BULLETIN 7 June 2020

Winner of District 9500 Best Bulletin Award 2019/20
Rotary International President: Mark Daniel Maloney
District Governor: Jane Owens
Club President: Steve Barilla
Club Secretary: Marie-louise Lees (
“Together we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change -
across the globe, in our communities and in our lives.”

No Meeting 8 June - Public Holiday

Rotary Club of Gawler Zoom Meeting #8

Monday 15 June, 7:30pm 



As is a tale, so is a life:

Not how long it is,

but how good it is,

is what matters



Last Call for Stamps for End Trachoma 

Patsy has advised that the end Trachoma stamp project is finishing on 30th June.  So if you have any stamps for this project, can you please put them in an envelope marked “STAMPS FOR ROTARY” and drop them off at President Steve’s business premises (Gawler Country Office National) before Friday 12th June. If the shop is closed, please slide the envelope under the front door.

Meeting Report Zoom Meeting #7, 1 June 2020

Apologies from Angela Moore, Allan Harris & Trish Williams, Barry Stewart, Julie Tekell, Colin Bazeley
Brian Burt was meeting Chair & Sergeant for the evening a Barry is working
PE Mark Smeaton proposed the toast to Australia and its people Queen

Rotary Spots

  • Stan reported he had come from the District Awards and Gawler won the Bulletin Award.  We also received special commendation in the Public Image award.  Gawler Light won the Youth award along with Prospect and Adelaide.  Kapunda won the Club History award.
  • Mark Smeaton thanked a number of members who helped move equipment from Rotary room back to the shed.  Mark is organising with Nixons to install it there.  Mark will update timing in the next few days.  Mark Forgie, Kim Potger, Lance Hatcher, Steve Barilla all assisted [apologies if anyone was missed].  Mark is meeting with M-l tomorrow in preparation for incoming as president.  Will let people know about changeover in the near future.  Sean from Nixon’s called today.  From 1st July number of people allowed upstairs in Nixons will be 50 people. 
  • Brian thanked Michael for hosting Mark Nottle last week and running the technology.  Also thanks to Michael for organising the Zoom meetings.

Sergeant’s session

Anniversary of induction Mark Forgie 5 June 1989.  Happy Birthday to Jan Meldrum.  Wow, it has been a great week for Mark, welcoming Twins Oscar and Ava Forgie-Rowe born on 26 May.  Claire and the babies all came home today. The babies are beautiful.
Sergeant Barry is working at Flinders Medical Centre tonight.
Stan shared his experience in visiting Brian and couldn’t get to the house due to a lot of police and ambulance surrounding his house.  Drugs apparently….A stall had been set up on the roadside setting up local grown produce…the police had no sense of humour and shut them down. 
Hopefully Rotarians have been getting out and visiting local pubs and restaurants.  Dave Griffiths will be visiting Central Districts Football Club this week.  Deb and Mike went to the Schnit House at Elizabeth, it had to be takeaway as the crowd was too large.  Mike paid.  Lance visited his daughters for Roast dinner.  Ron has been to Bunnings 4 times this week, it has been very enjoyable. 
Mark Forgie reported an increase in numbers that can attend funerals to 50, if the area is big enough to achieve 4 square metres per person.
Bob is enjoying the Zoom meetings as he can indulge in a glass of port. 
Ian thinks it is great Mark has a boy and a girl as it will make it easier to remember their names.  Ian has been spending time out at the farm.  Any visitors are put to work.
John Ward’s grandchildren came to lunch the first time in a month.  He was very pleased to see then.  John is pleased with his 100% attendance at the Zoom meetings.
Leanne is still working.  Even in the current circumstances people are still buying houses.  There have been a few family gatherings.
Kim Potger went to the Lord Lyndoch for lunch.  The food is excellent, so please visit.  It is strange at the moment where people can earn more not going to work!  Sue is still working.
Mark has been to Roxby Downs.  He visited for work for a few days.  The mine is ready for expansion and some the projects put on hold 5 years ago are starting to come through now.  Mark’s first introduction to Ahrens was 2 years in Roxby Downs.  The road trip has not got any better.

