June 2018

Enjoy reading about the Clubs in your District. We welcome all comments and suggestions and will endeavour to incorporate them in future editions.  Publication date will be the third Thursday of the month and all submissions are to be received by the preceding Thursday.
Email submissions to "The Editor" DG's Newsletter submissions should not be relating to advertising an event (use The Herald) but stories of Rotary In Action


This last Rotary year has been one of learning to use the new tools available to us all through the software package, ClubRunner. The newsletters you now receive have become easier to produce and are now delivered to all Rotarians with active email addresses. 
Thanks to DG Bob and his predecessors who have embraced new technologies for the benefit of  all.
To all of those who have supplied copy for stories I say thanks with particular thanks to Sam Cozens for his series of "Be A Model For Rotary" articles.
Robin LeGallez

June is Rotary Fellowships Month


Please ensure all member updates are made through ClubRunner only!!!!


Here's the answer

In one day 
  1. Cow & goat eat 1/45
  2. Cow & lamb eat 1/60
  3. goat & lamb eat 1/90
By adding 1, 2 & 3 we can see that 2 cows, 2 goats & 2 lambs eat 1/45+1/60+1/90 or 18/360 which equates to 1/20.
Therefore one of each animal will take 40 days
First correct answer came from Don Will, RC of Eastwood. Well done Don.

