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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Meeting 3052 - 30th November 2020
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CHAIRMAN                            Brian Burt
Guest speaker                       District Governor David Jones
PROGRAMME                         District Governor’s Visit
PLAQUES                              Mark Forgie
LOYAL TOAST                        Bruce Eastick
BIRTHDAYS                            3rd Dec Helen Bourne
ANNIVERSARIES                    30th Nov Ian Sanders, 1st Dec Leanne Clinch,
                           4th Dec Chris Edmunds
DIARY DATES                        7th Dec.   Zonta Ladies Club Visit
                        21st Dec. Christmas Dinner – Partners’ Night
                                            4th Jan.  Bowls Night


It was great to see everyone at the AGM last week and I hope you all enjoyed the presentations by the board and found them informative and now have a better understanding of some of the great things our club has achieved and what we are continuing to work towards for the future.
 The Board nominations and elections were a great success and we now have the following members who will continue or commence following the changeover on the 28th June 2021.
 Mark Smeaton – President
Kathy Heinrich – President Elect
Michael Jacob – Secretary
Kim Potger – Treasurer
Steve Barilla
Leanne Clinch
Dino Donati
Barry Stewart
Julie Tekell
Angela More   
                                         Quote of the week
This is not the year to get everything you want. This is the year to appreciate everything
Report on Meeting 3051 – November 23rd
President Mark opened the meeting attended by 29 members and guests Marg Ahrens and Harrison Clinch.  Apologies were received Tony Atyeo, Dino Donati, Bruce Eastick and Wayne Murphy.
Rotary spots were given as follows:
  • Leanne Clinch asked for Rotary merchandise orders be paid by next week
  • Patsy Johnson said Australian Rotary Health had sent a Certificate of Appreciation for our support to indigenous scholars.
The fines session began with Stan Roulston and Bob Hinderwell winning the barrel roll. Then Happy Birthday was sung to Lisa and Colin Bazeley before several Bunyip pictures were displayed. It was revealed that Mark Forgie, on the previous week’s Vocational Visit to the Barossa, after the meal at the Clubhouse, he went to the Tanunda Wine Cellars in mistake of going to The Barossa Cellar museum.
There followed the auctioning of three bottles of wine donated by Judy Ward originally purchased by John as a donation to the bush fires appeal. The successful bidders at $25 per bottle were Dave Griffiths, Mark Smeaton and John Lyons.
President Mark reported on the progress of the upgrading of the downstairs room. Some delay had occurred on installing the air-conditioning and television screen but generally, the room is expected to ready for regular Rotary use very soon.
President Mark opened the AGM and Directors reports were given. Lance Hatcher accepted the role of Returning Officer and conducted the election of office bearers for the year 2021/2022.
The meeting closed with the reciting of the 4-way test.
Annual General Meeting 2020
The AGM opened with Directors reports being presented.
  • Treasurer Kim Potger spoke to the current financial statement, and drew attention to several points in the General and Project accounts, with the comment that both were extremely healthy.
  • Club Administrator Steve Barilla stated that relocating to Nixons and Covid management had been the two major challenges dealt with during the year, and good support from his committee and all club members had helped. In addition, he mentioned the innovations to meal ordering online and credit card payment had helped with the attendance handling. He was most satisfied with the way his committee members had all managed their respective duties.
  • Service Projects Director Colin Bazeley reported that successful projects included, Blue Light event at the Aquatic Centre, BBQ/Doughnut stall at the opening of the Aquatic Centre, cinema Movie Evening, and Rotary sheds grounds cleaning with Gawler Light club. Covid19 restrictions had impacted club meetings and planned projects, mainly the Village Fair as a major fund raiser for many community groups. Likewise, cancelling of the Gawler Show, Christmas Carols, Car Club Swap Meet, and a celebrating function honouring deceased member Elizabeth Briggs had lessened our activities. Some projects being explored are: Kangaroo Island Community Rotunda to be located at Penneshaw. bushfire erection, Gawler caravan park entrance upgrade, Aquatic Centre BBQ area covering, and Clonlea Park playground improvement.
  • Membership Director Brian Burt brought forward ideas on attracting new members to the club. The possibility of approaching members of the closing Kwanis club to offer ongoing community service through Rotary was discussed. Brian hopes to get federal minister Simon Birmingham as a guest speaker for a membership 
  • Public Relations Director Leanne Clinch reported on Rotary merchandise being acquired for members.
  • Rotary Foundation Director Dino Donati was absent and his report will be circulated via email.
  • Returning Officer Lance Hatcher proceeded with the election of Office bearers for the 2021-2022 Rotary year. 
       Business arising sought approval for the amended Constitution, which 
        was passed unanimously.
Name:     Michael Jacob
Age: 62
Place of birth: Gawler
Place of growing up: Gawler
Partner: Sandra
Present place of residence: Evanston Park
Education information: Various Tech Certs, Train-the-Trainer
Present occupation: MYCOMPUTERMAN store owner
Leisure interests: Fishing, cooking, snooker, gardening

The use of glass coffins remains to be seen.

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 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

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