BULLETIN 29 September 2019 

District Governor: Jane Owens
Club President: Steve Barilla
Club Secretary: Marie-louise Lees (
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Upcoming Dinner Programme

Monday 30th September 2019 – Meeting 3013 @ Nixon's Centre
Guest Speaker
PP Brian Burt
Learning to Read
Chairman / Toast
PP Dave Griffiths
Stan Roulston
Peter Heinrich 8th Oct, Julie Tekell 14th October
Monday 7th October - Public Holiday - No Meeting
Monday 14th October 2019 – Meeting 3014
Club Open Discussion
Chairman / Toast
Michael Jacob
PP Wayne Murphy
Meetings, unless otherwise noted are 6 for 6:30pm at Gawler Sport and Recreation Centre,
Nixon Terrace Gawler. RSVP by 10am Monday morning by SMS only to 0437 759 256
Gawler & Barossa Jockey Club Gate:  7 Oct, 25 Oct, 7 Nov
Rotary Clubs of Gawler Village Fair 2 November
Cooper's Brewery Vocational Visit 18 November
District Conference - 3-5 April 2020, Whyalla  
Earlybird Packages close 1 Dec. 
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A day in the Paddock Free Event Sunday 27th October, Nuriootpa
VALE Dr Peter O'Callaghan
It is with sadness that the club received the news of the passing on 21st September at the age of 90 of former member and honorary member Dr Peter O'Callaghan.   Peter was a practising Dentist in Gawler for many years in partnership with Dr Frank White and later with Dr John McKinnon.  Peter first joined the Rotary Club of Gawler on 19th January 1970.  He resigned and was re-inducted 3 times and was an honorary member for 2015-2016.  Peter was a member for a total of 19 years and served as Vocational Service director for two years and was on the committee for several years.  He was also involved in fundraising, Youth and International Service.  Peter also was a trustee of the Gawler Quality of Life Foundation.
Meeting Report Monday 23rd September 2019 Meeting 3012
The meeting was opened and guests Marj Ahrens and Trevor Altus were welcomed.
PP Ron Lloyd reported on the catering for the Swap Meet. A very successful day with a good roll up of volunteers for both shifts. At times too many people taking turns to have hands in the pockets. Profit for the day was very close to the 2018 figures. Hot dogs sold out about 11am. Members were thanked for their efforts and sponsors and donors were mentioned for their generosity. Special mention to the onion cutters Marie-louise, Stan and Tony Fotheringham – not a pleasant job.
PP Dave Griffith reported he attended a meeting of the Gawler and District Youth Workers Network last week. Despite feeling a little older than most, he came away with a number of project ideas that the club can investigate. Any additional project will add to the list of youth projects we currently sponsor particularly for disadvantaged youth in our area.
Sergeant Session
As usual the session was entertaining and we were treated to a picture show of the Swap meet workers. Not every photo was flattering but the fun was obvious. Barry proudly displayed a photo in the Bunyip relating to his NDIS accreditation. Well done and congratulations Barry.
Proceeds of the collection were earmarked for Polio eradication
Guest Speaker
Peter Randell addressed those present on his life in Aviation.
Beginning with a dodgy attempt at paragliding behind a car as a young man he entered the field in a serious way in his late twenties through Ultralight aircraft. He was very involved in this industry for a long time until he switched to general aviation. He was a flight instructor for a time, progressing to general aviation duties in the Northern Territory, then Papua New Guinea for 10 years flying around the challenging landscapes in the mountains. This was a great learning experience for Peter. After losing a number of colleagues over a number of years he left PNG and joined the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Peter outlined the history of the RFDS from its beginnings with the Rev John Flynn with a leased aircraft out of Cloncurry Queensland in 1928 to the organisation we see today. With a multi million dollar budget the RFDS is unique in the world for its work.  From primary health care in clinics all over the country to emergency transfers to emergency retrievals it covers an amazing area with multiple aircraft and personnel.
Funding is a mixture of donations, fund raising efforts, government grants from state and commonwealth sources. The supply of aircraft is not government funded but comes from fund raising by RFDS auxillaries across the country.
Peter relayed several stories of his more difficult and distressing experiences as a pilot with the RFDS.
The RFDS story is a fascinating one and many books have been written on the topic. This was just another of the many stories told about this fantastic organisation
President Steve in his closing remarks reminded the members of the numerous events coming up.  Details of these have been relayed to members through numerous email notes and announcements at recent meetings.
Nigeria reaches crucial polio milestone
It’s been three years since health officials last reported a case of polio caused by the wild poliovirus in Nigeria. The milestone, reached on 21 August, means that it’s possible for the entire World Health Organization (WHO) African region to be certified wild poliovirus-free next year.
Nigeria’s success is the result of several sustained efforts, including domestic and international financing, the commitment of thousands of health workers, and strategies to immunize children who previously couldn’t be reached because of a lack of security in the country’s northern states.
“Rotary, its Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners, and the Nigerian government have strengthened immunization and disease detection systems,” says Michael K. McGovern, chair of Rotary’s International PolioPlus Committee. He adds: “We are now reaching more children than ever in some of the hardest-to-reach places in Nigeria.”
McGovern says Rotary members in Nigeria play an important role in ridding the country of the disease. “Rotarians have been hard at work raising awareness for polio eradication, advocating with the government, and addressing other basic health needs to complement polio eradication efforts, like providing clean water to vulnerable communities.”
Nigeria is the last country in Africa where polio is endemic. Once Africa is certified as free of the wild poliovirus, five of the WHO’s six regions will be free of wild polio. Polio remains endemic in Afghanistan and Pakistan, which means transmission of the virus has never been stopped.
Dr. Tunji Funsho, chair of Rotary’s Nigeria National PolioPlus Committee, acknowledges the milestone but cautions Rotary members about celebrating too soon. He cites the challenge of making certain that routine immunizations reach every child in Nigeria.
“It’s paramount that we ensure all doors are locked to the re-entry of the wild poliovirus into our country,” says Funsho.
Funsho says to achieve this, Rotary needs to maintain strong advocacy efforts, continue to increase awareness of immunization campaigns, and ensure members raise necessary funds. Rotary has contributed $268 million to fight polio in Nigeria.
“As the first organization to dream of a polio-free world, Rotary is committed to fulfilling our promise,” says McGovern. “Our progress in Nigeria is a big step toward that goal, but we need to maintain momentum so that Pakistan and Afghanistan see the same level of progress.”
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