DG Bob - Out and About

Well it has been a busy period in in the life of a District Governor and once again I am inspired by the magic of Rotary that is happening around our District. 
The Rotary Club of Magill Sunrise had a Hands On project in the foyer of K-Mart Firle. They achieved their key objectives engaging with the public and bringing community minded businesses on board in the spirit of fun and fellowship. The club also ran another very successful Reel Event on 20 May at the Regal Theatre.
21st May - Mt Barker
I attended the Rotary Club of Mt Barker meeting and heard Christine Willersdorf (Murray Bridge) present to the club the challenges of change and dealing with conflict. The club is looking to conduct a Rotary Information evening in Mt Barker.
22nd May – St Peters Annual Music Awards
At the Rotary Club of St Peters Annual Music Awards evening it was certainly a privilege to hear the Students from the various local schools play musical instruments and sing. It was a special evening with each of them receiving recognition from the Rotary Club of St Peters. I also enjoyed the Marryatville High School Senior Concert Band present the finale at the end of the Music Night.
5th June Mayor Robert Bria of Norwood, Payneham and St Peters Council (right with Pres. Arthur Manser) held a civic reception to acknowledge the Rotary Club of St Peters 60 years of Service to the Community. I believe the council appreciates just how much local volunteers in Rotary Clubs do for their local Community.
23rd May - Morialta
Club meeting with a presentation from Mark Huddleston who delivered a very thought provoking presentation on the need for change and re-invention in Rotary. Mark quoted from his new book Creatures of Habit which he wrote to assist in the ‘understanding and disrupting the patterns of service club membership decline’ about membership.
23rd May - Flagstaff Hill
I had the opportunity to present the 40th anniversary letter of congratulations from R I President Ian Riseley. I enjoyed the home made Yiros cooked by Club members and the fresh Fruit Salad and Ice cream.
26th May – Loxton 60th Anniversary
I enjoyed the evening with much to celebrate over the 60 years of Rotary Community Service. The local and International community have benefited greatly for all the volunteer hours and financial contributions for 60 years. I was pleased to present to the members of the Rotary of Loxton a letter of congratulations from RI President Ian Riseley.
27th May - District Assembly
Held again at Unity College Murray Bridge it was well attended by Rotary Club members in the District. All went smoothly and everyone had a great opportunity to learn more about Rotary and their Leadership roles. Congratulations to the District Leadership Development Committee for putting it all together. DGE Kim Harvey is well on the way for a good year ahead.
29th May - Strathalbyn
An interesting meeting where the CFS Community Engagement Officer about a community discussion about the action a bush fire risk plan.
30th MayVictor Harbor
NYSF student, Amy delivered a presentation about her experience at the Brisbane NYSF seminar. According to members Amy’s confidence had improved greatly from her first presentation. It was also interesting to hear some good ideas about the future of Victor Harbor from the CEO for the City of Victor Harbor.
3rd June - Burnside
I had the opportunity to participate in the presentation of the Rotary Club of Burnside’s National Parks Awards on 3 June. It was really good to receive 7 Nominations for the Volunteer of the Parks Awards. Special congratulations to the Award winner Heather Whiting, Coordinator from the Vale Park Our Patch Group.
15th June - Hallett Cove Changeover Dinner
Soon to be known as the Rotary Club of Tonsley.
16th June - Blakiston Changeover Luncheon
It was good to catch up with members and friends of the club.
18th June - Coromandel Valley Changeover
It was great that the club arranged for the Premiers Volunteers Award for the late Debbie Reynolds.
19th June - Magill Sunrise breakfast meeting.
It was interesting to hear from members about the structure of the new District 9510 with a Power point the presentation and look forward to the club providing comments to the District 9510 Steering committee.
19th June - Edwardstown
Dinner meeting in the evening and I enjoyed participating in the Rotary Quiz.
20th June - Onkaparinga
Congratulations on the Club membership growth for the year.
21st June - Encounter Bay 
A positive response from the recent Rotary Information evening held at the Men's shed which the Club has supported financially. Congratulations to Bob Sedunary on his contribution to the RI Foundation and receiving a Paul Harris double Sapphire Pin.
23rd June - Morialta Changeover
Enjoyable evening at Tea Tree Gully Golf Club where PHF presented to Tony Gardner, and PHF Sapphires presented to Graeme and Vicky Packer, Peter Mayer and Tim Mee.
24th June - Campbelltown Changeover
Enjoyable Luncheon at Tea Tree Gully Golf Club. Thanks the Rotary Club of Campbelltown members for their support of the District programs over the year.
25th June - South Mildura end of Rotary Year Dinner
Presentations from the 13 primary school students from South Mildura and Ranfurly Primary Schools It was also great to welcome the parents and siblings to witness these presentations. Felix Rosenfeld from Germany also talked about his experience as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student.
26th June - Irymple Changeover
Members and guests were entertained by the U3A Choir. The Club presented PHF double Sapphire to Ray Tshirpig and new member Pamela Tankard was inducted. Well done to the Youth Exchange Students Aurelia Buchel from Switzerland and Felix Rosenfeld from Germany to address the club about their exchange experiences.
27th June - Mildura Deakin Changeover
Breakfast meeting where Youth Exchange Students Aurelia Buchel from Switzerland talked about his experience as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student.
DG Bob with newly inducted President Min Poole
27th June – Mobilong Carryover
I was fortunate to present a Rotary International Foundation Major Donor Crystal and pendants to Brian and Rosaria Rainey. Congratulations to them for their continued support to the Rotary Foundation as Paul Harris Society members. Also Congratulations to Charter Member and President Harry Stephen on receiving his 4 Sapphire Paul Harris Fellow recognition and Past President Lorraine Hurrell on receiving her 5 Sapphire Paul Harris Fellow recognition. 
On behalf of Marilyn and myself, I would like to thank the Rotary Clubs of District 9520 for the opportunity and privilege to serve as your District Governor for the Rotary year 2017-18. We wish Kim and Paul Harvey all the best for their year in office and I hope it will be as fulfilling and enjoyable as we have experienced.   
DG Bob & Marilyn


Calling all Future Leaders!

District 9520 supports the development of future leaders within the District by providing sponsorship for a Rotarian to attend the Future Leaders Seminar (FLS) as part of the Zone 8 Annual Conference (formerly known as the Zone 8 Institute).  Applications are now open for Rotarians wishing to further develop their Rotary knowledge and opportunities for leadership roles in the District by attending the Zone 8 FLS in Hobart on 13 September 2018. 
The FLS will take place at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, on Thursday 13 September. It is a one-day event commencing at 9.00 a.m.  The funding can also be used to cover the cost of attendance at the 2018 Australia New Zealand Rotary Conference from 14 - 16 September 2018 also being held at the Hotel Grand Chancellor.
Districts have been asked to nominate Rotarians from their District who are able to share knowledge and experience in Rotary, as well as their thoughts and ideas on how best to lead. Through their involvement in the Seminar, participants will become effective future leaders in a variety of roles within their District.  Graduates from those Seminars have have gone on to be District Chairs and Committee members, Program leaders and Assistant Governors - and from these future District Governors have emerged.
District 9520 views this sponsorship of up to $2,500 as an investment in our District’s future.  Further information on this fund including eligibility, and the application and selection process is located on the attached guidelines.  An application form is also attached.
Applications can be forwarded to Peter Hammond, District 9520 Secretary, at by 20 July 2018.  Please contact DGE Kim Harvey for further information about this funding scheme and the application process.
Download the Guidelines
Download the Application Form

