Meeting 3305
 Tanunda Hotel
  August 3rd 2023  
Gordon R. McInally
RI President 2023/24
Theme for the month of August
Membership and New Club Development 
Quote of the Month 
The concept of a rule of law internationally as a program  
for peace provides a positive, universally understandable idea, around which we must rally the imagination and hope of people throughout the world. The rule of law cannot be maintained through the ingenuity of the legal profession alone. It must have the reverence, and the support of public opinion, based on a clear understanding by people of all ages and in all walks of life that the rule of law is an essential of survival. 
    From 'A dream to work for, The Rotarian July 1967.
         President Sandie's Spiel                                
Thanks Ian! Unfortunately our scheduled guest speaker was unable to attend this meeting, so John and Keith will work on an alternative date for Rachel Golder. Ian Falkenberg, a Friend of our club, agreed to speak at very short notice, for which we are grateful. Ian spoke with passion and pride about his group’s work towards building safe nesting sites for our beautiful Ospreys, which are uncommon in South Australia and are on the Endangered list. Thanks to Ian for such an engaging and informative presentation, and Congratulations to all in the group for their hard work and dedication.
We can Create Hope In The World! We heard also from John Hughes, how the proceeds from funds raised at the 2023 Barossa Airshow will support the Foundation Barossa/Homburg Homelessness Prevention Project. Homelessness has diverse and far-reaching effects, and our younger folk in particular need support, so it’s wonderful that we can Create Hope in this way.
Rotary Says No to Domestic Violence: Rather than wait for directions from District for this Zone 8 project, we can put together our own project plan based on how it will work best for us. District will assist us with resources and materials. I know there’s some skills and experience amongst our membership which could support this project admirably, so please don’t wait to be asked!
Are YOU satisfied with your Club? Your feedback about your club experiences will enable us to address improvements for you and future members. The survey will be just a “tick the boxes” format, and we need everyone to participate so we get the best possible information and make the right moves into the future. Thanks to Sue and the Membership Team for driving this very important activity.
DG Craig’s Talkbacks: The next DG Talkback will be on Sunday 13th August, and you will receive an invitation to participate. All clubs have similar challenges, so it’s nice to know we’re not alone, but it’s also great to hear about the differences and how other clubs meet their challenges. I encourage you to “zoom in” on these get togethers and share some fellowship with members of other District 9510 clubs.
Farewell - NOT Goodbye: Marie Rothe joined the Rotary Club of Barossa Valley on April 24th in 2014, and now the time has come for Marie to move closer to family. Sadly this means we won’t see much of Marie in future. We thanked Marie for everything she has done for Rotary, the Rotary Club of Barossa Valley, and all of us individually, and Marie was given a beautiful bouquet and a card full of well wishes (thanks Bev for organising!).
Now it’s YOUR turn … As you know, Sue and Mark Graetz have offered to care-take the meet and greet until replacements are found. Please do not take advantage of Sue and Mark’s generosity! It’s not an onerous task but it is essential, so please step up and help your club.
Community Team Leader: Thanks Keith Millington, who has volunteered to take over from James Dunn as our new Community Team Leader! The Community Team is responsible for providing services to, and developing and implementing projects for, our community.
Visitors: At our next club meeting on 17th August, we’ll be joined by DG Craig Dowling, and Jenny Mills who is the Chair of the 2024 District Conference. I would’ve liked to see more hands raised when I asked who had registered for the Conference already! It’s very reasonably priced, according to your choices. If you register before 31st October you can just pay a deposit, then pay the balance in December and January. This Conference won’t be all about Rotary, there’s social activities planned too. We also need to consider participation in the Soapbox and Showcase.
I look forward to seeing you on the 17th!
               Recovery of the endangered Eastern Osprey                  in South Australia.
Guest Speaker: Ian Falkenberg
The Endangered Osprey population in South Australia has declined 26% over the past 10 years which means there are less than 50 breeding pairs of Osprey state-wide.
In recent years, all known Osprey breeding sites on the mainland of Yorke Peninsula have regularly failed or become abandoned due mainly to disturbance and predation. 
Few raptors, including Ospreys, will tolerate human encroachment and disturbance directly above their nest, as typically occur in South Australia’s open coastal landscapes.  Osprey young are also vulnerable to fox predation even on near offshore islands and crows, Pacific Gulls and Silver Gulls are known to predate on eggs of Osprey when they are disturbed and distracted by human presence.
