ROTARY CLUB OF ATTADALE
'IF YOU'RE HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT CLAP YOUR HANDS' 😀👏😀👏
Thankfully Covid-19 restrictions had lifted enough in Western Australia for us to be able to meet in person on this important night and there certainly was a lot of happiness and clapping taking place at the recent Attadale Rotary Club's Changeover meeting.
Club members and friends showed their appreciation for the many great things that had been achieved during the past year with President Gail McCulloch at the helm. It was also wonderful to have District Governor Wayne Milnes and Suzanne as well as District Governor Elect Colin Burns and Sandra attend on the night. The evening commenced with Past President Ian Pittaway reading a Grace he had especially prepared for this important occasion. After a delicious meal President Gail went through all the projects the Club had been involved in over the year and she thanked her husband Colin for his constant support, patience and help which allowed her to devote her time to being President.
A highlight of the evening was the induction of Shelley Konig into the membership of the Rotary Club of Attadale and the Global Rotary Family. Heather McNaught will be Shelley's mentor and Keith McNaught her sponsor. Past Presidents John Sharp, Colin McCulloch and Ian Pittaway said it was a privilege to present the Past Presidents' Award for the Rotary year to Jim Calcei for all his Rotary work during the year. It was especially wonderful to see all Jim's large family present for the occasion. Another wonderful part of the night was President Gail announcing that Kerry and Abby Parsons were being recognised as Paul Harris Fellows in appreciation for the way in which their lives demonstrate a commitment to helping people in need, here and around the world, and for providing educational opportunities for young people. It was special that DG Wayne Milnes and DGE Colin Burns were able to take part in the Paul Harris Fellowship presentation.
Patricia Robertson was presented with an Honorary Membership badge to thank her for her service and contribution to Rotary over the years. Patricia had previously been awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship and is currently on the committee of the National Youth Science Forum.
District Governor Wayne Milnes proposed the toast to Rotary International during the evening and John Sharp proposed the Toast to Partners to which Greg James responded.
It certainly had been a year with the perfect theme of 'Rotary Connects The World' and President Gail wished incoming President Neil McKay and Giovanna all the best for the coming year where 'Rotary Opens Opportunities' and with a formal ceremony Gail inducted Neil McKay as the new President of the Attadale Rotary Club for 2020-2021.
Attadale Rotary Club President Ian Pittaway had great pleasure in welcoming the Guest Speaker Warren Duffy and a very large number of guests to the meeting on November 5 at Tompkins on Swan. Chairman Mick Donnes introduced Warren who took everyone on a delightful trip down memory lane. He rekindled memories of years gone by and had everyone enjoying the experience. Warren explained that before writing the books he established the Facebook page 'Lost Perth'. It was dedicated to preserving photos and memories of the good old days in Perth. He wanted to unearth Perth's history to save it for the future. He started chatting to people, listening to their stories, collecting their old photos, and it went from there. He posted photos, films, stories, memories and they all touched a nerve. The site is a collection of old images and stories of Perth, focusing on the way things used to be and the old buildings and businesses that have disappeared, and it captured Perth's imagination. Warren attributes the site's success to people's fond memories of the 'good old days'!
He wanted to put those memories and stories in print, so they'll have a place in history forever.
The books 'Lost Perth', Volumes 1 and 2 are picture-driven with images that follow the history of Perth, Western Australia and bringing back wonderful memories of times gone by. There are old family photos moving through the decades and the Great War, roaring twenties, the great depression, World War 11, the booming fifties with their hooped skirts and perfectly coiffed hair and the swinging sixties, seventies and eighties.
Warren showed some film of many of the tv ads we all came to love (or hate) such as 'I Love Aeroplane Jelly' (still going around in my head each day), 'I'm Louis the Fly', 'Luigi Sava Da Money' as well as 'It takes two hands to handle a whopper' etc. We also enjoyed seeing some of the icecream delights we all grew up with.
Thank you Warren for starting the wonderful Facebook site and for the Lost Perth books to remind us all of some wonderful times we all had in days gone by.
