2020-2021 Meeting No.3228 
 17th September 2020
at the Clubhouse
Club Information
Thursdays at 6:30 PM
The Clubhouse
45 Macdonnell St
Tanunda, SA 5352
0418 856 569
1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at the Clubhouse for Dinner Meeting. 2nd and 4th Thursday: Visits, Social, Committee and Board meetings.
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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.
'Basic Education and Literacy'
                             Quote of the Month.
"By gathering some of the world's brightest
and most motivated  students to study peace issues,
Rotary International is demonstrating its leadership
role and making a difference in world affairs"
Donald Bobiash, Counselor, Canadian Embassy Tokyo, 1982/83 Rotary Scholar.
President's Message
Kathy’s mother, Maisie, passed on Friday 11th September after fighting for a long time with a form of Parkinson's disease that gradually destroyed her nervous system so that she lost control of her muscles. Kathy and I thank all the members for the expressions of sympathy during this difficult time. It has been an emotional week with Kathy and her three sisters going through the process of organising the funeral and sorting out the myriad of notifications and reporting we had to complete. Maisie’s ashes will be placed with those of Kathy’s father at the Salisbury cemetery in accordance with her wishes.
I had a discussion with PE Lisa and PN Bill about the Presidency. The outcome is that Lisa and Bill will swap positions so that Bill will be President-Elect for 2020-21 then President for 2021-22 and Lisa will be President Nominee, to be PE in 2021-22 and President in 2022-23. The main reason for the change is that Lisa’s business is absorbing all her time for the foreseeable future so this change means she can concentrate on her work until the conditions return to normal.
The Airshow Committee met on Tuesday and went through each of the sections of the show. One of the items that is causing concern is the workforce available on the weekend of the show. We need to know how many members, friends, family and anyone else you can pressgang that will be available for the 10th, 11th, and 12th of April as we will need a grounds set-up crew on 10th April, workers on the day, and a grounds recovery crew on the 12th of April. A list will be distributed over the next few weeks. We need the numbers from the club so that we will know how many extra people we will need to recruit for the successful operation of the airshow.
The End Polio Ute Rally program has been changed due to Victoria withdrawing from the project because of COVID-19. This means that the ute will be available for more days and the sequence of which club gets it when will be re-jigged. When the final list is released we will let you know.
A new Club Constitution has been produced by District 9510. We have to adopt the new constitution as presented, only allowed to add the details of our club. We will have to change some of our By-Laws to fit in with the new constitution, so it is a good time to review the By-Laws so that we can make sure the rules fit the way the club operates. A small group will review the By-Laws and get them ready for your approval at the Club AGM scheduled for December 3rd. We are required by the District to have the new Constitution and By-Laws in place by the end of December 2020.
Keith Millington
An interesting life (so far) presented by our newest member - Catherine Lawler.
When someone is asked to talk about themselves, they are faced with a dilemma “Which story do I tell?”  “Which of the many versions of me do I choose from?” And where do I start?  The convention is to start at the beginning, from when you were born.  So that is what I’ll do tonight.  However, the story of me that I am telling tonight is of someone who wants to focus on the here and now, and where what has happened in the past may take her.
I am originally from Sydney where I grew up in the western suburbs.  I’m the youngest of five children. Dad was a high school teacher and mum worked part-time in a primary school as a clerical assistant.  Mum and Dad moved to Sydney from country New South Wales just before I was born.  They made the move to the city because they believed that would give their kids the best opportunity for a good education.  They were passionate about encouraging us to be active learners and to be aware of the world. 
      Catherine O'Meley (now Lawler) the youngest of               five children, the littlie on the left.       
However, they were still country at heart and they would escape the rat race as often as they could.  For many years, our family holidays were spent camping in the Eurobodalla area of the NSW south coast hinterland. They were carefree happy times of hiking, swimming, chasing cows, and we learnt to chop wood, light a camp fire, collect mushrooms, watch out for snakes and a host of other things we would never have experienced in the suburbs. In later years, we undertook several long road trips into outback Queensland and across the country to Perth.  In this way I think Mum and Dad bestowed all of their children with a desire to learn and a passion for travel.  Not least of which was me.
