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 3051 - 23th November 2020
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CHAIRMAN                            President Mark
Guest speaker                       None
PROGRAMME                         A.G.M. & Committees
PLAQUES                              Tony Atyeo
LOYAL TOAST                        Steve Barilla
BIRTHDAYS                           20th Peter Nettlbeck (90th Birthday)
                                            25th Lisa Bazeley, 29th Colin Bazeley,
ANNIVERSARIES                    None
DIARY DATES                        30th Nov. D.G.’s Visit
                         21st Dec. Christmas Dinner – Partners’ Night
                                             4th Jan.  Bowls Night


Well, what another big week.
Our meeting on Monday night was fantastic and I want to pay a special thanks to Stan for his excellent presentation on Suicide Prevention. It was at short notice and we didn’t quite have the audio the best, but Stan was great and delivered the presentation really well.
I also want to thank Karen McColl for her talk about her role with the government and some of the groups that are available to support mental health and wellbeing which was very timely with the recent COVID cluster breakout this week and the challenges this has presented to us all and many families and our community.
With this please all follow the COVID guidelines that have been set and I am sure the situation will be turned around quickly and we will all stay safe.
“Quote of the week”
 Work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed.
Report on Meeting 3050 – November 23rd
Attendance at the meeting was 27 members plus 3 guests who were partners Grace Barilla, son Anthony Barilla and Karen McColl – adviser to Office of the Premier’s Advocate for Suicide Prevention. An apology was received from guest speaker member John Lyons due to COVID quarantine linked to his grandson’s school.
Chairman Steve Barilla called for the loyal toast by Ron Lloyd before welcoming the guests. The response to his call for Rotary spots was as follows:
  • Secretary Michael Jacob drew attention to nomination forms for office bearer positions in Rotary year 2020/21 required at the A.G.M.
  • Dino Donati called for volunteer names  to sell raffle tickets from the Polio Relay ute in Murray Street.
  • Almoner Mike Williams informed that Judy Clinch had been re-admitted to hospital. Also, his wife Debbie has been diagnosed with a return of breast cancer and routine surgery is hoped to deal with the problem.
  • Brian Burt gave an illustrated report on his evening on the Rotary sponsored evening on the masted schooner One-&-All.
  • COVID Marshal Steve Barilla gave a detailed explanation of the latest conditions to be adhered to.
The fines session opened with Trish Williams and Chris Edmunds being barrel roll winners, and the fines to go to PolioPlus. Advanced technology enabled fines master Barry to display Bunyip pictures on the tv screen. Following which he auctioned a lady’s satchel, that included items, to successful bidder Kathy Heinrich.
An attempt to include past exchange student Sara di Lauro from Italy in the meeting via Zoom was unsuccessful.
Chairman Steve introduced member Stan Roulston as stand-in guest speaker to talk on the subject of Suicide Prevention. Then the fun started. Soon after the start of Stan’s PowerPoint presentation the sound for a video item failed. As the video was a replay of an ABC tv program, Dino Donati came to the rescue by Googling the program on his mobile phone and playing it held against the microphone. TV maestro Michael Jacob then synchronised the picture close enough to the mobile sound for a reasonably coherent presentation.
Stan’s talk was followed by Karen McCall giving an update on the latest COVID news from her parliamentary office. She also described how the contents of the handout teabag sachet could assist with establishing rapport between folks.
President Mark, Karen McColl & Stan
Gawler Light's Peter Harper & Colin Bazeley holding the Polio Ute Relay baton
Iron lung on Polio Relay Ute trailer
Suicide Prevention
Suicide is a reaction to overwhelming feelings of loneliness, worthlessness, helplessness, hopelessness, and (frequently) depression. It occurs when a person’s thoughts exceed their resources to cope.
Suicide prevention is the intervening action taken to stop it from occurring, and being aware of what to do is helpful.
A useful analogy is likening the situation to being bogged down in a vehicle. Finding the means to free the stuck vehicle is akin to getting clearer thoughts that will relieve the urge to self-harm.
Coping with stress is a natural way of life. Some stresses such as hunger, tiredness and vacating one’s bladder and bowels are managed by eating, sleeping and toileting, and even in the extreme will not bring on a desire to self-harm. However, certain other stresses can grow to become risk factors for suicide. Some examples are: depression, hopelessness, chronic pain, failed inter-personal relationships, financial difficulties, etc.
Imagine that everyone has an emotional bucket containing all their feelings and stresses like marbles or tennis balls. Being contented and at ease allows the bucket to be at rest. But when one or more of the content risk factor feelings becomes all-consuming then discomfort can arise and coping with the stress can become difficult.    
Back to the vehicle analogy and getting it free may require asking for outside assistance, so if the emotional stress becomes too difficult then seeking other help in the form of professional counselling is what will usually clear out thoughts of suicide.
Some useful steps to follow are:
  • Look for signs of distress.
  • Get started with Talk about the distress
  • Listen attentively to what is being said about the distress
  • Seek referral to professional help with overcoming the distress
Just saying “Are you OK?” is a good way to start.
Name:    Angela Moore
Age: 58
Place of birth: Bradford U.K.
Place of growing up: Northern Beaches Sydney
Partner: Peter
Present place of residence: Lewiston
Education information: B.A. Education.
Present occupation: Junior Primary Teacher.
Leisure interests: Reading, Papercrafts.

Run in front of car you get tyred, run behind you get exhausted.

Some Rotary Projects

A shortlist projects our club wishes to concentrate our support on this year.
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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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