Pictured are Chairman Mick Donnes, Attadale Rotary Club President Ian Pittaway and the Guest Speaker Warren Duffy. Pictures also show the 'Lost Perth' book Volume 1, Trams in the City, Lights on the Old Swan Brewery and the beautiful interior of the Ambassadors Theatre. Thank you also to Colin McCulloch for bringing along some of his memorabilia to display on the night.
It was a night to reminisce enjoyed by members and all their guests.
Also speaking at the Rotary Club of Attadale on Monday, 29 October, was Louise Dinnie. Louise is a Member of the Student Emerging Leaders Group- (MSEL).
Louise reminded Rotary members of the workshops they ran with the students from Melville Senior High School. These workshops included the following: Resume writing; Interpersonal skills and networking; as well as Interview skills. Panel presentations from higher education institutions and professionals from industries the students were interested in. The team found that engaging with students in smaller groups was easier and they were able to develop a better rapport with them. The overall feedback was generally positive from the students. The students indicated that they could use the workshops more before they select their ATAR courses for Years 11 and 12.
Rotarian Bev Moffat is pictured with Louise Dinnie.
Also pictured are two happy Attadale Rotarians Winston Marsh and Greg James who were recently presented with their Birthday cupcakes by Club President Ian Pittaway.
This phenomenal journey was made possible thanks to the open-heart surgery which saved his life as a child.
Jeremy is a recipient of the Australian Heart Foundation ‘Heart Hero Award’, an Ambassador for Waterline Challenge, and has raised over $50,000 for the New Zealand, Australian and British Heart Foundations. He continues to support these charities through speaking engagements and book sales and now dedicates his life to inspire others.
Attadale Rotary were thrilled to have the Rotary District 9465 Membership Director John Stockbridge attend their meeting on Monday Oct 15th Tompkins on Swan. John presented lots of useful information and interesting ideas in his talk on Social Media and Business Networking. He also showed a video on social media statistics that had prompted him to take direct action by presenting to business networking groups.
Club President Ian Pittaway also had great pleasure in welcoming Andrea Poynton, Jacquie Pittaway and from Applecross Rotary Kenn Williams to the meeting.
As the past week had focussed on 'Lifting the Lid' on mental health, members wore a hat to the meeting and donated to the Australian Rotary Health fund to be used for mental health research.
Ian shared some thoughts with those present:
Four simple letters, R U O K but how often do we ask it? Suicide is the leading cause of death in children from the young age of 5 to 17. Peel Football club have now started their own 'Welfare and Education' program. Too late to save those lost, but will no doubt help others. He shared many other sad stories and stated that we can all do something as simple as calling a friend just to ask RUOK. It may help and it can do no harm, but we should all be aware of how much it can help even in the smallest way.
Pictured at the meeting are John Stockbridge with Carole Maxwell and Club President Ian Pittaway, Garth Curran with Selwyn Castles, James Doogue and Rodney Rate. Colin McCulloch (artistically clever and highlighting the 'Lift the Lid' cause) is with his lovely wife Gail McCulloch & Jacquie & Ian Pittaway.
Others enjoying the fellowship on the evening included Neil & Giovanna McKay with Kenn Williams & Jim Calcei, Andrea Poynton pictured with John Sharp & Carole Maxwell, Bob Rodgers with Winston Marsh & Greg James. Colin McCulloch and Jim Calcei are pictured donating.
It was a great night.
On Monday Oct 8 Carole Maxwell was delighted to introduce the Guest Speaker at the Rotary Club of Attadale meeting young Vincent Pettinicchio. Vincent explained that in 2013 at only seven years of age he founded his charity - 'Vincent's Project for the Homeless'.
He got the idea for his project after coming home one day, upset from being bullied. He was sad and crying so his Mum told him to think of doing something nice for someone else. Vincent knew who he wanted to help. He had witnessed the homelessness crisis in WA while going on walks with his grandparents who live near Perth.
Vincent thought about what would be useful to a person living on the streets, to make their life more comfortable and came up with a careful list.
These days each of Vincent's packages are worth $66 and include a pillow and pillowcase, towel and facewasher, blanket, toothbrush and toothbrush container, toothpaste, soap and soap container, deodorant, hairbrush, razors and shaving cream, shampoo, a pack of tissues, a bottle of water, poncho, notepad and pen. The female bags also include feminine hygiene items. Hundreds of students and volunteers help pack the items into a duffle bag and the finishing touch is a tag with a simple note - 'Just to let you know that someone cares', written by school children Vincent has enlisted to help. Over the years Vincent's Project have filled 5615 bags that are in high demand from charities such as St Vincent de Paul and the Red Cross and have also been requested by the Department of Community Services.
