President's Ponderings
Susanne Marie
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Greetings all my fellow Rotarians!
I am happy to reassure you that I came back last week completely Coronavirus free.  The Queen Elizabeth had very strict policies in place and the ship was completely safe and virus free.  It was a great holiday and included visits in New Zealand to two separate lots of very dear friends in the Bay of Islands (N Island) and Queenstown (S Island).  So we are ready, now, to get our very busy programme for the next few months under way.
I am very pleased to confirm that the Small Acreage Field Days is now signed off on and is very much underway.  Thank you to all those 25 Rotarians present on Monday evening who committed time to being part of a very busy few days. 
The organising committee can now finalise a roster template which will be loaded onto the club website for you to volunteer in the usual way for specific dates and times. We need very strong support.
As a result of the excellent level of initial sign up on Monday evening, the board listened to a very detailed presentation from Greg Russell and Ron Malcolm.  As a result, the board unanimously supported that Greg take that decision to his fine committee on Tuesday morning.
His team were all satisfied that all concerns were now fully addressed and they too, unanimously supported the decision to proceed.  As President I am delighted to say the SAFD is now well under way with spending authorised to commit to posters, advertising in the local media and to contract essential services.  Watch for paid, and editorial comment in the Courier and the Weekender Herald over the next few weeks.
Here is a taste of what is to come from the Strath based Argus..
At last Monday’s meeting we were delighted by Nick Ditter’s talk.  For a 29 almost 30-year-old, he sure does a lot.  His enthusiasm is catching and everyone enjoyed his talk.  It was great to meet his wife Maddie too.  Please help them to feel welcome in our club.
                                             Maddie and Nick Ditter
Last week we supported the 42nd anniversary of the charter of Onkaparinga Club by RC of Stirling.  This was held at Anderson Hill winery and attended by about 80 people from four Rotary Clubs. 
              and 16 members and partners from Stirling including those below!. 
There were a lot of crucial other meetings on that night attended by members.  Pauline Annear and Alan O'Donnell attended the Bunnings Volunteers Information night and were glad they had attended to help them understand and comply with Bunnings BBQ rules and to help us know how to get more gigs there.
On the same night Greg Russell and members of his organisinig committee attended a crucial meeting with the Echunga Oval Management Committee. This meeting was excellent with great outcomes as outlined by Greg and Ron Malcolm at our club meeting and board meeting on Monday evening. 
Our local member, Josh Teague, is actively lobbying, and liaising on our behalf, for a number of state ministries and agencies to participate with exhibits.
     L-R, Dan, Greg and Ron met earlier this week for lunch at the Harvest Cafe in Mylor
     with (top R) Tim Whetstone, Minister of Primary Industry and Regional Development
         and Josh Teague, Member for Heysen, to talk about PIRSA involvement
When they are not out enjoying the best of what the Hills have to offer, the members of the organising committee are in numerous, lengthy, but productive meetings.
       L-R: Greg Russell, Michelle Lesiw, Ron Malcolm, Neil Wickens, Malcolm Horton
         and Alan O'Donnell. Not in the picture Dan Edmonds (photographer) and others
               deeply involved Nic Kentish, Mark Ramsey, Rob Hill and Andrew Cass.
Another extremely important event on the calendar is coming up soon after is, of course, the Sculpture Exhibition. 
The amount of work put in so far by Tim Boon and Jan Lyon is astounding.  They have secured around 25 sculptors of great renown and there will be aproximately 102 pieces.  Be ready for this exciting fundraiser to follow our Field Days event and mark the dates in your diary.
At the moment among many other things Dan is preparing for, is a full ShelterBox display over the full, four days of WOMAD next weekend. The Rotaract Clubs of Adelaide and Adelaide University have volunteered to support this event. If you plan to attend WOMAD this year, drop by and say Hi!
So, all in all there is much happening.  Come along next Monday night to hear more about all of these events and also following the success of the first committee night, the same format will apply on Monday evening.  You will hear from your committee chair in the next few days about your committee.  Contribute to your club in significant ways!!
Let us show we are true Rotarians of the highest order by supporting all of the exciting happenings in our club right now.
I shall see you all on Monday evening.
Yours in Rotary
Susanne Marie   President
Upcoming Events
Regular Meeting (in Committees)
Stirling Hotel
Mar 02, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
No Meeting Tonight! (Adelaide Cup Night)
Mar 09, 2020
Bike SA Stirling Start
Stirling Coventry Library
Mar 15, 2020
6:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Regular Meeting (David Baker)
Stirling Hotel
Mar 16, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Regular Meeting (Community Grants)
Striling Hotel
Mar 23, 2020
9520 District Conference
Mar 27, 2020 4:00 PM –
Mar 29, 2020 12:00 PM
Regular Meeting (Henry Muradzikwa)
Stirling Hotel
Mar 30, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Small Acreage Field Days
Echunga Oval
Apr 03, 2020 1:00 PM –
Apr 06, 2020 1:00 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Nicholas Ditter
February 1
Peter Herriot
February 25
Dean Foote
March 8
Tim Boon
March 12
Join Date
Dean Foote
February 12, 2007
13 years
John Osborne
February 14, 2005
15 years
Lynne Sowerby
February 23, 2015
5 years
Brett Matthews
March 23, 2015
5 years

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