Rotary Club No. 17632, District 9510.  Chartered 24th April 1954
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Nixon Tce
Gawler, SA 5118
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  I hope you are all well and are now a bit more SPAM savvy following Kat’s talk last week about untangling the web.
  It was really great to see Julie Tekell back at the club and to hear all about her journey over the past 6 months and that we now have somewhere to stay if we head to Arlie Beach.
 The update on Bob Ahrens is not what you will want to hear as he was still in hospital last week however they are hoping to have him moved back to Southern Cross Care in the next few weeks.
 With this we hope he will be well enough to start seeing some visitors so I will keep you all updated as he improves and when you can start to make contact with Marg to arrange a time.
Quote of the Week
One day you will wake up and there wont be more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it Now
Report on Meeting  3085 – September 6th, 2021
  The meeting was attended by 29 members and Guest Speaker Kat Milner. Apologies were received from Bob Ahrens, Helen Bourne, Dan Berrett, Patsy Johnson, John Lyons and Barry Stewart.
  Tom Kelly proposed the loyal toast, followed by President Mark saying grace.
  Anthony Barilla was introduced as chairperson and opened the meeting by welcoming back Julie Tekell after her long absence whilst recovering from cancer. He then called for Rotary spots:
  • Brian Burt informed the meeting his doctor said his cancer had been dealt with successfully.
  • Steve Barilla confirmed that the swapmeet was going ahead on Sunday 19th September as it’s a good fundraiser. He is seeking members to help and there will be two shifts of 10.30am to 1.00pm and 1.00pm to 4.00pm. Mike Williams said that the Lions club had pulled out and Apex was unavailable which gives us the opportunity to expand the range of items we can sell. Covid restrictions will limit the number attending to 3000, which is more than expected. The queuing separation, ordering and payment system used at the Barossa Air Show successfully should work well again.                                                                                    Steve  went on to say that the James Bond movies will be on Friday       12th November with between 135 to 180 tickets at $15. He wanted           members to decide on having a meal beforehand at the Café Nova. Those attending will be invited to dress-up as James Bond or Miss Moneypenny with prizes awarded for the best efforts.                      Steve further thanked all those who had helped clean up the Rotary Shed. Kim confirmed that much had been done, but the job was not finished yet. Special thanks to Alan for the use of his ute in getting scrap metal to the dealer for payment. Future plans including making an inventory of all items and pricing the cost of hiring equipment.
  • President Mark reported on Bob Ahern’s being still at the LMHS but hoping to get back to to Southern Care by mid-week.
The barrel roll winners were Brian Burt, Ron Lloyd and Mark Forgie.
With Sgt Barry absent Julie Tekell substituted for the fines session, telling of her experiences whilst living in Queensland being treated for cancer.  It was decided that the fines money go to the Heart Foundation.
  Chairman Anthony introduced Guest Speaker Kat Milne to speak on scams and spam that plague our computers and mobile phones.
  On completion of her talk Kat was presented with a certificate of appreciation and informed that to mark the occasion a donation would be made to PolioPlus to vaccinate children.
  Finally, President Mark thanked all for attending, before repeating 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.

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