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
 
Elizabeth Gardner Campbelltown
Bronwyn Kenny McLaren Vale
Suzanne McChesney Encounter Bay
Christel Mex Norwood
Christine O'Sullivan Glenelg
 
 
 
 
 

DG Tim's Penultimate Report

Hello fellow Rotarians.
 
We are approaching the last month of the Rotary year, and what a year it has turned out to be.
June is the month designated by R I as Fellowship month.
We should have enjoyed celebration and Fellowship at the District Conference in Mildura.
We were planning on June being a month of celebrations as we farewelled District 9520 and welcomed in District 9510. Incoming Presidents would celebrate at changeovers with their fellow Rotarians and enjoy Fellowship.
District Governor Elect David would have an induction with Rotarians from all the new district present.
 
Instead, we have been in lockdown and socially distancing ourselves since the middle of March. Clubs have not been meeting physically and the associated Fellowship has been missing.
However, we have adapted and are now meeting online at district, board and club level.
With these changes, it gives us the scope to look at new and innovative types of Fellowship.
 
Intercity meetings have always been an option for Rotarians and their clubs to meet other Rotarians. However physical separation of club locations and meeting times has made this difficult. We should consider this is an ideal opportunity to meet with other clubs, share guest speakers and have Fellowship because we can online with our Zoom packages enabling a hundred people to meet online easily.
 
The other form of fellowship is a Rotary Fellowship and the opportunity to meet Rotarians all over the world. Rotary fellowships enable participants to make lasting friendships outside their own club, district and country. They have their own structures, rules and requirements, are also open to family members and Rotary and Foundation Alumni.
The types of fellowships vary and I have categorised some to give an indication of the breadth of fellowships.
  • Sedentary.           Stamp collecting, quilting, Italian culture, jazz, rare books and social networking.
  • Intellectual and philosophical       Cultural heritage, European philosophy, genealogy, Russian culture.
  • Professional        Doctors, law enforcement officers, strategic planners, quality management, educators, lawyers.
  • Sporting               cricket, skiing, tennis, yachting, triathlon.
  • The Good Life     Travel ,Home exchange, Rum, Whiskey, Wine and Beer appreciation fellowships.
  • Rotary                  Peace fellows, Rotary global history, Young Rotarians and Past District Governors.
  • Recreational       Caravanning, 4x4 vehicles, motorcycling.
As  you can see, and although this list is not exhaustive, the are many Fellowship opportunities for Rotarians outside normal club activities.
Maybe you or your club would like to investigate new areas of Fellowship and also promote Rotary through your personal interests.
Enjoy Fellowship month and hope to see as many of the you as I can during our changeover season.
 
Tim Klar
District Governor

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Encounter Bay Rotary Continues Community Support

 
While the Corona Virus restrictions have limited the ability of community clubs and organisations to fund raise and prepare for the future, the Rotary Club of Encounter Bay remains active, and once again has made over $10,000 available to support community needs. The following clubs have received financial support.
  • RADIO ALEXANDRINA
    • To provide a facility for presenters to pre-programme their shows remotely to allow more flexibility in programming.
  • ALEXANDRINA WILDLIFE SUPPORT GROUP
    • Keeping rescued wildlife fed during COVID 19 crisis as Op Shop (main source of funding) is closed. To buy basic food supplies for animals in care
  • VICTOR HARBOR SOCIAL DANCING ASSOC. INC.
    • Grant is to be used to replace the boards with the dance program on, with a projector to show the dance program on the wall saving peoples backs, there are over 100 different dance styles painted on plywood boards that were put in a wooden frame.
  • PORT ELLIOT TENNIS CLUB
    • Upgrade toilets at the tennis club
  • ENCOUNTER BAY FAMILY HISTORY GROUP
    • To provide volunteer researchers and community participants with shelter from the elements when offering free family history help sessions at outdoor venues.
  • VICTOR HARBOR HOCKEY CLUB
    • Clubroom verandah and disabled access extension.
  • RIDING FOR THE DISABLED
    • Purchase materials to upgrade horse arena.
  • SOUTHERN FLEURIEU HISTORICAL MUSEUM
    • To construct a purpose built museum administration office.
  • SOUTHERN FLEURIEU HEALTH ADVISORY COUNCIL
    • To purchase a medical emergency trolley to be used by the medical emergency team for the management of medical treatment of acutely deteriorating patients across the South Coast District Hospital site.
 
