Mike Smalley

Brian Rodan (Chairperson) thanks the guest Speaker (Mike Smalley)


Mike was born in Devon and brought up in Sussex UK. In 1955 he took up an apprenticeship in Marine Engineering with Shell Tankers, spending 18 months at sea and then a further 2 years with Shell and 3 years with P & O. It was during these voyages he realised he wanted to live in Australia.

Mike married in 1964 and left the sea a year later, joining the UK Generating Board as a shift engineer in a coal fired power station and then as Maintenance Engineer at Dungeness “A” and “B” Nuclear Power Stations. He arrived in Adelaide in 1974 and joined the EWS and later the Highways Dept, mainly as a Plant Engineer.

Mike drew on his experience to give a history and overview of the Nuclear Power scene with 6% of the World’s energy and 14% of its electricity generated by Nuclear Power. There are over 400 Nuclear Power Stations currently in 30 different countries. The USA (20%), Japan (30%) and France (80%) are the main users of Nuclear Power.

Calder Hall in the UK first delivered NP in 1956, the first Russian Power Station was in 1954 and the USA has not built a NP station since 1974 (3 Mile Island). China is currently in the process of building approx 30 Nuclear Power stations

Some facts and figures:

Electricity from 1kg of Uranium produces as much energy as from 3,000,000 kgs of coal.

Once Nuclear fission finishes fuel assemblies continue to generate heat for 3 years.

If Nuclear Power capacity was to be trebled it would avoid 1,800,000,000 tons of carbon emissions.

If you were to fill up your petrol tank with Uranium and were able to utilise it to drive the engine, it would last you for 19,000 years.

Chairman Brian Rodan thanked Mike for his talk and presented a small memento from the club.       

Reporter: Phil Beckett

Meeting 1726 of the Encounter Bay Rotary Club, 23rd October 2013 



(L to R) Wilf, Pam, Carol, Graham

(L to R) Des, Bruce


(L) Mike, Kathy, Andrew, Don, Roy. (R) Phil


(L) Peter, Brenda (R to L) Roy, Kathy, Gill, Don, Andrew, Bob


Hieu Van Le AO

Lieutenant Governor of South Australia
and Chairman of the South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission (SAMEAC)

Hieu Van Le arrived in Australia in 1977 as one of the “boat people” from Vietnam.

He has gained a degree of Bachelor of Economics and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Adelaide University.

He is a member of the Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) and from 1991 has worked at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). He held the position of Senior Manager – Financial Services Regulation until his early retirement from ASIC in March 2009.

Hieu has been the Chairman of SAMEAC since 2007.

In August 2007, Hieu Van Le was sworn in as the Lieutenant Governor of South Australia. It is understood that Mr Le is the first Vietnamese-born person who has ever been appointed to a Vice Regal position in the world.

Meeting 1725 of the Encounter Bay Rotary Club, 17th October 2013

The  meeting  was a Club Assembly to discuss the possibility of the E. B. R. C. taking over the management of the Lakala market. This Market is situated in Port Elliot & is held on the first & third Saturdays of each month (More frequently over the summer holiday period).   The market, at the moment, is run by The South Coast Dune Care Group with Terry Tarrant as Chairman of the group & coordinator of the market's activities.  His group would like to hand over the management of the market at this stage to an approved charitable organisation such as the E B. R. C. 

Unfortunately Terry was unable to be present on the evening to discuss the Project.   However President Gill was able to provide the necessary information. This was followed by discussion by the members in their various committees and each committee leader then provided the opinion of their  particular group.  

The outcome  of the discussions  was a recommendation from the  E. C. R. B. members to the Board of the Encounter Bay Rotary Club ... THAT the E. B. R. C approach the S. C. D. C. organisation with an "Expression of Interest" in taking over the management of the Lakala Market, with Bob Sedunary as head of the club fund raising committee accepting responsibility for the running of the market.

It was pointed out that
(1) Only a SMALL number of members needed to be involved in the project (a coordinator with a couple of helpers in fact). It would be an advantage to have the SAME person in charge so that Stallholders   get to know & are happy with that person  

(2)  And so, in this context, although this is an ongoing project which runs throughout the year, rain or shine, the vast bulk of the members are not directly involved & therefore there is no reason that present projects such as the Major Boat Raffle, Easter Garage sale etc could not go ahead as usual.

