BULLETIN 15 March 2020

Rotary International President: Mark Daniel Maloney
District Governor: Jane Owens
Club President: Steve Barilla
Club Secretary: Marie-louise Lees (
“Together we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change -
across the globe, in our communities and in our lives.”
Monday 16 March 2020 - Meeting 3032
Marie-louise Lees - The Rotary Foundation
Chair/Toast Geoff Benier
Plaques Fellowship Stan Roulston
Induction Anniversaries Klaus Retelsdorf 13 March 1998
Glenice Hatcher 8 March
Bob Hinderwell 14 March
Monday 23 March 2020 - Meeting - 3033
Leanne Clinch - Club Merchandise
Chair/Toast Deb Williams
Fellowship/Plaques  PP Ian Sanders
Monday 30 March 2020 - Meeting 3034
PP Brian Burt - Dunnies, Long Drops, Thunderboxes & Other Disgusting Unmentionables
Chair/Toast Michael Jacob
Fellowship/Plaques PP Barry Stewart
“The road to success is always under construction.”
“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter
and those who matter don’t mind.”          
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather always bring your own sunshine”
“The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that
they can grow separately without growing apart.”
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:    18 Mar, 13 Apr (Easter Monday), 26th Apr

The conference in Whyalla will not proceed due to the current situation with

COVID-19, but stay tuned for further information regarding the

2020 Virtual Conference


Relay For Life 28th & 29th March - Volunteers are required for setting up and pulling down shelters - Contact Mark Smeaton if you can assist


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Message on CO-VID 19

From RI President Mark Daniel Maloney and President Elect Holger Knaack

Dear Fellow Rotarian,

The COVID-19 coronavirus is affecting every aspect of our lives in real time, and this puts Rotarians in an unfamiliar place. As People of Action, we are most comfortable when we are fully engaged in the world – moving freely, meeting openly, and offering helping hands. These are very difficult times for people who, like us, are at our best when we are learning, growing, and serving—together.

We are also leaders in our communities, and these times call for leadership. In many ways, this also is our time. We have proven abilities to reach out and collaborate to offer immediate help to people in need at a rapid pace. These are precisely the skills needed all over the world today. The global effort against COVID-19 depends on actions taken in every country. Rotary has the unique ability to help improve those efforts in every community and every country.

Using all the technology we have at our disposal, we as Rotarians can continue to reach out and collaborate on big projects with Rotary clubs, Rotaractors, and Interactors. There are a number of examples where Rotary clubs are helping health authorities communicate best practices or provide needed equipment or support that have been shared with our leaders around the world.

As Rotary’s president and president-elect, we have been thinking of these issues very seriously in regard to upcoming Rotary events. As you may be aware, we have made the difficult decision to cancel two Rotary Presidential Conferences honoring our relationship with the United Nations- one in Paris, another in Rome. In the near term, we recommend that Rotary districts and clubs cancel or postpone meetings or events following the advice of national and local health officials.

We know that clubs and districts are seizing the opportunity to become leaders in their communities and are making better use of technology in this time of need. For example, a Rotary e-club in Italy held a live online session about COVID-19 awareness, a Taiwan club worked with companies and a pharmacy association to donate 1,600 bottles of hand sanitizer to the city of Ji-Long, and Rotary clubs in Sri Lanka helped upgrade software and hardware for the health promotion bureau to assist its social messaging.

We cannot know quite yet what path this virus will take. We know we can play a role to help “flatten the curve,” reducing the number of cases in the short term to allow our health systems to address this issue. If the collective global effort helps bring the situation under control, then we hope to re-embrace our core values at the 2020 Rotary Convention in Honolulu. Our time together will have greater meaning and purpose than ever.

Please know that we are taking a close, continuing look at our plans for the convention in June to make sure all attendees’ safety will be protected. We are following the lead of the world’s most trusted sources, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for their guidance. We want you to be able to make decisions about what is best for you and your families in terms of attending this year’s event.

In the meantime, this is an opportunity for us to demonstrate that Rotary Connects the World in innovative ways. We should be closely following the advice of the
WHO and local health authorities. Again, this includes canceling Rotary club events and meetings in the short term to reduce unnecessary interactions that could cause infections. We can put a greater emphasis on the work we do in our communities by helping our less fortunate neighbors cope with the effects of isolation and fear, or by supporting our health authorities to address this situation.

