Rotary Club No. 17632, District 9510. 

Chartered 24th April 1954
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Gawler, SA 5118
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Meeting 3045 - 13th October 2020

CHAIRMAN                            President Mark
GUEST SPEAKER                    DG David Jones     
PROGRAMME                         Area 6 Function
PLAQUES                               Chris Edmunds
BIRTHDAYS                            Julie Tekell 14th Oct
                                             Michael Jacob 15th Oct
                                             Angela Moore 22nd Oct
ANNIVERSARIES                     Alan Harris 17th Oct (43rd)
DIARY DATES                         9th  Nov Vocational visit – Yalumba winery
                         30th Nov. D.G.’s Visit
                         21st Dec. Christmas Dinner – Partners’ Night
                                            4th Jan.  Bowls Night

 Meeting Tuesday 13th October
will be held at the Gawler Arms Hotel


Dear Rotarians, 
Over the past few months our Committee Directors have been very busy working with their committee groups and I am pleased to say we have some great events and projects that are taking place or progressing over the coming months. To name a few are the Gawler Aquatic Centre Opening where we provided sausage sizzle and doughnuts, later there is End Polio Movie night to be held at Gawler Cinemas and the Tanunda Barossa Cellars Tour.
These are all great fundraisings events for our club which will help us to support some of our local community charities and projects.
“Quote of the week”
If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another.
Report on Meeting 3044 - September 28TH 
The meeting welcomed 35 members, and 5 guests who included Grace Barilla, John Lyons, Janet Wont and Meredith Smith. An apology was noted from Leanne Clinch.
Sgt-at-Arms Barry Stewart introduced chairman for the evening Dave Griffiths regaled in his military uniform of Major of the Army Reserve.
Rotary spots were:
  • Steve Barilla called for volunteers at the Rotary shed next Wednesday to rehearse use of the doughnut machine, and that pizzas would be available.
  • Colin Bazeley handed over instructions for the doughnut machine.
  • Stan Roulston informed that a link to the Zone 8 virtual conference speakers will be emailed to members to facilitate viewing.
  • President Mark alerted members to next meeting on Tuesday 6th October at Gawler Arms Hotel for the Area 6 Function. He also showed a photo from Italy of Sara Di Lauro with a group of fellow Rotary exchange students.
Sgt. Barry ran the fines session on the guessing of several members choices of the meal menu. Barrel winners were Kath Heinrich and Patsy Johnson. Fines money was allocated to Donations in Kind.
Chairman Dave then introduced the guest speaker Dr. Bruce Eastick to describe the life of his father Brigadier Sir Thomas Eastick who received the WWII Japanese surrender in Kuching.
At the conclusion Bruce received a certificate and was informed that a donation was going to PolioPlus to provide for the vaccination of 45 children,
The meeting closed with members repeating the Rotary four-way test.
Dr. Bruce and President Mark
Guest Speaker Dr. Bruce Eastick’s talk.
Life of Sir Thomas Eastick
Thomas Charles Eastick was born on 3rd May 1900 at Hyde Park, Adelaide. In his youth, he was a Boy Scout and attended Goodwood Primary School, which he left at the age of 12½ to work at a hardware store. He went on to be involved in managing an engineering company, got married in 1926, and set up home in Reade Park south of Adelaide.
Having been a senior military cadet for four years, he enlisted in the Australian Field Artillery Militia at the age of 18 and in 1922 received a commission, going on to rise to the rank of Major in 1930.
In 1939 he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and early in 1940, after the outbreak of World War II, was appointed commanding officer of his brigade in the 2/7th Field Regiment, Australian Imperial Force.
His unit embarked for the Middle East in November and was deployed on operations in North Africa from May to October, 1941. In February-June 1942 the regiment performed defensive duties in Syria and Lebanon and was later involved in the battle of El Alamein.
Returning to Australia in 1943, Eastick was promoted to Brigadier commanding the Royal Australian Artillery 7th Division and posted to Papua and New Guinea.
He was in Borneo in 1945 when the war ended and in command of the 9th Division and, in Kuching aboard the HMAS Kapunda,.he took the surrender of Japanese forces in southern Sarawak. The sword of the Japanese commander remained in his possession as a souvenir.
In February1946 he transferred to the Army Reserve with the honorary rank of Brigadier, and returned to his previous occupation. He joined the R.S.L. and twice served as State president. In recognition of his military and community service Sir Thomas Eastick was knighted in 1970, and died in 1988.
 In order to ensure the doughnut-making machine would produce a quality product at the opening of the swimming pool, a team of volunteers comprising, Steve & Grace Barilla, Dino Donati, Ron Lloyd, Stan Roulston, Barry Stewart and Mike & Debbie Williams held a familiarisation run at the Rotary shed.
The operation proceeded on a ‘trial and error’ basis, starting with establishing the required dough mixture consistency, followed by correct setting to the plunger device injecting the dough into the cooking oil. Dexterity in stick retrieval of items from the oil was practised. And finally, quality control of the finished product was checked by those present tasting the finished product.
Age: 56
Place of birth: ADELAIDE SA
Place of growing up: ADELAIDE SA
Present place of residence: GAWLER
Academic information: Year 12 DAWS RD HIGH SCHOOL, Bach Dentistry, Adelaide Uni 1987
Previous occupation: DENTAL SURGEON
Leisure interests: FOOD ,WINE, TRAVEL, SWIMMING


Date: Tuesday October 13th 2020
Time 6.45 pm for 7 pm sharp start
Venue  Gawler Arms Hotel - Gawler - Upstairs function room
Meal    Soup, Alternate drop main from 2 options TBC, desert  (Vegetarian option available)
Cost    $30/head

Guest speaker  Rebecca Badcock. Rebecca is a senior nurse at the RAH who led the group who responded to COVID19 request for help in Melbourne.


Atheism is a non-prophet organistion. 

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.

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