September 2017

This edition of the District Governor's Newsletter has been produced from within ClubRunner.  We welcome all comments and suggestions and will endeavour to incorporate them in future editions.  Publication date will be the third Thursday of the month and all submissions are to be received by the preceding Thursday.
Email submissions to "The Editor" DG's Newsletter submissions should not be relating to advertising an event (use The Herald) but stories of Rotary In Action

Welcome New Members

The following members have joined our District this Rotary year. Please make them welcome.
All names published are from the ClubRunner database from 1st July to 19th Sept. If names are missing please ask your Secretary to enter them or email Robin LeGallez for assistance.
Damien Mercurio Campbelltown
Ian Moffatt Encounter Bay
Karen Smagala Encounter Bay
Paul Davill Flagstaff Hill
Meredith Stock Glenelg
Karen Mitchell Goolwa
Val Delbridge Holdfast Bay
Satish Gupta Holdfast Bay
Jan Vade Holdfast Bay
Yoshi Ikeda Hyde Park Rotary
Lyn Pomery Hyde Park Rotary
Liberty Olds Kent Town
Romeo Caporaso Magill Sunrise
Barry Hurst Mitcham
Samantha Carpenter Mount Barker
Maria English Mount Barker
David Holtham Mount Barker
Heather Muirhead Murray Bridge
Garry Wilson Murray Bridge
Alan Nelson Noarlunga
Bianca Halliday Renmark
Neville Marks Renmark
Darren Schwartzkopff Renmark
Robyn Holtham Seaford Rotary
Deborah Lawrence Seaford Rotary
Emma Wasfi Seaford Rotary
Kate Power Seaford Rotary
Max Dalrymple Somerton Park
Wendy Lippett St. Peters
Kathryn Johncock Tailem Bend
Rhonda Hoare Unley
Vera Holt Unley
Chad Leader Unley
Paul Taylor Victor Harbor
Joy Matschoss Waikerie
Henry Stendara Waikerie

Basic Education and Literacy Month

Rotary members make amazing things happen, like:

Opening schools: In Afghanistan, Rotary members opened a girls’ school to break the cycle of poverty and social imbalance.

Teaching adults to read: Rotary members in the United States partnered with ProLiteracy Detroit to recruit and train tutors after a study showed that more than half of the local adult population was functionally illiterate.

New teaching methods: The SOUNS program in South Africa, Puerto Rico and the United States teaches educators how to improve literacy by teaching children to recognize letters by sounds instead of names.

Making schools healthy: Rotarians are providing clean, fresh water to every public school in Lebanon so students can be healthier and get a better education.

Combined District Conference 2018
The 2018 combined District Conference will be held in the Barossa next year.
Click on the link below to register

Recent Photo Albums
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DG's Newsletter - Sunraysia Visit 2017
DG's Newsletter - Berri Citizen of the Year 2017

DG's Bob's "Business"

Thanks for the opportunity to share with others the Rotary Club of Glenelg Cold Plunge Sunday 20 August. It was a sunny morning the water was freezing, however we all survived.
It was a good public image project for Rotary, doing good in the local community, with Radio interviews on Ashley Walsh ABC weekend program, Channel 7 and Channel 9 TV news. Not that I saw the news clips. I hope sufficient Funds were raised for Hutt St Centre, Catherine House and Uniting Care.
What a great evening it was for the Rotary Citizen of the Year awards on Friday Night 25 August. It was very professional presentation evening and very up lifting for the Riverland community. John Rix did a very good job of MC for a very enjoyable evening and it was important to see Young People being recognised in the their community.
What a wonderful event on 26 August at the Rotary Club of Campbelltown Mayor's Benefit Ball and the Draw of the Mazda 2 Neo, supplied by Paradise Motors.

Be a role model for Rotary.

