Meeting 3311
 October 19th 2023 Vine Inn.  
 
 
 
Gordon R. McInally
RI President 2023/24
 
Theme for the month of October
Community Economic Development
Quote of the Month 
                     Rotary Says No to Domestic Violence 
 Our club’s team hopes to incorporate our walk in the Tanunda Christmas Parade. 
All 20 districts throughout Australia, New Zealand and the Southwest Pacific have joined forces to combat the disturbingly common crisis of domestic and family violence. The article in the September RDU page 6-9 is well worth reading and tells the frightening story experienced by Rotarian David Harmon of the Ballina-on-Richmond Rotary club. He attended the memorial of a friend's sister who was tragically murdered in Melbourne in front of her three children. That night Dave spoke to his wife about making domestic and family violence the main focus of his year as President. A few months later, 800 people walked down the main street of Ballina marking the start of the club's campaign to raise awareness of domestic violence. "During this year's International 16 Days of Activism, held from November 25 to Dec 10, the Rotary Club of Ballina-on-Richmond is asking clubs to unite with their community and organise activities that will help raise awareness of domestic violence."
 
     
President Sandie wrote in bulletin 3309 that Rotary Says No to Domestic Violence, 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. Taking part in a walk through the Barossa Valley is one way that we can support this program. (see above)
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An invitation to attend last Thursday’s meeting for the presentation by Erfan Abidi was extended to other service and community groups, and we promoted the event through a public notice in The Leader, and on local Community Radio. I was very pleased to welcome our own members, partners and Friends, and members’ guests, as well as representatives from Gawler and Gawler Light Rotary Clubs, and from Probus. And of course, our special guests Erfan Abidi, and his friend Alan Larkin who has supported Erfan and his family in settling into their new life in Australia.
Erfan’s story is incredibly moving, and he is an engaging presenter. His experiences and those still being lived by the people of Afghanistan, particularly the girls and women, are difficult to fully comprehend. I think most of us would share the sentiment expressed by another Rotarian who attended: “How lucky are we to be living in our own country of Australia”.
Thanks to the wonderful support of those who purchased raffle tickets at the meeting and the generosity of the raffle prize donors, we raised $300, which will go towards a suitable project relating to girls’ education. Winners were Beth Hudman (Rotary Club of Gawler), Steve Ahrens (who promptly presented Erfan with the Bev Rice painting he won), Tony Woolley and Chris Morphett (Probus members, and Loreen Hulston (my sister – no it wasn’t “rigged”!). Thank You President Elect Steve Ahrens, for organising with Erfan to share his story.
Alan Larkin, Erfan’s friend, told me after the meeting that he enjoyed our hospitality and complimented us on the sociable atmosphere. My personal thanks to you all for making Erfan and Alan so welcome.
I have received many messages of condolence on the loss of our Immediate Past President Peter Perkins, from members of Rotary and other groups collaborating with Peter on various projects and activities on behalf of our club. It is clear from the messages that Peter was a highly thought of and well-respected individual, with a passion for Rotary and community. We will continue working with these groups, as Peter would have wanted.
Condolence messages will be shared with Jo and family, and with members of this club, in separate communications.
 At last Thursday’s meeting we paid our respects to Peter with a minute’s silence. The meeting was very aptly described by a club member as “… a really special meeting, one to remember. Also healing to be together as a club and to unite in a minute’s silence to think about Peter”.
Last Monday afternoon, Bill and I were privileged to attend a reception at Government House for students who will be attending the 2024 National Youth Science Forum (NYSF). We will be supporting four students to attend the 2024 NYSF, Maddie Bull, Felicity Whenen, Josh Burrows and Krystal Steinert, all from Nuriootpa High School.
The Governor, Her Excellency the Honorable Frances Adamson AC, delivered a very positive and motivating message to the students, and thanked Rotary for providing the students with such a great opportunity. A space in Government House was promised for a portrait or bust for the student who follows in the footsteps of other well-known scientists such as Sir Mark Oliphant!
Please remember to read the District Classifieds each month, as it contains information about coming events and opportunities for you to “Create Hope in the World”.
There are some great events and activities coming up for our Members and Friends too.
President Elect Steve Ahrens has organised a very interesting meeting for 2nd November – we’ll be hearing from Darren Trott at the Lyndoch B&B across the road from Lyndoch Motors. Catering will be provided by David West, and more information will be sent out regarding what to bring, cost, etc.
Our meeting on 16th November will be back at the Tanunda Hotel, where we’ll hear from a fellow Rotarian about woodwork and pyrography.
I look forward to seeing you and your guests in Lyndoch on Thursday 2nd November.
 
