October 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 20th Sept to 17th October. If names are missing please ask your Secretary to enter them or email Robin LeGallez for assistance.
Craig Bildstien Merbein
Grace Cassidy Robinvale - Euston
Annette Kennedy Robinvale - Euston
James McKay Robinvale - Euston

October is Economic & Community Development Month


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Rotarians to WITNESS MURDER on the Orient Express
Join with Rotarians at either the Piccadilly Cinema, North Adelaide or Wallis Cinemas, Mt Barker to enjoy the movie "Murder on the Orient Express" as a fundraiser for END POLIO NOW
To book at the Piccadilly CLICK HERE
To book at Wallis Cinemas Mt Barker CLICK HERE
More detail toward the end of this newsletter


Euston Primary School Students with DG Bob & Marilyn (left) & Robinvale-Euston President, John Bond & Assistant Governor Grp 1, Trish Algate (right)
Well another busy month to report to the District. The Rotary Club Visits have been going according to plan and while they are all different, the Rotary clubs are all Making a Difference to their Local Communities and International Communities. Some clubs are doing amazing projects.
I had the pleasure of welcoming the 41 Rotary Youth Leadership Awardees(RYLA) to the Camp at Nunyara Conference Centre, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Mt Barker and supported by the 30 Rotary clubs. Also, I was privileged to present the Award Certificates to all of the 41 Awardees at the Graduation Ceremony supported by the Rotary Club of Noarlunga and witnessed by their parents and supporting Rotary Clubs. It was a fantastic enjoyable experience, highly organised, intensive and a disciplined learning experience, maybe a life changing experience. I was pleased to be part of the presentation of a Paul Harris Fellow Award to Kevin Read and to present a Paul Harris Sapphire to Damian Leach from the Rotary Club of Campbelltown at this function. This provided opportunities for the development of the 8 leadership team members who did a fantastic job.
Also, the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) Orientation at Pembroke School presentation was a very professional and informative experience for 27 Students and their parents and supporting Rotary Clubs. And then the following day I was present at the State Governor's Reception at Government House where the NYSF students were presented to his Excellency the Governor The Honourable Hieu Van Le and Mrs Lan Le. The students have a wonderful life changing opportunity ahead of them and we look forward to them sharing their experiences to supporting clubs when they return.
At the Robinvale –Euston DG visit we had special entertainment from the students from the Euston Primary School. I had the pleasure of inducting three new members into Rotary, Annette Kennedy, Jim McKay and Grace Cassidy. At the Loxton DG Visit I inducted new member Craig Dowling and at the Merbein DG Visit the induction of new member, Craig Bildstien. The other DG Visits to McLaren Vale, Somerton Park Breakfast, Hallett Cove and Glenelg have all been very informative. Congratulations to all the new Rotary Club Members who have been inducted into Rotary, whom I haven’t yet meet. At the Brownhill Creek DG visit it was a pleasure to present the PHF 5 Sapphire award to PDG Malcolm Lindquist. The DG visits to Broken Hill, Wentworth and Broken Hill South, to see how active Regional areas cope with the tyranny of distance.
Be a Model for Rotary.
Susanne Harris from the Rotary Club of Flagstaff Hill is a Model for Rotary. Susanne has organised members in her Club and community to manufacture and assemble hygiene kits for girls and women in Cambodia.
The education of many girls in developing countries is seriously disrupted when they are too embarrassed to attend schooling during their days of menstrual period.
Reduced schooling inevitably leads to poor education outcomes, and continuation of the cycle of unemployment and poverty for these girls.
The Days for Girls project addresses the problem of hygiene during menstrual periods, providing washable feminine hygiene kits for many girls, enabling them not to miss valuable schooling days.
Susanne organises the manufacture of some parts of the kits that require assembly with a sewing machine.
Many other materials are purchased and then added to form sustainable feminine hygiene kits.
You can learn more at
Rotarians in other Clubs could also be part of this life enhancing project by contacting Susanne Harris to learn about how to get involved.   
This project takes concern and love for others in need, and organising skills to form work parties, and some resource assistance from your own Rotary Club or through District Grants.
Susanne Harris can advise on all of this.

Riseley Forest Takes Shape

Districts 9500 & 9520 are working toward the establishment of the Riseley Forest at Calperum.
Read about the work undertaken so far by clicking the "Read more" link below

Onkaparinga Paves The Way

The Rotary Club of Onkaparinga has been active in many areas of the world, improving the lives of people in many ways. However, we have never done anything in our own Aboriginal Lands. Under the leadership of President David Harris, we looked for a project in the APY Lands, and found one at the Trade Training Centre at Umuwa, some 1200k from our home base in the Adelaide Hills. Through a former member, we were asked to complete a paving project at the centre to provide the base for an outdoor eating and entertainment area. In addition to its education function, the centre acts as a reception area for many local functions, including hosting visitors, such as the Prime Minister, Premier and cabinet meetings, and many ministers, both federal and state.

