Meeting 3315
Dec 7th Tanunda Hotel 
Meeting 3316
Dec 14th Christmas/Airfield   
Gordon R. McInally
RI President 2023/24
Theme for the month of December
Disease Prevention and Treatment
Quote of the Month 
        Non-communicable diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, dementia and cancer, account for 74 per cent of all deaths globally, according to the World Health Organisation, Each year, 17 million people die from NCD before age 70; 86 per cent of these premature deaths occur in low and middle -income countries. Despite a global decline in the percentage of deaths due to communicable diseases, they remain a challenge, primarily in low and middle-income countries. Although the world is on the brink of eradicating polio, communicable diseases such as tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and malaria are still leading causes of death in these countries, with reports of decreasing or plateauing progress. 
Closing down Sunday 17/12/2023
                          and will reopen on Thursday 11/1/2024                                  
 Until then P Flaherty @ Angaston; B Lillecrapp @ Nuri;  W Simons @   Tanunda.  Rotarians will keep an eye on bins and pick up anything that     is dumped, taking bags to the shed as normal. 
             Please contact Peter Thomas if you have any questions.
Christmas meeting 
A good evening all round except for the sad news of our dear friend and member John Little who is not at all well. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.   
President Sandie's Spiels
Meeting 3316
How heartwarming to greet those who came along to the Rowland Flat Airfield yesterday evening for our Christmas/End of Year celebrations. It was lovely to see Members and Partners who haven’t been able to get to meetings in a while.
Last night was all about fellowship, celebrating what I believe has been a successful year for our club, and of course a time for reflection about those dear friends and family we have lost since last Christmas.
And what a presentation from Steve Ahrens – the excitement and passion for his Oshkosh experience was clearly evident, and even if you aren’t an aviation devotee, as Steve obviously is, you would’ve been hard pressed not to share at least some of that excitement.
Thanks to everyone who “purchased” a bauble to raise funds for the New Dawn - Rotary Ukraine Crisis Aid project, which brought in $200.
If you couldn’t be there last night and want to donate to this project, you will have another opportunity at the Soiree, as one of our members has offered to donate some items for a raffle or auction. We will add the $200 to whatever we raise then.
And of course, you can transfer directly into the club’s bank account, BankSA BSB 105-024, Account Rotary Club of Barossa Valley 033200940, if that works better for you.
From the number of baubles left on the tree at the end of the evening, I’m guessing that some of you gave money without taking your bauble/s? I think we’ll have to organise something else as a fundraiser next Christmas – I am a little concerned that if we “sell” any baubles yet again, we might be forced to apply for a Secondhand Dealers licence!
Bill and I wish you and your families and friends a safe and peaceful Christmas, and we look forward to seeing you all in your New Year finery at the Soiree on Monday 8th January 2024!
                       Meeting 3314
The Rotary Club of Barossa Valley preparing to walk to say to spectators of the 2023 Barossa Christmas Parade on Friday 1st December, that “Rotary Says No To Domestic Violence”. A great response from all ages, with lots of cheering, clapping and “Good on You” comments as we walked past were so very positive and heartwarming.  
"Thank you so very much for taking the time to walk with me in the Barossa Christmas Parade last night, to demonstrate to our community that “Rotary Says No To Domestic Violence”.
And thank you for sharing the fellowship after the Parade – every one of you is pure gold and I am incredibly grateful for your friendship and support.
Away we go, the team is off and not running. 
Rotary says no to Domestic Violence. -Left to right. 
Sandie, Bill, Phil, Steve, Sue, Mark, Robert, Peggy and Karin. 
 Also from the Combined Probus Club of the Barossa
Jill and Tony Woolley and Jayne Pfeiffer.
Bulletin Editor: I accidently left out part of President Sandie's Spiel in Bulletin 3314. These items with appropriate adjustments follow. 
How good it was to see Don and Claire Farley at this meeting! I really appreciate the support of their son and granddaughter to transport Don and Claire to and from the meeting too. And it is always good to welcome our Friend Phil Graetz - who probably has attended more meetings than some of us Members!
A fun activity after the meeting … !
Heartfelt thanks to those who stayed behind after the meeting and helped to put together the Rotary Says No To Domestic Violence resource packs, which will be handed out as we walk in the Barossa Christmas Parade. Any remaining packs will be left at locations such as the Great Revival and other Op Shops, and Kindergartens. 