 
WORLD POLIO DAY TUESDAY 24th OCTOBER
This coming Tuesday, 24th October, is World Polio Day, and it's your time to make a financial contribution, no matter how small, towards the efforts to eliminate this terrible disease.
Use this link to find out more and to make your donation: Ending Polio | Rotary International
If you need help please contact President Sandie. 
 
Sydney Opera House
 
Guest Speaker - Erfan Abidi
Over the past few weeks, we have received several invitations from President Sandie Simons to attend this special meeting at the Vine Inn, to listen to Erfan Abidi’s presentation on the subject of ‘Educating Girls in Afghanistan’. What an outstanding night it was and no doubt the 37 people who attended, including visitors from outside our club, would all think the same.
President Elect Steve Ahrens said,
“It is my privilege and pleasure this evening to introduce Erfan.
Erfan & I met 12 months ago when we completed the Rotary Institute of Learning. We have maintained a continuing friendship and are friends on Facebook. Have a look at that beautiful photo on the screen. WHEREVER YOU STAND BE THE SOUL OF THAT PLACE.  
Erfan has also written a book and recently had a small movie made about himself. There is no doubt in my mind that Erfan’s work certainly aligns with this year’s international Rotary theme of CREATE HOPE IN THE WORLD. It also aligns with ROTARY SAYS NO TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.
Erfan was an interpreter and security adviser working with Australian and American forces to carry out missions in remote parts of Afghanistan. After a traumatic journey to a new life in Australia with his family, Erfan continues to support those who were not able to escape the Taliban regime.”
Erfan is still working hard to enable his brother to join the rest of his family in Australia. We heard his dramatic story regarding the challenges and risks following the Taliban take-over. He also spoke about his valuable work in “Educating women in Afghanistan.”
 
Steve thanks Erfan and hands him a bottle of red.
 
MEETING 3312
Steve Ahrens is looking after our meeting on the 2nd of November 2023. It will be held in Lyndoch across the road from Lyndoch Motors. Guest speaker is Darren Trott and a brief on his life now follows. 
 
Darren Trott has come full circle. Born and bred in Adelaide, Darren relocated to Sydney in 1997 and then again to Melbourne in 1999.
 
Being out of town for 24 years didn’t stop Darren’s passion for the Barossa Valley and collecting its unique early settlement furniture, as well as his lifelong devotion to performing as a singer, guitarist, bass player and drummer.
 
His corporate career as a senior insurance executive got in the way of these pursuits until 2016, when he finally became a full-time antique dealer and professional musician. Darren managed to squeeze in 100 live performances in his last year in corporate life.
 
Just prior to the global pandemic, Darren was headhunted to join the executive leadership of one of Australia’s largest insurance builders. In 2020 he and his partner Robyn fulfilled a decade's long ambition to own an old Barossa property with the purchase of Lyndoch Grand, and in 2021 they finally returned home to SA, resettling in Willaston and becoming actively involved in the Southern Barossa community.
 
Darren continues to juggle corporate life while wheeling and dealing in antiques; he performs with The Leisure Lovers as singer and guitarist and operates Lyndoch Grand as a luxury group accommodation business.
 
