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 be 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
 
Julie Hagger Edwardstown
Kym Martin Mitcham
Lachlan McLaren Mitcham
Greg Need Strathalbyn
Garry Pash Morphett Vale
 
 
 
 

DG Tim's November Report

Welcome to the November edition of my "Governor’s" newsletter.
Bronwyn and I have now completed visits to 45 clubs in the district delivering the message of Rotary this coming year. We still have three clubs to visit and I have two more meetings with the boards of clubs as well.
The new strategic plan is being well received by the clubs and the message has been noted. The need to increase our impact and expand our reach are  part of our president Mark Maloney’s areas of emphasis. As I consistently emphasised, we need to increase our ability to adapt and the clubs need to review their membership plans and public image plans to enhance participant engagement.
District 9500 has been able to access $200,000 funding from RAWCS for drought relief projects. These can be accessed by the district with clubs matching on a one-for-one basis for relief projects. Contact Past District Gov Bob Cooper for information and guidelines.
As a consequence of the bushfires Yorke Peninsula district 9520, with the concurrence of district 9500, I have set up a Yorke Peninsula Bushfire relief fund through a RAWCS project utilising the Rotary Australia Benevolent Scheme. Clubs and individuals are urged to donate and the scheme will have DGR1 status to enable tax deductibility for donations. The donation link should be up on the RAWCS and district websites in the next few days.
November is Rotary foundation month and one of the great things our Foundation has done is its work with the End Polio Now campaign in conjunction with the World Health Organisation and the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation.
As such it was very pleasing to hear on World Polio Day that a second type of wild polio virus has been eradicated, which is a significant step towards the ultimate goal of a polio free world.
The director-general the World Health Organisation said an independent commission of health experts had certified the global eradication of type III strain polio. It had not been detected anywhere in the world since a case in 2012. The type II strain of polio was certified as eradicated in 2015. This just leaves wild  polio virus type I. He commended Rotary on their long fight against polio and what they have done to bring us to brink of a Polio free world.
 Despite these accomplishments polio cases are rising in the areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan that are difficult to get to and travel in, are not secure enough for vaccinators to do their work and where people are highly mobile. Last year there were 33 wild polio cases. This year so far 88 cases have been reported. Rotary  continues to be committed to raising $50 million a year towards polio eradication.
Our ultimate aim is that no child will ever again suffer the devastating effects of polio. I encourage clubs to continue their Polio Plus fundraising activities.
A number of clubs have run functions and as Governor I strategically placed the car with the end polio logo at a Seaford club end polio now barbecue and at the recent Norwood Christmas pageant three Rotary branded cars with the end polio now logo promoted our campaign. The Norwood club followed this by an end polio now fair at Richards Park. I commend all the other clubs who have significant end polio now fundraising activities.
December will be disease prevention and treatment month and it is pleasing to see a number of water and sanitation projects being funded by clubs in the district.
In the lead up to the Christmas period I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
 

RYLA 2019

From An Awardee Point of View

The 2019 RYLA camp has concluded but awardee Paige Johnston found it a life changing experience.
Here is her story.
 
When I first heard about RYLA I was unsure of whether I should go or not and I became even more apprehensive when I heard that I would have to give up my phone. But RYLA turned out to be one of the greatest experiences of my life and I would readily let my phone be taken away forever if it meant I could go again.
I arrived on the Saturday morning to an already lively group, despite not having known each other for more than a few minutes at most people were already socialising, everyone was sitting in a large circle, getting to know not only their roommates and team mates but every other attendee in attendance and an inclusive environment was established from the get go.
 
We started with a moving talk by Erin Faerhmann, teaching us that our beginnings do not define us. Even though some of us may not see ourselves as leaders now, looking back we will notice things we didn’t before and realise that we are already budding leaders and making life changing decisions. This was followed by binding the whole group with twine, signifying we were now connected for the week and I am still wearing a piece around my ankle as a reminder.
After lunch we met our Small Groups, the team I would become closest with and with whom I would later be performing a skit. The first bonding moment for our small group was decorating our room and creating our mascot, Daddy Dragon, we got to know each other’s humour, creativity, intelligence and personalities and this made our team a force to be reckoned with.  
 
