2020-2021 No.2  Meetings Suspended
 9th July 2020
Barossa Valley Rotary Club
District 9510
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45 Macdonnell St
Tanunda, SA 5352
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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
Celebrations for the 100th birthday of Rotary in Australia will begin tomorrow. Secretary Sandie has sent out a link so that members can register and participate in this historic event.
Our new Rotary year has started with not a lot of fanfare due primarily to the pandemic. Roxane has produced a bound copy of the Bulletins for last year and presented them to me on Tuesday. The Bulletin is a vital part of the club’s communication and Roxane has done a wonderful job over the last 12 months. Her ability to take shorthand and type faster than I can speak will be missed in future Bulletin productions and I think we should give Roxane a round of applause for her great work. Robert Brookes will be taking over the Bulletin and has already got the hang of it, he is organising some articles for the Bulletin which will continue to keep the Bulletin as an informative and entertaining publication.
The Board will continue without changes, the committee teams will be organised the same as last year and I look forward to seeing just what we can do next year, despite the restrictions that exist at the moment.
I have had a health problem that has knocked a hole in my life this week with a weekend in the Lyell McEwan hospital. Friday night in the Emergency ward is definitely not for the faint hearted. The good news is they have cleared several nasty options, the bad news is they do not know what is causing these episodes. Hopefully, the specialist will be able to find out.
Keith Millington
Barossa Valley Rotary Club
Official Changeover and merger of D 9500 and D 9520 to D9510
The official changeover took place at the premises of Paradise Motors Mazda on Sunday July 5th.  Prior to the commencement of the program all PDGs of both districts were recognised on Zoom.
DGN Paul Thomas was Master of Ceremonies. Paul would be known to quite a lot of Rotarians as he has been the Mayor on the Copper Coast for many years as well as an active Rotarian. He was also a keynote speaker at PDG David Egan’s conference in Hahndorf 12 months ago. DGE Jeff Neale proposed the toast to Rotary International on behalf of the combined districts. Jeff told the gathering that membership engagement was the most important challenge going forward. World President Holger Knaack in his response highlighted the theme for 2020-2021 of ‘Rotary Opens Opportunities’. He said that for Rotary to grow we need more and more Rotaract clubs with young people joining them. Polio eradication remains our biggest responsibility and Rotary is on the verge of fulfilling its ‘Promise to the Children of the world’. He asked Rotarians to practice ‘The Four Way Test’ in their lives by honouring ‘Service Above Self.’ “Everything we do in Rotary Opens Opportunities,” he said.
The two outgoing governors presented their annual reports. DG Jane Owens thanked everyone for their support in her year and said that the opening of the RYLA/RYPEN camps was a highlight for her. She also mentioned the Toy Boys and their wonderful work in making a variety of toys for under privileged children year on year. Jane also acknowledged the support and work given by Rotarians in assisting with her Virtual Whyalla Conference on Zoom. DG Tim Klar highlighted how important Shelter Box has been to the world where tragic events had occurred. He also mentioned the importance of maintaining and growing the new district. He said that numbers in D9520 over the past year had dropped from 1210 to 1135 members. 
Outgoing Governors both shared the induction of DG David Jones (Mitcham Club). Jessie Harman, Australia’s RI Board Member, sent her thanks and best wishes. DG David said that he will oversee 85 clubs in the merged District 9510 with around 2000 members and it was his intention to visit every club. To close the meeting, DGE Jeff presented DG David with a new Mazda to use during his year.
Guest Speaker 1 – Area 5 Governor Craig Dowling  (Loxton Club)
Craig has been a Rotarian since 1992 and is looking forward to fellowship with the Barossa Clubs.
Following the merging of the two districts, changes can be anticipated and he wishes all Rotarians to have their say in relation to the new set-up. “I want to be useful,” he said, “so please contact me with any of your ideas.”
Area 5 covers 250 kms East to West with a seven-club spread. Waikerie is central and the ideal spot for a weekend get-together to discuss projects and opportunities. Craig said our RIP Holger Knaack seems to be a creative person with a charismatic approach and wants us to spend time thinking through opportunities that may exist in our particular area. Membership is the clubs’ first responsibility and he implores us to take it seriously, because growth will only come through the efforts of club members. We are encouraged to develop and use our Strategic Plan and make sure it is fully understood by all members.
Guest Speaker 2 - District Governor David Jones (Mitcham Club)
David said that all members have received a digital copy of the District Directory. The first monthly Governor’s Newsletter has been released. The District is also going to produce a regular ‘Rotary Classified’ paper enabling clubs to send in details of projects that might attract other clubs to use the opportunity to participate.
As a result of the merger new Constitutions need to be completed for each club. The paperwork is currently being prepared and will be forwarded for completion in due course.
Fees for Rotarians was briefly mentioned and will be around A$100, plus US$77, for each member annually. Club Treasurers will forward these shortly. Six monthly invoices will be forwarded by John, when details have been finalised.
Clubs will be encouraged to build partnerships with other businesses in their district. Local Government relationship is successful and is encouraged for the building of ideas and opportunities. David mentioned the success of Burnside Club and the local Hub market.
President Keith thanked both speakers for their input and handed them invisible gifts.     
100 years of Rotary in Australia – Pass the Baton for the next 100 years
The above celebration took place in Canberra on Friday 10th July. The Governor General His Excellency, The Honourable General David Hurley AC DSC Retired, passed the Baton to The President of The Rotary Club of Sydney. Mrs Hurley then passed the Baton to the President of The Rotary Club of Melbourne. This ceremony was done to highlight the first 100 years of Rotary in Australia since 1921 and to challenge that Rotary continues its service for the next 100 years. Rotary and UNICEF have joined in a special project to “Give every Child a Future”. It aims to immunise 100,000 children against Diarrhoea, Pneumonia and Cervical cancer in Kiribati. There, one in eighteen children die before their fifth birthday due to preventable diseases.
The ceremony was interspersed with songs from Leo Sayer and others. Around 900 people across Australia logged into the event. The hour-long video is well worth watching and has been loaded onto the Club’s website.
Editors Note:  The charter members of the first two Rotary clubs in Australia were business and professional leaders of the ‘old school’. Many of their names, or the names of their firms are familiar to present day Rotarians. In Melbourne, the club began with 38 members and in Sydney with 35 members. Back in those days the classification principle was a firm requirement of membership and only those who had gained distinction in their vocations or had made a notable contribution to some aspect of community advancement were chosen to join Rotary. As I cast my eye down the list of names for the Melbourne club I see a Herbert Brookes (Australian Paper Mills Co. Ltd.) Uncle, relative? I don’t think so, however, Brookes with an ‘e’. What more can I say?
Treasurer John Tunnicliff  reminds all members
that donations to club funds, details are:           
BSB 105 -024  A/c No. 033 200 940.
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Non-meeting No.3
 Venue: Meetings cancelled 
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Just a Thought
You will find when you look back upon your life, the moments when you have really lived, are the moments when you have done things in a spirit of love. 
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