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

Meeting 3091
25th October

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Gawler, SA 5118
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Helen Bourne
December 3
Lance Hatcher
December 8
Geoff Benier
December 10
Mark Smeaton
December 15
Steve Barilla
December 29
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December 4
Maureen O'Brien
December 7
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December 12
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December 17
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Leanne Clinch
December 1, 2003
18 years
Chris Edmunds
December 4, 1995
26 years
Bob Ahola
December 7, 1987
34 years
Helen Bourne
December 8, 2019
2 years
Dino Donati
December 16, 1996
25 years

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Meeting 25th October

Gawler Rotary Club hosted the Area Six meeting upstairs at Nixons. 82 Rotarians and guests were in attendance for a night of good food and importantly good fellowship. Rotary Clubs of Gawler; Gawler Light; Salisbury; Mawson Lakes; Modbury Grove; Salisbury Rotaract; Elizabeth and Playford were all represented.
PP Steve Barilla chaired the evening and opened meeting 3091 of the Gawler club. After the usual formalities, including the toast by Bruce Eastick, He outlined the program for the evening and invited the club  Presidents or their delegates to address the group.
Barry had guests entertained in his usual style after asking everyone to sing Happy Birthday to Bruce who was celebrating his 94th Birthday. Bruce has been a member of the Gawler Rotary Club since the beginning in 1954 some 67 years and 8 months!
Each Club representative gave a brief rundown on what the club has been doing and plans for the future. There have been a variety of successful local service projects happening in clubs from fundraising for wheelchairs to supporting local schools and the elderly as well as ongoing overseas projects. The call went out from a couple of clubs for assistance and in true Rotary spirit the challenge was met. 
Following the Club representatives, Area Governor Rick Henke spoke about using each other and our ideas as a resource-working together as one. He also reminded us that the International President is challenging every member to bring in a new member to grow Rotary. His second reminder was  the concept of Rotary days of service. It's a concept that Rotary Clubs hold at least one day of service which they advertise to the public, where the public is invited to participate type in hands on collaborative, doing type service alongside of Rotarians. For example tree planting, clean up Australia Day, building projects. This gives them the opportunity to experience what we do rather than just attending a meeting and listening. 
Brian Burt then introduced the Hon John Dawkins. John was an active member of Rotary for 14 years until he became an elected member of Parliament and the last 10 or 11 as an Honorary member of the Gawler club. He spoke of his pride to be working to establish the first South Australian friends of Rotary group. Despite his concerns that at this time of year he would struggle to gather people together a good core of members from both the Liberal and Labor parties but importantly the cross bench members attended and showed their interest.  He also spoke with pride of his other great passion and that is the Suicide Prevention Network.
Gawler President  Mark Smeaton introduced the the final guests for the evening, Johnny and Jake from  Black Ops. They were invited back to speak to the larger group about the journey to establish the group and where they would like to take it.  Mark outlined the commitment Gawler club have made to them and the group and encouraged other clubs to become involved in this much needed outlet and support for our returned Veterans. 
In closing meeting 3091 Mark reminded everyone to book tickets to the James Bond Movie night on the 12th November with proceeds going to End Polio and to fulfil our commitment to upgrading the TVs at Gawler Health Service.  
Rick & the band
Polo Donation John Dawkins
Bruce Easticks 94th Birthday
Guest Speaker John Dawkins
Bruce cutting the cake
Dino & Bob
Mike & Deb
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