President's Message
Ian Watson
member photo
       8th November 2018
President Ian Watson Welcomed all and Guest Speaker Commander Gavin Reeves RANR to our Remembrance Day of 100 years since end World War 1
Apologies: Jeff Myers, Ray McKinnon, Martin Harrison, Lindsay, John and Natalie
Special Guests: Mayor Logan Howlett and Commander Gavin Reeves RANR and Warrant Office Kurk Brandstater (Special Mention as in Uniform)

DG Visit: Thank you to all the Directors who met with the DG at meeting on the 1st November.

Robyn Yates went through our Club Checklist put together by Club President Ian Watson and input from the Directors.

Encouraged the club to go for a Club Citation this year and help the club achieve this goal with assistance from District and other clubs. Load your goals onto the My Rotary Web Site.  >Rotary Club Central> Goal Center

Commended the club on projects achieved in Vocational and Community and ongoing.
Strong Youth participation in Rypen, Ryla, Youth Exchange and Community programs.

Assistance in getting the Club Visioning Program reviewed and fully implemented.

Support for the new Swap meet being instigated by the club to use the other clubs in the district for assistance. AG David Porter also offer his business for the traffic management report requested by council.

Fundraising with joint cooperation with the Cockburn City Council Rotary Spring fair sounds like a very fine way of being involved in the Community and commended.

Membership still being a major concern to all clubs and likes what has been started at our club to get interest in joining the club by starting at base level and looking how to attract members. Active Committee. Also mentioned that the Rotaract Club at Rossmoyne should be contacted to come and talk to the club and for us to build a relationship with a transition to members when they move on from Rotaract.

Polio Plus is a very close to her heart and would like the Club to donate their pledge of $1000 prior to the End of February so that a accurate figure can be shown at the Collie Conference in March 2019. Yes we have club members attending.

Governance: Need to get the new changes to the Constitution ratified at your next AGM and have them registered prior to June 2019 (Change Act) By-Laws can be done later but also need to be reviewed. District approved Draft forms were sent out to clubs and are to be used. The Constitution cannot be changed only your name added. The By-Laws can be adjusted to your Clubs flexibility.

Need to get Budgets to President and Treasurer by next Board Meeting and the AGM on 22nd November 18. This report can be used for the AGM

