District Governor 2019 - 20, Tim Klar

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"
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DG Tim Klar welcomes your stories of Rotary In Action

Since our last DG's Newsletter, we welcomed several either new or transferring members to District 9520
 
Volkan Demir Blackwood
Colin Francis Encounter Bay
Suzanne Heath Victor Harbor
Karen Nolan Mount Barker
Hazel Wainwright Seaford
Milton Jones St Peters
 
 
 
 
 

DG Tim's September Report

Rotary has Designated Months to help clubs to build agendas, develop projects and arrange public image campaigns based on these months. The concept is to get Clubs in the District to have a ready reckoner for  types of service projects that could be undertaken during the year.
August was membership month and we ran a very successful public image and membership seminar.
September is Basic Education and Literacy month. This month emphasises one of the Rotary Foundations six areas of focus.
The focus statement of purpose and goals for Education and Literacy are
          1 supporting programs that strengthen the community's ability to provide basic education and literacy.
          2 increasing adult literacy.
          3 working to reduce gender disparity in education.
          4 funding graduate scholarships for career minded professionals related to basic education and literacy.
It is pleasing to see how many clubs are addressing literacy and education programs in many ways.
The Rotary club of Blackwood has provided various awards to the Blackwood High School and include university, all-rounder, service and science awards. Last year the value of these awards was $3300.
The Rotary club of Irymple has been involved with a Projects of Self- Help Uganda (POSHU) and is currently looking at either a district or global grant with an input from the club of $10,000. This will be used to teach women's literacy in English and local languages in 16 villages in northern and eastern Uganda.
The Rotary club of Eastwood has sponsored a student at the School of St Jude since 2004. Upon finishing school Eastwood undertook to part sponsor her university studies. In 2020 she will graduate as a doctor.
The Rotary club of Red Cliffs has sponsored the Days for Girls program for some years. The club sent over 1000 kits away and it had been estimated that as a kit last three years, each girl receives an extra 60 days of schooling per year, which translates into half a  years extra schooling over the three-year period. This means 1000 kits have resulted in 500 years of additional schooling for the girls involved.
The Rotary club of Holdfast Bay sponsors a teacher in Tanzania and is investigating a program in association with local churches to address local literacy in that area of Tanzania.
As you can see from just a small sampling of what our clubs are doing we are having a big impact on many people's lives.
During the month Bronwyn and I have been very busy visiting clubs, meeting with their boards, discussing their programs and meeting with the members of the clubs. The current account is 21 clubs so far so we are nearly halfway .
I've had a number of inductions of new Rotarians and presentations of Paul Harris fellows. It is one of the enjoyable parts of the Governor to perform these activities.
Bronwyn has been getting a very favourable response from the clubs we had visited with their support for her project for the year, Shelterbox.
I've also taken the plunge with Glenelg Rotary cold plunge, attended the National Youth Science Forum orientation day and also the Science and Engineering challenge state finals held at Titanium Stadium recently. With relation to service and vocational awards I presented the Riverland Citizen of the year awards in Berri, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Berri and 5RM, recently and also presented Chief Inspector Matt Nairn with his award as Police Officer of the Year, a project sponsored by the Rotary club of Unley since 1978.
From the 16th to 23 September Bronwyn and I attended the zone Institute in Christchurch. District Gov Elect David Jones and District Gov Nominee Jeff Neale and their partners Lyn and Jenny  attended as well, to continue their training in preparation of the respective years that they will assume the role of District Governor for district 9510. At the same time the District Governors of the Zone discussed a variety of issues of importance to the clubs, including Rotary Down Under both in relation to the magazine and Rotary Down Under Supplies and the viability of an electronic version of a RDU magazine. We also discussed aspects of long-term and short-term youth exchange, continuing support for Purple House and attended all the various AGMs of the Rotary entities that we support. I will be presenting a detailed report in my next Governors newsletter.
On a bright note, recent membership figures from R I have indicated an overall growth of membership in our zone from the start of the year with only one district in Australia and one in New Zealand failing to increase membership. I encourage all of you to keep up the good work.
DG Tim.

