DISTRICT 9500,  Rotary CLUB NO. 17632, 
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Meeting 3042 - 14th September 2020

CHAIRMAN                           Dino Donati
GUEST SPEAKER                  Barry Stewart       
PROGRAMME                       You’re not in the Army now!
FELLOWSHIP                       Tony Atyeo
LOYAL TOAST                      Wayne Murphy 
BIRTHDAYS                         19th Sept: Grace Barilla, Wayne Murphy  
ANNIVERSARIES                 9th Sept Patsy Johnson (7th)
DIARY DATES                    10th Oct Swimming Pool opening
                                          13th Oct Are 6 meeting at Gawler Arms Hotel
                        20th Nov. D.G.’s Visit
                        21st Dec. Christmas Dinner – Partners’ Night
                                           4th Jan.  Bowls Night

President's Piece

Dear Rotarians
Rotary Area Governor 6 District 9510 Rick Henke has been in contact with our club  and has advised that this year’s Inaugural D9510 Rotary Area 6 function will be hosted by Rotary Club of Gawler Light on Tuesday 13th October.
The intention is that the function will replace our scheduled club meeting on Monday 12th October and will provide our club the opportunity to hear from all of the Area 6 District  9510 Club Presidents along with a guest speaker and enjoy some great fellowship.
With this and for your information our Club Membership Director Brian Burt has put together the attached notice with the details of the event so please take the time to have a look as I would appreciate all our members attending in support of both our club and Gawler Light.
Quote of the week
“The best leader is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it”
From: Rick Henke <rick.henke.23@gmail.com>
Date: 9 September 2020 at 9:41:36 pm ACST
Dear Presidents and D9510 Leaders,
Area 6 function
Further to the discussion and minutes from the inaugural A6 Presidents meeting I am proud to announce that the ROTARY CLUB OF GAWLER LIGHT have proposed and I have accepted their offer to run the inaugural D9510 Rotary Area 6 function.
(There will be another chance March/April ish 2021)
PDG President Dick Milner has done a great job bringing things together.
Further details and promotion will follow - however it is critical that you advise you club program officers that this function is occurring and that, as we agreed, the principle is that clubs would seek to have their members attend this function as their normal club meeting. (i.e. Not run your meeting in this week)
Details at this stage are :-
Date    Tuesday October 13th 2020
Time    6.45pm for 7pm sharp start
Venue  Gawler Arms Hotel - Gawler - Upstairs function room
Meal    Soup, Alternate drop main from 2 options TBC, desert  (Vegetarian option available)
Cost    $30/head
Guest speaker     Rebecca Badcock. Rebecca is senior nurse at the RAH who led the group who responded to COVID19 request for help in Melbourne
 What responsibility will individual clubs have on the night :-
* Presidents are asked to wear their chains of office (We also want to get a group photo)
* Presidents are asked to open a official club meeting
* Presidents are asked to speak for 2 minutes on their service initiatives this year (not focus on fundraising please) - 2 minutes is a long time please be prepared - this is the way of other clubs learning about your service initiatives
* Presidents can mention any brief announcements
* Presidents close their meeting 
If your club has prospective members you would like to bring - this is a function that allows you to do so.  
Again - thanks to the Gawler Light club for stepping up.
Yours Sincerely
Rick Henke
Area Governor for Area 6
District 9510 
(From Treasurer Kim)
This replaces the former Group 9 meetings (last year we gathered at the Vine Inn Nuriootpa with Barossa, Kapunda and Clare clubs). As our Area has changed, instead of our meeting on Monday 12th, members should attend the  meeting as our official meeting and enjoy the company of Rotarians from other clubs.
Report on Meeting 3041 - September 7th
The meeting attendance comprised 29 members and Honorary member Bob via Zoom. Apologies were received from Tony Atyeo and Wayne Murphy. The loyal toast was proposed by Kim Potger and invocation was said by President Mark.
Rotary spots were:
  • Steve Barilla reported that Gawler Council had requested the Club to provide a BBQ at the opening of the swimming pool on 10th October.
He also outlined future meeting programme details, including Mark Smeaton’s daughter Emily to give a brief address on her recent RAAF time in the middle East.
  • Steve put a suggestion regarding a social gathering for the Club in place of the missed meeting on Labour Day public holiday 5th October.
  • Stan Roulston drew attention to the Suicide Prevention AGM guest speaker Nathan Bolton on 13th September at the Salvation Army venue, and need to book in accordance with Covid requirements.
The barrel roll produced wins for Debbie Williams, Patsy Johnson and Leanne Clinch, at the start of Barry Stewart ‘s fines session, which went round the tables for members to mention recent happenings.
Chair Patsy introduced member Helen Bourne to give her autobiography.
The meeting closed with the repeating of the Rotary four-way test.


Helen Bourne - Autobiography
Helen comes from a family where her parents were underage and still attending school when they fled from the Russian occupation of Czechoslovakia to come to Australia. Helen was born in 1953 when they were living at Inneston on York Peninsula where her father was employed on the gypsum fields.
She was a Rotary Exchange student and went to the USA in upper New York state. The first host family was not a very enjoyable experience. But the second was wonderful and she got to do plenty of sightseeing at many popular venues. Due to the opposite seasons in the northern hemisphere she repeated high school first semester having already done it in Australia.
Helen grew up in Grange and helped in the family sea food business whilst attending Flinders University to complete an Honours degree in marine biology. She was employed in the fishing industry and became the first female member on the Canberra National Seafood Advisory Committee. She is also a qualified scuba diver with a particular interest in Nudibranch deep sea creatures.
Helen married a farmer and had two children. Her daughter Sarah achieved a 99.5 TER mark at high school before attending Bond University, and now lives in London practicing law and accountancy. Her son is an aerospace engineer along with other interesting occupations.
She now lives in the Barossa Goldfields area on seven acres possessing mine shafts and surface growing native orchids and fly traps.
Helen Bourne, Patsy Johnson and President Mark
Name:      Brian Burt
Age:         81
Place of birth:            Clare SA
Place of growing up:  Clare SA
Wife/partner:              Ann - deceased
Present place of residence     Gawler
Academic information:  Dip Teach (Prim), Dip Social Ed (Adv), B Ed 
Previous occupation:  (Teacher) Went to school from age 6 to nearly 60.
Leisure interests:    Family, Rotary, Socialising with friends and former colleagues and students, Learning New Things, Reading, History, Politics, Photography and writing.
Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.
Rotary Projects for Donations – in no particular order
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 world-wide 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 of 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 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 do 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.
R.Y.W.E.L.L.  Rotary Youth Wellbeing
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 gregory.morris.gm1@gmail.com 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 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.

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