AGM: Set for the 22nd November at usual meeting time. Make sure you are available to attend.
Guest Speakers: Commander Gavin Reeves RANR
Remembrance Day 2018 Speech
Sunday 11th November 2018
Mr Ian Watson, President, Rotary Club of Cockburn
Mr Logan Howlett, Mayor of Cockburn
Other distinguished guests
Ladies and gentlemen
It is a great honour for me as a serving naval officer to join you today in marking the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice, which occurred at 11am the 11th of November 1918, and I thank Rotarian and naval Warrant Officer Kurk Brandstater for inviting me to join you. Although not a submariner, I have worked closely with the Submarine service for a number of years as a Training Commander in the RAN’s Submarine School in HMAS Stirling.
Given the importance of all RAN Submarines being based in Western Australia and their proximity to where we are gathered this morning, I want to focus on the long and important association of Australian and allied submarines with our great State.
Through my work I often reflect on why submarine service is universally held in high regard. Submariners are a special group: they are unique; only those with exceptional human qualities, including loyalty, courage and high morale in the face of danger and adversity, are successful in this extremely demanding and highly respected branch of the profession of arms.
It is pleasing to note that your President Ian Watson is an ex RAN sailor and his son Brett is currently serving on HMAS/m Sheean.
Winston Churchill very succinctly summed up the high esteem in which submariners are held the world over:
"Of all the branches of men in the forces there is none which shows more devotion and faces grimmer perils than the submariners."
In a more light-hearted manner, distinguished Royal Navy Submarine Commander Jeff Tall proudly described the quintessential human side of submariners by summing up the unique blend of pluck, courage, devotion to duty, good humour and exuberance that endears them to everyone:
"There is a touch of the pirate about every man who wears the dolphins’ badge."
Both Churchill and Tall are correct: submariners are a special group of sailors who have made enormous sacrifices for their country in peace and war. Consequently, our submariners deserve special recognition as we reflect on the significance of Remembrance Day to Australia’s freedom and our special way of life, underpinned by a fair go and respect for all irrespective of race, creed or colour.
Fremantle has long been associated with submarines and has a fine memorial to submariners on Cantonment Hill as well as the former Oberon Class Submarine HMAS Ovens as a living museum open to the public. The Port of Fremantle contributed significantly to the war effort during World War II as a major Allied submarine base.
160 submarines from the Royal Navy, the Royal Netherlands Navy and the US Navy, supported by the Royal Australian Navy, were based in Fremantle from 1942-1945. Not only did their crews endear themselves to the local population, but they quickly united and became, as Nelson would have called them, a band of brothers.
Throughout their posting to Western Australia, submariners made a highly significant and successful contribution to the Allied war effort. Sadly, they paid a high price for their efforts with heavy losses of men and submarines. War is always unprofitable and invariably unforgiving, resulting in many submariners who sailed out of Fremantle from within a few miles of where we are now and never returning. They are still out on patrol, and we honour their memory today.
I mention also that HMA Submarine AE1, whose wreck was recently discovered off Rabaul after being lost for over 100 years, was the first ship loss for the RAN and the first Allied submarine loss for World War I.
At 11 am on 11 November 1918 the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years continuous warfare. The allied armies had driven the German invaders back, having inflicted heavy defeats upon them over the preceding four months. In November the Germans called for an armistice in order to secure a peace settlement.
On the first anniversary of the armistice, 11 November 1919, two minutes' silence was instituted as part of the main commemorative ceremony at the new Cenotaph in London. The silence was proposed by an Australian journalist working in Fleet Street, Edward Honey. At about the same time, a South African statesman made a similar proposal to the British Cabinet, which endorsed it. King George V personally requested all the people of the British Empire to suspend normal activities for two minutes on the hour of the armistice to mark the victory of Right and Freedom over the world wide carnage of the four preceding years.
The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month attained a special significance in the post-war years. The moment when hostilities ceased on the Western Front became universally associated with the remembrance of those who had died in the war. This first modern world conflict had brought about the mobilisation of over 70 million people and left between 9 and 13 million dead, perhaps as many as one-third of them with no known grave.
Later the allied nations chose this day and time for the commemoration of all war dead and at the end of World War II the Australian and British governments renamed Armistice Day as Remembrance Day. In November 1997, the then Governor-General Sir William Deane formally proclaimed the 11th of November as Remembrance Day, in recognition that it has long been a day of special significance to Australia.
The Last Post is closely associated with Remembrance Day and we shall pause for it to be played shortly. All over Western Australia and elsewhere it will be played in public and is our tribute to those who have fallen. It is a simple yet hauntingly beautiful tune; it invokes our solemn respect and eternal appreciation for those who have made the supreme sacrifice. The Last Post is played in many countries on Remembrance Day. It transcends all boundaries and serves to unite us in our desire for peace, harmony and the ability to avoid the conflict of war with its inevitable tragedy and suffering.
