Rotary Club No. 17632, District 9510. 

Chartered 24th April 1954
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Mondays at 6:30 PM
Nixon's Function Centre
Nixon Tce
Gawler, SA 5118
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24th May 2021
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Meeting 3071- 24th May 2021
PROGRAMME         5.30pm Vocational Visit to the Heritage Gallery at
                                            Gawler Civic Centre, Murray Street.
                              6.30pm Dinner meeting at Nixons
CHAIRMAN            Alan Harris
GUEST SPEAKER   Member Lance Hatcher
TOPIC                    Gepps Cross & Dublin Sales Yards.
LOYAL TOAST        Wayne Murphy
PLAQUES               Deb Williams
BIRTHDAYS           None
INDUCTIONS         Colin Bazeley 25th May 2020 (11th)
DIARY DATES        MAY is “Youth Service Month
                              28th Jun. Club changeover dinner


 I hope you are all looking forward to this week’s Vocational visit to the Golden Land Exhibition that will be held at the Gawler Civic Centre, then followed by our Club Meeting at Nixon’s.
 Our guest speaker is Lance Hatcher who will be talking to us all about the Gepps Cross and Dublin Sales Yards so make sure you get along and hear his story and enjoy some great fellowship.
Quote of the week
When life puts you in tough situations, don’t say “Why Me” say “Try Me”
Report on Meeting  3070 – May 17th 2021
  The meeting was attended by 25 members and 2 guests, namely John Lyon’s partner Janet Done, and Bob Ahrens’s daughter Janine Panagidou.
Apologies were received from: Steve Barilla, Colin Bazeley, Helen Bourne, Leanne Clinch, Dino Donati, Dave Griffiths, Barry Stewart, and Julie Tekell.
Rotary spots:
  • Kevin Clarke explained that his absence over past weeks had been due to caravan holidaying in Parkes, NSW. Whilst there he had attended 4 meetings of the Parkes Rotary club, and he was impressed by their running a golf day that raised $6000.
  • Brian Burt used PowerPoint to speak about District 9510 Rotary Youth Programs such as: RYPEN, RYLA, Youth Exchange, Wellness, Enrichment and The Science Experience.                                                                                     
  • These programs enable secondary students up to the age of 17 to travel overseas, attend seminars, forums and camps. The camps involve activities that are both indoor and outdoor, and where they are encouraged to focus on self-confidence, conflict resolution, communication skills, group dynamics, time management goal setting, and self-esteem, as well as making friends, having fun, and most importantly of all, building goodwill and better relationships.
  • President Mark reported that members were not completing the weekly email link when not attending a meeting. Failing to do so was making it difficult for the caterer to be notified accurately, and therefore it is important for all members to respond to the link.  Apart from that the link method is working well.
  • Michael Jacob gave information regarding the Club’s credit card reader that is used at the dinner meetings in that a new vendor named SquareUp is being used. The change makes no difference to the current method in using your credit card for payment at the meeting.
  The fines session was conducted by Brian Burt, due to the absence of Sgt-at Arms Barry Stewart. There were no birthdays dates to celebrate, and John Lyons induction anniversary proved to be incorrect. The barrel roll winners were Trish Williams and Tom Kelly. Alluding to the guest speaker, a humorous diatribe on aspects of the law was presented using the overhead screen. And the fines money was donated to Rotary Youth Projects.
  It was reported that, on the previous Thursday, Ron Lloyd and President Mark handed over officially to Peter Harper of the Gawler Health Foundation the TVs donated to Gawler Hospital
Ron, President Mark & Peter Harper
  President Mark introduced John Lyons to give his talk relating to his experiences as a barrister, and on finishing John was presented with a Rotary glass in appreciation of his talk.
  Mark then reminded members of next week’s vocational visit at 5.30pm to the Golden Land Exhibition in the Heritage Room at the Civic Centre, to be followed at 6.30pm by the regular dinner meeting at Nixons when Lance Hatcher will be speaking about the Gepps Cross & Dublin sales yards.
  The meeting closed with the Rotary 4-way test being recited.
John Lyons - Warts & All in Law
John Lyons
The speaker at last Monday’s meeting was our own member, lawyer John Lyons, whose topic was “Me, and the Law - warts and all”.
John enthralled those present with anecdotes from his long career in courts throughout South Australia and the Northern Territory.
John pointed out that although the death penalty was abolished in South Australia in 1976, many refugees whose pleas for asylum have been rejected by the courts are returned to their home countries where they may well be executed.
Member Profile
Name: Stan Roulston
Age: 86
Place of birth: Omagh, Northern Ireland
Place of growing up: Omagh
Wife: Iris (deceased)
Present place of residence: Gawler East
Education: U.K. Higher National, B.A. Social Work
Past occupations: RAF, Technical Author, Social Worker
Leisure interests: Swimming, Willos Menshed, Suicide Prevention.

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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.

Club Almoner – PP Mike Williams   0407 605 354

Bulletin Editor – Stan Roulston        8523 0158, 0439 305 389

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