2019-20 Issue 49   Meetings Suspended
 11 June 2020
The news journal of the Barossa Valley Rotary Club
Club Information
Meetings Suspended due to Coronavirus.
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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.
No Meetings due to COVID-19 restrictions, 
                          Presidents Message
This week we have the pleasure of PDG Marie Dorrington OAM and PDG Peter Schafer join us for our zoom meeting. Our Guest Speaker, Janette Etherington, will give a presentation on Interplast. PDG’s Marie and Peter both have a long term interest and involvement in Interplast and are keen to hear the latest presentation.
I sent out a request to update the records on Club Runner. Thank you to those that have done it. If anyone has problems with the update please call me, or you can send me the updates and I will enter them into Club Runner. I want to produce a small Members directory booklet that will have members and friends phone number and email address at the start of the next Rotary year.
I have received information on the RI Virtual Conference on 25-26th June. If you are interested in joining I have the links and can pass them on to you. This will be your best opportunity to be involved with a RI Conference and you will have the choice of selecting which sessions you attend, at the lowest price possible.
The coronavirus restrictions are being eased in stages, but as yet they are not relaxed enough for us to resume face to face meetings. Hopefully, we will be able to resume meetings soon. The Board will be constantly reviewing the situation and we will resume normal operations as soon as we legally can
Keith Millington
       Guest Speaker - Janette Etherington
       Interplast Australia and New Zealand

Last night those Rotarians who were present in the Zoom meeting heard from Janette Etherington about Interplast.

Interplast was started by a Rotarian doctor who had visited America and seen something similar in action and wanted the same here in Australia. Together with a colleague who was a plastic surgeon they put in place the first team representing Interplast and that model is still used today. A typical surgical team for an Interplast program comprises a volunteer anaesthetist, one or two volunteer plastic and reconstructive surgeons and one or two Interplast nurses. A typical program lasts several weeks and costs around $50,000. In that time up to 50 patients can receive surgery that is life changing.

The partnership with Rotary is still as strong as it was in 1983. Rotarians support Interplast across Australia and New Zealand with 25% of funding coming from Rotary clubs. Without Rotary, Interplast could not do what they do today.

Interplast started in 1983 and have performed well in excess of 26,500 surgeries on patients across developing nations in the Asia Pacific. It is unique as a medical charity because there is an equal commitment to training and mentoring medical personnel in partner countries as to treating individual patients offering surgeries they couldn't otherwise access.

Janette then introduced us to some of the patients which really put a human element to the work they do. These were their individual stories.

Gladi, a young girl from Laos, had a large tumour across her left arm and across her rib cage. It was a benign tumour and surgeons removed it which was remarkable since the tumour was the size of a netball on a tiny child.

Maria from the Philippines was born with a bilateral cleft lip, where the lip fails to fuse together in utero and prohibits a child from eating properly as they can't suck and therefore don't thrive or grow.

Vanvisa from Laos was badly burned when she was eight. Once a year, for four years, Interplast surgeons have operated to free her burn contractures. Her neck had been fused to her shoulder so her head was constantly at right angles making life understandably difficult.

Rockson had a cleft lip and cleft pallet which were so severe the gap went all the way up into his nasal cavity. You can imagine the difficulty he must have had eating and drinking as a baby and small child. The Interplast surgeon who operated on him said that his case of cleft lip and pallet was the worst he had seen and he is a veteran of many Interplast surgical programs.

Kids are ostracised because it is not understood why they look so different. They are bullied, they drop out of school, so the cleft lip or pallet impacts on their ability to get education. Patients come in all shapes and sizes, ages and backgrounds, with the oldest patient being 80 years old and the youngest was 18 days old. Lastly, we heard about Ropati from Samoa. He suffered from neurofibrositis (Elephant Man condition) where the tumour had grown in front of his right eye so he couldn't see.

Interplast places equal stock in a commitment to mentor and train local country partners: training surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and allied health professionals. Programs not just surgical and include such things as hand therapy, physiotherapists and teaching volunteers to make compression garments for burns victims.

In these unprecedented times, COVID-19 has closed all relevant borders and the immediate needs of international partners have changed to focus on COVID-19 responses. Australian and New Zealand volunteers have been required to focus on COVID-19 responses. When normality resumes Interplast is engaging with relevant government agencies here and internationally to respond.

Seven of the Pacific nations are considered to be amongst the least prepared globally to respond to an outbreak of COVID-19. While much of the Pacific has a low population density some areas are risk prone for clustered breakouts of COVID-19 such as Port Moresby, Lae or Honiara. Limited health systems are the very reason Interplast works in this region. COVID-19 simply adds further challenges. The World Health Organisation put together a cooperation strategy between Pacific Island nations and Australia and New Zealand and developed a COVID-19 preparedness and action report. A six-month Pacific action plan was prepared and supplies were sent to impacted countries to treat infected people and testing samples are done in Australian labs.

