Rotary Club No. 17632, District 9510. 

Chartered 24th April 1954
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Nixon's Function Centre
Nixon Tce
Gawler, SA 5118
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7th June 2021
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If you want to build a team - share a meal together. 

Meeting 3073- 7th June 2021
CHAIRMAN               Michael Jacob
GUEST SPEAKER       Brian Burt
TOPIC                      Membership information
LOYAL TOAST          Ian Sanders
PLAQUES                John Lyons
BIRTHDAYS             None
INDUCTIONS           None
DIARY DATES     Mon 14th June - No Rotary meeting due to public holiday
                        Fri    18th June - Planting Day at Para Woodlands
                        Mon 28th June - No Rotary meeting due to Changeover
                        Fri.   2nd July -   Changeover dinner at Kingsford Homestead
                        Sun.29th Aug -   ROMAC Fundraising Luncheon, Adelaide                                                                                                      Pavilion


  This week’s meeting is Membership Night and our Membership Director Brian Burt will be providing us with some information on the evening that we want all our members to use that will assist to explain what Rotary is about when approaching potential new members.
  Our Club is challenged with an ageing membership so I encourage everyone to attend this meeting. Let’s work together on how we can recruit some younger members to our Club.
  Also please remember we have the Queen’s Birthday on Monday 14th June21 so there will be NO Club meeting. However, I wish you all a great long weekend and hope you are able to have some quality time with family and friends.
Quote of the week
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.
Report on Meeting  3072 – May 31st 2021
  The attendance was 23 members and guest speaker Peter Clarke. Bob Ahrens was on Zoom.
  Apologies which were received from: Colin Bazeley Helen Bourne, Leanne Clinch, Tom Kelly, Wayne Murphy, Ian Sanders and Julie Tekell. Geoff Benier was running late and failed to attend.
Chairman Dino Donati called Rotary spots:
  • Trish Williams spoke of attending Melody Night at Tanunda and suggested members make up a group to attend the next one.
  • Patsy Johnson invited members to assist with planting at Para Woodlands on Friday 18th June.
  • Steve Barilla as Covid Marshall reminded about the requirements of Covid behaviour regarding clean hands, greeting with elbow touch, and don’t attend meetings when feeling ill.
  • President Mark sought interest in hosting the next Area 6 meeting and full support was shown. A date about September to be advised.
  The fines session started with the barrel roll winners being Kim Potger and Steve Barilla, and money being donated to PolioPLus. Sgt. Barry dealt with the Bunyip photos, then described his weekend camping trip with John Bolton up the Flinders Ranges. He showed pictures on the tv screen of ancient aboriginal rock cave paintings, and also campfire scenes.
  Chairman Dino introduced guest speaker Peter Clarke, explaining that he had been familiar with Peter’s restaurant near Angaston over the 25 years that he had lived in Gawler. Peter then related the story of his journey through life up to the present circumstances as affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.
  Questions followed Peter’s talk before he was thanked with a certificate of appreciation and informed that a donation to PolioPlus would be made to mark the occasion. President Mark spoke briefly on Changeover arrangements at the Kingsford Homestead, then called for reciting of the Rotary 4-way test to close the meeting.
Peter Clarke – a Chef’s Story
  Born in New Zealand just north of Christchurch, Peter Clarke grew up having grandparents involved in the food business through a restaurant and a market garden.
Peter Clarke
  At school, the contents of his lunch box differed from other kids’ ones, in that it contained fresh food items such as sweetbreads, pickled pork or fancy salad. His father was a hunter-gatherer who would take Peter when he went shooting deer, rabbits or ducks, which were brought home to be plucked, skinned, and gutted for cooking or freezing. Hence Peter’s upbringing was in many ways food-related and he also earned money working in a grandfather’s restaurant.
  However, he did not enter working life in the hospitality industry at first as he had aspirations to be a pilot. Instead, he went to university, learned to fly, and was a commercial pilot in New Zealand for about seven years.  
  In 1987 Peter came to Australia and continued to fly planes in northern Queensland for three years until he decided to leave flying for the food industry much to the puzzlement of others. But his passion for the restaurant business and a natural ability for the work involved was what caused the change. He then started to wend his way south via Brisbane and Sydney until he got to Melbourne, and whilst there had a desire to drive to Perth.
  That journey saw him doing a stopover in Adelaide for a look around, until getting a job as a sushi second chef in Jammer’s, one of Adelaide’s top restaurants, caused him to remain. When Jammer’s closed, he took to running a lunchtime restaurant in the centre of Adelaide, until he received a phone call from winemaker Robert Hill-Smith in the Barossa Valley saying that he had been to Peter’s establishment and would like to meet with him.
  Unaware of Robert’s tall standing in the business community, he at first declined but later agreed and went to meet him to see what he wanted. Robert’s proposal was to open a small restaurant in Angaston, which they did in 1996 with the name Slow Food. And after 25 years Peter still runs it today as a Hill-Smith business.

  Peter also owns the Vintner’s Bar and Grill near Angaston with a high-quality reputation for food and service, and he went on to talk about what he has observed and experienced over the years in running a restaurant.  This includes people becoming more interested in cooking mainly due to the vast number of shows on television, and are thus becoming more critical and demanding. There are also more people claiming to have allergies these days, and he deems that may be used as an excuse for having their order exclude something they just dislike eating.

  The Covide pandemic has been challenging when a lockdown is brought on at short notice. Disposal of fresh food is one of the main difficulties as it cannot be preserved or given away to hospitals or aged care homes.  With the business having to shut down there is loss of income as well as staff having to be laid off causing hardship despite government compensating assistance.
  However, a benefitting result is that since the lockdown was lifted, trade has rebounded to become even better than before the restriction was imposed.
Just a thought 
Bird watching is something toucan do.

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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