Rotary Club of Eastwood Polio Ute Relay

Seventy people joined with Members of The Rotary Club of Eastwood at The Pagoda Restaurant to support the End Polio Now campaign and the District 9520 Rotary Ute Rally. The Mazda Ute provided by Paradise Motors was well displayed in Front of The Pagoda on Glen Osmond Road during the day and evening of the Event.
We were feted to a very generous Banquet provided by Peter Tiong, Sheaumay and the Staff of The Pagoda. Guests were offered a pre dinner drink and were shown to their tables, with emcee Don Will encouraging attendees to open their wallets and contribute to raffle tickets and also to make a private donation to the END POLIO Now Campaign. Don invoked the current Gates rule “ what you give, Bill and Melinda will contribute double that” which people responded to very positively.
Dr Alan McKinnon gave an excellent discussion on the History of the Polio in the World and in Australia with details of the efforts that have been taken to get vaccinations done in political and social situations which required incredible Organisation. Thank you Alan.
An excellent evening was had and thanks to the Members of The Rotary Club of Eastwood, Jack, Loretta, Peter, Tony, Elliot, photographer Andrew, Don, emcee, President Julie from the Rotary Club of Adelaide Light, Alice,( raffle prizes,) Mary (car pickup) and President Brian. The Pagoda must be recognised not only for providing the Food and Service but also their incredible generosity with regard to the catering costs.
A highlight of the evening was the lights going down and The Pagoda staff bringing in a Birthday Cake as a surprise by Alice, Mary and Sarah (Lange) to celebrate the birthday of the President of Rotary Club of Eastwood, Brian Lange.
The night was a great Success and the Rotary END Polio Now Campaign will be forwarded a Cheque for Two thousand Five hundred dollars $2500.00 from the Rotary Club of Eastwood being the funds raised on the evening.

Click the "Read More" button to see some great photos.



St Peters Rotary have an amazing story to tell
Read on by clicking the link below
Remaining District Governor Visits
District Governor Bob Cooper has the remaining Club visits
Brown Hill CreekTuesday, October 3rd 2017
Broken HillMonday, October 9th 2017
WentworthTuesday, October 10th 2017
Broken Hill SouthWednesday, October 11th 2017
Tailem BendMonday, October 16th 2017
Murray BridgeTuesday, October 17th 2017
MobilongWednesday, October 18th 2017
BerriMonday, October 23rd 2017
RenmarkTuesday, October 24th 2017
WaikerieWednesday, October 25th 2017
BurnsideWednesday, November 1st 2017
MitchamWednesday, November 8th 2017

Morialta Visits The German Club

The Rotary Club of Morialta members are keen to include a fellowship night once every month where they go somewhere different to their usual Club venue. They have included vocational visits as well as trying different cultures and foods eg Italian, German, Afghanistan.
The German Club was great fun as they discovered two of their members were married in what was once the garden.

Noarlunga Showcases Rotary

Members of the Rotary Club of Noarlunga Showcased various Rotary projects to the public on Sunday 15th October

Group 5 Meeting Hears From Christine Willersdorf

Group 5 clubs met Tuesday, October 10  at St. Francis Winery, Reynella, the host club being Noarlunga East.
63 enthusiastic Rotarians enjoyed an evening of fellowship and club information and a superb guest speaker Christine Willersdorf.
AG Merilyn Russell welcomed DGN Tim Klar, AG Group 8 Dini Whyte, Club Presidents, Jeff Candy (Noarlunga East), Gary Dolman (Blackwood), Jenny Francis (Coromandel), Shane Claridge (Flagstaff Hill), Mark Simpson (Noarlunga), Hannah Trevilyan (Seaford), members of their respective clubs and guests.   A special guest John Clements of Rotary Nomads attended the meeting.  The Rotary Nomads club was chartered 3 years ago and has a membership of 39.    The club have a number of projects and is a very active club.    John is available to speak to clubs in our District.
Our guest speaker Christine Willersdorf spoke to the meeting about Leadership, Team building and managing change.   Christine told us to remember that everyone has something of value to offer and that everyone adds value.   We should believe in ourselves too.
Christine asked:
Are our habits in Rotary relevant today?
Why do we respond the way we do?
Very thought provoking.
Christine also told us how important it is to communicate effectively, why we need to get better at what we do all the time and don’t just focus on what you see.
Christine’s presentation allowed everyone to leave the meeting with lots of thoughts on how we can improve our everyday lives and our Rotary Clubs.

View Trailer here: Murder On The Orient Express (click to view)
The movie is also being screened on the same evening at the Mt Barker Wallis Cinemas.

Combined District Conference 2018
The 2018 combined District Conference will be held in the Barossa next year.
Click on the link below to register


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