Be A Role Model For Rotary

A group of people posing for a photoDescription generated with very high confidence
Science and Engineering Challenge.
Students from Renmark High School with their teacher Jess Farrelly, came out the winners of the Riverland Challenge held at Renmark last Monday. Year 10 students from five secondary schools thoroughly enjoyed a day of solving science problems such as designing and building a load bearing bridge, a water turbine to produce electricity, an electricity distribution network for a city, and a catapult to hurl a tennis ball at a target.
The purpose of this project, which is organised nationally by the University of Newcastle, is to encourage more students to choose science and mathematics subjects for study in their Senior School, and possibly later through TAFE or University to enter a career based on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Our national economy is based upon having many of our students entering a workforce centred upon research and application of science based technologies. The Science and Engineering Challenge provides a fun exposure to science.
This project is promoted and managed though the active participation of Rotarians from the communities where the schools are located. Rotary Clubs sponsor the program, prepare the venues where the Challenge occurs, and supervise and score all the student activities.
These people are truly being a Role Model for Rotary.
This article completes a set of 11 examples appearing in the DG’s Newsletter for this year, of how fairly regular community people in our District do indeed exemplify the ideals of Rotary by doing good in our world.
Rotarian/sub editor Sam Cozens.

Giving Garden Paving Project

The Rotary Club of Seaford has recently completed its biggest and most ambitious project yet. The club has joined forces with the Aldinga Beach B-7 School, Aldinga Beach Children’s Centre and the City of Onkaparinga to develop The Giving Garden, a community garden in Evans Street, Aldinga Beach, adjacent to the school. Rotarians and their family and friends have partnered with local volunteers in numerous working bees in the garden over the last two years.

The plan to construct a paved path through the garden was conceived around 12 months ago. This would make much of the garden wheelchair accessible, and also make life easier during wetter months when the ground is muddy. In order to raise the funds required to complete the project, the club sold personalised engraved pavers. These were purchased by Rotarians, local residents, staff of the school and children’s centre, families of the children and students, and a number of local businesses.In addition to the funds raised from paver sales, there were numerous generous donations made towards the project which enabled the club to save thousands of dollars in construction costs. Local businesses donated two pallets of pavers, 10 bags of cement, and over $300 worth of landscaping sand and rubble. Two local residents also donated a combined total of 10m2 of pavers which were relocated by the members. The City of Onkaparinga also helped out by providing a bobcat and operator to excavate the trench.

Construction was held over two days: each day with over 25 volunteers on site. Rotarians were joined by friends and family members, and a large contingent of local volunteers. The path was officially opened on May 20th and serves as a wonderful example of community collaboration.

New Rotary District D9510 Additional Information

You will have recently received an email relating to the new Rotary District which will take effect from the 1st July 2020.
Please visit this website for additional information and in particular download the document relating to Focus Questions

Giving A Stranger A Hand At Christmas

Colin Fraser, a near 40 year member of RC of Stirling South Australia was scratching his head last December of what to give his family for Christmas. His four grandchildren were growing up and in no real need of any more computer stuff or other gifts that were quickly discarded so he hit on the idea of the family giving someone less fortunate a new Hand for Christmas.

 The Hands On Project is a RAWCS project lead by Sally Charlton as the Project Manager supported by Barry Tennent and Deb Daley from Rockhampton and Sara Fensak from Tailem Bend.
The project has fitted over 1200 hands in Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Laos.  The project is run Australia wide with major support from Rotary Clubs, Community groups and individuals.
The hands cost $500 which covers not only the cost of this wonderful hand but also the program of finding suitable recipients in countries where they have lost their hand lower than the elbow in either a landmine accident, conflict due to war, birth defects, industrial or vehicle accidents.