The lack of suitable secure nesting sites appears an important limiting factor for Osprey breeding success in SA.  Artificial nest platforms are a proven form of threat mitigation in areas where limited natural nest sites exist and where food is plentiful. Additional nest sites can substantially boost nesting densities.
Much is still unknown about the South Australian Osprey population and research such as satellite tracking is important to determine preferred habitats and hunting behaviours and movements and causes of mortality of Osprey.
More recently the endangered osprey numbers have been given a boost with the installation of 14 artificial nest platforms around the coast on Yorke Peninsula and more recently Eyre Peninsula and Fleurieu Peninsula. Osprey breeding pairs have already been sighted on many of the artificial nest platforms this season and this is an encouraging sign for the coming breeding season.  
One nest on Yorke Peninsula, which is situated on a remote and inaccessible reef, has regularly failed to produce young due to disturbance and predation.  Last year this nest produced young for the first time in 12 years, and we are hopeful this site will result in successful breeding again this season.
The project is being delivered by the Friends of Osprey volunteers taking an active role in conservation activities with the establishment of an Osprey Fund to assist with on ground conservation activities. Community involvement is paramount to the recovery and conservation of the Osprey population in SA.
Rotarian John Semmler thanked Ian for his very interesting talk and following resounding applause handed him the usual gift.
 John Semmler, Secretary of the club's Foundation, has advised the names of students to receive Scholarship support.
Scholarship Recipients 2023
Adelaide University
Kobie Schulz – Tanunda – Nuriootpa High School.
Studying for Bachelor of Engineering (Honors) (Civil).
Flinders University
Stephanie Gallas – Nuriootpa – Nuriootpa High School.
Studying for Bachelor of International Relations and Political Science.
University of SA
Jessica Both – Freeling – Kapunda High School.
Studying for Bachelor of Human Movement.           
RYDA -Requirements
At last night's meeting 3305 in a typical manner the very likeable member, namely John Semmler, reminded all members and friends present that a minimum of 12 helpers will be required for duty on Monday Sept. 18th and Tuesday Sept. 19th. to assist with the Rotary Youth Driver Awareness program. On Sept 7th names of helpers will be collected at the club meeting. Wednesday Sept 20th is in the hands of the Barossa District Club.  
     An Amazing story of a little boy who became famous.   
   A Jewish family Karnofsky, who immigrated from Lithuania to the United States, took pity on a 7-year-old boy and brought him to their home.
There he stayed and spent the night in this Jewish family home, where for the first time in his life he was treated with kindness and tenderness.
When he went to bed, Mrs Karnofsky sang him Russian lullabies, which he sang with her.
Later he learned to sing and play several Russian and Jewish songs.
Over time, this boy became the adopted son of this family.
Mr. Karnofsky gave him money to buy his first musical instrument, as was the custom in Jewish families.
Later, when he became a professional musician and composer, he used these Jewish melodies in compositions such as St. James's Hospital and Go Down Moses.
The little boy grew up and wrote a book about this Jewish family, who adopted him in 1907. And proudly spoke Yiddish fluently.
In memory of this family and until the end of his life, he wore the Star of David and said that in this family he learned "to live a real life and determination."
This little boy's name was Louis Armstrong. He was called Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong.
                    Rotary - a non-political organisation
As instructed by DG Craig, please ensure that ALL inquiries regarding Rotary's position on the Voice to Parliament receive the statement below - no more, no less.
As a non-political organisation, Rotary does not take corporate action or express opinions on subjects related to specific government, political or ruling parties, laws or entities.   However, we do encourage understanding of social issues that impact our communities.
This takes about 15 seconds to say or read and should not be embellished or extended with expressions of regret or attempts to further clarify." 
                  Akanu, Ohafia International School
Editor's note. I've included articles on the above in previous bulletins. This is an update received from Katina. Many of you will remember that Katina Jones was District Governor of Rotary in 2004-2005 in the then district 9500. It was the year in which Rotary celebrated its 100 years of service '1905 to the future'. Some years later her yearning to build a business in education began, which meant her retirement from Rotary. Her business 'Equals International' with the motto 'Experience learning from a new perspective' was calling her to build a school in Nigeria. This school now looks after 180 students and it is expanding.  Graduation day for the students was recently celebrated.
