Ordinary Meeting at Esperance Golf Club: 22nd May,2023
President-Elect Nominee/Secretary Tom Campbell opened the meeting at 7:PM indicating that Chairman Kaj had taken ill. He welcomed Rotarians, our Guest Speaker and a Visiting Rotarian Tom Murray (RCEB) 
Guest Speaker was Neil Wandel talking on development of his grain business
Invocation delivered by Rob Gurney 
Raffle Winners:     Ken Jenkyn (Wine/Chocs)                   
President -Elect Kaj's Report
Rod Taylor
member photo
 In Kaj's absence, a written report was presented by Chairman President-Elect (Nominee) Tom Campbell.
Report on Shire Address re  New Year's Eve Fireworks 2023
Advised that Councillors have determined that the fireworks are too noisy, disrupting local dogs, and Council will be developing a policy for future guidance in that regard. Shire have suggested we pursue the "drone" light show option which on preliminary estimates (for a 15 minute display) of $60,000 + for 150-200 drones ex Perth appears well in excess of the current budget relating to fireworks. Further consideration by Directors required to work on either a way forward or abandon this event all together. 
Transfer of "fake "piano from Senior Citizen's to Simpson Street Shed-  no urgency but a couple of members required to transfer the item to our shed on a trailer or ute.
Golf Club Social Memberships- Reminder for those Members who have not yet paid their Social Membership fee to the Golf Club that Members must register and pay their $10 fee ASAP at the bar to comply with the rules.
Leave of Absence- An application was received by Secretary Tom from Ken Warne.
Next Meeting- will be at Simpson Street Shed and menu will be burgers and salad using leftover bacon from Anzac Day breakfast catering.
Birthday Greetings- A card was arranged for past rotarianne Mrs Gwen McCracken to convey best wishes on her 90th birthday.
Secretary’s Report
Esperance Senior High School - Portfolios- Request received for our Club to fund the Year 12 Portfolios as in past years. Directors to consider the matter.
Community; B Rollond
Mental Health Fundraiser - Bunnings Stall
In her role as ARH rep, Media Officer Corrina has suggested to Barry that we arrange a sausage sizzle to raise funds towards mental health. Members supported the idea.
Youth: K Jenkyn
Student Exchange- Ken reported he will be assisting Chelsea's parents to complete some of the necessary paperwork for her upcoming exchange. Liaising with potential host parents for our inbound student has also begun.
RYLA Attendance Certificate Presentation.- Ken advised that Annabelle Marsh is unable to attend the Changeover evening as previously planned, so he will present the 2023 Certificate to her in the near future.
From the Floor:
N McCallum- Relocating Clothesline J Bridges
Neil has been attempting to devise a system for JB to hang his washing out, without success, and now thinks the easiest way is to relocate the line closer to the house and walkway.
Contact Neil to assist with this please.
Ken Jenkyn re Acting Relief Attendance Officer.
John Gray offered to run the Attendance for several weeks during Ken's immediate upcoming absence.
Sergeants Session: Chairman Tom ran an open fines session in the Sergeant's absence and managed to extract quite a tidy sum from such a small attending group.
Fine of the night was on Ken Jenkyn for being hard of hearing, subsequently discovering his hearing aid was turned off!!
Guest Speaker Intro ; Brett Guthrie introduced
Mr Neil Wandel to address us on his grain handling enterprise.
Guest Speaker-
Neil prefaced his speech by indicating He and Mary had arrived in Esperance in 1979.
Shortly after arrival, they became the proud owners of some 2000ac (quote" the only farm they ever need to own" he told Mary) at Scaddan. It wasn't until a chance meeting with Dick Thorpe from Thorpe Realty in 2000 saw the acquisition of the original shed on the Beckwith Street block, which preceded establishment of the grain drying and handling business we see today. The business has expanded over the years from an original 7 silo facility operated by abt 3-4 people to some 37 silos requiring abt 9 fulltime people expanding to 20 including casual staff over recent harvests.
Their primary exports are pulses, comprising faber beans, lupins, lentils and peas, with the vast majority heading to China.
Main activity of the facility is the drying, cleaning and testing of product on behalf of clients from this area. Recent bumper seasons have been a boon to the business with a record 195,000 tonnes being handled.  
Keeping an adequate number of capable staff has been their biggest ongoing drama.
Next major project is the integration of a colour sorter which will give them the ability to separate impurities from product during processing.  
Neil answered a barrage of questions on various aspects of the business from the floor.
Guest Speaker Thanks
Neil McCallum thanked Neil in the usual fashion, presenting him with our engraved biro.
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Attendance Report – Ken Jenkyn (acting)
          Members –  32                          Present  13                                                       
  • Leave of Absence   6                    Apologies   13                                            
  • Silent     0                                  Club guests  1
  • Visit.Rotarian   1                           
  • Percentage       41     %                   
The Attendance Officer requests that callers identify themselves clearly when making an apology on the Rotary phone.
Attendance will also be recorded via ClubRunner.
The Attendance Officer role is also now available to be filled.
Upcoming Events
Shed Meeting
May 29, 2023
5th June WA Day Holiday- No Meeting
Jun 05, 2023
Ordinary Meeting - Esperance Golf Club
Esperance Golf Club
Jun 12, 2023
DGE Visit - RCEB & Partners Evening,
Esperance Golf Club
Jun 19, 2023
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
2023/24 Changeover Night
Esperance Golf Club
Jun 26, 2023
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
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Meeting Responsibilities
Sergeant Assist
Mackie, Scott
Gurney, Rob
Stewart, Ewin
Guest Introduction
Guthrie, Brett
Guest Thanks
Elliot, Brad
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Ken Warne
May 3
Ann Green
May 4
Kaj Nieukerke
May 5
Peter Tredinnick
May 19
Brian Colliver
May 21
Macka MacKenzie
May 21
Spouse Birthdays
Robyn Timmins
May 21
Robert Boord
Judy Boord
May 29
Corrina Rawlinson
Spotty Rawlinson
May 30
The Club has a dedicated phone for apologies either by verbal message or SMS text. Please notify by 10am on the day of the meeting. The phone number is 0474 165 997.
Please identify yourself when making an apology by phone.
Club Website details:
Log-in and password: as per Rotary email 17/4/14. This may not work
Corrina Rawlinson is available to assist any members who are having difficulty in accessing the Rotary website and ClubRunner.  Corrina can also assist with recovering forgotten passwords and log-in details (I think!!)
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