Article byRotary Club of  Encounter Bay
 

The ConocoPhillips Science Experience

A Nationwide STEM program for years 9 and 10 students

With COVIV-19 uncertainties, this is just a short note to inform you that The ConocoPhillips Science Experience will be running normal programs from August 2020. Specific dates for each program can be found on our website at www.scienceexperience.com.au on the front page in the TCSE news section. Please note if a registration is paid for and we have to cancel a program, then a full refund will automatically be given. The website will be updated on a regular bases.

Regards Jacqui Bellars

National Director - Science Schools Foundation

03 9756 7534

 

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Edwardstown Recognises Service

At a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Edwardstown, Aubrey Wagner introduced Club member John Price who gave a presentation on his work in Nepal. John has been going to Nepal since 1997. He has been involved with many projects including Eye Camps, Water Wells, the solar lighting project and others.
His recent trip involved the installation of an Xray machine at the HRDC in Benapa, Nepal. The old Xray machine was installed in 1989. The Hospital and Rehabilitation Center for Disabled Children (HRDC) is a non-profit hospital, and the largest pediatric orthopedic hospital and rehabilitation center in Nepal.
Nepal is a country of many mountains, few roads, and subsistence farmers. Health posts in rural areas are often ill-equipped and understaffed, and for the 80% of Nepalis who live on less than $2 per day, a child’s serious injury or disability can debilitate the whole family. So many children just go untreated, literally imprisoned by their disabilities. A child’s twisted leg or club feet may make the already strenuous walk to school impossible, condemning them to a life of illiteracy
Every year, the Hospital and Rehabilitation Center for Disabled Children (HRDC) mends thousands of “broken” children from all over Nepal, boys and girls from poor families who would otherwise face a life-time of suffering.
John showed us some heart rending photos of some of these children and how this hospital can turn their lives around. The program was complicated by the earthquake of 2015 which devasted much of the coun-try. The HRDC has treated over 96,000 children between 1985 and 2019.
We thank John for the work he does in Nepal in the name of Rotary. It gives the Club great pride in being involved in this project. This project was funded by our Club, some Canadian Clubs, and American Club and a District Grant.
John has been spending 4-5 months each year in Nepal.
 
During the meeting, District Governor Tim Klar was able to remotely present a special award to John Price for his work in Nepal. This took some clandestine and surrepti-tious arranging between DG Tim, President Ray and Kris Price who arranged to present John with a rare and special Rotary Citation from the Rotary International Foundation. John was presented with a Citation for Meritorious Service for his work in Nepal. He was completely surprised and overwhelmed but very deserving of this honour.
Congratulations John.
If you would like to know more, contact DG Tim or Stephen Noble D9510 Treasurer for more information.
Stephen has a powerpoint available for Clubs
 

ShelterBox Volunteer Award winners announced for 2020

In celebration of National Volunteer Week on 18-23 May, ShelterBox Australia announced the winners of the 2020 ShelterBox Volunteer Awards.
 
The ShelterBox Volunteer Awards are an annual event that is highly anticipated and celebrates the outstanding contributions of ShelterBox volunteers across Australia.
 
The Awards recognise the lasting impact that volunteers have on families and communities who have lost their homes in disasters.  These Awards showcase the extraordinary work carried out in towns and cities across Australia by volunteers whose actions help families recover from natural disasters and conflicts.
 
Winners are chosen from a large volunteer workforce of over 120 people located across Australia with awards presented for commitment, passion and enthusiasm to ShelterBox during the last year.
 
