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 be directed to The Herald
DG Kim Harvey welcomes your stories of Rotary In Action

During this last month, we welcomed several either new or transferring members to District 9520
Leonie Cox Victor Harbor
Kerry Erasmus Glenelg
Graeme Moulton Broken Hill South
Helen Parsons Victor Harbor
Troy Sgarbossa Coromandel Valley
Robyn Tillett Burnside
How to Be the Inspiration this year. President Barry Rassin has challenged clubs and Rotarians to Be the Inspiration in 2018-19. Here are a few ways you can do that.

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August DG's Newsletter

DG Kim's August Report

Well we are almost two months into our Rotary year and what a great start to the year it has been.  The response to the appeal to support Farmers and their communities has been outstanding from both an individual and Club level - thank you.  Paul and I started our official Club visits on July 31st with the Rotary Club of St Peters where I was delighted to have the opportunity to present, on behalf of that Club, a Paul Harris Sapphire to Shirley Manser.  As we continue our visits we are constantly amazed at the number and scope of activities undertaken by Clubs all across the District.  We thank all of the Clubs we have visited to date for making us feel so welcome.  Where  possible we have attended Club and District events such as the Donations In Kind working bee where it was wonderful to see over 100 Rotarians and friends of Rotary from Districts 9520 and 9500 working side by side.  Another combined Districts event that was a great success was the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) interview day held at the end of July - I was fortunate to be on one of the interview panels and was blown away with the passion and humanitarian spirit of the students.  Paul and I took a dip at the Rotary Club of Glenelg’s Cold Plunge (which should be renamed the Freezing Plunge) raising funds for organisations supporting the homeless - it was great to see members of local, state and federal government supporting the event as well as Rotarians from other Clubs in the District.  Last Friday evening we attended the Rotary Club of Morphett Vale’s fundraiser where we were entertained by singer, songwriter, producer, actor and author Mark Holden, who has generously given his time and talent in support of Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC), by performing at these events across multiple Rotary Districts.  He also happens to be an alumnus of Interact - who knew?  There are many more events and projects being undertaken by Clubs and District Committees that should be shared and celebrated through our District’s newsletter, website and Facebook page, but we need your help to make this possible. Please forward your stories and photos to and Be the Inspiration!

Mallee Emu Wren Translocation

Male Mallee Emu Wren – Weight approximately 6 grams – Photos by tom Hunt
During 2014 wildfires swept across Ngarkat Conservation Park in SA, devastating the park and much of the wildlife.
In particular, the already threatened Mallee Emu Wren became extinct in SA. These birds are particularly susceptible due to their preferred habitat (spinifex) needing to be many years old and to be quite expansive. After the fire the habitat was destroyed. Since then the spinifex has begun to regenerate to the point where it is now able to support the wrens.

Enter the Rotary Club of Murray Bridge. In conjunction with the Federal Government, several universities, BirdLife Australia, Zoos SA,  Zoos Victoria and the cooperation of government agencies across two states we have been part off a project to translocate emu wrens from the some parts of Victoria back into the Ngarkat park.
Murray Bridge Rotary has been involved with research and identification of suitable habit in Wyperfeld National Park in Victoria and then some months ago in Hattah-Kulkyne / Murray Sunset, wrens were collected and transported to a new home in Ngarkat.
At the time of you reading this my club is again in Murray Sunset / Hattah providing support for the translocation of another forty birds. In addition to members of the Rotary Club of Murray Bridge, we have been supported by the Rotary Club of Hallett Cove and community members from Adelaide & Strathalbyn.
The first translocation has been highly successful and a high percentage on the birds still being sighted in Ngarkat.
We look forward to continuing our support of this great environmental project.

Disaster Relief Update

Rotarians step up to support our Farmers
Following a call in the Herald, just a couple of weeks ago, to support our drought affected farmers and farming communities there has been an incredible response from Rotary Clubs and individual Rotarians.  Many Clubs have held or are planning their own fundraisers, and others are working hard to promote the current appeal through Rotary in Australia’s partnership with Channel 9 and the National Farmers Federation that has raised over a staggering $8,500,000 as of August 24.  Thank you so much for all your efforts.
I would like to acknowledge in particular Rotarian John George from the Rotary Club of St Peters and his son Paul, who have generously donated an amazing $30,000 to the Farmers Drought Relief Appeal through their company’s MGA Whittle Community Foundation.  In making this significant donation, John and Paul (third and fourth from the left in the photo) wanted to involve the Rotary Club of St Peters to show what Rotary does in the community.  Someone from the Stock Journal was present to cover this story and photos were sent to Channel 9.
St Peters’ Rotarians pictured include Shirley and Arthur Manser, Pam Vaughton, Phil Smith and President Brian Kretschmer.
I am pleased to announce that Jenny Mills, from the Rotary Club of Loxton, has been appointed the District 9520 Champion for the End Trachoma 2020 campaign. Jenny is currently in her third year as Assistant Governor for the Group 3 Clubs in the Riverland.  Jenny spent over 30 years in the Northern Territory and lived in Central Australia with approximately 20 years working in various roles in the NT Health Department, Hospital and Community Health services as well as Remote Health Services.  Jenny worked in Aboriginal communities as a Remote Area Nurse, an Educator for Aboriginal Health Workers as well as in various nursing and other Administrative roles.  Jenny’s background and passion for supporting people in remote communities will be a great asset in this important campaign to End Trachoma in Australia by 2020.  To find out more about this campaign and how your Club can be involved please visit or contact Jenny at
Part of Jenny’s role as District Champion is to report back to the National Committee on projects or programs being offered within our District.  If your Club is holding an event or activity that supports End Trachoma 2020 please contact Jenny with details so she can report on our District’s contribution to this campaign.
In the meantime I encourage you to view the following video to find out more about End Trachoma 2020.

