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

Meeting Roster No. 3079 - 26th July 2021
CHAIRMAN                            President Mark
                                                ZOOM Meeting
PROGRAMME                       General conversation and fellowship.
LOYAL TOAST                      Michael Jacob
BIRTHDAYS                         None
ANNIVERSARIES                  Karen Redman 28th July (6th Honorary)
                                          Michael Jacob 29th July (8th This term)
 Mon. 2nd Aug. Inductions Anthony Barilla, Daniel Berrett
 Sat. 28th-29th Aug.   Gawler Show.
 Sun. 29th Aug. ROMAC Luncheon, at Adelaide Pavilion
Sun. 19th Sep. Swap meet.
Sun. 26th Sep. Zonta Community Chill & Fun Day
Sat.  27th Nov ‘One & All’ - Twilight Cruise


   I hope you are all staying safe and have been managing the challenge of the Lockdown and level 5 restrictions imposed on us all over the past 6 days.
 There is a light at the end of the tunnel, and I can let you all know it’s not a train and we will be a little bit freer as on midnight Tuesday evening.
  Unfortunately, we will still have restrictions to manage, and this will affect or regular Rotary meetings. However, I am positive we will all be back to our Club Room in the coming weeks.
  For now, it’s ZOOM so for those who can. please try and join us so you can enjoy some great Rotary 
Quote of the week 
There are no great people in this world, only great challenges which people rise to meet.
Report on Meeting  3077 – July 12th 2021
   The meeting was attended by 26 members plus Dan Berrett once again guest of Wayne Murphy, and CFS Air Operations guest speakers Tony Clarke and John Paynter.  Apologies were received from Bob Ahrens, Leanne Clinch, Helen Bourne, Kevin Clarke, Patsy Johnson, and Julie Tekell.
  Following the loyal toast by Mike Williams and grace said by President Mark, Sgt Barry Stewart introduced chairman for the evening Steve Barilla.
Steve called for Rotary spots:
  • Kathy Heinrich requested members to help Ron Lloyd and herself to get names of guest speakers for the coming year. Ron & her will follow up with contacting and arranging dates.
  • Our Covid Marshall Steve reported on the State’s 7 days lockdown announced earlier in the afternoon. He gave full details of restrictions to be imposed from 6pm tomorrow.
 The fines session by Sgt. Barry revealed the barrel roll winners to be Dino Donati and Michael Jacob, and he continued to deliver a humorous presentation of Bunyip photos and jokes. The fines money was donated to the End Polio programme.
  The birthdays of Ron Lloyd and Kathy Heinrich were acknowledged, and Debbie Williams’s 2nd anniversary of induction was applauded.   
  Chairman Steve then introduced the guest speakers Tony Clarke & John P aynter who manage the running of the Country Fire Services Region 2 Air Operations in South Australia
 Tony accompanied a PowerPoint display with commentary to each slide, and John answered follow-up questions.
Finally, President Mark thanked the guests for attending, and reciting of the Rotary 4-way test was called to close the meeting.
CFS Region 2 Air Operation in S.A. 
John Paynter & Tony Clarke
   The CFS Region 2 Air Operation is one of six Air Operations in South Australia. It is a ground support unit based at Gawler Airport and comprises 35 volunteers supporting 3 Operational bases at Gawler, Mt. Crawford, and RAAF Edinburgh. Responsibility can also reach as far as Millicent in the Southeast, and even got called to assist at the big Kangaroo Island fire.
   In the case of large-scale ground and bush fires, its role is primarily is to protect over 72,000 people and $2.1 billion in assets situated in the 3,169 square kilometres of the Gawler, Light, Adelaide Plains and Barossa areas.
The effectiveness of the airborne facility is seen in comparing it to all the CFS and MFS stations, vehicles and personal in the same area. The Air Operations has an advantage of 19 to 1.
   From the time of receiving a call on the pager, the response time is 6 minutes to get to the airstrip, then 3 minutes to receive, fill and turn around 1 aircraft. A 4 persons team can refill an aircraft with 3,000 litres of water and retardants in those 3 minutes. Water or different types of chemicals are required dependant on the type of fire being fought.
   The course of action, following a call out is: opening up the holding area, getting out the pumps, laying out the hoses and getting them to the aircraft, selecting the water or preparing the retardant, connecting the hoses, and turning on the supply, which all involves a lot of running forward and back.      And especially in hot weather it is very demanding. If necessary, an aircraft can be prepared by one person.
   Gawler is the only base that can handle 3 aircraft at the same time. All other bases can service only a single aircraft.
   The response record of the unit includes:
  • 50 callouts a year (average); 2 drops to 10 days continuous.
  • Sampson Flat 1,490 drops over 10 days.
  • Pinery 390 drops over 3 days.
  • Cudlee Creek 300 drops over 3 days.
  • Templers; Hillier; Angle Vale; Lyndoch; deployed ½ million litres of water per day.
  • Kangaroo Island fires involved 15 days remote operation from a dirt strip.
   On very large fires extra support is used involving larger aircraft, e.g. Boeing 747-404 super tanker rated to carry up to 74,000 litres of fire retardant or water, and “Elvis” the Erickson S-64 Air-Crane helicopter which can hold 9,500 litres.
   A dilemma presently faced in Gawler is that the location of the operation is being moved from a hard standing area to open ground where dust will be a nuisance and a safety hazard due to wind and aircraft slip stream. Spillage from connecting and disconnecting hoses will create muddy surfaces for workers when loading the aircraft. Additionally, loss of a building providing cover for equipment and personnel will be replaced by a temporary shelter.
   At present, government funding assistance is not available to overcome this difficulty and therefore voluntary donations are being sought for the immediate provision of a hard standing surface.
Boeing 747/404 Supertanker
Erickson S-64 Air-Crane Helicopter.
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Just a thought 
Negative people have a problem for every solution.

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.
- 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 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.

Club Almoner – PP Mike Williams   0407 605 354

Bulletin Editor – Stan Roulston        8523 0158, 0439 305 389

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