I was dreading that night’s activity, we were to prepare a skit and my acting skills are extremely lacking. But my team, full of humour and wit decided to work that to our advantage, thus creating the most ironic and boring character we could. Our play consisted of Shrek references, disastrous dinner dates and even a stabbing which ended with a large amount of red streamers being thrown into the air. We walked away from skit night with a win.
Day two began with a seminar on leadership by the power couple Nathan and Abbie-lea Verco. They helped us identify ourselves in the 4 communication styles, Steady, Conscientious, Influencer and Dominant and how to adapt to others styles and make it work with your own. Like almost all of the RYLA sessions, we got to interact with Nathan and Abbie and the information they gave us in that short session was referenced constantly through the week.
 
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Rotary supporting community spirit in drought affected areas.

 
 
 
You have an opportunity to support rural communities located in drought declared areas of our Rotary Districts 9500/9520 by directing RAWCS monies amounting to $200,000 to 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 such as Rotary, Zonta or Lions.
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 2 such projects;
  • Spring Rain Dance at Sanderston, Rotary Club of Onkaparinga $2,000
  • Lachie’s hay run from Coonalpyn to Yunta, Rotary Club of Onkaparinga $2000 & Rotary Club of Murray Bridge $1,000
 
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An  Update on the Water Bag Project at Calperum  Station

The Water Bag Project is now 16 months into its 24 month plan.
The 2 sites have performed very differently.
 
Rosies site originally was planted with 30 Murray Mallee Pine, Callitris gracilis seedlings. There are only 3 seedlings left. Unfortunately this site was frequently visited by wild goats, kangaroos, and lizards. These animals came to the site seeking water. After biting holes in the bags or pulling the wicks out, they ate the plants either partially or completely. The original height of the seedlings varied between 70 and 100mm. The surviving seedlings are now less than 30mm high. The guards were badly damaged, requiring straightening up at each visit to refill the bags. The punctured bags required repairing. 7 bags have been badly torn and will not be repaired. On October 6th  last year (2018), I replaced 13 of the dead or eaten plants with new seedlings. Unfortunately these have been eaten as well. In February 2019, I planted one Sugarwood, Myoporum platycarpum  and one Native Apricot, Pittosporum angustifolium in the site. The Native Apricot was immediately eaten down to 200mm high from its original 800mm height. I put a double height guard around it. This stopped the goats/kangaroos from eating it.  Unfortunately it still suffered from being an animal’s breakfast because I became aware lizards were also visiting the site. The seedling is still alive but struggling. The Sugarwood is struggling due to lack of consistent water. I am still learning how to set the wicks up correctly but I have learnt a lot. I am doing better now and I expect the Sugarwood and the Native Apricot will survive.
I hope to stop the lizards from entering the guards by installing fine grade mesh around the guard at the bottom. The guards are made of Chicken wire. The lizards crawl through it. During the November visit, the finer mesh was installed on 5 guards. The rest will be installed during future visits
 
The Stone Henge site has faired much better. Of the original 20 River Murray Pine, Callitris gracilis seedlings, planted 10 are alive. The site has not been visited by goats or kangaroos. Lizards have been a problem but not as bad as at the Rosies site. Bags have been punctured and wicks pulled out. Some seedlings have been eaten, either partially or completely. 8 dead seedlings have been replaced with another Murray Mallee Pine, Callitris gracilis seedling. The guards at this site will have the finer mesh fitted as time permits.
 