RYLA Graduation Dinner

The Marche Club at Newton was the venue for the final D9520 RYLA Graduation Dinner on 26th September. In 2020 RYLA will be under the banner of the new D9510 District.
This was the opportunity for the awardees to celebrate their achievements of the last week’s camp at Nunyara
The event was hosted by the Rotary Club of Campbelltown and President Benny opened the meeting.
District Youth Chair Damian Leach and District Rotaract Representative Liz Gardner acted as MC’s for the evening. A welcome was given by DG Tim on behalf of the District followed by an outline of the history of RYLA in D9520 by Steph Martin.
Steph had made contact with and invited past RYLARIANS to be present. An amazing 71alumni were able to attend. A few of the quotes from the alumni included:
 
 "Ryla has taught me to go for and to try and work hard for my dreams and given me the foundation to network, use my skills well"
"To really believe in yourself and to trust those who cheer you on. That leadership skills are universal and everyone has the potential to develop those skills and believing in someone else's ability is one of the most powerful tools we have."
"Before RYLA I never thought I could help fix something in this broken world. I doubted myself so much that I never would have tried.  I had given others control of my life for fear they would leave me if they knew what I thought or what I wanted. I was so scared that I never even took the chance to work out what my values or dreams could be. I was on track to live an OK but ultimately bland life. I learnt to evaluate what I want. Since RYLA I take more risks,  express myself more and try to live my own best life.  I've lost people this way but the relationships I have now,  I cherish. There are people in my life now who value my thoughts and want me to succeed. With support like that behind me, not only am I happier,  but I'm also capable of far more."
"RYLA taught me to value myself, to know that the only barrier between me and my happiness are the ones that I let block me. Since 2017: I came out to my family, I have gotten even more fit,  dealt with failure and grown stronger alongside the friends I've made. I've stepped into leadership roles and started along the path to my dream of becoming a Australian Navy Officer. I'm letting nothing stop me and I will do me, my way."
 
 A donation was made to the Zahra Foundation from fines collected at the camp.
 
DG Tim had the pleasure of presenting Paul Harris Fellowships to Jessica Collins Roe and Tyler Lawrence recognising their outstanding contributions to RYLA.
 
Rotarian Elizabeth Gagliardi as the RYLA Administrator thanked all present. This was followed by a presentation by the awardees.
Highlight of the evening was the presentation of the graduation certificates to all awardees.
If ever you have wondered about the value of the RYLA program, be assured that it achieves remarkable results.
 
DG Tim asked the awardees to think of and adopt our vision statement as a guiding principle as they become leaders of the next generation.
"Together we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change, across our globe, in our communities and in ourselves"
Alumni of RYLA

All Things Science

At a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Campbelltown, Deputy Chair of the NYSF Committee Margaret Northcote introduced guest speaker Ashlee Leach who has just returned from the London International Youth Science Forum.
Margaret knows first hand that Ashlee is an achiever and is passionate about whatever she puts her mind to. She has been involved with the Campbelltown Youth Advisory Committee YAC and every Rotary & youth program you can think of. She is a great ambassador for youth, Rotary, our Club and her College St Ignatius where she is a vice captain. To add to her list of achievements she has now just ticked off attending the LIYSF, being the only croweater and 1 of only 36 selected young Australians to attend this prestigious scientific Forum. There were 500 youth attending She now tells me that she is into “ Astro –Biology “ and would like to pursue that as a career, but she can tell you more about that …..
 
