The Rotary Club of Barossa Valley
Welcome to our Rotary Club!


Our regular meetings will be on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month, with the 2nd and 4th Mondays being used for Vocational Visits, Social events, Team Meetings, and Board meetings.

Our Venue

The Vine Inn, 14 - 22 Murray St. Nuriootpa

Please get in touch with our Attendance Officer if you intend to join us at our meetings. 

Report reproduced courtesy of the Barossa’s favourite Newspaper, The Leader
The following was printed in The Leader, on December 6th 2023
Locals’ emotional plea:
Say no to DV
 Rotary Club of Barossa Valley says no to domestic violence: Steve Ahrens, Bev Stephenson, Bill Simons, Sandie Simons, Phil Graetz, Sue Graetz, Mark Graetz and Robert Brookes
 By Mel Jaunay
When a close family member of Sandie Simons’ told her she ‘walked into a door,’ Sandie knew, deep down, it wasn’t the truth.
Although Sandie was only young herself at the time, she could tell straight away something wasn’t right within the marriage of her young pregnant relative.
“There were instances where she had injuries that she put down to walking into a door, bruises, it was an awful situation, and she certainly didn’t deserve any of that,” Sandie recalled.
“There was no support whatsoever, and no understanding that you didn’t have to put up with that. It was ‘you’ve made your bed, you lie in it’.”
While understanding and attitudes towards domestic violence and coercive control have changed drastically over the years, with the trope of ‘suffer in silence’ long gone, the sad fact is, violence keeps happening.
On the back of a horror month in South Australia, with four women killed allegedly at the hands of people known to them in the space of just one week, and another alleged stabbing of a wife by her husband last weekend, DV campaigners are rightly mobilising in force.

Rotarians and supporters walk in the Barossa Christmas Parade on Friday evening.
Following a statewide walk from Victoria Square to the Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden on November 24, the ‘Rotary Says No To Domestic Violence’ campaign also featured at the Barossa Christmas Parade on Friday night, with local Rotarians using it as a timely vehicle to raise awareness and distribute resource packs to onlookers.
“As the president of the Rotary Club of Barossa Valley, I am very passionate about doing what we can to minimise domestic violence,” said Sandie, the memory of what happened to her relative still front of mind.
“So many people have some sort of experience of it, whether it’s something they have lived themselves or whether they know someone who has, so I think it’s really important that we put mechanisms in place to support those people, and hopefully other mechanisms that will actually minimise the risk, that will educate people.”
Sandie said the group’s participation in the Christmas Parade on Friday evening was surprisingly emotional.
“People were very positive in their response, we got lots of claps and cheers and call outs, ‘good on you, well done’, from all ages,” she said.
South Australia’s peak body for women’s safety services, Embolden, has called on Premier Peter Malinauskas to launch a Royal Commission into domestic, family and sexual violence in SA in the wake of the most recent tragedies.
“We need to gain a better understanding of the barriers and gaps in services and systems that are failing to protect women,” it stated.
“One death because of family and domestic violence is one death too many.”
State Opposition leader, David Speirs has supported the call, revealing the latest SAPOL statistics show family and domestic abuse-related offences have soared by 18 per over the past two years, the equivalent of five extra offences per day.
Meanwhile, South Australian Minister for Women and the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Katrine Hildyard and Federal Minister for Social Services, Amanda Rishworth were in Noarlunga on Friday, launching a new Southern Domestic Violence Prevention and Recovery Hub.
Closer to home, Rotary Club of Barossa Valley hopes to continue its campaign into the new year, not just by raising awareness, but by stocking local businesses and institutions with resource materials for both victims and perpetrators, and seeking other practical ways to engage with the problem.
“We’re also keen to work with the secondary schools to maybe introduce some mentoring to do with respectful relationships,” added Sandie.
“Young men need male role models who will demonstrate healthy, positive and respectful behaviours in all aspects of their lives... And young women need to be educated to understand that respectful relationships are normal, and that any form of abuse is not acceptable.”
Sandie acknowledges such interventions may have been a help for her relative all those years ago, a woman who sadly went on to live her entire life under the threat of violence.
“Things have improved because we’re talking about it openly,” added Sandie.
“It’s absolutely vital that victims and perpetrators and the people who care about them recognise what is happening, so that help can be sought.”
If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse or family violence call DV Crisis line on 1800 800 098 or 1800 Resp
No to Domestic Violence.
Yes to Respect
After a successful march in Adelaide, when hundreds of Rotarians marched along King William St to show the public that Rotary says No to Domestic Violence, the Rotary Club of Barossa Valley organised a group to march in the Tanunda Christmas Parade.
The photo shows some members and friends assembling before the march.
During the march, there was much support for our stand against Domestic Violence.
President Sandie said " There was a great response from all ages, with lots of clapping and comments of 'Good on you' as we walked past

2023-4 Changeover

On July 6th, Sandie Simons became our President for the 2023-24 year. Sandie was our secretary and is married to Assistant Governor Area 5 and Past President Bill Simons, so she is well prepared for the job with a lot of experience in the running of a Rotary Club. Photo of Sandie and Bill to the left.