 This basic hand gives the person renewed abilities to hold a pen, knife, fork or even grip the handle bar of a motor scooter.  In some cases double amputees  regained new abilities that otherwise occupied their carer’s time. Thus freeing up valuable time that could be put to more productive use.
 And so the Fraser Family opened up this special gift as a present to all the members of the Family. They were all very taken with the whole concept and quickly entered into the program which includes the building of the hand by the donors. The Hand comes in a knock down kit with a hand book of how it is assembled  The Family had an enjoyable evening challenge of assembling the hand which gave them ownership of the gift rather then just a cheque book gift.
 Just recently the Fraser Hand has been fitted to a Sri Lankan man by  Sally and Sara when in Sri Lanka.
You can see from the pictures that the new owner, Jacarthsaminda, is thrilled with his new hand and is looking forward to riding his motor scooter again.

Daughter & Father Induction at Onkaparinga

In September 2016, Nena Murad, had her first contact with Rotary. While completing her teaching qualifications, twenty one year old Nena was working part time in student support at Modbury High School. Through this role, Nena joined a group of year 9 students at a Rotary sponsored camp at Calperum Station, 20k north of Renmark.
Early in the week, Nena spoke with Rotarians about her desire to help children in her birthplace, the city of Rania in the Kurdish area of Iraq. She was already raising money within the Kurdish community to send school supplies into Rania. As this was progressing, Nena organised Save the Children in Iraq to receive and distribute the furniture, stationery, computers, sporting equipment and uniforms on arrival. As luck would have it, one of the Rotarians at the camp was a member of the Donations In Kind committee from Central Region, RAWCS. It did not take long for Nena to realise that most what she needed was sitting in the DIK warehouse, and they are always willing to support worthy projects. All that remained was for Nena to find the funds to send a container, pack it and then monitor its arrival.
Funds came quickly, and with strong support from the Kurdish community in Adelaide, the container was packed and despatched. Nena’s father, Yousef, was a key ‘packer’ and organiser for the work parties. Since then he, along with a number of other Kurdish migrants, have continued to work on a regular basis with DIK. Nena has continued her efforts, and to date, five containers have been sent. All have arrived and been much appreciated in Rania. Nena has visited the area, talked with recipients, and flown the ‘Rotary flag’ in that part of the world.
In 2017, Nena attended RYLA, and was inducted into the Rotary Club of Onkaparinga in April 2018, along with Yousef, who continues to work at DIK.
Nena, along with the club is now planning a major project in Rania to re-furbish four schools, one of which was Nena’s school before the family moved to Australia. While the city has not been directly damaged by war, it has suffered badly due to lack of money and resources. Rotary International is busy establishing a club in Baghdad. We are hopeful it will be chartered in the next month or two, and will be the sponsor of a club in Erbil, near Rania. We have provided the names of a number of Rania citizens who are now keen to establish a club there. This will be a significant boost to the success of our plans to support Nena’s project in the area.

President David Harris beginning the induction process.
L-R Sponsor Lou Davy, Nena Murad, Yousef Murad, sponsor Dick Cuttle

Blakiston Makes a Difference

The Rotary Club of Blakiston was deeply stirred by the “Slavery in Australia” topic in the publication of Rotary Down Under in 2017. We didn’t know how to progress with this huge and ugly problem.

I had only been a member of Rotary for a month, but I feel our Rotary Club ‘empowers' its members to help the wider community where-ever possible. Our club is very active in the community.
A week later, at church in Mt. Barker I noticed at least 30 Timor-Leste people participating with our congregation. After some research, I managed to contact the organization looking after the employment of these visitors.

Seasonal is a Federal Government initiative that organises 9 Pacific Islands and Timor-Leste to send workers to us for up to 6 months. In that time, the workers earn Australian wages, have good accommodation, transport and facilities, and learn new skills. My wife and I felt that we couldn’t do much to stop the ugly monster of slavery in Australia but we could support those groups that tried to do the right thing by our vulnerable and less wealthy neighbours.
My Rotary Club of Blakiston considered it to be a worthy exercise to help these people.
After chatting to the Seasonal Workers in charge of the group working at Flaxley, strawberry picking and packing, I was welcomed to help these people in a dental capacity.
With the help of Phil Green, the pastoral care worker assigned to this group, and Kate and Michael Fryszer from administration, I was soon visiting the strawberry farm with my staff and headlamp to examine 25 people in their shed.
I eventually saw a total of 38 patients in my Murray Bridge Clinic, mainly after hours and on holidays. I performed 24 extractions, 6 fillings, 2 scale and cleans, over 9 visits. They seemed grateful with their half smiles at the end of the visit.
The biggest problem was logistics in transporting the Timor patients to the ‘Bridge’. The next problem was the language, but we muddled through.
The Timorese should be back in October 18, so we may contact each other then.
Dr Michael Moran, Rotary Club of Blakiston

