March 2018

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Welcome To All Members Who Have Joined This Month

The following members have joined or rejoined our District this Rotary year from 13th February to March XX. If names are missing please ask your Secretary to enter them or email Robin LeGallez for assistance.
Noelene Axford Norwood
Sujoy Banerjee Campbelltown
Graham Coventry Renmark
Heather Earle Glenelg
Paul Freebairn Victor Harbor
John Lutz Goolwa
Anthony McWhinney Goolwa
Karen Newman Noarlunga
John Peacham Unley
Shane Ryan Robinvale - Euston
Neville Wilkinson Holdfast Bay

March is Water & Sanitation Month


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Here's a puzzle for you

Send your solution to the Editors to claim your prize!
Prizes include District bragging rights and the knowledge that you are smarter than the average Rotarian.
Solution will be published next month.
The answer to last months puzzle was controversial with some various offerings. Ireland & Northern Ireland are countries within and island but the answer i was looking for was "Ireland contains three vowels but the others only contain two.
First correct answer came from Chris Dawson
RC of St Peters. Well done Chris.

DG's Report

District Governors Report March 2018.
On 22 February PDG David Alexander came to Adelaide to present to Districts 9520 and 9500 the District International Services Chairs (DISC) guidelines to establish a District Resource Network (DRN). The initiative is aimed at encouraging clubs to work together on larger projects for Global Grants. This will enable the DISC, Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) and the Rotary Foundation Committee to have a good understanding of each other's role and to work with clubs for bigger International Projects using Global Grants. District Foundation Chair, Jerry Casburn will report on our Global Grants projects in this edition of the District Governors newsletter.
The Rotary Club of Onkaparinga celebrated its 40th Anniversary on Saturday 17th
February at the Lobethal Recreation Ground. Marilyn and I together with a large number of past members and Presidents of the Club were in attendance as the club summarised its 40 year service to the community in 10 year blocks. Those associated with the club, past and present, would have been very proud of the of the club’s achievements. Members Garry Milligan and John Hughes were recognised with PHF Sapphires.
On Sunday 25 February the District Leaders Training was held at Flinders Uni. It was the opportunity for DGE Kim Harvey to present to her team the District 9520 future direction under her leadership. The selection of the presenters and quality of the sessions was excellent. Congratulations to the Leadership Development team.
A proposed merger of the Rotary Clubs Noarlunga and Noarlunga East was discussed at a constructive meeting on 27 February. Influenced by the 4 way test “will it build goodwill and better friendships”, the two clubs made the important decision to merge. The charter of Noarlunga (the older club) would be retained and Noarlunga East’s charter will be withdrawn. From 1 July 2018, a new club named Rotary Club of Morphett Vale will begin and will meet weekly.
On Sunday 4 March I went out to sea with other Rotarians on the multi masted sailing ship the ‘One & All’ training ship. The main purpose of the cruise was to expose Rotarians and their friends to the ship and especially to make us aware of the fabulous opportunity that the operators are offering the Rotary Club of Glenelg. In the recent months they have held multi day “sailing experiences” for young trainees, 15‐18 year olds, most sponsored through Rotary Clubs. On board were several trainees who had been part of these sailing experiences. They took many opportunities to speak to us, telling us about their experiences and the particular roles they undertook whilst on board. Future opportunities will be available for day voyages for Rotarians and also for a “sailing experience” for youth that your club might want to support. I can’t overstate the impact that your Club contribution can make in the development of these young people. I had the opportunity to climb the rigging, go out on the forward jib and steer the ship back into port with the help of Rotarian Captain Bill Walsh. A big bonus was the food served was delicious and never ending ‐ all cooked on‐board that day, by the ship’s chef.
