by Gail McCulloch
At the regular meeting of the Rotary Club of Attadale on Monday, May 14, President Colin McCulloch welcomed guest speakers, Katja Webb and Kristin Bowtell as well as Bronwyn Carey.
Katja Webb has Australian parents and was born in Germany. After attending the University of WA where she studied statistics in German and at the same time did every Gilbert & Sullivan she possibly could as well as other musicals. She then spent three years studying at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). After spending six years auditioning for the WA Opera Company, she finally made it into the chorus. It took another two years before she started singing Principal roles. She also sang in choirs and concerts in Perth. To further her career, Katja entered competitions and applied for scholarships. This resulted in studying and performing overseas for a number of years. She has performed in Australia, UK and Germany since 2006, in all genres of vocal music from musicals through operetta to opera. She is also able to sing in a number of languages.
Kristin Bowtell loved to sing as a child but was disappointed not to be selected in a choir at the age of eight. Kristin played the flute through his years studying for a Bachelor of Music at the University of WA and in his last year started singing lessons and 'caught the bug'. He stopped playing the flute and was singing in lots of choirs. It is insecure to be a professional singer, constantly going from contract to contract which involves a lot of travel, spending a lot of time away from home. After returning from London to Perth Kristin started singing professionally. He is currently a conductor, chorus master, baritone and educator and also the Arts Administrator for the Academy of Performing Arts.
Attadale Rotary Club members were delighted to hear Katja and Kristin sing Edelwiess as a duet. This song was created for the 1959 Broadway production of 'The Sound of Music'.
It was also interesting to hear from Katja and Kristin just how difficult it can be financially to do the job you love, whilst living in Perth where there are few opportunities.
Katja Webb and Kristin Bowtell are pictured with Attadale Rotarian Patricia Robertson
by Gail McCulloch
Rotary Club of Attadale
At the Club meeting on Monday, 7th May, Attadale Rotary Club President Colin McCulloch welcomed the Guest Speaker for the evening Darren Lomman and his assistant Chloe Atkins as well as guests Ann Kennedy and Benjamin Khoo.
Darren Lomman was introduced by Rotarian John Sharp who said that Darren was the founder of Dreamfit which makes dreams possible for people with disabilities through innovative equipment and product solutions. Darren has now moved on to another project that resulted from him hearing on television 'that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish'. This so shocked Darren that he did his own research and found the statement was actually backed by international research. This led him to look at the recycling system he had grown up with in Perth. To his amazement he was unable to find a single waste plastic reprocessing facility. Instead, he found that most of our plastic bottles placed in recycling bins were being sold on the international market. This resulted in Darren establishing a new social enterprise in 2017, Greenbatch. He plans to build WA's first waste plastic processing facility in Shenton Park. The first product planned is 3D plastic filament made from recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic beverage bottles, that are marked with the number 1 on the packaging. 3D printing is being used all around the world over a wide range of products and industries. Schools are now getting into using 3D printers. Greenbatch is partnering with schools which will have collection bins at the school. The bottles will be collected, taken to the factory, turned into the 3D printer filament and then given back to the schools. Darren has received numerous accolades and awards, including Young Australian of the Year WA and Australian Young Biomedical Engineer of the Year, to name just two. Darren was a very interesting and enthusiastic speaker, informing everyone of a way to overcome a massive, worldwide problem. To learn more visit the GreenBatch Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com>thegreenbatch or their website on https://www.greenbatch.com
Darren Lomman is pictured with his assistant Chloe Atkins and Attadale Rotarian John Sharp, Guest Benjamin Khoo with Attadale Rotarian Jeff Spickett and Club President Colin McCulloch with Guest Ann Kennedy and Rotarian Winston Marsh. Also pictured is Attadale Rotarian Gillian Bakersurrounded by raffle prizes at the Club Movie Fundraiser at the Cygnet Theatre on Sunday May 6th. Congratulations Gillian for all your hard work and achieving such a successful result.
by PN Gail McCulloch
"WA Disability Support Awards 2018 Celebrating 10 Years." -- This was advertised in a four-page lift out in The West Australian on Monday April 30th, so the visit on that date to the Attadale Rotary Club from the Justinian Group was very topical and timely.
