Rotary Club No. 17632, District 9510. 

Chartered 24th April 1954
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Gawler, SA 5118
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Attendance & Meal Selection

3rd May 2021

If you want to build a team - share a meal together. 

Meeting 3068- 3rd May 2021
CHAIRMAN                  Colin Bazeley
GUEST SPEAKER         Peter Gapp – RYWELL (Rotary Youth Wellbeing)
LOYAL TOAST              Helen Bourne
PLAQUES                    Wayne Murphy
BIRTHDAYS                 Kim Potger 5th May, Dino Donati 6th May
INDUCTIONS               Ron Lloyd 5th May
DIARY DATES              MAY is “Youth Service Month”
                                 Clare Rotary Art Exhibition 15th-20th May
                                 28th Jun. Club changeover dinner


  Well, winter is nearing so rug up and make sure you all get your flu vaccinations as it looks to be a cold and gloomy few months ahead.
I hope you were all able to watch the Anzac remembrance services that took place across the nation or even better participate in a Dawn Service of some form.
I was fortunate enough to attend the Dawn Service held in Adelaide, along with my daughter Emily in her full-service RAAF uniform. She was wearing both her own medals and those from 5 generations of Smeaton ex-servicemen. So, as you can imagine, I was one very proud father.
 This week’s guest speaker is Peter Gapp “Rotary RYWELL Chairman”, so I look forward to seeing all of our members on the night.
Quote of the week
Remember all the men who have died.
Remember all the battles fought.
Remember all the tears families cried.
Remember it was a freedom the soldiers brought.
         Report on Meeting  3067 – April 19th 
   The meeting was relocated to the upstairs room and comprised 24 members with Bec Schoff attending as guest of Brian Burt.
   Chairman for the evening, Mark Forgie, noted apologies from: President Mark Smeaton, Bob Ahrens, Steve Barilla, Geoff Benier, Kevin Clarke, Julie Tekell and Debra Williams.
   Commemoration of the coming of ANZAC Day was led by Dave Griffiths in military regalia reading the Oath, and the bugle sounding the Last Post and Reveille either side of a one minute’s silence.
   Barry Stewart said that he would be leading the Air Defence Association contingent in the ANZAC parade. Barry displayed his father’s medals that included a Military Medal for bravery, and Patsy Johnson showed her grandfather’s WW1 medals. 
                    Dave Griffiths                        Barry Stewart   
Rotary spots were:
  •  Almoner Mike Williams reported  Beth Hudman’s husband Eric's death,   and Jessie Sims is out of hospital.
  •  Michael Jacob showed a video on the Drought Community     Outreach  Program event to be held at Angaston next Wednesday 21st , and Colin Bazeley gave details of Club arrangements
  • Patsy Johnson gave an update on the Rotary Health Ride & Walk.
  • Alan Harris reported on his attendance at the District Conference over the past weekend, describing the venue of Westminster School as outstanding.
   Sgt Barry opened the fines session announcing the barrel winners as Ron Lloyd and Stan Roulston, and the money was donated to Rotary Health. The birthdays of Leanne Clinch, Janet Done and Kevin Clarke were acknowledged by the customary singing of Happy Birthday, followed by displays of extracts from the Bunyip newspaper involving club members.
   Chairman Mark Forgie advised that Committee meetings would follow the close of the meeting and established where each committee would meet.
   The meeting closed with President-elect Kathy Heinrich thanking guest Bec Schoff for her attendance, and the Rotary 4-way test being recited.                             
Catering online food ordering and payment system is run well by Bob Hinderwell, Geoff Benier & Leanne. Clinch.        Covid requirements for attendance, hygiene and social distancing are managed smoothly by Marshals Steve Barilla & Bob Hinderwell.         Fines session by Sgt-at-Arms Barry Stewart is imaginative & enjoyable.         Bulletin is prepared weekly by Stan Roulston and Michael Jacob, with Zoom recordings to be signed off.        Meeting programmes are updated regularly by Ron Lloyd.        Clubroom equipment is managed by Chris Edmonds with Nixon’s storage cupboard still to be tidied up.        Clubroom improvements have been completed and are comfortable.        Catering at Barossa Air Show contributed a good return to the club, however, more members are needed to assist at similar events.
CLUB PROJECTS  Colin Bazeley
Vocational Service - visit to Vadoulis Garden Centre has received good feedback.
Youth Service has candidates for RYLA and RYPEN identified, and the Community Service Award event at Gawler and District College has been cancelled.
Fund Raising includes $1,500 fee received from Angaston Drought BBQ. An Elizabeth Briggs PolioPlus dinner is being planned. Gawler Show parking yet to be confirmed. Our Caravan & Camping Swap Meet has been cancelled.
Ten TVs ready for Hospital using Gawler Community Grant and club contribution.
Village Fair – financial assistance from a Gawler Community Event & Activation Stimulus Grant of $2,500 has been approved. Commercial stalls are being considered on a fee-paying basis, with the Saturday morning Farmers Market in mind. The Art Show may be made a separate event.
Club was well represented at Black Dog Ride Breakfast and Barossa Air-show.
Bob and Paula Marshall are still interested in membership, but will wait until Bob’s health improves before joining. Potential member Bec Schoff stayed on for the Committee meeting. Business and Corporate Member Initiative to be deferred to next year but the May 10th information evening to continue.
Board suggestion adopted “that couples wishing to join Rotary be offered the option of full membership for one and Friend status for the second.”.
Mark Forgie’s offer for quality printing free of charge gratefully accepted.
The intention is to hold an End Polio Fundraising dinner in the late Elizabeth Briggs name sometime in this Rotary Year. A date to be determined, with venues including the Kingsford Homestead proposed by President Mark and Nixon’s with a special menu proposed by the committee.
Committee discussed the need to come up with alternative fundraising events in lieu of cancelled Caravan & Camping Swap Meet.
Kim Potger is proposing to apply for a Rotary District Grant for ‘Toilets in India’ to the value of $5,000. This is to occur in the 21/22 Rotary year with the idea of starting the preparation now to submit in August 2021.
Gabby Barilla (Steve and Grace’s daughter) has nominated for the September 2021 intake of RYLA participants. 
PUBLIC IMAGE  Leanne Clinch
Public Image incorporates all aspects of the Rotary branding and the image being portrayed. 
At the moment club presentation has been the focus ensuring the club and members look professional for club activities within the community
Member Profile
Tom Kelly
Age: 57
Place of birth: Melbourne.
Place of growing up: Launceston & Alice Springs
Wife: Helen
Present place of residence: Sandy Creek
Education: Bachelor of Business
Occupation: Director, CEO Peter Kettle M.C.
Leisure interests: Camping, Dirt bike, Trekking      
Just a thought:
A stage show on puns is a play on words.

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 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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