May 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.
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Welcome To All Members Who Have Joined This Month

The following members have joined or rejoined our District this Rotary year from 14th April to May 16th. If names are missing please ask your Secretary to enter them or email Robin LeGallez for assistance.
Narelle Alvaro Seaford Rotary
Kevin Brown Seaford Rotary
Rosalie Disney Morialta
Jeremy Miller Yankalilla
Nena Murad Onkaparinga
June Purdy Norwood
John Scali Norwood
Charles Townsing Broken Hill

May is Youth Service Month


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


Here's a Brain Teaser for you

Send your solution to the Editors to claim your prize!
Prizes include District bragging rights and the knowledge that you are smarter than the average Rotarian.
Solution will be published next month.
Wow, last month created a bit of discussion! The answer is in the question. A symbol was required to make a number. The ">" symbol would have indicated a possible range of numbers whilst the correct answer, a decimal point produced a single number. 2.3
First correct answer came from Brian Slater, RC of Broken Hill South. Well done Brian.

DG's May Report

The Rotary Club of Seaford hosted the Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) weekend from 20 to 22 April at Nunyara, Belair, providing opportunities for 38 young people to develop new skills. Thanks to the Rotary Clubs who supported these young people and to the RYPEN organising committee.
Some of the Rotary Foundation team this past month interviewed candidates for the Global Grant Scholarship in the Areas of Focus which is offered by our RI Foundation District Designated Funds grant.
I presented the foundation per Capita giving Banner to the Rotary Club of McLaren Vale on 23 April along with a triple Ruby PHF pin to Dean Bartley.

At the Rotary Club of St Peters 60th Anniversary function on 24 April the club had much to celebrate over the 60 years of Rotary Community Service. Great to witness PDG Keith Shaw receive his 50 years of Rotary membership and active Rotary involvement letter from RI President Ian Riseley. It was also good to see the club recognise Secretary Pam Vaughton with Paul Harris Fellowship Award.
The Club published an 84 page book titled: Rotary Club of St Peters - 60 years of Service 1958-2018
Cutting the 60th Birthday Cake  
L-R: PDGs Dennis Henschke, Keith Shaw & Arthur Manser
Over the weekend of 28 and 29 April our District provided 9 Rotary Club members the invaluable learning opportunity by graduating from the training of the Rotary Leadership Institute held at Payneham Community Centre. The encouragement from the trainers and the feedback was that the group were very proactive and have come away with a lot of Rotary knowledge and awareness.
On the 2 May the Rotary Club of Norwood dinner meeting it was great to see the induction of June Purdy into the membership of the Club. President Di Clements presented  Volunteer Certificates to Club members and to the invited community groups members. It was interesting to hear about Grass Roots Volunteering from Christle Mex, a Councillor with the City of Norwood, Payneham & St Peters.
On the 2 May the 2018 Aboriginal Health Scholarship Presentation Ceremony at the Royal Adelaide Hospital the Minister for Health and Wellbeing, The Honourable Stephen Wade MLC demonstrated a really good understanding of the Australian Rotary Health involvement. The program commenced here in D9520 in 1999 with 2 Indigenous Scholars. In 2018, clubs in Districts 9500 and 9520 together with sponsors such as the Coopers Brewery Foundation are sponsoring 24 Indigenous Scholars. Next year’s Ceremony will be a celebration of 20 years of the Program between SA Government and Rotary.  Congratulations to the Rotary Clubs for their support of a high number of Aboriginal Health Indigenous Scholars.
L-R:  Hon Stephen Wade with new Scholarship recipients and Joint District Chair David Jones
At the Rotary Club of Noarlunga special function on 3 May I joined in celebrating nearly 52 years of Community Service by the Club. I was also very honoured to present President Mark Simpson and the members of Rotary Club of Noarlunga with the 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club banner on behalf of the Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Paul A. Netzel.
The Rotary Clubs of Noarlunga and Noarlunga East will merge on 1st July to become the Rotary Club of Morphett Vale.
It was also good to witness the club recognise Karen June Newman, Sarah Curtis, Susan Arbuthnott, with Paul Harris Fellowship Awards and Tony Rutten, Dini Whyte, Rod Whyte, Lila Newman, Alan Nelson and Mark Simpson as Paul Harris Sapphire Awardees.
PETS and Mini Assembly was held in Mildura on 6 May. This well-run by the District Training team, was packed with information and made for an interesting day. In-coming District Governor Kim Harvey explained how Clubs might achieve some of the goals listed in the 2018-19 Rotary Citation.
Rotary Club of Seaford's Business Breakfast was held on 9 May and it was great to hear 4 young business people share their story and the business opportunities they have experienced. It was a good for the club members to network with the business associates of the area and to develop further relationships with younger people who as well as being potential members of Rotary are our leaders of tomorrow throughout the Onkaparinga Council.
At the Rotary Club of Blakiston meeting on 9 May it was good to hear of some of the projects the Club is involved with and the continued work on the St James old school. The Club members certainly pull above their weight on all the community involvement they do.
The Rotary Club of Holdfast Bay celebrated its 40Th anniversary on 14 May with many past and present Rotarians enjoying the stories from the panel discussions about what happened over the years. It was also good to see the club recognise Charter Member Lance Meaney and Peter Rugless with Paul Harris triple Sapphire Awards. I presented the Letter from RI President, Ian Riseley to President Alan Larkin.
On the 15 May I visited the Rotary Club of Blackwood at their new meeting venue. The Club supported a Mitcham High School student, Hayley Meyer who presented on her trip for the World Challenge Expedition to Vietnam.
District 9510 steering committee
The new District 9510 steering committee will be visiting regular AG club president meetings soon for consultation to source input from clubs about their ideas and expectations of the new District.
Our net membership in District 9520 has increased by 21 for the year. April figures still have us in top 7 Districts in Australia.
D9520’s total commitment to the RI Foundation End Polio Now fund of US$54,815.68 at end of March is the highest of any District in Australia
All Assistant Governors will be following up their Group Rotary Clubs to encourage each of their Rotary Clubs to complete their Rotary Citation in My Rotary. It’s easy to do by encouraging the Club President or Secretary who have access to input activities into My Rotary. All clubs should be able to achieve this recognition.