President Colin McCulloch welcomed the guest speakers from the Justinian Group, Eileen, Joshua, Jessica, Christopher, Simon and Amanda the House Mother. He also was pleased to welcome guest Michael Feeney as well as the Murdoch Student Emerging Leaders (MSEL) Team, Thomas Stewart, Varun Gandhi, Louise Dinnie and Alex.
Amanda Turner's role is the Justinian House Senior, but she is affectionally known as the 'House Mother'. Amanda helped each of the guests share information about themselves to the meeting. She did it in such a way that each one gained in confidence and enjoyed the experience.
Colin was delighted to tell Amanda that the people who look after the old, the young and those with special needs are very special and valued members of the community.
Amanda wrote a lovely email to the club to say thanks for inviting the Justinian Group to the meeting. They all had a ball as everyone was so welcoming and showed interest. The best part for Amanda was to see the community inclusion for people with disabilities. Club members enjoyed having one of the guests at each table as they shared a meal together. Amanda's role as House Senior is to ensure the smooth running of the household and to make sure all the individuals who reside at Justinian House have all their needs met in every aspect of their life. This includes, social, medical, financial etc.They have regular housemate meetings where all individuals can discuss anything that is important to them.
Thomas Stewart of the Murdoch Student Emerging Leaders told the meeting how he left school at the end of year ten and took the first job available. No one taught him how to write a resume or told him what opportunities were available to him. He eventually went to university and realises the need and value of the project the team from Murdoch are working on for the Rotary Club of Attadale, that is how to write a resume, interview skills and general employability skills. Varun, one of the team, explained that they would like to develop the project so that it can be introduced into other schools.
President Colin McCulloch is pictured with Justinian Group 'House Mother' Amanda Turner and Eileen. Simon, Jessica, Eileen, Joshua and Christopher of Justinian Group with Amanda Turner and Attadale Rotarian Patricia Robertson.
Also pictured are Louise, Varun, Alex and Thomas from the Murdoch Student Emerging Leaders Team with Attadale Rotarians Bev Moffat and Martin Houchin and Bruce Robinson being presented a Microbat Roosting Box by a delighted Club President (and our very own Batman) Colin McCulloch. Bruce was well prepared with a sign saying 'Early Check In'.
By Gail McCulloch
The Rotary Club of Attadale held a wonderful Anzac Commemoration night on Monday 23rd April. Club President Colin McCulloch did a lot of research into this night with his wonderful montages of scenes from the devastation of World War 1 that was presented on the screen during the meeting. He welcomed Guest Speaker Baden Pratt and Peter Grosser and other guests Andrew Pittaway, Jacquie Pittaway, Joe Keh and Michael Feeney.
The Chairman for the evening Mick Donnes had great pleasure introducing Baden, the author of 'Hell for Leather' and his friend Peter Grosser who has been a great supporter of this project. Baden is a Fremantle identity, journalist, historian and also life member of the North Fremantle Amateur Football Club. His topic was based on the effect on a local community from the result of World War 1.
Before the meeting, a couple of club members were heard to ask "what is the relevance of a talk about a local amateur football club in relation to Anzac Day"? Well, the result was a room full of people absolutely rapt in the presentation by Baden. He is a notable researcher and obvious lover of the history of the North Fremantle Amateur Football Club.
At the beginning of World War 1 North Fremantle was a full member of the West Australian National Football League. At the outset of war, 40 members of the club volunteered for service and fought in the trenches and mud heaps of the Western Front, 11 were killed and another 20 or so were seriously wounded and were never the same. The result was the devastation of the North Fremantle Football club. So much so, due to a private meeting of the majority of West Australian National Football League clubs, North Fremantle was excluded from the league. A sad day for the district. Later, several of the returned men played league football for these other clubs and went on to be stars of the game both locally and interstate. The loss of these men and boys to war caused so much grief and loss in the area, the widows, family and friends collected money for a war memorial to be made for North Fremantle. In fact it is believed to be the first such memorial to be erected in Western Australia. Baden related thumbnail sketches of the lives of many North Fremantle soldiers who were killed in the Great War. The North Fremantle Amateur Football Club has traced the gravesites and memorials of those nine footballers killed on the Western Front in World War 1 and in 2008, 32 members of the club visited these gravesites and memorials. They conducted special ceremonies at each of the sites and placed a club football jumper with the number and name of the fallen footballer on the grave or memorial. It was an overwhelming experience for these young men. The pilgrimage and the book coincided with the 90th anniversary of the end of World War 1. The book 'Hell for Leather' is the result of an amazing community effort and has been a profound act of remembering those forgotten footballers. It has shown that each of the young men from the North Fremantle club who died on the Western Front or at Gallipoli was an individual, loved by his family and his community, was an individual who loved his country and was an individual who loved his football. The Club will continue to honour their fallen footballers and at their football match on Saturday 28th April the current players all wore football guernseys engraved with the names of the deceased players.