New style Member name badges
If you want to replace your current Member dinner badge with the new style of Member name badge as worn by Bill and I, and more recently joined members, please let me know by the Christmas meeting on Thursday 14th December. I’ll need to know your preferred first name, and your classification. To make it easy, you can just text me a photo of your current badge. And please remember to state whether you want a pin back or a magnet back.
Meeting 3315
Thanks to Grant Schuyler for chairing our Annual General Meeting on 7th December. The nomination of James Dunn for the President Elect 2024-2025 was enthusiastically applauded, and I know that everyone will support our current President Elect Steve Ahrens 2023-2024 and James when they step into their new roles from 1st July 2024, and that they will do wonderful work for Rotary and our Club. The continuation of Mark Graetz as Treasurer for another term also is greatly appreciated, and I will be happy to return as Secretary after my term as President.
It is hard to believe it is five months since I took up the position of President 2023-2024, and I have to say I’ve loved every minute of it, mainly of course because of the very generous support everyone has given me. I promise I’ll try not to muck up the rest of my twelve months!
It was great to welcome Friends and our guests to the meeting, and to share fellowship with them.
What a very moving presentation about the RAWCS Ukraine New Dawn project we received from James Hawker. It is completely unfathomable that children aged 5 or 6 – before they have a fun event! – must be instructed by uniformed defence services people about munitions which they might find while out playing as innocent children do: what unexploded munitions look like, how dangerous they are, and why they shouldn’t touch them! Anyone would surely be shocked and moved by that vision. And that a young vibrant woman who should be enjoying a “normal” life, is so excited and grateful to receive three candles! Yes, just three candles! No shelter, no food, no water, no power, no sanitation – just some donated food, water and clothing and three candles.
Rotary Says No To Domestic Violence program – District 9510 event:
Well, we thought the walk in Adelaide on Saturday 25th November was an incredible experience, and it was, but goodness the walk on Friday 1st December was very moving too. We had great response from the spectators, all ages and genders, some in family groups, others with their friends. A few smaller children were disappointed that we were handing out bags of information for adults, rather than lollies for kids!
If you’ve seen 6th December edition of The Leader, I think you’d agree that we’ve received terrific support from Mel Siri and Mel Jaunay, and I’m sure from conversations with them that we can be assured of more support for this program.
I went to Christmas drinks with the Zonta Club of Gawler on 6th December evening, and briefly mentioned we’d like to collaborate in some way with them and other service clubs on an event to further promote that we all Say No to Domestic Violence, and they were very receptive.
Last Tuesday afternoon, a few of us – Sue, Steve, Bill and I – met with folks from the Barossa District Rotary Club, Brian (Barney) Barnett, Brian Eckerman and Mark Burton.
Barney advised that they had held their AGM and no nominations for office bearers for 2024-2025 had been received. For that reason, and because they are down to 11 members, they held discussions about what to do. Their conclusion was that they should hand in their charter at the end of the Rotary year, i.e. 30th June 2024.
However, many of them – if not all – do want to continue their Rotary projects such as the Caravanning course, VET Awards, Mitre 10 sausage sizzles, etc. The indications are that those members would apply to join the Rotary Club of Barossa Valley after 30th June 2024.
The District club agreed that this is the least complex option, as an amalgamation and basically forming a new club would require a whole lengthy process including RI intervention and legalities.
The meeting on Tuesday was to advise us officially of this intention to wind up the Barossa District club, and to discuss at high level how we can collaborate on making the transition.
At this stage we have agreed just to share the decision to proceed with members of both clubs, then Brian Barnett and I will look at how we can make this happen from a procedural perspective, e.g. programs, activities, events, format of meetings etc. We also have sought advice from District Governor Craig Dowling, regarding any Rotary International implications.
I’m happy to take any questions and suggestions you may have, but please don’t expect me to have answers at this point – we’re just information-gathering and will keep you informed as we proceed.
Message from Marie Rothe
We were hoping that Marie would be able to join us for the Christmas dinner next week, but she’s staying close to home having had cataracts removed. Marie sends her Christmas wishes to everyone, and advised she is planning to join the Rotary Club of Unley rather than Mitcham, as the Unley meeting night suits her better.
Lisa Akeroyd
Sad to see in The Leader that Lisa’s father, Arthur Howe, passed away recently. We’ll send a sympathy card to Lisa and Nick on behalf of all Members and Friends.
New Dawn - Rotary Ukraine Crisis Project
Rotarian James Hawker being thanked by Prue.
They are holding the piece of shrapnel which
   was passed around the room at the meeting.  