A group of people standing around a tableDescription generated with very high confidenceRotarians who volunteer to supervise the activities undertaken by students in the Science and Engineering Challenge, provide a demanding but rewarding service to these young people.
Eight challenge problems involving scientific principles are presented to small groups of students at each S&E Challenge event annually. Rotary supervisors ensure the students understand the nature of the problem to be solved, and they can provide encouraging hints along the way, and in the end they calculate a competition score of the result achieved by the group.
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Each of the Rotary supervisors have prior access to training videos for each activity, and this is supported with written instructions of rules and explanation of assigning the competition marks. Rotarian supervisors do not need to have a background in technology or mathematics however they do need to follow instructions.
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Rotarians who take part as supervisors enjoy the time they spend with young people, and they provide a very valuable community role model working as a Rotarian.
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The next Science and Engineering Challenge for District 9520, will take place at Renmark on Monday 25th June 2018. Save the date.
Contact Rotarian Sam Cozens at or any of the Riverland Rotary Clubs if you would like to take part in this exciting activity as a supervisor.
The 2017 End Polio Now Ute Relay is now underway.

A Hot Result for the Cold Plunge

The Rotary Club of Glenelg in collaboration with Glenelg Surf Club and recipient charities,  were very proud to hold the “Cold Plunge for Those in Need” for a fourth year running, and were extremely grateful to the “Plungers”, their sponsors, and others from the local community who supported the event.
The water temperature off the beach at Glenelg may have been a body numbing 13.9 degrees Celsius but that didn’t stop 68 good-hearted individuals from taking the “Cold Plunge” on August 20.
The sun shone, the wind was chilly but the 'plungers' in their boardies and bikinis - and a number of ladies in evening dresses, pearls and high heels - took to the water to support this worthwhile event. 
The 3 minute dip in the icy waters raised over a staggering $15,000.  These funds will be divided between Mary’s Kitchen, Hutt Street Centre and Catherine House to support their valuable work for the homeless in our community. 
Over 5900 people are homeless in South Australia - 15% of them children under the age of 12. 
This year Matt Cowdrey, multiple gold medallist Paralympics swimmer, joined the ranks to support this great cause along with Steven Patterson, Mayor of Holdfast Bay, Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education & Training and Senator for South Australia, Senator Skye Kakoschke-Moore, Sandy Pitcher, CEO of Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources and a very creditable “plunging” presence from West Adelaide Football Club players. Not to be overshadowed by such a line up, many Rotarians and Rotaractors also took the “Cold Plunge" ably led by District Governor Bob Cooper.
The generosity of the South Australian community is absolutely incredible and it is truly amazing what can be achieved when a few like-minded people get together for a good cause.  
Sharon Langston
Rotary Club of Glenelg

Bridge Bogans 2017 4WD Trip 

Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Mobilong recently undertook an odyssey across the Eastern parts of Australia.

Lift The Lid on Mental Illness

The Rotary Club of Seaford organised a highly successful "Suicide Prevention Walk"

Mayor’s Benefit Ball 2017

The Mayor’s Benefit Ball 2017 was held at the Marche Club on Saturday 26th August. The night was an outstanding success.
Attendance was 378 with everyone having a good time with entertainment provided by the very popular Rock Doctors.
The Dance Floor was rocking & the Rock Doctors knew what to prescribe for everyones restless feet.
The Ball organised by the Rotary Club of Campbelltown was opened by Mayor Simon Brewer & was generously supported by Council. All proceeds went to the North Eastern Community Hospital with their CEO Scott Williams thanking all those for their support.
A Raffle was drawn on the night with 1st Prize being a Mazda Neo 2 car generously supplied by Paradise Motors Mazda. 2nd Prize was $2000 & 3rd Prize $1000.  An auction of donated sporting / football memorabillia & other prized items was also fiercely contested on the night.
Other Special guests included MPs Vince Tarzia & John Gardner & their partners together with Rotary District Governor Bob Cooper & his wife Marilyn.
Left :Mayor Simon Brewer welcoming all to the Mayor’s Benefit Ball 2017
Right: Mayor Simon Brewer & wife with North Eastern Community Hospital CEO Scott Williams .
Right:  Special Guests Rotary District Governor Bob Cooper & wife Marilyn
Left: The  Rock Doctors ensured that no one had an excuse for not exercising & mooving to the groovin!
The Lucky Raffle Prize Winners!
Presentation of 1st prize: President Rotary Club of Campbelltown Elizabeth Gagliardi & Jeff Neale from Paradise Motors Mazda presents the keys to the brand new Red (They go faster!) Mazda Neo 2 Car to Lucky Winner Illona Carr. Note 3rd from Left is Illona’s partner Seri Leombruno who surprisingly won 2nd prize of $2000.
Left: L to R:Jeff Neale ( Paradise Motors), President Rotary Club of Campbelltown Elizabeth Gagliardi, Scott Williams (CEO NE Com.Hospital), Illona Carr (1st prize-Car), MP Vince Tarzia, Mayor Simon Brewer, MP John Gardner & Bryan Schell (Immediate past President Rotary Club of Campbelltown)

