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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 I hope you are all well and have enjoyed the week.
 Bob Ahrens has now been transferred from Lyell McEwin hospital to Southern Cross Care and will hopefully be well enough to start seeing some visitors. I will keep you updated and let you know when this can happen.
 By now you should have received an email with the invitation for the Area 6 Dinner Event. If you haven’t replied please do as soon as you can and remember we would love for all members to bring partners, family and friends as we want to make this a great night and fundraiser for the Club.
Quote of the week
If you are afraid of failure you don’t deserve to be successful”.
Report on Meeting  3086 – September 13th, 2021
   The meeting was attended by 29 members and no guests or guest speaker.  
Chairman for the evening was Dino Donati.
Dino Donati
  Apologies were received from Bob Ahrens, Helen Bourne, Patsy Johnson, Tom Kelly and Ron Lloyd.
Rotary spots were:
  • Admin Director Kathy Heinrich said that paying meals by credit card helps the door folk. She confirmed that we were hosting the Area 6 meeting here on the 25th October.
  • Bruce Eastick stated that our Club had helped the Gawler Share & Care body since its inception, and it was hoped that a Rotarian would fill a board vacancy at the coming AGM. Anybody interested should speak to Bruce to let President Rev. Shirley Coe know.
  • Steve Barilla wanted to confirm that those volunteering for the Swapmeet on Sunday were still available. Mike Williams confirmed that Covid restrictions had been relaxed so it is on. Only hot dogs and sausages are needed as Gawler Light are selling steak sandwiches next to us. He went to say that Trees for Life are offering a range of plants for sale. Those interested should speak to Patsy and Mike Johnson (Trees for Life members) for a reduced price.
  • Kim Potger said that Zonta wants 15 small 3x3 shelters for the Community Chill & Fun Day on 26th Sept,. Mark Forgie will lend shelters in addition to our 9. Kim needs helpers to set the shelters up on Sunday and take them down when the event closes.
  • Lance Hatcher had been to last week’s Gawler Light meeting, and they will have the Youth Polio trailer at the Swapmeet but unsure if tickets would be available for us to help sell them.
  • Colin Bazeley informed that the Caravan Park had applied for a Council grant to complete the modification to the entrance. The management appreciated our help with estimates, etc.
  • President Mark explained how Rotary is working with the council to help an organisation assisting Afghan veterans to have a building next the Willos Menshed in Willaston.  He let us know that Bob Ahrens is being moved to Southern Cross respite and Marg would tell us know when he could have visitors. They will be moving soon to a unit in the Oasis Retirement Village next the Gawler hospital.
  • Michael Jacob described the free group communication program we were switching to instead of paying for the ZOOM program that we had used during the recent Covid lockdown. Linking in is basically the same and anyone having a problem in a future use or lockdown should contact Michael and he will assist.
  • The barrel roll winners were Dave Griffiths and Michael Jacob. The fines session turned into a bit of Barry’s Corporate Membership report in that the Caravan Park and The Exchange Hotel have intentions to join, with The Exchange accommodating a morning breakfast in November.
    There being no guest speaker, President Mark presented a brief video story of two men meeting on five different occasions to be surprised that first impressions can be misleading.
    Finally, President Mark thanked all for attending, before repeating of the Rotary 4-way test closed the meeting.

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 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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