The winners for 2020 are:
 
Volunteer Impact Award
Leanne Knowler
(ongoing support and commitment to ShelterBox, including the promotion of and donation to ShelterBox at the Rotary in WA Ladies Seminar & Luncheon)

Bronwyn and Tim Klar
(showcasing ShelterBox with presentations to nearly all Rotary clubs across District 9520) 
 
Team of the Year Award
South Australia (Adelaide and surrounds) 
presented to Dan Edmonds 
(A successful ShelterBox promotion held across 4 days at WOMAD music festival which included working closely with 2 Rotaract clubs in Adelaide, plus hosting numerous events across the year including fairs, presentations, open days and markets)
 
Shining Star Award
Nathan Brown
for his Shine for ShelterBox Trivia Night
(Nathan's Shine for ShelterBox Trivia night was held near Newcastle NSW as part of an event hosted by the Rotary Club of Waratah. Along with his wife Jenna and his team, they raised $5000 for ShelterBox)
 
Fundraiser of the Year Award
Peita Byer
(for her commitment and innovation in fundraising efforts for ShelterBox including presentations, movie night, singing group event, school gold coin donations and helping other volunteers at their events)
 
Volunteer Excellence Award 
Dieter Torheiden
(for his long-term commitment and continued promotion of ShelterBox in his new state of Queensland) 
 
Fred Fawke 
(for his ongoing passion and commitment to ShelterBox, and his willingness to promote ShelterBox through his extensive networks) 
 
Peter Kavenagh 
(for his continued promotion of ShelterBox through presentations and willingness to support and mentor new volunteers)
 
For more information on the ShelterBox Volunteer Awards please visit https://www.shelterboxaustralia.org.au/volunteer-awards/
 

Rotary Assisting Farmers in Drought Affected Areas

 
 
Does your Rotary Club have farming friends doing it tough in rural communities located in drought declared areas of our Rotary Districts 9500/9520? Your Rotary club can support by directing RAWCS monies amounting to $200,000 to farming communities you find in need.
 
This assistance is targeted at bolstering community wellness through offering parcels of $5,000 for 40 projects that you find; projects which are organised and managed by local community leaders to lift community spirits. The local leaders could come from sporting clubs, a local church group, District Council, or a service club. It would be helpful if any supplies for the project identified for each location, could be purchased from local suppliers.
 
You find the location and a local leader, who in turn proposes a suitable project, and registers the project with Bob Cooper. All monies refunded up to a maximum of $5,000 per project, need to be based upon a Receipt of monies spent, and these Receipts are forwarded to Bob Cooper who will manage the refunds. This is your chance to reach out to rural people under great stress.
 
We have already underwritten 3 such projects;
  • Spring Rain Dance at Sanderston, Rotary Club of Onkaparinga $2,000
  • Lachie’s hay run from Coonalpyn to Yunta, Robertstown & Mount Mary, Rotary Club of Onkaparinga $2,000 & Rotary Club of Murray Bridge $1,000, Rotary Club of Mobilong $500
  • 50 Buckets for Men on the Land project for drought effected Sunraysia areas, Rotary Club of Wentworth $4,967.50
There are 37 projects waiting your identification.
 
Contact person Past District Governor, Bob Cooper, rg.cooper@bigpond.com mobile 0418 802 986.
 
The following link to a map shows the drought affected areas in SA.
 
 
In Rotary Districts 9500/9520 we have our own SA Districts Drought relief project in RAWCS (RABS) which has DGR (Tax deductable donation) status. It’s able to accept funds from anyone including Rotary Clubs.
 
If your Rotary Club wants funds to go to South Australian Farmers in Drought affected areas in South Australia this is where your club can put the money from any Drought Relief fundraising event.
 
The project is in RAWCS web site  https://rawcs.org.au/
 
Project: 81-2018-19
 
Project Name: SA Districts Drought Relief Project (RABS)

ROTARY CLUB OF EASTWOOD SUPPORTING BLAZEAID

Mike and Anne Massey spent two weeks volunteering on Kangaroo Island in Jan/Feb 2020.
 
