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Bulletin 3256
The Clubhouse Tanunda 
Thursday August 5th 2021
Oh lord and giver of all good, we praise thee for our daily food.
May Rotary friends and Rotary ways help us to serve thee all our days.
Quote of the Month
I believe civilisation is like a big building made of thousands and
thousands of bricks. Each of us is a brick supporting the grand structure we call humanity.  We will build up Rotary and do everything we can to prepare it to meet the challenges of the next millennium.
Address to 1996 Rotary Convention, Calgary,Alberta Canada.
by  Luis Vicente Giay President RI 1996/97  
Theme for the Month of August
Membership and New Club Development 
President Bill's Burble
President Bill opened meeting 3256 and
welcomed Rotarians, Friend Phil Graetz and Sophie the care Dog.
At the previous meeting he mentioned the slideshow of 100 years of Rotary in Australia and New Zealand - this was run in the background of our meeting.
He announced that Lisa Akeroyd and Nick Anderson are now engaged and reminded people to sign the engagement card.
"How quickly things can change – just overnight we were allowed to fit twice as many people into this room as yesterday!
Moving goalposts makes it tricky to organise our program, especially guest speakers and special meetings where we have more visitors than usual, and outings where there might tighter restrictions. Everything is “subject to change”, so we’ll “plan for the worst and hope for the best” in putting together our 2021-2022 program.
On that note, let’s do a quick survey of how you want the meetings to be scheduled for 2021-2022.
The existing schedule is meetings on weeks 1 and 3, no meeting on 2nd week, Board meeting on week 4, and if there’s a fifth Thursday, have a Fellowship get together – not necessarily at the Clubhouse.
The question is:
Do you want to put the 2nd week back into the program to be used as an option for special activities such as projects or outings? This will give us more flexibility with meeting formats and themes, and the opportunity for more fellowship. We’ll keep the Clubhouse meetings on 1st and 3rd weeks with the emphasis on guest speakers, and Board meeting on Week 4."
The decision was to utilise the second week as an option for special activities.
President Bill then called on Team Leaders to introduce their committees.
  • Membership and Friends: Sue Graetz
  • New Generations: Catherine Lawler
  • Vocational: Bryce Lillecrapp
  • Community: Peter Perkins
  • Fellowship: Roxane Canning
  • International: Gavin Sidhu
  • Foundation: Grant Schuyler
This was followed by a video of the address by Rotary International President Shekhar Mehtar, which also was played at the District Changeover.
 District Governor Jeff Neale and Jenny, and Area Governor Craig Dowling and Kiki will be attending our meeting on 19th August, so please come along and give them a warm welcome.
The Board is having a strategic planning meeting next Thursday, 12th August, so we’ll have a report on that at our meeting on 2nd September.
President Bill closed by saying, "Thanks for coming along tonight, stay warm and safe and I’ll see you  on 19th August."
Operation Flinders.  
Sue Graetz advised that the club's presentation to the above will be held at Nuriootpa High School on Tuesday the 17th August at 11.00 am.  Members are welcome to attend. 
University of South Australia 
Acknowledgement received by BVF Secretary John Semmler.  
Thank you for attending the Scholarships and Grants Presentation Evening on June 17th to present the Rotary Club of the Barossa Valley Foundation Scholarship. Please find attached images of the event.
We are so grateful for your continued support of the University of South Australia and look forward to seeing you soon.
Amanda Rigano - Advancement Services Uni SA.
 Secretary John with student Vikki Rawlings
From left; John S, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Barb, Vikki Rawlings (Recipient) and the Chancellor.
 Damian Leach - District Youth Service Chair for 2021-22. 
 See below for an update on the various programs operating in the Youth Service space.
If you have any feedback you would like to share directly with me, please email me at or call me on 0438 294 563.
Last year at times, there were challenges related to Covid restrictions (and these continue for programs such as Youth Exchange and New Generations Service Exchange); the various District Youth Committees have focused on the fact that these programs are delivered on behalf of clubs that it is only through club support that they can continue (including by the Rotary Club of Barossa Valley).
I realise some programs have not provided dates and costings for the coming year to clubs yet. These shall be distributed soon; there has been one program in particular that has had challenges with dates for next year, so I'll seek to circulate once that is finalised.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards will be held on 18-24 September 2021 and 19-25 April 2022. Applications are currently open at The first tranche of applications for September will be distributed this afternoon. Can I encourage you to interview your applicant? The Committee policy is to provide refunds only for applicants who withdraw within 10 days of the program upon application, and a refund will only be provided in specific circumstances. 
The Graduation Dinner for the September program will be held the night of 23 September. Rotarians are welcome to attend the Opening, and the committee will send an email in the coming week with details for the Graduation and the opening.
National Youth Science Forum
This program is still open for applications. Please ask applicants to apply, and if they (or you) have any questions, contact Sean Geoghegan (0466 698 379 or nysf@rotary9510,org).
Youth Exchange & New Generations Service Exchange
These programs are currently unable to operate through direction from the Board of Rotary International. It is anticipated that they may resume in July 2022.
Santos Science Experience
This program is currently intending to operate. It is targeted to students in Years 9 and 10. 
The dates are:
  • University of South Australia, Whyalla - 21-23 September (apply by 20/8)
  • The University of South Australia - 16-18 November (20/10)
  • Flinders University - 30 November - 2 December (12/10)
  • University of Adelaide 7-9 December (12/11)
The cost is $190. A full refund will be provided if the program is cancelled due to covid.
The Health of the River Forum
The HOTR Forum is for year 9 & 10 students interested in science, protecting the environment & natural resource management. It provides hands-on learning and mentoring from specialist ecologists on working conservation and research property. 
It is running from 20-24 September, with a cost of $590.
Rotary Sailing Challenge
The next Sailing Challenge will be held from 26-30 September. Applications are currently open.
Club Secretary Sandie wishes to remind all Members and Friends of Rotary that  the youth programs listed above are available to your young relatives and friends.
OUR CLUB IS KEEN TO SUPPORT THE ABOVE YOUTH PROGRAMS. More importantly the club usually meets most  of the cost of these programs. If you know of any young person who is interested in the above programs  please advise Team Leader  of the New Generations Committee, Catherine Lawler.  
One simple word – Vaccination.
 By Dr. David Adams, Rotarian of our club. 
I have been in General Practice for a long time – over 40 years in fact!  Over this time, I have seen so many changes in medicine.
One of the most significant of these has been the huge reduction of serious infectious disease.
I can remember those suffering from the effects of polio, regular cases of meningococcal disease,
epiglottitis, dehydrated children with Rotavirus  gastroenteritis , mumps encephalitis, epidemics of influenza, hearing loss from either maternal rubella or recurrent serious ear infections, wards with people suffering from pneumococcal pneumonia, and the list goes on! We are already seeing a reduction in cervical cancer in Australia.
The reason for such an improvement in our health in Australia?
I see the current COVID-19 pandemic as yet another infectious disease which, with everyone’s help, will become vaccine preventable.
For a variety of reasons, we are seeing resistance and hesitancy from some people, about having a COVID -19 vaccination.
Both vaccines available in Australia have, after 2 injections, a > 95% rate of preventing significant illness from COVID -19.
The contraindications to either of the vaccines are very rare. The side effects are usually none or mild and short-lived. The serious side effects are again rare.
Can I urge everyone who hasn’t been vaccinated to phone their GP medical practice straight away (or go online to the SA Health Vaccination register) and book in to have your vaccine, as soon as possible.
If you are unsure, speak to your GP and practice nurse for advice. All GPs and practice nurses have undergone special training to COVID -19 and the vaccine program.
We do not want to see, in our community, what is happening in some overseas countries, or in other Australian States with the pandemic. We do not want to have to go into frequent lock-downs, and the associated devastating effects these can have on individuals and the community at large.
My message - GET YOUR COVID-19 VACCINE. And a thank you to all those who have already had their vaccine.
                 Dr. David Adams - Angaston SA                            .............................................................        
Penny and Hola

