Rotary Club No. 17632, District 9510.  Chartered 24th April 1954

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New Leadership Month
Kathy Heinrich  
The Year Ahead
Membership and New Club Development Month
Basic Education and Literacy Month
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Dean Sims
August 11
Bob Ahrens
August 14
Stan Roulston
August 18
Spouse Birthdays
Jean Lloyd
August 12
Join Date
Tony Fotheringham
August 23, 2010
12 years
Kathy Heinrich
August 27, 2012
10 years
Meeting Report
On July 4th Around 110 guests attended Meeting 3120 which was also Gawler Rotary’s Changeover Dinner held upstairs in Nixon’s Function Centre Gawler.
MC and Chair for the evening was Past President Leanne Clinch. This was very fitting as Leanne was sponsor to incoming president Kathy Heinrich. On opening Leanne read the Acknowledgement of Country and welcomed Rotarians, their families and special guests. Incoming President Kathy gave the toast and President Mark said Grace.
After officially opening meeting 3120 Leanne handed over to Pres Mark to give his welcome. Special guests included Past DG Jeff and Jenny Neale; Tony Piccolo MP; Mayor Karen and Terry Redman: Steve McLachlan, Dick and Les Milner -RC Gawler Light; Bill and Sandie Simons, Peter Perkins - RC Barossa Valley; Piotr and Jacaline Salamon-RC Playford; Margaret Farr -RC Mawson Lakes. Mark also made special mention of Bruce Eastick’s 20 family members who were present and Bob and Marg Ahrens. 
Apologies were received from John Dawkins, Helen Bourne, Patsy Johnson , Geoff Bennier, Kevin Clarke, Warren Dibben, Dino Donati, Tom Kelly, Dean Sims, Rick Henke, Marie-Louise Lees, John Fisher, Peter Caddy.
Leanne invited PDG Jeff to come forward to make a special “Avenues of Service” presentation to Bob Ahrens. Jeff spoke highly of Bobs service to the Gawler area. The citation was as follows:
Every community facility within the Gawler area built during the past 50 years has Bob's mark on it.  The Gawler Sport and Recreation Centre, Clonlea Park, Pioneer Park, Gawler Aged Cottage Homes, playgrounds, sporting facilities and cultural and educational facilities etc.etc.etc. have all been supported and guided by Bob.  His innovative ideas and practical solutions have enabled events like the Gawler Rotary Music Festival and the Annual Gawler Village Fair to thrive.  He was one of the driving forces behind the Gawler and District Tractor Pull which raised over $90,000 and made his Sheoak Log property available for the Sheaok Log Farm Fair. Several years ago, Bob was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for his community service.  He has also been recognised by many local, state and national organisations.
Bob was clearly humbled by the award and gave his thanks to everyone for the support.
After some fellowship and Entrée PP Brian Burt offered the toast to Rotary International. This was responded to by PDG Jeff Neale.
Mayor Karen Redman then presented a Mayoral Certificate of Inspiration to Dr Bruce Eastick. Karen said that Bruce epitomises the Rotary “Service above Self”. She gave a run-down of some of the wonderful things he has done for South Australia as well as Gawler itself. One of his latest projects was the donation of a handmade replica made by his great-grandfather to volunteers restoring the City of Adelaide clipper- the story of which can be seen via this link:
Bruce was also humbled by his award and said he had no idea he was going to presented with an award. He also had no idea that so many of his family would be present tonight. At 95 Bruce is the only member of the 1954 inaugural Gawler Rotary meeting still alive and is still attending the meetings weekly.
Bruce’s Grandson Kyle paid a wonderful tribute to his grandad on behalf of the family.
After the main course President Mark gave his report before inducting Kathy Heinrich as president for the coming Rotary year.
In opening Mark thanked the club members for their support over the last 2 years. He acknowledged that like most clubs we have faced many challenges but had embraced them.
Today we have 45 members - 37 active Members, 8 Honorary and 16 friends of Rotary. Since 1954 we have held over 3,119 Club Meetings and delivered more than 450 combined local and international Projects.
