November 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 since our last newsletter. Please make them welcome.
All names published are from the ClubRunner database from 17th Oct to 13th November. If names are missing please ask your Secretary to enter them or email Robin LeGallez for assistance.
Pamela Dron Waikerie
Michelle Lihou Goolwa
Neetan Neetan Edwardstown
Tony Nicholls Edwardstown
Marcus Palmer Edwardstown
Catherine Power Seaford Rotary
Keith Preston Edwardstown

November is Rotary Foundation Month


Please ensure all member updates are made through ClubRunner only!!!!


District 9520 Climbs to Second on the Membership Ladder!

Congratulations to those clubs which have been working hard to increase their membership this year.  We have had a net growth of 29 members to October 31.  This is second equal with D9650, the Newcastle district. D9640 Gold Coast/Tweed River, with 33 member growth, took top place.
However the job is not over yet.  This increase is not even one new member per club and remember we will inevitably lose more of our older members at 30 June next year.  We need to work hard over these two quarters to increase our growth sufficiently to provide a healthy buffer for the last quarter of the year.
Broken Hill South is the latest club to ask for help and Group 1 membership committee member, Rachel White, is going up to help in the New Year.    If any other club would like help please contact District Membership Chair, Euan Miller.
Euan MillerD9520 Membership Chair 0401 124 387

Combined District Conference 2018
The 2018 combined District Conference will be held in the Barossa next year.

Early Bird Registrations close on 31st December – Book your conference and accommodation registration ASAP.

Click on the link below to register

DG Bob's Monthly Report

As District Governor I am again amazed with the magnificent contributions Rotary Clubs make within their local Communities and abroad.
Polio Ute Relay
The Rotary Polio Ute Relay raffle and other related events raised over $15000. The raffle was drawn on World Polio Day on 24 October on the One and All Sailing ship at Port Adelaide hosted by the Rotary Club of Glenelg. Many thanks go to all the clubs who have participated and raised money for the eradication of Polio.
Many thanks also to our sponsors  Sealink, Mercure Hotels, the One and All, Janome Sewing Solutions, Flight Centre Glenelg, Event Cinemas and the Rotary Club of Glenelg. All nine prizes were sold by different clubs around our District.
1st prize: Susie Clarke (RC Glenelg)
2nd prize: Annette Evans (RC Red Cliffs)
3rd prize: John Illis (RC Seaford)
4th prize: Neil Alexander (RC Mildura)
5th prize: Charles Gilles (RC Mt Barker)
6th prize: Lynne Dean (RC Hallett Cove)
7th prize: Paul Eiternick (RC Stirling)
8th prize: Rob Harding (RC Somerton Park)
9th prize: Maria Deieso (RC Morialta)
Thank you Jeff Neale of Paradise Motors for your sponsorship and allowing me to continue to drive the Mazda Ute throughout the District advertising the End Polio Now Campaign and Rotary during my year.

Breakfast in the Park

Rotary Club of Morialta
Sunday 19th November 2017


Join with District 9500 Group 1 Clubs at a luncheon featuring cricket themed guest speaker to support the Rohingya refugee crisis. This is a joint Group1 project.
The HOWZAT Adelaide Oval Rotary Luncheon Nov 29th: 12:15 for 12:45 start
The cost is $40 per person - includes lunch, coffee & tea and a shared cheese platter and support for a combined Adelaide Rotary Clubs Rohingya refugee emergency response project


Holdfast Bay Supports Foodbank SA


The Rotary Club of Holdfast Bay has had a long association with Foodbank SA.  Volunteers from our Club have packed Christmas hampers for many years.  The hampers generally contain 22 items ranging from staples such as spaghetti to Christmas items such as  Christmas puddings, bon-bons and treats.  A typical day’s packing lasts from 8:30am  to 11:30 am. Our aim is to pack 405 hampers in that time.  This year six of our members teamed up with a crew from Cummings and packed all our hampers with a half an hour to spare.

In addition to this work our Club has several volunteers who work in the Food Hub at Edwardstown.  The Food Hub is a mini supermarket where people who are given vouchers from various welfare agencies can shop.  The system tries to “normalise” the shopping experience of the customers in a friendly and welcoming environment.  Members work on average 20 hours a week in the Food Hub.


Rotarian Rob Walters is a Model for Rotary.
Rob is a keen golfer and he is using his interest and skills to help organise a four Day Golfing Competition for Rotarians, using this project to raise monies for; “Australian Rotary Health” and “Headspace”.
Australian Rotary Health is one of the largest independent funders of mental health research within Australia. ARH also provides funding for many other general health areas across Australia.
Headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds, along with assistance in promoting young peoples’ wellbeing. This covers four core areas: mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drug services.