When I finished high school I deferred the university place I was offered, deciding to work for a year so I could move into a place of my own, before attempting to study part-time while still working. That was a bad idea.  I didn’t even finish first semester.  So, I stuck out the daily grind as a Superannuation Administrator for another year while I regrouped. 
The next plan was to work part-time while studying full-time.  I found part-time work as a waitress and held down both jobs while I saved a nest egg, ready for Uni the following year.  That idea had potential until I realised that, although I had gone through high school thinking I was good at maths and science, clearly that wasn’t the case.  First year science at Uni NSW left me cold and disinterested and frankly, feeling pretty dumb.  I think I managed to hang around campus for about six weeks. 
The restaurant chain I was working for offered a full-time position and promotion that involved a transfer to Canberra.  I accepted and off I went.  I was there for only 10 months when management decided to close the store.  What to do now? It was literally on a whim that I decided to move to Adelaide with one of my brothers.  He was looking for somewhere cheap to live while finishing his degree and I didn’t want to go back to Sydney. We came to Adelaide.  That was 33 years ago. My plan at the time was to work for 12 months and then go overseas.  But then I met John.  So, I didn’t go overseas as planned, opting instead for 30 years of incredible adventures with him.  However, those are stories for another time.
I finally found a university course I could love on attempt number three.  Some serious soul searching had led me to realise that my real passion lay with the arts and writing, not science and maths.  I applied for a BA in journalism, but nominated a BA in Communication Studies as my second preference.  I will be, forever grateful that I wasn’t accepted into journalism. I completed both my BA and Masters part-time and almost finished my PhD.  These endeavours involved a great deal of writing. I was in my element when crafting my essays: settling on an overarching theme; searching for the right words; imbuing the sentences with rhythm and dynamics; carefully packaging my ideas in well constructed paragraphs. 
It was at this point in my life that I realised, although my employment continued to be in superannuation, insurance, and later legal administration, writing was indeed my vocation. 
It is what makes my heart sing.  It is what puts me in my zone.  It is what brings me fulfilment.  And when I start writing, I find it difficult to stop until I am exhausted. This is the reason why, when I joined Rotary the first time and I was asked to nominate a vocation for my application, I opted for Writer. At that time, I was partially motivated by the idea of it being a self-fulfilling prophesy.  However, as I was thinking about what to do for this, my New Member presentation, I realised I am now, and was then, already a writer. Not only have I spent more than a decade writing essays, conference papers, and then churning out the penultimate draft of a PhD thesis, I have actually been paid as a writer.
I have been the editor, staff writer, and layout designer for two publications.  The first was the Law Society of South Australia’s monthly journal for members.  The second was the fortnightly community newspaper Palm Island Voice, which I established and ran for the first 7 months, before handing the reins over to the community. It will come as no surprise to some of you that I have also had a number of articles published in the sailing magazines.  These are the most fun of the non-fiction writing that I have done, because they combine two of my passions, sailing and writing. I have also written some articles about this Rotary Club, which have been published by The Barossa Leader.  The most recent was the piece about our very cute visitors at the last meeting.
And so, I turn now to Rotary, and why I have become a member again.  When John and I joined in 2009, I thought at first that it was a very middle class and middle aged thing to do, and I felt a bit out of sorts because I believed I was neither. However, I soon learned my presumptions were wrong.  We loved the depth and breadth of Rotary’s activities both locally and globally and were keen to get involved and learn more. 
Even though John’s ill health stopped us from continuing our membership, one event in particular stood out for both of us.  This was the chance encounter with a young boy and his father on a beach in Papua New Guinea, while we were sailing there as part of a yacht rally.  The boy, Jonathon, had a significant disfigurement of his tongue and his father, Amos, had come to the gathering of yachts to see if someone could help. We were incredibly thrilled, proud and relieved to be able to tell Amos that, although we didn’t know exactly how it worked, we did know that Rotary could help.  Two days later Amos brought another child, Gregory, to meet us.  Gregory was in even more distress with a severe deformity of his skull.  He could no longer close his eyes, even when sleeping. Together with ROMAC and support from this club both boys were helped.  Within twelve months the ROMAC teams had Gregory was diagnosed with Crouzon’s syndrome and brought him to Melbourne for cranio-facial surgery. The next year this club provided financial assistance to Jonathon to attend Port Moresby hospital for clinical treatment on his tongue lymphangeoma. 