During World War 1, the poppy was one of the first signs of regrowth to sprout from the war-devastated countryside of France and Belgium. There is a clear association with the blood red colour of the poppy and the spilt blood of those who fell in battle. The poppy has become a simple but evocative and strikingly vivid symbol of human sacrifice in adversity; it is now recognised by many nations as the Flower of Remembrance to our war dead. We wear it here today as a personal sign of respect, honour and gratitude for all of those who have fallen in battle.
It was the same humble red poppy that inspired the Canadian Army Medical Officer Lt Col John McCrae to write his immortal poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ on 3rd May 1915, after taking part in the 2nd battle of Ypres in the Flanders district of Western Belgium. Col McCrae was himself killed in the last year of World War 1 and many have since added their own verses to his original poem. Here is one verse penned by Col McCrae:
‘We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.’
On Remembrance Day we also turn our thoughts to those currently serving abroad in our armed forces. We pray for their safety and protection throughout their posting and for a speedy return to their families and loved ones.
Today we join our fellow Australians and other nations in solemn, silent reflection on the tragedy of war and the supreme sacrifice made by the countless men and women who gave their lives for the freedom and peace that we now enjoy. Although they may now lie in the seven seas or the fields of foreign lands, they are very much with us in spirit and we shall never forget them.
In conclusion, we are gathered here today to ensure that we neither forget nor repeat the losses and wrongs perpetrated in the horrors of war. Nor must we ever allow the mists of time to dim the immortal memory of all, including our submariners, who fell for our freedom.
Lest we forget.                                         
Commander Gavin Reeves RANR
Alan Wright: Recited the ODE
The Last Post was heard and the one minutes silence
The National Anthem was sung by all
Directors Reports:
Club Service/Vice President:
Governance Officer: Charities License has been approved CC22385 and certificate received. All documentation and ongoing financial reporting on club runner. Working with Children register and advice to District to be completed. All current holders to send approvals to Secretary to include in register.
Ian (to complete). Alan and Di, Kurk and Sandra, Nat and Mike and Rosinda all current
COC Mens Shed Inc: A Invite out for a Sundowner will follow
Treasurer:  Budgets required early new year from all the Directors for approval by the board. Membership fees are due. Accommodation for conference in Collie done at Collie Ridge Hotel. If any others decide they are going then advise Michael to make sure enough accommodation arranged.
Foundation: Ray Swap Meet at Beeliar Shopping centre a go. Meetings ongoing but probably not starting until new year now. Delay in getting Requirement for a Traffic Report has been done by Council and now in the final approval stage with Council.
Xmas breakfast will be changed to a Sundowner to 6th December at Mens Shed 2 Sullivan St Cockburn Central. Advise Robyn/Diane of anyone we should invite.
January Fish n Chips meeting  will be on first meeting in Jan 17th.   
Fellowship in November waived due to Spring fair and Sundowner early Dec
Robbie Burns night in February date TBC 15th February 2019 and also invite to other clubs to join us.
50th Anniversary of the Club is in June 19 but will have a 50th Birthday bash deferred to 25th July 2019 (TBC) due to lodging a grant application late. Jandacot Hall to be used.
Membership:  Couple prospective members to be followed up. Business Cards available. In the Club cupboard. On going meetings. Banners and promotional material being ordered.
Community:  Stockland have approved grant request for $1000 for Microscopes to three schools plus batteries
Vocational: Diane chasing up schools regarding Literacy awards. 4Way Test schools being approached missed first round but Seton looking good for new year. Meeting arranged with committee
Youth: Disabilty Chair has been delivered and write up in local Gazette and also on Facebook please like and share the post. Youth Exchange shared in Jan-July 2019. Not happening now. Rypen student attended a report later, Need applicants for RYLA as applications now out. also Interact Club started at Harrisdale School with PP Rosinda organizing.
Spring fair: Barry Hoar advised Well attended and the Medieval Theme was a great success with the kids and no so young kids. Over 90 Stalls/food vans. Great day weather wise and all stall holders pleased with the turn out and finished with the  fire works. Thanked all the committee and workers on the day
Curry Park Memorial; Discussions still going on with the Bibra Lake Community Assoc and the Mens Shed regarding re landscaping the Memorial of the early settlers (The Tapper Family). The council has come to the party and installed the fencing. We maybe able to do up the new signage as a gift under our 50year community donation. Change of name from Curry Park to Tapper Park is being instigated
FINES: Rosinda
Usual offenders with No PINS or Stamps
Those not wearing a Poppie
Who is not attending a Remembrance day celebration
National Anthem: All as were Not singing in tune with the music
Brought Box:
Diane: Those who were rushing the national anthem putting all off key
Peter: Bevan/Dawn: As the poem stated that "We lived, felt Dawn, saw sunset glow"
Geoff: Peter for drinking cans of beer with the Eagles logo on them. Thought he had jumped teams?
Alan: Eagles supporters. How long do we have to put up with this Eagles crowing about their Premership??  (Answer until Dockers win one)
Lucky Numbers: #59 - Club Wins
Upcoming Events
Nov 19, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Meeting Responsibilities
Meeting 22nd November 18
Wright, Diane
Wright, Alan
Goodreid, Bevan
Meeting 6th December 2018
Leahy, Robyn
Brandstater, Kurk
Blechynden, Nat
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Les Skelton
November 5
Lindsay Robeson
November 21
Kurk Brandstater
Sandra Brandstater
November 19
Join Date
Lindsay Robeson
November 11, 1995
23 years
Yaz Mubarakai
November 15, 2011
7 years
Robyn Leahy
November 19, 2006
12 years
Jeff Meyers
November 29, 2007
11 years