In February 2019, in view of the dead seedlings at the Rosies site, I decided to start a third site to use the spare guards and bags. I called this Site 13 because it was at the Site 13 of Dr. Cale’s original revegetation project. This site had easy access, no gate or fencing, and had an established track I could use to minimise damage to the area. I initially planted 3 Murray  Mallee Pine, Callitris gracilis, 2 Sugarwood, Myoporum platycarpum and 1 Native Apricot, Pittosporum angustifolium seedlings.  For 3 months the seedlings grew unhindered. Then 1 Murray Mallee Pine was half eaten.
I installed a double height guard around it. This stopped the eating of it. Unfortunately a nearby Murray Mallee Pine and the Native Apricot were eaten. I decided to remove 2  of the Murray Mallee Pines  and the Native Apricot from the site, leaving the Murray Mallee Pine  seedling with the double height guard and the 2 Sugarwoods in the site. The 3 removed seedlings were replaced by Sugarwood seedlings because these appeared to not be eaten. Maybe the animals do not like them. “Ha Ha, go find something else to eat.” There were now 5 Sugarwood and 1 Murray Mallee Pine at the site. These seedlings survived quite well. Some were stressed once or twice due to lack of water, (the wick was not correctly placed).
 In August and September, I planted 13 seedlings, 4 Sugarwood, 6 Hakea leucoptera and 3 Native Apricot seedlings. 3 of the Sugarwood seedlings became stressed within 1 month and have remained so since. I hope they will recover. The remaining 16 seedlings are doing well.
The finer mesh will be installed on these guards as time permits.
During the November visit, I saw the bags and seedlings were being buried in drifting sand, blown by the wind from the nearby Old Wentworth Road. This site is very exposed. I will wrap the guard in shade cloth to minimise the sand being blown onto the bag and the seedling as soon as possible.
More in a few months
David Gooley
Rotary Club of Mitcham.

Tribute to David (Dave) Mellen

Dave Mellen passed away on 15th November 2019 and following is part of the tribute presented at his funeral by Rotarian Phil Westover.
 
David Mellen gave service to his community in several ways during his lifetime and one of those ways of service was through his membership of Rotary International. It was a big part of his life.
David joined Rotary in 1986 and over the next 33 years served Murray Bridge and the wider community.
 
David held various offices at club level and at District Level in Rotary.
 
He was a director of the Rotary Club of Murray Bridge on several occasions, and at various times he was the secretary and the president and the vice president.  He participated in many programs of our club and of particular note was his participation in the International Youth Exchange Program.
 
Through his previous membership of APEX and subsequently through his membership of Rotary, David and his family hosted several international exchange students.  One of these students was a young girl from Denmark named Sisse Rasmussen who formed a special bond with the Mellens and with others in Murray Bridge.  It was a highlight for David and others of us to attend Sisse’s wedding in Sweden in 2009.
 
David was also very active in Rotary at the District Level.  He was an Assistant Governor.  He chaired a District Committee that promoted literacy programs and another committee that concerned students at risk.  He was an avid supporter of the Group Study Exchange program.
 
For a Rotary Club to conduct its programmes it needs cash.  David was also a very active member of our club at that grass roots level, cooking barbecues, selling wine and raffle tickets and doing whatever else needed to be done to raise money.
 
Not all of David’s activity in Rotary was serious.  There are many of us who attended a Rotary District Conference in Mildura some years ago, and who will never forget the sight of David Mellen at about 6 foot 4 inches in height and weighing in excess of 16 stone, wearing a ballet tutu, a blue singlet, and work boots performing a ballet  with a somewhat shorter Ron Lehman and others, also wearing the same style of costume.  They danced to the tune of “Nobody Loves a Fairy when she is 40”, and their performance was hilarious. 
 
David was a well-respected and highly valued member of our Rotary club, and we valued his wisdom. David was awarded Rotary’s highest honours.  He was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship in 2001, a Paul Harris Fellowship Sapphire Pin in 2013, and the Avenues of Service Citation in 2013.
 
David Mellen was a good man.  He was our friend and we will miss him.
 
Vale Dave Mellen.

We Need You!

In seven months the new District 9510 will come into being.
As part of the new District structure, a Communications Committee is being established from Districts 9500 & 9520.
Current members of both Districts Committees are males and in the interest of balanced and diverse views we are seeking representation from female members.
Among other things the Communications Committee will be responsible for the Newsletter publications and is in need of assistance.
If you would like to be part of this evolving Committee and help shape the communication strategies for the future, please contact DGE David Jones for more information.
Email David Jones DG2020@rotary9510.org
 

DG 2022 - 2023 Applications

Dear fellow Rotarians.
 
The Rotary districts 9500 and 9520, after agreement of the joint G train for both districts has determined the composition of the nominating committee for the position of District Governor for district 9510 in the year 2022-2023.
 