Mobilong Catering Corp

The Rotary Club of Mobilong has recently commissioned a new BBQ van made possible by a grant from the Federal Member, funds from the highly successful Country Market and the Friends of Rotary program.
Member for Barker, Tony Pasin officially commissioned the trailer last month.


This is an update on ShelterBox’s disaster relief efforts in support of those displaced by the Lombok earthquakes. 

ShelterBox has a Response Team in Indonesia, working with local government and local Rotarians.  The Rotary support is being led by Past Governors Eva Kurniarty and Al Purwa.  Together, we are delivering aid to families in Lombok who have lost entire homes and we hope to be able to add to this with tents and tarpaulins.  This aid will assist local families to start to rebuild their lives.  On the ground, Rotary teams will be helping our ShelterBox Response Team to deliver relief to those families in desperate need.
As ShelterBox Australia Chair, and a Rotarian, I am proud to see our two organisations joining in our efforts to assist the people of Lombok.  This is the true essence of the Rotary-ShelterBox partnership.

End Polio Movie – Australia

This year’s End Polio Movie Event looks like being a blockbuster!

Bohemian Rhapsody is the story of Freddie Mercury and Queen and it will be released worldwide on 1st November.
Fox Studios in Australia have again arranged for Rotary clubs to run the movie nights as fundraisers for End Polio Now, during the week starting Thursday 1st November (Please note that there is no pre-release opportunity this time and you’ll need to avoid conflicts with Melbourne Cup events.)
When dealing with their local cinema, clubs need to remember that the cinema is not obliged to support the event. In some localities, aggressive negotiations have resulted in the loss of the opportunity to run the event in future years.
What is it about Queen? Their music and their story really resonate with all generations. By all means invite the Boomers but make a point of inviting GenX’ers and Millennials, they’ll love it too!
Clubs that have participated in these movie nights tell us that they are a lot of fun, great for building club spirit and also an excellent opportunity to engage with potential new members. And Bohemian Rhapsody looks like the best movie yet, a simply outstanding opportunity!
You’ll need to decide when you’d like to run the event, negotiate an arrangement with your local cinema and book a session time(s). By the way, it’s the cinema – not the Rotary club – that deals with Fox Studios. Some clubs like to band together to create a larger event – do what makes sense in your community.
Need more inspiration? Have a look at the movie trailer,


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The seawater temperature was only 12.8 degrees at Glenelg but that didn't stop many brave souls from taking the cold plunge to raise funds for the homeless in our community. A huge thank you to ALL that contributed and those that took the plunge including Amanda Wilson - Mayor, Holdfast BaySimon BirminghamNicolle Flint Member for BoothbyDavid Speirs MPStephen Patterson - Member for MorphettEmily Bourke - Labor MLC and Skye Kakoschke-Moore. Thank you also to all of the volunteers and to Glenelg Surf Life Saving Club for keeping us safe in those chilly waters. It's not too late to donate to help the HOMELESS @ Our recipient charities Hutt St Centre, Magdalene Centre (Anglicare SA), Mary's Kitchen and Catherine House - Support for Women Experiencing Homelessness thank you too! #coldplunge #rotary
Courtesy Glenelg Facebook
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Donations In Kind - Thanks

As the Chair of Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) I would like to extend thanks to all who attended the RAWCS Open Day at the Edinburgh warehouse for Donations in Kind (DiK).  The count of attendees on the day was 84 people at luncheon but total on attendance sheet was 101 volunteers - by far the biggest number of folk on site to date!
David Cockshell, who manages the DiK site reported that there were 65 jobs on the list. of that 33 were completed, 17 were partly done and 15 were not done. He is very happy with the amount of work that was done and what was managed to be accomplished on the day. This will significantly help the DiK committee to continue to tidy up the place and get back to a more normal warehouse state.
The day was also highly successful in getting a wide range of Rotarians (and others) to appreciate DIK and what we do as well as promoting other arms of RAWCS. DG Kim (9520) expressed her appreciate of the day and the engagement that such wide diversity of Rotarians were able to experience and get involved in an international activity in a very hands-on way.
A great day all round, well catered for and the luncheon was a buzz and provided an opportunity for some inter club and inter District fellowship.
Two things for clubs to consider:
  • Working Bees are always welcomed at DiK, a great opportunity for club fellowship and use of the BBQs is available.
The RAWCS committee are always available to provide club presentations on RAWCS, its facilities and how we can help projects for clubs.  For the clubs who requested this on the day, we will be in touch.  Remember there are also specialist RAWCS committees, e.g., Rotarians Against Malaria, Safe Water Saves Lives and Projects and Volunteers who can also provide independent presentations.
David Cockshell

2019 Scout Jamboree
The 2019 national Scout Jamboree is to be held in January. Expressions of interest regarding provision of catering are invited and all contact is to be made via Jeff Cluse 
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Giving Update
Your hard work Inspires others
Your gift to The Rotary Foundation funds meaningful services projects around the world. This year, publicise your district’s successful grant projects in newsletters, on your club and district’s websites, and in social media. Sharing your success through testimonials, videos, and photos brings your projects to life, illustrates the partnership between your district and The Rotary Foundation, and helps raise funds for future grants. 

Visit The Rotary Foundation’s Vimeo page to find inspiring videos about successful Foundation-funded grants.