Polio Incubators Last Century

The face of polio last century.
Small outbreaks of Polio have the potential to spread quickly across the world and cause devastating consequences. The Polio virus invades the nervous system and can cause total paralysis in a matter of hours. It can strike at any age but mainly affects children under the age of five. Polio is incurable, but completely vaccine-preventable. Until Polio is eradicated, all countries remain at risk of outbreaks.
World governments have reaffirmed their support and the commitment by Rotary to eradicate polio in the world.
Thank goodness for Rotary & the Gates Foundation

Former ASIC Chair Addresses South Coast Combined Service Clubs

Jeffrey Lucy AO is the former Chairman of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), Australia's Capital Markets and Corporations Regulator. He is the first non-lawyer Chairman of ASIC and has had extensive experience in the Australian business community, particularly in the Accounting Profession with a background as a Chartered Accountant.
Jeffrey spoke to us about his former role as Chairman and CEO of ASIC, the connection with the Australian Crime Commission and the accountability of ASIC to the Federal Government
The Rotary Club of Encounter Bay hosted 9 local services clubs for this annual dinner. Clubs attending included: Lions clubs of Goolwa and Victor Harbor & Pt Elliott, CWA, Red Cross Pt Elliott and Victor Harbor, Zonta, View, Rotary Clubs of Goolwa, Victor Harbor and Encounter Bay.
President Barry Niven with Jeffrey Lucy

Rotary Club of Usa Japan visits Morialta

On 26th October the Rotary Club of Morialta welcomed District Governor Bob Cooper and his wife Marilyn, Campbelltown Mayor Simon Brewer and partner Nina, President Mr. Korenaga and the Usa Rotary delegation from Japan, Rotarians and partners to a Friendship Signing Ceremony between the Rotary Club of Morialta and the Rotary Club of Usa, Japan.
Our two Clubs have been preparing for many months to host 10 Rotarians from Kyushu, Japan, to be with us and share experiences, fun and friendship. Their visit is the seventh Friendship visit to Morialta since 1995, and there have been six reciprocal visits by Morialta. It is evident that over the years a strong bond has been formed between our Clubs and we have learned a lot from these visits, through the sharing of our knowledge, cultures, life experiences and an exchange of ideas.

Rotary Club of Murray Bridge - Annual RDA Business Dinner

A Mystical Garden theme welcomed guests to the Annual Rotary/Regional Development Australia Dinner at the Murray Bridge Community Club. Rotarians, members of the RDA and the Murray Bridge Business Alliance enjoyed a complimentary champagne and opportunity to network with like-minded peers.

Stephen Walker, President of Rotary, opened Rotary Meeting 3233, welcomed visitors and proposed a Toast to Australia and its people. Jo Podoliak, the CEO of RDA and MC for the evening, outlined the work of Rotary and some of the Club’s current projects. A video of the wonderful work of the Murraylands Food Alliance was shown.

Unley Rotary

Pride of Workmanship and Small Business Award

The Unley Road Association and Unley Rotary has had a great outcome with its Pride of Workmanship and Small Business Award for 2017.
While not new to Rotary generally, Unley Rotary began a partnership in 2016 with the Unley Road Association (Traders Group), to deliver a Pride of Workmanship and Small Business Award to local traders and their team members.
These awards are designed to recognise the best business in the precinct and to acknowledge and reward the best of their Team Members for their dedication to serving the public of Unley and its surrounds, their community and provide great service to these local businesses.
The Small Business Award is presented to the business which, in the view of the judges, provides a well-managed and sustainable business which supports the local community and its customers.
The Pride of Workmanship Award is presented across seven business categories to the team member who in the view of the judges provides the best support to both their business and its customers.
Following the success of the first awards in 2016 Unley City Council added an Aged Services award to the business best serving the older community.  Judging was completed by the same panel as the other awards.
The panel of judges is made up from representatives of the Unley Road Association and the Unley Rotary club.
This year, nominations were accepted over a three-week period and presentations were made on Tuesday 17 October.

Captain Underpants - Strikes Again

What a way to spend a Saturday night – sitting on the banks of the Murray River in picturesque settings, coldie in hand and the BBQ sizzling – with your fellow Superhero Rotarian mates.
This is how 25 Rotary Club of Mobilong members, partners and friends spent Oct 28th.

