole project and wanted to help them achieve their goals.
Kerry put forward the idea to the Club to build a Rotary Charity House which was done. The proceeds were used to obtain a Global Grant which to assist with the re-location, refurbishment and expansion of the school. Yared explained that the school was established in 2009 with the vision of giving the best opportunities to those children who would otherwise not get to school due to extreme poverty, poor health and family circumstance. He spoke about the process used to select the children to attend the school.
The children receive two healthy meals plus a snack at the school each day, as well as school uniforms, essential learning materials and access to extra curricular activities. With education the plan is for these children to grow into self-sufficient young adults and become the future leaders of their community. Through education, they are planning to break the poverty cycle. Previously we have heard about Yared's childhood and his dream to help educate children. He is to be admired for what he has and continues to achieve.
In a wonderful gesture David Lawson, guest at the meeting and who has been helping put up the bat boxes for the Attadale Rotary Club's Microbat Project, generously donated the $300 he received for doing this to the School of St Yared. President Colin McCulloch was delighted to present the cheque to Yared. Also pictured enjoying the evening with Yared were Amanda, Ann-Maree and Terry Huxtable, Craig Parsons & Eileen Pedrotti Parsons, Ciara Pedrotti Parsons with Abigail Joyce Santos Parsons, Elaine Bennett, Marie Finucane, Greg Caldwell and David Lawson, Michael Feeney and Rod and Dorothy Scrutton.