Meeting 3309
 Sept. 21st 2023 Tanunda Hotel
Gordon R. McInally
RI President 2023/24
Theme for the month of September
Basic Education and Literacy
Quote of the Month 
Rotary is made up of differences. Different climatic, and geographical conditions; different economic, social and cultural developments, different educational opportunities; different languages; different nationalities, races, creeds and cultures; different natural resources in different stages of development; different commercial activities, different business and professional standards; different modes of transportation and communication; different programs for the advancement of the purposes of Rotary International, and the achievement of its Object; different applications of its Ideal of Service, and different views with respect to its future. Rotary International does not undertake to eliminate or to resolve these differences; it seeks only to understand the value of each and the possibilities of pooling them all and making them available for common use.
There is no greater thing that Rotary can do than to light candles of understanding.
President Sandie's Spiel
What an enjoyable meeting on Thursday night!
The reports on club projects and activities, the involvement of our guests, and the story from our new member - all reminded me that we, as members of Rotary, are doing great things!
  • The Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA) program, brought to the Barossa Valley by our now Honorary Member Craig Rogasch and Jan Rogasch, with the aim of educating secondary students about taking responsibility for their own lives and the lives of others when behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. This program also is a great opportunity to collaborate with the Rotary Club of Barossa District.
  • University Scholarships to help our local young people to achieve their dreams of giving back to their communities through tertiary education.
  • Collaboration with the Great Revival Shop, to provide affordable clothing and other items to those in need, while raising funds to support community groups and projects, including our University Scholarships and RYDA programs.
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), enabling young people from our community to learn the leadership skills to assist them in their careers and personal endeavours.
  • The Rotary Says No To Domestic Violence program, bringing to our community’s attention that violence within the home is a real and local problem, how to recognise it and where to go for help, potentially saving the lives of adults and children.
And lastly but equally as important as all those stories …
  • Creating a welcoming, supportive and safe environment for a new member, someone who understands Rotary values, and who wants to contribute to our local and global community through Rotary.
I am in awe of every one of you, thank you!
It was a privilege to welcome Karin Bosomworth as a member of Rotary, and the Rotary Club of Barossa Valley in particular. I know that Karin will enjoy our friendship, and the opportunities Rotary offers to “Create Hope in the World”.
Thank you, Karin, for putting your confidence and trust in us.
RYLA Graduation Dinner Thursday 28th September
Sue and Mark Graetz, who were House Parents last year, will be there to cheer on our attendee Casey Miles, who we met at our last meeting on 7th September.
Rotary Says No To Domestic Violence program
The District Rotary Says No To Domestic Violence committee have invited us to walk with them on Saturday 25th November along King William Street in the City. Our club’s team hopes to incorporate our walk in the Tanunda Christmas Parade. In the meantime, look out for signage at the businesses which support this program, and other symbols to generate interest and support from our community.
Progress of the public meeting Thursday 19th October, Presenter Erfan Abidi
This will be at the Vine Inn, as members of the public and community and service groups will be invited. The cost will be $5, raising funds towards Erfan’s project “Educating Girls in Afghanistan”.
As this is a normal club meeting night, but is not in our usual meeting place, could you please register your attendance for both a meal (pay as you order) and the presentation ($5) to Mark or Sue.
At our club meeting on Thursday 5th October we’ll have the pleasure of inducting new member Mike Connors, and we’ll hear from Rachel Golder, one of our past University Scholarship recipients.
I look forward to seeing you then.
         RYDA Report prepared by Rotarian Sue Graetz.
The Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA) program is supported by the Rotary Clubs of Barossa Valley and Barossa District.
We also acknowledge The Great Revival Shop's contribution to RYDA.
On the 18th, 19th and 20th September 2023,303 Year 11 students, representing, Nuriootpa High School, Faith Lutheran College and Kapunda High School, attended the Rotary Youth Driver Awareness program.
The six sessions covered each day were Road Choices; Mind Matters; The ‘I' in Drive; Crash Investigators; Speed & Stopping and Drive S.O.S.
All sessions highlighted the importance of responsibility taken and choices made when driving a vehicle.
3 days of great Facilitators, excellent venue and fabulous help from both Rotary Clubs. The food was pretty good as well!!
              Uni Students Stephanie Gallas and Jessica Both.           
At the meeting on Thursday these two young ladies addressed the gathering of members and visitors with an interesting presentation on what they had achieved in their studies so far. They both thanked the club for their financial support, and each looked forward to addressing members further as they progressed in their chosen professions.
                                Rotary Club of Barossa Valley
                           Scholarship recipient - Jessica Both 
                                          with Barbara and John
                 Jessica and her mother with Assistant Chancellor (L)                                             and Chancellor Pauline Carr on the (R) 
               A special meeting not to be missed.
 Thursday 19th October. 2023
Erfan Abidi was a security expert and interpreter working with Australian and American soldiers to carry out missions in remote parts of Afghanistan and told of his journey from that role to a new life in Australia at the District 9510 2023 Expo. To watch the video of Erfan’s presentation, click on this link EXPO 2023 Videos | District 9510 (
President-Elect Steve Ahrens has secured Erfan to deliver a presentation on “Educating Women in Afghanistan”, on Thursday 19th October. We believe this will be of great interest to many groups and individuals in the Barossa Community, so we are investigating the possibility of opening this presentation to those people.
Please ensure you are available for that meeting and encourage your family and friends to accompany you. 
             Keith M. sent in this Four Way test. Members may wish to try it. 
Attendance Reports -21st Sept 2023 
Members   24       
Friends        2             
Honorary     1       
Guests         7             
Apologies LOA.   10   
Birthdays for September.
None listed.
Date joined Rotary.
Grant Schuyler  1/9/80, 43 years
John Little         4/9/84  39 years
Craig Rogasch  1/12/88 35 years 
The old saying an apple a day keeps the doctor away.
Keith M. sent in the following joke. Enjoy the laugh.
Love this joke. Too funny! 😂😁🤣
An elderly Florida lady did her shopping and, upon returning to her car,
found four males in the act of leaving with her vehicle.
She dropped her shopping bags and drew her handgun, proceeding to scream at
the top of her lungs, “I have a gun, and I know how to use it! Get out of
the car!”. The four men didn't wait for a second threat. They got out and
ran like mad.
The lady, somewhat shaken, then proceeded to load her shopping bags into the
back of the car and got into the driver’s seat. She was so shaken that she
could not get her key into the ignition.
She tried and tried, and then she realized why. It was for the same reason,
she had wondered why there was a football, a Frisbee and two 12-packs of
beer in the front seat. A few minutes later, she found her own car parked,
four or five spaces farther down.
She loaded her bags into the car and drove to the police station to report,
her mistake.
The sergeant to whom she told the story couldn't stop laughing. He pointed,
to the other end of the counter, where four pale men were reporting a car,
jacking by a mad, elderly woman described as white, less than five feet,
tall, glasses, curly white hair, and carrying a large handgun.
No charges were filed.
The moral of the story?
If you’re going to have a senior moment… make it memorable. 😁😁😁
Every day is a good day, when there is something to learn, someone to care about and something to celebrate.
Rotary Club of Barossa Valley
Current Committee Structure on 3/7/2023


