January 2018

This edition of the District Governor's Newsletter has been produced from within ClubRunner.  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

Welcome To All Members Who Have Joined This Year

The following members have joined or rejoined our District this Rotary year from 14th December to January 17th. If names are missing please ask your Secretary to enter them or email Robin LeGallez for assistance.
Lynda Hamilton Victor Harbor
Glynn Harrington Broken Hill
Kristina Janjic Broken Hill
David McIvor Broken Hill
Lisa Medlen Stirling
Chris Morath Somerton Park
John Swincer Victor Harbor

January is Vocational Service Month


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


Here's a puzzle 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.
The answer to last months puzzle was of course "A Pack of Cards".
First correct answer came from John Howland
RC of Flagstaff Hill. Well done John.

DG's January Reflections

District Governor 2020 – 2021
A Once in a Lifetime Opportunity in an Exciting Leadership Role
As Rotarians we belong to a well-known and highly respected international service organisation. To further strengthen and improve Rotary’s effectiveness, it was recently decided to merge Districts 9500 and 9520 into one District to be called District 9510 from 1st July 2020. The new District will be represented by over 2,000 Rotarians in 94 Clubs, covering the majority of South Australia and parts of the Northern Territory (Alice Springs), New South Wales and Victoria. As a result, an exciting opportunity now exists for a suitably qualified and enthusiastic Rotarian from either District to undertake the role of District Governor for 2020-21 and lead the new District into a challenging and rewarding era in Rotary’s proud history. If this is you, applications are now open and will close at midnight on 17th February 2018.
Happy New Year to you all 
While many Clubs have been enjoying a well-deserved break over Christmas New Year, the District is coming abuzz again with a range of activities being generated.
I had the opportunity to share breakfast with the Rotary Club of Brownhill Creek at a special breakfast meeting on Tuesday 9 January 2018 where President Tony Dorrington presented Russell Green (representing Disaster Aid) with a cheque for $5000 to facilitate the purchase and installation of a sky hydrant.
 The Rotary Club of Victor Harbor annual Art Show opened Friday 12 January and will remain open until Saturday 20th January. I had a good look at all the art work and the process for purchasing the paintings is very well organised. There is a lot of preparation for the event which hosts 1200 paintings and has proven to be a fantastic fundraising event for the club. Well done to all the members of the club who put together this annual Art Show.
The Rotary Clubs of Burnside and Mitcham provided the BBQ meals for the Ride Like Crazy cycle event finish at Unley Oval on Sunday 14 January.
Well done to the Rotary Club of Seaford for the Rotary International feature in the official RI Document "Be a Vibrant Club" and also to be featured in "The Rotarian" magazine. It's great to see an Australian article in this Rotary magazine. Also, congratulations to the Rotary Club of Seaford for being awarded the Companion of Australian Rotary Health certificate for recognition of the $7,000 donation for suicide prevention research.
The Rotary Clubs of Murray Bridge and Mobilong cooked a BBQ Lunch on Friday 12 January for employees and families of Thomas Foods following the catastrophic fire that has caused it to cease operations for a period.
Rotary Citation
Now is a good time for Rotary Clubs to work on the Club Goals for the Rotary Citation. Please enter your club projects into MY Rotary, Rotary Club Central in Showcase with the volunteer hours and service project contributions in US$’s.
District Governor 2018-19
District Governor Elect Kim Harvey and Paul are currently attending the International Assembly in San Diego with 540 District Governors from around the world. It‘s a wonderful opportunity to experience the Internationalism of Rotary and to work on the strategies for the 2018-19 Rotary Year. No doubt the experience and training they receive will prepare them well for the role of District Governor.
RotaryNews Info websites
Throughout our District 9520 many Clubs are using the free website known as RotaryNews Info or RNI. Currently this website is not accessible due to the owner reorganising hosting arrangements without any advice to users. Please understand that this is NOT something that our District has any ownership or control over but we are trying to resolve the issue ASAP. District 9520 stopped using this platform and moved to ClubRunner two years ago and this has proved to be highly successful. If you visit your website and receive the message "The page cannot be displayed because an internal server error has occurred" then you are using RNI!
Rotary District 9520 Polio Ute Relay Contributions
The Rotary International Polio Plus foundation accounts attached show our District 9520 Clubs contributions in US$’s into the Polo Plus account Year to Date (31/12/17) totalling US$18292.03.
Some clubs have not made any contributions from the Polio Ute Relay raffle as yet and others have indicated to the District Polio Plus Foundation co-ordinator, Carola Sanders that they raised much more that has been put into the RI Foundation Polio Plus account.
If your Club have not yet contributed or the amount shown in US $’s doesn’t appear to be correct please contact Carola by either, or Mobile 0412632 658.
Your club would have received a receipt from the RI Foundation Polio Plus Account.
The District RI Foundation team are trying to quantify the amount raised as a result of the Polio Ute Relay this year.
Opportunity to Apply for a District Grant
Circumstances have arisen that has resulted in some funding being returned to the District Grant pool and is now available to Clubs.
The opportunity is now open for Clubs to apply for a District Grant. Applications close 2 February 2018 (please ignore the closing date shown on the application forms). Note that any applications submitted for consideration in the first round will not be eligible for this round of Grants.
District Conference
Standard bookings for the Combined District 9500/9520 Conference in the Barossa Valley are still open until 14 February 2018.
The conference website is kept up to date, so if you want to know the Key note speakers and other events including choosing a ‘hands on’ project that you would like to help with use the booking link to sign up.
Don’t forget to book your accommodation.
District Awards
If clubs would like to be considered for one of the many District Awards your nomination should be submitted to District Secretary Peter Hammond by 28 February 2018.

