DISTRICT 9500,  Rotary CLUB NO. 17632, 
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Nixon's Function Centre
Nixon Tce
Gawler, SA 5118
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Meeting 3043 - 21st September 2020

CHAIRMAN                            Michael Jacob
GUEST SPEAKER                    Emily Smeaton     
PROGRAMME                         Life in the Air Force
PLAQUES                              Tony Atyeo
LOYAL TOAST                        Kathy Heinrich
BIRTHDAYS                           23rd Sept. Sue Potger
ANNIVERSARIES                    None
DIARY DATES                        10th Oct Swimming Pool opening bbq
                         13th Oct Area 6 Meeting at Gawler Arms Hotel
                         20th Nov. D.G.’s Visit
                         21st Dec. Christmas Dinner – Partners’ Night
                                           4th Jan.    Bowls Night


Dear Rotarians
Please be advised that this week’s Club Meeting will be held in the upstairs room of the Nixon Function Centre so can you please enter via the front door and use either the stairs or lift.
Going forward and until our Club Rooms video and audio facilities have been improved the management of Nixon Centre, when available will allow us to use the upstairs room for Guest Speaker nights or when we require larger and multiple screens for presentations.
Quote of the Week
“ The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails”
Report on Meeting 3042 - September 14th
Attendance comprised 27 members, Honorary members Peter Nettelbeck and Bob Ahola (via Zoom), and 5 guests, namely past member John Bolton with David and Phil Sutcliffe, and John Anderson and Rob Hutchison, friends of Barry Stewart.
Chairman for the meeting was Dino Donati and he called for Rotary spots:
  • Mike Williams reported that Judy Clinch has been admitted to hospital.
  • President Mark passed around a paper asking for names of members wishing to attend the Area 6 meeting on 13th October at the Gawler Arms Hotel.
  • Stan Roulston stated that the printed hard copy of the Bulletin would be emailed to members in addition to the lengthy Clubrunner version.
The fines session was suspended due to Barry being the guest speaker for the evening  and the money was donated to Rotary Heath. The winners of the barrel roll were Brian Burt and Trish Williams.
Chairman Dino introduced member Barry Stewart to give his talk entitled ‘You’re not in the Army now’.
Barry made a very imaginative and humorous PowerPoint presentation comparing army and civilian life.
At the conclusion Barry received a certificate and was informed that a donation was going to PolioPlus to provide for the vaccination of 25 children, .
The meeting closed with the repeating of the Rotary four way test.
Guests John Anderson & Rob Hutchison


Barry Stewart – “You’re not in the Army now.”
Barry was born in post-war London and became a bit of an unruly kid who mixed with the wrong crowd. He was brought to Australia as a youngster by his parents and he loved it but still got involved with the wrong sort. He did poorly at school, stuttered, and suffered from dyslexia. He wanted to become a soldier like his dad and grandad so he joined the army.
It taught him to become self-disciplined and he picked up his motto ‘Never Give In’. He learned to write properly and had reached the rank of sergeant when he left after 12 years.
His first job was as a warehouse manager for a jeans factory and got in trouble for being harsh with a staff member and being told “You’re not in the Army now.” He moved on to delivering payroll security but not enough work to provide adequate income for his family needs, so he next got work in the public service. He got a promotion but being in an office all day with clerks who were ‘just not my people’ was frustrating. After a personality clash, he heard again “You’re not in the Army now.”
After more jobs and time that included an 18 months period of unemployment, he was still searching for what he had in the Army, namely structure and brotherhood. And when his marriage broke down, depression set in and he felt that he was at his lowest.
However, he turned to meditation, exercising, and leisure activities to pick himself up. He decided that to become self-employed he would be in charge of himself and give him back the discipline he needed. He focused on the positives of his family and being a better person and gaining confidence in himself. He started his own business and it has flourished. He can now cope with the extra workload, be more creative, more communicative, and has a lot more energy.
Name:      Bruce Eastick
                Charter member of Rotary Club of Gawler, 1954
Age:         93                                                      
Place of birth:           Adelaide                                  
Place of growing up:           Reade Park, Colonel Light Gardens, Adelaide          
Wife/partner:                     Dawn - deceased
Present place of residence: Eldercare, Evanston Park
Academic information:        Bach. Veterinary Science 
Previous occupation:          Veterinary surgeon, Mayor of Gawler, State M.P. 
Leisure interests:               Bowls, local and state government.
R.I. President Nominee 2022-23
Dr. Jennifer E. Jones
Jennifer is a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, and has been nominated to become Rotary International’s president for 2022-23, a selection that will make her the first woman to hold that office in the organization’s 115-year history.
A current Rotary Foundation trustee, she has been a member since 1997 and has served Rotary as vice president, director, training leader, committee chair, moderator, and district governor.
To be buried alive is a grave mistake.


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)
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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 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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