(3)  Apart from the financial advantages of running the market with an average of  20 stallholders paying $18.00 a site per market  (Around $10,000.00 per annum), the site offers an area where other E. B. R. C. activities could be conducted - such as Boat Raffle Sales, Cake Sales, Rotary Information Site etc.
Reporter Brian Rodan


11th SEPT 2013

Speaker Simon Canney (psychologist)


 Simon Canney – Mental Health.

This week was Mental Health Week so it was appropriate to have a Guest Speaker talking on Mental Health. Our Chairperson, Dr Andrew Benson, introduced local Clinical Psychologist Simon Canny.

Simon spent some of his childhood in Victor Harbor where he learnt to swim to Wright Island and to get sun-burnt.

Simon attended 3 Universities and gained an Arts Degree and also became a psychologist. He worked in Darwin for seven years at the University of Darwin. In 2007 Simon started a part time practice in Victor Harbor.

Simon began his talk by (tongue in cheek) recommending a book titled “Exit Wounds” written by Major General John Cantwell – and Australian high-ranking soldier – who was able to function at a high level while at the same time suffering a mental illness. Research into Mental Illness concerning the experience of military personnel has furthered what we know about the general population. There is now a tendency to want to “label” what individuals are suffering from. Unfortunately drug companies also promote what drug will cure a problem instead of treating the underlying cause without drugs and helping a patient to get well.

The World Health Organization predicts that by 2030 depression will account for the highest form of disability throughout the world. In Australia about 20% of the population will be affected directly or indirectly by depression at some time in their lives.

We all experience stress in our lives and our aim is to keep this at a controlled level to contribute to our well-being. The good news is that anyone affected by mental illness has a good chance of recovery with appropriate treatment.

The fundamentals for good mental health are a loving and caring environment, good self esteem, social support and the importance of community, stress management (a long walk, moderate exercise, leisure time will do) and assertiveness (telling people what you think).

The daily checklist for good mental health includes: Reflect on three things that you were pleased about or enjoyed today, reflect on one thing you could improve upon and think of one person that you might give extra care or love to today (that could be you).

We thank Simon for his entertaining and easily understood address. Because mental health is an issue that is sure to affect us all at some stage in our lives, the lessons learned are valuable ones.

We should all be more aware of our own well-being and of those near us.
“Are you OK Day”, to promote good mental health, is an initiative we all should live by every day of the year. 

Reporter: Mike Kelly


  Organiser Barry introduces the Art Show to the members and public - outdoors and evening.

Barry Pryor with co-organiser Frank Walsh and Sandy Morey - art work by Leng Touch


Lindsay Cowper, Peter Francis and Michael Price ... "We're not really feeling the cold!" 

Bob Hall serves up a treat for all


Barry Pryor with Sandy Morey who opened the display  



25 The STRAND 


Acting President Ken Carter opened the meeting and after a world record brief opening turned the meeting over to Barry Pryor.

Barry explained the background to his involvement with this project, stemming from what was part of a Probus retreat which included a visit to a Cambodian orphanage. This resulted in a visit to their art gallery and a review of the breathtaking paintings on display.

On their return to Victor Harbor Barry and Nan got in touch with the orphanage and offered to try and sell some of their paintings in Australia. Following this they were put in touch with Frank Walsh in Adelaide who had conducted a program last year and decided on a joint project to see what could be done. Frank’s experience was of immense help and resulted in what we see here tonight.

Barry thanked the many people who helped out including Murray Thompson at the Men’s Shed for the framing, Victor Harbor Rotary Club for the BBQ and also the loan of their Art Show stands, Ballast Stone winery, Vanessa Lambert for the use of her premises and the Encounter Bay Rotary Club members for their support.

Barry noticed Alexander (Sandy) Morey’s name in a Rotary Herald as a Peace Scholar who had been teaching in Cambodia for 12 months and stood out as an appropriate person to officially open the Art Show. Sandy was introduced and asked to give some thoughts on himself and his time in Cambodia before opening the show.

He was born in Melbourne but raised in Adelaide and is an Inspector with SAPOL. He has a passion for supporting communities and his background in youth justice, project management, training and education and this fitted well with his scholarship in Cambodia.