Be a model for Rotary.

Kevin Casement from the Rotary Club of Renmark is a model for Rotary.
Some 16 years ago, Kev joined Rotary when his elder daughter Kelly was selected to be an exchange student. Over the years Kev has been an active member being involved in numerous club projects, and serving a term as President to lead the club.
Younger daughter Nicole, in the photo with Kev, is now a teacher working in the Renmark Primary School. With assistance from the Rotary Club of Renmark through dad Kev, and another local business manager, Wayne Woosnam of Tri State Graphics, Nicole organises a breakfast program for students who need caring. The program is financed by Rotary and Tri State Graphics and receives support from the local Foodbank organisation.
To round out this story, Nicole has been inducted as a member of the Rotary Club of Renmark.
Congratulations to the family Casement for their service above self to the local community.


ShelterBox has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, in recognition of our humanitarian efforts in areas of extreme conflict. ShelterBox is honored to receive this nomination, which is a great acknowledgment that ShelterBox provides much more than material aid – we provide the foundation for recovery and the stability needed for peace, one family at a time.
As one of Rotary International’s longest established partnerships, this nomination is an example of supporting Rotary’s Area of Focus on promoting peace. In his recommendation letter in support of the Nobel Peace Prize Nomination, Rotary International President, Ian Riseley, provided a testimonial for ShelterBox, saying, "ShelterBox is our preferred source of emergency relief of its kind, and we greatly value our partnership. Rotary and ShelterBox have worked together for more than 15 years, providing emergency shelter after disasters in all parts of the world."
The goal of ShelterBox is to keep families and communities together in crisis situations, providing emergency shelter and life-saving supplies to people forcibly displaced from their homes. In 2017 alone, ShelterBox provided aid to families affected by conflict in Syria, Iraq, Cameroon, Chad, Niger, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh.
While many think of ShelterBox after natural disasters, our longest response has been in Syria, since 2012, providing critically needed shelter and emergency supplies in what is described as the worst humanitarian crisis of our generation.  

RYLA 2018

The RYLA/RYPEN Committee is proud to announce that the Rotary Club of Victor Harbor have agreed to sponsor the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) for 2018!
The Rotary Club of Victor Harbor are providing members to fill the roles of Administrator, Registrar and Host Mum and Dad.

This is the first time the Rotary Club of Victor Harbor has hosted RYLA. Having “a long and proud commitment to RYLA, sponsoring an (unbroken) annual stream of young attendees, hosting the event is a natural progression”.

Hosting RYLA, the Rotary Club of Victor Harbor is pleased to show the benefit of hosting the program in regional SA. The club looks forward to providing a strong faculty over the length of the program.

The club is also looking forward to contributing to the Graduation Dinner; the event will be held on the last night of RYLA, the 27th of September. Options to take the event to a location further South are being explored, to add a true touch of Victor Harbor to this year’s program.