Captain Bill Walsh letting DG Bob take the wheel
It was a privilege to be invited to the Women in Rotary International Women's Day Breakfast on 7 March. Great to see Sarah Brown entertained us again with her stories about the Purple House and how they have changed the indigenous people’s lives. I'm sure the morning was enjoyed by all who were present and was a great fund raiser for Western Desert Dialysis Purple House with around $5,000 raised that morning.
DGE Kim Harvey, Sarah Brown and Rebecca Wessels at the Women’s Day Breakfast
We were privileged to have the Rotary International President Ian Riseley attend a gathering the Murray Bridge Town Hall on Saturday 10 March hosted by the Rotary Club of Mobilong. It was indeed a special occasion with all those present given the opportunity to meet Ian and Juliet, up close and personal both before and after his address. It was great to see so many attend from both Districts 9520 and 9500, some travelling quite long distances.
Ian Riseley’s address at Murray Bridge Town Hall and with Youth Exchange student Clara
Ian spoke to us about many things Rotary including, the Rotary, Making a Difference theme, The Rotary Foundation, Polio Eradication (and what may come after that) and the Rotary Citations for Clubs to achieve this year. He also mentioned the importance of gathering of club volunteer hours and dollars stats and why this is important to Rotary, the Peace Conference this coming weekend, the old GSE and now VTT and Cultural exchanges and some anecdotes of his travels around the world visiting clubs in less visited areas. Ian, also said in his address that the good works of Rotary don’t come from Chicago (Evanston) they come from grass roots Rotarians and Clubs. Ian planted Eucalypt trees in Rotary Park on Adelaide Road for the Rotary Clubs of Mobilong and Murray Bridge to make a difference to the environment and also the Group 3 Rotary Clubs presented a $11,000 commitment to The Rotary Foundation.
Marilyn and I were also fortunate to host an informal dinner later that evening with Ian and Juliet Riseley with some of the 9520 and 9500 Districts leaders at Prestige Park in the Adelaide Hills. Ian planted red flowering Eucalypt tree in the Garden.
Our net membership in District 9520 has increased by 15 for the year.
Increases for the month are Broken Hill South, Goolwa, Holdfast Bay, Hyde Park, Noarlunga and Renmark giving us +6. Losses are Blackwood, Magill Sunrise, Norwood, Unley and Waikerie giving us -7.
I anticipate Norwood, Unley and Waikerie will all make up for this by the end of the year due to the initiatives they have undertaken. Norwood has 3 incoming members sourced from a successful Rotary Information Night held on the 7 March.
It’s encouraging to see Broken Hill South, Holdfast Bay and Hyde Park beginning to make advances on membership growth. Goolwa has achieved a 28% growth so far this year just short of Broken Hill at 31%. Yankalilla is next with 22% and Seaford 21%. See the separate Membership report from the District Membership chair.
DG Peter Schaefer and I look forward to catching up with you all at the very first Combined Rotary District 9500/9520 Conference in the Barossa Valley.
Over 600 delegates are attending with a list of great Guest Speakers and activities for Rotarians and Friends to enjoy.
The Conference committee have been working very hard to make this a Conference with a Difference.
Online bookings close on the 16 March as the final numbers for venues, hire of equipment and caterers had to be notified by this date.
We will welcome a USA Rotary Exchange Group from is the South - Western Virginia /Tennessee and our Rotary International President Representative, John and Mary Ellen Matthews, Rotary International Director Zones 25-26, 2017-2019 and RI Vice President 2018-19 from Mercer Island, Washington State USA
Don’t forget to wear your Bling, Denim and sneakers for the Gala Dinner on Saturday Night with entertainment provided by the Flaming Sambucas.
We have a great chance to make acquaintance with many Rotarians from both Districts as we work towards our new District 9510 starting on 1 July 2020.

