Rotary Club No. 17632, District 9510.  Chartered 24th April 1954
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Gawler, SA 5118
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Gawler Rotary Club Board 2021-2022

Meeting Roster No. 3081 - 9th August, 2021
CHAIRMAN                          Ian Sanders
GUEST SPEAKER                  Tim Harper            
PROGRAMME                       Community Fire Water Tanks Project
PLAQUES & FELLOWSHIP      Dave Griffiths
LOYAL TOAST                       Steve Barilla
BIRTHDAYS                          Bob Ahrens 14th August ( Get well soon! )
ANNIVERSARIES                   None
August - Membership and New Club Development Month
Sun. 29th Aug. ROMAC Luncheon, at Adelaide Pavilion
Sun. 19th Sep. Swap meet.
Sun. 26th Sep. Zonta Community Chill & Fun Day
Sat. 20th-21st    Nov.   Gawler Show.
Sat.  27th Nov ‘One & All’ - Twilight Cruise


   Not a great week for one of our longest serving and most respected Rotarians Bob Ahrens after his accident at home that put him in hospital with a broken hip. Fortunately, the surgery went well and he is in good hands and now recovering at the Lyell McEwin Hospital, so we wish him well and a quick recovery. 
   This week’s guest speaker is Tim Harper from Pioneer Water Tanks, and he will be talking to us about the work he is doing with the CFS and the Community Fire Tanks project he has been working on and how Rotary can be involved. so, look forward to seeing you all on Monday night. 
Quote of the week
“Never let a stumble in the road be the end of a journey”
Report on Meeting  3080 – August 2nd, 2021
   The meeting had an attendance of 24 members and honorary member Grace Barilla, plus club guests Anthony Barilla and Daniel Berrett present for induction, and 3 other guests being Meredith daughter of Bruce Eastick, Bob Ahrens’ daughter Janine and Rossene partner of Anthony Barilla. Apologieswere received from Helen Bourne, Kevin Clarke, Dino Donati, Dave Griffiths,Patsy Johnson, Angela Moore, Julie Tekell and Debbie Williams.Kathy Heinrich was introduced as chairperson for the meeting, and she called on Ron Lloyd to propose the loyal toast, followed by President Mark saying grace.  
   Barry Stewart announced the barrel roll winners as Ian Sanders and Ron Lloyd, then proceeded to  conduct the fines session in his now familiar humorous style of roasting members with Bunyip newspaper photographs.
   The only Rotary spot was:Leanne Clinch explaining the difficulty with bookings and instructed to a second alternative link, with Secretary Michael adding further clarification.  
   Chair Kathy called on Club Directors to speak regarding their portfolios:Service Projects Director Steve Barilla reported that his committee met for the first time following the previous meeting. The portfolio covers community vocation, club projects, fundraising and shelter maintenance. Car parking at the Gawler Show is being discussed with the council. More funds will be raised to be added to those already reserved for assistance with the new CFS area at Gawler airfield.  Because of an overlap with Rotary Foundation on International items those issues are passed on to Treasurer Kim for links with India.    
  Colin Bazeley informed that rework on the Caravan Park entrance was underway.    
   Kim Potger spoke on the donations toward helping toward school toilets in India enabling girls to continue schooling after puberty has started. 
   President Mark in discussion with Gawler Light Rotary has agreed to a joint tidy up of the Rotary sheds site. He also listed some suggestions for vocational visits including Gawler CFS Station Tour, Ahrens Factory Tour, Port River Dolphin Dinner Cruise, Adelaide Oval Tour, Car Rally & Museum Tour – Gawler to Birdwood, and Adelaide Wine Centre Tour. 
   Barry Stewart spoke on his taking over the membership portfolio from Brian Burt. It will be focussing on developing corporate membership with a breakfast meeting at the Exchange Hotel.  It is intended to forming an alumni of past exchange students and other sponsored youths so that contact and involvement with the club is maintained.   
   Two inductions were then performed to make Anthony Barilla and Daniel Berrett members of the Club. They were duly informed of the responsibilities and privileges of becoming Rotarians and presented with badges and certificates.   
Finally, President Mark thanked the guests for attending, and reciting of the Rotary 4-way test was called to close the meeting.
For more information Ref: RDU August magazine p33,34,35
Just a thought 
Bread is like the sun; it rises in the yeast and sets in the waist

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.
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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 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.

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