We were very impressed with what we had heard of the BlazeAid organisation and how it provided practical help for farmers affected by the 2009 Black Saturday and 2015 Pinery bushfires, so after the devastating Kangaroo Island fires, we decided to volunteer for a couple of weeks from late January, a week or so after the camp was established. We were based at Parndana Oval, along with 70 other volunteers in tents and vans as well as a large contingent of Army Reserve personnel in tents with mobile facilities and lots of heavy equipment on the opposite side of the oval.
Our daily routine was to report to the Football Clubrooms at 6.30am (earlier on very hot days) to make sandwiches for our lunch, have breakfast, then attend Muster and a safety briefing by the Camp Coordinator. Each day we were allocated to a team of 6 to 8 people, with a leader, and armed with safety gear and tools, we would travel out to a nominated property. At that stage, there were around 150 farmers who had signed up for assistance. Although we had passed bushfire affected areas along the road to Parndana, it wasn’t until we went further out to the properties that we saw the extent of the devastation. The fire had raced through the dense scrub bordering most of the roads leaving only black skeletons of trees.  The burnt plantations were particularly eerie to drive through. We were grateful that by this time, most of the dead animals had been removed.
Our main task was to clear the fencing burnt by the fires, removing it from remaining fence posts by cutting the wire or staples, then rolling it up as neatly as possible. The rolls would eventually be around 1200mm high, with lots of sharp cut ends of wire, barbed wire and remnants of wood or melted plastic spacers. It was hard work taming the wire into a roll which was heavy and difficult to manoeuvre, especially on steep ground or across creek beds. Each team would clear up to 5 km of fencing per day but it varied according to the type of fencing, the terrain and the amount of debris to be cleared from the fence. Many properties would have 50 to 60 km of fencing to replace.
 
Article by Rotary Club of Eastwood

Changeover Ideas

 
This Rotary year's end is fast approaching.
 
Officers-elect are planning their year in office. Current officers are hoping they can put their feet up and everyone prepares to celebrate the year of hard work with one of our annual ceremonies, The Changeover.
 
Our traditional changeovers, like many things in the Covid-19 World, aren't an option. But where some clubs are opting to cancel or postpone the changeovers, many are asking another question. “How might we do our changeover online”?
 
While many of us may feel this is a challenge that may be beyond us, we have seen recently many of us have adapted. We will remember how recently we successfully re-imaged Anzac Day and the entire set of cultural ceremonies that are normally built around physical proximity. And unlike Anzac Day we have already had a lot of experience in the world of virtual events.
 
What's Important in a Rotary Club Changeover.
The “Rotary chicken” dinner aside, why is it that changeovers are important to us? This answer will vary from club to club. It's important to think about what is important to us. We can design changeover events that reflect what we value most and remembering why they are important to us.
 
Celebrating Accomplishments are an integral part of changeovers and being able to look back on our achievements of the last 12 months. Such reflections are not just for the vanity of the President and the Board, but something all Rotarians can take pride in.
 
Acknowledging Service follows on to this. Honouring those Rotarians who stand out amongst us remains important. Hard work and service to the club in the community and generosity to the Foundation are celebrated.
 
Looking Forward to the year ahead, where we can see new opportunities for Service above Self, and working to build a brighter future for the world.
 
Fellowship and Banter can be more difficult over Zoom, but it is even more critical now than ever before. Let's remember why we love doing what we do as we join with our fellow Rotarians not just as partners in service but dear friends.
 
The fortunate news is that we don't necessarily have to change. If your club has a changeover program that they are attached to, see what you can do to convert it to working online. If in doubt hold discussions about what is vital for the club. What do the President and President Elect want and how will the Master of Ceremonies accommodate everyone's needs.
 