Club Membership Scorecard

Halfway through the year and our membership is on a knife edge
The good news is we have returned to second spot on the ladder in December among the 21 Australian districts after district 9455 (Perth and the South of WA) in first place.  But our membership growth has continued to lose ground and has now dropped to only plus 15 for the year.   We clearly had another large number of resignations in December which has offset the achievements of those clubs that have grown significantly in the first six months.
The clubs to be congratulated this month are: Broken Hill with 33% increase for the first six months, tops the list, Goolwa and Yankalilla with 22% increase, Seaford with 17% closely followed by Mildura, Renmark and Unley with 14%.
More importantly 17 clubs have lost more members than they have gained this year. That means that a third of our clubs are struggling. These are danger signs and these clubs are encouraged, once again, to approach the Membership committee for help.
Let’s start 2018 with a New Year Resolution for all Rotarians. I will grow our club from now by at least one member by 30 June. I can assure you if you keep your resolution it will be worth it!  Your club will be more vibrant, will achieve more and will be more fun to be involved.
Euan Miller
Membership Chair

Be a model for Rotary

PP Andy Byrne from the Rotary Club of Mount Barker is a model for Rotary.
Andy is a highly esteemed member and leader of many projects within his Club, with two projects continuing to provide outstanding service above self:
“Operation Flinders was founded as a behaviour circuit breaker for youth at risk. It provides a wilderness adventure program for young men and women who have been identified as being at risk, with demanding outdoor challenges and support, to help them develop their personal attitudes and values of self-esteem, motivation, team work, and responsibility so they may grow as valued members of the community.” From the Operation Flinders website.
Andy’s contribution to Operation Flinders has been to assist members of his Rotary Club to provide funding for infrastructure at Yankaninna Station, drivers and vehicles for the transport of materials and people, and ongoing funding for the project to continue annually.
The Catering Project through the Rotary Club of Mount Barker very successfully generates funds which can then be directed to worthy community needs, including Operation Flinders. The core of this catering service is carried out by the very well equipped donut van, largely designed, built and serviced by Andy.
Andy Byne’s example of using his personal expertise, and personal concern for others, to motivate his Rotary activities, can be copied by others, and applied in other Clubs.

Are you a Rotarian AND a Golfer?