The 2017 Rotary D9520 Tipping Competition provides an opportunity for footy experts(?) to display their skill, get embarrassed, have fun – and help The Rotary Foundation.
For 2017 - talk about a tight finish!  And not just for the footy teams.
The winner was Jodie Rawson (Rotary friend)- just ahead of Mark Thompson (Magill Rotary) and Adel Abdelhamid (Morialta Rotary).  All 3 ended up with the same number of correct tips, separated only by their points margin.
Awards also went to perennial ‘Last Place’ winner – Judy Cushway (Morialta); and a host of weekly winners from across the 14 clubs who had tippers participating.
But the BIGGEST WINNER (again) was the ROTARY FOUNDATION which received a donation of over $400.

So email now to get on the 2018 mailing list – for the Rotary Foundation and some fun.
Lindsay Davis

The mini Riseley Forest Inman Valley

Thirty two Rotarians and Friends  gathered at 239 Strangways Road, Inman Valley to plant some 180 trees, shrubs and ground cover in a fenced off  gully area in the face of a cold north wind and pending rain.
Members of the Rotary Club of Eastwood, Rotary Club of Adelaide Light and The Rotary Nomads donned their Parkas, rubber boots and waterproofs   and walked to the sites and proceeded to reforest a tract of land that was starting to suffer from erosion.  Working in groups of four, five teams persisted in the uncomfortable conditions to plant and place protective guards around the small plants. The plants were due to be watered in but not long after retiring to lunch the rain came down, a perfect solution to hand watering.
Kept warm by a decent campfire and a wood heater, lunch was provided it the open Dining area (aka a tin shed) the menu included hot pumpkin soup and steak sandwiches.  A donation $175.60 was raised for the lunch and passed on to Hutt Street Centre.
 Thanks to President  of the Rotary Club of Adelaide Light , Julie Campbell  and to John Clements, President of the Rotary Nomads for organising their teams, the Eastwood members for pitching in where required , the Caterers who assisted Alice, and to the hosts Brian and Alice Lange.

Barry Rassin selected as 2018-19 Rotary President

Barry Rassin of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2018-19.  Barry will be declared President Elect on September 1st if no challenging candidates have been suggested.  Barry Rassin's nomination follows Sam Owori's death in July, just two weeks into his term as Rotary International President Elect.  For more information CLICK HERE

District Governor's Visits

The District Governor's Club visits are well underway and Bob has already visited 20 Clubs.  In September, his Club Visit itinerary is:
Monday, September 11th
South Mildura                   
Tuesday, September 12th
Wednesday,  September 13th
Mildura Deakin (Breakfast)
Wednesday, September 13th
Red Cliffs
Thursday, September 14th
Tuesday, September 19th
Robinvale Euston
Wednesday, September 20th
Thursday, September 21st
Monday, September 25th
McLaren Vale
Tuesday, September 26th
Somerton Park (Breakfast)
Tuesday, September 26th
Hallett Cove
Wednesday, September 27th

Toronto RI Convention 2018 Information Session

Phil Hoffman Travel is hosting an information session for pre convention tours.
Supported by Rotary Down Under.
CLICK HERE for information

Vale Len Arnott

A memorial Service for Len Arnott will be held at the Robinvale Golf Club on Friday 6 October 2017, commencing at 1.30pm.
Len was a charter member of the Rotary Club of Robinvale -Euston and was a member for over 53 years.
This service is to acknowledge his enormous committment to the development of the Robinvale township, but especially to Rotary and his passion for the Long Term Youth Exchange program. A warm welcome is extended to any Rotarians/friends who remember Len.
For further information please contact:
President John Bond 0419 685 258
Secretary Rosalie Handreck 0438 363 095


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