Rotary Club No. 17632, District 9510. 

Chartered 24th April 1954
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Nixon's Function Centre
Nixon Tce
Gawler, SA 5118
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Meeting 3047 - 26th October 2020

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CHAIRMAN                            Kathy Heinrich
GUEST SPEAKER                    Sony Morey
PROGRAMME                    My life as a footballer.
PLAQUES                               Colin Bazeley
LOYAL TOAST                         Debbie Williams
BIRTHDAYS                            Julia Nestor (Donati) 4th Nov
                                             Brian Burt 5th Nov
ANNIVERSARIES                     Stan Roulston 5th Nov
DIARY DATES                        1st Nov. PolioPlus movie - Gawler cinema
                          9thNov Vocational visit – Barossa Cellar Door
                       17th Nov PolioPlus Ute rally at Gawler Green
                       30th Nov. D.G.’s Visit
                       21st Dec. Christmas Dinner – Partners’ Night
                                           4th Jan.    Bowls Night


Dear Rotarians, 
It was great to have our member Hon. John Dawkins as last week’s guest speaker so I hope you all enjoyed. It was also exciting to formally induct our new Club member John Lyons and also Grace Barilla as a Friend of Rotary.
Both John and Grace will be great Rotarians and add much value to our Club so please make them welcome over the coming weeks. Don’t forget the End Polio Movie Night on Sunday night the 1st of Nov20 and the Tanunda Barossa Cellar Vocational Visit on Monday 9th Nov20.
“Quote of the week”
There is no secret to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure 
Report on Meeting 3046 - October 19th 
The meeting had an attendance of 35, comprising 30 members that included guest speaker John Dawkins, and Honorary member Peter Nettelbeck plus other guests Sheila Dawkins, wife of John, John Lyons and partner Janet Done, Mike Johnson, Grace Barilla and Harrison Clinch. Apologies were Tony Atyeo, Kevin Clarke and Mike & Debbie Williams.
Chairman for the meeting was Leanne Clinch who called for Rotary spots:
  • Dino Donati informed that our club had been allocated 51 tickets for the fund-raising PolioPlus movie “I am Woman” showing at Gawler Cinema on 1st Nov., followed possibly by fellowship at Café Nova. The Polio Ute Relay leaving Alice Springs on 24th Oct. would be at Gawler Green on Tues 17th Nov., and that there were tickets to be sold for the associated fund-raising raffle due to be drawn on 19th Dec.
He also reminded about the vocational visit to Barossa Cellar Door on 5th Nov. including a meal. Transport would be carpooling and overall cost would be $50.
  • Colin Bazeley called for 4 helpers to collect gold coin donations to Rotary at the Greyhounds Gold Cup meeting on Sunday 25th Oct.
  • Patsy Johnson noted that crazy hats be worn next meeting for Mental Health HAT DAY
  • President Mark congratulated members on the success at the Swimming Pool opening with the sausage sizzle and doughnuts raising $1524 for the club.
Chairperson Leanne chose the fines money to be donated to Rotary Youth Wellbeing RYWEL program. Sgt. Barry opened the fines session by declaring the barrel-roll winners to be Colin Bazeley and himself. Following the Bunyip pics routine, the session concluded with Barry murdering a joke by mislaying the punch line.
The guest speaker, John Dawkins MLC was introduced and delivered an interesting discourse on his life as a politician. At the end of his talk he was presented with a certificate and informed that a donation would be made to PolioPlus to mark the occasion.
After John’s talk, President Mark inducted John Lyons as a new member, and Grace Barilla as a Friend of Rotary. both of whom were introduced to the Club by PP Steve Barilla.
The meeting was then closed with the saying of the Rotary Four-Way Test.

Steve Barilla & John Lyons

Steve Barilla & John Lyons

Grace Barilla with President Mark

John is a politician serving as President of the South Australian ‘Legislative Council. He was first elected in 1997 as a representative of the SA Division of the Liberal Party of Australia and was subsequently re-elected in 2006 and 2014 and was Opposition Whip in the Legislative Council from 2002 to 2018.
Born in Gawler in 1954, John grew up on a farm at Gawler River and holds an Associated Diploma in Farm Management, as well as studying Freelance Journalism at TAFE.
John has been a passionate advocate for suicide prevention throughout his public service, bringing awareness and openness to a topic that for many years was treated as taboo. He was first appointed Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention in 2010, and, until becoming President of the Legislative Council in September, he served as the Premier’s Advocate for Suicide Prevention. He continues to work closely with many suicide prevention networks and organisations, such as Beyond Blue as well as he Office of the Chief Psychiatrist at SA Health.
John and his wife Sheila live at Victor Harbour, and he shares his time between Parliament, farming at Gawler River and visiting groups in the suicide prevention network
Name: Kathy Heinrich
Age: 50
Place of birth: Gawler
Place of growing up: Gawler, Waikerie and Athelstone
Husband: Peter
Present place of residence:  Evanston South
Academic information: Secondary School, Diploma in Business School, Cert. III Beauty, Frontline Management Certificate
Present occupation: Risk and Compliance Manager
Leisure interests: Being with family and friends
Appearing at Gawler Green
Tuesday 17th November

A Lion will not cheat on his wife but a Tiger Wood

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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