This all happened because we knew that Rotary has programs and systems in place to help children like this.
So, last year, when I found myself on the verge of a new kind of life, with encouragement and support from Phil and Mary Martin, I contemplated joining again. 
When I thought of the potential of Rotary to make things like this happen I was keen to join again, and, at the same time, I discovered my heart could still sing.
Catherine Lawler
Changes to NYSF due to Covid Restrictions. 
Margaret Northcote chair of NYSF in our D9510 has advised that travelling outside of our State for the 2021 January program has been cancelled.
However, an exciting program for the successful students is being arranged. The number of students has been increased from 46 to 56 and the overall cost for each student has been significantly reduced because cost of travel, accommodation and meals has been removed.
Whilst some disappointment is inevitable, all those involved must remember that this is the only chance that these students have to become NYSFers. They will remember it as a good experience in the pandemic. The cost is almost halved: now $1900, not $3250 and it is a 14 day program of leading educators/speakers covering all aspects of STEM.(Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).   
Important message from Secretary Sandie Simons
                               Volunteer Hours
All members and or/team leaders are reminded that it is important to record all hours of volunteer work, and to enter these hours into Club Runner. Now if you are like me and haven't got a clue how to do that, please send details of hours worked and the name of the project to Secretary Sandie at the end of each month. Please note that this includes hours spent on the Rotary clothing and rubbish bins, backdated to July 1st 2020. The members who have worked the bins so far from that date are:
Phil Martin, Geoff Zerk, Bob Sloane, Peter Flaherty, Pat White, Don Farley, Peter Canning, Bryce Lillecrapp, Grant Schuyler, Phil Graetz, Peter Perkins; David West, David Adams,  Ian Mader, Gavin Sidhu, Mark Graetz; Keith Millington, Rick Kessner, Patrick Haydn and Nick Anderson.
Sandie has stated " This information is required for a) Club purposes, b) for reporting to District and c) Potentially a Governor's Citation.    
Sue Graetz displayed these hearts at our meeting on September 17th. Sue made one for each day that Rotary was in recess due to the pandemic.  
                   Family is life's greatest gift
Hope and Love two of the most significant words  
                                      in life
Sue created a heart a day from April 1st 2020 to August 6th 2020 which covered the 128 days we were in recess from our normal meetings. 
 During the Pandemic we all took time to remember Anzac                           Day on the 25th April 2020. 
   "They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old.
     Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn.
     At the going down of the sun and in the morning,                                     we will remember them."
                               Lest we Forget   
      In Love and Hope we will always remember                             the supreme sacrifice.
Thank you Sue for this beautiful contribution                    to our club bulletin.
Attendance Report
Club members        34
Friends                      6 
Guests                       1  - (4 legged Sophie)
Apologies/Loa          8
Total attendance     41 
 Nick Anderson                           Sept. 28th
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Duty Roster
Meeting No 3229 
 Venue: Clubhouse 
24th Sept 2020
Board Meeting only
Meeting No 3230
Venue: Clubhouse
1st Oct 2020 
  Hans Haan
Loyal Toast   Graeme Lawrie 
  John Little
RotaryInfo.   Peter Sich
  John Semmler
John & University Students  
Robert Brookes Robert Brookes
Setting Up 
Fellowship Fellowship
Marie Rothe 
Bev Stephenson                               
Marie Rothe
Bev Stephenson
Clothing Bins
17th Sept-1st Oct 
Patrick Haydn
Nick Anderson
Don Farley
17th Sept-1st Oct
Patrick Haydn
Nick Anderson
Don Farley
Just a Thought
Take time to laugh. It is the music of the soul
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