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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Welcome to Spring and I hope you have all been enjoying the wonderful weather.
 We have a few events coming up so please make sure you put these in your diary as we will be looking for all our members to attend and where required to Volunteer and help on a day.
 You will have noticed a new change to the Bulletin which now includes a 3 week program of future meetings and the allocations of duties to members for each meeting.
 This is a great initiative by our Bulletin Editor Stan Roulston and will help our members to plan ahead and make sure they are available on the night.
 Remember this week’s Guest Speaker will be showing us all about the things you may or not do on your mobile phone so please make sure you bring them with you on the night.
Quote of the week
“Let your smile change the world but don’t let the world change your smile”
Report on Meeting  3083 – August 23rd, 2021
There were 30 members plus the Guest Speaker Rob Eley at the meeting.
Kim Potger was introduced as chairperson and opened the meeting calling for apologies who were: Bob Ahrens, Anthony Barilla, Helen Bourne, Brian Burt, Dino Donati, Mark Forgie, Lance Hatcher, Michael Jacob, Patsy Johnson, and Julie Tekell.
Geoff Benier proposed the loyal toast, followed by President Mark saying grace.
Rotary spots:
  • Kim reminded everyone that the optional contribution on everyone’s annual subscription account was a personal voluntary donation to Rotary Foundation. It is Rotary International’s charity fund that has no administration costs, and 50% comes back to the District to be available for its support funds in grants and donations. In addition, your donation accrues points to a Paul Harris Fellowship award.
  • Membership Barry Stewart said that his committee had decided to focus this year on corporate membership, with the first being Anthony Barilla’s company Scammel & Co. a Business breakfast is booked at the Exchange Hotel on Friday 5th November.
  • President Mark reported on Bob Ahern’s progress and showed pictures of Bob in the Lyell McEwin a few days after his operation. He had since visited Bob in respite at Southern Cross and gave him the Get-Well card from the club, which he appreciated. Mark is also providing Bob and Marg with copies of the Bulletin. Unfortunately, Bob has had to return to the LMHS due to a minor relapse.
Sgt Barry opened the fines session by calling the barrel roll and the winners were Angela Moore and Leanne Clinch. Chris Edmunds was sung Happy Birthday, and Kevin Clarke was congratulated on his 6th anniversary with Club. Barry then proceeded with roasting those members appearing in Bunyip photos and presenting a series of humorous captions on the screen. It was decided that the finds funds went to ROMAC.
Chairman Kim introduced Guest Speaker Rob Eley to speak on Legacy the organisation that cares for invalid military personal, their widows and families. Rob is a member and past president of the Gawler Light Rotary Club. He is also a member of the Legacy Club of South Australia & Broken Hill, and a liaison representative for several other Legacy clubs.
 On completion of his talk, Rob was presented with a certificate of appreciation and informed that a donation would be made to PolioPlus to vaccinate children to mark the occasion.
Finally, President Mark thanked all the guests for attending, before calling for the saying of the Rotary 4-way test and then closed the meeting.
Rob Eley
  Legacy is an iconic Australian charity that founded on a promise made from one digger to a dying mate in the trenches of World War 1 to “look after the missus and the kids.”
  It was founded in 1923 by a group of World War I veterans who believed they had to accept a legacy of responsibility for the welfare of the wives and children of their comrades who were disabled in the war or subsequently passed away.
  Legacy advocates to ensure beneficiaries receive government benefits or pensions they are entitled to. If needed, Legacy will provide a one-off payment to assist during an emergency.
  For beneficiaries on low incomes, regular payments may be made to top up pensions ensuring financial needs are met. Special payments may be made for transport to and from medical appointments or so they can attend Legacy functions. 
  Beneficiaries are assured that they can access health and medical support. For those living alone, an emergency response unit may be provided to help them live confidently in their own home.
  The organisation has a long history of nurturing the development of children, with a special priority given to education. Its commitment to assisting with children’s education and development extends to grants and scholarships; mentoring programs for children that assist with education and life choices; adventure activities and holiday camps.
  These programs can also provide parents with respite and introduce children and families to others with shared experiences – providing support, community, and opportunities for friendship.
  Legacy currently supports 43,000 individuals and families across Australia, supported by over 3,600 volunteer members, known as Legatees. Some 82% of Legacy beneficiaries are over 76 years of age, the oldest is 109 and the youngest only 6. Nearly $17M was spent on their care and welfare in 2019.
Just a thought:
Waking up each morning is an eye-opening experience.

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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