District Governor Kim Harvey

This year the DG's Newsletter is being published on the 4th Thursday of the month with copy being received up to one week prior.
Articles for this publication should be of "Rotary In Action"
Upcoming events should be directed to The Herald
DG Kim Harvey welcomes your stories of Rotary In Action

Since the 1st January, we welcomed several either new or transferring members to District 9520
Zac Amos Irymple
Robert Basedow Campbelltown
Julie Blue Strathalbyn
Robert Brennan Morialta
Jessica Brodey Victor Harbor
Ric Dance Morialta
Averil Day Goolwa
Maryanne Falkenburg Yankalilla
Faith Holbourn Yankalilla
Andrew Johnson Morialta
Chris Jones Strathalbyn
Michael Kallweit Mildura
David Kemp Encounter Bay
Brendan Kenny Unley
Jennifer Lang Seaford
Tyler Lawrence Campbelltown
Rebecca Mayne Seaford
Marusha Mulik Somerton Park
Eileen Redmond Goolwa
Fay Reid Unley
Dave Russell Blackwood
Maxine Timbs Victor Harbor
How to Be the Inspiration this year. President Barry Rassin has challenged clubs and Rotarians to Be the Inspiration in 2018-19. Here are a few ways you can do that.

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February 2019 DG's Newsletter

DG's February Update

Well if we thought the first half of the Rotary year was busy then hold on to your hats for the second half! 
With training for the 2019-2020 year well underway, the Conference just around the corner and RYPEN applications pouring in, there is a lot happening at the District level over the next couple of months. 
Clubs are as busy as ever and I have had the pleasure of attending several events across the District in February including the Riverland and Mallee Vocational Awards organised by the RC of Berri, the RC of Morphett Vale’s Business Breakfast, the National Rotaract Conference dinner at the Adelaide Zoo, and the RC of Campbelltown’s Anniversary Dinner where I was delighted to present Rotarian Margaret Northcote with a national award from Rotary Australia for her outstanding contribution to NYSF. 
I also attended the combined Districts membership forum that focused on attracting and retaining women in Rotary where around 60 women and men from both 9520 and 9500 had an opportunity to provide comment and recommendations on how we can further encourage inclusion and diversity in our Clubs. It was a very positive and constructive forum and recommendations will be distributed shortly. 
Our next membership workshop is being held on Saturday March 16 from 1pm - 4pm at Flinders University.  Come and hear examples of how Clubs are getting the most out of information evenings, how they are transitioning to a more flexible meeting structure, and increasing opportunities for engagement and fellowship.  These workshops are a great way to learn from your peers, share your ideas and grow your network of Rotary friends. 
Be the Inspiration!

NYSF National Award

District Governor Kim Harvey presented an award from Rotary Australia to Margaret Northcote for her outstanding contribution to NYSF (National Youth Science Forum) over many years. The award is the 2019 Bruce and Louis Sharp Award.
To quote the NYSF CEO “Margaret has worked tirelessly as an NYSF District Chair for many years,” said NYSF CEO Dr Damien Pearce. “And along with her co-DCs in South Australia, has responded positively to the incremental changes we have been making to the program, providing feedback at every step.”
DG Kim also added that she has attended NYSF interviews with Margaret and the District is very fortunate to have someone like Margaret who has the commitment and passion for STEM and for young people. It is the year of “Be the Inspiration “and you are the Inspiration. A well-deserved award and recognition for all your hard work. I am proud of you and Bob would be proud of you. Well done. Margaret proudly accepted the award and said yes she was passionate about NYSF and STEM . STEM would help provide the answers to the Worlds present & future problems which is why she is passionate about giving young people to commit to studying it.
Above Pic : DG Kim Harvey after presenting the award to Margaret Northcote
Meet with the GSE team from D6040 Missouri USA
Join with members from Stirling, Onkaparinga, Blakiston, Mt Barker, Mobilong, Tailem Bend & Murray Bridge Clubs
Take the opportunity to learn from the GSE Team
venue: The Murray Bridge Golf Club
Ritter Street Murray Bridge
Tuesday 19th March 2019,  6.00 for 6.30pm.
2 course dinner
Cash bar
Cost $40 per person
Closing date for bookings 13th March
book online at:

