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"
Upcoming events should b e directed to The Herald
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
Michael Bagshaw Mount Barker
Margaret Beare Campbelltown
Stephen Bone Kent Town
Jacqueline Hart Victor Harbor
Kevin Hill Campbelltown
Ankur Jandial Campbelltown
Beth Mudge Victor Harbor
Kevin O'Neil Campbelltown
Chol Pager Edwardstown
Josiah Stanley McLaren Vale
David Wing Stirling

DG's January Message

My fellow Rotarians.
Welcome back everyone after the festive season. I hope you have had a great break and celebrated with family and friends.
Half the Rotary year is now gone, Bronwyn and I have completed our visits to the clubs and we now settle down to the task ahead for the rest of the Rotary year.
As you are aware we have had catastrophic fires in both the Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island, as well as fires in Victoria and New South Wales. I activated the district disaster relief committee on Christmas Eve and we had our first meeting on Boxing Day morning. The committee has been meeting regularly and has now expanded to a district 9520/9500 joint committee because of the disastrous fires on Kangaroo Island.
We have opened the South Australian bushfire relief fund through RAWCS and a link to the donation page is on the district website. Our efforts are directed towards preparing for recovery efforts, rather than immediate relief efforts. However we have just funded school shoes for 25 young students at Parndana to assist with replacing school uniforms that were lost in the fire.
The two district trailers used for recovery and repair activities have been serviced and refurbished and now have been deployed in the Cuddly Creek area to assist with recovery efforts.
District Governor Elect David Jones is currently in San Diego undergoing DG training at International Assembly and Lyn is being schooled in the intricacies of being a Governor’s partner.
We wish them well for the week and look forward to David's return with the new R I theme and the emphases of RIPE Holger Knack’s year as President.
In February David will be starting the new training cycle for DLT members, AG’s and Presidents elect. This will be a new experience for many, given the new district structure, a doubling in size of the district and the number of attendees at training seminars. I encourage everyone to give David all the support you can as we transition to district 9510.
February 2020 is both Rotary's anniversary on 23 February and Peace and Conflict prevention/resolution month.
Parameters that you may wish to consider in your activities in this month include
            1 Group activities and other workshops that support peace leadership in education.
            2 Education on constructive ways to prevent, manage and  transform conflict including after-school and community based programming.
            3 Training programs to address conflict or the risk of conflict, related to use and management of natural resources.
            4 Legal, psychological, social and rehabilitative services to integrate vulnerable populations into society including at-risk youth and refugees.
We are only two months away from the district conference in Mildura. I would encourage anyone who is not yet registered to do so as soon as possible as some functions are already filled.
This month, with the overseas support we have received from Rotarians to assist with our bushfire relief efforts, truly demonstrates how Rotary connects the world.
Tim Klar
As some of you are aware DG Tim has been on sick leave all of January.
As the result of some health problems he was investigated and diagnosed with a significant mass in his bowel in early in December that was possibly cancerous.
He underwent Bowel surgery early in January and a large mass was removed. Subsequently pathology showed the mass to be pre-cancerous and no evidence that it had spread. The surgeon expects him to make a complete recovery with no need for chemo or radiotherapy. He expects to return to full duty in the first week in February.
He thanks every one who contacted him for their kind thoughts and has a big thank you for IPDG Kim  who stepped up as Vice Governor during his leave.

Bushfire Response Begins

The District 9520 response to the Adelaide Hills bushfire has made its first mark.
Soon there will be additional opportunities to participate.

Kurdistan RAWCS Project

PROJECT: To renovate and modernize four schools in the town of RANIA situated in Kurdistan to allow better sanitation and hygiene, thereby enhancing much needed education especially for girls who are missing out on a monthly bases due to lack of toilet facility privacy.
To also repair general class room standards to increase student and staff safety.

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Rotary Public Image WEBINAR

5th March 7pm Sydney (EDT) time
Need some help with understanding Rotary’s ‘new’ branding and creating logos for your club?

Join us for a webinar on Branding, Using templates in the Brand Centre, and Creating Personalised Logos.
Thursday 7th March 2020 at 7pm, (EDT)
For more information contact RPIC Gina Growden on gina.growden@bigpond.com, or mob 0412 128 106.

Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/733567589

Allkids Garden Party

Rotary Club of St Peters

Allkids is a not for profit, non-Government organization based in Cambodia.