RYLA is being held from the 22nd to the 28th of September at the Nunyara Conference Centre, Belair. Applications are now open for RYLA!
Applications can be made on this webpage: Applications will close on the 31st of July.

Campbelltown At Work

At a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Campbelltown, Kevin Parken reported on a couple of projects that Kevin attended recently in the Phillipines. Kevin was also assisted by Maria Figg who also gave a report on more missions.
  • 1st Project - Campbelltown Club donated $350 for a Dental Mission in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Cebu who had organised 20 Rotaract volunteer dental students in Cebu.The mission was a great success. 250 teeth were pulled & 100 fillings done- pretty good for $350 with some 300 people treated on the day. Some have never been to a Dentist in their life. Kevin thought it was one of the best projects our club has ever been involved with.
Maria added that we have sponsored 2 dental missions. The other was held for the poor indigenous inhabitants of the mountainous regions of Cebu.
  • 2nd project - “Toilet Project “for which our club paid for 50 toilets (at $128 each) to be sustainably erected by local villagers, over 21 small islands where they have no toilet facilities, leading to hygiene, health & water pollution issues. Generally the toilet is built for two families. This ongoing successful project is being run by RC Metro Cebu & is enthusiastically endorsed/welcomed by the local villagers. A great project also, but they need about 250 more toilets.
Maria added that such a simple facility can Make a Big Difference to the villagers health & environment.

Maria reported on some other missions made able through recent grants including repairing a couple of schools and an orphanage - e.g. installed better lighting, hygienic, rodent proof, food storage kitchen areas for the children at the orphanage; upgrading the laundry; fireproofing, renovations & repairs etc.
Last chance to keep your club growing
By now each President and Membership Director should be aware of impending resignations for June 30 and taken steps to replace those Rotarians so each club keeps healthy and growing.  The last thing we want is a closing down sale!
Currently the District is +21 for membership but this is less than one Rotarian per club. Over recent years we have lost an average of 50 Rotarians each year on June 30 so it is important that clubs offset these leavers by bringing in new Rotarians.
Clubs have only six more weeks to induct new members so it is time critical that action is taken now.
Onkaparinga has come in with a late burst and added 5 new members in April and is the standout club this month.  Other clubs to be congratulated with 3 or more members for the year to date are:  Broken Hill +4, Mildura +3, Renmark +4, Goolwa +7, Victor Harbor +3, Seaford +5 and Unley +7.
At the other end there have been some disappointments but most of these clubs, belatedly have realised that action needs to be taken and I am aware that Blackwood, Irymple and Encounter Bay have held, or are about to hold Information Nights to attract new members.  Blackwood -3, Coromandel Valley -3, Irymple -6, Mildura Deakin -4, Murray Bridge -3, Encounter Bay -5 and Brownhill Creek -4.
Euan Miller    Membership Chair

NYSF Update

The National Science Summer School started in 1983 by the Rotary Clubs of Canberra. Its aim was to encourage high school science students to come to Canberra to study. In 1984, it changed to the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF). It is a not-for-profit organisation that runs a number of residential programs to encourage young people in their passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The flagship program is the NYSF Year 12 Program, which runs in January each year for students about to enter year 12. Since 1983, more than 11,000 young Australians have progressed through the NYSF Year 12 Program which is a 12-day residential program designed to give students a broader understanding of the diverse study and career options available in STEM and to encourage them to continue their studies in these fields. The program includes
• visit science and technology related laboratories and facilities
• go on site tours,
• listen to lectures,
• take part in workshops,
• go to social events, and
• participate in group activities that improve communication and presentation skills.
Participants also take part in sessions on entrepreneurship, critical thinking, how to work together effectively, and more. The focus is not solely on academic achievements, but on developing well-rounded individuals who have the skills and confidence to determine their futures.
The NYSF is run by youth for youth, with a certain number of participants being selected each year to come back and participate in our Student Staff Leadership Program in preparation to help run the program the year after they first attended.
Rotary is the Founding Partner of NYSF and today the 21 Rotary districts across Australia continue to conduct selections for the NYSF Year 12 Program on behalf of the NYSF. Rotarians support those students with part of the cost of the program and continue to encourage them after the program. Rotarians attend the sessions as Uncles and Aunties to provide pastoral care and first aid.
Applications to be a part of next year’s programs have opened online ( ) and will close on May 31st. Students are encouraged to nominate a Rotary Club as their supporting and mentoring Club. But Clubs can go out to their local schools and invite Year 11 students to take part.
Clubs usually provide mentoring and financial support to the tune of half of the cost ($1,500) for each student. However, the NYSF committee is keen to have Clubs partner if they cannot find the full amount themselves.
The 9500 and 9520 NYSF committees have already started to collaborate together as one and will run this years selection process together. If you have any questions or need any more information, please contact the district chair below. A member of the committee will visit your Club if you want.
Margaret Northcote:, 0419 122 525
Mike Stevens:, 04 1787 5095
Joint Chairs, D9500/9520 NYSF Committee 17-18, 18-19


