Meetings 3307/3308
August 31st 2023  Truro Op shop
 Sept. 7th 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
Thanks to all those who turned up to the meeting during another ghastly weather event, in the wind and rain and freezing cold!
It was great to share the evening with our guests Kirsty Stokoe, Nuriootpa Primary Teacher; Kobi Schulz, Adelaide University Scholarship recipient; and Casey Miles, 2023 Barossa Young Ambassador and RYLA candidate. Kirsty’s presentation on early childhood literacy education was quite an eye-opener for those of us who learned to read in a very different way! Kobi introduced himself as a fresh Engineering Degree student with ambitions to use his degree to benefit his local community, and Casey described how her willingness to take advantage of opportunities has brought her some incredible experiences, and even more opportunities.
The weather might’ve been the reason for the lower than usual numbers, or it could’ve been that there was some sporting event on the telly?! Or perhaps as we had an extra meeting last week, people simply forgot about this regular Week One meeting.
I do recommend that you read the Bulletin so you know what’s coming up!
And Members, if you are unable to attend, please advise Mark or Sue Graetz. So far, the Tanunda Hotel have been gracious in allowing us to adjust numbers until the very last minute, but we do not want to push the friendship, and we certainly don’t want members having to pay for a meal which you didn’t get to enjoy!
Likewise, Mark and Sue need to know if any Friends, Honorary Members or Guests will be attending.
ClubRunner has no record of club members having Birthdays in September but there are Anniversaries. Congratulations to long-standing Rotarians Grant Schuyler who has achieved 43 years, John Little has clocked up 39 years, and Craig Rogasch, now an Honorary Member, has reached 35 years.
The Treasure that is Truro Op Shop
Wasn’t last Thursday’s get together at Truro Op Shop a great night?
Thanks to Immediate Past President Peter Perkins for organising the “Week 5 Meeting”.
The meal and accompanying liquid refreshments were terrific, and it was obvious that everyone enjoyed the fellowship, with several Partners, Friends and Guests making the short trip out to Truro for the evening.
What a dynamo is Wendy, and how good was it to hear about the community service her team provides, above and beyond just selling donated goods to raise money for individuals, and for community service groups such as Rotary. Wendy told us about calls for help all hours of the day and night, to provide clothing and household items for people who have experienced fires or floods, or who have suffered domestic violence.
The Truro Op Shop team are keen to help again when we put together more birthing kits, and that activity is definitely on our list for when the weather fines up.
RYDA is on again, 18th to 20th September and John S has sent a roster to volunteers; please tell John urgently if your circumstances change.
We’ve had our first get together to plan the Rotary Says No To Domestic Violence project, and just this afternoon I’ve received some resources we can use to pave the way with potential supporters and participants.
Please just contact me or Bill, or Peter Perkins, Steve or Sue, if you can help in any way. We have a variety of tasks scheduled, even hot glueing ribbon, so there’s something for everyone!
When Anne Schilling returns from her overseas jaunt, Anne will kick off The Blue Tree Project, so there’ll be a chance to release your inner Picasso and paint a tree blue!
DG Craig Dowling’s Talkback is scheduled for this Sunday 10th September; a link for each monthly meeting is on the District website, but if you can’t find it let me know and I’ll email it to you.
If you want to make regular contributions to The Rotary Foundation through the District 9510 Centurion Program, please let me know as I have spare forms.
No meeting on Thursday 14th, being Week 2 of the month, but the next meeting on Week 3, 21st September, is one to look forward to as we’ll be celebrating a member induction and meeting our other two University Scholarship recipients.
I look forward to sharing that meeting with you.
Truro Op Shop Visit 30/8/2023
Wendy, Sandy and Peter.
We had a very interesting and informative visit to the Truro Op Shop to see what happens to the clothes we collect from the three clothing bins. 
We met in the Truro Hall where we were able to browse the shop and later went into the meeting room.
President Sandie opened the meeting, and then Peter Perkins gave some background about the clothing bins that Rotarians empty and take to the sorting shed. The Great Revival Shop in Tanunda and the Op Shop in Truro sort the donations into saleable and non-saleable items.  This is how the two shops get a lot of their stock. Peter then introduced Wendy from the OP Shop.
The Op Shop is open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 am to 3 pm. Most items for sale are $1.00 each with a few special things a bit more expensive. Nothing in the shop is over $50. Last year they raised $35,000 that went to the Truro and District Community Association, a community group that supports the people who live in and around Truro.
As well as clothes, they sell bric-a-brac, toys, DVDs and videotapes. There are lots of travellers that call in while passing through with many regulars coming from far and wide.
Support for the community includes helping people in desperate need. Wendy recounted a story about a family that lost everything in a house fire. They called Wendy for help, so Wendy met them at the Op Shop at 10 PM on the day of the fire and let them choose all the clothes, shoes, bedding, toys etc. that they needed. When they said they could not pay, Wendy told them there was no charge for emergency supplies. It was the Truro people helping their neighbours.
The meeting was closed at 7:00 pm and we then enjoyed a meal of meat, salads, cheese and fruit with a glass of wine. There was a lot of talk among the members and friends, but they eventually left at about 8:30, fully informed on the Truro Op Shop and what it contributes to the community.
Meeting 7th September
An event-filled meeting with three guest speakers.
First was Kobi Schultz who introduced himself and gave us his background, Kobi will be one of our Barossa Valley Rotary Club Foundation Uni Students but will be unable to attend on 21st September with the other two Uni students. Kobi will study Civil Engineering and hopes to return to the Barossa when he is qualified.