A person wearing a suit and tie smiling at the cameraDescription generated with very high confidenceBe a Model for Rotary

Meet Rotarian Malcolm Haythorpe as he is a Model for Rotary. A long standing member of the Rotary Club of Victor Harbor where he recently was acknowledged for exemplary Service Above Self with Rotary Awards, the Paul Harris Fellow, and soon after with a Sapphire Pin.
Malcolm in partnership with his wife Jenny have raised a family of three children, developed successful business enterprises, and woven into this busy life an ongoing significant contribution to improving the life experiences of many local and more distant community members through Rotary.
There is a story to be told about a host of projects that involved Rotarian Malcolm. The writer has made a selection of a few examples: hosting Group Study Exchanges, building houses in cyclone devastated villages in Fiji, rebuilding fences for rural communities that lost all in devastating bushfires around Taralgon in Victoria, a staunch supporter of the famous Annual Art Show in Victor Harbor, as well as being a generous donor to many Rotary causes. My informants were very effusive in their praise for Malcolm and Jenny.
A person in a red tractor in the grassDescription generated with high confidenceThe example project chosen to be shared with you the readers, is centred around Bradley’s Place.
In 1991, former local residents Neil and Robyn Walker lost a child Bradley to cancer. With considerable community support, the Walkers established a respite house at Inman Valley where children with cancer and their families can have a peaceful haven to help them challenge the demands and stresses of this life changing illness.
The Rotary Club of Victor Harbor has taken on the maintenance of this property and grounds as a community service.
Heading up this team is Malcolm Haythorpe and here he is with the equipment he supplied to keep the grounds in good trim.
The power of Rotary is that local community service is equally important as overseas community service. Malcolm’s story exemplifies this broad spectrum approach to help others.
Talk about how this philosophy can be applied in your Rotary Club.

Find that 10% in your club

We still have 17 clubs in the district who have lost more members than they have gained and are now smaller than they were on July 1 2017.  If you are a member of one of these clubs you must read this!
Clubs struggling to grow their membership this year, let alone maintain the status quo, often find it frustrating that existing members seem incapable of introducing potential members to the club.
Don’t feel alone because in practice only around 10% of club members seem to have the knack of successfully inducting new members.  To grow your club first find these 10% of your members and give them the task of first, inviting a prospect and then closing the sale!
Even in strongly growing clubs the majority of members leave it to the few to find potential members.  Sometimes this is because retired members believe they have lost all their business networks and no longer know anybody to invite!  However the main reason is the bulk of members don’t seem to have the skill to convert a person expressing an interest into a Rotarian. 
When you approach a potential member the usual excuse is ‘I am so busy and
I don’t have time for Rotary’.  It is your job to convince them that Rotary is not an all-consuming time commitment and there is a lot of flexibility these days. 
Members don’t have to attend every meeting – in fact they don’t have to attend any meetings to maintain their membership. Remember Rotary is project oriented and members have the option of attending 50% of the meetings or 12 hours of community service or a mixture of both in any six months.  In my club Norwood, we have two members we hardly see at meetings.  One is currently leading a long-term RAWCS water and sanitation project in Fiji and the other, a range of projects in Tanzania.
The three target groups that are the most productive for new members are:
  1. Women
  2. Under 30s
  3. About to, or recently retired people
Women in the community are attracted to Rotary because they want to do good in the world.  They don’t want to attend meetings for meetings sake and they want to join clubs that respect and value them as equals.  Unfortunately a number of clubs in our district have lost women members because they are not respected by existing male members.  The good news is many of them are not lost to Rotary but have joined other clubs where the culture is more accommodating.  If your club has lost women members,  it is time to change your culture!
The under 30s will readily join Rotary, especially if they have been exposed through RYLA, Rotaract, GSE or some other program.  You need to convince them that they don’t have to attend what they see as boring meetings but they can join to work on existing  club projects or bring new passions and projects under Rotary’s wing.  All clubs have these alumni but very few follow them up.  Another tip – don’t sell the membership dues as annual or half-yearly payments.  Let them direct debit electronically $20 monthly – it is much easier to sell and for them to manage.
The recently retired suddenly have a lot of time on their hands.  Introduce them to Rotary before they commit these spare hours to something else.  Many of them will want to travel but this just opens up new avenues for them to attend other Rotary clubs and even work on projects overseas or in other parts of Australia.
At the end of February as a District, we are +15 for the year in membership growth with Broken Hill still leading the way with a 31% growth this year.  However Goolwa is rapidly catching with 28%, with another new member in February, Yankalilla is in 3rd with 22% and Seaford hot on the heels with 21%.
Euan Miller
District Membership Chair

