Rotary Club No. 17632, District 9510. 

Chartered 24th April 1954
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Attendance & Meal Selection

22nd March 2021

If you want to build a team - share a meal together


Meeting 3064- 22nd March 2021
CHAIRMAN                 Lance Hatcher
PROGRAM                  Vocational Visit, followed by dinner meeting at Nixons
VENUE                       Vadoulis Garden Centre, 5.30 – 6.30p.m.
                                 Assemble at Sheriff Street, rear entrance
LOYAL TOAST             Wayne Murphy
PLAQUES                    Ron Lloyd
BIRTHDAYS                  None
INDUCTIONS                Angela Moore, 25th March 2019
DIARY DATES             27th/28thMar. Relay for Life
                                 28th Mar Clare Rotary Afternoon Tea        
                        11th Apr.   Barossa Valley Air Show, Rowland Flat
                        21st Apr.    Centenary of Rotary in Australia
                          2nd May   Gawler Caravan Camping & 4WD Swap 


   We have some big weeks and months ahead with many events to be organised. So we are looking for members to approach our Committee Director and see if they need any assistance with the planning for these events.
   Ideally, we would like members to take on the responsibility of a certain task for an event which could be anything from organising a permit with Council, being in charge of preparing a roster or running a team on the day for an event.
   If you would like to take on a specific responsibility or be involved in any event planning please come and see myself or talk to one of the Committee Directors so we can get you started.
Quote of the week 
“You can’t use up Creativity. The more you use the more you have.”
Report on Meeting  3063 – March 15th
   In attendance were 25 members along with prospective member Tom Kelly, friend of Rotary Grace Barilla with her father Peter Commisso, and guests Bob & Paula Marschall invited by Kathy Heinrich.
   Chairman for the evening Ian Saunders opened the meeting and apologies were received from Bob Ahrens, Dino Donati, Geoff Benier, Julie Tekell and President Mark Smeaton who was in Perth due to the death of a much-valued work colleague. Ian called for a minute’s silence in tribute to Honorary Member Judy Clinch who died on 4th March.
   Rotary Spots were:
  • Steve Barilla read out the directive on the conditions appertaining to the Barossa Air Show and details were discussed and clarified before he called for catering volunteers who would have to be registered for free admission. The following members responded: Mark & Julie Smeaton, Steve & Grace Barilla, Mike Williams, Alan Harris & Trish Williams, Ron Lloyd, Mark Forgie, Kathy Heinrich, Colin Bazeley, Michael Jacob, Stan Roulston.
  • Kim Potger had attended a Zonta Ladies meeting seeking possible support for several possible events later in the year using Council grant money.
  • Colin Bazeley provided arrangement details on the vocational visit to Vadoulis next Monday 22nd at 5.30pm,assembling at the rear gate on Sheriff Street, then returning to Nixons by 6.30pm for the regular dinner meeting.
He followed with the arrangements for Sunday 21st with the sale of breakfast food at the Black Dog motorbike rally at the Council carpark on High Street behind Fasta Pasta with setting up at 5.15am and closure at 10am.
On Sunday 28th about 14 shelters and tables are needed for Relay For Life at Princes Park. Michael Jacob will circulate rosters for volunteers for setting up and taking down the following morning.
He thanked Ron Lloyd for his part in getting 10 tv sets installed in the hospital.
 Chairman Ian donated the fines money to PolioPlus, and Patsy Johnson and Wayne Murphy won the barrel roll. Steve Barilla assisted Sgt Barry to display his selection of Bunyip photos.
   In his introduction of PP Brian Burt as guest speaker, Chairman Ian made reference to him being born in Clare, attending college when training to be a teacher, and having served at various locations as a Primary School Headmaster.
   At first the Power Point presentation needed to support guest speaker Brian’s talk refused to display on the tv screen. The problem resolved itself when Brian and Steve Barilla went down on their knees and and seemed to pray into the laptop computer and their prayers were answered forthwith.
   At the conclusion of Brian’s talk he was informed that a donation will be made to PolioPlus to mark the occasion.
   The meeting closed with Acting President Steve Barilla calling for invocation of the Rotary 4-way Test..
Dunnies, Long Drops & Thunder Boxes
   March is Rotary’s ‘Water and Sanitation Month’ and the humorous title of ‘Dunnies, Long Drops & Thunder Boxes’ used by Past President Brian Burt for his talk camouflaged a serious topic of world interest.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Past President Brian Burt
   Without water, life on earth does not exist, and the health of communities and control of disease depends largely on the standard of sanitation being practised. More than 5 million people die each year from diseases caused by unsafe drinking water, lack of sanitation, and insufficient water for hygiene.
   And whilst the methods used in the disposal of human excrement vary widely from primitive to sophisticated, they all have a common starting point at the humble toilet.                                    
   Over 2,000 years ago the Romans had a complex, well maintained system of water reticulation, plumbing, elaborate public baths, communal toilets and waste disposal. They even had their own Goddess of Sewers, Gloacina who presided over the Cloaca Maxima and had her own shrine and coins.
   The communal lavatoria and urina were meeting places where deals were done and important news and gossip was shared. They were the equivalent of today’s bill boards, talk back radio, TV commercials, newspapers, phones and social media and had matching smells.
   Every Roman town had its baths, as is evident in the town of Bath in England where one of the best examples of Roman communal baths still exists, showing ornate architecture, sophisticated under floor heating and plumbing.
   The term ‘Thunder Box’ originated from Henry VIII’s luxurious toilet in Hampton Court Palace. Henry had a voracious appetite for rich food, booze and other things. He used the toilet often and the sounds emanating from his toilet chamber were said to be “as loud as thunder”.
   As towns and cities evolved, the end product in dunnies was collected in buckets or similar containers, then to be removed by night carters and buried in the fields. Most towns including Gawler had night cart lanes.
As sewers and septic tanks were introduced, Night Carts and Crap Carters became redundant and toilets were shifted from the bottom of the yard to pride of place indoors. Dozens of new job opportunities emerged.
   By definition, a ‘long-drop toilet’ is a broad seat having a hole with a bottom at both ends.
Member Profile

Name: Wayne Murphy
Age: 78
Place of birth: Peterborough
Place of growing up: Riverland S.A.
Wife: Maggie Murphy
Present place of residence:  Sandy Creek
Academic information: Civil Engineering Adelaide University 1964
Present occupation: Consulting Engineer, Building Certifier.
Leisure interests: BCF (Boating Camping Fishing)



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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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