Guest Speaker – District Governor Jane Owens

Brian introduced DG Jane Owens and commended her on doing an amazing job during the current circumstances.  It has been outstanding leadership.
DG Jane Owens said she appreciated the kind words.  Tonight on the DG eConnections we had the district awards ceremony.  Stan and Marie-louise attended the session.  Congratulations to the club on winning the best Bulletin Award.  The award is judged throughout the year.  It is judged by a panel.  Over the year it has been a wonderful bulletin.  It has so much information in it. 
Brian asked Jane to give a run down of the year. 
Jane said that this year has been very tumultuous.  Jane could not attend the NZ Zone Conference because of a personal issue.  After that she got shingles.  Then the White Island disaster happened.  This required a disaster committee be formed.  Jane had to make sure everyone was OK and communication with the press was managed appropriately.  The two clubs impacted the most were Adelaide and Prospect.  The victims were also personal friends.  It was an awful time.  We have come through it.  Jane has never been so proud of being a Rotarian.  The disaster committee worked so well in managing the situation.  Jane was hoping to go to Alice Springs again before the end of the Rotary year but given current restrictions this is unlikely to happen.  If anyone gets the chance to go to the Henley of Todd do it, it is an amazing event. 
The Kapunda 60th Anniversary was a highlight. The Henley Beach Carousel 90th celebration raised a lot of money for Polio Plus.  She learnt so much about Polio.  The RC of Grange Toy Boys make fantastic toys.  We’ve had Drought, fires and the pandemic. 
In the whole year the one thing that was going great was the conference.  Marie-louise as conference Chair brought the team together and did a great job of making the team work.  Everyone knew what they needed to do.  Jane will never forget the night we met to cancel the conference.  This was the one thing that was going to be amazing.  Bringing everyone to Whyalla and showing everyone the town.  Ros De Garis would not let it go and the Virtual Conference was born.  Jane would encourage everyone to have a look at the website and see what has been done by the team.  The sponsors stayed with the conference an allowed it to happen.  We are known throughout Australia for what we have done.  Another district is looking a live streaming their conference next year based on what we did.
 Another positive from the pandemic is the Monday night Zoom meetings.  In the District Bizz this week Jane has asked what should happen going forward.  Lots of people would like to continue with them as it makes the DG more approachable.  Jane is busier now than the whole year as she has lots of meeting s to Zoom in to, 2-3 meetings a night + district meetings during the day.  But she is loving it.  There are some positives to come out of the pandemic.  It challenges the way we hold our meetings.  Every club is different.  It is exciting going into the new District.  When Jane listens to Rotarians she is amazed at what they do! 
Two questions for us: Is the Rotary Citation Done?  Have you given to the foundation?
Stan mentioned that Jane received a PHF tonight.  Doug Layng presented it virtually.  It started with Doug and appeared in Whyalla.  Jane is thrilled to receive it after working for the District in various roles over the years.
Brian said in years to come Jane will remembered for her leadership in a time of challenge. Brian thanked Jane for attending our Zoom Meeting and sharing her story and wished her the best for the future.  We appreciate what she has done.  We now present our guest speakers with a certificate for a donation to End Polio.
President Steve’s Spot
Steve delivered a parcel to Lance and Mark Forgie today with instruction not to open until tonight.  After much bubble wrap…a PHF appeared for both of them.  As we can’t meet physically, Steve thought this was the best way to present them.  Lance has two sapphires and Mark Forgie one.  These are resulting from accumulation of centurion donations. Steve congratulated them both and thanked them for their contributions to the Rotary Foundation.  There was much applause from the members present.
Steve thanked everyone who helped out on Weds night moving equipment. Changeover dinner date is TBA.  From the Bulletin last week, Shelterbox thanked the club for our donation. 
Leanne reminded Directors & others to send their reports to Leanne ASAP and she will commence preparing the Annual report.
Steve thanked everyone for their attendance.  No meeting next week as it is the Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday.
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