Ashlee spoke passionately about her trip to London and the Science Forum where she met many likeminded Science “Nerds” where they could all meet together and share their passion for science & discover new and developing fields of research and learning.
She recalled when growing up as child she soaked up & watched documentaries and her parents subscribed her to the CSIRO’s Double Helix Science magazine for Kids. This fueled her interest and wonder in science, leading her to her being sponsored by the RC of St Peters to go the NYSF and just recently being sponsored by our Club the RC of Campbelltown to the International Youth Science Forum in London. Her dream now is to be involved with Astro-Biology (AB) which is an exciting and emerging field of science.
After being encouraged to apply for the LIYSF she thought she had liitle chance but she got accepted and after fundraising for 4 months with generous support of her school, the Rotary Club, a Quizz night, family and friends she found herself on the plane to Heathrow for her adventure of a lifetime.
She & 36 others arrived at 5am and spent 3 days exploring London together. The forum then started with a bang, with lectures, talks, visits, forums, group activities, fun, socializing, eating , more lectures ,seminars ,exploring, seeing some amazing things and places, meeting new people and leaders in science and learning about their specialized fields.
Her favourite lecturer was Dr Alice Pyne who is involved with research developing Atomic Field Microscopy in fields of Physics, nanotechnology and biology. Two weeks passed quickly and Ashlee joined 25 others to go to CERN in Switzerland, stopping off in Paris enroute. CERN was built by the collaboration of 23 countries and is involved with Particle Physics and ground breaking science. Some terms Ashlee spoke of were Quarks, Bosons, The Standard model, Quantum Mechanics where the same particle can be in 2 places at the same time, matter versus antimatter etc. 
 
Ashlee concluded by saying how much she loved the LIYSF and has so many people to thank for helping her on her life’s journey so far. Firstly her parents who have always loved, supported and encouraged her. To her extended family & friends and members of YAC for their support, to Rotary, her school St Ignatius, those who attended her quiz night to fundraise for her trip and to Margaret Northcote a fellow science nerd who has mentored & inspired her in all things science and NYSF .
 
President Benny, Head of Senior School at St Ignatius College Phil Donato , Guest Speaker Ashlee Leach and Margaret Northcote.
Story courtesy of Margaret Northcote

Strategies in Suicide Prevention

On Sunday, August 25th, the Rotary Club of Seaford held a “Strategies in Suicide Prevention” seminar, with key note speaker Dr Angela Nicholas. Angela is the recipient of a scholarship from Australian Rotary Health to study suicide prevention; a scholarship made possible by virtue of a $7,000 donation from the Rotary Club of Seaford from the proceeds of their inaugural Onkaparinga Seaside Walk for Suicide Prevention in 2017.
 
The seminar was a wonderful community event attended by a large contingent of non-Rotarians keen to hear about suicide prevention initiatives. In addition to Angela’s presentation on her studies, PDG Wendy Gaborit gave a brief presentation on the work of Australian Rotary Health, and former Rotarian Michelle Green, instigator of the Onkaparinga Seaside Walk, gave a brave recount of how her life had been affected by suicide and her drive to run this annual event. The proceeds from running the seminar have allowed the Rotary Club of Seaford to donate another $500 to Australian Rotary Health.
 
Angela’s presentation was recorded and can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/355890166 and her powerpoint presentation is available here: https://www.slideshare.net/markhuddleston980/angela-nicholas-strategies-for-suicide-prevention
(L-R) Rotary Club of Seaford president Linda Sweeney, PDG Wendy Gaborit, Michelle Green, Dr Angela Nicholas and DG Tim.
Story by Mark Huddleston


Fundraising to Community Service

Have you ever wondered how the idea of one Rotarian can produce a vibrant bookshop that is a community service with global impact?  Not to mention the benefits in the Rotary areas of Education and Literacy
It all began with charter member Trevor Martin of the Rotary Club of Mitcham (SA) and his interest in books. He began collecting second hand books and selling them at street markets and the annual Rotary Fair to raise funds. That was in the 1990s. By the year 2001 the book stall had become a shop in the Mitcham Shopping Centre and from there moved to 3 other sites, and now trades at 398 Goodwood Rd Daw Park.
Donations come from many sources, many from people clearing out grandparents’ houses, downsizing to move to smaller premises or just de-cluttering. The most welcome are children’s books passed on by parents or grandparents. The smiles we receive when we say yes we will take their boxes or bulging bags is our reward and keeps our sorting area filled and our volunteers busy.
Each month the best of latest arrivals are placed in a special book shelf near the entrance. This is often the first port of call for shoppers. After that do people browse the well-sorted and displayed sections of all range of Fiction and Non-Fiction.
We are into community service too. The volunteers who serve in the shop have in depth conversations with the visitors, whether it be interests, passions, family news or the weather
Another of our rewards is the use we can make of these books.
In the shop there is a dedicated space for children, beautifully decorated with a small table and chairs, bean bags, poster’s and cushions. Pre-schoolers can play there with Duplo while older children, parents and grandparents choose books to purchase. We passionately believe reading in the younger years is vital to health and intellectual development.
 
