Rotary Club No. 17632, District 9510. 

Chartered 24th April 1954
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Gawler, SA 5118
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Meeting 3054 - 14th December 2020
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CHAIRMAN                            Colin Bazeley 
GUEST SPEAKER                    Angela Moore
TOPIC                                   Beliefs About Maths
PLAQUES                              Dave Griffiths
LOYAL TOAST                        Patsy Johnson
BIRTHDAYS                           15th Dec. Mark Smeaton, 17th Dec Marg Ahrens
ANNIVERSARIES                    16th Dec. Dino Donati
DIARY DATES                        21st Dec. Christmas Dinner – Partners’ Night
                                           25th  Jan  Bowls Night
                                           Feb? Port River Dinner Cruise (Date TBC)


I hope you all enjoyed the fantastic presentation last week from our newest member John Lyons.
His story ‘Heroes and Larrikins I knew in the Town’ was excellent and reflected back in time on some of the great historic events of people that represented our great town of Gawler.
It was also great to have the Zonta Women’s Group join us, so this along with our members, family and friends seen us have our largest meeting attendance this year.
Just a reminder that our Christmas Meeting Dinner invitation has been sent out and I am encouraging all of our members to extend this to family and friends to make the evening a great night of fellowship along with some fundraising that we will use to support projects and charities within our community.
Quote of the Week
Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.
Report on Meeting 3053 – December 1st
The evening was a combined meeting with the Zonta Ladies club. The attendance of 47 comprised 31 Rotarians, 7 Zonta members, 3 partners and guests that included Bill and Barbara Morris and Anthony Barilla.. Apologies were acknowledged from Julie Tekell and Tony Atyeo.
Following the loyal toast by Geoff Benier, Dino Donati was introduced as Chairman for the evening. Dino called on Zonta President Pam Young along with her visiting members to stand and be greeted.
, The only Rotary spot was by Kim Potger who announced that the Rotary Club of Onkaparinga Valley was selling quality Shiraz $120 per case of a dozen, or $10 singly, and those interested in purchasing should contact him.
Sgt. Barry Stewart opened the fines session by calling for the winners of the barrel role who were Trish Williams and Patsy Johnson. Happy Birthday was sung to Helen Bourne and Raelene Benier, before he continued with the assistance of Michael Jacob to present the Bunyip pictures on the tv screen. Barry then read a poem that had a Christmas reflection on ex-military service men after leaving the army.  The fines money went to Rotary’s Polio Foundation.
Dino introduced member John Lyons to present his talk, and when finished handed him a certificate of appreciation acknowledging a donation to Polio Plus that would provide for the vaccination of 45 children.
The meeting closed with the reciting of the 4-way test.
Meeting with Zonta Ladies
Zonta Ladies & President Mark
Heroes & Larrikins I knew in This Town
John Lyons grew up in Gawler as the son of Doug and Dorothy Lyons the one-time Licensees of the Kingsford Hotel in Murray Street. As a teenage barman John got to know the many Gawler returned servicemen to whom he served drinks, and discovered that more than a few, whilst larrikin by nature, had histories as brave veterans of the world wars.
There was his father Doug who fought in Syria before being posted to Java where he was captured by the Japanese and spent several years in Changi Prison as well as being forced labour building the Burma Railway.  Doug was then transported by the Japanese to mainland Japan where he was interned halfway, as the crow flies, between Hiroshima and Nagasaki, during the times when the atomic bombs were dropped.  At the war’s end he received over three years army back pay which he used to buy the lease of the Globe Hotel before it was renamed the Kingsford.  
Other decorated heroes that John knew included Leif Petney who was awarded the DFC for decoying German searchlights and anti-aircraft fire away from other allied aircraft bombing Berlin, Phil Allwood DFC a flying fortress gunner, Mad Mac MacDougal who was awarded the MC in New Guinea and Rex Ronin who was awarded the MM in New Guinea. There was Rex’s younger brother, Dougie Ronin (who lied about his young age to join the Navy), who was aboard the HMAS Australia when it suffered the first kamikaze suicide planes attack of any allied ship.   
Members of the 2nd/10th Battalion of the Australian 9th Division involved in the siege of Tobruk in WW2 included Frank Allwood, Lang Slade, Ted Maroney, and Syd Ey. German propaganda referred to them as rats cowering in their holes in the desert, which with good old Aussie larrikin humour the troops coined the title “Rats of Tobruk” as a mark of honour. 
John recalled hearing of the time his great grandfather was a night cart driver. One day the cart overturned in Murray Street and whilst he was retrieving the spilled contents, a passing lady enquired what he was doing. To which he replied “Madam, I am stock-taking, and I am one turd short”. 
Dave Gleeson was a first world war veteran and as a member of the Australian Light Horse, fought at Gallipoli and then in the Middle East. John was not a keen church goer, but just about every day he went simply to get a ride in Dave Gleeson’s old Model T Ford.  Consequently, he would wait at a certain place knowing that when Dave came by, he would get a lift. 
John’s talk gave an interesting insight into a nostalgic facet of the community that can become hidden with the passage of time.
Guest Speaker John Lyons & Chairman Dino Donati
Name: Helen Bourne
Age: 66
Place of birth: South Australia
Place of growing up: Grange, SA
Wife/partner: none
Present place of residence: Barossa Goldfields
Academic information: Uni SA, Honours Micro-biology
Don’t trust atoms because they make up everything.

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.

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Bulletin Editor – Stan Roulston        8523 0158, 0439 305 389

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