April 2018

Enjoy reading about the Clubs in your District. 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.
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Welcome To All Members Who Have Joined This Month

The following members have joined or rejoined our District this Rotary year from 16th March to April 14th. If names are missing please ask your Secretary to enter them or email Robin LeGallez for assistance.
Sam Mitchelle Campbelltown
Jessie Vun Glenelg
Craig Bildstien Merbein
Mark Nicholas Norwood
Nena Murad Onkaparinga
Yousif Murad Onkaparinga
Peter Young Onkaparinga
Julia Parini Seaford Rotary
Matthew Rechner Somerton Park
Jillian Mitchell Stirling
Aine Stirling Unley
David Taggart Victor Harbor

April is Maternal & Child Health Month


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Here's a puzzle for you

Send your solution to the Editors to claim your prize!
Prizes include District bragging rights and the knowledge that you are smarter than the average Rotarian.
Solution will be published next month.
The answer to last months puzzle had many tries at a correct answer which was 4 seconds (2 seconds between each "dong").
First correct answer came from Neil Wickens, RC of Stirling. Well done Neil.

DG's April Report

A joint district panel was recently formed and interviews conducted on the 3rd March to select the first District Governor for District 9510.  DG’s Bob Cooper and Peter Schaefer congratulate David Jones (Lyn) from the Rotary Club of Mitcham on being the successful applicant for Governor of new District 9510 for the Rotary year 2020 -21.
I attended the Rotary Club of Glenelg on 14 March where I was given the opportunity to hear and speak with the members of the South - Western Virginia/Tennessee USA Rotary Friendship Exchange and participate with the induction of Heather Earle as the newest member of the Rotary Club of Glenelg.
On 18 March we celebrated with the members of the Rotary Club of Edwardstown, 60 years of Rotary Community Service. Sarah Brown entertained us with stories about her organisation Purple House and how their dialysis initiatives have changed indigenous people’s lives. I'm sure it was enjoyed by all who were present and to witness the significant Club donation to Western Desert Dialysis Purple House of $10,000 together with the table fund raiser of $829. I was delighted to be part of the presentation of Paul Harris Fellowship Awards recognising club members Libby Carey, Leanne Wagner and past member Greg Carey and to present PHF Sapphire Awards to  Rob Fick, Merilyn Russell and Judy Oates.
On the same afternoon the Rotary Club of Flagstaff Hill celebrated its 40th Anniversary at a function attended by past and present members together with partners and friends. Although personally unable to attend, I congratulate the club on its 40th Anniversary of Rotary Service. The Rotary Club has given many hours of service and donations to both local and international communities. I’m sure the recipients of the club’s assistance and generosity over these years has made a difference.
On 19 March the Rotary Club of Mt Barker hosted a Group 3 Clubs dinner at Auchedarroch with Past RI Director, Stuart Heal from New Zealand. I presented the state of the District and thanked the members from Blakiston, Mt Barker, Onkaparinga and Stirling for their strong support. On the 20 March at the Rotary Club of Unley I was able to embarrass Stephen Baker with his prize from the International Women's Day Breakfast raffle.
On the evening before the Conference a Past District Governors Dinner was held for Past District Governors from both Districts. It was an opportunity to hear Past Zone 8 Director Stuart Heal talk about his Cricket and Rotary experiences.
The combined Rotary District 9500/9520 Conference was a great success. From the feedback received all who attended were very happy with the line up of Guest Speakers who gave their professional presentations freely and with a message from a Rotary perspective. With over 650 registrants the program ran very smoothly and any last minute glitches went unnoticed thanks to the back of house and stage management team. The Flaming Sambucas entertained us at the Gala Dinner and with lots of dancing and fellowship it appeared to be a great night enjoyed by all.  The comprehensive showcase provided awareness and broadened our understanding of the bigger Rotary.
The hands‐on projects were a huge success and impressed not only the RI President Representative, John Matthews but also the new South Australian State Premier, Steven Marshall.
Judging from the many comments received, articles in various club newsletters and congratulatory e-mails, our combined conference was a success. I extend my sincerest thanks to you all, as it’s your participation and vibe that ultimately made it a success. Also thanks to Conference Chair Malcolm Lindquist who was presented with a Paul Harris Ruby pin and Conference Secretary and work horse John Caddy (left with John Matthews) presented with The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service Award. The conference has achieved a moderate profit and this surplus will be donated to the Rotary Foundation on a 50/50 basis from each district.  DG Bob
District Awards
What happened to the District Awards which are usually presented at the conference?
We considered it would take too long to announce the awards due to the participation of the two districts in the conference, some 18 awards in all. All awards and awardees clubs were on show in the Eckermann Room (where the silent auction for the wine was) and a PowerPoint was shown during breaks.
The following awards will be presented at the Rotary Club Changeover functions by a District team representative so that all members of the club are aware of the club achievements.
  • Best Conference Attendance     Campbelltown
  • Stan Fereday Award Best Displayed Club Project    Unley
  • Bulletin of the Year  Holdfast Bay
  • Rotary Foundation Contribution - Fred Claridge Memorial Award   Edwardstown
  • Best New Generations Project   Glenelg
  • Best Fundraising Project   Campbelltown
  • Ivor Lewis Trophy for Public Relations   Seaford
  • Australian Rotary Health - Bernie Jones Trophy   Seaford
  • Australian Rotary Health District Achievement Award   Seaford
  • Best Club Website Award   Magill Sunrise
Congratulation all the winners and thanks to all those clubs that submitted applications – great work is being done out in our Rotary community!
Youth Exchange Students were  helpers at the Conference
On the weekend of 7 and 8 April, our club leaders for next year, participated in the combined Rotary Districts Presidents Elect Training Seminar. The sessions were well presented, relevant and included some self‐discovery exercises pertinent to a leadership role.
There were two standout presenters on the Saturday evening. Andrew Best (Club & District Support, Parramatta) spoke about The context of change – Rotary International while Dr Fiona Kerr spoke about Leading change with Pragmatism and Positivity in a complex Organisation. Both presentations were recorded and will be available on the District’s website in the near future. I commend these to Rotarians as they are extremely relevant to the changes and challenges that Rotary is embracing at this time.
Also on 7 April I participated with the members of the Rotary Club of Somerton Park to celebrate their 30th Anniversary. I enjoyed the afternoon with much to celebrate over the 30 years of Rotary Community Service. It was good to see the club induct its first Corporate Member, Melissa Priest from the City of Holdfast Bay. I'm sure this will further strengthen the relationship between the Rotary Club and the Council.
 On the10 April I was fortunate to attended the Australian Golfing Fellowship of Rotarians 40th Annual Golf Tournament at the Murray Bridge Golf Club hosted the Rotary Club of Murray Bridge who did a fantastic job of co-ordinating the event. The commerardarie amongst the golfers and partners was evident and enjoyed the chance to meet up with Rotarians across all the States and Territories in Australia. The week long program was very comprehensive including activities outside of golf. Murray Bridge while hosting the event were able to raise much needed funds for Australian Rotary Health, headspace Murray Bridge and the John Hood Memorial Scholarship fund. On the same evening the Rotary Club of Noarlunga East celebrated their 44th Anniversary with special memories of the club activities over those years.
Rotaract celebrated its 50th Anniversary on 13 April with a Lord Mayors Reception at the Adelaide Town Hall and then the Rotaract Clubs of South Australia held a 50 Year Anniversary Fundraising function that supported the work of local Charity, The Zahra Foundation and recognised the work of Rotaractors past and present. It was well attended with about 190 people who enjoyed the evening. The cocktail event, compered by Mike Smithson, comprised of live music from the likes of the Dixie Police Band and a local acoustic artist named Henry&Jess.
Past and present Rotaract District Representatives

