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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17th May 2021
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Meeting 3070- 17th May 2021
CHAIRMAN             Leanne Clinch
GUEST SPEAKER     Member John Lyons
TOPIC                    “Me, and the Law - warts and all”.
LOYAL TOAST         Mike Williams
PLAQUES               Kevin Clarke
BIRTHDAYS            None
INDUCTIONS          John Lyons 19th May 2020
DIARY DATES         MAY is “Youth Service Month”
 Clare Rotary Art Exhibition
                                15th 20th May
                            28th Jun. Club changeover dinner


  I hope you all enjoyed the presentation from Ali and Simon on the upgrade to the Gawler Caravan Park and hopefully our Club can support them in some way like in the past. 
  It was also great to meet Shannon and her parents and hear how much she enjoyed the RYPEN camp. Hopefully we can support her in attending RYLA when she is old enough. 
  This week our Guest Speaker is one of our newest members John Lyons who talk to us about “Me & the Law warts and all”. So get along as I am sure it will be a great story.
Quote of the week
He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander
Report on Meeting  3069 – May 10th 2021
The meeting was attended by 25 members and guest speakers Ali and Simon  Eberhard, and Shannon O’Brien and parents Natalie and Amber.  
Apologies were received from Kim Potger, Kevin Clarke, Julie Tekell, Deb Williams, Tom Kelly Wayne Murphy, Helen Bourne and Bob Ahrens.
The one Rotary spot was:
  • Mike Williams reported that Bob Ahola’s health makes it likely that he may move in to retirement care. Also, Deb Williams mother is back in Gawler Health for assessment regarding transitional care. The death of past member Tony Atyeo’s father was sad news.
 A round-up of past Mothers’ Day tales included greetings from family offspring and Angela Moore sparkly sneakers. The day was marked with junior member Harrison Clinch being made team mascot and leading the Central Districts footie team onto the field at Elizabeth Oval.
  The fines money was donated to Rotary Health. The barrel roll winners were guest speaker Ali Eberhard and Dino Donati. There were no birthdays to celebrate, and induction anniversaries were Steve Barilla (16th) and Dave Griffiths (7th- re-joining a second time).
  Chairman Kathy introduced Shannon O’Brien, who was sponsored by the club to attend a RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) camp,
Kathy, Shannon & President Mark
and she related what she had experienced there. In conclusion Shannon was presented with a certificate of appreciation.
  Next, it was Guest Speaker Ali Eberhard who spoke about the Gawler Caravan Park which she manages with her husband Simon.
Ali, President Mark & Simon
  Ali described their plans to upgrade the Park, and the re-modelling of the entranceway with the assistance of our club. President Mark presented Ali and Simon with the customary certificate of appreciation and informed them of the donation to PolioPlus.
  The meeting closed with President Mark announcing the chairperson for the next meeting, followed by the Rotary 4-way test being recited. 
Report on April RYPEN camp
]Shannon O’Brien is a Year 11 student at Xavier College, where she is school captain of year 11.
Shannon O'Brien
 She replied to a Facebook advert for RYPEN (Rotary Youth Personal Enhancement) to attend a youth camp. She accepted an invitation to meet with the organisers and find out what it was all about.   It was explained to her that it was a three-day camp at Woodside Activity Centre involving fun events with other young people of similar age.
 At the camp Shannon made many of friends and learned about public speaking, problem-solving, as well as other personal skills.  These were things that she sees will be useful in her present school year captain role, and when she stands for full school captain.
 Shannon said that she gained a lot from attending the camp and intends to apply for RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award). Her mother Natalie confirmed that Shannon displays improvement in self-confidence from the experience.
The future of Gawler Caravan Park
 For some 40,000 years the Kaurna aborigines camped on the land now occupied by the Gawler Caravan Park. They continued to do so when the settlement of Gawler was initiated by Colonel Light in the 1830s, and was planned to be parkland on the banks of the North Para river. 
 The site was formalised by the town council in 1954 when a caretaker was appointed, and the Rotary Club helped to surround the site with a fence.
 The next year a residence was built for a caretaker, along with a kiosk and some overnight cabins. At the same time our Rotary Club completed the present-day archway entrance to the Park. 

Ali Eberhard 
In 2016, Ali and Simon Eberhard took over the running of the caravan park by leasehold with the council continuing ownership of the main buildings. The present capacity of the park is 26 cabins and 50 power sites.
With five years’ experience behind them, Ali and Simon feel that improvements are needed to enhance the future of the Park, and contribute an economic benefit to the town, especially with respect to tourist visitors. They also envisage the Park exposing Gawler as a more RV friendly town, thereby allowing families from the crowded cities to ponder on moving to a more relaxed semi-rural lifestyle. 
 To achieve their aim, Ali expressed their appreciation in the assistance given by club member Colin Bazeley in helping to develop a project plan that includes expansion of some areas and the introduction of new accommodation options.
 The proposal includes 10 four-star motel units, two three-bedroom villas, new powered sites with some having ensuite facilities, and a powered kitchen.
 The upgrade will include a modified entrance to the site with the entrance to be widened to allow for two lanes of traffic. The archway will be removed and replaced with a single enhanced pillar to give more prominence to visible signage.
 The past of some 45 years ago will be reflected in our Club being committed to assisting in the completion of the new entrance way.
 The town council has now been approached for joint assistance in the project, with expectation of a favourable response.
        Existing entrance     New look kiosk & widened entrance way
Member Profile
 Name: John Lyons
 Age: 65
 Place of birth: Gawler
 Place of growing up: Kingsford Hotel, Gawler
 Partner: Janet
 Present place of residence: Gawler East
 Education: Bachelor of Laws degree
 Occupation: Barrister
 Leisure interests: sport, reading histories, hiking & travelling   
Just a thought:
To win a chess game you need a cheque.

Rotary Voices

Stories of service from around the world


Some Rotary Projects

A shortlist projects our club wishes to concentrate our support on this year.
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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.

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