Membership success in 9520

We need to celebrate the success of a few very special clubs that have shown outstanding growth this year.  I only have figures reported on Club Runner up until the end of May so by the end of June their achievements may be even greater.
Onkaparinga is the standout club with a net increase of 8 members so far this year. Thanks to President David Harris, Membership Director Stephen Rohriach and all the members who nominated new members to the club.  The club’s growth, particularly its ethnic diversity, was featured in the June issue of Rotary Down Under as well.  Well done for an outstanding effort.
Seaford and Unley are tying for second place just behind with a net increase of 7 new members each.  Seaford our newest club, has also had featured internationally in the Rotarian its dynamic approach to Rotary which has led to sustained growth.  Unley is our second oldest, chartered in 1935, has not rested on its laurels and Membership Director PDG Jerry Casburn is still working hard to induct even more members before the 30 June.
Other clubs to do well so far include Renmark with +5, Broken Hill, Goolwa, and Campbelltown all with +4.
Inductions still count until 30 June
All clubs If you are considering new members please get them inducted by the 30th June if you can so your club and DG Bob can celebrate the first year of positive growth for the district for many years.  We are only +9 now at the end of May because a few clubs have just logged a swag of resignations.  It is important for planning purposes that clubs keep their membership records up to date and not wait until the semi-annual dues have to be recorded.
Please click the read more link at lower right to view a complete list of those who have joined our District this last Rotary year.
Euan Miller

Brownhill Creek Innovate

At a recent meeting the Rotary Club of Brownhill Creek visited the Tonsley Innovation Precinct on the site of the former Mitsubishi Motors Factory.
As a former Mitsubishi employee, it was my first time back under the roof of the assembly plant, and I found it both a fascinating and moving experience.
Our guide, Alison, showed us around the Flinders University and TAFE campuses, followed by a tour of the individual buildings constructed under the roof of the MAB (Main Assembly Building). The Tonsley precinct brings together leading-edge research and education institutions, established businesses and start-ups, business incubators and accelerators as well as government and the wider community to connect and collaborate in Australia’s leading innovation district.
Find out more at

Beds For Fregon

In April, Rotarian Don Law, on behalf of the Rotary Club of Yankalilla and Rotary's Donations in Kind, delivered 32 donated hospital beds for Aboriginal Community Services in the APY Lands. In the photo, Don and Rob Law(Manager of Aboriginal Community Services in the APY Lands) delivered beds to Elders in the Fregon community. As you can see by the big smiles, they were very happy to receive them. More photos in the comments. Grateful thanks to Bruce 'Strop' Arnold of Fleurieu & Kangaroo Island Removals for his fantastic contribution in getting the beds to Fregon.

Christine Willersdorf Inspires Mt Barker

DG Bob Cooper, PDG Euan Miller & Christine Willersdorf
Christine works with youth and long term unemployed. She also works in the corporate arena to inspire and encourage companies. She informed the meeting that her research for this presentation was done on There is a large volume of information on the site about Rotary including You Tube videos. It is vital that the Club considers designing a plan for the next 5 years which will inform what the Club stands for, what its vision is. There was not a successful company which did not have a plan. Christine suggested that we should think outside of ourselves. Leave our Ego at the door – Ego stands for ‘edging good out’. Once the Club has a plan there are surveys on the Rotary web site as well as the Health Check document. The video on “What is leadership” showed that it is engagement, making a difference, giving back, determination, taking action, being a mentor, passion, service above self.