New Generations Service Exchange - Giorgina Piperone

New Generations Service Exchange is a short-term, customizable program for university students and young professionals up to age 30. Participants can design exchanges that combine their professional goals with a humanitarian project. It is sanctioned by Rotary International, and District 9520 commenced involvement in 2016, receiving an incoming student from Mexico for three months.
Approximately three weeks ago, the Rotary Club of Campbelltown received an application for an outgoing New Generations Service Exchange student, Giorgina Piperone, for an exchange commencing 1 November in New York. The District Chair of New Generations Service Exchange, David Binks, and Damian Leach interviewed Giorgina when she was in Adelaide in mid-October. Both were thoroughly impressed.
At 23, Giorgina has a long list of professional accomplishments, including being an Intern with the International Centre for Justice (Geneva); and being an Intern in the Office of the Co-Prosecutor in the Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia (the Khmer Rouge Tribunal). Giorgina has also been an Investigator and Inspector for the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.
Academically, Giorgina recently completed a Masters of Public International Law: Human Rights at Utrecht University, Switzerland, earlier obtaining a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice at the Australian National University, and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of South Australia. Earlier, she was appointed Captain of St Ignatius College, receiving the Ignatius Gold Medal in Year 12.
Giorgina is the district’s first outgoing New Generations Service Exchange student, having been accepted as an Intern at UN Women, an organization under the United Nations umbrella, dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide.
UN Women supports the UN Member States as they set global standards for achieving gender equality, and works with governments and civil society to design laws, policies, programmes and services needed to ensure that the standards are effectively implemented and truly benefit women and girls worldwide.
Giorgina’s host club, the Rotary Club of Englewood, is a club more than 90 years old. It is involved in service, both locally, and internationally. Recently it rolled out a water safety program for children, and hosts a community awards event annually for the local community of just over 27,000. Notable historical figures from Englewood include David Cassidy, Alicia Keys, Dizzy Gillespie, Eddie Murphy, BC Forbes, Charles Lindbergh, and, just for Margaret, physicist Robert Mills. The Rotary Club will provide opportunities for Giorgina to serve in the local community, but also mentor her along her career pathway.
Giorgina arrived at Newark airport at approximately 6am 2 November 2017 (Adelaide time). It is likely we will receive updates about her exchange every couple of weeks, with a presentation in the near future about her experiences.
RC Campbelltown should be very proud to support Giorgina in her endeavours, and it is hoped we will see many more exchanges across the district in future years.

– by Damian Leach

Inaugural Ian Johnston Oratory Award Presented

Year 11 Stage 1 English Students from Eastern Fleurieu School recently competed for the inaugural Ian Johnston Oratory Competition sponsored by the Rotary Club of Strathalbyn. 
The contest was judged by representatives of the Strathalbyn Penguin Club; Anne Harnett, Jan Sim and Alison Verheyen who have previously judged the Plain English Speaking Award and the Voice of Youth Competitions.  The students competing were Zoe Male, Annabel Thomas, Cristina Arriaran-Scott, Nicky Bell and Mitchell Masefield. 


The District Grant application process for 2017-2018 Rotary Year has now been completed. Over $80,000 has been awarded to Clubs and the funds will be used to assist with some 30 projects that are aligned to the Rotary Foundation’s Areas of Focus. These projects will provide much needed support to individuals and communities locally and internationally. A brief summary of the awarded grants is listed in the table below.
Purchase of trees and shrubs for St James School project
For the provision of a Defibrillator for the Berri community. To be located in major shopping precinct.
For the procurement of prosthetic hands and inviting local schoolchildren to participate in the assembly of the kits. To support the "Hands On" project
Brownhill Creek
Selection and shipping of Educational Books for Nepal Orphanage
For the purchase of prosthetic hands to be assembled as part of a community project . To support the "Hands On" project
Renew Cebu Project - working to improve the health of various impoverished communities across Cebu Province in the Phillipines.
To assist with the establishment of the Riseley Forest at Calperum Station.
Purchase of additional equipment for continued development of the Hendrie Street Inclusive Playground
Encounter Bay
Haiti Literacy Project - To provide basic resources as part of a targeted literacy program to under-privileged children and families in various communities on the central plateau - Haiti
Encounter Bay
New Life Africa School Water Management project
Flagstaff Hill
For the preparation and supply of 20 Days for Girls hygeine kits to be sent to North Cambodia
For the purchase and installation of a Defibrillator and Cabinet at the local shopping centre
For the purchase and assembly of Prosthetic Hands to support the "Hands On" project in Cambodia. To be assembled publicly in the local shopping precinct.
Youth Training - For the support off young people to experience the One and All Tall Ship Training Craft
For the purchase and installation of a Defibrillator for the local community mixed-sports club
Provision of care facilities for victims of drug and alcohol abuse
Magill Sunrise
Purchase and build Prosthetic hands for "Hands On" project
McLaren Vale
Purchase and provision of Defibrillators to local Emergency Services
Development of community open-space recreational precinct in the most socially disadvantaged area of Murray Bridge.
Mt Barker
For the purchase and assembly of prosthetic hands to support the "Hands On" project for Cambodia
To assist the ValenTIA Transition Project which aims to empower young people from Bolivia transitioning from state care (orphanages) into independent living.
Red Cliffs
For the assembly and distribution of Days for Girls hygeine kits into underprivileged communities
To support and assist victimes of domestic violence via the provision of Domestic Violence Care Kits
Purchase of Sky Hydrant (Water filter)
Youth day sail charter on One and All for children in the care of Dept of Child Protection
For the assembly and distribution of 100 Days for Girls hygeine kits into Cambodia
South Mildura
Purchase and build Prosthetic hands for "Hands On" project
Tailem Bend
"Hands On" Project Team assistance for delivery of Prosthetic Hands to Cambodia
RAWCS: Maternal Health Improvement, Tanzania: number 3-2017-18.
For supporting proposed Group Study Exchange
Foundation Scholarship for Sam Hilditch
With Club AGM’s and Board elections coming up shortly, it would be a great idea to get your new committees thinking about how your Club might be able to participate in the 2018-19 Grants process to help “make a difference” in your community. Don’t forget - applications for District Grants generally open at the District Assembly and the closing date for applications is 31 July each year. Diarise these dates now!
Sam Camporeale
District 9520 Foundation Grants Chair


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