Loxton - All At Sea

At a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Loxton, Shyla Lange spoke about her recent experience aboard the sailing ship One and All.
As a young leader at the Loxton High School she was selected to participate in this exercise and was sponsored by our club. She was one of the 16 teenagers selected for this voyage, which took in Kangaroo Island and Port Lincoln during the six days at sea.  Despite a fear of heights, Shyla climbed the rigging when she was required to do so.  Shyla really enjoyed the experience and said she would willingly sail on the One and All again.  She may have that opportunity as she was awarded a scholarship which enables her to another voyage, as a leader, at no cost.
Photo shows Meeting chairman David Pocock with Shyla and Les Lange.

Onkaparinga Carry The Baton

Barry Klose, President of the Rotary Club of Onkaparinga was honoured to carry the Queen's Baton through the local metropolis.  

History of Mildura

At a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Irymple, Glenn Miller addressed the Club regarding the history of Mildura.
The story of Mildura must start on 1st July 1851. The date that the state of Victoria came into existence. Less than a week later there was an announcement that gold was discovered near Ballarat. As a consequence Victoria was the richest State. In1883 the Mallee Pastoral Leases Act was proclaimed This was to find a use for the land in the North West that nobody wants. Our second Prime Minister Alfred Deakin had an answer. Find out what the USA did to open up the West. Also, how did Irrigation become established?
On 1 January 1885 PM Deakin and an entourage left for a study tour of the USA. Deakin met the Chaffey brothers with a message. We want to open up NW Victoria with irrigiation, please come. In Feb 1886 George Chaffey knocked on Deakin’s door in Spring St.. After speaking with Deakin, George wired his brother with the message to sell everything, all you could ever want is here.
October 21 1886 they signed an agreement with the Victorian government. That is when politics kicked in and delays occurred. Over the border in SA, a message was sent to the Chaffeys that you can do it here in Renmark if the victorians won’t.
In the end the Chaffey brothers opened the  first irrigation settlement in Australia, here in Mildura. Not long after that, things started to go from bad to worse. The river went down. The paddleboats could not transport local produce to markets. Banks closed. It was the time of the second worst depression in history. The politicians set up a Royal Commission, looking for someone to blame. In the end WB Chaffey took the blame and George stayed.
The FMIT and the ADFA were revitalised. When the rail came to Mildura in 1953, it meant that produce could be sent to Melbourne overnight instead of taking weeks.
In short, Alfred Deakin, George Chaffey and WB Chaffey were our Founding Fathers.
Neil Hammerton gave a Vote of Thanks to Glenn on behalf of the Club

