Rotary Club No. 17632, District 9510.  Chartered 24th April 1954
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Gawler, SA 5118
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Gawler Rotary Club Board 2021-2022

Meeting Roster No. 3082 - 16th August, 2021
CHAIRMAN                           Mike Williams
GUEST SPEAKER                  Mark Forgie           
PROGRAMME                       The Funeral Industry
LOYAL TOAST                      Lance Hatcher
BIRTHDAYS                        Jean Lloyd 12th August, Stan Roulston 18th August
ANNIVERSARIES                   None
August - Membership and New Club Development Month
Sun. 29th Aug. ROMAC Luncheon, at Adelaide Pavilion
Sun. 19th Sep. Swap meet.
Sun. 26th Sep. Zonta Community Chill & Fun Day
Sat. 20th-21st Nov.   Gawler Show.
Sat.  27th Nov   ‘One & All’ - Twilight Cr


   Another wet and wintery week so I hope you are all well and staying dry and warm and hang in there as we only have a few more weeks to go and Spring will be here.
   I am pleased to let you know that Bob Ahrens has been moved from the Lyell McEwin hospital to Modbury where he will start his rehabilitation program and hopefully see him to a speedy recovery.
   Over the coming weeks and as Bob improves, we will see if he is well enough and we may be able to have him join a meeting via ZOOM so you can all wish him well as I am sure he would like to see us all.
   This week’s guest speaker is Mark Forgie, and he will be talking to us about the Funeral Industry which I am sure will be very interesting so make sure you all get along to the meeting
Quote of the week
Success is not final; failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts
Report on Meeting  3081 – August 9th, 2021
The attendance at the meeting was 28 members, guest speaker Tim Harper and Janet Done partner of John Lyons.
Apologies were received from Bob Ahrens, Dan Berrett, Helen Bourne, Kevin Clarke, Dave Griffiths, Patsy Johnson and Julie Tekell.
Ian Sanders was introduced as chairperson for the meeting, and he called on Steve Barilla to propose the loyal toast, followed by President Mark saying grace.
Rotary spots:
  • Treasurer Kim explained that Rotary would cost club members less due to savings made from moving our venue to Nixons last year. It was possible to abolish the club fee, and fluctuations in other fees and charges had also reduced costs.
  • Dino Donati had mandarins for sale to add to club funds. The fruit had been picked from a tree in the Rotary shed compound, and available in bundles costing $3 each or $5 for 2 bundles.
  • Janet Done thanked the club members for buying many tickets for the Gawler Show car raffle. She said there were still plenty for sale to ensure the raffle makes a profit. She also expressed appreciation of the club for its support to the Show Society.
  • President Mark reported on the health of Bob Ahrens recovering from a fall that had put him in hospital for hip surgery. He needed a new pacemaker in preparation for the surgery which has been successful. Later he will be moved to Modbury Hospital for several weeks’ rehabilitation. It will be just a matter of time before he is well enough to return home. Mark will keep members informed by email on Bob’s progress as under Covid restrictions visitor numbers are strictly limited.
  Barry Stewart announced Leanne Clinch and Dino Donati as the barrel roll winners, then ran the fines session in his now familiar humorous style of roasting members with Bunyip newspaper photographs.  The fines money was donated to the Shelter Boxes project.
  Membership director Barry Stewart announced that one of our newest members Anthony Barilla had recruited our first Corporate Member being the legal firm of Scammel & Co.
  Chairman Ian then introduced Tim Harper as the guest speaker for the evening. Tim is Managing Director of Pioneer Water Tanks and was the main influence behind getting the CFS to site large water tanks at strategic locations in rural areas that are prone to wild fires, thereby providing refilling facilities close to outbreaks when they occur.
  On completion of his talk Tim answered questions before he was presented a certificate of appreciation and informed that a donation would be made to PolioPlus to vaccinate 45 children.
  Finally, President Mark thanked the guests for attending, before reciting of the Rotary 4-way test was called to close the meeting.
Just a thought 
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Rotary Voices

Stories of service from around the world


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

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