Sandies Executives are:

Imm Past President
Peter Perkins
Bev Stephenson
Mark Graetz
Steve Ahrens

Board Directors are:

Vocational David West, International PDG Peter Thomas, New Generations Prue Maitland, Membership Sue Graetz, The Rotary Club of Barossa Valley Foundation, Grant Schuyler and 2025 Airshow Keith Millington.
We had an informal celebration of Sandie’s induction at the Lord Lyndoch Restaurant with 50 people witnessing the induction. The room at the Lord Lyndoch was perfect for the night with plenty of room for people to mingle during the evening. MC for the night was Sue Graetz who managed the proceedings very well. PDG Peter Thomas proposed the Toast to Rotary International and District Governor Craig Dowling did the Response.
IPP Peter Perkins Inducted Sandie and presented her with the Presidential Collar and badge. In her first address to the club as President, Sandie talked about the support we have given in our community that has created hope in our world, the 2023-4 RI Theme. Sandie went on to talk about what we can do in the future and how we can improve our community and also boost our club’s standing.


I have just completed my two weeks on the clothing bins. For those that don’t know, we have three clothing bins at Nuriootpa, Angaston and Tanunda to allow people to donate clothing to the Great Revival Shop and the Truro Op shop. My job has been emptying the Nuriootpa bin. Two other members have been looking after the Tanunda and Angaston bins. This is the daily load in my Landcruiser.

Cargo Area
Barossa Bush Garden Tour.
About 30 Rotarians and Friends from the Rotary Club of Barossa Valley did a tour of the Barossa Bush Gardens (BBG) on the 3rd of November.

The Barossa Bush Gardens is a community-led project displaying, conserving and distributing local native vegetation. The gardens are used for recreation, and environmental education and it is also a place to bring the community together. 
Trevor Waldhuter took us around the gardens and explained the multitude of native plants that are nurtured in the BBG. He also gave us an insight into the use, value and impact on the environment of the native plants. 
Our new home is the Tanunda Hotel. 
 After trying out several venues, two were shortlisted and the winner was the Tanunda Hotel.

Being on the main street of Tanunda, it will be easy to find for visitors, there are apartments available for accommodation, a good 'Pub menu' for food and an off-street car park.
The Rotary Club of Barossa Valley has been located in Tanunda since we were chartered in 1956 so we will be maintaining this tradition for the foreseeable future.
Come and join us to see what our new home is like.
The Barossa Valley Machinery Preservation Society Visit

Members visited the Barossa Valley Machinery Preservation Society at their Angaston shed.
The BVMPS was formed in 1976 by a group of like-minded persons, spearheaded by Kev Rohrlach, who were interested in the collection and preservation of historic farms and industrial equipment.
We had to move an aircraft from St Jakobi school to the Rowland Flat airfield. This was a challenging exercise as we had to pull the plane apart, put it onto a truck and a trailer to transport it to the Airfield, then re-assemble it.
The picture shows the plane at the airfield, almost re-assembled.
Our Vocational Visit to Lyndoch Motors
Our Vocational committee organised a club visit to Lyndoch Motors to see how a car and agricultural machinery business operates. The picture shows the members enjoying a
hamburger and fellowship after the tour.
The Barossa Airshow and the Rotary Club of Barossa Valley raised the funds that have helped the Friends of the Nuriootpa Dog Park to erect a shelter.
Rotary International has produced two videos on the fight against Polio. Permanent links to the videos are in the right-hand side panel and quick access to the link below this story
The videos show the history behind the fight against polio from the start in the late 70s through to how the world Health Organisation joined in and then the Bill Gates Foundation came in with the 2 for 1 dollar fund matching. The fight is still ongoing. 
Recommended viewing for all Rotarians. RI has recommended the videos are shown to the public on all possible occasions.
Use this link to go to the videos now.
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Club Information
We meet In Person
Mondays at 6:30 pm
The Vine Inn
14 - 22 Murray St
Nuriootpa, SA 5355
0417 833 691
1st and 3rd Monday of each month at the Vine Inn Nuriootpa for Dinner Meeting. 2nd and 4th Monday: Visits, Social, Committee and Board meetings.
February 2024
Past Speakers
David West
Feb 19, 2024
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