Above: DG Bob with Mayor Martin Haese and current Rotaract District 9500 Representative  Christopher Mark.
Right: Our first Rotaract President (Edwardstown Club) Alison Trigg
All Assistant Governors will be following up their Group Rotary Clubs to encourage each of their Rotary Clubs to complete their Rotary Citation in My Rotary. It’s easy to do by encouraging the Club President or Secretary who have access to input activities into My Rotary. All clubs should be able to achieve this recognition.

Be a Model for Rotary

Noel Walker is a model for Rotary, and his choice of service was to take part in a car rally through remote places from Adelaide to Cairns to raise funds for cancer research. Noel is a Rotarian member of the Rotary Club of Loxton.
Together with his son Tim, Noel Walker prepared a car keeping within the rally rules of costing less than $1000, and travelled outback roads through bull dust and ruts, carrying out running repairs along the way, and sleeping rough in overnight bush camps.
A picture containing wall, indoor, natureDescription generated with high confidenceUndeterred by destroying the car suspension on a bad patch of the Oodnadatta Track, a call through the Alice Springs radio service located another car from a wreckers’ yard, allowing Noel and Tim to continue their journey.
The contingent of 200 cars in the rally were welcomed in many small towns along the way, and generous donations were collected from the residents who came to witness this swarm of visitors in “bombs” of cars. Noel and Tim collected $13,000 as their contribution to the Cancer Council.
Service above self can take many forms, and driving an old car in a rally, and naming your entry as the Loan Ranger with the Rocking Horse on top, is but one way.

