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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Meeting 3053 - 7th December 2020
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CHAIRMAN                            Dino Donati
GUEST SPEAKERr                   John Lyons
TOPIC                                   The Heroes & Larrikins I knew from this town.
PROGRAMME                         Joint meeting with Zonta Women’s Club
PLAQUES                               Mark Forgie
LOYAL TOAST                        Geoff Benier
BIRTHDAYS                           4th Dec Raelene Benier 7th Dec Maureen 
                                            O'Brien 8th Dec Lance Hatcher
ANNIVERSARIES                    9th Dec Helen Bourne
DIARY DATES                        21st Dec. Christmas Dinner – Partners’ Night
                                           11th  Dec   Bowls Night
                                           Feb? Port River Dinner Cruise (Date TBC)


I hope you all enjoyed our Club visit last week by Area Governor Rick Henke and District Governor David Jones and his wife Lyn.
 I thought David’s presentation was excellent and believe he will do well in his year as District Governor for Rotary, I also thought Lyn’s presentation on Rotary Health was equally excellent and it was great to see her passion for mental health and wellbeing.
 The certificate presented by Area Governor Rick Henke in recognition of our Club’s support towards Rotary Foundation was fantastic and something you should all be very proud of.
 This week we have our joint meeting with the Zonta Women’s Club so please make them welcome in the traditional Rotary way. This along with our newest member John Lyons, who will be our guest speaker, will make a great night so I look forward to seeing you all there.
Quote of the week
I have failed over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed”
Dino Donati, Rick Henke, President Mark
Report on Meeting 3052 – November 30th
The meeting had an attendance of 34, comprising 29 members plus DG David Jones and wife Lyn, Area 6 Governor Rick Henke and guests Marg Ahrens, Julie Smeaton and Harrison Clinch.  Apologies were received from Tony Atyeo, Mark Forgie and Kathy Heinrich.
President Mark introduced Chairman for the evening Brian Burt, and his call for Rotary spots allowed Dino Donati to report on the sale of Rally Ute raffle tickets.
Sgt. Barry Stewart led singing of Happy Birthday to Helen Bourne, and the barrel roll winners were Bob Hinderwell and Michael Jacob after Barry forfeited his draw. After showing the Bunyip items of members, Barry read a very humorous story of the antics of a 122year-old French lady that was enjoyed by all. The fines money was donated to indigenous health.  Area 6 Governor Rick called President Mark and Rotary Foundation Director Dino Donati to the front and presented a bronze club major donor certificate in recognition of Rotary Club of Gawler, since being chartered, making total donations to the Rotary Foundation of US$117,158.31, which equates to A$158,606.37 at present exchange rates. 
Chairman Brian then introduced District Governor David Jones, stating the many offices he has held in Rotary and activities he has been involved in.
Following the DG’s talk his wife Lyn spoke on her involvement with Australian Rotary Health. 
The meeting closed with the reciting of the 4-way test.
District Governor - David Jones
David joined the Rotaract Club of Noarlunga in 1978 until 1985. During that time he met and married Lyn, a teacher at Murray Bridge also a Rotaractor from the Rotaract Club of Mobilong. They are the proud parents of three adult sons.
David commenced his career with the Savings Bank of SA in 1974.  In 1996, David joined Australia Post to undertake a career in Contact Management
Joining the Rotary Club of Mitcham in 2003, David has served in most levels of club management and as President in 2007/08. From 2006 to 2010 David was a member of the District 9520 RYLA/RYPEN and Youth Exchange Committees and in 2012 became a member of the combined District 9500/9520 Indigenous Health Scholarship Committee and has been its joint District Chair since 2015.
 In May 2011 David was Team Leader for the 9520 GSE Team that visited D2350 Sweden and in 2016/17 was 9520 District Secretary and Treasurer for the Mt Gambier Conference.
In 2017/18 David undertook the role of Assistant Governor Group 7 which is a role he has found enjoyable and enlightening regarding the many great works our Rotary Clubs undertake.
David spelled out the Rotary Vision statement as “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves.”, and a lot of all our global grant applications that are received have to pass the test of creating lasting change. He also touched on Rotary’s action statement and importance of establishing a Rotary brand to make an impact on your community. Think about creating new models to expand their reach such as a satellite club, and by forming a community based Rotaract.
David then handed over his session to his wife Lyn to speak on her activities.
Lyn Jones
Lyn is actively involved in Australian Rotary Health (ARH) especially its mental health aspect. ARH came about 40 years ago through being the pioneer of seeds of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). The Rotary Club of Mornington started a fund-raising target of $2 million which enabled ARH Health research to be established. In the last 35 years, ARH has donated more than $48 million into research grants, and subsequently, the number of infant deaths has fallen by 80%.
ARH has become one of the largest independent non-government funders of mental health research within Australia. The focus of research grants is currently on the mental health of young Australians as nearly half of all mental illnesses begin by the age of 143/4 years. 
Lyn described how she had organised an expanded garden party event and along with a related raffle across the District she had raised a sum of $4500 towards Australian Rotary Health.
President Mark, DG David & Lyn Jones
Name:  Bob Hinderwell,
Age: 69,
Place of Birth: Yorketown SA,
Place of growing up: Edithburgh SA
Wife: Vicky
Present place of residence: Gawler East
Education: Year 10, Certificate 5 in Office Admin
Previous occupation: Post Office Manager
Leisure interests: Golf, Tennis, watching footie.
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Some Rotary Projects

A shortlist projects our club wishes to concentrate our support on this year.
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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.
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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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