DINNER MEETING 1700
Thursday 18th April.
Celebrating Paul Harris’s Birthday (19th) and a view of Rotary provided by Encounter bay Club Paul Harris Fellows
Celebrating Paul Harris’s Birthday (19th) and a view of Rotary provided by Encounter bay Club Paul Harris Fellows
President Elect GILLIAN HOULIHAN
gave a synopsis of the work of PAUL HARRIS in founding Rotary in the early 1900’s in Chicago, Illinois, and his philosophy of replacing suspicion, jealousy and fear with faith, love and courage. LIZ WARNER (who shares the birth-date of Paul Harris, was invited to blow out the candles on the birthday cake.
IAN WARNER (PHF) described the formation of the Rotary Club of Encounter Bay in 1979, when 24 members began a great local journey united in the ideals of service. He describe the value of the 4 way test in all aspects of business and living, and the wonderful club fellowship providing friendships for life. He shared some of the humorous aspects, including a pant splitting episode in 1986 as the he was preparing to induct the new members of the daughter club of Goolwa.
KEN BUCKLEY (PHF) shared some of his experiences after 44 years in Rotary in three clubs. He too described it as a powerful learning experience based on sound ethics and providing great learning opportunities.
ALAN KLUSKE (PHF) joined Rotary to serve the community (not for rewards or gongs of any kind). He described the power of friendships, the value of the principles of the 4 way test, and the pleasure that comes from acceptance, friendships, and working to serve a community.
JANICE VIRGIN (Our first non Rotarian PHF) started her relationship with Rotary in 1969 as a 15-year-old chosen as a Rotary Exchange student and sent to a club in Oregon. The club was a large club (with a waiting list of people wanting to join), and it proved a wonderful learning experience. Janice quickly learnt to be part of the INTERACT CLUB at her school – it had the coolest dudes in the school participating! She learned quickly from inspiring guest speakers, her travel experiences, and the public speaking opportunities Rotary provided.
Later, Janice was delighted to support David when he was asked to join Rotary, and between them they have enjoyed many wonderful experiences. She has particularly appreciated their involvement with Exchange Students (described hosting Yuko as an example), her family role with the Kenya Orphanage, and the personal impact and positive influence Rotary has given their lives.
DAVID VIRGIN (PHF) joined Rotary 30 years ago as the third youngest member – now 30 years on he is still the third youngest member! He described the impact of Rotary on the whole family, and the values imparted to family members. He described the power of programs such as RYLA, RYPEN and Youth Exchanges and the pleasure he had gained in supporting Youth. Rotary had provided him with a wealth of memorable experiences (does anyone remember the skit where the wives of Rotarians bared their bellies to become the 7 dwarfs?
Recorder Peter Manuel
Dinner Meeting 1699
Andrew Benson (Chairperson) with Philip Shaw (Guest Speaker)
Our guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Encounter Bay on April 11th was Philip Shaw the husband of one of our members Marilyn Shaw.
Philip gave an account of his life story with special emphasis on his time spent as a boy in what is now known as Zimbabye but then was Southern Rhodesia.
Philip was born in the U. K. in 1946. His father was a Rector in a Parish Church in the Cotswalds.
Not long after Philip was born his father decided to become a Missionary in Africa and so, in 1947 the family moved to Rhodesia with father as priest in charge of a mission, the Daramombe mission, with the family living in a mud-brick house with thatched roof & no ceiling, quite a change from living conditions back in the U.K.
At the time Rhodesia, as it was called then, was fully self-governing state part of the British Commonwealth with population of 3 million - only about 250,000 of whom were white.
Philip’s father didn’t stop at being a Missionary. His nickname was “ A fix-er-upper of things properly”. He always seemed to be having rows & moving on.
The peripatetic family lived in 9 places in 15 years. Father not only was doing missionary work but also at times was a building instructor, a health inspector of cattle and a Commissioner of Inquiry.
Meantime Philip, as soon as he could remember was leading a free idyllic outdoor life with plenty of adventure - all the things that boys of his age would love to be able to do but are for various reasons are unable.
