Meeting 3306
 Tanunda Hotel
  August 17th 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                                
It was terrific to see so many at the meeting on Thursday night, given the miserable weather!
Thanks to all our Members, Friends, Partners and Guests for sharing an evening full of information and warm fellowship.
Unfortunately, Bill was unwell and unable to be there. But that meant I had the privilege of introducing our special guests, and as requested by Bill, instead of the usual Rotary hierarchy of introduction, it was Ladies First!
Jenny Mills is a member of the Rotary Club of Loxton and has an impressive Rotary history. Jenny now is the District 9510 2024 Conference Chair and gave us more information about how we can participate in the 2024 District Conference. Click on this link to the website Rotary District 9510 – 2024 Loxton, and discover the great variety of activities, speakers and accommodation choices. NOTE: If you register and pay in full before the 31st August, you will be automatically entered into a draw from which the winner will have the cost of their Gala Dinner refunded. If you have paid for 2 Dinners, both dinners will be refunded. Be aware that accommodation is getting tight, so you need to book soon, and remember to advise that you are attending the Conference.
I also encourage you to get in touch with Jenny to find out how you can assist the Conference team during the Conference.
Kiki Dowling, DG Craig’s wife, re-presented this year’s DG Partner Project, "The Aboriginal Chronic Disease Prevention Project". As you would remember our club has given funds raised through the 2023 Barossa Airshow to support that worthy project, and I hope that we will be able to continue that support through the three years that the project is running.
District Governor Craig Dowling summarised some big Rotary issues and opportunities, and different perspectives for us to think about, including our “place” in Rotary as individuals.
The presentation of gifts for our speakers was in the inimitable Peter Sich style – unique and entertaining, thanks Peter!
Annual Report for 2022-2023: I know you’re all wondering when this document will be available, and I’m happy to set your minds at rest - it’s going through a final edit and will be published by the end of next week.
As I’ve mentioned previously, I’ll be calling on some people soon for assistance in planning the Rotary Says No To Domestic Violence project, which DG Craig covered in his presentation. This Zone 8 project is to create awareness of the community issue of domestic violence, of what domestic violence is, and to encourage people – victims and perpetrators – to seek assistance.
I will be calling a meeting soon for a planning group, and if you want to be involved in the initial planning and preparation of our club’s Rotary Says No To Domestic Violence project, please let me know. It is highly likely that many of you will be called on throughout the project to assist with various events and activities, and I know that you will respond positively and give your full support.
Thanks again to our special guests at the meeting, Jenny Mills and District Governor Craig and Kiki Dowling, and to all who attended.
I look forward to seeing you on Thursday 31st August at the Truro Op Shop for a get together with the volunteers from that great organisation.
                       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. 
                            HALF PRICE SALE
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
                                         RYDA -Requirements.
A reminder to all members and friends of our Rotary club 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.  At meeting 3306 last night, sheets were passed around and names collected for this event. Numbers required will be finalised at no. 3308 on Sept 7th.  
The final day for RYDA is on Wednesday Sept 20th and members of the Barossa District Club are in charge.
Truro Op Shop Fellowship Night.
Past President Peter has begun collecting names for this event to be held on Thursday 31st August. Peter will advise those attending all necessary detail in due course. This Club meeting will be at the Truro Op Shop commencing at the normal time 6.00pm for 6.30pm.
          As Rotarians we have a responsibility to Rotary                 International when it comes to matters that                            may influence our thinking. 
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.
The above takes about 15 seconds to say or read and should not be embellished or extended with expressions of regret or attempts to further clarify. 
As instructed by DG Craig, please ensure that ALL inquiries regarding Rotary's position on the Voice to Parliament receive the statement above - no more, no less.
If you do not feel comfortable responding to enquiries, please refer the enquirer to President Sandie, phone 0417 833 691, 
                                University Scholarships     
    Foundation Secretary John Semmler together with partner Barbara recently had the pleasure of presenting the University S.A. Scholarship to recipient Jessica Both who lives in Freeling and attended Kapunda High School. More detail later.
                                    PHF Sapphire recognition
Past President Peter had much pleasure in presenting Airshow chairman Keith Millington with a Paul Harris Fellow Sapphire for his outstanding efforts and committee leadership of the club's successful Airshows held in April 2021 and April 2023.  Airshow No.3 will be held in 2025 on a Sunday to be announced. 
                All present applauded Keith's PHF Sapphire recognition.
                           Funeral of Reginald Clyde Neale
 Editors note: Peggy and I attended the funeral service of Reg Neale on Monday 21st August 2023. Reg was a foundation member of the Rotary Club of Campbelltown and an active Rotarian for 57 years.  Many would also know that he was the founder of Paradise Motors which sold a whole range of different vehicles for several years. It is now known exclusively as Paradise Mazda and is managed by Reg's elder son Rotarian Jeff a recent Past District Governor who presented a wonderful eulogy covering the years of his dad's life.
Rotary members would also be conscious of the vehicle support that has been given to Rotary over several years with the provision of cars for Polio eradication advertising/promotion as well as District Governor support where and when required. A large number of Rotarians throughout District 9510 and beyond attended to pay their respects to Reg who passed away peacefully on the 5th of August at age 88 years.        
Attendance Report - August 17th 2023
Members    19                                                             
Friends         2                                                               
Partners       3
Guests          1
(Visiting       3   
Total           28
Apologies LOA.   13 
Birthdays for August.
Peter Perkins         August 6th
Phil Martin            August 19th 
Date joined Rotary.
 Nil for August.       
Dr. Seuss once said: You have brains in your head;
You have feet in your shoes;
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
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.

Such a lovely photo deserves another run.

Duty Roster
Meeting 3307
Truro Op Shop
Meeting 3308
Tanunda Hotel
Not required
John Semmler
Loyal Toast
Not required
Peter Sich 
Not required
John Little
4-Way Test
Not required
Sandie Simons
Peter Perkins
Prue Maitland
Truro Op.Shop Staff
Kirsty Stokoe/Casey Miles
Fellowship night
Teacher JP/RYLA
Robert Brookes
Robert Brookes
Setting up
Mark Graetz
Sue Graetz
Mark Graetz
Sue Graetz
Clothing Bins

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