Rotary Club No. 17632, District 9510. 

Chartered 24th April 1954
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Gawler, SA 5118
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1st March 2021

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Meeting 3062- 1st March 2021
CHAIRMAN                  Leanne Clinch
GUEST SPEAKER         Joanne Boardman,
                                 (Teacher, Evanston Gardens Primary School.)
TOPIC                       School Interoception Programme
                                (See Membership Director’s notice page 4)
LOYAL TOAST              Dave Griffiths
PLAQUES                    Patsy Johnson
BIRTHDAYS             Glenice Hatcher 8th Mar.: Bob Hinderwell 14th Mar.
                              Ruth Forgie (Wife of PP Frank 1973/74) 100yrs 16th Mar.
INDUCTIONS           Bruce Eastick 8th Mar. 1954
DIARY DATES          5th Mar Gawler Women's Day Breakfast
                              22nd Mar. 5.30p.m. visit to Vadoulis Garden Centre
                              27th/28thMar. Relay for Life        
                     11th Apr.   Barossa Valley Air Show, Rowland Flat
                     21st Apr.    Centenary of Rotary in Australia 


I hope you are all well and have had a great week. The presentation by James Wark was great and really shows what can be achieved when passion and communities come together. 
The Barossa Cellar is a magnificent facility and will be a great community icon for many years to come, and something to be very proud of for everyone involved. 
This week we have guest speaker Joanne Boardman who will be talking to us about Interoception in education, so I look forward to seeing all members in attendance to enjoy the talk and to have some good fun and fellowship. 
Quote of the week
“It is not happy people who are grateful. It is grateful people who are happy”
Report on Meeting  3061 – February 22nd
In attendance were 27 members along with guests Julie Smeaton and Tom Kelly, and guest speaker James Wark.
Apologies were received from Julie Tekell, Colin Bazeley, Helen Bourne and Dave Griffiths.
Chairman President Mark welcomed back Kevin Clarke from his stay in hospital, and called on Rotary spots:
  • Brian Burt looked for interest in the Dolphin Cruise and clarified the date and arrangements available. Preference for a Friday night was indicated with a minimum attendance of 60 required. Brian is to email members for confirmation of attendance. He also announced an Evanston Gardens Primary School staff member as guest speaker at the next meeting.
  • Steve Barilla reported that along with Dino Donati, a meeting with Barossa Air Show representative had secured for the club to run a hot dog & steak sandwich stand at the event.
  • Michael Jacob called for volunteers to help with providing tables at the Relay for Life event on 27/28th March.
The fines session began with the barrel roll making Dino and Mark Forgie winners. However, Mark being the donor of the Roses chocs, requested his prize be redrawn, which then went to Lance Hatcher. There followed a review of Bunyip photos of members caught in front of the camera at various events.
Bob Ahrens was called upon to introduce guest speaker James Wark because of their long term friendship and close association in business, including James having been chairman of the Ahrens company board of management for 13 years.
Following his talk, James was presented with a certificate of appreciation, and was notified that a donation would be made to PolioPlus to mark the occasion.
The meeting closed with members standing to recite the 4-Way Test.
President Mark, James Wark, Bob Ahrens                                 James with certificate
James Wark was born in Angaston and became a Chartered Accountant (ACA), after graduating from the School of Business at Stamford University in the U.S. and also with a Bachelor of Economics from Adelaide University.
When James returned to the Barossa in 1979, he spent the next 26 years at Samuel Smith and Sons, largely as Group Commercial Director. His current roles include Chairman of Directors, Director, business advisor, mentor to various businesses and a Stonewell Road grape grower.
As a Barossa Baron he has an intimate knowledge of The Barossa Cellar through being involved from its inception                                          
  James Wark
The Barossa Cellar is a regional wine museum, and the only facility of its kind in Australia, It is owned and operated by Barons of Barossa on behalf of the Barossa community to serve three main purposes:
  • Provide a regional centre for the Barossa wine community, including the day-to-day operation of the Barossa Grape & Wine Association (BGWA)
  •  Educate the global Barossa wine and promote brand Barossa
  • Cellar a magnificent collection of fine wines generously donated by Barossa wineries.
The cellar has the capacity to store 7,000 dozen bottles of wine, with an additional 3,000 bottles displayed in the spectacular wine vault.
The donated wines are not for sale, but after being cellared for a minimum of 10 years, they will be used to promote the Barossa and Eden valleys as wine regions of world-class distinction.
The Barossa Cellar was born in 2011 when the Barons started collecting wines donated by local wineries, and decided to build their own cellar in the concept of a museum. They sought out community support such as the Ahrens group which built the state-of-the-art structure at cost price. A donation of $60,000 worth of American oak provided for the beautiful casing surrounding the bottle displays.
 The estimated value of the land, building and vineyard on completion is $5.5 million, $1 million of which was donated by the Barons.
Assistance to paying off the bank loan can be made through a $1000 acquisition of a personal Shiraz vine planted in the front vineyard.
Member Profile

Name: Barry Stewart

Age: 69

Place of birth: London, UK.

Place of growing up: Salisbury North.

Wife: Carol

Present place of residence: Willaston

Qualification: Master Technician, Mould & Carpet Cleaning

Present occupation:  Commercial & domestic cleaning

Leisure interests: Motor cycling, reading, gardening, exercising.


Just a thought:
A race between two silk worms ended in a tie.

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 0437759 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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