Interplast is currently unable to deploy teams across Asia Pacific so are prioritising virtual mentoring and digital training. They also set up a secure website which enables medical partners overseas safe and secure access to things like medical journals and research materials posted on the website and can contact Interplast counterparts through the website to talk about individual cases with monthly virtual links by surgeons and anaesthetists, particularly COVID-19 related.

Interplast remains committed to repairing bodies and rebuilding lives. Rotary can support by making a financial donation, share success stories and social media content to ensure more Rotarians are aware of the work being done. Individual donations can be made as well.

Interplast Australia and New Zealand.

BSB: 033 364.

A/C No.361633.

Reference your name or Rotary Club.

Photos of the Rotary Club of Barossa Valley Pruning Team in action at Catherine Lawler’s vineyard on Tuesday 9th June 2020

Above:  Bill, Sandie, Mary, Bryce, Phil and Carmel

Above:  Bill, Sandie, Mary and Phil's VERY best angle!
Below:  Phil, Bryce and Carmel
     The Little Shop That Keeps on Giving
With permission, below is a list of donations to Barossa charities/organisations (including Rotary Club) that the Great Revival Shop (GRS) in Tanunda has made since the store started.
All stock acquired by The Great Revival Shop for sale has been sourced from the three Rotary Clothing Bins in the Barossa Valley.
Other Barossa Valley quasi charitable groups, e.g. Truro Community Store, have also received clothes and other miscellaneous items from the clothing bins.  The exact monetary
amount raised by these organisation from sale of second-hand goods from clothing bins is unknown, but it would be fair to assume that similar amounts have been raised.
The Rotary Club of Barossa Valley has received $31,200. These funds have been credited to the Rotary Club's Foundation; the University Scholarship Programme and; "Operation Flinders".  Operation Flinders is a charity to assist wayward or at risk youth founded by Rotarian John Sheppard and operated under Rotary's financial support for the initial years but now operates as an autonomous charity. 
Pall Care / G.R. Car (Bar. Council)
Barossa Valley Community Kids
Barossa Valley Rotary Club
Craig Rogasch
Tanunda Lutheran Home
Lutheran Community Care
Tanunda Hospital Auxiliary
Barossa Village
Operation Flinders
Brad Henderson
Tanunda Kindergarten
Cross Roads
Carers & Disability Link
Ad.Care Planning
Barossa Talking Papers
Tanunda Dis. Unit
Nuriootpa High School Chaplaincy
Barossa C.T. Scheme
St John Ambulance
Early Learning Centre
Connections Coffee Shop
Nigel Rogasch
N Stephens
Farmer’s Farm

          When will our Country open up again?

Robert Brooks has been getting some advice from the medicos.

"Here is what the medical experts said about reopening the country.

The Allergists were in favour of scratching it, but the Dermatologists advised not to make any rash moves.

The  Gastroenterologists had sort of a gut feeling about it, but the Neurologists thought the Administration had a lot of nerve.

Obstetricians felt certain everyone was labouring under a misconception, while the Ophthalmologists considered the idea short-sighted.

Many Pathologists yelled, "Over my dead body!" While the Paediatricians said, "Oh, grow up!"

Psychiatrists thought the whole idea was madness, while the Radiologists could see right through it.

Surgeons  decided to wash their hands of the whole thing and the Internists claimed it would indeed be a bitter pill to swallow.

The  Plastic Surgeons opined that this proposal would "put a whole new face on the matter."

The Podiatrists thought it was a step forward, but the Urologists were pissed off at the whole idea.

Anaesthesiologists thought the whole idea was a gas, and those lofty Cardiologists didn't have the heart to say no.

In the end, the Proctologists  won out, leaving the entire decision up to the bums in Canberra."


Attendance Report 
Total Club Members Attending     
Total Friends Attending               
Partners Attending                     
Visiting Rotarians                       
Guests Attending                       
Apologies/Leave of absence       
Rick Kessner - 11 June
Don Farley - 33 yrs - 1/6/87
Geoff Schrapel - 33 yrs - 1/6/89
B. Lillecrapp - 19 yrs - 7/6/01
Duty Roster
Non-meeting No.50
 Venue: Meetings cancelled 
18 June 2020           
Non-meeting No.51
Venue:   Meetings cancelled   
25 June 2020             
Loyal Toast    
Rotary Info.    
Roxane Canning Roxane Canning
Setting Up
Marie Rothe
Bev Stephenson                               
Marie Rothe
Bev Stephenson
Clothing Bins
11 June - 25 June
John Little
Peter Thomas
Bill Simons         
25 June - 9 July
Phil Martin
Geoff Zerk
Bob Sloane
"The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time."  Abraham Lincoln
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