Picture shows President Sandie, Kobi, Foundation Secretary John
Second was Casey Miles who will be attending RYLA. Casy was a Youth Ambassador; she is studying Event Management and is currently working as an Assistant to Ashton Hurn. Pictured are Casey and Chair Sue.
Third was our official Guest Speaker Kirsty Stokoe who is an Early Learning teacher at Nuri Primary School reflecting our Theme for September. Kirsty told us so much about modern teaching techniques and how they are delivered. So much has changed since we were at school; one of our members commented on how amazing it is that we learned to read at all.
President Sandie wrapped up our meeting a little later than usual due to some technical hitches at the start of the meeting. Treasurer Mark was able to sort out the meal confusion and the refusal of the media equipment to produce sound.
Pictured are President Sandie, Kirsty and Chair Sue.
  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. 
A note from Don Farley   
At the GRS AGM last Tuesday, Don Farley stepped down as chairperson of the management committee. He was the rotary rep. during the late Bryon Pearson's 
time as chairperson and took over 15 years ago.  During that time, he has seen a lot of mostly good changes, including doubling the floor space at no extra rental, an updated constitution after 30 years, a number of sound connections with Rotary, the Barossa Council (free sorting shed space), The Men's Shed, Truro association op. shop. Peter Perkins has taken over the role of chairperson, and Bev Stephenson is the Rotary rep. You may like to know that the longest-serving committee member and treasurer Levene Fechner has also retired. She is the daughter of the late Rotarians Bill and Serena Ramsay, who started the clothing bin project.  Don hopes to come to a Rotary meeting in September. 
HALF PRICE SALE- Great Revival Shop.
Monday 28th August - Saturday 16th September
Opening Hours
    Monday to Friday 9.30 am - 4.00 pm
Saturday 10.00 am - 4.00 pm 
Pre-loved goods supporting Local Health and community
services. 46 Murray Street, Tanunda
We greatly appreciate the supply of clothing from the Rotary bins and a big thank you goes to the Rotary members who collect
the clothing each week.
Sandy Carruthers
Rotary Club of Adelaide 100 years.
Editors note:  Peggy and I attended the Founders' Day Luncheon on Thursday
August 24th, 2023, along with approximately 280 members of Rotary. The event was held in the Ian McLachlan Room at the Adelaide Oval. Members from clubs were recognised by the Adelaide Club's President Cam Pearce. Two magnificent books '100 Not Out' and 'Leaders for All Seasons' covering the 100 years were handed out to Past Governors and many others present. The MC for the event was Channel 7's Mike Smithson who has a strong connection to Rotary as a former Interactor & Rotaracter and brother of the current President of
 Rotary Club of Mitcham SA. Guests included Her Excellency the Honorable Frances Adamson AC, 36th Governor of South Australia, Kaurna Elder Uncle Rod O'Brien who gave the Welcome to Country and guest speaker the honorable Rev Lynn Arnold AO. A highlight of the event was having members of Rotary Adelaide Choir perform for guests a song written especially for the lunch.
   A delicious meal was enjoyed including this vanilla sponge cake for dessert.
The Governor of South Australia addressed the gathering as well as placing the knife into the huge Centenary cake. District 9510 Governor Craig Dowling presented a video from RI President Gordon McInally. The program, which covered the day's proceedings, was a replica of the bulletin of the first meeting held at the Grand Central Hotel on 24th August 1923.    
          The names of the 100 Presidents of the Adelaide Club 1923-2023.
  President Cam Pearce with his wife and Her Excellency in front of Peace Pole No.1 at the northern side of Adelaide Oval. The Club has now placed 100 Peace Poles and is keen to place another 100. 
News from the Bill War Zone
The good news is that the cataract problem is on the mend, so after being unable to drive for three months, Bill was allowed to hit the road again. The bad news is that, after dropping the car off for a service, Bill decided to hit the footpath. Literally. He started walking to the shop to get a coffee and raisin toast, choosing his steps very carefully. How it happened nobody knows, but he woke up with his face in the dirt, getting quite wet from the unexpected rain. Finally, after several cars passed by, a driver turned around and came back to help, taking him to Gawler Hospital. Amazingly the results of this latest escapade don’t include serious injury, just a matter of healing time for the bruises, cracked cheekbone and rib, smashed nose and cut lip, nasty graze on the leg, and the dented ego.
Bill insists that the doctor advised red wine helps the healing process, but that could be the drug-induced delirium talking.
 Photo and words by Sandie Simons on 30/8/23   
Attendance Reports - August 31st, 2023
and September 7th 2023.
                          Truro Visit                    7th Sept. Meeting
Members         16                                 14
Friends              2                                   1
Partners            4
Guests              6                                    3
Total                  28                                        18
Apologies LOA.    
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 
Being a hero isn't about letting others know you did the right thing. It's about you knowing you did the right thing.
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 3309
Tanunda Hotel
Meeting 3310
Tanunda Hotel
Grant Schuyler 
Keith Adams
Loyal Toast
Prue Maitland
Robert Brookes
Rick Kessner
David West
4-Way Test
David Adams
Steve Ahrens
John Semmler
John Semmler
Uni Students
Rachel Golder
Study progress
Uni Progress
Robert Brookes
Robert Brookes
Setting up
Mark Graetz
Sue Graetz
Mark Graetz
Sue Graetz
Clothing Bins

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