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Club Bulletin 24th August 2020

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Meeting No. 3039 24th August 2020
CHAIRMAN                President Mark Smeaton
Guest speaker                  
PROGRAMME             Review of fund-raising suggestions.
FELLOWSHIP             Tony Atyeo
LOYAL TOAST            Mike Williams
BIRTHDAYS               None
ANNIVERSARIES        27th Kathy Heinrich (2012)
DIARY DATES            29th Aug 2pm Membership Online meeting
             20th Nov D.G.’s Visit
             21st Dec. Christmas Dinner – Partners’ Night
                                4th Jan.    Bowls Night

President's Piece

Dear Rotarian
We are now coming up for our 6th meeting at the new Club Room and the attendance has been great with last week being a record with 34 so well done to all and thank you for the continued support.
Our Committee Directors have now had time to settle in and will be commencing their committee meetings this week. However, we still have many members not in committees so please reach out to either myself or a Committee Director if you would like to support the club further and take on a role.
The list of duties for each Committee group are in our weekly Bulletin so please take a look and if you see something you are interested in please let us know as we need all the help we can get and we are also happy for you to support across multiple committees.
Projects and Fundraising has been brought up at previous meetings and members have been asked for ideas. Many have contributed which is great, however many have not so I believe the list can be increased and look forward to this week’s meeting and everyone’s contribution.
Quote or the week
No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else”
Report on Meeting 3038 - August 17th  
Chairman for the meeting, Colin Bazeley, invited Sgt-at-Arms Barry Stewart to open the meeting with Trish Williams proposing the Loyal Toast and President Mark saying grace.
Colin welcomed the guest speaker Dr. David MacPhail and guests Tom Smeaton, Judy Clinch and young Harrison. An apology was recorded from IPP Steve Barilla who is recovering from surgery. Honorary Member Bob Ahola once again attended via Zoom.
Rotary Spots:
• President acknowledged a letter of thanks from the Hon. John Dawkins MLC on renewal of his Honorary Membership and a gift of $200.
• Patsy Johnson proposed that Get Well cards be sent to past Rotarians Georgina Hartwick and Mollie Hughes who are both recovering from disabling falls.
• Almoner Mike Williams reported the sad news of the deaths of two old friends, Honorary Member John Ward and former member Leon Barker. A silence interval of one-minute was paid in tribute to their memory.
• Secretary Michael Jacob informed on the resignation of Tony Fotheringham and that Tony has accepted Honorary Membership.
• Dr. Bruce responded to the proposed topic of the end of WWII for a future meeting and spoke briefly about the Japanese surrender involving the handing to his father, Brigadier Eastick, of a sword that remains in Bruce’s possession.
The fines session opened with Trish Williams and Michael Jacob winning the barrel roll, and our Sgt-at- Arms Barry Stewart recalling a shooting experience on a visit with former PP John Bolton to former member Phil Fisher’s farm in the Flinders Ranges. Once again, the two-card system facilitated a smooth serving of meals before the introduction of Dr MacPhail as guest speaker.
The meeting closed with reciting the Four Way Test.
Honorary Member
Rotary Service 49 years
Former member
Rotary Service 28 years

Guest Speaker - Dr. Dave MacPhail DVM, MBA

Treatment Area
Dr McPhail was born in Edinburgh and attended Ontario Veterinary College in Toronto, Canada and is a qualified Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. He is also a founding Director of the Australian Veterinary Business Association and is a partner in the Gawler Animal Hospital (GAH) practice which opened 4 years ago.
In the past veterinary medicine dealt largely with farm animals especially horses being the main mode of transport and track racing. Nowadays it is the well-being of the smaller animal family pets that are making the business more an emotional concern rather than a commercial factor.
Nevertheless, a practice is a commercial enterprise and must run on business lines to be successful. Veterinary training in the past overlooked teaching business knowledge, but nowadays teaching institutions include business tuition in their courses. Interestingly, women dominate the industry yet practice ownership is largely in the hands of men. GAH employs a team of 35 staff ranging across clerical, nursing, and veterinarians, and qualified females are in the majority.
The payment for veterinary medical services is deemed expensive but when the costs involved are studied there is justification. Highly trained staff do not come cheap, and knowledgeable ancillary staff make up a vital team involved in any treatment procedure. Compensation must be allowed for long hours as well as other pressures in managing sick and damaged creatures, especially the trauma of euthanasia as a last resort.
There is much importance given to interaction with customers and their patients. Advice, care, reassurance, empathy, and counseling are all part of the 3-way bond of Client/Pet/staff.
Colin Bazeley, Dr. MacPhail, President Mark Smeaton
Member Profile - Mark Smeaton
Name:                     Mark Smeaton   
Age:                        53
Place of birth:           Edinburgh, Scotland
Place of growing up: Pooraka
Wife:                       Julie
Place of residence:    Gawler South
Academic achievement: Cert IV in Construction                                           Management
Present occupation:   Director for Ahrens

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