Unlike most things, changeover protocols are absent in our constitutions, bylaws or formally mandated. Instead make it something to reflect what your club wants and needs it to be.
 
How Do We Practically Run the Event.
Most active Rotarians will now have experience using videoconferencing for the club meetings.
 
Online meetings can be a bit like herding cats; things are constantly changing, everyone wants to do their own thing, and nobody is quite sure what the purpose of having a herd of cats is in the first place. So, what is the magical solution to running a good online event?
 
We already know the answer: Having a good master of ceremonies.
 
Being able to keep the event flowing, the audience interested, everyone on time and in order is equally important online as it is in person.
 
Having someone in charge who can keep things going in the face of disruptive audiences, or an old charter member who wishes to recount the history of their Rotary life, is essential to a good event.
 
But there's another part: Knowing the Platform.
 
Zoom and other videoconferencing platforms have a lot of useful features for the event host. Being able to forcibly mute participants, having people raise their hand to indicate a desire to speak and the ability to share presentations are all handy. The MC doesn't have to be an expert on Zoom but it might be useful to have an assistant MC to manage the technology.
 
How Might We Run Our Particular Rituals.
 
Awards ceremony.
Honouring our fellow Rotarians is just as important this year as in other years. The process can be very much the same, with the Club Presidents announcing recipients of the awards. Not all awards are a surprise. Examples include Paul Harris Society members know they are likely to receive an upgrade to award. Surprise awards (such as a PHF or a President’s Award) can be easily managed.  Mail the award on the day of the changeover, announce it at the changeover and they will receive soon after.
 
Investiture.
Due to the limitations of the physical universe, your club Presidential collar, or other regalia, can only be in one place at any given time. How do you handle this?
 
Consider the significance of physical transfer and how it works with your club given your clubs tradition and cultures.
 
Do physically hand over the regalia before the event or after. Would you consider having each president take a photo or video with collar as part of the presentation. You may simplify things by not using the collar in this year's formal ceremony at all.
 
Badges for offices are much simpler and can be mailed ahead of time, similar to awards. As the incoming President calls their names, they display the badge of their position to the audience.
 
National Anthem.
The singing of the National anthem varies between clubs. If you've ever heard two people trying to talk at once on a video call multiply that by several times to imagine trying to sing the National anthem at the changeover. No matter how disciplined the timing, the technology just won't work. Another option is to play recording of the National anthem and everyone sings along on mute.
 
Other Things.
Your club may have other ceremonies or habits that you undertake at changeover. How might you handle it?
 
Experiment and practice. Things may need to be adapted, modified, or in some cases even sidelined for the year.
 
How Do You Handle a Large Number of Attendees?
Everyone who has been in a large Zoom call knows it is difficult to spot who is talking, or where that person is, even if they are the only ones talking and unmuted.
 
An option is to use the spotlight video feature of zoom, similar to the Speaker view which will enable the host to display everyone, or a single person of the host’s choice, on the screen. During awards you could focus on the person receiving the award.
 
Start planning and practising now.
 
Could We Put it on Hold Until After the Pandemic?
The Club changeover belongs to the club and is run for the benefit of the Rotarians of the Club.
 
Before deciding on that, considered 2 things.
 
Changeovers are moments in time.
 We hold them as close as possible to the change of the Rotary year as a point of significance in transition. The further away we are from July 1 to hold the event, the less meaning it may have. When a physical changeover is in November will it be more meaningful than a virtual one in June?
 
Covid-19 is Challenging Member Engagement.
Even with all our efforts, it can be harder to feel attached to Rotary at the moment. Changeovers are a moment to celebrate what we do and the value of what we are. If we just ignore this event, will individual Rotarians find it harder to justify paying their annual dues. We need to keep our members engaged and part of what we do.
 
I have put this together for some guidance to Presidents and Presidents Elect as we are unsure as to when this lockdown will end.
 
If you have any questions or want any advice, but please contact me at your convenience.
 
Yours in Rotary service.
Tim Klar
District Governor  District 9520
 

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