Sandy has a number of relevant qualifications and also has undertaken school teaching at various times when absent from SAPOL. He also has been associated with Rotary , being a RYLA participant in 1982 and Director 1984. He was part of a GSE team in 1994, was with Adelaide Daybreak in 1995-96 and will shortly be joining Rotary on a permanent basis.

Following some insights into what he experienced in Cambodia, Sandy was pleased to officially declare the show open.

Acting President Ken then asked everyone to adjourn to the relative comfort of the shop and after some final remarks the meeting was declared closed and everyone was invited to view the artworks and possibly bid on those auctioned.

  Phil Beckett reporter

Past President Ken as he chairs the evening and speaks to guests 

RCEB Meeting Report 26 September 2013

The meeting began with the induction of new member Roy Coccetti who was introduced to members by President Gill. Roy has a back-ground in SAPOL with many years experience in and a passion for Road Safety. The Club is looking forward to enlisting his expertise in the delivery of future Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA) programmes.

Co-incidentally the programme received glowing praise via a letter that was read to members and written by two year 10 students, Lisa Mathews and Tayla Hood, from Victor Harbor High School.

Brian Rodan reported to the club about his recent time with Bob Sedunary at Calperum Station and the continuing environmental restoration work.

Peter Francis also acknowledged the assistance of Rotarians Barrey Niven, Phil Beckett and Carole Brown with the Year 9 Mock Interview Program at the high school.

Lee Duffield

Mt Compass apiarist (AKA bee keeper) Lee Duffield was an outstanding guest speaker who not only gave us an insight into the operations of his stud bee operations, but dazzled us with some fascinating snippets of information about these amazing animals, such as:

  • Honey samples have survived 5,000 years from Ancient Egypt
  • It took white settlers 22 years to work out a way to keep bees cool enough to survive the journey to Australia.
  • Kangaroo Island’s Ligurian bees are the only pure strain in the world
  • Australia’s 1500 species of native bees have now all cross-bred with European honeybees.
  • Bees will travel up to 14 miles to get pollen but need water every mile.
  • The queen is in total control of the hive and apiarists can turn a grumpy hive into a placid hive by replacing the queen with one of a different disposition.
  • Lee exports queens across Australia and beyond in containers similar in size to an elongated match-box.
  • Bees do not make mistakes by accidentally cross pollinating different species
  • Honey has increasingly been recognized for its multiple anti- microbial properties, with Australian honey being used in UK hospitals to get rid of Golden Staph.
  • Bees are increasingly being used in Australia to improve cropping, with bee pollination increasing almond yields by $15,000 per hectare, lucerne crops by 90% and ranging over a wide area, pollinating up to 800 acres of rock melons.

Thank you Roy for sharing some of your knowledge of bees and their amazingly complex and fascinating lives.

Before closing the meeting we heard that Phil and Jackie Walsh would be leaving us soon to live on the Sunshine Coast. We wish them well!

Reporter: Peter Francis

The Cake:
  The meeting, No1721 was dedicated to our Charter President, Wally Bradley, who recently passed away.   

The surprise of the meting (at least to the recipient) was the awarding  of a sapphire pin to Paul Harris Rotarian, Mike Kelly - an award well deserved! 

   There also was entertainment in the form of  Maggie  O'Moore. Maggie sang and played the guitar very admirably.  She presented 3 items, the first a Beatles song and then her other 2 numbers - her own compositions.    

Finally a Birthday cake was cut by two of the members, namely the oldest  & the youngest members (Judged by membership years in Rotary). All members & guests were each given  a piece.

Brian Rodan - reporter

A GIFT: Gillian Houlihan (left) inducts our newest member,  Kathryn Coccetti (a secondary school music teacher), who is welcomed by Ian Warner - longest serving club member (above).

Above: Kluskes, Abbotts and Ian Warner atthe Birthday party.

Right:  THE SURPRISE: Mike Kelly is awarded with a Paul Harris Sapphire

THE ENTERTAINMENT - YR 12 Victor Harbor High School Studen, Maggie  O'Moore.

Ian Riches - there to take our money!

