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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Meeting 3044 - 28th September 2020

CHAIRMAN                            Kim Potger
GUEST SPEAKER                    Bruce Eastick        
PROGRAMME                         World War II Japanese Surrender
PLAQUES                              Helen Bourne
LOYAL TOAST                        Dino Donati
BIRTHDAYS                           None
ANNIVERSARIES                    None
DIARY DATES                       10th Oct Swimming Pool opening bbq
                        13th Oct Area 6 Meeting at Gawler Arms Hotel
                         9th  Nov Vocational visit – Barossa Cellars
                        30th Nov. D.G.’s Visit
                        21st Dec. Christmas Dinner – Partners’ Night
                                            4th Jan.    Bowls Night


Dear Rotarians,
 I hope you are all enjoying the meetings we are having and some of the great Guest Speakers that have been organised by Steve Barilla and his Committee.
This week we have our member Bruce Eastick who will be talking about WWII and where Major – General Yammamura presented his sword to Brigadier Eastick after the surrender on board the HMAS Kapunda near Kuching on September 11th 1945.
Also as a reminder and update our meeting on Monday 12th October will be replaced with the District 9510 Area 6 meeting held on Tuesday 13th October2020 at the Gawler Arms upstairs function room and I encourage all of our members to attend if possible.
Quote of the week –
The greatest leader is not always the one who does great things. He is the one that gets people to do the greatest things”
Report on Meeting 3043 - September 21st
Sgt-at-Arms Barry Stewart opened the meeting by welcoming 32 members, and 7 guests who included the guest speaker Emily Smeaton the daughter of President Mark. Other guests were Marg Ahrens, Behrooz Jafari, and Smeaton family members Julie, Tom, Ben and Pat. Apologies were received from Dino Donati, Leanne Clinch, Kevin Clarke, Mark Forgie and Kim Potger.
He then introduced Michael Jacob to be chairman for the evening.
Rotary spots were:
  • Mike Williams reported that Judy Clinch remains in LMHS with a double infection.
  • Dean Sims would like to attend meetings if he was helped with transport.
  • Stan Roulston spoke on the Zone 8 virtual internet conference and hope to get a link so that members could watch a repeat viewing of the interesting presentations it contained.
The barrel roll winners were Angela More and Bob Hinderwell.
The fines session comprised Alan Harris giving a personal account of the middle of the night home invasion experienced by himself and Trish. His handling of the situation showed him to be one who doesn’t panic in the face of potential danger. The fines money went to Rotary Health.:
Chairman Michael then introduced LACW Emily Smeaton to talk on her life in the Air Force.
At the conclusion, Emily received a certificate and was informed that a donation was going to PolioPlus to provide for the vaccination of 45 children,
The meeting closed with members repeating the Rotary four-way test.
Cool Dude Allan
President Mark with Guest speaker daughter Emily and Chairman for the night Michael Jacob
Name: Dave Griffiths
Age: 79
Place of birth: Birmingham, England
Place of growing up: Birmingham, England
Wife: Maureen O’Brien
Present place of residence: Craigmore SA
Academic information: RFD, BEng, DipT(Tech) - i.e. Reserve Force Decoration, Bachelor of Engineering, Diploma of Teaching (Technical)
Previous occupation: Engineer (EMI Electronics - UK), engineer, senior engineer, chartered professional engineer (EMI Electronics - South Australia), lecturer/senior lecturer/deputy head of school/educational manager (TAFE), GST taxation officer (ATO), currently retired
Military service:2 years in Territorial Army (UK);  24 years in Australian Army Reserve (retired with rank of Major in Royal Australian Armoured Corps)
Leisure interests: Theatrical performances (Grenville Players), Rotary service, honorary auditor (South Australian Mounted Rifles Association), exercising (currently with home gym equipment due COVID-19 restrictions)


Date: Tuesday October 13th 2020
Time 6.45 pm for 7 pm sharp start
Venue  Gawler Arms Hotel - Gawler - Upstairs function room
Meal    Soup, Alternate drop main from 2 options TBC, desert  (Vegetarian option available)
Cost    $30/head

Guest speaker  Rebecca Badcock. Rebecca is a senior nurse at the RAH who led the group who responded to COVID19 request for help in Melbourne.

(This meeting will replace our normal meeting on the 12th Oct)

If you suffer from kleptomania take something for it.

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 0437759 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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