Finally, after a long COVID-forced delay, we are delighted to have a new ROMAC patient, Penny, from Tonga, who has been treated this week in Auckland's Starship hospital for a serious cardiac condition.  Penny was granted a special humanitarian visa by the New Zealand Government as Tonga has had no registered cases of COVID.

ROMAC New Zealand Chair, Glenys Paton said:  "Penny arrived in New Zealand from Tonga on May 19, 2021 and spent 14 days in MIQ (hotel quarantine), accompanied by her father, Hola, to meet New Zealand quarantine requirements. Penny is our first ROMAC patient since the Covid 19 pandemic occurred.  She came to us with severe rheumatic heart disease with severe mitral and aortic regurgitation.

On completion of their quarantine period on June 2nd, they were collected by Henderson Rotary Club Member and ROMAC Host Club Coordinator, Barbara Watt, and taken to Ronald MacDonald House for Penny’s appointment for assessment and planning for a decision on progress to surgery. She attended her assessment clinic on June 4th – confirming her medical status and commencing the planning for admission and surgery.

Unfortunately, a few days after the appointment ROMAC was notified that Penny’s surgery was on hold  as the hospital grappled with an outbreak of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) which is highly contagious and serious in young babies. The outbreak of this virus created an immediate demand for PICU beds and a firm date for Penny’s surgery could not be given.