Gluepot Reserve

Duncan Mac Kenzie was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for his service to the environment through Birds Australia, Gluepot Reserve. Duncan was educated at The Geelong College from 1950 to 1956 and upon completion of his education, commenced employment at Ford Motor Company as the Manager of Systems and Data Processing. Duncan worked in the Systems and Data area for numerous employers throughout his career, while also taking on positions as a Senior Research Scientist for Australian Antarctic Research Expeditions and the Mawson Institute for Antarctic Research Duncan has always had a keen interest in the environment and wildlife and has been a member of Birds Australia for more than 50 years. He is involved in numerous environmental groups including Ecotourism Australia, of which he is currently Chairman, Riverland Tourism Association and the Nature Foundation of South Australia. Duncan's involvement with the Birds Australia Gluepot Reserve began in 1996 when he became involved in negotiations for purchase of the property. Duncan was the Secretary of the Reserve from 1997, becoming Chairman in 2000, a position he has held ever since.
Gluepot was established by Birds Australia (now BirdLife Australia) in 1997 by the purchase, through a public appeal, of Gluepot Station, a pastoral lease with an area of 540 square kilometres (210 square miles) in the semi-arid Murray Mallee region of South Australia. The decision to purchase Gluepot Station, Birds Australia's first reserve, was taken in order to protect its outstanding floral and faunal values, under threat because of an application by the lessee to burn the property to provide grazing for sheep
Gluepot, located 64 km from Waikerie in the Riverland is part of the largest block of intact mallee left in Australia and so the viability of threatened bird populations and other flora and fauna is high. Six nationally threatened bird species can be found on Gluepot Reserve and a further 17 regionally threatened bird species. In all, 190 bird species have been recorded thus far. Gluepot Reserve has a diversity of vegetation communities which support important wildlife other than birds. Reptiles are particularly abundant with 42 species located so far, including the
threatened Bandy Bandy. The last big fire on the actual Reserve occurred in the 1950s (with a small area burnt in 2006), but many areas were not burnt leaving substantial areas of mallee and Casuarina woodland with trees that are hundreds of years old. These old trees have numerous hollows for nesting birds and deep litter for ground-foraging species. The vegetation quality is particularly high in the eastern third of Gluepot because the lack of water for a 10 km radius means that grazing impacts have been minimal. There are three parts to the reserve of which two are open to the public.
They have a visitors centre and many research parties spend time there. There are many large mallee fowl mounds which are monitored by Hi Tech monitoring systems to record the activity there
This was a very informative and interesting evening. Thank you Duncan.

Onkaparinga Celebrate

The Rotary Club of Onkaparinga celebrated 40 years of community service at a recent meeting.
Presentations of Paul Harris Sapphires were made to Gary Milligan & John Hughes

Foundation Update

This time of year is an active one for clubs, who will be engaged in preparation for the coming Rotary year with President Elect training and Assembly looming, alongside the joint District Conference.  I am also anticipating that clubs will be considering allocations of funds raised, to the various activities supported by the club.
With this I am anticipating that clubs will continue to support our own charity, the Rotary Foundation.  To date only a few clubs have indicated on Rotary Club Central their Foundation fundraising goals.  Most clubs advised DG Bob Cooper of their plans for contributions to the Foundation at his visit.  Over the next few weeks I will be contacting all clubs to work towards finalising the goals to give us an accurate picture of projected funds to the Foundation.
These donations are the lifeblood of projects performed by clubs across the District.  As you will know, of the funds raised in any one year, 50% comes back to the District three years later.  This money funds our District Grants and supports clubs in Global Grants.  Of the monies donated, more than 95% goes to the projects approved, which places the Foundation towards the top of the top ten world class charities in terms of funds management, delivery to the end cause and minimal management overheads.  An accolade which we can all be very proud of.


Lunar New Year  In Waikerie

President Maureen welcomed Rotarians and guests to Pam and Henry's home to celebrate Chinese New Year with a sumptuous smorgasbord of Chinese Dishes and our own Dragon. Thanks to Pam and Henry, along with Pam's many kitchen helpers, for a truly memorable evening.

Glenelg NYSF Update

The Rotary Club of Glenelg sponsered Olivia Byrne to attend the recent NYSF.
Olivier gave an outline of her experience at this year’s 10 day conference held in Brisbane.
Some of the highlights of the conference included
  • Team building on the first day
  • The Physics group, to which Olivier belonged had to put together a group chant which was performed at the opening ceremony of the conference
  • Olivier attended a swing dance rehearsal and a Rotary alumni evening
  • There was a visit to Queensland University on Technology where a script was written for a robotic arm which was put to work
  • Amongst the more formal and educational segments of the conference, there was time for shopping for the science disco and a Rotary Club picnic
  • Olivier is very grateful for having had the opportunity to experience NYSE and feels that NYSF has shown her how important that perspective is, and the larger role that STEM plays as an idea in society.

