Rotary Club No. 17632, District 9510. 

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Meetings: 3075-2nd & 3076-5th July 2021


  Well goodbye Rotary Year 2020-21 and hello to Rotary Year 2021-22.
  This year’s theme by new Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta is “Serve To Change Lives” and with a large focus on “New Membership”
With this our club will do the same and as your President for another year I am keen to pick up on all the great work that has been done by our 2020-21 year’s Membership Director and Committee and take this to next level.
  The year ahead will be about People (how we increase new membership and how we continue to engage and encourage existing members), Projects (target projects that will help attract new members) and Community (engage with local business and start to build corporate memberships).
  Thank you all for your support through 2021-22 and I am looking forward to this being continued in the following year.
Quote of the week
“Onwards and Upwards”
Report on Meeting  3074 – June 21st 2021
  The meeting was attended by 26 members and guest speakers Steve and Gabby Barilla with family members Grace and Anthony, and Kathy Heinrich’s husband Peter. Bob Ahrens joined the meeting via Zoom.
  Chairman for the evening Dave Griffiths named apologies received from Brian Burt, Helen Bourne, Leanne Clinch, Patsy Johnson, Ian Sanders, and Julie Tekell.
  His call for Rotary spots produced:
  • John Lyons explained that the Gawler Show due to Covid had missed out on revenue last year with cancellation of the event. It was running a raffle for a Toyota Yaris Cross automatic transmission, valued at $30,596 with tickets selling at $10 for one, $25 for five, and a book of fifteen for $50. He will have the tickets available at our meeting on 5th July, cash will be required rather than plastic.
  •   Kim Potger is planning to get some more wine from the Rotary Club of Onkaparinga, Its 2018 Shiraz from Langhorne Creek by James Toburk, costing $10/bottle, $120/a carton. So anybody wanting some should let him know and he will provide.
  •  President Mark called for two more to be with those volunteers already going to help with the erection and taking down of shelters on Saturday 26th June at the Salvation Army centre on Edith Street. Two members responded.
  • Secretary Michael informed that application had been made for Drought Relief BBQs through Rotary, as had been done at Angaston. The possibilities are for Freeling or Truro on Monday 6th September, Virginia on Thursday 9th September, 9.30am till about noon. At least four members each time should suffice, and payment received for each BBQ is $1500 with all expenses met.
  The fines session with the money being said to go to Men’s Health, and the barrel roll producing prizes for Deb Williams and Gabby Barilla. Bunyip pictures were shown, and a couple of good jokes told.
  Steve and Gabby were then introduced to present their talk on their Barilla Olive Oil business.  Steve began by explaining that the small dish just serve was a simple meal consisting of a sample of Barilla olive oil in balsamic vinegar, along with some dukkah seed and a piece of continental bread.
 At the conclusion of their talk, Gabby was presented with a club glass.
  President Mark informed that the Changeover was fully booked, but if additional were requested he would inform them the result through email by Wednesday.
  Reciting of the Rotary 4-way test was then called to close the meeting.
Barilla Olive Oil Family Business
                                                            Steve & Gabriella 
  In 1960, Steve was born in North Adelaide and grew up in Hindmarsh.
  Olives were gathered in the Greenock area by laying out hundreds of metres of hessian under wild olive trees, then hitting the olives down with long firm tree suckers, followed by collecting all the hessian up by rolling the olives onto one another, then cleaning the leaves out against the wind, bagging it and bringing it back home to be pressed a week later at the only processing plant in SA at Croydon by the Lazzario brothers.
  Later the family moved to a farming property on the Adelaide Plains where they started growing their own trees.
  Steve recalls as a 7-year-old working at the Processing Plant with its electric driven pullies, belts and conveyers. For a child it was hard going to work at a pace dictated by the processing, that involved placing the olive paste onto round mats, transferring them to a press trolley, cleaning them after processing into wheel barrows, and placing it as close as possible to the inferno of the steam engine where the waste was used to keep it fired.
  He hated this labour-intensive work and as a youth vowed that when older never to get involved in it. However, despite getting qualified in accountancy and managing and owning stationery businesses, Steve remained in touch with the olive oil industry. 
  In the 1980’s he started to sell the product privately, and by 1990 had educated himself into the olive industry sufficient to go commercially and create his own “Barilla Olive Oil” business.
  Technology was replacing the hard laborious work with machines and he upgraded at every opportunity. To overcome reliance on contractors, Steve purchased his own Olive Harvesting machine from Italy, and furthermore, now produces additional income doing contract work in the Riverland and on Kangaroo Island.
  In her presentation, Gabriella spoke of growing up surrounded by 2500 trees. More recently she joined her dad Steve on his harvesting adventures.
  Olive harvesting may look fun, but it can be dangerous, and she has X-rays to prove it. You always have to be aware of your surroundings and don’t put your arm in the trap door.
  Highlights in learning the ropes of the family business include: learning to tie knots to secure the machine; knowing the different kinds of olives; how to prune and knowing the method of harvesting to processing of olives.
  She finds it interesting meeting a range of people, and spending quality time with her dad.
  Gabriella has also created some media accounts for Barilla Olive Oil, not just for marketing but also to educate the general public.
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Note: Olive oil produced using only physical (mechanical) means is termed ‘virgin oil’. That which is classified as ‘Extra virgin olive oil’ is processed to satisfy specific high chemical criteria with very little or no organoleptic (i.e. affecting human senses) defects.  
Just a thought 
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Rotary Voices

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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.
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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.

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