Rotary Club No. 17632, District 9510. 

Chartered 24th April 1954
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Mondays at 6:30 PM
Nixon's Function Centre
Nixon Tce
Gawler, SA 5118
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21st June 2021
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If you want to build a team - share a meal together. 

Meeting 3074- 21st June 2021
CHAIRMAN               Dave Griffiths
GUEST SPEAKER       Steve Barilla
TOPIC                      Barilla Family’s Olive Oil business.
LOYAL TOAST           Kathy Heinrich
PLAQUES                 Dino Donati
BIRTHDAYS              None
ANNIVERSARIES      Bob Ahrens 52nd (23 June 1969),
                              Trish Williams 8th (24th June 2013)
DIARY DATES          Mon 28th June - No Rotary meeting due to Changeover
                             Fri.   2nd July -  Changeover dinner at Kingsford                                                                                                            Homestead
                             Sun.29th Aug -  ROMAC Fundraising Luncheon, Adelaide                                                                                                         Pavilion


Our Changeover & Elizabeth Briggs Memorial Dinner is fast approaching so please be sure you have booked your tickets so you don’t miss out on what should be a great event.
As per Rotary tradition, there will be formalities on the night with outgoing and incoming Board Directors along with awards in recognition of service to Rotary and our Club.
We will also have a couple of guest speakers which includes the Memorial of Elizabeth Briggs and service to Rotary along with Kingsford the Barossa and the history of when it was founded and to where it is today.
There will be a fundraising auction on the night with all proceeds going to one of our club’s charities or projects. However, we are still in need of some auction items so any donations would be appreciated.
Quote of the week
Most people see what is, and never see what can be.
Report on Meeting  3073 – June 7th 2021
The attendance was 22 members plus Daniel Berrett, guest of Wayne Murphy.
Apologies were received from: Bob Ahrens, Steve Barilla, Colin Bazeley, Helen Bourne, Leanne Clinch, Kathy Heinrich, Patsy Johnson, John Lyons, Kim Potger and Julie Tekell.
Chairman Michael Jacob called for Rotary spots:
  • He stated that Leanne has been granted leave, for now, to relax for a period.
  • Almoner Mike Williams reported that Patsy Johnson was recovering from surgery, and Julie Tekell’s chemo will becoming daily visits soon, and their new house is at lock-up stage.
  • President Mark reported on his visit to the meeting of the Barossa Valley Rotary club where he received a cheque from Barossa Valley President, Mark Graetz for $300 for our participating in selling food at the Air Show, along with others receiving cheques including Jan Hoffman (Seeds of Hope) and Trevor Waldhunter (Barossa Bush Gardens)
        Mark Graetz  Mark Smeaton  Jan Hoffman  Trevor Waldhunter
President Mark went on to call for volunteers to erect and take down shelters on 28th June at a Salvation Army function at Riverview on Edith Street.
The fines session began with announcing Deb Williams and Angela Moore as winners of the barrel roll. The Bunyip round-up followed and Mark Forgie reported on the fund-raising dinner held for the benefit of the Gawler Show.
President Mark presented a slide show of the Kingsford Homestead function rooms where the changeover dinner will be held, and guest rooms and general facilities.
Chairman Michael then introduced Membership Director Brian Burt to speak about public misconceptions of Rotary and ideas on attracting new members.
At the conclusion of Brian’s talk President Mark said that invitations to the Changeover arrangements at the Kingsford Homestead, would be emailed to members that would facilitate booking payment, and encouraged guests to be invited.
Reciting of the Rotary 4-way test was then called to close the meeting.
  A poster was displayed to show the myths that are widely perceived by the general public about Rotary. In addition, it is thought that monies raised by Rotary are purely for their own extravagance, or donated to political parties. And that Rotary is an offshoot of Freemasons or controlled by the major churches. On the other side of the coin, Rotary truths include it being one of the non-government organisations that helped set up the United Nations, and still works in a consultative capacity with several UN committees.  
  Around the world some 1.5 million children are alive today thanks to having been vaccinated against Polio through Rotary assisted programmes. Probably 95% of them are facing the COVID pandemic.
  The qualities required in potential Rotarians are they must be an adult who demonstrates good character, integrity, and leadership possesses a good reputation within their business profession and/or community and is willing to serve their community in and around the world. Their place of business or residence must be located within the locality of the club or surrounding area.
  Brian emphasised that we need to talk to our friends and others about Rotary in ways that let them know how much we enjoy being a member. Tell them about the fellowship shared at meetings and participating in projects and working bees. Make them aware of how their Gawler community has benefitted from Rotary by mentioning examples such as Clonlea Park, the Sports and Community Centre, the aquatic centre, Pioneer Park, the Village Fair, the Aged Cottage Homes (now Gawler Community Retirement Homes) that now numbers 143 units, etc.
  This year’s Rotary theme is “Rotary offers Opportunities” and depicts three doors that are open. It is going through those doors that gives the opportunity to go places and participate in experiences that exist out there in rest of the world where you can make a difference by being a Rotarian and practicing Rotary values.
  Membership is about giving someone else the chance to enjoy Rotary.
Rotary Club of Gawler Membership 2019/2021

  Vic was a well-liked member of the Rotary Club of Gawler from 1982 until the mid-1990s.
  He was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia AM in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Information relating to Vic’s background states:
  Dr. Victor Squires is an Australian, a former Dean of the Faculty of Natural Resources at Adelaide University and the Foundation Director of the National Key Centre for Dryland Agriculture and Land Use Systems.
  He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Arizona, USA and a Visiting Professor in Lanzhou, China. He is an internationally well-known environment expert who has conducted many projects in multiple sectors of environment protection, natural resource and biodiversity conservation, land degradation and desertification control.
  Dr. Squires has worked in many developing countries, including China, Mongolia, Central Asia, Vietnam, Rwanda and Ethiopia,
  He has a background in teaching and applied research and holds a Ph.D. degree in Natural Resources Management, a Masters Degree in Ecology and Botany, and a Bachelors degree in Botany and Geography.
  As an educator, he taught undergraduate and postgraduate students in Australia at Roseworthy Campus and conducted applied research and training programs for institutions and government agencies over the world.
  He was awarded two gold medals by the Government of China for his outstanding contributions to international cooperation science and technology in 2008 and a Friendship award in 2011.
Just a thought 
Cross-eyed teachers have difficulty controlling their pupils.

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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