Darren joined the committee of the Southern Barossa Business Alliance two years ago and actively promotes the town of Lyndoch and the local businesses here.
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Rick King RI President 2001-2002
Editor's note: On October 13th I received a message that said Past President
of Rotary International Rick King had passed away. Rick was a Rotarian for more than 50 years and a wonderful guy and friend to all of his Governors. I was privileged to have been one of those. I particularly enjoyed his 'Sing out a Song of Rotary'. His theme of 'MANKIND IS OUR BUSINESS' went down well with most members. However, there were those who couldn't accept the word MAN-KIND. Needless to say, Mankind caused a few hiccups and some became quite manic, to the point of losing their manhood and falling into a manhole eating a mandarin whilst playing their mandolin. Other than that Peggy and I enjoyed a year of happiness, joy and many friendships, throughout the then District 9500.        
 
Rick King's Theme.
 
Attendance Reports - 19th October 2023 
                                       
Members    19                
Friends         3                     
Partners       3    
Honorary      1      
Guests          9            
Visiting             
Rotarian       2                                       
Total            37       
                     
Apologies LOA.  15       
  
Birthdays for October
David Adams           13th October
Bronwyn Lillecrapp 24th     "
Geoff Zerk               25th     "
 
Date joined Rotary.
None recorded for October.
 
 
 
 
JUST A THOUGHT
Everything we do today determines how
we will live out tomorrow. 
 
 
Rotary Club of Barossa Valley
Current Committee Structure on 3/7/2023

Board

President: .....................................................  Sandie Simons
Immediate Past President: ............................ Peter Perkins (D)
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
Members:
David Adams
Mark Graetz (also Treasurer)
Grant Schuyler
Friends:
Karin Bosomworth
Phil Graetz
Ian Falkenberg
Rohan Semmler
Community Committee
Team Leader: Keith Millington
8 + 3
Members:
James Dunn
Hans Haan
John Little
Geoffrey Schrapel
Peter Sich
Geoff Zerk
Philip Martin (on LOA)
Friends:
David Braunack
Elly Monfries
John Monfries
Membership Committee
Team Leader: Sue Graetz
4 + 0
Members:
Steve Ahrens
Friends:
International Committee
Team Leader: Peter Thomas
9 + 2
Members:
Keith Adams
Ray Fiebiger
Rick Kessner
Max Rasmus
Patrick Ritchie-Hayden
Anne Schilling
Bryce Lillecrapp
Bronwyn Lillecrapp
Friends:
Bruce Dutschke
Russell Johnson
New Generations Committee
Team Leader: Prue Maitland
 
4 + 2
 
Members:
Beverley Stephenson
John Semmler
Don Farley (on LOA)
Police Checks Recorder and Child Protection: Prue Maitland
 
Friends:
Sandy Carruthers
 
Rotary Club of Barossa Valley Foundation
Chair: Grant Schuyler
Secretary: John Semmler
Treasurer: Rick Kessner
Trustees:
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: Bev Stephenson
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

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Duty Roster
Meeting 3312
Lyndoch
2/11/2023
Meeting 3313
Tanunda Hotel
16/11/2023
Invocation
Mark Graetz
Prue Maitland
Loyal Toast
Bryce Lillecrapp
Patrick R. Haydn
Sergeant
Not required
John Semmler
4-Way Test
Not required
Robert Brookes
Chairperson
Steve Ahrens
Keith Millington
Speakers
Darren Trott
Paul Jupp
Subject
Lyndoch Grand
Wood burning Art
Bulletin
Robert Brookes
Robert Brookes
Setting up
TBA
TBA
Cashiers
Mark Graetz
Sue Graetz
Mark Graetz
Sue Graetz
Clothing Bins
26/10/23-9/11/23
9/11/23 - 23/11/23
         Angaston           J.Little
          P.Haydn
Nuriootpa
P.Thomas
J.Semmler
Tanunda
D.West
J.Dunn
 
 
 

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