Katina writes "Aw, how delightful. The smiles on the faces of the nursery school pupils all dressed up for their graduation says it all - this is a day to remember. It's wonderful to see the children so excited about the ceremony and to know that they have accomplished an important milestone in their lives. Congratulations to the students, and a big round of applause to the teachers and staff who have helped them along the way.         
This photo shows the Primary 6 Group throwing their hats into the sky as they celebrate their accomplishments. It is so inspiring to see how much they have achieved, and how proud they are of themselves. Through your support and generosity, you have truly changed their lives for the better, and given them a chance to build a brighter future. Thank you for making this dream a reality."
                                              The teachers and school staff purchased the material and made their own clothing for this very special occasion. 
The school in Currie Street Adelaide, continues to function well. Equals has purchased two more properties next to the existing school. Overall, more than 1200 students are now in EQUALS care.
EQUALS, a family owned and managed educational institution, was founded over 30 years ago, with the dream of promoting and developing human potential. Today they are an independent tertiary education provider offering nationally recognised and accredited courses to local and international students.  
Throughout their history they have been involved in philanthropic projects and initiatives that promote equity, access and human rights within the local and wider community.  As their capacity has grown, so has their commitment to meeting the needs of a changing world. 
Thankyou Katina. All blessings for the amazing work your institutions provide to the less privileged. 
Rotary Club of Barossa Valley 'Community Awareness'.
Lifestyle Medicine
Rotarians may have read a series of articles on the subject of “Lifestyle Medicine” that have been printed in “The Leader” newspaper.
The Lifestyle Medicine articles are the first articles to be printed in The Leader in the column- Rotary Club of Barossa Valley Community Awareness. There will be an article printed monthly in The Leader on a topic of community interest. The Community Awareness column is being financially supported from a grant of $2,000 that the Club was awarded by The Flinders University Rural & Remote Health SA Community Partnership Grant.
In The Leader 2nd August edition page 20, the Community Awareness column advised the dates of four public presentations by GPs from the Angaston Medical Clinic:
  1. Monday 14th August, topic is Movement/sleep by Dr. Ray Goodwin
  2. Monday 21st August, topic is Nutrition/alcohol/smoking by Dr. Adrian Griscti
  3. Thursday 31st August, topic is Wellness by Dr. Jodi Whillas
  4. Thursday 7th September, topic is Mindfulness by Dr. Jen Glaetzer
All these public presentations will be held in the CWA Hall, Murray Street Tanunda, all presentations start at 3.00pm. I would encourage all Rotarians to attend these presentations.
It is interesting that the Barossa Health Cluster, a spokes group for medical clinics/centres in the Barossa Valley approached the Rotary Club of Barossa Valley to partner them in a public health initiative. Rotary’s involvement is purely to promote these sessions.
As these presentations are for the general health benefit of all Barossa citizens, the Rotary Club was keen to be involved and will enjoy positive exposure. It is compatible with the theme of increasing the Club’s profile as the premium service club of the Barossa.
I would certainly welcome suggestions or ideas of a community interest article by Club members or Friends of the Club.
Peter Perkins
Past President Peter also presented a certificate to John Hughes representing Foundation Barossa/Homburg Homelessness Prevention Project which had already received a donation of $2000.                                
Attendance Report - August 3rd 2023
Members  22                                                           
Friends       3                                                              
Guests        1
Total         26 
Apologies LOA.  12
Birthdays for August.
Peter Perkins         August 6th
Phil Martin            August 19th 
Date joined Rotary.
 Nil for August.       
Nelson Mandela once said 'The greatest story
in living lies not in never falling,
 but in rising every time we fall.
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: ...................................................  Vacant
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
Keith Millington
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

Farewell Marie and best wishes from all members.


Duty Roster
Meeting 3306
Tanunda Hotel
Meeting 3307
Truro Op Shop
Geoff Schrapel
Not required
Loyal Toast
Anne Schilling
Not required
Patrick R. Haydn
Not required
4-Way Test
Keith Adams
Not required
AG Bill Simons
Peter Perkins
DG Craig Dowling
Truro Op.Shop Staff
Official Club Visit
Fellowship evening
Robert Brookes
Robert Brookes
Setting up
Mark Graetz
Sue Graetz
Mark Graetz
Sue Graetz
Clothing Bins
Thanks Marie. I hope we can keep in contact from Torrens Park
           I've enjoyed selecting several of your many cartoons. Robert.

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