Rotary Club of Tailem Bend Tree Planting at Pangarinda Botanic Gardens

On Sunday April 29th Rotarians and friends from the Rotary Club of Tailem Bend engaged in tree planting at Pangarinda Botanic Garden at Wellington East. One hundred trees were planted as part of Rotary International President Ian Riseley’s aim to improve the environment.
Pangarinda Botanic Garden began its life as an Arboretum with the concept developed by willing volunteers in 1993 in conjunction with the Coorong Council. It is 30 hectares of rare and threatened flora from Australia’s drier regions. Many trees were planted in 2000 as part of the Olympic Landcare 2000 project.

Keith Edward Shaw

Born at Prospect on 18th November 1933
Most of his childhood were spent in the Adelaide Hills, namely Stirling, where his father was headmaster of Stirling East Primary School.
Keith’s secondary schooling was at Unley High School, he then spent two years at University and working in a chemist shop,
On 18 April 1952 Keith joined the bank and spent 40 years in the banking industry. Banking has taken Keith to many areas of our state, he been to Adelaide, Naracoorte, Mt. Gambier, Loxton, Bordertown, Tailem Bend, Ardrossan and back to Adelaide.
During his period of employment at Mt. Gambier he met and fell in love with Joan and they were married in March, 1959. They have two sons Peter and Andrew and 2 grandchildren. Peter was a Rotary exchange student in1977 and spent a year in Japan.
When Keith and Joan moved back to Adelaide they purchased a house at Rostrevor where they live for many years.
During his banking career Keith followed the normal path of progression and received his first managerial appointment at Tailem Bend, followed by appointments Ardrossan, Marden, Salisbury then into administration.
Over the period of years, he has been active in various sports and believes strongly in exercising to keep fit.
He has been a Local Preacher in the Uniting Church and is still involved.
Some of his hobbies include swimming, jogging, golf and music.
Keith joined the
  • Rotary Club of Tailem Bend in 1967
  • President Rotary Club of Tailem Bend in 1970/71
  • Joined Rotary club of St Peters in September 1973
  • Has been Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • President
  • 1978/79District Secretary for DG Chris Maywald
  • 1980/81 Member of the Youth Exchange committee
  • Chair of the Youth Exchange1981/82, 1982/83, 1983/84
  • 1984 Escorted some exchange students to America and Canada
  • September 1984 presented with a Paul Harris
  • In1990/91 Keith was District Governor
  • In 1995 a Paul Harris Sapphire
  • Chair of the RYPEN committee 1984/85, 1985/86,1886/87
Keith also has been presented with a Paul Harris Sapphire
District Governor Bob Cooper presented Keith with a letter from World President Ian Riseley for 50 years of Rotary  Service

Encounter Bay Distribute Community Grants

At a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Encounter Bay, the following community groups received funding generated from the Markets which are organised and managed by the Club.
1. Encounter Bay Family History Group: to purchase a laptop and software to facilitate research, community workshops and projects.
2. Encounter Bay Netball Club: to purchase a new PC for the Club.
3. Southern Fleurieu Historical Museum: for professional signage in a larger format as their current small format is no longer adequate.
4. Victor Harbor Dragons: To purchase a gazebo to protect against all weather conditions and a “feather” banner to promote the club when attending race meetings.
5. Goolwa Surf Life Saving Club: to purchase a laerdal airway management trainer.
6. Pt Elliot Tennis Club: to purchase new net posts and nets to complement recent improvements to provide quality facilities for the community.
7. Victor Harbor Archery Club: to purchase a new Archery Target and frame to use in beginners’ courses and to start “come and try”
8. Alexandrina Connect Inc. / The Community Centre, Goolwa: to contribute to the purchase of a small business which provides merchandise embroidery to both Councils and most sporting and events.
9. Fleurieu Male Choir: to purchase a powered speaker, microphone and stands to enable them to provide accompaniment when their accompanist is unavailable and to assist artists so all can hear.
10. Riding for the Disabled: to build a small storage shed and cement floor to store hay for when horses are kept at the centre overnight before a riding day.
11. Harborites Ukulele Group: to purchase 3 instrument microphones and 1 vocal microphone.


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