DISTRICT 9500,  Rotary CLUB NO. 17632, 
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Mondays at 6:30 PM
Nixon's Function Centre
Nixon Tce
Gawler, SA 5118
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Meeting 7th September 2020

CHAIRMAN                           Patsy Johnson
GUEST SPEAKER                   Helen Bourne 
PROGRAMME                        Autobiography
FELLOWSHIP                        Dino Donati
LOYAL TOAST                       Kim Potger
BIRTHDAYS                          None
ANNIVERSARIES                   None
DIARY DATES                       13th Sep. Suicide Prevention
                                                  AGM Guest Speaker
                        20th Nov. D.G.’s Visit
                        21st Dec. Christmas Dinner – Partners’ Night
                                            4th Jan.    Bowls Night

President's Piece

Dear Rotarian
Last week’s meeting had a great turnout with all members in attendance apart from Julie Tekell who is currently interstate. It was also great to see long-standing member Bob Ahola attended the meeting and enjoyed some great fellowship with the other members.
I would like to thank Brian Burt for organising the Membership night and also thank our members who spoke about both their experiences and the great things Rotary can offer. An even bigger thanks goes to all the members who were able to bring along guests who hopefully will one day become part of our club or support us with future Rotary projects.
Also to our Sergeant at Arms another outstanding Sergeant session with many laughs had by all.
Quote of the week
You are never too young to lead, nor too old to act.
And should never doubt your capacity to triumph where others have not.

Report on Meeting 3040 - August 31st 

Membership Night was chaired by Brian Burt with an attendance comprising 32 members and 7 guests, including Honorary member Bob Ahola and daughter Judy. The loyal toast was proposed by Ian Sanders and invocation was said by President Mark.
Rotary spots were:
  • PP Patsy Johnson reported that the Get Well cards to Georgina Hartwig and Mollie Hughes were gratefully received.
  • PP Steve Barilla confirmed that Bob Hinderwell and he had received Covid Marshall training and were now qualified to supervise Rotary events.
  • PP Colin Bazeley reported that the Gawler Council had cancelled the Village Fair had been cancelled due to Covid restrictions, and grants were being arranged to help compensate community groups for missing out on fund-raising opportunities.
The programme for the meeting comprised a variety of speakers recounting their experiences with overseas Rotary ventures.
  • Helen Bourne was a Rotary Exchange student to New York some fifty years ago and despite her mixed experiences with various families she enjoyed schooling and visiting famous sights.
  • Guest Bruce Williamson rendered an amusing sample of pigeon English whilst helping to build a cookhouse facility when on a Rotary project with Ian Sanders to Papua New Guinea areas of Wewak and Madang.
  • Wayne Murphy described the enjoyment of Rotary Friendship Exchange where Rotarians can host and stay with other Rotarian families from across the world. 
  • In 1994, Dino Donati went on a Group Study Exchange with Rotary District 450. It involved a group of four representing their professions hosted by 6 families in northern Wales and nearby England. Opportunities were taken to visit workplaces and factories of interest.
  • Kim Potger took part in PolioPlus eradication in India in 2017. Along with 50 Rotarians from 10 Countries going to areas in Delhi and Agra he administered 2 drops of vaccine to children.
The meeting closed with the repeating of the Rotary four-way test.
l-r: Kim Potger, Bruce Willaimson, Helen Bourne,
Mark Smeaton, Dino Donati, Wayne Murphy
l-r: Rowan Macdonald, Cameron Ainslie, Nick Pizzino,
Julie & Mark Smeaton and Jenny & Graham Smith
Covid Marshalls
Bob Hinderwell & Steve Barilla
Name:                                     Bob Ahrens                                
Age:                                        81                                        
Place of birth:                           Gawler                          
Place of growing up:                 Sheaoak Log
Partner:                                   Marj Ahrens
Place of residence:                   Sheaoak Log
Education:                               Left school 2nd term of Year 9
Present occupation:                 Retired Company Director Steel Fabrication.
Leisure interests:                     Restoring steam & old machinery.
If Past, Present & Future get together - it will be tense.

Gawler Suicide Prevention Group

Note: The Rotary Club of Gawler is a member and supporter of
the Gawler Suicide Prevention Group and members are encouraged to come and hear this very interesting speaker.
Please remember to book in.
To attend RSVP is mandatory due to ensuring compliance with COVID restrictions.
RSVP to Karen McColl - karen.mccoll@sa.gov.au or 0433 222 874
by close of business on Wednesday 9 September 2020.
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 gregory.morris.gm1@gmail.com 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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