David Binks Reflects on 50 Years in Rotary

David joined the club in 1968 and outlined some of the similarities and differences in Rotary then as compared to now.
Throughout his years at the club a focus on fellowship and doing good has remained a key element.
✓ When he joined you had to be invited to become a member and following a nomination a rigorous investigation occurred before you became a member
✓ You were expected to attend every meeting. (If you failed to attend three in a row you could be expelled)
✓ You had to be an owner or senior manager of a business and fit into a defined classification. Clubs could only have one member of each classification.
✓ Many of the members were owners or managers of local businesses who remained in the club for many years. A number were ex World War 2 veterans several of whom were in aircraft involved in the Battle of Britain.
✓ Local projects such as building the Glenelg Community Centre and the Glenelg Meals on Wheels kitchen were conducted by the members themselves. Youth exchanges both in and out were a key project for the club each year
✓ Over the years the membership grew to over 70 and the club sponsored new clubs at Noarlunga, Hallett Cove and Holdfast Bay. They in turn later sponsored other clubs in the area.
✓ There was only one District at the time until 9500 and 9520 were created.
✓ Committee and Board meeting were held in members’ homes and included excellent suppers from Directors’ wives.
✓ Membership was male only.
✓ Meetings started with God Save the Queen being sung and during the meeting a singing session was included. (We still have copies of the song books)
✓ The tradition of supplying the Christmas float for the Glenelg Pageant is continuing to this day.
David concluded by saying how much he has enjoyed being in the Rotary Club of Glenelg for over fifty years. He is looking forward to many more years and having the continued fellowship Rotary offers

St Peters Music Awards

The Rotary Club of St Peters have just finalised their Music Awards and also been involved in the tree planting at "Jack's Farm".
Read the complete details via their Club Bulletin.

PDG Dick's Queens Birthday Honour

Over a medical career spanning 50 years, Dick Wilson has delivered dozens of Hills babies, been the first point of call for injured local farmers and supported hundreds of people through mental health crises.
But the retired rural GP, who was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia on Monday, said one of the highlights of his career was becoming part of the lives of Hills locals – some of whom he treated over 40 years and many of whom he now calls friends.
Dr Wilson graduated with his medical degree in 1967 and has since worked across the world and across the Hills.
But he has also been actively involved in his community outside of the surgery, chairing the Adelaide Hills Division of General Practice and the Drug and Alcohol Services Council of SA and serving on the boards of the Strathalbyn Hospital and the SA branch of the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
He has also served on the board of the Anglicare SA Archbishop’s Appeal fundraising committee and the National Wine Foundation and as a long-term member of Rotary.
He was instrumental in founding Strathablyn’s Kalimna Hostel, having chaired the committee that established it, and also helped to bring Meals on Wheels to the town– something he believed not only helped older residents age well in their own town, but also benefited the wider community.
“I think the people who almost get the most out of it are the volunteers,” he said.
“The ability to get people involved by volunteering I think is so important. Once we lose volunteerism I think the community will be a lesser place.”
He said he was “moved” and “humbled” to receive recognition for his work and that while he had perhaps done more than some people, he “had done less than many others”.
“I don’t suppose you do it because you think down the track there might be some recognition or award,” he said.
“I think if you’ve got a social conscience it’s what you do.”
(Courtesy Mt Barker Courier)
In addition, this letter of support was supplied by our District Governor
On behalf of the Rotary District 9520, I am pleased to acknowledge the recognition of Dr Richard Frank Wilson as a significant contributor the Rotary International Organization.
Richard joined the Rotary Club of Strathalbyn in 1974 and lead a Group Study Exchange of 5 people to Pennsylvania in the United States Bicentennial year in 1976. This was a wonderful lifelong learning and leadership opportunity for him and the Rotary Organisation. He was the President of the Rotary Club of Strathalbyn and after moving to the Adelaide Hills in the mid 80’s he was President of the Rotary Club of Stirling.
Richard has worked on a number of the Rotary District Committees, the Group Study Exchange team committee, The Rotary International Foundation Committee, The Rotary Polio Plus Committee, the Medic Alert Committee and the Australian Rotary Health Committee. He has also served on the national Board of Australian Rotary Health that funds medical research for Mental Health and provides Research PHD Scholarships for mental Health and other areas of health, as well as Indigenous Health Scholarships and Rural Medical and Nursing Scholarships.
Richard has been awarded the Rotary International Paul Harris Fellowship for recognition for his significant service to Rotary organisation and his volunteer service to the medical field. Richard continues to practice as a GP in Stirling with special Interests in minor surgery, mental health and aviation and underwater medicine. He is a senior medical advisor to a major medical indemnity insurer. Richard has provided medical support to seven outback cattle drives and worked with the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Richard was Chair of the Adelaide Hill Division of General Practice for six years, was on the Southern Adelaide Health Service Board, was Chair of the Drug and Alcohol Services for nine years and is currently on the SA board of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.
Richard was selected as the Rotary District Governor in 2015-16, looking after 50 Rotary Clubs across parts of South Australia, western Victoria and New South Wales.
I would recommend that Richard Wilson be recognised as an Order of Australia, OAM for the Australian Honours Awards.