Dinner Meeting 1719 – 5th September 2013

“R.S.B. – Pup Educators”

Our guest speakers were Graham and Lynette Ackland and Ruth McClusky, who are pup educators. In charge of I.T. was Hayley Beadman who assisted with a well put together Power point presentation. This was a project as part of her school curriculum. Also in attendance was Graham and Lynette’s pup “Roy” who is 14 weeks old. Roy wasn’t too interested in the nights proceedings after a hard days training and spent most of the presentation in repose.

Graham introduced the program and then handed over to Ruth to talk about the day to day activities.

It costs more than $25,000 to breed, raise and train each RSB Guide Dog. Each Guide Dog puppy goes through a specific training pathway and if it passes all the stages of training they become a qualified Guide Dog. This is a quite rigorous process, with the dog having to meet many criteria to safely assist a vision impaired person.

There are three separate stages of training and handlers. These are, about 8 weeks with puppy raisers, then onto initial training for 14 -16 months, then 20 weeks of intensive final training.

Part of the training involves going to local shopping centres to mix with the crowds of people and distractions that this environment brings. The pups wear a training coat, which is a signal to the dog that they are training. When this is taken off, the dog knows that it can relax and play.

Ruth spoke about how she first became involved as a pup educator after losing her dog of 15 years. This seemed a worthwhile way to recreate the joy of having a dog in her life. All handlers naturally fall in love with their charges and find it hard to hand them over to the next stage of training.

We congratulate Ruth, Graham and Lynette for giving up so much time to participate in this worthwhile and rewarding activity.

Reporter Mike Kelly
  Roy   Lynette   Graham Ackland
  Hayley     The litter   Jill


Meeting 1720 - 12th September 2013

Guest Speaker – Martin MacLennan

“FARINA” Martin gave us an interesting talk on Farina, on the Marree Rd just off the Oodnadatta track where a traditional underground Scotch oven has been brought back into use for the first time in 80 years. 

The bakery building has been reassembled, but not fully restored, by a team of volunteers, including stonemasons. The idea is to give an idea of what used to be there, rather than full restoration, mainly due to cost constraints. Fortunately there is plenty of Mulga around the site as that is the only wood which generates sufficient heat to run the oven.

The Farina Preservation Group has been featured on National TV on the 7.30 report and this helped in compiling a history of all the bakers operating the bakery up until closure in 1906. Lauke Flour Mills donate all the flour and all labour is volunteer. This enables the generation of $16000 in 6 weeks of operation to go towards the project.

This will be expanded to 1st week of April until 2nd. Week of June and then the July school holidays in order to pay for the food van recently acquired. Products made include bread, pasties, sausage rolls and slices but volunteers can make anything they choose as long as it sells.

Reporter: Phil Beckett

  Bob Sedunary and David Virgin assist the Victor Harbor Rotary Club at the Victor Harbor Rock and Roll Festival, Sunday 15th September.   Chairperson Ian Riches thanks Martin MacLennan on his fascinating account of the development of Farina.  
  Pam Emmett makes a sale - one chicken burger
Report on Meeting 1717 - 22 August 2013


Shane grew up in Cherry Gardens, moved to Mt Compass in 2001 and was involved in the Hindmarsh Valley CFS.  After training as a wood machinist Shane moved to Victor Harbor. His next position was as an Intelligence and Security Officer at the Mobilong Prison near Murray Bridge, commuting from Victor Harbor each day.

 Shane then purchased the Victor Harbor Driving School 3 years ago, has 3 cars in the fleet, 3 drivers and is one of the 3 Driving Schools in Victor Harbor

He finds his role as a Driving Instructor very rewarding and his teaching methods are based on the principles of being “simple, fun, retainable and repetitive” to ensure that students can put together the skills they have learned under the pressure of a driving exam. He still gets upset if one of his students fails the test.

Shane noted that the Student Parent relationship was important in driver training and it can be hard for parents to be calm with a learner driver in the vehicle. He has some techniques to assist parents in this regard. Shane gave us a “Refresher Course” based on a Quiz which included questions on road rules which are often either misunderstood or confusing. The answers embarrassed quite a few of us!  

For our further education, Shane gave some examples of road signs and lane markings in Victor Harbor which are either misleading or in some cases incorrect. His presentation concluded with a video of driver behaviour at a well known Victor Harbor intersection. This was very enlightening, with very few of the drivers snapped doing the right thing.

Reporter Wilf Emmett