Below are links to the approved application form, a document outlining the roles of the District Governor, a document outlining election rules for selection and a document outlining the management structure of district 9510.
 
Applications open on 11 November 2019 and applications close on 27 January 2020. Only applications on the prescribed form attached will be accepted.
 
It is proposed that the selection committee will meet on 1 February 2020. Details will be sent to candidates on procedures for selection immediately on the close of applications.
 
All applications must be submitted to David Fenton, District Secretary designate at secretary20-22@rotary9510.org
 
If you wish to discuss this and want more information feel free to contact me
 
Tim Klar
District Governor D9520 2019-20
 
 Wanted!
A Centenary Logo

In 2021 Rotary celebrates 100 years of service in Australia and New Zealand and we need a powerful, engaging logo to help build our story. A competition has been launched to help make an impact. What creativity can you conjure that captures the heart and soul of our centenary? Separate designs for both New Zealand and Australia will be welcome. Or a design that covers both countries — a design that enhances Rotary’s broader branding. Everyone is welcome to enter — Rotarians, professionals, friends and family. And your story will be an important part of the logo’s launch. We are tapping into the passion and energy of volunteers who will be rewarded simply with a heart-felt thanks acknowledged by Rotary leaders. Your story will be part of our centenary story. The competition is now open and closes on 15 December. This is your chance to make a mark on history!

For more information contact Rotary Melbourne R100 Team Leader Hugh Bucknell on: hbucknal@bigpond.net.au

Phone +61 3 9819 3309 or visit http://www.rotary100down under.com .

Bronwyn's ShelterBox Activities:

Having selected Shelterbox as her partner’s project, Bronwyn continues to advocate support for ShelterBox at club visits with Governor Tim.
She was delighted to receive donations from breakfast club, Eastwood and dinner club Victor Harbor, on the same day.
Di Maas, wife of the District Secretary, Peter Maas, recently held a very successful high tea as a fundraiser and Megan Graham, a ShelterBox Response Team member from Booleroo Centre spoke of her recent deployment to Bangladesh delivering  ShelterBox aid.
 

Health of the River Forum 2019

The 2019 HOTR Forum held from the 28th October to November 1st up at Calperum Station, near Renmark, has just been completed and I’m very pleased to announce that the week’s educational activities were very well received by the 13 students involved.
The weather was very hot on most days, which meant the day’s activities were re-arranged to enable us to get most of the field work done before 1 pm but this didn’t stop us having full and interesting activities, follow-up studies and discussions.
The programme of educational activities run by the experienced team of Calperum education officers and ecologists, included an extra day this year and enabled the students to experience an even broader range of ‘river health’ tasks.
One of the great features of this special research and science based camp is that it enables students to do many ‘hands-on’ tasks with very qualified personnel and to experience first-hand, the sorts of conditions and challenges researchers face in their studies.  
 
This year students were involved in the following studies: River System Restoration, Erosion and Habitat Rehabilitation Study (Branching), Tree Health (salinity issues), Healthy Ecosystems (Macroinvertebrates study), Cultural use of the environment, Fauna Survival (Pit-fall Trapping), the History of Local Irrigation (Olivewood), Salinity Issues and Control and the role of Environmental Flows in sustaining a healthy river system.
A whole range of skills that are important for achieving credible research and the reasoning behind the science of managing and maintaining a ‘healthy’ river system were continually emphasised by the Calperum team and it can be well affirmed that the “Health of the River Forum” met its goals of assisting in the development of future young scientists through this special Water Study Rotary opportunity.
Group planning
The camp is not all about science though because another important focus of the HOTR Forum is the development of young people’s outlooks and character. There were a whole range of activities that had these students from a range of different schools, mostly unknown to each other, involved in group tasks, leisure time, fun and games. The Quiz Night and Calperum’s Got Talent were again successful in bringing students together and our night of fun, clowning and balloon animal making was a real winner with all! I’d like to thank all the people involved in this year’s programme.
Without going into great detail they are – the staff of Calperum, the parent supporters, the school liaison teachers, our excellent caterer, the local volunteers who provided great insight to regional issues, the Rotarians and clubs that facilitated and supported this unique experience, and my small band of helpers who attended and backed up all the student experiences.
I very much recommend the Health of the River Forum as a thoroughly worthwhile programme for our future generation to be involved and hope that even more students and clubs will support future events.
Bruce Cole (HOTR 2019 Convenor) Blackwood Rotary Club
 