The world we live in and the destruction that occurs through war was pointed out to those present last night. That one country can't get what it wants without killing and destroying the properties and lives of the other is about as sad and thoughtless as life can get. The people of Ukraine have suffered immensely. Can you imagine trying to survive a winter with no power, no running water, in a war zone? Several countries and groups continue to provide support. 
Scholarship Reports from two of our students
UniSA program - Jessica Both  
Bachelor of Human Movement & Masters in Secondary Teaching 
Please tell us a little about yourself
I'm 18 years old, from a little town called Freeling outside of the Barossa. I've played local netball and basketball since I was 5 and have now been coaching a junior grade of netball for the past 3 years. I enjoy the country lifestyle and soaking in all that it has to offer. I work at a local cafe 3x a week and often in my spare time hang out with friends or engage in physical activity. Attending Uni to get the qualifications needed for me to become a PE teacher; really looking forward to coming back home to teach at local schools.
Please tell us about your university experience so far this year
So far my university journey has been full of new experiences! Including different
approaches to learning, meeting new people, understanding how Uni life works and so much more. I've really enjoyed learning new content and understanding how I will apply this in my future career. Some obstacles I have faced in enduring the travelling from home to Adelaide, but now it's become a weekly routine.
How has the donor-funded award you received helped advance your studies and
university experience?
Ultimately the donor-award has helped advance my studies by allowing me to stop worrying about the cost of living and travel. The funding has allowed me to set aside my personal costs and focus on my schooling instead. It's provided me with the opportunity to fully involve myself in the experience of university.
Career goals – what do you plan to do when you graduate?
Once I've graduated, I plan to return home and hopefully find some employment within my area. I would also really enjoy the opportunity to gain employment on the Yorke Peninsula or even in rural areas of South Australia. My ultimate goal is to help assist students in their development within the physical education field of learning.
Message for your donor
To the Rotary Club of the Barossa Valley, I am beyond grateful for your donation and
assistance in my education. Very appreciative of everyone involved in the foundation.
Flinders University -Stephanie Gallas
Bachelor of Psychological Science/Bachelor of Criminology

“I grew up in Nuriootpa, in the Barossa Valley. I have always had a passion for psychology, health, and crime, and how crime and psychology are linked. This has led me to study a combined degree in Psychological Science and Criminology.
This funding has been a huge support for my studies. I have been able to focus completely on my studies without being impacted from stress about money or extra expenses such as stationery, medical bills, travel costs, textbooks etc.
The support has made a big difference to me personally. It is so inspiring to be recognised for my efforts in high school and having extra support when starting my journey at university. I feel incredibly grateful to have this opportunity.
I would like to thank the donor so much. The funding and support have been such a big help to me and has truly allowed me to focus fully on my studies and look to the future.
My future goals are to complete this double degree, then complete an honours year in Psychology relating to endometriosis and mental health. Hopefully after that I will complete a PhD in Psychology in relation to researching undiagnosable/unknown/misdiagnosed chronic illnesses and their impact on women's mental health.
I 'd like to work as either a forensic or health psychologist or within the criminal justice system.”
   Attendance Reports 
                         December 7th              December 14th
Members            21                                             22
Friends                 3                                              1
Partners               2                                             12 
Guests                                                                  7
(Rotarians           2
Total                    28                                                      42 
Apologies LOA.  12                                            12
Birthdays for December
Hans Haan             1st December
Karin Bosomworth 23rd December
Patrick R.Haydn    27th December  
Date joined Rotary.
David Adams   1/12/1991   32 years
Keith Adams    1/12/1992   31 years
Geoff Zerk      18/12/2011  12 years 
Rotary Club of Barossa Valley
Current Committee Structure on 3/7/2023


President: .....................................................  Sandie Simons
Immediate Past President: ............................ Peter Perkins (D)
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
Karin Bosomworth
David Adams
Mark Graetz (also Treasurer)
Grant Schuyler
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 
David Braunack
Elly Monfries
John Monfries
Membership Committee
Team Leader: Sue Graetz
4 + 0
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, 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: Bev Stephenson
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 3316
Meeting 3317
Soiree at Hans Haan
   Detail to follow   
        Loyal Toast
4-Way Test
Sandie Simons
Sandie Simons
Steve Ahrens
Robert Brookes
Robert Brookes
Setting up
Mark Graetz
Sue Graetz
Mark Graetz
Sue Graetz
Clothing Bins
Until 17/12/23

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