Rotary Club No. 17632, District 9510.  Chartered 24th April 1954

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Welcome to our new weekly bulletin! Find out who our upcoming speakers are, what we covered during the last weekly meeting and other stories as they become available.

Vocational Service Month
 New Year’s Eve Day
Board Directors
Committees Night
Mark Smeaton
Marg Brassington
Time Line Therapy
Alan Harris
Larry Cavalaro
Brief History of Italians coming to Gawler
Mark Forgie
Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month
Gavin Sidhu        
Uganda Dental project
Rick Drewer
Rick’s Sporting Life
Lawn Bowls Night
 A Night of  Fun           
John Lyons 
Interesting Cases
Water and Sanitation Month
Adelaide Cup Day
Maternal and Child Health Month
Easter Monday
Anzac Day Holiday

21st February 2022

Join us for a fun night of Dinner and Bowling at the Gawler Bowling Club
Click Image to attend - a double Vax only event.

Presidents Message

Mark Smeaton
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Dear Rotarians
Please see the below note from Allkids , a project our Club made a donation to in support of this great cause.
“In December last year, AllKids opened the Prek Trabaek Learning Centre to provide these rural children with access to education while we build our own official centre. Please watch the video below to see happy, smiling kids taking part in wonderful activities - your donation really is making a difference”  
It’s wonderful to see what a difference our small donation has made for the kids.

 Quote of the week
“No one has ever become poor by giving”
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Alan Harris
February 7
Warren Dibben
February 13
Mike Williams
February 23
Spouse Birthdays
Alan Harris
February 7
Liz Stolz
February 25
Join Date
Michael Jacob
February 1, 1984
38 years
Geoff Benier
February 6, 2006
16 years
Barry Stewart
February 7, 2000
22 years
Mark Smeaton
February 27, 2017
5 years
Kevin Clarke
February 28, 2002
20 years
Meeting Report
Meeting 3102 Monday 31st Jan 2022
The toast was given by Deb Williams and grace read by Mark Smeaton
Meeting 3102 was officially opened by chairperson Mark Forgie.
Mark F welcomed members and special guest speaker Larry Cavallaro to the meeting. Apologies were received from Bob Ahrens, Patsy Johnson, John Lyons, Kevin Clarke, Lance Hatcher, Brian Burt, Tom Kelly, Dino Donati, Andrea Johns and Daniel Barratt.
Mark invited directors to come forward for their spots and make any announcements.
PP Steve Barilla
Announced that we are looking for volunteers to undertake COVID marshal training to assist at the Gawler ANZAC Day dawn service to be held at Pioneer Park. The area will be fenced off and limited to 2000 people. Bookings will be via Eventbrite for people to attend.
Kim Potger informed members that he spoke to Lance and his son in law is recovering well from his recent surgery. Also Anthea Johns has tested positive to Covid and everyone wished her all the best for a speedy recovery.
After a brief fellowship Mark introduced “beautiful bashful Barry” for his sergeant session. Wheel winners this week were Bob Hinderwell and Chris Edmonds. The usual Bunyip roundup and entertaining quotes and jokes followed.
Mark introduced Past member Larry Cavallaro as guest speaker.
Larry is a proud past member of Gawler Rotary. His family moved from Findon to Gawler River and had a fruit and vegetable stall at the Adelaide central markets. The move to Gawler River due to nematodes in the soil at Findon. These bugs meant that “good” soil was limited for fruit and vegetable growth. Larry’s dad visited Gawler River in 1947 when the River was in full flow then again in 1948 -again the River was flowing. In 1949 he bought the property but the river at this time was dry so Larry’s dad was caught out without water.  In 1954/55 a neighbour started digging a bore and struck water at 270ft. He then sent the machinery and operator over to Larry’s dad. He started digging but there was still no water and Larry’s dad told him to stop as he couldn’t afford to for him to dig anymore. He believed that was the end because without water he couldn’t continue to grow vegetables. The operator came back the next week with an extension but was told he couldn’t dig anymore because he couldn’t be paid. He however did dig and eventually found water when he reached 292ft. He then went on and drilled a bore on 7 more properties in the area. The Italian philosophy is about sharing the wealth, so they help each other.
Larry remembers fondly travelling around Gawler with his grandpa on horse and cart selling the vegetables. The Italian community used to set up their stalls outside the many pubs in Gawler then rotate to the next one. One of his favourite memories is waiting with the horse while grandpa collected the money while enjoying a drink at the pubs. By the end of the day Grandpa fell asleep and the horse took them home! Larry said that the Gawler community was very welcoming to the Italian’s, and it was a two-way street and they beneficial to each other.  
At the conclusion of Larry’s talk Mark F thanked him and President Mark presented him with his certificate of appreciation. Larry was invited to return and tell us more about his life growing up.
President Mark then gave his weekly wrap up.
On Australia Day Bob Ahrens was presented with a Mayoral Certificate of inspiration from Light Regional Mayor Bill O’Brien for his “leadership, generosity, hardwork and community spirit” Bob was very surprised but a deserving recipient.
Mark thanked Barry and John Lyon’s for representing the club to help out at the Australia Day breakfast.
Last Thursday Mark met with Tony Piccolo and the Black Ops boys. Things are moving along with Gawler council donating the land, Mark had helped write a grant application for $20.000 and this was successful and Tony Piccolo is campaigning for Special project grant from the government for $250.000. The drawings for the shed have been completed ready for submission to council.
A reminder to everyone about the bowls night and inviting friends and family to join us.
Mark closed the meeting with the four way test.
Guest Speaker Larry Cavalaro 
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