This year’s term as President was to lead our Club and deliver on set commitments and goals while upholding values that are true to Rotary. 2021/22 was about People, Projects & Community
Mark acknowledged the support of the Executive Team and Committee Directors -Immediate Past President – Steve Barilla; Secretary – Michael Jacob; Treasurer – Kim Potger; President Elect and club administration – Kathy Heinrich; Membership – Barry Stewart; Service Projects – PP Steve Barilla. With this team Mark set commitments and goals for the club. Mark said  he believed we have maintained these commitments and delivered on these goals and this is recognised with our increased membership, our club attendance, the comradery between members and overall the strong culture that we have within the Club.
After summarising some of the notable achievements in the areas of Service, projects, fundraising and Youth sponsorship he said the standouts for him in his term as President have been our support to both the Gawler CFS Region 2 Air Operations and the Black Ops Return Veterans Organisation.
Our support to Gawler CFS Region 2 Air Operations assisted in the relocation of their current operations to a new site that would improve their ability to support aircraft in refuelling who are required to respond during critical fire seasons. The support from Rotary in total was $15,565 which was made up of $5,565 for a bitumen paved area that allows aircraft to be efficiently and safely refuelled which improved their response times in fighting fires. The remaining $9,900 was the purchase of a new backup Generator to power the pumps that provide fuel to the aircraft in the event of a power failure during a critical Air Response Time.
Our support to the Black Ops Return Veterans Organisation has been ongoing for the past 12 months where our Club has been assisting them to bring to life their Black Ops Garage Project. This will provide a place for return Veterans who are suffering from PTSD and will be used as a place that will provide advocacy support for navigating through the veterans claim process and referral to the wellbeing and mental health services. Our Club has been instrumental in providing the coordination between Gawler Council and other government bodies in sourcing a location for the Garage and the funding that will be required to complete Project.
To date we have obtained commitments up to $250,000 and are we now working with Gawler Council on a suitable site so the project can commence in Rotary year 2022-23.
With the combination of Projects, Fundraising, Vocational Visits and the various donations and sponsorships throughout this year, and with a thanks to our Club Treasurer we have maintained a strong financial position which is critical to the success and sustainability of our Club.
Mark has appreciated the support from our members who have all played important roles that has contributed to the success of this year. Beside the board members who have all individually and combined given so much, he recognised some other individuals for also going above and beyond
• PP Brian Burt – For being our Bunyip liaison/editor for another year with over 52 articles and 120 photos in the Bunyip, supporting membership and for his great passion for Rotary
• PP Ron Lloyd – For Gawler Hospital TV Project, Rotary shed maintenance, organising fundraiser events and assisting with guest speakers for our Year Program,
• PP Leanne Clinch – For being Nixon liaison and for managing our weekly meal and attendance.
   Angela Moore – For taking over the role as Bulletin Editor
• Bob Hinderwell & Geoff Benier – For being our cashiers and managing attendance records at weekly meetings.
• PP Chris Edmunds – For setting up the Club Room for our weekly meetings
In closing as President Mark presented Paul Harris Fellowship Pins to Deb Williams, Angela Moore, and Grace Barilla for their commitment to Rotary. 
Mark then inducted Kathy Heinrich as President Gawler Rotary for 2022-23.
Kathy introduced the board members for her term before calling on PDG to present a Paul Harris Fellowship to Mark for his work and leadership during his time in office.
Before officially closing meeting 3120 Kathy thanked a group of people for helping with the set up of the evening, Members and guests for making it a wonderful night of celebration and invited everyone to take a cake on their way out. President Kathy will present her vision for the club at next weeks meeting.   


Newly Elected President Kathy Heinrich
Immediate PP Mark congratulating Pres Kathy
PDG Jeff Neale Presenting Pres Mark with his Paul Harris Fellow Pin
Mayor Karen Redman Presenting PP Dr Bruce Eastick with his Mayoral Certificate of Appreciation
President Kathy with the incoming Board
PDG Jeff Neale presenting Bob with his Avenues of Service award
PP Mike and Deb Williams with Granddaughter and upcoming Youth Sailing challenge applicant Madison.
Grace Barilla, Angela Moore and Deb Williams Paul Harris Fellowship awardees
The wonderful cake! 
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