After Baden's wonderful presentation, no one was left wondering about the football club relevance to Anzac Day. Baden has previously been presented with a Rotary 'Paul Harris Fellowship' by the Fremantle Rotary Club for his wonderful work.
At the end of his talk Baden Pratt had great pleasure saying how privileged were we, the community of Fremantle, to have local military historian Andrew Pittaway devote what he does to this subject. Baden himself has Andrew to thank for the knowledge he has on the subject of war. He recommended Andrew's book 'Fremantle Voices of the Great War' as a wonderful and worthwhile read. President Colin McCulloch also shared more Anzac news regarding Andrew Pittaway on his research and success in locating graves of missing soldiers of WW1 through his 'Fallen Diggers Association' and the good news that approval had come through just before Anzac Day of yet another soldier's grave Private Robert Bowness who will now have a named headstone.
It certainly was a night to remember and topped off with the delicious Anzac biscuits made by none other than President Colin McCulloch.
Lest We Forget.
Monday night was a special night at the Rotary Club of Attadale. Those present were very fortunate to listen to the Guest Speaker Torie Robinson.
Torie is from the UK, a leading international public speaker, writer, influencer, entrepreneur, world traveller and lecturer. Torie has spoken in the UK Parliament and featured in multiple publications. She has had to overcome personal, professional and public adversities throughout her journey living with epilepsy. Torie shares her personal experiences with others, to raise awareness and reduce stigma and she does so with eloquence and great dignity.
Her topic on Monday night covered Awareness, Diversity and Inclusivity in regard to epilepsy. Torie's journey has been something that no one should really go through, but is happening to people of all ages and how little we all know about it. If we see someone collapse, do we assume it is alcohol or drug related or do we offer assistance. It is a huge decision. Torie is hoping to put together a program with Epilepsy WA to make people more aware of this serious mental condition, that can be managed to a degree with the correct medications, and in Torie's case, having a part of her brain removed. This has helped reduce dramatically the seizures she has endured most of her life. How little we all really know about it.
The Club was also privileged to have Emma Buitendag, CEO of Epilepsy WA attend the meeting, plus three visitors who have personal involvement with epilepsy.
The Club will hopefully find ways to assist Epilepsy WA in some small ways in the future. Pictured are Acting Attadale Rotary Club President Ian Pittaway, Emma Buitendag, Torie Robinson and Chairman for the evening Neil McKay.
Attadale Rotary Club is back in full swing with their Monday night meetings and interesting Guest Speakers.
On Monday, 5th February, Rotarian Gillian Baker introduced the Guest Speaker for the evening, Meredith Forder. Meredith is the Founding Director of Vedanta Institute Perth. She is a Philosopher and Self-Management Consultant, who presented insights about our modern day epidemics - stress, anxiety, fear, addictions divorce and depression and provided a refreshing way to overcome them. She is a graduate of the Vedanta Academy in India. Meredith offers the essence of Eastern philosophy to our Western society, bringing a balance between outer success and inner peace of mind. Meredith spoke about the two types of happiness - Path of the pleasant which is a selfish temporary happiness and Path of purpose, which is selfless and lasting happiness. Rotarians typify this. If you have this attitude in everything you do, your life will be pleasurable, fulfilling and happy. Thank you Meredith for presenting on a very interesting topic.