Golf - A Big Hit at Murray Bridge

Photo shows some of our members wearing the Rotary Fitness shirts.
The Rotary Club of Murray Bridge has in the last week hosted the annual AGFR (Australian Fellowship of Golfing Rotarians) golf tournament. Rotarian golfers from all states and territories of Australia descended on Murray Bridge to compete in the tournament which ran from Sunday to Friday with a rest day on Wednesday.
Club members have been planning for this event over the last two years.
Funds raised will support two charities, Australian Rotary Health & headspace Murray Bridge. An additional $5000 is made available to the AGFR to provide a scholarship for an upcoming grounds person.
With the support of our sponsors we ran a highly successful event .

Tour De Murray at Mildura

Just a few happy snaps from the Tour De Murray  held on the Riverfront at Mildura on 18th March. Contrary to the report in Sunraysia Daily, numbers were only slightly down on last year’s year’s event. We are putting that down to the weather. Feedback received from competitors has been very positive. A big thank you to all our members, honorary members, partners, sponsors and volunteers who contributed to the success of the of the event.
President Frank & Sue attended Government House in Melbourne and met with RI President Ian Riseley

Strathalbyn Rides Again

The Rotary Club of Strathalbyn continue to support mental health in our community. Recently they made a superb lunch for the Black Dog Ride participants who were on a ride in an effort to raise awareness of depression and suicide prevention. Many thanks also to the Strathalbyn Suicide Prevention Network for the opportunity to be involved in such a great cause.
Strathalbyn Duck Call


PDG (9520) and Club PP Sam Camporeale and his wife Lee, the President elect of RC Mitcham for 2018-19 spoke about their brief trip to Chicago, Illinois, USA, to Rotary International headquarters in March 2018. The purpose of the trip was for Sam to undertake training in his new role as a Regional Coordinator for the Rotary Foundation. These are people helping DGs, Districts and clubs to understand the role of the foundation and to improve the applications and success rate of foundation grants, alongside Regional Coordinators for Membership and Public Image. There were 42 Regional coordinators present from all over the world from USA to Ukraine.
Sam and Eric Ward are the 2 Australasian Foundation Regional Coordinators. Sam’s region comprises 16 districts comprising all of WA, SA and NT, Pacific Islands and part of NSW. He described the 4-day training program as the best he had done in Rotary – high praise indeed given his report on his DG training program. He was most impressed with the vigour and enthusiasm of the Evanston training staff, who were relatively young compared with the usual age group of Rotarians. Sam has already begun work in his 3 – year term, by PETS training in NZ and training local assistants for himself in Canberra. He stressed that the team would complement existing district committees and operate on as mall budget from RI to avoid imposing costs on local district budgets. Formal receptions for the trainees gave the opportunity to meet and socialise with the incoming chair of the Foundation, former RI Pres Ron Burton, RI Pres Elect Barry Rassen and the RI Pres Nominee Mark Maloney, all hard-working and engaging people.
The training program also involved Rotarian friends from the UK: PDG Chalmers Kersley who has visited Adelaide and our club with his wife Barbara in the past and their PDG friend from Scotland. Lee proved her coordinating abilities by arranging for the 3 wives to spend the training time together (shopping and sightseeing) and then for the couples to holiday together afterwards. Another example of Rotary helping to form close friendships across the globe. They enjoyed their time amongst the impressive architecture of Chicago despite the extreme cold in the mornings, evidenced on facebook photos. Evanston’s Rotary HQ is also impressive and a tourist site that offers formal tours.

Rotary Community Information Nights

If you want to promote your club and get a number of new members quickly, one of the tried and tested ways is to have an information night for potential members.  If the club meets for breakfast, then hold it at this time.
Blackwood held one on Mar 20 and Norwood held their second one for the year on Mar 7.
They are easy to organise and guaranteed to work.  Just follow these six steps:
  1. One of the club meetings is designated as the Information event and Club members are invited to bring a potential member along.  Invariably some club members will bring a number of potential members and others will say “I don’t know anybody whom I can bring”.    They can be friends, work colleagues, neighbours, children or grandchildren - try hard to get every member to bring at least one guest.  Some clubs also advertise more widely but most guests come from personal invites.
  2. The event should be run as a cocktail party the maximise the social interaction on your meeting day, start at your usual meeting time and advertised for an hour in length (even if people stay longer) so you don’t discourage time-pressed potential members.  Club members pay their normal meal cost and the guests are free. You will find you will need to cater for up to 2 drinks per person and 5 serves of food in that time.
  3. All club members should endeavour to speak to every guest during the event but part way through there should be a break for a welcome by the President and 2 or 3, 3 min talks from members about what they get out of Rotary.  You can get Directors to talk about the projects in their portfolios or a member with a passion for a project.  These talks should not be too long because remember many people will be standing. It is the passion and the range of projects that sells Rotary.
  4. Give every guest interested an application form and follow up regularly in the next few weeks.  Invite them to a regular meeting of the club.  You should be able to get application forms filled in within 4-6 weeks of the night.  Once the forms are received try and get them approved within two weeks and inducted the meeting immediately afterwards. It is important to strike while the interest is high.   Aim to get 5-6 members out of the event.
  5. Some clubs focus on particular sectors – you may want more women or more members under 40.
  6. When they join give them a job to do straight away.  If they have a particular passion help them to achieve it.  Guide them through the planning, fundraising and what Rotary support that might be available.
Blackwood had 20 guests at their Community Night which was also advertised in the Blackwood HS newsletter.  19 guests were guests of club members.   They are working on all guests at the present time to convert them into members.
Norwood had 15 guests, all invited by club members, and also invited other clubs in their Group to attend to see how it was done.  Campbelltown, Kent Town and St Peters attended.   DG Bob was also present representing Burnside. Norwood is already processing three applications with two more promised. It also had three Friends applications ($100) – 2 from partners of the prospective members.   It is continuing to work on the remaining guests and expects further applications for membership.
Euan Miller   Membership Chair

