Rotary Club No. 17632, District 9510.  Chartered 24th April 1954
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Nixon Tce
Gawler, SA 5118
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I hope you are all well and have enjoyed the long weekend.
 I visited Bob Ahrens last week and I can let you all know he is doing well and would love to hear from you so if you would like to say hello he is available on his mobile (0418 856 025)
 At this stage of his recovery and due to current COVID restrictions it is still difficult to visit him however I will keep you informed as this changes so you can all get the opportunity to see him.
 I have a video from my visit with Bob which I will share at next weeks Club Meeting. Remember Monday 11th Oct we have Phil Fisher as our guest speaker who will talking to us about “The Role of a Fireman” so get along as it will be a great night.
Quote of the week
Life isn't about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain.
Report on Meeting  3088 – September 27th, 2021
Report on Meeting  No.3088 – September 27th, 2021
The meeting had the attendance of 28 members plus the guest speakers Jake Beers and Jonny Spicer.  
Chairman for the evening Dave Griffiths announced having received apologies from Bob Ahrens, Anthony Barilla, Colin Bazeley, Dan Berrett, Helen Bourne, and Patsy Johnson.
Rotary spots were given by:
  • Steve Barilla reported that whilst the numbers were down at the Swapmeet our stall did well, but with some sausages and bread left over. However, these items were used at the Spring Fair the following Sunday and both events produced a turnover of $2395 giving net profit of over $1700. Added to this the hire of the shelters returned $563, so from the two events we raised nearly $2000. Steve asked all those involved to stand and receive a round of applause.
He went on to say that he and Grace attended the RYLA Awards evening. The club sponsored their daughter Gabriella to attend the six-days’ camp 
Gabbriella & Steve
that involves a day devoted each to include leadership, teamwork, and confidence building. Youth director Dino Donati and Julia also attended the evening.
  • Director Dino Donati reported on his Foundation portfolio activities. He represented the club at a meeting of the Gawler Youth District networking group which is a team of service providers that helps disadvantaged. youths in the community to get in touch with bodies that arrange recreational activities for young people. He hopes for our club to get more youths on similar Rotary programs. He thanked Dave Griffiths for being on the RYLA district board.
  • Tom Kelly spoke  that his son Nick had enjoyed his youth voyage trip on the One & All sailing ship.
The barrel roll winners were our guest speakers Jake and Jonny. Sgt Barry conducted another humorous session with jokes and roasting those members whose photos appeared in the Bunyip newspaper.  The fines session money was donated to the Black Ops Association.
Chairman Dave introduced Jake Beers and Jonny Spicer to talk about the Black Ops Association in Gawler, on how it was formed and its activities.
At the end of their talk Jake and Jonny were presented with certificates and informed that a donation would be made to vaccinate 40 children through Rotary’s PolioPlus program.
Finally, President Mark thanked all for attending and called for the Rotary 4-way test to be repeated before closing the meeting.
              Swapmeet team                               Spring Fair Team                                            

Some Rotary Projects

A shortlist projects our club wishes to concentrate our support on this year.
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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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