Rotary Club No. 17632, District 9510. 

Chartered 24th April 1954
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Meeting 3056 - 18th January 2021

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Meeting No. 3057 January 18th
CHAIRMAN                   Steve Barilla
GUEST Speaker            Pat Adams
TOPIC                          My Career in the Army & SA Ambulance Service
PLAQUES                     Kim Potger
LOYAL TOAST               Bob Hinderwell
INDUCTIONS               21st Jan 1994 Mike Williams
DIARY DATES              1st Feb.  Bowls Night
                                 15th Mar  Clonlea Picnic evening (to be discussed).
                        21st Apr   Centenary of Rotary in Australia


It was great to see you all at our first Club Meeting for 2021
Our yearly planner for 2021 is jammed packed with some great guest speakers and vocational visits.
Two key events over the coming months are: the Bowls night at the Gawler Bowls Club and the Port River Dolphin & Dinner Cruise. So put these in your diary.
Some sad news about Julie Tekell and Deb Williams, however both are strong and determined Rotarians and I am confident we will be seeing them again soon at our club meetings.
“Quote of the week”
Someone once asked me how I hold my head so high after all I have been through. I said, it’s because no matter what, I am a survivor, NOT a victim.
Report on Dinner Meeting  
11th January 2021
The meeting was attended by 24 Rotarians and 3 guests, namely Guest speaker Saran Chamberlain, and Amy and Luke Wells. Apologies were received from Colin Bazeley, Dino Donati, Kevin Clarke, Kim Potger and Wayne Murphy.
President Mark acted as chairman for the evening and invited Secretary Michael to provide information on the Australia Day Breakfast arrangements as organised by Apex under Covid requirements (see p4). A breakfast meal will be provided at three hotels: Kingsford, Prince Albert and Exchange to persons previously booked in and sitting down. Six club members volunteered to help Apex with the cooking. And considering the possibility of poor attendance at a meeting the preceding Monday evening maybe that meeting should be cancelled.
Director Mike Williams reported that Julie Tekell has undergone surgery to attend to a flareup of her ongoing cancer problem, and Mike’s wife Debbie is having to deal with a serious medical problem. The Club’s best wishes were extended, and hope given for successful and speedy recovery to good health for both members.
 Brian Burt got enough support to go ahead with getting further details on a dinner/dolphin cruise as a club outing.
Sgt-at-Arms Barry led the fines session with birthday greetings to Patsy Johnson and Sandra Jacob. He also congratulated Brian Burt on the anniversary of his induction 45 years ago. The barrel roll was won by Alan Harris and Lance Hatcher, followed by the Bunyip roundup displaying a trio with upstanding hair styles. The cashing in of some old coins found by Brian Burt brought a reward of 3 cents as a portion of their value.
President Mark introduced the guest speaker Saran Chamberlain who was born in Vietnam but has lived in Australia all her life. Saran had a stroke when a young adult, and as the mother of three young children has rebuilt her life despite being partially paralysed down her left side.  She acts as a Stroke Saver Ambassador for The Stroke Foundation and is involved with a programme helping young stroke victims, as well as being on the Consumer Council in relation to support for the disabled in the community.
Saran’s talk described the ideals of the Stroke Foundation, the general symptoms and effects a stroke onset, and of her work with special interest in stroke prevention in younger persons.
As an adjunct to Saran’s talk her companion Amy explained briefly how her own stroke disability was different to Saran’s experience.
President Mark gave Saran a certificate of appreciation and informed her that a donation would be made for the vaccination of 45 children against polio. He then remarked on the death of Jacqui Atyeo’s daughter Diana, and is following on with a board decision for a related donation to the Medical Research Association.
The meeting then closed with the reciting of the 4-way test.

Guest Speaker: Saran Chamberlain

The Stroke Foundation and related Stroke Effects

A motto of the Stroke Foundation is “Be Stroke Safe”, and its aims are to:
  • Prevent stroke
  • Save lives
  • Enhance recovery
  • Conduct research
Some facts:
  • Every year around 17 million people worldwide suffer a stroke.
  • In Australia stroke kills more women than breast cancer and more men than prostate cancer.
  • It is estimated that 1 in 4 persons will have a stroke during their lifetime.
  • Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability in industrialized countries.
  • Many people aged over seventy get a form of intermittent or permanent arrythmia.
  • Stroke can affect anyone at any time.
A stroke is a medical emergency. It’s a brain attack – the brain equivalent of a heart attack. It occurs if the blood supply to the brain is blocked (ischemic stroke), or if a blood vessel in the brain is ruptured (haemorrhagic stroke). When either of these things happen brain cells begin to die or are at risk of damage.
The impact of a stroke depends on the area of the brain where the blood supply is interrupted and can be physical, mental or both. A milder attack is known as a transient ischaemic attack (TIA). The effects of which are only temporary and can serve as a warning.
The after effects depend on the area impacted, and the sooner a patient receives medical attention, the better the chance of their recovery.
F.A.S.T. Is a useful acronym in checking for signs of a stroke:
  • Has the patient’s Face drooped,
  • can they lift both Arms,
  • is their Speech slurred
  • Time is critical, call 000
If these symptoms are present call 000         
Time is critical.
Name: Patsy Johnson
Age: “As old as my tongue and a little bit older than my teeth.”
Place of birth: Barmera
Place of growing up: Barmera
Husband: Michael
Present place of residence: Gawler East
Academic quals: Bach of Applied Science, Natural Resource Management
Previous vocations:  Bank Clerk, Office Clerk, Dental Nurse, Vocational Trainer. Leisure interests:  Wildlife, Friends of Para Wirra, Rotary.

