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Maternal and Child Health Month
Sheaoak Log Museum
Vocational Visit
Mark Smeaton
Brian Burt
Member Autobiography – My Retirement
Geoff Benier
Easter Monday
Anzac Day Holiday
Youth Service Month
Rotary Yard
Dinner at Nixon’s and Rotary Yard Clean Up
Chris Edmunds
President Dean Bartley
Rotary club of Modbury Area 6 Districts Meeting
Kapunda Rotary Club
Club Visit  Final Meeting of Kapunda Rotary Club
Brian Burt
Autobiography-My Retirement Part 2
Andrea Johns
Member Autobiography
Rotary Fellowships Month
Ben Smeaton
Life in Public Relations
Queen’s Birthday
David Gooley
Calpernum Station
Lance Hatcher
Farming in the 1930’s
4 July President Changeover Upstairs Nixion Function Centre   RSVP 28-6  
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Barry Stewart
July 3
John Dawkins
July 3
Tom Kelly
July 14
Mark Forgie
July 15
Klaus Retelsdorf
July 20
Ron Lloyd
July 21
Kathy Heinrich
July 22
Spouse Birthdays
Mike Johnson
July 4
Julie Smeaton
July 29
Join Date
Bob Hinderwell
July 1, 1990
32 years
Patricia Johnson
July 2, 2000
22 years
Dean Sims
July 6, 1970
52 years
Deb Williams
July 12, 2019
3 years
Lance Hatcher
July 16, 1962
60 years
Karen Redman
July 28, 2015
7 years
Meeting Report
Meeting 3119 27th June 2022
Helen Rapp-Bourne, Bob Ahrens, Patsy Johnson, Julie Tekell, Geoff Benier, wayne Murphy, Pres mark Smeaton
Michelle Nys, -
Chair for the evening was Michael Jacob.
Toast was given by bob Hinderwell and Grace by Pres elect Kathy Heindrich Michael  opened the meeting and welcomed members and guests then called for members to come forward for their Rotary spots
P.E Kathy, reminded everyone about the changeover next week.
Michael introduced Rotarian Tom Kelly to talk to members about what he has been up to and why he's been missing form Rotary. Tom retired in March and spent time fishing in remote area of QLD. He was asked to help out in the Barmaga community. Bamaga is a small town and locality about 40 kilometres from the northern tip of Cape York in the north of Queensland. It is within the Northern Peninsula Area Region. It is the only joint Indigenous and Torres Straight Islander Community with a population of 1,000. It is run by Barmaga Enterprises which is a not for Profit organisation.  Tom will be moving to Barmaga and taking up a full time position and overseeing many new projects in the community. Eventually Tom will work on rotation so he will be able to attend Rotary meetings again.  
After a short fellowship and dinner Michael introduced Sergeant Barry for his usual session. Wheel winners this week were Brian Burt who asked for a redraw due to winning last week. subsequent winners were Bruce Eastick and Kathy Heindrich. 
Following Barrys session Michael  introduced guest speaker PP and Fellow Rotarian Lance Hatcher. Lance gave us a wonderful account of his family history
In 1850 Robert & Caroline hatcher migrated from Wiltshire, England. to South Australia. They came on the ship Lysander accompanied by son Charles age 2 and daughter Sarah 4 & half months. The journey took approx 4 1/2 months. Charles was Lances great Grandfather. His maternal grandfather Julian Charles Stevens was a Councillor of Munno Para West and East and Salisbury councils  for 25 years with 7 as chairman. His father and family migrated to South Australia in 1875 and was editor of the "Register" newspaper, forerunner of "the Advertiser".
Lance’s parents, Mel Hatcher and Doreen Stevens married at Angle Vale 18th march 1936 (end of depression). Moved to Wanbi in Murray Mallee to a 2 room cottage with a cellar. Worked on a farm, ploughed sand off railway and kept poultry and pigs to supplement income. Weekly wage was one pound ten shillings (approx. $3). Lance’s Mum once carried him on her hip all day searching for a lost piglet and found it!
Lance born 8th Dec 1937.1 yr. later hottest summer on record 117°f. in Adelaide. He spent the heatwave in a tub with small amount of water.
Family moved to Gawler River in 1941 to A.M Dawkins farm. Operated by horse teams. In 1942 his sister Shirley born. Lance started school at Gawler River in 1944  - one teacher school where he received his Progress Certificate in 1950. He was the only boy in class of girls. Got 92.6 % the best girl got 91.8% . his prize was a kitbag for high school. In the same year brother Peter was born.
Between 1951 - 53 he attended Gawler High school on Lyndoch rd. He Joined the Air Training Corps in 1952 and also met Glenice at Square Dancing, which was popular at the time and that was the start of their relationship. 1954 he started work at Timer fashions and started accountancy studies. 1955 was appointed to Mudla wirra council. In 1956 national service in air force, got engaged and completed the town and district clerk's certificate but could not get until 1 turned 21.
1957 completed local government overseer’s certificate (also had to wait until 21). From 1st January 1959 appointed District Clerk and Overseer at Mudla Wirra council aged 21 and 3 weeks, got married in March and moved into our new first home in Willaston. In june 1960 Lance was commissioned as Justice of the Peace. In 1961 their daughter Karen born and Lance was appointed a Returning Officer for state electoral. 1962 July he was inducted into Rotary club of Gawler.
1964 completed accountancy qualification with one subject 2nd place in Aust and 2 other subjects 1 st place in South Australia. Son Grant born July of that year.
In April he transferred to District Clerk etc of Munno Para council. 1969/70 President of Rotary Club of Gawler, built a new house and moved council offices to Smithfield.
1973 bought 200 acre farm at Long Plains which went on to become 1150 acres. In 1974 left local govt. Started accountancy practice and served three years with AMP as an Insurance Rep.
1986 joined the National Institute of Accountants (now Institute of Public Accountants). Elected as divisional councillor. State president for 3 Years. 3 years as National Councillor then several more on National Legislation & Standards Committee. Made a life member of IPA in Nov 2001.
At that time 1 of 5 in Australia. In 2000 they sold their farm and their son went to Darwin to start tourism business. Lance and Glenice moved into Gawler in retirement. During 2000 Lance also suffered a heart attack followed by a triple bypass
Glenice and Lance have 4 grandchildren aged from 36 to 20 and 4 great grandchildren aged from 10 to 6, 
Chairperson Michael  thanked Lance for his informative talk and after questions he presented him with a bottle of Wine.
Michael  then invited Pres Elect Kathy Heinrich  to address the members and guests and to close the meeting.
Kathy once again thanked Lance.  and again reminded  people to book and pay for their tickets for the changeover. even though it will be a full night Kathy is planning for the  evening to finish at 8:30pm so we will need to start on time. 
After the four-way test Kathy officially closed meeting 3119.


Michael Jacob presenting Lance with a bottle of Wine as a thank you.
Gawler Rotary Club Changeover Invitation
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