 How do you get a footy crowd to join Rotary?                                                           

D9520 Membership workshop  
Sat 16 March 1.00-4.00 pm
Science Innovation Learning Centre
Flinders University 
Most clubs are struggling this year to build on the good growth of 2017-18 with only 10 showing growth to date. 17 are standing still while 22, unfortunately, are losing, and not replacing, members. So how do we, like a footy crowd, get people to not only join Rotary but to become the same passionate supporters as they join us in doing good in the world? 
Come and learn and discuss with the 10 growing clubs how to do it.  These clubs have faced up to the same realities as your club but managed to devise strategies to identify, attract and retain new members.  This will be a very interactive and practical workshop where you can ask as many questions as you like and learn how these clubs overcame the same apathy of members and managed to grow.
DG Kim has set a target for all clubs to have a net increase of one member by the end of the year.  We want you and your club to help her reach this target.  We know that it is not necessarily easy for country clubs to send people to Adelaide for training.  We have tried to time the workshop so you can get there and back in one day.   We don’t necessarily expect Group 1 clubs to attend but if there is sufficient interest we can run a workshop in Mildura.
Yours sincerely, the Membership Committee
Registrations to Euan Miller District Membership Chair euan@gdaysa.com.au                                             cid:DA358D81-A243-45D3-8922-FEB8602ABEC9                                                

A Small Contribution to the Environment

The Rotary Club of Goolwa has had a commitment to the environment since 1998 when the club partnered with the students from the Goolwa Primary school, and completed a planting of ten thousand trees at the Hindmarsh Island Cemetery. From that start, most winters have seen members and friends don their gardening clothes, planting close to thirty thousand trees, on roadsides, parklands, and catchment areas within the council boundary.
In addition to tree planting club members have been carrying out regular roadside clean-ups, since 2006, resulting in many trailer loads of rubbish being removed from the Goolwa to Middleton road.
Last year the club created a display highlighting the damage that plastic waste is doing to the environment. This display was presented at seven schools in the area, also in the mall in Goolwa and various other venues by invitation.
This year the club decided to take the initiative further and, (courtesy of the owner), has set up a stand in the Goolwa shopping mall offering cloth bags as an alternative to plastic for fruit and vegetables. These re-usable bags are currently made by club members and a box is provided for gold coin donation for each bag. Depending on the response, it is planned to involve the wider community in this project in an endeavour to increase awareness of the need to save our oceans and wildlife.
Story submitted by Alan Williams / Di Keach
featuring a presentation from our special guests
Melissa, Lisa, Ashley, Susanne & Cutter
the Group Study Exchange Team
from Kansas City, Missouri
venue: The Marche Club
Cnr Darley and Gorge Roads, Paradise
Tuesday 2nd April 2019,  6.00 for 6.30pm.
2 course dinner
Open bar
Cost $42 per person
Closing date for bookings 23rd March
book online at:

Safe Water Saves Lives  (SWSL)