Defibrillator Update

Is your club looking for a community service project?  Have you considered purchasing a defibrillator for your local community?  
Sudden Cardiac Arrest affects more than 1800 people each year in SA alone, with only one in 10 surviving.
If cardiac arrest is noticed quickly, an ambulance is called, CPR is started, and a person is able to receive a shock from an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator), their chances of survival are much higher.
SA Ambulance Service offers free 30 minute training sessions for Rotary Clubs in CPR.
These can be booked through this form: Community CPR30 Session Request Form, or by emailing for more information.
Don’t forget, anyone can restart a heart in three simple steps:
Publically accessible Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) help save more lives. For every minute that someone is in cardiac arrest without CPR or defibrillation, their chances of surviving decrease by 10%, so the sooner someone receives help, the higher their chance of survival. 
It is possible for your club to arrange a District Grant to match half the cost of AEDs in your local communities. AED’s cost around $2,000.  Click on the link below for information about how to apply for a grant to help with the cost.
There is an abundance of AED suppliers listed on the internet and with the current level of interest in AED's the market is very competitive.  In the SA Ambulance service training equipment they carry a Heartstart unit and a Cardiac Science Unit.  The units carried on ambulances are Lifepak brand.
If your club would like to purchase a defibrillator for your local community consider where it will be placed.  Ideally it needs to be somewhere which is accessible 24/7. Perhaps a fast food restaurant or a petrol station for example.
Click on the link below for Lifepak defibs.
Many Rotary clubs in our district  have wisely already bought an AED for a community group in their area, but SA Ambulance Service doesn’t know about it, which means that if someone calls triple zero (000), they  won’t know that there’s an AED nearby to help.
If you register your AED, it will allow emergency response agencies to direct a caller to the AED so that it can be used in a cardiac emergency until an ambulance arrives.
AEDs require no training, and can be used by anyone. When you call triple zero (000) you will always be guided by highly trained emergency call takers until an ambulance arrives.
For more information, please email, read the AED Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Community Fact Sheet or the AED Registration Terms and Conditions.

Articulate Trio At Loxton

Three articulate Loxton High School students were recent speakers at a Club Meeting.  The trio have been sponsored by our club to attend major educational events.  Lily Bright participated in the Rotary Adventure in Citizenship week long program in Canberra; Samuel Nitschke attended a Science Experience forum at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology; while Emma Knowles is among those selected to attend the annual National Youth Science Forum in Canberra early in 2019.  There were four applicants interested in attending that forum, and Emma was the successful student endorsed by our club.  All three of the students who addressed the meeting on Wednesday night were very appreciative of the opportunity to attend these events and thanked our club for making that opportunity available to them.  Samuel said he would like to apply for the National Youth Science Forum in 2019.

Campbelltown Farewells Student

Our Campbelltown Rotary Exchange Student, Jenna Saxe gave her farewell speech to our club on Monday June 18. It was brilliant and very moving. Thank you Jenna. You have given us YOU. We have so enjoyed you being in our lives that we do not want you to go back home.
These people ( from L to R) have been vitally important in Jenna’s Student Exchange adventure.
  • Mr Peter Coffey, Principal of St Ignatius College: the school that gave Jenna a scholarship, with no fees, for her year in Australia 
  • Rtn Michael and Jacquie McCabe, host parents #2
  • JENNA with her exchange blazer weighed down with badges of places she has been
  • Rtn Nikki Rowe, Director of Youth at our club
  • PP Damian Leach, who organised the whole exchange in less than 3 weeks in June 2017!
  • Helen and Rtn Brad Silby, host parents #3
  • PP Margaret Northcote (with Mark Fiedler) Jenna’s Counsellor and confidant
  • Eddie Gagliardi who with Pres Elizabeth Gagliardi (sadly home sick), host parents #1


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