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Gawler Rotary Club Board 2021-2022

Meeting Roster No. 3084 - 30th August, 2021
CHAIRMAN                            Kim Potger
GUEST SPEAKER                    Rob Eley
PROGRAMME                         Legacy
PLAQUES & FELLOWSHIP        Mark Forgie
LOYAL TOAST                        Geoff Benier
BIRTHDAYS                          Chris Edmunds 5th September
ANNIVERSARIES                   Kevin Clarke 3rd September (9th  with Gawler)
August - Membership and New Club Development Month
Sun. 19th Sep. Swap meet.
Sun. 26th Sep. Zonta Community Chill & Fun Day
Sat. 20th-21st    Nov.   Gawler Show.
Sat.  27th Nov ‘One & All’ - Twilight Cruise


  Just letting you know that Bob Ahrens has been moved from the Lyell McEwin and is now at Southern Cross Care in Gawler which is all part of his next stages of rehabilitation and recovery.
  I was very fortunate to have been able to visit him, so I gave him the get- well card, copies of latest Bulletin for the meetings he hasn’t been able to attend and some of his favourite Tractor and Truck magazines that he really enjoys a read of.
 This was all well received, and he was in good spirits and appreciates all of your thoughts and kind words and he is looking forward to seeing you all again when he is well enough which will hopefully be in the coming weeks.
 All the best and look forward to seeing you all at this week’s meeting. 
 Quote of the week
 “You must tell yourself, no matter how hard it is or how hard it gets, I’m going to make it”
Report on Meeting  3083 – August 23rd, 2021
   The meeting was attended by 30 members plus the Burt/Rowell family entourage of Briony, Keith, Tamara, Peter and Ziya.
Apologies were received from Bob Ahrens, Helen Bourne, Patsy Johnson, John Lyons, and Julie Tekell.
Wayne Murphy was introduced as chairperson for the meeting, and he called on Ian Sanders to propose the loyal toast, followed by President Mark saying grace.
Rotary spots:
  • Treasurer Kim wanted assurance that all members had received a bill for annual subscriptions, and to let him know if they needed a printed copy. Also there seems to be a problem with the digital version of the Rotary Down Under magazine not getting to everyone, and again let him know if that is happening. He reported that Alan Harris brought his small tractor to the Rotary Shed to help get a fence straightened up. Also, some scrap metal that has accumulated was taken to the dealer and payment received in return.
  • Kathy Heinrich told her committee they would meet for 30 minutes after this meeting.
  • Steve Barilla spoke about the ladies Zonta Club using a council grant to conduct. a Spring Back to Gawler stimulus event on Sunday 26th September. Our club has applied to run a fundraising food stall from 11am to 4pm. And he will be calling for volunteers later.
  • President Mark gave feedback on Bob Ahrens’s situation. Physically his recovery is good, but mentally there are aftereffects of the operation preventing getting his confidence back. He has been moved to the Southern Cross respite centre at Bella Court in Gawler East where he has more independence. Marg says that he is not up to seeing visitors or taking phone calls, and she will make it known when he is able to do so. A Get-Well card was circulated to the meeting for members for personal messages and remarks.
The fines session began with the barrel roll winners being Kevin Clarke and Trish Williams. Sgt Barry then proceeded using Bunyip pictures to roast those appearing in them. He made note of the fact that Brian Burt could still button the blazer that he wore 33 years ago on his GSE trip to the UK.
Chairman Wayne introduced member Brian to talk on leading a GSE team to U.K. Rotary District 110 in 1988. On completion of his talk Brian was presented with a Rotary glass and a bottle of wine..
Finally, President Mark thanked all the guests for attending, then called for the saying of the Rotary 4-way test to close the meeting.
Group Study Excxhange Visit to District 110
Brian Burt
In 1988 Gawler Rotarian Brian Burt was selected to lead a District 950 Group Study Exchange team on a visit to District 110 in England and Wales from September 30th to November 12th..
Including Brian, the six-member team comprised:
  • Jane Bell a lecturer at the School of Para-dental Studies at The Gilles Plains College of Technical and Further Education.
  • Cathy Davis a Di­rector of Clare Extended Services Kindergarten.
  • Wendy Madden the Area Manager of the Eastern Office of Messenger Press PTY Ltd.
  • Margot Masters the Director of Occupational Therapy at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.
  • Jenny Tregoning a self-­ employed physiotherapist providing physiotherapy services to the vocational health resources Mile End Clinic.
District 110 is located in the west country of England and covers an area of 75 miles (120 km) north to south, and 50 miles (80 km) east to west.
During the visit the team made contact with 42 of the 53 clubs in the District, which has a membership of 2,200. The largest Club is Bristol with 97 members, and the smallest is Portishead with 21 members.
A total of 167 functions were attended with talks given at many, sometimes by individual team members to places associated to their vocations. Visits were made to a variety of establishments, including  
  • Badminton horse trials venue, Swindon.
  • Swindon Police Headquarters
  • W.H. Smith Headquarters in Swindon
  • Triumph International Lingerie Factory
  • Cirencester Hospital
  • Crypt School, an exclusive teaching facility
  • Morgan Sports Car Factory
Thirty-six host families provided impeccable accommodation and comfortable efficient transport during the six-week stay. 
Jenny, Cathy, Margot, Brian, Wendy, Jane
Member Profile
Name: Daniel Berrett
Age: 46
Place of birth: Elizabeth LMHS
Place of growing up: Gawler, Kalbeeba
Wife: Kathryn
Present place of residence: Lyndoch
Education: Year 12, Nuriootpa High
Present occupation: General Home Maintenance
Leisure interests: Vehicle restoration, Family.      
Just a thought:
Don't trust stairs because they are always up to something.

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 0437 759 256 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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