As well as welcoming the Guest Speaker Meredith Forder, Attadale Rotary Club President Colin McCulloch was delighted to also welcome Jess and Amanda who came along to thank Attadale Rotary for enabling them to attend the recent Handicamp at Point Walter. They said it was a very enjoyable and enriching experience. President Colin was also very pleased to welcome guests Carol and Ron Bone who are pictured with Attadale Rotarian Gillian Baker and Attadale Club President Colin McCulloch. Also pictured are Rotarian Sally Rowlands with Amanda and Jessica. Handicamp is a week full of fun and challenges and a lifetime of experiences.
by C & G McCulloch
On Monday 4th December at the Attadale Rotary Club meeting President Colin McCulloch was delighted to welcome the Guest Speaker Patrick Allioux and his wife Sue. Rotarian Patricia Robertson introduced her friend Patrick and spoke a little about his background.
Patrick was born in Brittany on the west coast of France. After school he enrolled in the French Navy and trained as a marine engineer. He then served on the "grey" boats for 15 years. The navy then seconded him to the Cousteau Society to crew Commandant Jacques Cousteau's new second boat "Alcyone". They criss-crossed the Pacific Ocean making documentaries along the way. Patrick shared his stories and photos of all the places they visited as well as speaking about revolutionary sails on tanker ships that were four to five times more efficient than regular sailing boats.
After six years and the Kimberley expedition, while up-keeping the boat in Fremantle, Patrick met a young nurse, Sue. After Patrick and Sue had married he left the French navy but still worked as a civilian for Jean-Michel Cousteau. After another couple of years the Cousteau Society began to decline, there was no expedition coming and life at sea is not a family life. Patrick then began working at a Perth company doing the maintenance of diesel generators in mine sites. After various other jobs in the maintenance industry, he landed in Kwinana looking after the maintenance of a flocculent production plant where he stayed for 20 years before retiring.
Patrick still keeps himself very busy with the Cockburn Sea Rescue Group and the Cockburn Pipe Band.
Pictured is Attadale Rotary President Colin McCulloch with the Guest Speaker Patrick Allioux and his wife Sue and Rotarian Patricia Robertson.
Also two of the hard working Attadale Rotarians Greg James and Gail McCulloch who both gave a very interesting, entertaining and enlightening thumbnail sketch of their early days and what led them to joining Rotary.
Attadale Rotary Club President Colin McCulloch was delighted to welcome Shona Davies as the Guest Speaker at the Club meeting on Monday 27th November at Tompkins on Swan. Shona was an Exchange Student from South Africa and came to the Club in 1995. Colin also had great pleasure in welcoming her host families from that time Pam & Mike Wadsworth, Jacquie & Mike Cox and current Attadale members Jim & Jenny Calcei.
Meeting up with Shona again brought back many fond memories for them all. Shona, now aged 40, is part of the crew aboard the Clipper 'Dare to Lead' which arrived in Fremantle the previous Sunday. Shona played a video about life on board a clipper. There was no doubt about how rough and tough it can be.
Shona will be taking part in three legs of the race which will see her travel some 15,000 nautical miles, half way round the world from Cape Town to China.
After years of struggling with anxiety and depression, Shona had a devastating breakdown at the end of 2015 as she had been working long hours and travelling as Chief Operating Officer for a major British company with Overseas interests. She realised she needed to get back into doing things she loved but had lost. She had loved sailing and this was what led her into becoming part of the Clipper Round the World event which she described as the experience of her life. Her delightful personality, enthusiasm and willingness to share the good and bad times she has lived through were refreshing and extremely inspirational.
This was a wonderful presentation from a young woman showing her bravery both in sailing and with her own personal journey.
Pictured are Jim & Jenny Calcei, Mike & Pam Wadsworth, Guest Speaker Shona Davies and Jacquie & Mike Cox.
Dr Dean Martin Dental Surgeon was the Guest Speaker at the Rotary Club of Attadale meeting at Tompkins on Swan on Monday 13th November. Dr Martin graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1987. He obtained his Fellowship (FRACDS) from University of Sydney and his Grad Diploma at UWA. He has owned his dental surgery since 1990 and is always updating his knowledge & techniques to make sure his patients receive the best dental treatment that is available. He explained the various dental procedures being undertaken at his surgery these days including Children's Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Implants, Oral Surgery, Periodontics, Root Canal Therapy, Emergency dental work, and many other areas.