AllKids Objectives are;
* To enable disadvantaged children to access education
* To improve the quality of education within local schools
* To strengthen local communities and encourage self determination
The AllKids Learning Centre offers additional tuition for all children in the community to provide programs not available in the public schools including English and IT. There are currently over 700 children enrolled for classes.
Allkids website - https://www.allkids.org.au/ 
The Rotary Club of St Peters D9520 has been a major sponsor of Allkids Cambodia since it began in 2013. Allkids Founder is Paul Otto who will also be a Speaker at the D9520 Conference in Mildura in March 2020. Recent International studies have shown that poor oral hygiene is a contributor to poor child development so, in 2017, the Allkids Dental Programme was started to complement the schools opportunities. The Rotary Club of St Peters has donated in excess of $50,000 since the inception of Allkids, resulting in some major projects as well as expenses towards the general running of the school and Dental program, like
  • A bus to collect and return children for the school
  • Dental equipment for the surgery
  • Some Rotarians from the club have also visited the school for projects
The current President of the Rotary Club of St Peters, John George, along with his company MGA Whittle has also been a major sponsor for Allkids.
From the beginning of this Rotary year the Club decided to have a special Fundraising event for Allkids which resulted in The Allkids Garden Party held on 3rd November 2019. There was of course a lot of planning, starting in late July and regular organising meetings comprising of Rotarians, friends and staff of MGA Whittles.
The weather proved kind to us, and we had a magnificent day with around 150 people attending and raising in excess of $20,000, with also $4,500 in ongoing annual student sponsorship.
Past President Arthur Manser, as Chairman, opened proceedings and thanked everyone for attending to support Allkids in Cambodia. He said today is about having fun and helping children in need and special thanks are due to Cathy and John Miller for their support and for providing their tennis court as a venue.
President’s Welcome - President John George welcomed Rotarians, Partners and the many Guests. He explained that it was a Rotary meeting which he officially opened.
He said he was proud to be associated with Allkids since its inception and they have achieved some huge goals over the years. Paul Otto, the founder, together with sponsorship from the Rotary Club of St Peters, MGA Whittles and people such as those supporting and attending the Gala Party mean there are now 750 children going through the Learning Centre in Cambodia each week.
Seven years ago, kids were leaving school at year 4 whereas now it is year 9 and they are getting jobs, which wouldn’t happen if it wasn’t for Allkids.
Fundraising activities, along with the ticket price, for the day were
  • a wine bar where for $25 one would take their chance of getting a valuable bottle from the ones donated.
  • Guests were invited to sponsor children in Allkids Cambodia for the cost of $30 or $50 per month.
  • There were quilts available for sale which were made by Cambodian mothers.
  • An auction was held for several items generously donated
    • 7 days on the Gold Coast
    • A houseboat trip on the River Murray,
    • Jewellery
    • Two paintings
    • Several bottles of good quality wine
President John in closing, emphasized that all the money raised on the day, would go to the children because costs were kept to an absolute minimum by generous donations as well as guests were waited upon by volunteer girls from St Peters College who were also raising funds for a school visit to Cambodia early in 2020. Food and an array of flowers also were generously donated by partners and friends of Rotary.
Lyn Jones, Rotarian Brian Kretschmer, DGE David Jones, Rotarian Keith Payne, President of RC Campbelltown President Benny Bosmann enjoying the sunshine
The day was financially successful, raising $25,000 for the AllKids Cambodia and it also brought together many Rotarians, partners friends and business colleagues from all walks of life in an atmosphere of friendship and giving. All those who attended learnt more about the what and why we are passionate supporters of “Allkids “.
Paul Otto, Allkids Country Director receives the cheque from RC St Peters John George

Social Media Draft Guidelines

When next posting to social media, please consider these draft guidelines to ensure you uphold the ideals of Rotary.
Rotary District 9520
Social media policy guidelines. January 2020.
Social media offers the opportunity for people to create, share and consume content connecting and engaging with others in the community, across the district and around the world.
The global popularity of social media has grown to the point where it is often a primary source of information and interaction.
Rotary embraces social media is an important tool to assist their public image as well is attracting potential members and community partners. Social media enables like-minded people and organisations to connect and create opportunities to serve.
Rotary also recognises the value of social media on a personal level enabling sharing of information and ideas with family friends and communities.
With the rapid growth in impact of social media, district 9520 recognises the need to provide policy guidelines. This ensures members understand the district expectations and standards when communicating about its services, people and program partners.


SCASA Winners

Rotary Club  of Mobilong Wins Premier’s Distinction Award for  “SUPERTEES” project and collects $2600
On the 27th November 110 people attended the Glenelg Golf Club for the Service Clubs award ceremony to hear about projects that had been nominated by the various Service Clubs across the state.
Huge congratulations to the Rotary Club of Mobilong who took out the Youth Category for their Supertees project where they received $600 and  then received the overall prize on the day the Premier’s Distinction Award and received a further $2000 prize money. The Supertee is a specially designed garment for very sick children that can be easily removed or accessed for treatment and can be worn during an MRI or other procedures. The club got involved in the project after a young Strathalbyn boy and his mum had a goal to ensure that sick children in South Australia would have access to the garments at no cost. This project has been a major achievement for the club and is sincerely thankful to Youth Director Brian Wybrow who first put the project to the club.
The Club also received a Runnerup Award and $400 in the Health Category for their “Keeping the Community Heart Beating “ project after installing 3 AED devices into the local shopping mall.
Thankyou also to the members of Goolwa and Morialta for nominating projects and representing District 9520. It was very pleasing to have Rotary further mentioned with nominations from 7 clubs in District 9500, in particular RC of Port Lincoln who were the winners of 2 categories.  
There were nominations from Kiwanis, Lions C1 and C2, Rotary 9500 and 9520, Soroptimist and Zonta Clubs with a very diverse selection of projects undertaken which all have an impact on the community of South Australia.
The Association will be holding its AGM on Thursday 13th February with everyone welcome. If you would like further information about the Association please feel free to contact
Bronwyn on 0417197219 or bronwynheard61@gmail.com
I look forward to having more clubs nominating their great work in 2020
Bronwyn Heard
Rotary District 9520 Rep on SCASA committee / Chair of SCASA

End Polio - Gates Foundation

Dear Rotarian,

I’m delighted to let you know that Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation just announced the extension of our fundraising partnership. The Gates Foundation will continue matching donations to Rotary’s PolioPlus program 2-1, up to $50 million every year.

