President's Message
Rob Webster
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On Monday night we were fortunate to have two guest speakers, Haru Jayasekara from Rossmoyne Senior High School, accompanied by his mother Rose; and Jiri Lochman from Lochman Transparencies accompanied by his wife Marie; plus of course, our very own surfer extraordinaire, Anna.

The Club is sponsoring Haru in this years Four Way Test Speech Contest and at short notice, was with us to give his speech its first run. The contest is a competition for secondary school students in Year 10 for the first round in September and in Year 11 by the time of the District final in March of the following year. It highlights the concepts of the Rotary Four Way Test (see below), creates an opportunity for students to develop their public speaking skills and provides Rotary with valuable exposure within the community. 

Jiri is an expert photographer and a passionate and committed conservationist whose business motto is "Showing Australia in a Better Light". We report on his presentation below. 

Anna has survived her return to school and has still found time to get down to the beach for the sun, surf and surfing (on average three times a week, but sometimes more); and last weekend added water skiing to her sports repertoire. Aside from that, when asked by her fellow students, she actively promotes the idea of an exchange (or at the very least a visit) to Belgium. 

Now a big thank you is due to all members for agreeing that the Club devote a goodly part of the anticipated proceeds from the Silent Auction to the North Queensland Flood Relief Appeal which has been launched under the auspices of Rotary World Community Service (RAWCS) using their Rotary Australia Relief Fund. The appeal project is administered jointly by RAWCS and the District where the disaster has occurred. This allows for better coordination, accountability and targeted distribution and has the added benefit that personal donations will be tax deductible. To donate Click here. 

So this gives added importance and focus to our Silent Auction and what we are doing for the Appeal should definitely be mentioned when approaching potential donors. Please also use the flyer Ric Davies has provided plus the Fair prospectus, copies of which are available from me and can also be viewed by Clicking here   

There are also two other appeals currently running. Most pressing is for President Elect 2019-20. It has been agreed that role will be modified to achieve a better distribution of responsibilities and with the support of the many Past Presidents in the Club it will be very rewarding, not onerous. The other appeal is for nominations for District Governor 2021-22. If you are up for an incredible life changing experience, this would be it. 

Finally, if you are planning to attend the Barefoot Bowls night for members, partners and family next Monday 18 February 2019 at the Willetton Bowling Club (WBC), please register on the Club website or contact Mary Henderson direct. WBC will provide the bowls and the know how. We just need to turn up with soft soled shoes or bare feet. After the bowls we will be "fed and watered" and anything stronger will be available from the WBC's cash bar. 


These principles have been developed over the years to provide Rotarians with a strong common purpose and direction. They serve as a foundation for our relationships with each other and the action we take in the world.

    Jiri Lochman and Marie escaped as refugees from (then) Czechoslovakia in 1977, spent some time in a Refugee Camp near Vienna and eventually migrated to Australia in 1978. Czechoslovakia and Europe’s loss has been Australia’s gain.


    Jiri has been a wildlife conservationist from his early childhood years, and has worked as a Zookeeper in Czechoslovakia and Australia.  He and Marie chose Australia because they knew no-one here and because what they knew about Australia, its wildlife and its wilderness fascinated them.  

    They have travelled and explored much of Australia, including Cape York, Kakadu, the Kimberley and much of the inland, then settled in Perth.  Jiri has worked as a Zookeeper at Perth Zoo, but eventually his love of the outdoors and wildlife, combined with a love of photography led him and Marie to set-up their own photography business.

    Thirty two years ago he submitted a photograph for possible publication in LANDSCOPE magazine (the official publication of what was previously known as CALM – now the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, WA) and since then has had his work published in all bar three of its editions.

    To learn more about the delightful duo Click here AND to see some of Jiri's magnificent images acquired with painstaking patience and more often than not, at night.......................................................................

    Upcoming Events
    Barefoot Bowling Partners night 18/2
    Willetton Bowling Club
    Feb 18, 2019
    6:30 PM – 9:20 PM
    Club Meeting 25/2
    Feb 25, 2019
    6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    Club Meeting 11/3
    Mar 11, 2019
    6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    Club Meeting 18/3
    Mar 18, 2019
    6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    Club Meeting 25/3
    Mar 25, 2019
    6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    Birthdays & Anniversaries
    Member Birthdays
    Paul Daly
    February 2
    Peter Cullen
    February 6
    Wayne Hand
    February 8
    Steven Pusey
    February 20

    My international toast tonight is to the Rotary Club Of Esperance Bay Rotary and based on the tenuous connection that I arrived there by sea  in early January as part of a cruise from Fremantle. So, whilst not being “Overseas”, I did arrive by sea. (and Sergeant caught up with me)

    Esperance is a coastal town on the south coast facing Antarctica some 2000kms away across the Southern Ocean. For stunning tourist information see your website. It has two (2) Rotary Clubs but tonight we will toast the Rotary Club of Esperance Bay that was chartered in 1978. 

    Their President is Heather James and they meet each Monday night at 7pm at the Pier Hotel in the main street.

    The Club has some 20-30 members and is very active in the community with projects including their annual Foreshore Festival & Fireworks held on New Year’s Eve from early morning to after midnight. Their Festival is very much like our Community Fair and they raised over $65K this year to put into a wide range of local and international projects. A special project this year was the local hospital’s children’s playground and amenities.

    The Club is active with Youth Exchange and currently hosts Italian lad, Forza Gabri. They also have a Friendship Exchange for adults and hosted eight (8) people from New York City last August with a similar number from Esperance to go out in the middle of the year to catch the Northern summer.

    After presenting my toast PDG Erwin Biemel advised me that the Club is also involved in managing a local Aboriginal owned pastoral lease called “Prickles” that generates over $1m annually and employs many local people.

    Service Above Self
         PO Box 103
    Willetton WA 6955