Mobilong Turns Green

It was great to see so many members / partners / guests attend a recent Irish night that Natalie’s International Committee organised and getting into the spirit of dressing like the Irish.
Special thanks to Lara Gleeson and Georgia Cooper who performed the Irish dances. Their uniforms were spectacular and the dancing lovely.
We welcome into our Club, our newly inducted member Jade Mitchell. With the courses Jade is studying at Uni in Education, she will be an asset to the Youth
Mobilong Bulletin

Flagstaff Hill Turns 40

The Rotary Club of Flagstaff Hill has turned 40 and a birthday luncheon was held to celebrate.
Above are some of the guests and below some of the former stalwarts & alumni.

The History of Brownhill Creek

Richard Harris is a local historian who has lived his whole life in the area of Brownhill Creek. His interest in the history of Brownhill Creek stems from his early childhood experiences of hearing the stories told to him by his grandparents, which he found fascinating. After retiring, he set about researching this history in more detail with the aim of either proving or disproving the stories he had heard as a child. Richard has used many forms of research and gone back to original documents
including court reports and lands title documents, which are a great source of information detailing who owned what and when. Included in the many fascinating details that Richard shared with us, was information about the blacksmiths and quarrymen of the time, the market garden families and the extent of the Brownhill Creek area, which covered an area much larger than people know; in fact, in the 1800’s, Brownhill Creek extended as far as the Freeway. Richard explained that the
Brownhill Creek stone was exceptionally hard and very much in demand and there are buildings still standing today made of this incredible stone. Richard talked about the various buildings in the current area and explained when they were built and what buildings had been replaced. He talked about the mudslides that had occurred in the area and the various walking tracks. Richard’s knowledge was extraordinary and as he concluded in his own words: “ I didn’t have to learn the history of my district; I’ve lived it.”

Wise Men Sighted at Mt Barker

Q & A with PDG Stuart Heal, Past Rotary International Director at Group 3 Clubs Dinner

PDG Dick Wilson conducted a Q & A with Stuart which proved quite entertaining. As Stuart is from NZ the first topic was sport. This was quickly covered and then the tone of the Q & A moved to Rotary. What was Stuart’s first contact with Rotary? In the 60s 70s he attended RYLA and was most impressed with the guest speakers. In 1987 Stuart was nominated for a Groups Study Exchange (GSE) team. This meant two months away from his wife and children in Nigeria. It was here that he first saw Rotary at work, in Nigeria he saw Rotary’s work against Polio, leprosy and the provision of water. He enjoyed his time in Nigeria so much he wanted to pack up and go back but his wife, Adrienne, managed to talk him out of it. He became a member of Rotary and also a District Governor. He served as a Director of RI and chaired the RI Strategic Planning Committee. His directorship was a two year term which he completed while still working fulltime as CEO of his company. He enjoyed meeting members of Rotary from other parts of the world.

Stuart believes that Rotary is underachieving in the western world. Most Rotarians join to make communities a better place. They don’t care about districts. The fellowship of Rotary is done well; younger people are cause driven not club driven.
Once we eradicate Polio will Rotary receive the recognition that it deserves or will Bill Gates get the credit? Rotary has a job to do to gain publicity and be recognised for its work.
A question was asked if given that Rotary is growing in Asia, India and Africa should RI shift to where the most members are e.g. India? This suggestion was mooted at a meeting in the US and received loud condemnation.

International Sausage Day!

Unley Rotarians recently created and then celebrated "International Sausage Day".
They certainly know how to cut the mustard!


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