Mrs Pettinicchio said while each year her son's project had grown beyond expectations, this year had been a bit more of a struggle because Vincent had fallen ill with chronic fatigue syndrome. Normally he goes out every weekend and fundraises but this year he just hasn't been able to do it as much she said.
Without his family, especially his parents, Vincent said his project would not be what it is today. Beyond all the help he receives, Vincent said his Mum's role is essential. She gives up lots of weekends to take him places to speak, helps with the delivery and collection of items and co-ordinates the different schools for him, orders the stock and budgets the spending. Vincent's Mum Pina Pettinicchio admits it isn't always easy. Running a household, working two jobs and helping Vincent manage his project sometimes does not leave enough time for her to do the other things she needs to.
Vincent has deservedly been given many awards for his great work. In 2016 he was the youngest recipient of a Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship by the Rotary Club of Hillarys. Vincent has not only made a huge personal difference in the community, but is also a role model and inspiration for other children and young people showing what can be achieved with commitment and compassion.
Today Vincent knows 'That he can achieve his dreams if he works hard and perseveres' and that his Mum was right that 'Helping others does make you feel good about yourself'.
The Members and guests of the Rotary Club of Attadale were very impressed with Vincent, his Mum and the amazing and inspirational Project they work on and thanked them both for coming and speaking at the meeting. Everyone wishes Vincent a good recovery from his current Chronic Fatigue condition.
Club President Ian Pittaway was delighted to present Vincent with a cheque for $250 for his Project from the Rotary Club of Attadale and thanked those who had brought along some items for Vincent's project as well.
If you would like to learn more about Vincent's project for the Homeless go to
At the meeting of the Rotary Club of Attadale on September 10 President Ian Pittaway was delighted to welcome Club member James Doogue as the Guest Speaker for the evening and to welcome James' wife Shelly and sons Jacob and Jordan and friend Alice Walsh as well as guests Anne Lewkowski and Graeme Wishart. He was also pleased to welcome back Patricia Robertson who had returned from her Overseas holiday and to present Gillian Baker with her 'Birthday Cup-Cake'.
James spoke to the meeting about his wonderful 'Adventures in the Middle East'. He visited a number of different countries in the area and had a range of amazing experiences. He flew over a huge refugee camp and said that Jordan receives hundreds of millions of dollars from the United Nations to house the refugees they take in. The camps are often near cities so that the refugees can try and find work. He saw many wind turbine farms in his travels and about 40% of the turbines were broken. They are very hard to maintain. In contrast to the modern inventions he was surrounded by Bedouins that live in tents and have goats and camels.
James visited Petra, the famous archaeological site in Jordan's southwestern desert. It is a vast, unique, carved city that is accessed via a narrow canyon called Al Siq and it contains tombs and temples carved into pink sandstone cliffs, earning its nickname, 'the Rose City'. Its most famous structure is 45m high 'Al Khazneh', a temple with an ornate, Greek-style facade and known as The Treasury.
WHAT A FUN NIGHT it was on Monday September 3 when the Rotary Club of Attadale President Ian Pittaway had great delight in welcoming the Rotary District 9465 Governor Robyn Yates and the Assistant Governor Lesley Coombs to the meetiung along with many partners and Guest Monika Kaur.
DG Robyn told members that Rotary International is always there to support Rotary Clubs. Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbours, friends, leaders and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and act to create lasting change - across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves. . From literacy and peace to water and health, we are always working to better our world and we stay committed to the end. Rotary is made up of three parts: our clubs, Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation. Together, we work to make lasting change in our communities and around the world.
Robyn also shared with everyone a little about her life growing up. She saw her parents always helping others in need and from a young age Robyn learnt about giving without expecting anything in return. She learnt that the smallest act of kindness can change someone's day for the better. Joining Rotary has allowed her to continue to help others in need. Robyn congratulated the Attadale club on the interesting, unique projects and initiatives that are being undertaken. Robyn also spoke about the Conference that will be held in the lovely town of Collie in March next year. We can't wait!