We are dealing with this situation in real time. Please visit the COVID-19 response page for ongoing updates.

This is an unprecedented challenge for nearly all of us. But it is also an opportunity for Rotarians to find new, meaningful ways to lead individuals and communities to connect and do good in the world.

We have never been prouder to be part of an organization that does so much to protect and strengthen our communities, at home and across the globe.

Kindest regards,
Mark Daniel Maloney
2019-2020, President, Rotary International
Holger Knaack
2020-21, President, Rotary International 

Monday 2nd March 2020 – Meeting #3029

Meeting was opened by the chairman welcoming guest Trevor Briggs.
PP Dave Griffiths:  the club has been asked to consider hosting a long term exchange student again for the 2020-2021 Rotary year. We don’t know if it will be a shared or full year exchange. To set the process in motion we need an indication of members or others willing to host a student for approximately 3 months.
PP Tony Atyeo has agreed to act as Councillor and in Dave’s absence will be happy to hear from families interested in getting involved. The timeline is tight on this so an early indication will be welcomed.
PP Patsy Johnson reported on the stamp fund raining project. She intends to try putting some stamps in the auction to look for a better return.
PP Ron Lloyd has asked members to help with the erection and take down of shelters for the Relay for Life event on March 28th -29th. Volunteers will be needed on the morning of the Saturday and Sunday.
President Steve provided the members with up to date information regarding a proposed move from our current clubrooms to the venue at Nixons. A document on the topic had been circulated to all members prior to the meeting and a great deal of time was dedicated to discussion on the pros and cons of the move. The financial aspects of the move were detailed. All members were given the opportunity to discuss the move and express their varied opinions.
It was resolved to advise all members that a vote will be taken on the 16th March at our regular meeting to decide to remain with the status quo or move to the new venue.
PP Barry shared the fines session with Mark Forgie who detailed the benefits of being born a man.
Donations were assigned to Polio eradication.
NEWGEN   is a satellite club of Nunawading  in Vic. With only 5 members with and all with busy lives they support all Rotary’s major causes like Polio with donations, fundraisers and involving the community in many different ways. Initially they though to pull off events in a small but positive way by deciding to back themselves and aim high.
The end result – more than 100 people joined at the Ringwood for a Parma Night where Ian Risley spoke. District 9810 matched donations with matching donations to the first 10 clubs to donate this financial year. The club’s $1480 raised was transformed into $13,320 donations. And 5000 children were vaccinated against Polio A WONDERFUL WAY TO WORK FOR ROTARY.
Queensland’s Granite Belt region is experiencing the worst drought in living memory, with local water completely depleted by the end of 2017.
Rotary has jumped on board with Water for the West initiative through Gold Coast Clubs and the Satellite Club of Tenterfield. The members in their Rotary vests daily deliver donated water in local areas in the Gold Coast and South East Queensland. Support has come from 13 Rotary Clubs and 18 other groups, community members and business organisations, who have given generous donations of water and cash. Local companies have provided storage facilities and the use of equipment such as forklifts for loading and unloading water.
To date nearly 300,000 litres of good drinking water has been delivered to more than 200 schools and families. The project will continue for as long as drought conditions continue and, more importantly, for as long as people are in need. THE ROTAY SATELLITE CLUB OF TENTERFIELD WILL BE ALL HANDS ON DECK ALL THE WAY.
In June 2018 15 people were inducted into the Pakuranga Tamaki River Auxiliary, a satellite Club in NZ – 15, fresh, diverse and keen new members, who began their Rotary journey in an entirely different way.
Gone were guest speakers, sergeant sessions, meals, banners and paper communication and in came planning meetings, working bees and assisting other clubs, while learning about our amazing organisation.
Since beginning 18 months ago they have completed 8 projects that include transforming a derelict school, a dental clinic, a family welcoming room and memory garden at Elm Park Primary School, as well as supporting 3 other clubs with large projects.
During this time 3 new members joined the group and 5 members acted as Sergeants at the South Pacific Presidents Elect Training Seminar in March.
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