Student Feedback – Just a few excerpts from the students who took part.
I really enjoyed this experience and it’s not one I will forget soon! Alex R
  It was an amazing experience learning about the different ways we can help our environment. Lucy
Even people who don’t enjoy Science would like this experience. Zoe
It is a great opportunity to learn about the ecology and conservation work. Cherie
It has been an awesome camp! Rachel
I would recommend this camp because it is something totally different from anything else. You also help with the research that is being done here. Sara
It is a great opportunity to learn about the ecology and conservation work. Cherie
It is great to go to a remote area and learn about the environment from ecologists, the real deal! Harmony
Everyone got on really well and the ability to make friends was very easy. I would 100% recommend this experience to other students. Ava
I would recommend this to other students because they could learn a lot about themselves, science and our home. Dylan
It’s been very hands on and fun. It’s an amazing experience and there should be more young people getting into this stuff. Owen
The activities were very fun and I really enjoyed handling the lizards and spiders. Alex F
I have really enjoyed my time and have liked meeting new people and also learning and growing my knowledge on the river and flood plains and how the salt is influencing the river and land around it. Skye
I absolutely loved the time I had. It opened my eyes up to new things that we really need to be addressed. Shanti
 
HOTR 2019 Students

Proposed Global Grant Supports India

The following is part of a submission presented to RI to assist in securing a Global Grant.
For more information relating to Global Grants, please contact PDG Jerry Casburn jerry@thecasburns.com.au
 
Goa, with a population of 14,30,000, has the highest incidence of breast and cervical cancer ,among the States in India.There is an urgent need to procure medical equipment which can detect cancer. This will ensure early detection of cancer,prevent the cancer from worsening ,and will ultimately prevent mortality. Provision of this equipment will make certain prompt medical treatment in early stages of cancer. This will save the exorbitant medical cost associated with late cancer detection, and will ensure the well being of the patient as well as the
family.
This program will assist in promoting disease prevention and treatment programs that limit the spread of communicable diseases and reduce the incidence and effect of noncommunicable diseases; Strengthening health care systems.

Broken Hill In Action

Many Clubs throughout our District have assisted with the ongoing drought. Western NSW and north east SA surround Broken Hill and this enthusiastic Club has well and truly risen to the challenge.
Following is a brief summary of Drought assistance events that the Rotary Club of Broken Hill have helped with this year,
 
 
18.05.2019          Olary –               A function was held at Bandara Station which is north of Olary for approx. 70+ station people.                 
                                            
Rotary supplied the food ($1,334) and also carried out the catering.                    
 
03.08.2019         Tibooburra -      A Butchering & Golf day was held in the township and approx. 150+ people attended and it was held over 2 days.
 
Rotary assisted with partly funding ($2,000) the food and also carried out the catering.
 
19.08.2019           Ivanhoe -          Ivanhoe held a vintage truck show in the township to bring the station people in their area together for some draught relief
 
Rotary assisted with partly funding the catering ($2,000) for this event.
 
 
27.09.2019          Bindara Station -            This station is situated on the Darling river north of Menindee. A Womens Wellbeing Retreat, a mental health workshop, was organised by women from properties around the area.
                                                
Rotary assisted with partly funding the catering ($800)   
 
5 – 7.10.2019    Tibooburra Gymkhana - This was a 3 day Bike & Horse gymkhana event held at a township north of Broken Hill, Approx 450+ people attended over 3 days.
 
Rotary did the catering over the 3 days.
                                                                          
09.11.2019          Pooncarie -        This township is between Menindee & Wentworth. They held a Ball for the people with in the area for some drought relief. 90+ people attended.
                                                          
We assisted with partly funding ($2,000) the catering
 
All these events received excellent coverage for Rotary by the Broken Hill ABC radio station.
 
Well done the Rotary Club of Broken Hill.
Notes supplied by the RC of BH
District 9520 Conference
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