Rotary Club
of Esperance 



Rotary Club of Esperance

Meeting: Esperance Golf Club 16/05/22


Bulletin report by Russell Bridge

President Rod opened the meeting at 7pm and welcomed Members and tonight’s guest speaker Neil Brindley.

Invocation: Bob Boord

Raffle Winner: Chris Roberts

President’s Report: Rod Taylor

Last week I have spent about 2 hours on the phone to Lotterywest , confirming all the details for the grant for the shed extensions. Our application will be considered at their next meeting , so I expect an answer by the end of the month.

I have been in contact with Renea Poot regarding their ideas of employing a grant writer , the future of the New Years Eve fire works and I did ask her for funds for the shed . I did advise her that we do not need a grant writer. She advised me that due to a lack of members attending their meetings , she is asking for a vote about the fireworks through the electronic media on survey monkey. As for the funds request ; she will ask her board again but does not think her club is interested. I advised her of our club change-overnight arrangements too , the Bay club can not decide yet on their change – over details.

Our next meeting will be at Teen Challenge. ( Gibson East road 40mins travel from town ) This will be a partners night, please be there at 6.30pm. Take your own drinks if required , importantly there is to be NO ALCOHOL taken. We must know numbers of attendees by 2pm Friday 20th. Teen Challenge is very interested in meeting us and exchanging ideas on the night. A good attendance would be appreciated please.

Brian Colliver has circulated an email with proposed Bus departure times from the shed for the night.

JB has asked for any photos from the last ten years and recently to be sent to himself or Louise Gray. He has formed a 60th Anniversary committee with Corrina Rawlinson , John Parsons, Kaj , Tom Campbell and Louise Gray with a date set for 05/11/2022 at the Deep Sea Angling Club 3pm start .

Secretary: Paul Mather

No Report.

Treasurer: Brian Colliver

No Report .

Club Admin: Scott Mackie

No Report.

Youth: Scott Mackie

No Report.

Community: Barry Rollond

No Report.

International: Rob Gurney

No Report.

Membership: Wes Graham

No Report.

Vocational: Hugh McKenzie

No Report.

From the Floor:

Kaj – Phone Book – Ther will be an editorial in the Weekender this week promoting the phone book to the community for a launch next week .

John Honey – Advised that Pancho may have some photos from the Shed office for JB for the 60TH event.

Graham Mackenzie- Adventure land Park railway line concrete widening project. This Saturday looking for volunteers 1-3pm to lay form work for a concrete poor next week .

Wheel spin winners tonight – Russell , Patto and Corrina .

Media – Corrina Rawlinson

I have done an email test from club runner , you may get one from me .

Apparently we have 2 Facebook pages running , if anyone is an administrator for these please contact myself .

In the last 28 days we have had a 20,000% increase in people seeing our posts on facebook so I am looking for new content all the time .

Sergeant’s Session - Sergeant – Don Patterson

Sergeant’s Assistant – Tom Campbell

Don started with raffle winner Chris Roberts, the above mentioned wheel spin winners and all AFL winners .

Graham Mackenzie was fined for his birthday and JB got some free publicity for his book about the Nullobour Plain that Don has read recently and greatly enjoyed so fined him duly.

Steve Schmedje bought the box and fined Kaj for losing his loose leaf phone book copy all over the carpark while doing phone interview on the radio promoting said book .

Guest Speaker – Neil Brindley.

Intro – Ken Warne

Neil gave a talk on his 56 working life with Wesfarmers after retiring recently in 2020.

It all started after finishing school with a position at head office in Perth and then had moves and promotions that took him around the state including Merredin , Narrogin , Katanning amongst others and finally settling here in Esperance in 1991.

He loved the Live stock trade and told many stories of his years doing this job . He described it as a way of life not a job .

He is now involved in the RFDS and fundraising for this an expanded on that as well as taking on senior roles at the Golf club .

The members had no problems hearing him and enjoyed his presentation.

Guest Speaker thanks – Steve Schmedje

Attendance Report – Ken Jenkyn

  • • Members 35
  • • Present 21
  • • Honorary Members
  • • Leave of Absence 5
  • • Apologies 9
  • • Silent
  • • Club guests 1
  • • Members’ guests 1
  • • Member’s wives
  • • Visiting Rotarians
  • • Exchange
  • • Percentage 82% Ken requests that callers identify themselves clearly when making an apology on the Rotary phone via text only at the moment please.


Next meeting’s program: Rob Lieper

At Teen Challenge 23/05/22

Guest Speaker – Steve Florrison

  • • Invocation: Russell Bridge
  • • Sergeant assist: Brad Elliot
  • • Standby: Ewen Stewart
  • • Student host:
  • • Guest speaker intro Bob Boord
  • • Guest speaker thanks Brian Colliver


President Rod closed the meeting thanking Members and Guests for their attendance.


The Club has a dedicated phone for apologies via SMS text only as there is a problem with the voice to text conversion at the moment. Please notify by 10am on the day of the meeting. The phone number is 0474 165 997.

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