Rotary Club No. 17632, District 9510. 

Chartered 24th April 1954
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Gawler, SA 5118
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Attendance & Meal Selection

12th April 2021

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

Meeting 3066- 12th April 2021
CHAIRMAN                  Kathy Heinrich
GUEST SPEAKER         Nick Sterenberg
TOPIC                        Coopers Brewery
LOYAL TOAST              Mark Smeaton
PLAQUES                     Deb Williams
BIRTHDAYS                 Deb Williams 7th April, Roslyn Edmunds 9th April,                                          Vicky Hinderwell 14th April,                                   
INDUCTIONS                None
DIARY DATES             21st Apr.    Centenary of Rotary in Australia
                                28th Jun.    Club changeover dinner 


Happy Easter and hope you all had a great long weekend and were able to spend some quality time with family and friends.
 Just a reminder we have the Barossa Air Show this Sunday 11th April 21, so look forward to seeing everyone there who has volunteered to assist with the catering or as part of the Air Show support team.
 Also, a reminder that at this week’s meeting Nick Sterenberg the General Manager of Coopers Brewery will be our Guest Speaker and he will be talking about SA’s largest family-owned Brewer and what a successful business it has been. So make sure you get along and bring your partners and friends.
Quote of the week
“It takes nothing to join a crowd. It takes everything to stand alone
         Report on Meeting  3065 – March 29th 
The attendance at the meeting consisted 28 members plus guest speaker Julie Johnson and Emily Dickinson daughter of Angela Moore. Apologies were recorded from Michael Jacob, Bob Ahrens, Lance Hatcher, John Lyons and Julie Tekell.
   Mike Williams who replaced the absent John Lyons as Chairman continued the meeting and called for Rotary spots as follows:
  • Dino Donati reported on the Relay-for-Life weekend thanking those who set up the shelters on Saturday and took them down on Sunday. The event raised $601 plus $100 for the shelter hire.
   The fines session acknowledged the birthdays of Dave Griffiths and Trish Williams, and began with the barrel roll winners being Sgt Barry Stewart and Ian Sanders, and the money being donated to Rotary Against Cancer.
Rotarian Julie Johnson from the Adelaide Club was then introduced to
            Julie Johnson                      
speak about the forthcoming District Conference on 16-18th April and encouraged members to register their attendance before the closing date of 5th April.
   Next up was Membership Director Brian Burt to deliver information that identified the myths on Rotary that are thought by the general public.
This was followed by his explanation of his proposal regarding introducing a new classification concept of Corporate Membership to link local business with the Club.
   President Mark closed the meeting after thanking Julie and Brian for their presentations, and Julie and Emily Dickinson for their attendance.
 The Orphanage in Thandigudi in southern India is part of the Goodwill Village scheme founded in 1963 by John Foster, a former Headmaster and his wife Pamela.
   They had gone to India with the intention of giving a couple of years useful service to uplift some of the most needy and destitute children in the Third World.  
   John and Pam spent all their retirement years and all their money on the Thandigudi project until both died about 20 years ago leaving a wonderful legacy for the poor of India.
  Some of the orphan children                         Preparing food gifts for the children
   When Ian Sanders was International Director of the Rotary Club of Gawler in 1983/84, he and North Wiltshire (England) International Director Ken Winslow established a joint project to support the Goodwill Orphanage.
   During its existence the Goodwill Children's Village and Homes have progressed to create thriving communities of girls and boys who once knew the real meaning of grinding poverty, the like of which would appall people in the Western World. 
   The developed ventures are in the charge of capable and dedicated Indian staff who play major roles in welfare and administration.
                                           Goodwill Orphanage staff
   This orphanage clothes, feeds and educates local children and also assists and encourages them with further education and finding employment.
   The Rotary Club of Gawler has been making an annual contribution to this worthy cause since 1984 and has assisted thousands of youngsters lead a better life, free from hunger, fear and exploitation.  John Foster visited our club on two occasions during the late 1980s and early 1990s and also visited many schools in the Gawler area. 
    A regular quarterly newsletter is received from Goodwill Village and Rotarian Ian is recommending to Club board that the annual contribution continue. Furthermore, Ian and Brian Burt wish to each personally contribute an additional $100.
Member Profile
Name: Alan Harris
Age: 80
Place of birth: Gawler.
Place of growing up: Gawler
Partner: Trish
Present place of residence: Tarlee
Education: Urbrae High.
Present occupation: Farmer grazier
Leisure interests: History, Outback travel, Music      
Just a thought:
A toy shop selling dolls had a Barbie queue.

Some Rotary Projects

A shortlist projects our club wishes to concentrate our support on this year.
- click on heading to link for more information
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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