Dr Martin also has a regular segment on Curtin Radio 100.1FM on the afternoon program with Jenny Seaton where he takes calls from listeners and answers their dental queries.
Apart from dentistry Dr Martin likes to cycle and play golf. He is also a DJ on Curtin FM 100.1 every Sunday afternoon between 12-3pm where he plays fabulous music and also tells some 'Dad' jokes. Dean also told all present at the meeting the history of Curtin Radio, a little about their presenters and explained how he, as a dentist, actually got involved with the station. Dr Martin was a very interesting speaker, he has a fabulous personality and we can imagine that because of this, his patients would also be relaxed when having to undergo any dental treatment at his surgery.
At the end of the evening President Colin McCulloch played a YouTube skit on the big screen of Dean Martin (the original Dino) and comedian Foster Brooks As a Dentist. This was really humorous and to see all present (including Dr Dean Martin) crying with laughter, it was a fun way to end the segment. If you haven't seen it before, do yourself a favour and google 'Dean Martin and Foster Brooks as Dentist.
Attadale Rotary Club certainly have great meetings, come along one Monday night and see for yourself!
Pictured at Tompkins on Swan are Ian and Jacquie Pittaway with Dr Dean Martin and Attadale Rotary President Colin McCulloch, Dean Martin with his 'Birthday' Muffin.
On Monday 23rd October Attadale Rotary President Colin McCulloch welcomed Guest Speakers Dr Alice Domenichini and Fabienne Vonarburg as well as Associate Professor Debbie Trinder who were all respresenting the Spinnaker Health Foundation. The annual Rotary Charity Golf Day run by the Attadale and Fremantle Clubs supports two major beneficiaries, Motor Neurone Disease Association and Spinnaker Health Research Foundation.
The Chairman for the evening Rodney Rate introduced Fabienne who showed a video of the work being done through the Foundation. She then explained that the Spinnaker Health Research Foundation proudly supports innovative health and medical research across the whole of the Perth south metropolitan region, including Fiona Stanley and Fremantle Hospitals and in collaboration with universities and research institutions in WA. Spinnaker aims to improve the health and wellbeing of our community through research.
Dr Alice Domenichini is a recipient of one of our grants and is joined by Assoc Professor Debbie Trinder. She is studying the effect of too much iron in the heart. Iron has brought significant changes to life for all, over the years. It is an essential nutrient for all organisms. However, in conditions where there is an excess of iron, such as hereditary haemochromatosis, it can have detrimental consequences as more iron is absorbed from the diet and deposited in vital organs such as the liver and heart, inducing progressive tissue damage. Hereditary haemochromatosis and secondary iron-overload conditions, like thalassaemia, are some of the most commonly inherited disorders world-wide, especially in populations with European ancestry. The mechanism of iron-induced heart damage in iron overload diseases, especially hereditary haemochromatosis is still largely unknown.
The research project will examine in detail the effects of too much iron in the heart in a laboratory model of human hereditary haemochromatosis. The outcomes from this study will provide new insights into the role of iron in iron overload disorders.
Pictured from Spinnaker Health Research Foundation are Associate Professor Debbie Trinder, Fabienne Vonarburg and Dr Alice Domenichini with Attadale Rotarian and Chairman Rodney Rate and the President of the Attadale Rotary Club Colin McCulloch.
On Monday 16th October President Colin McCulloch welcomed Guest Speakers Michael Cockram and Jean Mackenzie along with the partners and visitors who had come to the meeting to hear an extremely interesting presentation.
Michael Cockram is a former Rotarian and a retired Lawyer. In 2005 he started a Restorative Justice Course which involves taking victims of serious crime into prisons to meet with unrelated offenders over a period of two months to discuss what has happened and together to seek a way forward. He has just started his 33rd course and he explained how it is that both victims and offenders seem to find levels of healing in this counterintuitive process. Michael's topic for the evening was "Reach for Life - grasping the snake that bit you". Michael was assisted in his presentation by Jean Mackenzie, a graduate of the program, who described her own reactions. In the late 1970's in Apartheid South Africa, Jean had suffered the loss of her eldest brother to a vicious assault and subsequent death.
