2019-2020 Issue 51   Meetings Suspended
 25 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, 
President's Message
This will be our last meeting as District 9500 as on July 1st 2020 we merge with District 9520 to become District 9510. This will result in a new structure as we will be in Area 5, Riverland, with Barossa Districts, Berri, Kapunda, Loxton and Waikerie clubs. Our Area Governor will be Craig Dowling from the Loxton club.
There will be a lot of activity in the first week or so in getting the new structure set up in all the databases and electronic systems on which Rotary depends so much these days. Incoming DG David Jones has asked that we do not make any changes to the data in Club Runner after the 1st July until we have received notification from the District that the re-configuration has been completed.  I thank all the people that have checked and updated their data in Club Runner in preparation for the merger of the two districts.
I am sorry to have to tell you that Terry Sashse has resigned from the club. He needs to spend more time with his family and intends to travel more. I am sure all of you wish Terry and Paulene all the best in their future and will welcome them back should they change their minds. Terry’s support for so many club activities during his 18 years service has been phenomenal and he will be greatly missed.
I am preparing an end of financial year report that will be ready very soon. There are still a couple of reports to come in and some final editing and proofreading to complete before it is ready for publication. I will provide both electronic and hard copies so if you could indicate your preference then it would save the club some money. Thank you to those that have already indicated their preferred version.
Keith Millington
Guest Speaker for our 51st meeting was Martin McCarthy the CEO of the Barossa Council. Martin said that he had previously spoke to members two or more years ago. However, plenty had happened since then and he thanked the members for the opportunity to bring some of the latest developments to our attention.
Covid 19 has had a huge impact on our operations and community, but all are being managed well now. World Threats of a second wave is the main concern. Council priorities haven’t changed and its policy to drive the value of every dollar remains paramount.  Drought and now the virus has had a huge impact and it is expected to take three years to fully recover from these. Council is accelerating its recovery plan by allocating $2.8m to road improvement and $1.5m to storm water. 
Barossa Station (formerly Angaston Railway Station) has been completed and is ready for the official opening. Local Government receives 4% of Taxation Dollars, which is never enough to cover the work on its books. Lyndoch Oval upgrade is under-way and Tanunda Oval has been completed.
Martin mentioned that council moved quickly prior to the virus spreading by stocking up on hygiene necessities for community toilets and change rooms. He also mentioned managing staff requirements had brought pressure too, with some working from home who had good IP systems.  Then there was closing of libraries and playgrounds.  Staff were having to progressively re-open  these as and when approved by State Government, which meant regularly changing of signage and staffing. Council manages five libraries and it has been important to keep these services up to date.
Population in the Barossa Valley is growing quickly with on-going developments of housing in most towns. It is expected that Nuriootpa will become the largest town in the Valley with 13500 people, Tanunda will be full within five years and Martin added that development of Concordia will be Councils solution to managing and controlling this growth.
The loss of the Tourist Dollar has had a huge impact on businesses. However, improvement in this area is slowly happening as the Government eases its Covid -19 restrictions.
Thank you Martin for entertaining 16 of our members for near on 50 minutes, your contribution to our meeting was much appreciated.
Meet Heidi Unferdorben the 97th
President of The Rotary Club of Adelaide
inducted on the 24th June 2020
Where would Rotary be today if we hadn't introduced
women in this organisation?
Attendance Report 
Total Club Members Attending     
Total Friends Attending               
Partners Attending                     
Visiting Rotarians                       
Guests Attending                       
Apologies/Leave of absence       
David West   1st July
Club Anniversaries
Max Rasmus  1-7-75 (45yrs)
Peter Sich      1-7-83 (37 yrs)
Peter Thomas  1-7-84 (36 yrs)
Phlip Martin    2-7-98 (22 yrs) 
Duty Roster
Non-meeting No.1
 Venue: Meetings cancelled 
2 July 2020       
Non-meeting No.2
Venue:   Meetings cancelled   
9 July 2020             
Loyal Toast    
Rotary Info.    
 Robert Brookes    Robert Brookes
Setting Up
Marie Rothe
Bev Stephenson                               
Marie Rothe
Bev Stephenson
Clothing Bins
25 June - 9 July
Phil Martin
Geoff Zerk
Bob Sloane         
25 June - 9 July
Phil Martin
Geoff Zerk
Bob Sloane
Just a Thought
The Best man for the job, might just be a woman
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