Rotary Club No. 17632, District 9510.  Chartered 24th April 1954
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Gawler Rotary Club Board 2021-2022

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Meeting Roster No. 3078 - 19th July 2021
CHAIRMAN                           Steve Barilla
GUEST SPEAKER                  Tony Clark
PROGRAMME                       Country Fire Service, Region 2 Air Operations.     
                                          Followed by Committee meetings.
LOYAL TOAST                      Kevin Clarke
BIRTHDAYS                         Ron Lloyd 21st July, Kathy Heinrich 22nd July
ANNIVERSARIES                  Debra Williams 24th July (2nd)
          Mon. 26th July DG Jeff Neale & wife Jenny.
                                    Sat. 28th-29th Aug   Gawler Show .
         Sun. 29th Aug –ROMAC Luncheon, at Adelaide Pavilion
         Sun. 19th Sep. Swap meet.
         Sun. 26th Sep. Zonta Community Chill & Fun Day
         Sat.  27th Nov  ‘One & All’ - Twilight Cruise


  Our Club Directors have been very busy, and we now have the majority of our members allocated to Committees which is great as we have a wealth of knowledge and experience and this will be great support towards delivering on this year’s goals.  
  For those who are not yet on a committee and would like to be we can run through this at our next club meeting and allocate you to a team or teams if you would like to be involved in multiple areas.
   This week Tony Clark from the CFS will be our guest speaker so please get along for this and our first Committees Meeting for Rotary Year 2021-22
   Also don’t forget on Monday the 26th July 2021 we have our new DG Jeff Neale and his wife Jenny attending and the nights theme is “EVERYONE BRING ONE” 
Quote of the week
Strong minds suffer without complaining, Weak minds complain without suffering.
Report on Meeting  3077 – July 12th 2021
  In addition to 29 members there was guest speaker Nikita Page and her dad Anthony. plus Dan Berrett guest of Wayne Murphy for a third time, honorary member JaninePertigiano and visiting Rotarian Wayne Madden from the R.C. Nhill.  Apologies were received from Colin Bazeley, Leanne Clinch, Tom Kelly and Julie Tekell.
  Following the loyal toast by Debbie Williams and grace said by President Mark, Sgt Barry Stewart introduced chairman for the evening Dave Griffiths.
  Dave called for Rotary spots:
  • John Lyons repeated that he still has raffle tickets available for Gawler Show  prize of Toyota Yaris Cross GX automatic valued at $30,586.
  • Steve Barilla & Dino Donati displaying the Italian national flag proceeded to brag about Italy’s defeat of England in the World Soccer final.
  • Mike Williams drew congratulations for Australian Dylon Alcott winning the Mens’ Quad tennis final at Wimbledon.
  Mark Forgie’s birthday was acknowledged in a musical manner, and Lance Hatcher was congratulated on the 59th anniversary of his induction.
The fines session by Sgt. Barry revealed the barrel roll winners to be Steve Barilla and Trish Williams. He then delivered a humorous presentation of Bunyip photos and jokes before displaying a fabricated six-pack as the supposed result of workout visits at the gym. The fines money was donated to End Polio.
  Chairman Dave then introduced the guest speaker Nikita Page who was sponsored by the Club to attend the National Youth Science Forum. 
Nikita is a Gawler lass and was fortunate in that due to Covid restrictions it was the only youth program that went ahead last year.
  Nikita gave a very well-prepared PowerPoint display accompanied by a detailed commentary to each slide.
  Following her talk Nikita was presented with a certificate of appreciation and informed that a donation would be made to PolioPlus to vaccinate 45 children.
Dave  Griffiths, Nikita Page, President Mark
Finally, President Mark thanked the guests for attending, and reciting of the Rotary 4-way test was called to close the meeting.
N.Y.S.F. EXPERIENCE by Nikita Page
  Nikita Page grew up in Gawler and is a Year 12 student at Wilderness School studying Physics, English and Research Project with Maths 1 and 2 being her favourites.
Nikita Page
  Her talk centred on her experience at the National Youth Science Forum which she attended during the last summer holidays on a sponsorship arranged through the Gawler Rotary Club.
  The National Youth Science Forum, or NYSF, is a program available for students going into Year 12 with an interest in STEM and careers in science-related fields. The program is normally held at the Australian National University in Canberra, and generally runs for 10 days involving both online and in-person experiences.
  However, this year, due to Covid-19, the NYSF ran for three weeks from the 5th to 22nd January and was restricted to South Australia based at Adelaide University and included visits to Flinders University and the Defence Science Technology Institute at Edinburgh.
 Day 1 began with an opening ceremony, where NYSF CEO Dr Melanie Bagg, spoke along with notable people including Professor Tanya Munro, Australia’s Chief Defence Scientist, and Rod Drury, VP of Lockheed Martin International. A lecture was   by Nobel laureate Professor Barry Marshall who won a Nobel prize in 2005 for research on the Helicobacter pylori bacteria and who is most famous for drinking the bacteria to prove that his theory about it causing stomach ulcers was correct. Finally dividing into groups with Nikita’s group being the “Einstein” group made up of people interested in physics, outer space, and science fiction.
 Day 2 had NYSF CEO Melanie Bagg looking at the importance of thinking critically in the workplace, at school, and as a scientist. Then two experiments, the first of which was DNA extraction from fruit and the second the creation of renewable plastic from potatoes.
 Day 3 was two specialist lectures. One on Carbon Capturing in Mining.  The second on the use of Drones in the Defence Force.
 Day 4 explored media and science vocations, some previously unknown to Nikita.
 Days 5 & 6 were two careers’ days. First day was hearing from those in aeronautical and aerospace engineering, CSIRO, and pharmacology, and the second day about sleep apnoea, and physics applications from the Defence Science and Technology Group.
 Day 7 was totally at Adelaide University medical school seeing how multiple fields of engineering and medicine science can come together. Then into an IVF lab which was examining the first stages of cell development for mice eggs.
 Day 8 spent half the day in Adelaide Uni laboratory engineering food for consumption in space, and the other half at DSTI at Edinburgh where computer science technology is developed.
 Day 9 was at Flinders University learning about facets of electronic warfare.
 Days 10 & 11 were more specialist lectures and to choose from a variety of talks.
 Day 12 was a visit to SA space industry centre where satellite progressing.
 Days 13 & 14 were given over to future goal setting during Year 12, developing interview techniques, and meeting with 1st & 2nd Year University students.
Finally, Nikita described what she had gained most from the forum. Overall, the program was an amazing, inspiring, and highly enjoyable experience. it was highly valuable in meeting passionate and engaging presenters and getting fresh ideas about careers in science.
Just a thought 
Shakespeare ‘s pencil choice was 2B or not 2B.

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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