More often than not we have an excess of books, or duplicates so we are committed to finding a use for them. We have several outlets.
A company called South Pacific School Aid Inc, managed by Rotarian Peter Kirk, packs and sends suitable books all over the world to all levels of schooling, Public Libraries, Theological Libraries etc. We dispatch on average 3 boxes a week to them, particularly good used current textbooks.
Another outlet is Books4Lesotho managed by David and Liz Linn who take good educational and children’s books. They have an agreement with Rotary Club of Maloti, so they can supply a number of rural primary schools where the medium of instruction is in English.
In Adelaide several teachers have asked for books and we give them with a smile and a good discount. Just recently a teacher came and chose 80 books for a class library, and we suggested some other possible sources.
Children’s and Adult books are also welcomed by several charities, Nursing homes, Street Libraries, Prison libraries, and many others.
In all of this incoming and out going of books CDs and DVDs jigsaw puzzles we serve the local community and international causes, particularly in the areas of better education and literacy for all ages. Of course the bookshop raises money for our club projects, and provides hours of voluntary service.
By the way, we are into recycling. We are now a collection point for plastic bottle tops and bread tags that we pass on to the Envision project for manufacturing limbs of children around the world.
Story by Chris Dodsworth

Happy Homecomings

Pitjantatjara Woman Ngoi-Ngoi Donald, Ultra Marathon Runner Zibeon Fielding & Purple House CE Sarah Brown
 
A MARATHON 10-year fundraising effort has culminated in the state’s first remote dialysis unit opening in the APY Lands.
 
In what organisers have called a “completely fabulous” achievement for Aboriginal communities, the unit will allow members – who have been forced to stay in the city for treatment – to return to their traditional country.
 
The mammoth fundraising drive by charity dialysis provider Purple House and the APY Lands’ communities raised $500,000 towards the $3 million project.
 
It saw Aboriginal health worker Zibeon Fielding raise $50,000 by running a 62km ultra-marathon . Other fundraising efforts included Aboriginal artwork sales, Rotary Club donations and State Government grants. The Federal Government kicked in the remaining cost.
 
The project includes a new dialysis unit in Pukatja (Ernabella ) and two homes for nurses based there.
 
It is the 18th unit established by Purple House, which also operates similar branches in the Northern Territory and Western Australia. Until now, the closest for APY Lands locals was a five-hour drive away in Alice Springs.
“It’s completely fabulous and I can’t quite believe it’s open and we’ve done it,” Purple House chief executive Sarah Brown said.
 
She says patients will be able to return to their traditional lands and pass on language and culture to younger generations.
 
“In Australian communities , there’s this vulnerable knowledge that has been passed on for thousands of years in absolute danger of being lost to us all if we don’t have opportunities to get people home,” Ms Brown said. “It’s all about having the right people in the right place at the right time. It’s not something that people can learn later – they can’t learn it from a book.” Dialysis patients must have treatment every second day, meaning those from the APY Lands have been forced to move to Alice Springs, Port Augusta or Adelaide.
 
The new unit will allow about 25 patients to gradually return home, either permanently or for extended visits.
 
Courtesy The Adelaide Advertiser
Copyright © 2019 News Pty Limited
 
Footnote: The overall cost to Rotary Clubs, Districts and the Foundation, exceeded A$200,000.

Public Image Videos

Following the highly successful Public Image Seminar, videos of the speakers are now available via the District Website.
Visit www.rotary9520.org and scroll down to the videos.
If you were unable to attend, this is the ideal way to gain more information
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