However, by the end of the 1950s there were ominous signs in the country with riots, political unrest & the upsurge of African Nationalism suggested to the father that the family must travel once again this time to Australia where they arrived in 1961. At the time, Philip - now 15 years old - could not see the point of leaving such a lovely place & was a reluctant emigrant.
In 1966, while on holiday in New Zealand Peter met his future wife, Marilyn. Queensland was his home after that followed by moving to South Australia in 1983 & Victor Harbor in 2006.
Peter emphasises now how totally Australian he is - and proud of it
Reporter Brian Rodan
DINNER MEETING 1693
Jerry and Briony Casburn
District Conference and District Matters
Thursday 21st February
Jerry and Briony are members of the Unley Rotary Club. They provided us with information about themselves, the District Conference and plans for the future.
- A dinkie die, heritage listed 7th Generation Aussie
- Has two children and three grandchildren
- Army wife for 20 years
- Worked in retail all her life
- Worked for Que Design (Melbourne and Adelaide) as manager
- Goldmark Jewellers in Melbourne and Queensland
- Worked also for Susanne and Katies
- Owned business for 20 years - imported kids clothing from Indonesia under her own label
- In top 6 in Australia for throwing events (Javelin, discuss etc) before having children
- Winner of gold and silver medals in the National Masters and State Championship in 5 events with 2 records.
- ROTARY: joined Unley club 2012
- Works with the thrift shop (revamping it)
- Community Service Director 2012/13
The talks were delivered with good humour and were enjoyed by all.
- Joined St Ives Rotary in 1991
- Served on most Board positions (except Treasurer)
- Moved to Unley 2005
- President of Unley club for 2 years 2008 - 2010
- Assistant Governor for group 5 2010 - 2012
- Nominated to go to Future Leaders seminar in 2012
- Successfully applied for DGE position for 2005-6
- DGN this year and District Secretary
- Is enjoying the unique DNA of each club visited.
Ken Buckley Reporter.
DINNER MEETING 1692
ANNUAL BOAT RAFFLE DRAW
Thursday 14th February
DRAWN 14TH FEB 2013: 8200 TICKETS SOLD: PROFIT $12.037
WINNER 4394: ADAM MULLINS FROM PORT LINCOLN (Boat Package)
SECOND PRIZE 8110: ODETTE DAVIDSON (Sealink return travel of Standard vehicle and 2 people to KI).
THIRD PRIZE 7342: BILL MALONEY (Dinner at Parliament House for 2 with MP)
DINNER MEETING 1691
Thursday 7th February
Ian Carmen, a Rotarian from the Magill Sunrise Club, was the guest speaker at Dinner Meeting 1691. He spoke about Climate Change.
Referring to official records he cited evidence to indicate that ice caps have decreased markedly recently and that sea levels are continuing to rise. For example since 1993 the rates of sea level rise to the north and the north west of Australia have been 7-11mm per year, two to three times the global average.
Similarly sea temperatures have had a greater than average rise (although those that swim at Port Elliot in winter may dispute that!). He said that while some of these phenomena may be part of a long term natural climate change there are indications that man has some contribution to the situation.
He spoke about climate change being a moral issue as huge population growth coupled with increased quality of life aspirations of this huge population caused the destruction and depletion of natural carbon “sinks” by deforestation and acidification of the oceans.
His talk was very illuminating, and at the same time sobering as club members considered the world that their grandchildren will inherit.
Ken Carter reporter
| Dinner Meeting 1690
31st January 2013
Roger Sanderson, General Manager from the Victor Harbor Golf Club talked to members about his experience working in various industries. These included Television, Mining, the Arts, public sector and private consulting and the colourful and famous persons that he had the pleasure of meeting and or working with.
He also talked about his youth growing up in the bush that quite a few members related as they had similar backgrounds. Roger concluded with an update of happenings at the Victor Harbor Golf Club and its future plans.
Ken Buckley reporter
| Dinner Meeting 1686
20th December 2012
CHRISTMAS EVENT at the
Dinner meeting 1686 was our Christmas meeting for 2012.
Guests were Matthew and Tim Carter, and 2007/08 Exchange Student Emma Jalonen from Sweden who gave the meeting a brief talk on the happenings since returning home,
The first two years were at High School, then a gap year which included travel to Europe and USA, then last year at University.
