Rotary Club No. 17632, District 9510. 

Chartered 24th April 1954
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Nixon Tce
Gawler, SA 5118
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15th February 2021

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Meeting 3060- 15th February 2021
CHAIRMAN                 Angela Moore
BUSINESS                  Director reports
ACTIVITY                   Committee meetings
LOYAL TOAST             Leanne Clinch
PLAQUES                   John Lyons
BIRTHDAYS                  None
INDUCTIONS                None
DIARY DATES             15th Mar.  Clonlea Picnic evening (to be discussed).
                       11th Apr.   Barossa Valley Air Show, Rowland Flat
                       21st Apr.   Centenary of Rotary in Australia


Thank you to all for your attendance on Monday night and for those who have volunteered to assist the Rotary Club of Barossa Valley with the Air Show on the 11th April 21.
It was also great to formally induct Kathy Heinrich as our Club’s President Elect and I am looking forward to working with her over the coming months in her transition to Club President.
Our Board Meeting was held and we have some great fundraising and projects in the pipeline so I looking forward to sharing this with you all at our next Club Meeting.
“Quote of the week”
Don’t be afraid of Growing Older.
You’ll still do Stupid Things only slower.
Report on Dinner Meeting 8th February 2021
There was an attendance of 29 members, guest Tom Kelly invited by Steve Barilla, plus visitors Keith Adams, and Sue and Mark Graetz from the Rotary Club of Barossa Valley.
Apologies were received from Julie Tekell, Chris Edmund and Dino Donati.
Chairman John Lyons took charge and called for Rotary spots with:
Kim Potger advising of 2018 shiraz wine still available from Onkaparinga RC at $120/carton or $10/bottle.
Bruce Eastick in contact with the 1998 exchange student finds that she is interested in visiting Australia again in the future.
Brian Burt said the CEO of Stroke Foundation Australia was very impressed with the item in the Bunyip that reported on Saran Chamberlain’s talk.
Colin Bazeley called for volunteers to help with a BBQ breakfast fundraiser on Sunday March 21 for the start of a Black Dog cycling event at Apex Park or Deadman’s Pass car park.
President Mark reported that the $312 raised at the bowls night will be donated to the Mary Potter Foundation in memory of Jacqui Atyeo’s daughter who died recently. He has had some good news from Julie Tekell that her breast cancer problem is improving.
Patsy Johnson said that our sponsored student Montana plans to visit us in March. And that local Barossa radio seeks someone to speak about Rotary.
The fines session opened with John Lyons and Mike Williams being the winners of the barrel roll. Sgt Barry continued with his “electronic” screening of cut-outs of Bunyip photos. He concluded with two well received jokes. 
Chairman John introduced the first guest speaker Sue Graetz from the Barossa Valley RC to tell how her club came to take on the Air Show. The second speaker Keith Adams followed to give the details of what is involved in running the event.
The speakers were thanked by Chairman John before handing the meeting over to President Mark who then called Kathy Heinrich forward to receive her certificate confirming her appointment as President-elect.
The meeting closed with reciting the Four Way Test.
Keith Adams & Sue Graetz
Sue Graetz spoke first as an introduction to how the event came about and the lead up to developing an operational plan.
The air show began with Steve Ahrens running it for several years as a fund raiser for St Jacobi Lutheran school in Lyndoch. And when the school no longer wished to continue, the Rotary Club of Barossa Valley was invited to take 
A committee has been formed to organise the event with Steve Ahrens included because of his knowledge and experience as a pilot and due to his links with the local flying club.
He brings a great wealth of information from previous times the show had been run.
The date for the event has been decided as Sunday 11th April, and Roland Flat airstrip was chosen as the location.
There are ‘what ifs’ to be answered, such as bad weather or low cloud or rain preventing flying on the day Also Covid changing its rules on crowd numbers. Other arrangements have to be ready in reserve.
Keith Adams was second guest speaker and focussed on the logistics of running the Air Show. Preparation would start the Wednesday after Easter as the date is the next Sunday. There will be work in setting up that will include installing about 30 toilets. For the week following the event, there will be dismantling shelters and cleaning up needed.
Three areas of activity are planned and a QR code would be required for each area. SA Health needs assurance for the wellbeing of everyone attending, which requires Covid marshals to monitor personal distancing and personal hygiene, etc. Also, instructions when dealing with non-compliance. Allowance has to be made to accommodate last minute changes to Covid requirements.

In all, an estimated need for 150 volunteers has the Barossa Valley club seeking assistance from other Rotary clubs and community organisations.  This will be a non-alcoholic event and non-profit bodies are being given preference to cater with food outlets.
A list was circulated seeking names of people willing to help.
Member Profile

Name: Debbie Williams

Age: 62

Place of birth: Gawler.

Place of growing up: Dublin SA.

Husband: Mike

Present place of residence: Willaston.

Education & Academic: Balaklava High School

Previous occupation:  Invigilator Adelaide Uni

Leisure interests: Painting folk art, renovating, walking, caravan travel.


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Suing over missing luggage is a lost case.

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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