Kate Parsons (LTYE) Rotary Club of Flagstaff Hill

Our LTYE student for 2017 was Kate Parsons from Aberfoyle Park. Having returned to Australia in late January 2018, she has resumed her studies at Urbrae Agricultural High School where she is now completing Year 12, with dreams of completing her Tertiary studies before returning to travel through Germany and other parts of Europe in the not so distant future.
During her LTYE year Kate was hosted by District 1820. This District is based in the State of Hessen while her host Rotary Club was the male only, extremely formal, lunch meeting club of Gieben-Altes Schlob in the City of Gieben. She attended several meetings of the Club but didn’t always fee particularly comfortable in this particular environment. However, there was also a local Rotoract Club that she was able to have some involvement with and she enjoyed participating in their activities.
Kate had 3 Host families during her time in Germany. She was with the first family for 6 months and then spent a further 3 months each with another 2 families. The families included her in their trips and holidays and she felt both welcomed and supported by these people.
She spent time in two different schools while she was in the country and it seems she was able to take advantage of the opportunity go on two school trips as well! The first in March was to Austria while a later trip to Italy occurred in June. Kate was given the opportunity to travel to Berlin to learn and appreciate more about the country’s long and controversial history after completing some language school classes that helped her to understand more than just conversational German and enabled her to understand more about the country.
With 64 other Exchange students, Kate spoke of one of her years highlights as being the 3 week, 9 Country European Tour. This tour enabled her to make some fantastic connections with other Exchange students from around the world and remains a highlight for her to this day. Her themed “Movie” of the trip being shown in its entirety to those of us from the Rotary Club of Flagstaff Hill. During the Year, further trips to the Netherlands and England, to catch up with relatives, rounded out her LTYE experience before she returned to Australia. Kate described her LTYE experience and the time she spent in Germany as being “life changing, rich and fulfilling”.
We at the Rotary Club of Flagstaff Hill were thrilled to be able to support her in having this experience.

Twilight Cruise

To further promote the youth sailing program on the One & All, David Binks recently  organised a Rotarian Twilight Sail. A group comprising of 40 Rotarians and their friends set sail from Dock 2 Port Adelaide, down the Port River, and into the Gulf down as far as Semaphore and back. On the trip were five of the students who had been on the January training cruise from Adelaide to Port Lincoln. These students assisted the crew in running the ship as well as talking to the Rotarians about their previous adventure. It was amazing to see these young people climb the rigging, walk on the foot ropes underneath the yard arms and unfurl the sails some 80 feet above the sea (the height of an eight-story building). Six members of Glenelg Club, Peter and Diane Heysen, Meredith Stock, Meredith Harvey and David and Pam Binks were on the Twilight cruise. A very pleasant and interesting experience for all who attended

Campbelltown Suports NYSF

Margaret Northcote, Jenna Saxe, Lauren Schell, Vitor Klein & Pres, Elizabeth Gagliardi
At a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Campbelltown, Margaret Northcote, chair of NYSF, introduced the NYSF students who recently attended the National Youth Science Forum in Canberra. “You have one of the youngest group of speakers to speak at the Club. One is 16, the others just 17. Vitor was born in Brazil, Lauren has spent most of her life at Roxby Downs while Jenna was born in Rome, Pennsylvania, USA. Now they all live locally and they all go to St Ignatius. As St Ignatius is the catchment School they are our NYSF students.” Note NYSF was originally started by Rotary 35 years ago but now we assist by nominating & selecting the Students to participate in this 2 week extravaganza of all things Science. Check it out at Each of the students then gave a talk on their recent NYSF experiences in Canberra & how NYSF aims to inspire young scientists. The forum was held over a two week period in January 2018. Their presentation was accompanied by great photos of their experiences.
They all were very thankful & thrilled that Campbelltown sponsored them to the forum where they met other students with a passion for science & a desire to “Make a Difference” in their life endeavours.


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