Emma said she very much appreciated her year in Australia and suggested there should be more Exchanges.
The 200 Club draw was won by Peter Schirmer and the special $100 draw won by Des Schirmer.
Entertainment was provided with Christmas Inky Pinkys and a Cryptic Clue Mystery Parcel and finished with carol singing led by Barry and Accompanied on the Guitar by Barrey.
Reporter: Ken Buckley
| Dinner Meeting 1684
6th December 2012
Shirley Tamm has worked in the travel Industry for over 30 years. She was State Manager of Trafalgar Tours for 14 years, and more recently she has worked for Great Southern Rail promoting the romance and enjoyment of train travel on these iconic trains. She has been a retail agent for the SeaLink group and has packaged a wide range of ESCORTED TOURS.
Shirley introduced the club to the 2013 Escorted tours that we might consider individually or as a club, and clarified for us the service levels we could expect travelling Platinum, Gold or Red classes by rail. She illustrated the difference with photographs and slides as she discussed the potential options as we travel by rail.
The following escorted tours were also presented to us:
South Australian Highlights - commencing 5th April 2013 - 9 nights (Adelaide, Murray River, Barossa, Clare Valley, KI and Victor Harbor. ($3271 pp, single $4149).
Spectacular Australia - Commencing 9th June 2013 - 16 nights (The Ghan, Alice Springs, Ayers Rock, Darwin, Litchfield, Broome, Perth, Indian Pacific ($7237 pp, $8998 single)
Winter Sun Escape - Commencing 20 July 2013 - 13 nights (Townsville, Magnetic Island, Tilt train, Cairns, Kuranda Scenic railway, Darwin, Kakadu, Katherine, Mary River, Litchfield ($6552 pp, $8505 single)
Springtime Wildflowers in WA - Commencing 10th Oct 2013 - 14 nights (Indian Pacific, Perth, Freemantle, Kalbarri, Monkey Mia, Geraldton, Margaret River, Pemberton, Albany, Wave Rock. ($6540 pp, $7575 single)
Further details are available phone 1300 799 342 or through Australian Holiday Centre. Our club is welcome to structure an itinerary for an escorted tour with Shirley.
Reporter P Manuel
| Guest Speaker: Colin McDonald
Dinner Meeting 1682
22nd November 2012
Guest Speaker: Colin McDonald
Colin is probably best known for his presentation of insightful Classical Music on ABC FM radio.
As guest speaker he traced forward the history of radio from the first transmission broadcast in July 1932 to the current day and looked in particular the role of the ABC over the years. It was a fascinating journey, and one of the best talks we have received as a club.
Colin talked about the influence of the Italian Marconi who as early as 1896 was able to send signals via a radio wave. Many did not believe this possible even after public demonstrations on the Salisbury Plains in England.
He set up his wireless technology on the Isle of Wright with a focus on wireless telegraph, and wisely patented his scheme. The advent of war hastened the development of wireless telegraphy especially as the navy needed a sophisticated communication system.
By 1912 people were required to purchase a license to operate a wireless. By 1915 wireless was a tool for war. By 1924 A and B class licenses were introduced. By 1928 270,000 homes were licensed to receive radio.
The ABC was born in 1929, and the first broadcast was May 17th 1932. The studios used large gramophones (with horns) for music, which was played and transmitted via a microphone arrangement.
The initial focus was music and talks, followed soon after by sports.
The ABC operated under strict guidelines until recent years. Language was strictly monitored, as was subject matter. Even comedy was unable to use words like damn, hell or even ruddy.
Colin illustrated his fascinating talk with ‘sound grabs’ taken over the years. It was a journey to remember.
8th November 2012
Guest Speakers - Glenda & Rodger Hedley
Subject – International Travel & Hosting Fellowship
Glenda & Rodger are both members of the Rotary Club of Norwood – combined have 55 years of Rotary Service.
The I.T.H.F. was officially recognized by Rotary in 1989.
If you enjoy meeting overseas Rotarians and enjoy hosting them in your own home – it is for you.
The I.T.H.F. offers Rotarians and partners the opportunity to make friends with Rotarians in other countries.
The I.T.H.F. has an annual general meeting at each R.I. Convention.
News is by a quarterly newsletter.