After preparing for surgery on Monday 19th July and having it delayed, Penny finally had her surgery on Friday July 23rd. She spent eight hours in surgery having repairs on two heart valves and a third valve replaced.  When visiting Penny on Sunday July 25th, she was being watched over by a very dedicated and concerned father – enjoying eating a juicy orange – her first meal post-surgery. Plans were to get her up and about later in the afternoon and continue to manage any pain – ahead of her being moved to the ward.
If you are able to support the ROMAC fundraising event on Sunday August 29th, speak with Sandie or Bill who are arranging a table for 12 people.
Members        26
Friends            1
Total              27
Plus four legged dog Sophie to take care of her mistress!
Apologies/LOA   15 
    Peter Perkins                                  August 6th
   John Tunnicliff                                    "    18th
   Philip Martin                                         "    19th 
Date Joined Rotary
        Peter Canning       7yrs    August 14th 2014     
Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you'll look back and realise they were the big things.
Rotary Club of Barossa Valley - see below the various committees where each member/friend is represented. 
Vocational Committee
Team Leader, Bryce Lillecrapp,  Members David Adams, Mark Graetz. Bronwyn Lillecrapp,  Grant Schuyler, David West
Friends Karin Bosomworth, Peter Flaherty, Phil Graetz
Community Committee
Team Leader, Peter Perkins,  Members,  Hans Haan,   John Little, Philip Martin, Craig Rogasch, Geoffrey Schrapel, Peter Sich, Geoff Zerk
Friends,  David Braunack, Peter Manning, Vicki Manning
Membership Committee
Team Leader, Sue Graetz,  Members, Peter Perkins, Marie Rothe, Bryce Lillecrapp, Bronwyn Lillecrapp.
International Committee
Team Leader, Gavin Sidhu,  Members, Keith Adams, Ray Fiebiger, Brian Graetz, Rick Kessner, Max Rasmus, Robert Sloane, Peter Thomas
Friends Bruce Dutschke, Russell Johnson, Mary Martin
 New Generations Committee
Team Leader, Catherine Lawler  Members, Donald Farley, Ian Mader, Beverley Stephenson, Anne Tunnicliff. John Tunnicliff. Prue Maitland.
Friends Sandy Carruthers, Kevin Hoskin
Fellowship Committee
Team Leader Roxane Canning Members,   Peter Canning. Roxane Canning,  Patrick Ritchie-Haydn, John Semmler, Peter Frazer, Keith Millington.
Friends Elly Monfries, John Monfries, Chris Woidt,
Rodney Woidt,
Barossa Valley Foundation Trustees
Chair Grant Schuyler,  Secretary John Semmler, Treasurer Rick Kessner Trustees Mark Graetz, Don Farley, Prue Maitland, Sandie Simons, Club President, Club Vocational Chair.
Sergeants.  Ray Fiebiger, Mark Graetz, Sue Graetz, Bryce Lillecrapp, John Little, Philip Martin, Peter Sich,  Sandie Simons, Robert Sloane, Keith Millington, David West. Patrick Ritchie-Haydn.
Website, Media, Keith Millington, John Tunnicliff, Catherine Lawler
PHF Recommendations President, Peter Sich, John  Little, Peter Canning.
Friends of Rotary  Sue Graetz
Police Checks Recorder Prue Maitland.
Bulletin Editor  Robert Brookes
Clothing Bin Roster  Peter Thomas
Child Protection Officer   Prue Maitland
Club History  Grant Schuyler
Great Revival Shop Rep. Don Farley
Ring Pulls. Bryce Lillecrapp, Bill Simons, Mark Graetz
Awards Committee PDG’s Robert Brookes, Peter Thomas.
Sheds and Trailers, Mark Graetz, Peter Sich
Assistant Secretary Marie Rothe
Program. Team Leaders
Duty Roster
Meeting 3257
Thurs Aug 19th 
Meeting 3258
   Clubhouse   Thurs Sept 2nd       
Geoff Schrapel David Adams
Loyal Toast  
Bev Stephenson  Keith Adams
Sergeant Sue Graetz Patrick Ritchie-Haydn
Rotary Info. 
 N/R Mark Graetz
President Bill Sandie Simons
DG Jeff Neale TBA
Serve to Change Lives Southern Barossa  Alliance
Robert Brookes
Robert Brookes
Setting Up 
Marie Rothe
Bev Stephenson                     
Marie Rothe     
Bev Stephenson
5/8 - 19/8/21
P. Graetz
P. Perkins
G. Sidhu
19/8 - 2/9/21
D Adams
I Mader
R. Kessner
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