Share your commitment by showing this video from Bill Gates at your next club meeting or event and help Rotary and the Gates Foundation spread the word about our extended fundraising partnership. You can also share this news by forwarding this email to your Rotary network. Video is accessed by clicking the above logo.

Whether you’re a new Rotary member, or you’ve been fighting polio for decades—there’s a role for you to play in ending this disease. Visit endpolio.org to learn more and donate.


John Germ
Chair, End Polio Now Countdown to History Committee
Rotary Foundation Trustee

Consider This Before Posting Online

Global Grant Update

Dear Rotary leaders:

You can now see a summary of the results of the 2018-19 grant model evaluation that was presented to the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation. The purpose of the evaluation was to determine how satisfied Rotarians are with the new grant model, gauge their support for and understanding of the areas of focus, and assess the sustainability of global grant-funded projects. In all three of these aspects, our grant model is a success! Of the survey respondents:
  • 93 percent say that the current grant model is better than the previous grant model
  • 96 percent say that Rotary is working in the right areas of focus
  • 62 percent feel that they are well-prepared to implement sustainability requirements

In addition, since the launch of the current grant model in 2013, the average size of global grants has risen 21 percent, and the average size of district grants has risen 16 percent. We can all feel proud that our new grant model is working so well.

As leaders, we need to continue to remind clubs about the importance of community assessments. When we work with community members, these assessments help us understand what’s happening in a community, decide which challenges to tackle, and ultimately implement projects that are more sustainable and have greater impact.

I encourage you to share these evaluation results with clubs. Thank you, as always, for all of your work to support Rotarians who are Doing Good in the World.


Abby McNear
Director of Grants


Support From Across The Ocean

As a result of the recent bushfires in Australia, DG Tim has received messages of support from several overseas Districts.
Tim and Michael,
Rotarians and Clubs in my District are asking how they can help.  I realize the fires are everywhere in Australia but I know the two of you best so I thought I would direct my questions to you.
  • What charities would be the best to point people to?
  • Should they use the new Rotary Foundation Disaster Relief fund?
  • Do you have Disaster Funds already set up in your Districts?
  • Any other ideas for help that we can mobilize Rotarians to help with.
Please let us know how best we can help.  And let the Rotarians in your Districts know that they are in our prayers.
Yours in Rotary Service.
Marc Horner
District Governor 2019-2020
Rotary District 6040
Past President Rotary Club of Kansas City 2011-2012
DG Tim,
Our District 040 6Executive Committee voted to donate $2000 USD to the Adelaide brush fire RAWCS site.  I have bank transfer information for RAWCS but I need to know how to direct the funds to the Adelaide fund.  I want to let our treasurer know so she can make the funds transfer.
Marc Horner
District Governor 2019-2020
Rotary District 6040
Past President Rotary Club of Kansas City 2011-2012
Dear District Governor Tim,
The Rotary Club of Swindon Old Town (Swindon, Wiltshire UK) would like your Rotary Members to know that we are thinking of all the people who are affected by the seasonal wild fires in Australia.
We are horrified at the shocking news that we receive over here, and have sympathy for the people who have lost loved ones and lost their homes. We are also impressed with the dignity and acceptance we see from people being interviewed.
Hearing how many animals have probably been killed is dreadful and words cannot really express our distress.
We are in total admiration of the many fire men and women who are working so hard in dangerous conditions.
We hope that there will be a some good come from the disaster and that certain leaders in the world will address the Global Warming issue with haste and resolution. The public in this country are putting pressure on our government to speed up some positive actions.
Regards and good wishes come from all our members.
Yours in Rotary,
Melodie Beevers
International Chair.
District 9520 Conference
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Katie Sarah, an Adelaide mother of three is the first woman in the world to complete the death-defying Seven-Seven challenge, previously a men's only club.
This means that as well as successfully climbing Mt Everest in 2010, Katie is one of the few Australian women to summit the highest peak on each of the world’s seven continents.
The unstoppable mum-of-three has now climbed not only the highest mountain on all seven continents, but also the seven highest volcanic peaks.
Only seven other climbers, all of them men, have achieved the same victory.
While working in finance and accounting and raising three sons, Sarah first became a triathlete and a marathon runner.
Her love of outdoor pursuits saw her take a role in adventure travel, which ultimately led to her becoming an altitude climber.
In 2007 Sarah was the first Australian woman to summit Mt Himlung in Nepal.
Her business, Sarah Mountain Journeys, offers personalised international wilderness expeditions, specialising in the Himalayas of Nepal and Tibet, Tanzania and South America.

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