After many dark times and significant pain the family migrated to Australia. After her own family got older Jean began working with an agency dealing with long term offenders, assisting them reintegrating into society. That is when the Restorative Justice program came to her attention. She came into contact with Michael Cockram and began to attend a number of information events. When Jean agreed to participate in one of the programs at Karnet Prison Farm and shared her story she realised she had been suffering all those years from 'survivor guilt'. Jean felt one of the most valuable gifts the program gave her was a sense of closure about her brother's death all those years before.
In 2009 Michael was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) for his work in this area. Reach for Life is a Not for Profit organisation dedicated to re-empowering people who (directly or indirectly) have experienced life changing events such as:- Homicide, Domestic and other forms of Violence, Sexual Assault and Intimidation. The Reach for Life programme is run once a week for 7 weeks inside a prison where victims of crime (including indirect or secondary victims) are brought together with unrelated offenders to share and discuss their stories and to explore some solutions. The reason for doing it is that just as an offender may be in a physical prison, a victim may be in a psychological prison inflicted by an offence. Reach for Life seeks to free victims from this prison through understanding, empathy, compassion, truth and the restoration of personal power. For any further information on this program or to contact Michael details are as follows:- Website is www.reachforlifeaustralia.com or email@example.com
Chris Smoje from DIME Customer Service was the Guest Speaker at the Attadale Rotary Club meeting at Tompkins on Swan on Monday night. Chris is a professional Speaker, Trainer and Facilitator who definitely knows his subject. He has spoken to 38 Rotary Clubs in the past 41 weeks. Quite an amazing effort. Chris is a dynamic speaker who is well versed on the subject of 'Customer Service'.
In a first for our Guest Speakers, Chris said he was paying all those present to listen to him, and he did. All members received a payment of 1 American Dime which forms the basis of his Company ethos:-
DIME - 'Deliberate Interactions Memorable Experiences' which is exactly what Chris gave on Monday.
A great presentation with a strong message on Customer Service.
Pictured are Attadale Rotary Club President Colin McCulloch with Guest Speaker Chris Smoje and Chairman John Sharp, and Acting Sergeant for the night Rodney Rate and Rotarian Garth Curran.
Attadale Rotary Club members had a lot of fun at the meeting on Monday 18th September. President Colin McCulloch welcomed Guests including the Speakers for the evening from the Newsroom at Curtin Radio 100.1FM, Louis Zambotto and News Cadets Courtney Thornton and Lennon Matthew-Rowell.
Louis told us about his journey from being a country boy at Manjimup to studying Journalism at Curtin University and meeting up with Les Welch from the News Dept at the radio station. Les has been training Journalism students from the University who have an interest in radio for many years. Courtney and Lennon also shared why they love the Community Radio station as much as they do and touched on how the station survives through its advertisers and the yearly Radiothon.
The music they play is loved by all ages but particularly by the 'Baby Boomers' generation.
Rotarian Martin Houchin created a lot of fun with the raffle for the evening when he finally realised (after much laughter) that he had inadvertently folded the tickets that had NOT been sold therefore there were no prize winners present. Needless to say he had to pay the penalty of lots of jokes at his expense plus pay a fine to the Club Sergeant Patricia Robertson for his lack of professionalism. A great night with lots of laughter.
In 2014 Tracy became a published author, telling her family's story in "Small Bamboo". Since 2016 Tracy has hosted Today Perth News, with regular local updates from 7am to 8.30am live from Perth.
Attadale Rotary Club Acting President Carole Maxwell and Members will welcome any visitors who would like to come along and hear a lot more about Tracy's story and also about her published book.
Meeting details are as follows:-
Venue: - Tompkins on Swan (come and see the view from there)
Time: 6pm for Fellowship and Meeting commences at 6.30pm and concludes around 8pm for more fellowship and
Cost: $26 with a meal (1 course and tea/coffee/bikkies)
Please mention when booking if you have any dietary requirements or if preferring the 'no meal' option at $7.
Drinks are available at club prices.
Bookings - Please contact Greg James (Attendance) by 10am on Monday 4th September on email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on his mobile 0427 020 682.