After all the formalities were over Greg James (acting as a Ringmaster for the night) in true theatrical style gave a great introduction to a Magic challenge between MARTIN THE MAGICIAN and COLIN THE CONJURER. Greg's costuming and introduction were superb.
Martin needed the assistance of District Governor Robyn and Assistant Governor Lesley Coombs along with Rotarian Betty Bright and of course a 'bit of string'.
Then Colin, looking the part in his magician's cape had the DG sign a coin which he placed under the cup on the table. Of course with the help of some magic words and a wave of his wand the coin moved back and forwards. Members had to then vote for the most impressive act by placing a coin in a specially constructed voting box. Everyone enjoyed the fantastic showmanship, wit, humour and enormous talent of these members. It was good to see so many laughing and crying at the same time and the magical acts will be remembered and talked about for a long time. All the coins had slid down one end of the voting box, so depending which way the box was held, it was never proved which of the magicians actually won.
A BIG THANK YOU to Martin Houchin & Colin McCulloch.
Pictured is President Ian Pittaway with District 9465 Governor Robyn Yates with the Rotary Balloons, Also pictured is Past President Colin McCulloch and DG Robyn Yates on presentation of an Honorary Membership to a very thrilled Jacquie Pittaway. Robyn is also pictured with Rotary members Rodney Rate, Gail McCulloch & Colin McCulloch with her beautifully presented Shoebox for the Club's Love in a Shoebox project. Entertainment Ringmaster Greg James looking very dapper, Martin the Magician and Colin the Conjurer and the winner's coin box.
Giovanna McKay is a committee member of Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC) and was very pleased to introduce Wilma McBain as Guest Speaker at the Rotary Club of Attadale meeting at Tompkins on Swan on Monday August 27.
Wilma trained as a nurse at Royal Perth Hospital and in 1988 she started work at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children as the coordinator of the Cleft Lip and Palate Unit, the only one of its kind in WA. She became the overall coordinator of the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Unit in 1993 and in 2006 she became the Secretary of the Australasian Cleft Lip and Palate Association. In 2008 Wilma was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for service to the community through the care and support of children requiring craniofacial plastic and reconstructive surgery.
ROMAC commenced in March 1988 out of the actions of an Australian Rotarian who,with a group of surgeons, visited Lambasa in Fiji. They found the child mortality rate as high as 25% in some places and quickly identified that lack of medical and surgical facilities and skills for children of the island nations in Oceania, was a major cause. During the next four years, eight children were brought to Australia for major, often lifesaving, surgery. Soon 20 Australian Rotary Clubs were caught up in the success of each case and assisted in various ways. ROMAC established five regions representing clubs in the west, east, south, north and centre of the country. A New Zealand region was formally established in 2004. First and foremost ROMAC is quite a rare not-for-profit humanitarian organisation being run entirely with volunteers - no paid staff, no leased offices and the small expenses are recovered from investments.
Rotarians volunteer their time and expertise to run this Rotary program that encompasses all the Districts of Australia and New Zealand, assisted by many eminent surgeons, who generously donate their time for the treatment of the patients. They need more financial assistance. To help, Rotarians and Rotary Clubs can:-
Thank you to Wilma McBain for sharing the wonderful work done by all those involved in (ROMAC) - ROTARY OCEANIA MEDICAL AID FOR CHILDREN.
Pictured is the Attadale Rotary President Ian Pittaway with Wilma McBain and Giovanna McKay.
The Rotary Club of Attadale's very own 'Batman', Past President Colin McCulloch has recently completed the allocation and distribution of the one hundred subsidized microbat roosting boxes to the residents of the City of Melville, with just a few allocated boxes awaiting collection. Boxes are now being presented to schools and Booragoon Primary School has recently been given two and Colin and Gail McCulloch attended the Palmyra Primary School last Friday and presented them with two boxes. The incredible microbats will be really enjoying this coming summer as will the residents of the City of Melville who will be able to enjoy the outdoors more with a greatly reduced number of mosquitoes in the area. Colin is pictured after presenting a Bat Box to a Palmyra Primary School student.
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