Rotary Club No. 17632, District 9510. 

Chartered 24th April 1954
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Nixon Tce
Gawler, SA 5118
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Meeting 3056 - 11th January 2021

Attendance & Meal Selection 11th January 2021

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Happy New Year !!
CHAIRMAN                            Kim Potger
GUEST SPEAKER                   Sarah Chamberlain
TOPIC                                     Stroke Foundation
PLAQUES                              Trish Williams
LOYAL TOAST                        Lance Hatcher
BIRTHDAYS                            7th Jan. Sandra Jacob  9th Jan. Patsy Johnson
INDUCTIONS                        14th  Brian Burt
DIARY DATES                       25th Jan.  Bowls Night
                                            1st Feb   Port River Cruise to be discussed.        
                                          15th Mar  Clonlea Picnic evening to be discussed
                       21st Apr   Centenary of Rotary in Australia


Well goodbye 2020 and welcome 2021.
I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and were able to enjoy some quality time with your families and friends.
Even with challenges I am confident that 2021 will be better and I am excited about Rotary and our Club and all of the great things we are going to do so get ready to hold on for a big year ahead.
We have a great program of Club Meetings for 2021 with many guest speakers and vocational visits and fundraising events and projects planned. for later in the year.
To all welcome to 2021 and let’s make this our year. Onwards and Upwards
Quote of the week”
No matter how hard the past, you can always begin again.
Report on Christmas Dinner Meeting  
21st December 2020
The Christmas Dinner meeting had an attendance of 83, which included 29 members.  Honorary member Mayor Karen Redman was a guest along with a host of family members and friends.
Sgt-at-arms Barry Stewart opened the meeting by welcoming the guests and introduced chairman PP Brian Burt, who was appropriately attired in headwear and bow tie that reflected the festive season.
There was no barrel roll and Sgt. Barry got the fines session under way with Bunyip pictures being displayed on the TV screen. Of particular note was Mark Forgie’s historic hearse, during John Barnet’s funeral procession, knocking over the cones reserving a space outside the Bunyip office as a tribute to John and his long association with the newspaper.  Barry called President Mark and Bob Hinderwell to the front for a comparison of their hair styles and the Mohawkan piece he was displaying.
Following the first meal course, Salvation Army Major Darren Cox was invited to give a Christmas message, in which he focused on the word HOPE. He spoke of the world having to cope with the Covid-19 pandemic throughout 2020. And how it relates to the humble circumstances of the nativity bringing forth a resilient spirit of hope that has the ability to rise above the secular values of politics and material wealth. He closed with a blessing. He was then presented with the donated gifts from under the Christmas tree for needy children.
Next Darren Schutz gave a display of magic tricks, beginning with the assistance of guest Diane he cut a piece of rope several times and mysteriously re-join it, conjured knots, and turned it into an endless loop.  He tore a broad newssheet into small pieces and restored it whole again, and used a wand to produce numerous small balls apparently out of thin air.
With Bruce the goose on his arm and assisted by guests Kingsley, Julie and Leanne, Darren completed a series of mind-reading tricks, ending by producing a playing card corresponding to one that Sgt. Barry had thought of beforehand. His final turn was a story told using playing cards.
It was then time for Honorary PP Peter Nettelbeck to auction off the donated items that included fine wines, handcrafted items from the Willo’s Menshed, a travel voucher, a food basket and jewellery. Last but not least Wayne Murphy was again the successful bidder for the perennial can of beetroot. The total raised by the auction was $2675.
President Mark thanked all for attending, and wished them a Happy New Year before closing the meeting calling for the reciting of the 4-way test.
Name:    Julie Tekell
Age:       60
Place of birth:           Semaphore, Port Adelaide
Place of growing up: Elizabeth Downs, Ingle Farm
Husband: David
Present place of residence: Cockatoo Valley
Vocational information:
                         Hairdressing, General Builder
Present status:   Retired
Leisure interest: Reading, camping, boating,                                travelling, fishing
Velcro costs so much because it's a rip off.

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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