New member membership is $75 for three years, renewal $55 for three years.
There are 73 countries in the International Travel & Hosting Fellowship.
For more information go to Web site: www.ithf.org
Reporter Ken Buckley
RYLA PARTICIPANTS REPORT BACK
1st November 2012
RYLA REPORT FOR 2012.
Laura McLeod who was nominated last year as our Awardee was unable to attend in 2011 but was invited to go to this year's seminar. Pat Taggart who was this year's awardee also attended the RYLA Seminar at Woodhouse this year.
RYLA seminar was first held in Brisbane on 2nd May 1960 and became a world wide project in 1998.
The program’s aim is to:
*build on the leadership of the participants
*encourage them to further develop their own skills, talents and abilities;
*remind participants of their responsibilities to their communities and to the world.
Listening to the talk given by Laura and Pat certainly demonstrated the effectiveness of these aims. They spoke of their expectations of the program which were fully fulfilled as they listened to lectures, became involved in group discussions and activities designed to help grow the group. Both young people recognized the growth that they had personally made during the week as they learned skills in goal setting, leadership skills such as communication, building networks, problem solving and having a positive approach to life.
They have been able to incorporate much of what they learned into the way they will live life in their future and which they hope to make a difference in the world in which they live.
Reporter Barry Pryor.
COMBINED SERVICE CLUBS MEETING.
Summary of Phil Hollow’s talk at Combined Service Clubs Meeting
Phil explained that there is nothing new about Marine Parks and there are some 5000 around the world with about 124 no-take zones. He also explained the difference between our coast and other countries bordering on Antarctica in that the shape of our coast leads to an ocean bowl effect with the waters in a continuous circle rather than just open waters as in other areas.
In Hawaii the introduction of sanctuary zones helped the population of Yellow Tang fish, of which 70-90% of those caught were destined for aquariums. Shell collectors have also been impacted by sanctuary zones as there is a global market in shells, particularly on EBay.
There are many changes which need to be taken into account when deciding on the merits of sanctuary zones, among them the increasing use of GPS. There was no pilchard industry 20 years ago but it is now thriving and in turn impacts on the Tuna industry.
There are also arguments for and against giant trawlers such as the recent fuss over the Abel Tasman. The question needs to be asked is it better to have one boat taking 18000 tonnes of fish or 18 boats taking 1000.
In Australia it has been proven that in Parks such as the Batemans Marine Park, fishing on the edge of sanctuary zones has improved. Sanctuary Zones also support diverse healthy ecosystems that resist alien species and provide insurance against uncertainty. They also provide refuges for reproductive purposes.
In South Australia there are 6,000 species, of which 85% are endemic. 44% of the State’s waters will form 19 Marine Parks of which 6% will be no take zones. There was consultation with over 30000 people. It has been guaranteed that the maximum economic impact on the seafood industry would be 5% but this has now come in at 2.14% actual. The objective of the Marine Parks is long term rather than short term spatial management.
Phil finished his address with some words on his upcoming cycle ride from Lands End to Johno’Groats to support cancer research by the Flinders Medical Centre Foundation. There are 5 spots left for potential riders who will ride 1600 kms in 14 days. They are aiming to raise $70-100,000 in June next year.
Reporter: Phil Beckett.
Rotary Meeting 1676
"FLEURIEU CRASH REPAIRS"
11th October 2012
Our meeting on 11th October 2012 was a Vocational visit to Fleurieu Crash Repairs, at 35 Mayfield Tce, commencing at 5:45pm.
On this rather cold evening the members were greeted by proprietors, Brenton & Meredith Abbott, with Sherries & a selection of canapés, greatly appreciated by those present.
During the tour, we learned that Brenton, having started as an apprentice in his father’s business in the late 1970s, eventually started his own body shop, Fleurieu Crash Repairs, in September 1985, after Gordon retired.
Since then, Fleurieu Crash Repairs have been moving from strength to strength. Starting with just Brenton and Gordon (who had come out of a very short retirement to help his son build the business), they managed to put on a new apprentice every year, eventually building up to a team of seven.
The business had a major expansion in 2008 growing from 1000sqm to 3300sqm. This has resulted in a greater storage area for damaged vehicles, expansion of the workshop and undercover areas, and an upgrade of the office and reception areas. As registered O’Brien agents, customers now have a warm, inviting space to enjoy while they wait for windscreen repairs.
