BULLETIN 5 January 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 6th January 2020 - Meeting 3024
Bowls Night at Gawler Bowling Club
Chair/Toast Bob Hinderwell
Plaques/Fellowship PP Jacqui Ateyo
Monday 13th January 2020 - Meeting 3025
Committee Meetings
Chair/Toast Kathy Heinrich
Plaques/Fellowship Trish Williams
2019 Final Polio Report 
125 cases of Wild Polio Virus (101 Pakistan, 24 Afghanistan),
241 cases of Vaccine Derived Polio (211 in non-Endemic Countries)
We are very close,  but from 2019 results, there is still a challenge ahead of us.
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:  25 Jan, 12 Feb, 18 Mar, 13 Apr
District Conference - 3-5 April 2020, Whyalla.

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District Awards - Cover Letter and Award Information


A Letter from Ava
We received a Christmas letter from our 2018/19 Exchange Student Ava  - you can read it here
Ava being welcomed home at the Airport
Ava with her Family
Ava at a Rotary Meeting
Monday 16 December 2019 – Meeting 3023, Nixon's Function Centre
Our guests and visitors were welcomed to the meeting by the Chair Mark Smeaton.
Guests:  Guest Speaker Father Jose, Exchange Student Sara Di Lauro, Gabriella Barilla, Emily Smeaton, June Argent. Judy Clinch, Meredith Smith, Sally Richardson, Janine Panagiotou, Georgia Hartwig, Patricia Dent (Zonta Club), Alison Needham and Harrison Clinch.
Honorary members: Peter Nettelbeck and Judy, Jan Meldrum and Lucille, Klaus Retelsdorf and Helen Guthberlet.
Rotary partners: Grace Barilla, Julie Smeaton, Graham Lees, Carleen Sanders, Glenice Hatcher, Maggie Murphy, Jean Lloyd, Raelene Benier, Sally Fotheringham, Ros Edmunds, Deb Williams, Carol Stewart.
The meeting commenced with the usual welcome and formalities.
Remembrance spot: The opening of the meeting was followed immediately by a remembrance address by Pres Steve reflecting on the tragic loss and injury of the Rotary family affected by the White Island volcano eruption. Gavin Dallow and his step daughter Zoe perished in the eruption and Lisa Dallow remains seriously injured in a Melbourne hospital. Gavin was a member of the Prospect club and was a tireless worker at club and district level. His dedication to Rotary will be missed. His many Rotary friends will remember him as a genuine friendly and committed club member. Vale Gavin. Zoe was a year 9 student at SAC in the city and was highly regarded by all her friends and family. She had already made a serious impact on her community and friends. Lisa, a member of the Adelaide Rotary Club has made a deep impact on the club in her relatively short time as a Rotarian. She has been active at club and district level. She is a very good friend of Marie louise Lees through their working relationship. Gavin and Lisa met through Rotary and were married in 2017. Please keep Gavin, Zoe and Lisa in your thoughts (and prayers).
Tony Atyeo: introduced our incoming exchange student Sara Di Lauro from Cremona Italy. Sara is currently hosted by the Prospect and Regency Park Rotary clubs. She moves to Gawler in mid-January and will attend Trinity College in year 12. Sara is looking forward to meeting the members. Her first family will be the Barillas, followed by the Lees family.
 Members were thanked for their contributions toward the Christmas tree gifts. A great variety of very nice gifts were donated and will be presented to the staff at the Northern Domestic Violence Services for distribution to children needing their help at Xmas. The gifts were delivered to the shelter by Tony Atyeo and Sara on Tuesday morning. The staff were delighted to receive them and asked to pass on their thanks to all members for their generosity
Members were also thanked for their donations toward the raffle prizes to raise money for End Polio Now. The donations were assembled to provide 20 prizes for winners to select. Some members had more luck than others but members were assured the draw was above board.  Stan won a prize and donated it for auction. Gaby Barilla was the recipient of a pretty piano courtesy of her generous dad. The traditional Beetroot auction was again conducted. Having spent the year with the Barilla clan it was time to move on. This year the Lees family will be the proud custodians having outbid every other contender for the privilege. It seems the tin will need to be rebranded next year to maintain a ‘best by’ accreditation.
The auction and raffle raised in excess of $600 for the End Polio campaign. A great result for our Rotary charity.
As a final address for the year, President Steve thanked all for coming and wished all members and their families a merry xmas and a happy new year.  Members were reminded the next meeting will be the bowls night on January 6th.
Guest Speaker - Father Jose
 Father Jose from the Gawler Catholic parish presented the Xmas message to the meeting. Father Jose has been in the Gawler parish for one year and resides in the residency house at Xavier College. Originally from India he was ordained into the Salesian order in India and spent many years working with underprivileged and at-risk children in a social worker capacity. He moved to Australia about 5 years ago and worked in Sydney until his move to Gawler last year.
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