Rotary Club No. 17632, District 9510. 

Chartered 24th April 1954
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Mondays at 6:30 PM
Nixon's Function Centre
Nixon Tce
Gawler, SA 5118
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Proud beneficiaries of Paul Harris Fellows

CHAIRMAN                           Dave Griffiths
GUEST SPEAKER                  Nikita Page
PROGRAMME                       National Youth Science Forum experience.          
PLAQUES & FELLOWSHIP     Steve Barilla
LOYAL TOAST                     Deb Williams
BIRTHDAYS                        Jean Lloyd 12th July, Mark Forgie 15th July
ANNIVERSARIES                Lance Hatcher 16th July (59th)
 DIARY DATES      Mon. 26th July Visit by DG Jeff Neale & wife Jenny.
                           Sat. 28th Aug. 9am-4pm BBQ at Gawler Show .
Sun. 29th Aug –ROMAC  Luncheon, at Adelaide Pavilion.
Sun. 19th Sep. Swap meet.
Sun. 26th Sep. Zonta Community Chill & Fun Day


   Welcome to Club Year 2021-22 and I hope you all enjoyed the Changeover & Elizabeth Briggs Memorial Dinner at Kingsford The Barossa 
   I also hope you enjoyed our Club meeting on Monday night and my presentation on the Year Ahead. 
   I am excited about my next year and being our Club’s President and I am even more excited about our Board Directors and the support from all our members to be part of a Committees group. 
   We have a big year ahead with the goals that are set and I look forward to working with everyone to achieve a successful year for Gawler Rotary and our community. 
Quote for the Year
“To Better Serve People, Projects & Our Community”.
Report on Meeting  3074 – June 21st 2021
  The meeting was attended by 28 members plus Dan Berret guest of Wayne Murphy for a second time, and Janine Panagiotou who brought her father Bob Ahrens. Apologies were received from Helen Bourne, Leanne Clinch, Mark Forgie, Tom Kelly and Julie Tekell.
  Sgt Barry Stewart opened the proceedings by calling for a warm welcome to introduce our new re-cycled President Mark Smeaton for his second year in leading the Club.
  Mark called for Rotary spots:
  • Kim Potger organised a working-bee to fold and store dried out shelters at the Rotary shed.
  • John Lyons has raffle tickets from Gawler Show for a prize of Toyota Yaris Cross GX automatic valued at $30,586.
  • Ron Lloyd has pamphlets and information received from the Stroke Foundation and distributed the material to members later in the meeting.
  • Almoner Mike Williams reported that Julie Tekell has completed her course of treatment and has gone holidaying in northern Queensland to recuperate.
  • President Mark said a request had been received from the Gawler Show committee for service club assistance with BBQ catering 9am-4pm over the Friday and the Annual Show weekend days of 27th, 28th & 29thAugust. It was agreed that the Club would be willing to do it for Sat. 28thonly. Provision of shelters may also be required.
Help with car parking is still to be clarified.
  • President Mark then reported on the items auctioned at the Changeover, named their donors and the final total of $8,240.
  The fines session revealed the barrel roll winners to be Janine Partigiano and Mike Williams.
   President Mark gave a PowerPoint presentation setting out his goals for the year and what he plans to achieve, followed by naming the Board of Directors and their roles. The compilation of the Board is: Kathy Heinrich (President-elect & Club Admin), Michael Jacob (Secretary), Kim Potger (Treasurer), Barry Stewart (Membership & Sergeant-At-Arms), Steve Barilla (Service Projects), Dino Donati (Rotary Foundation),
  A video was shown of Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta giving an inspirational speech on his theme “Serve To Change Lives”.
  Finally, President Mark thanked the guests for attending, and reciting of the Rotary 4-way test was called to close the meeting.
Changeover Meeting No. 2076 
An attendance of about eighty were at the Kingsford the Barossa on Friday 2nd July for the Club Changeover dinner. Distinguished guests present were Rotary District Governor Jeff Neale and Jenny, Honorary Rotarian the Hon John Dawkins and Sheila, Mayor Karen Redman and Terry. Other guests invited to attend were Honorary Members of the Club, Friends of Rotary, Rotarians’ families’ members, and friends.
The event began with drinks and a guided tour of the impressive recently upgraded establishment by Stefan Ahrens, head of the Ahrens Group and the host for the evening. 
Chairman for the evening, John Lyons introduced President Mark who explained that his decision to stay in the president’s role for another year was to fulfil his aim to complete the plans and projects outstanding from the 2020-2021 Rotary year.
Sgt-at-Arms Barry Stewart conducted one of his typical humorous tongue-in-cheek fines session to the amusement of all.
Former Gawler Rotarian Past President Marie-louise Lees presented a memorial tribute to the late Past President Elizabeth Briggs who was inspirational in organising Rotary health and surgical projects for children in South-East Asia and the Western Pacific, as well as supporting Rotary’s End Polio Now programme.
Host Stefan Ahrens then gave an informative talk and video presentation on the history of Kingsford and its current facilities.
An auction of donated items conducted by Past President Peter Nettelbeck raised the amazing total of $8,240 which will be donated to Rotary projects supported by the late Elizabeth Briggs.
Following his induction, the reappointed President Mark acknowledged the outstanding work done by all Rotarians during what has been a challenging year before presenting Paul Harris Fellow Awards to Rotarians Steve Barilla, Colin Bazeley, Brian Burt, Leanne Clinch, Dino Donati, Michael Jacob, Ron Lloyd, Kim Potger, Stan Roulston and Barry Stewart.
President Mark also introduced the Board of Directors for the 2021-22 year comprising Dino Donati, Barry Stewart, Steve Barilla, Kathy Heinrich (President Elect) Kim Potger (Treasurer) and Michael Jacob (Secretary).
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the outstanding event held in spectacular surroundings. Their appreciation for the hospitality and generosity was shown, when Stefan Ahrens and the staff were called forward to receive a standing ovation for providing the great food and, fantastic service which made the night a superb occasion.
The meeting closed with the Rotary 4-way test being recited.
Just a thought 
Vaccinations can be in vain.

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

Bulletin Editor – Stan Roulston        8523 0158, 0439 305 389

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