Australia Day Breakfast 2021
(Apex Covid requirements)

Further to the email (13th Jan) from Secretary Michael, 8 individuals can be nominated to occupy two tables of 4 as booked for the Gawler Rotary Club at the Kingsford Hotel from 8.30am – 10am
The names of those wishing to eat at those tables will be confirmed with the hotel on Tues. 19th, so at Monday’s meeting Stan Roulston will take the names and book in those individuals.
This arrangement does not involve Rotarians doing cooking, and if you wish to attend the event independently anywhere in the town, then you can phone:     
Kingsford Hotel (08) 8522 1687; Exchange Hotel (08) 85252 1889; Prince Albert (08) 8522 1865 
Be warned “the early bird catches the worm”
Port River Dolphin Cruise
Just a thought!
Velcro costs so much because it’s a rip off.

Some Rotary Projects

A shortlist projects our club wishes to concentrate our support on this year.
- click on heading to link for more information
Polio Eradication: Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease with no cure. The strategy to eradicate polio is therefore based on preventing infection by immunizing every child worldwide until transmission stops and the world is polio-free.
Operation Cleft: - provides free cleft repair surgery for underprivileged children in Bangladesh. Many are ostracized by society, also suffer ear, nose, and throat infections, depression, and malnutrition. Surgery provides an opportunity for a normal life, an education, and to reach their full potential as contributing members of their community.
ShelterBox: responds instantly to natural and manmade disasters by delivering boxes of aid to those who are most in need. Each box supplies an extended family (up to 10 people) with a tent and essential equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless.
Interplast Australia & New Zealand: provides access to life-changing reconstructive surgery and related medical services to those in need across the Asia Pacific region, with a focus on facilitating medical training and mentoring for in-country medical personnel by supporting and building the capacity of local health services.
R.A.M. – Rotarians Against Malaria: Objective: “The prevention of mortality, and a reduction in morbidity and social and economic loss caused by malaria through a progressive improvement and strengthening of local and national capabilities in malaria control.”
S.W.S.L. – Save Water Save Lives:  Encompasses the provision of water, water catchment, reticulation, and the construction of a variety of water tanks.  50% of the world’s population does not have ready access to safe drinking water – water-related diseases may claim as many as 25 million lives a year.
R.O.M.A.C. – Rotary Oceania Medical Aid (for) Children: ROMAC brings children under the age of 15 from developing countries to Australia for often life-threatening and dignity restoring surgeries not available in their home country.
D.I.K. – Donations in Kind: Provides donated equipment and material in two main areas – Education and Health. Container freight costs are met by contribution/donations. Every $1 donation results in $50 of goods delivering hope to needy communities.
A.R.H. – Australian Rotary Health: provides Research Scholarship in focus areas - Mental Health, Indigenous Health, Rural Medical & Nursing, also, Research Grants and PhD Scholarships in a broad range of general health areas including cancer, heart disease, children’s health, motor neuron disease, diabetes and more.
Rywell recognises that some of our youth are quite disadvantaged as a result of family circumstances and seeks to provide them with opportunities for enjoyable recreational activities. The Committee has formed a liaison with Families SA over recent years to organise holiday programs of activities for young people who live in Government Accommodation Units under the responsibility of the Minister.
Please nominate one of these projects for the fines box when you are Chairing the meeting
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Nearby Club Meetings
(meet 1st & 3rd )
Wk 1 Middle Hotel, 244 Main Nth Rd
Wk 3 Rotary Centre, Phoenix Ave
Grenville Community Centre
*Barossa District
(meet only 2nd & 4th )
Vine Inn Hotel Motel
Nixon Function Centre, Nixon Tce.
(meet 1st & 3rd )
North Kapunda Hotel
Old Spot Hotel
Gawler Light*
Gawler Arms Hotel (Loft Room)
*Members wishing to eat may dine at the Gawler Arms from 6.15pm prior to the meeting start. Bookings by emailing or phone 0409 185 452
1st Wednesday
3rd Tuesday
Grenville Hub
Barossa Valley
(meet 1st & 3rd )
(meet 2nd & 5th)
Clubhouse, 45 McDonnell St.
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Apoligies & Guests

Members of the Rotary Club of Gawler should either:

  1. reply to the weekly email Attendance & Meal form

  2. or call or sms on 0437 759 256 before 10.00am Mondays.

Failure will be taken to be an apology and no meal will be ordered.

Visiting Rotarians and others should call or sms on 0437759 256 before 10.00am Mondays.

  • Committee Meetings – please notify your host by 10.00am of the meeting day if you are unable to attend an in-home Committee Meeting.

Club Almoner – PP Mike Williams   0407 605 354

Bulletin Editor – Stan Roulston        8523 0158, 0439 305 389

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