President: .....................................................  Sandie Simons
Immediate Past President: ............................ Peter Perkins
President Elect: ............................................. Steve Ahrens
Treasurer: ...................................................... Mark Graetz
Secretary: ...................................................... Bev Stephenson
Vocational: ....................................................  David West
Community: ...................................................  Keith Millington
Membership .................................................... Sue Graetz
International: ................................................. Peter Thomas
New Generations: ........................................... Prue Maitland
2025 Barossa Airshow: ................................... Keith Millington
Rotary Club of Barossa Valley Foundation: .....  Grant Schuyler
Vocational Committee
Team Leader: David West
4 + 3
David Adams
Mark Graetz (also Treasurer)
Grant Schuyler
Karin Bosomworth
Phil Graetz
Ian Falkenberg
Rohan Semmler
Community Committee
Team Leader: Keith Millington
8 + 3
James Dunn
Hans Haan
John Little
Geoffrey Schrapel
Peter Sich
Geoff Zerk
Philip Martin (on LOA)
David Braunack
Elly Monfries
John Monfries
Membership Committee
Team Leader: Sue Graetz
4 + 0
Peter Perkins
Steve Ahrens
International Committee
Team Leader: Peter Thomas
9 + 2
Keith Adams
Ray Fiebiger
Rick Kessner
Max Rasmus
Patrick Ritchie-Hayden
Anne Schilling
Bryce Lillecrapp
Bronwyn Lillecrapp
Bruce Dutschke
Russell Johnson
New Generations Committee
Team Leader: Prue Maitland
4 + 2
Beverley Stephenson
John Semmler
Don Farley (on LOA)
Police Checks Recorder and Child Protection: Prue Maitland
Sandy Carruthers
Rotary Club of Barossa Valley Foundation
Chair: Grant Schuyler
Secretary: John Semmler
Treasurer: Rick Kessner
Mark Graetz
Don Farley
Prue Maitland
Club President 
Club Vocational Chair 
2025 Barossa Airshow
Chair: Keith Millington
Club Support Roles
Public Officer: Keith Adams
Bulletin Editor: Robert Brookes
Assistant Secretary: Marie Rothe
Sergeants: Patrick Haydn, John Semmler, Rick Kessner, John Little, Phil Martin (on LOA), David West, Ray Fiebiger
Website, Social Media: Keith Millington
Public Image / Marketing: Sandie Simons, Steve Ahrens, Anne Schilling
PHF Recommendations: Peter Sich, John Little, Peter Frazer, Keith Adams, President (Sandie Simons)
Friends of the Rotary Club of Barossa Valley: Sue Graetz
Police Checks and Child Protection Officer: Prue Maitland
Clothing Bin Roster: Peter Thomas
Club Program Co-ordinator: Keith Adams
Club History: Grant Schuyler
Great Revival Shop Rep: Peter Perkins
Ring Pulls: Bryce Lillecrapp, Bill Simons, Mark Graetz
Awards Committee: PDGs Robert Brookes, Peter Thomas
Sheds and Trailers: Mark Graetz, Peter Sich
Local Government Liaison: AG Bill Simons



Duty Roster
Meeting 3310
Tanunda Hotel
Meeting 3311
Vine Inn
Keith Adams
Peter Frazer
Loyal Toast
Robert Brookes
Sue Graetz
David West
Ray Fiebiger
4-Way Test
Steve Ahrens
James Dunn
John Semmler
Steve Ahrens
Rachel Golder
Erfan Abidi 
Uni Progress
Educating women in Afghanistan
Robert Brookes
Robert Brookes
Setting up
Mark Graetz
Sue Graetz
Mark Graetz
Sue Graetz
Clothing Bins
         Angaston           R. Fiebiger             P.Martin

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