Rotary Club No. 17632, District 9510. 

Chartered 24th April 1954
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Mondays at 6:30 PM
Nixon's Function Centre
Nixon Tce
Gawler, SA 5118
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Meeting 3050 - 16th November 2020
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CHAIRMAN                            Steve Barilla 
Guest speaker                       John Lyons
PROGRAMME                 The Heroes and Larrikins I knew from this town.
PLAQUES                             Brian Burt.
LOYAL TOAST                       Ron Lloyd
BIRTHDAYS                          20th Nov John Lyons
ANNIVERSARIES                   None
DIARY DATES                       17th Nov PolioPlus Ute rally at Town Hall
                        30th Nov. D.G.’s Visit
                        21st Dec. Christmas Dinner – Partners’ Night
                                            4th Jan.  Bowls Night


For those members who attended the vocational visit to The Barossa Cellar and who brought partners and friends, the support is much appreciated. I hope you all enjoyed the facility and the hosting that was provided by Jo Irvine & Peter.
This week our guest speaker will be our newest member John Lyons. He will be talking to us about “The heroes and larrikins I knew from this Town”, so please show your support and get along to the meeting and bring your partner or a friend to enjoy his talk and some good fellowship.
Some good news to share is that our Clubrooms air-conditioning and audio systems are being installed next week which is great. However, as they will be working in the room, we will not be able to use it, and will instead hold our meeting upstairs in the Nixon Function Room.
Quote of the Week”
Don’t judge the day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.
Report on Vocational Visit Meeting 3049 – November 9th
Some 29 members plus 7 guests enjoyed travelling on this vocational visit to The Barossa Cellar.
The first stop for many was the Clubhouse in Tanunda to partake In a hearty meal. Then it was on to the cellar museum on the Stockwell Road in the Vine Vale area to be greeted by member Bob Ahrens attired in his magnificent Baron of the Barossa robes.
The history and purpose of the cellar was explained by Baron Jo Irving whilst her partner Peter Carr poured tastings of Barons Shiraz 2015 and Barossa Shiraz 2018. The interior of the cellar with its grand display of wines was inspected and the delightful inclusion of local stones in the walls and the overhead covering was admired.
The visit concluded with President Mark thanking Baron Jo and Peter for making the visit so enjoyable and informative, before closing the visit as a club meeting.
Tanunda Clubhouse
Baron Jo Irving addressing members
Peter Carr keeping the samples topped up
The Barossa Cellar
The Barossa Cellar is a regional wine museum, and the only facility of its kind in Australia, It is owned and operated by Barons of Barossa on behalf of the Barossa community to serve three main purposes:
  • Provide a regional centre for the Barossa wine community, including the day-to-day operation of the Barossa Grape & Wine Association (BGWA)
  •  Educate the global Barossa wine and promote brand Barossa
  • Cellar a magnificent collection of fine wines generously donated by Barossa wineries.
The cellar has the capacity to store 7,000 dozen bottles of wine, with an additional 3,000 bottles displayed in the spectacular wine vault.
The donated wines are not for sale, but after being cellared for a minimum of 10 years, they will be used to promote the Barossa and Eden valleys as wine regions of world-class distinction.
The Barossa Cellar was born in 2011 when the Barons started collecting wines donated by local wineries, and decided to build their own cellar in the concept of a museum. They sought out community support such as the Ahrens group which built the state-of-the-art structure at cost price. A donation of $60,000 worth of American oak provided for the beautiful casing surrounding the bottle displays.
The estimated value of the land, building and vineyard on completion is $5.5 million, $1 million of which was donated by the Barons.
Assistance to paying off the bank loan can be made through a $1000 acquisition of a personal Shiraz vine planted in the front vineyard.

Rotarian Bob Ahrens is a Barossa Baron

Name:    Chris Edmunds
Age: 66
Place of birth: Gawler
Place of growing up: Gawler
Partner: Roslyn
Present place of residence: Willaston
Education information: Elizabeth Tech College, Engineering Cert 1st Class.
Present occupation: Diesel mechanic.
Leisure interests: Car racing, military aircraft, war histories.

Certainty of war is not who is right, but who is left.

Some Rotary Projects

A shortlist projects our club wishes to concentrate our support on this year.
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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.
Via Zoom or off-site
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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