Did you know that there is a Rotary Fellowship for golfers?  It’s the Australian Golfing Fellowship for Rotarians and each year they hold a week long tournament.  This year it is being held at the Murray Bridge Golf Club between 8th and 13th April, hosted by the Rotary Club of Murray Bridge!!
Do you enjoy meeting Rotarians in a relaxed, warm and friendly environment?  We invite you to join us and meet fellow Rotarians from all around Australia in a week long tournament.  Competition is four days of stableford, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.  There are various divisions to suit your handicap.  Partners are also welcome as we have arranged tours to various Murraylands locations on each day of play.
The AGFR have recently amended their by-laws to allow more Rotarians and friends to play in the tournament.
Annual Tournament
1.1 In order to participate in an Australian Golfing Fellowship of Rotarians Tournament, an entrant shall: 
1.1.1 Be a member of a Rotary Club and pay the AGFR Annual Subscription
1.1.2 Be a person who accompanies a Rotarian
1.1.3 Who was a member of the AGFR before resigning from Rotary.
1.2 Rotarians who have an official Golf Australia Handicap or equivalent and have paid the AGFR Annual Subscription may compete for all Rotary Trophies
1.3 A Rotarian who resides outside Australia may compete in the Tournament but is not eligible for the Clem Renouf, Royce Abbey or the Victorian Trophy. This participant shall be classified as a Rotarian Guest
1.4 A person who complies with 1.1.2 or 1.1.3 and they or their Rotary partner is a financial member of the AGFR and has an official Australian Handicap or equivalent may compete for the Guest Trophies.
1.5 Rotarians, sponsors or other supporters of the Tournament who may not be members of a recognised golf club may be invited to play [at the discretion of the State Tournament Committee] they will be incorporated in a separate concurrent event and will not be eligible for any Rotary Trophies.
If you know of a former Rotarian who has played in an AGFR Tournament previously, please let them know that they are now eligible to play.  More importantly, let us know so that we too, can make contact with them.
Or call Jenny Phillips M.0407239845

Berri Purchases Defibrillator

Last month the Rotary Club of Berri made a presentation of a Defibrillator to the Riverland Plaza. Given the OK by the Centre Management, on Wednesday we saw Neil, Bruce and Yvette install the cabinet and defibrillator on the wall. With the assistance of SA Ambulance paramedics, Kieran Johnson and Kim, an overview of the operation of the Defibrillator was given to around 15 of the shop owners and Centre Management. After many questions, the defibrillator was placed in its cabinet and alarms set for access by the public in the case of an emergency.
Thanks to the Rotary Foundation for the District Grant that provided financial support for the purchase of the Defibrillator
Copy from the RC Berri Bulletin

Brownhill Creek "SkyHydrant"

During the first club meeting for 2018, members of the Rotary Club of Brownhill Creek presented a cheque for $5000 to Russell Green, Committee Member of Disaster Aid Australia.  This money will fund the purchase and installation of a SkyHydrant water purification unit.
Each SkyHydrant unit provides safe drinking water without the need for power or chemicals whilst being lightweight and easy to install.  One unit can produce up to 1000 litres per hour and provides this safe water for less than $1 per person per year.
Members of Disaster Aid Australia are currently in the Philippines delivering Sky Hydrants to provide safe drinking water to communities affected by the recent cyclone that made so many people homeless and with only contaminated water.
Tony Dorrington (right), President, and Lindsay Bowey (left), International Director, presenting the cheque to Russell Green.
The Rotary Clubs of Mobilong & Murray Bridge are again hosting their annual Art Show in 2018.
Applications for entry are now available via our website.
Categories include 2D (painting), 3D (sculpture / ceramics) & photography.
Dates are 9th - 25th February 2018
Enter now by clicking the button below

Kent Town Fundraiser

The Rotary Club of Kent Town presents ‘Molly’s Game’ a movie night fundraiser on 10th February 2018 at the Capri Theatre, 141 Goodwood Road, Goodwood.
‘Molly's Game’ is the true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game and became an FBI target.
Doors open at 5:45pm for a 6:30pm screening.
All monies raised are in support of the Club’s international project, funding a pilot program for maternal health clinics in Cambodia
Tickets are $20.00 each, and available at
Please contact our Club Secretary, Will Owen on 0421356161 or for further information.
Contact Wendy Gaborit for more information. Email 


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