Rotary Club No. 17632, District 9510. 

Chartered 24th April 1954
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Gawler, SA 5118
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Attendance & Meal Selection

29th March 2021

If you want to build a team - share a meal together


Meeting 3065- 29th March 2021
CHAIRMAN                 Mike Williams
GUEST SPEAKERS       Peter Clarke, owner Barossa Vintners Bar & Grill
                                 Julie Johnson, Prospect Rotary Club
TOPICS                      Peter: My Vocation as a Chef
                                 Julie: Overview & update on 2021 Rotary Conference
LOYAL TOAST              Alan Harris
PLAQUES                    Angela Moore
BIRTHDAYS                Dave Griffiths 1st April, Trish Williams 3rd April
INDUCTIONS              None
DIARY DATES             27th/28thMar. Relay for Life. Club shelters provision
                                28th Mar. Clare Rotary Club Afternoon Tea             
                       11th Apr.   Barossa Valley Air Show, Rowland Flat
                       21st Apr.    Centenary of Rotary in Australia


   I hope you all enjoyed the Vocational visit to Vadoulis and to hear the great story by Milton about the family business and their challenges and successes so a big thanks to Lance for organising and to Milton for being our host.
  A big welcome to our newest member Tom Kelly who I know is going to be a great Rotarian and will bring much value to our Club and a big thank you to PP Steve who helped to make this happen.
 This week we have our special guest Peter Clarke the owner of Barossa Vintners Bar & Grill and PP Julie Johnson of Prospect Rotary who will provide a quick overview and update of this year’s Rotary Conference so I hope to see all of our members on the night.
Quote of the week
Never let success get to your head and never let failure get to your heart
Report on Meeting  3064 – March 22nd
 Members and friends met at 5.30pm at Vadoulis Garden Centre to hear proprietor Milton speak on the history of the business and give a tour of the garden section.
Visiting Vadoulis Garden Centre
On return to Nixons the attendance was 28 members plus friends of Rotary: Julia Smeaton and Grace Barilla; partners Julia Nestor, Carol Stewart and Helen Kelly; and Sally Richardson as guest of Bob Ahrens.
   Chairman Lance Hatcher welcomed the guests before calling for apologies that were received from Julie Tekell, Mark Forgie, Colin Bazeley, Wayne Murphy and Michael Jacob. He then invited members with Rotary spot information to come forward as follows:
  • Mike Williams explained the arrangements for the Relay For Life event this weekend.
  • President Mark reported that Julie Tekell’s new treatment was progressing to her liking.                                                                                 
    And that the Black Dog bikers rally breakfast raised $362 by selling egg & bacon sandwiches to the 100 odd riders. 
                       Cooking team at the Black Dog rally
   Chairman Lance introduced the Fines session by donating the money to Quality of Life Foundation, and the barrel roll winners were Julie Nestor and himself.
   It was then time for President Mark to perform the Rotary induction ceremony of Tom Kelly who was proposed by PP Steve Barilla. Tom’s classification is Motor Vehicle Wholesale/Retail.
                                  Tom Kelly induction
   He is the general manager of an indigenous owned new car dealership group operating in the Northern Territory. In response Tom spoke of his association with the Jawoyn people in the Katherine area and showed views of the nearby Gorge tourist attraction. Tom’s wife is Helen.
   Brian Burt was called forward to receive a Paul Harris award for his contribution to the Rotary Foundation. He was presented with a Paul Harris pin embedded with 5 sapphires, and a certificate.
                            Paul Harris award to Brian Burt 
   Finally, Barry Stewart received a miniature motorcycle trophy awarded by the Black Dog bikies for the best bike at Sunday’s rally.
The Vocational Visit
   The Vadoulis Garden Centre is a family-owned business that began 60 years ago as the Rosedale Nursery near Gawler, created by Milton’s parents Perry and Denise. In October 1968 it expanded to its present 4000 square metres site at 560 Main North Road, Evanston, and by 1970 it operated totally from there under the name Vadoulis Nursery. Milton took over management of the site in 1978 and it was renamed Vadoulis Garden Centre.                                                                                                                                                     Milton Vadoulis
   Milton reflected on the challenges and achievements experienced during the 43 years that he has been at the helm. One aspect that has grown the Garden Centre’s high reputation is the employment of experienced local people and valuing the staff working there. He praises the wonderful team, who are passionate in their role and according to Milton, without them the business couldn’t run.
   One of the main aims of the business is to have available premium stock sourced from all over the world and never compromising on service. Milton admits pride in being able to stock a number of categories from plants, pots, furniture, and gifts. His extensive horticultural knowledge, experience in customer service and ability to adapt to change has ensured the Garden Centre has evolved with the times.
   Vadoulis’s was one of the first Garden Centres to create a specialist outdoor living/furniture section. It was also one of the first to open a café within the Centre. “People will come for a drive, have a coffee and meet with others before they explore our range,” says Milton.
   He makes the statement “We are here for the customer and if they don’t come in, then we don’t survive.”
                    Milton speaking          Members looking around
Member Profile
Name: Mark Forgie
Age: 74
Place of birth: Adelaide.
Place of growing up: Gawler
Wife: Gizelle
Present place of residence: Gawler
Education: Adelaide University - pharmacy.
Present occupations: Funeral Director

Leisure interests: Motor sport 

Just a thought:
Read a book on anti-gravity and you can’t put it down.

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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