The aim of SWSL is to provide potable water to communities by planning sustainable systems of water catchment, reticulation and /or treatment.
SWSL is a part of Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS). Its aims are similar to Water and Sanitation Rotary Action Group (WASRAG), in the promotion of clean water and safe effluent disposal.
Where government facilities are inadequate there are opportunities for Rotary clubs to assist communities in providing these essential elements for a healthy life.
SWSL committee members are available to assist clubs in developing projects by:
  • Advising on localities in need,
  • Providing data on available technologies to match projects of varying sizes, and
  • Assisting in establishing sustainability credentials for grant applications.
  • Where appropriate to supply seed funding.
Registration of projects with RAWCS will:
  • Bring projects to the notice of the SWSL committee so that assistance can be made available where required
  • Provide tax deductibility for donors
  • Assist with governance in the transfer of funds
Examples of projects undertaken by District 9520 clubs are:
  • Birikut Construction – Ethiopia (in ground water capture and storage)
  • Reverse Osmosis plants in The Maldives
  • Life Straws for the Middle Sepik area of PNG
Current projects being developed and needing additional clubs to assist:
  • Ira Onu village in Timor Leste, where two standpipes serve 550 families. The RC of Flagstaff Hill is developing this project.
  • Nevataluvu Village water development in Fiji being developed by the RC of Norwood
Rotary clubs can contribute with funding or involvement in planning by contacting the relevant clubs or the Chair of the SWSL committee
A Guide to Selecting a Sustainable WASH Project System
A safe and reliable drinking water and access to adequate sanitation is not available to nearly one billion people. Rotary International has recognized this problem and has made it one of the six areas of focus for its grant model.
Bringing safe and reliable drinking water to the developing world has been a challenge to Rotary clubs and other non-governmental organizations (NGOs), with the result that an estimated fifty percent of all water projects built by these organizations have failed within five years of being built. This high level of failures can be attributed to many factors, including:
  • Selection of inappropriate technologies
  • The Myth: “Just build it and it will work forever.”
  • Poor water point siting
  • Lack of on-going operations and maintenance training
  • Lack of spare parts
  • Poor or changing water quality
  • Vandalism, theft, or conflict
  • Lack of finance for operations and maintenance
  • Ineffective community water committees
  • Weak follow-up and project supervision by project sponsors
  • No long-term project monitoring and evaluation
Planning For Sustainability
With over one billion people without safe drinking water and over two billion without adequate sanitation facilities, the challenge of providing everyone with safe drinking water and proper sanitation is daunting. With 34,000 Rotary clubs in the world, the number of projects that would be required to make a difference will require all of the Rotarians to work together with partner organisations, host country governments, and village leaders with a new approach to WASH projects.
This simple analysis demonstrates the importance of professionally run projects and ensuring that they continue to provide the services intended for the design life of the facility The goal is that Rotarians plan, design and complete water and sanitation projects that remain functional and that are maintained by the village water committees throughout their intended lives. Just as Rotary continues to seek to totally eradicate Polio in the world, we must seek to build sustainable projects that will continue to be fully functional for ten or more years of operation that must be incorporated into the system plan for serving the village.

The Late Harry Stephen

Paul Harris Fellow
The family and friends of the late Harry Stephen gathered recently at the Minge Chapel to celebrate a long and productive life. Active until the last couple of months Harry died shortly after his 90th birthday.
His funeral commenced with a guard of honour provided by current and former members of the Mobilong Rotary Club. As Charter President of Mobilong Rotary Harry for nearly forty years provided nurturing support to the Club leaders as well as actively contributing to Club programmes.
With his late wife Fay the Stephens were a team in their service to the community. They were active in the many facets of Rotary including community service, youth programmes including the very active youth exchanges and in the wider circles of Rotary through conferences and district committees. In fact their son Matthew was a Rotary exchange student to Argentina.
Contributed by Rotarian Bob England
As we approach the 30th anniversary of women’s admission to Rotary, the “Women in Rotary” committee would like to acknowledge the first female Rotarians in Districts 9500 and 9520 at their upcoming International Women’s Day breakfast to be held at The Adelaide Pavilion in Veale Gardens on Wednesday 6th March at 7 am.
If you believe the first female Rotarian was a member of your club, can you please contact Lee Camporeale at leecam@internode.on.net with name, date of joining and if possible some contact details.
In the meantime don’t forget to book your ticket for this year’s breakfast by clicking here.
And remember, just as women are now extremely welcome in Rotary, so are men extremely welcome at the International Women’s Day Breakfast.