With son Ben now also part of the business, this completes 3 generations at Fleurieu Crash Repairs.
I found the painting booth & oven very interesting & noted that, unlike the manufacturer painting the body shell, having an oven temp of 90oC to bake the paint, a repairer can only heat to 70oC because of the associated plastic components still on the car.
We also learned that only about 10% of repairers are keeping up with training & by the team at Fleurieu Crash maintaining ongoing training, they are now the most accredited SA repairers south of Darlington.
Also during the tour, member’s questions gave us an insight to the challenges facing a modern & up-to-date Crash Repairer, with some details of the cost of the major tools required & the ‘interesting’ interaction with insurance companies.
On returning to Urimbirra, Brenton Abbott was our guest speaker showing us 3 videos. 2 demonstrating highly sophisticated repairing tools & another on crash testing, demonstrating the importance of having a correctly fitted windscreen. His presentation ended after a lengthy question time.
Brenton’s email quote states:
"Ability is what you're capable of doing...
Motivation determines what you do...
Attitude determines how well you do it."
Reporter: Bob Sedunary.
|Rotary Meeting 1674
27th September 2012
David Virgin was our guest speaker on 27th September - and what a compelling message he gave. He gave a social and political appraisal of the activities he and family members witnessed in Kenya and in Ethiopia. For most this was an eye-opener as we saw the various cultural influences and witnessed the colourful but land-bound nation. The following points were highlighted.
The New Life Africa International (NLAI) school in Nakuru, Kenya was the first topic that David Virgin discussed. The School now has 500 students in uniforms and these students are being provided 2 meals a day. Great learning is taking place at the school in very substandard school buildings but the educational results for these students from the slums is outstanding.
NLAI has a new project in the form of a nursery school at the Nakuru City Dump Site. These 60 very young students are learning with a very structured educational program, they also wear uniforms and are given 2 meals a day. This is a vast contrast to their spending their day on the dump site
David , Janice & Shari Virgin give generously of their personal time to work with The New Life Africa International School in Nakuru, Kenya
A brief history of Ethiopia was given by David. This highlighted the many tribes, languages, and cultures.
The visit to the famous town of Lalibela (Named after the 12th Century King
of Ethiopia) and highlighted the beautiful churches carved out of rock in
the 1200's. These churches, are still being used by the Coptic
A 4 day trek around the mountain escarpments highlighted the reality of the harshness of rural life for many Ethiopians .
A weeklong visit to Southern Ethiopia near the Kenyan border showed
the vast differences between the very traditional tribes in the South
Omo River area. Body painting, tattooing, body decorating with
beads, and lip and ear piercing were common sights.
The four day trek around the mountain escarpments highlighted the reality of the harshness of rural life for many Ethiopians.
Reporters: Janice Virgin and Brian Rodan.
Rotary Meeting 1673
20th September 2012
"Land's End to John-o'Groats"
From Land's End to John O'Groats Cancer Cycle Challenge
At this stage, 20 cycle riders of all ages, male & female, with different riding capabilities will endeavour to ride the length of Great Britain - that is from Land's End to John O'Groats. This ride is to happen in June of next year in the Northern summer.
Prior to the trip, every rider of the group will have already raised in Australia, $2500.00 each for cancer research. The riders will be taking part in the Flinders Medical Centre U. K. Cancer Cycle Challenge of 2013 and will be cycling 1600 kilometres end to end in 14 days
Our Guest Speaker, Phil Hollow, who will be one of the participants in the race, gave an account of the proposed race & the work of the Flinders Medical Centre Cancer Foundation
Phil Hollow, who is a former members of the Encounter Bay Rotary Club issued an open invitation to club members to join him in the venture .
Over the years many of Phil's family and friends have been stricken with cancer
Phil asked the members to consider the following points
(1) Consider how healthy your lifestyle is .
(2) Ensure you get regular health checkups.
(3) Encourage your family members & friends to do the same.
(4) Appreciate the great work the Flinders Medical Centre does.
(5) Consider supporting the work of the F. M. C. Foundation
Reporter Brian Rodan