President's Message
Susanne Marie
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President’s Ponderings

This is Newsletter 5 January, 2020! 
Greetings to you all.  I trust you had a Merry Christmas and I wish you a very Happy New Year. 
There have been very dramatic events happening in our region and you would have all read the emails that I have passed on to you relating to the bushfires. Let us hope that things get better for the rest of the summer.
It has been wonderful all the same to hear so many heart-warming instances of people supporting and helping people. There have been a number of people from both RC of Onkaparinga and Blakiston who have been personally greatly impacted. And we wish them well. 
What a fine Christmas party we had at the home of Mark Higgins. The weather was perfect for an outside function.
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Thank you to Mark and to all who helped in the organisation of the evening.
Pauline has sent an email to you all outlining her negotiations with the hotel addressing recent concerns from club members.  Thank you, Pauline, for your fine ongoing efforts.
On Monday evening, come and enjoy a fairly social evening.  Greg Russell will spend some time to outline progress for the Small Acreage Field Day.  We will be looking for strong club support as well as for the Sculpture exhibition to follow soon after. These will be our major events for the year. Before then there will be BBQ support of the two Tour Down Under functions based in Stirling.  You will soon hear more about these as well as the Australia Day breakfast at Mylor.
There will also be committee meetings this week so look for guidance from your director for timing of your committee meeting.  Board meeting will be on 13th January.
Well done and thank you to Robert Koehne, Rob Hill, Dick Wilson, Dan Edmonds, Pauline Annear and especially, organiser John Norris, who all braved 42C heat on Friday to take part in the Bunnings BBQ.  We started and finished earlier (at 2pm) to avoid the very worst of the heat of the day. A special thanks to John for your organisation and canny purchase of supplies!

RIP Gavin Dallow and Zoe Hosking

On Friday next I shall be attending the ‘celebration of life’ of Gavin Dallow who along with his step daughter Zoe Hosking, 15, a student at St Aloysius College,  was killed in the volcanoc eruption on White Island NZ.   Gavin's wife, Lisa, herself a member of the Rotary Club of Adelaide, was sadly injured and remains hospitalised with severe burns.
This will be held at Adelaide Oval in the Ian McLachlan room, 3rd floor, on Friday 10th January at 11am.  Click on the event for more details and how to RSVP for catering purposes if you are able to attend.  In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to Rotary Health here.
Some words from PDG Dick Wilson. “Regrettably, I will be interstate next Friday and will be unable to attend Gavin’s ‘celebration of life’.
What a tragedy, Gavin and Zoe gone and Lisa seriously injured. In the early days of the joint Alumni Committee and, more recently as co-Chair, Gavin and I worked together for a number of years. He was a Rotary ‘enthusiast’! That legal mind of his was constantly ticking over looking for new ways and better ways of doing things.
He took to Rotary like he took to tennis umpiring – perfection and getting it right every time. In the real world, this is not possible but Gavin aimed high and achieved much. His aspirations for Rotary were driving him, along with Lisa, to greater heights to build a better, stronger and more sustainable organisation. Sure, there are challenges ahead, but it was not in Gavin’s nature to shy away from them. On the contrary, he loved a challenge!
Vale Gavin – you will be sorely missed by the family of Rotary.”
I am looking forward to a productive and exciting next six months.  See you on Monday.
Yours in Rotary
Susanne Marie   President
Since late December, the disastrous fires across the country have been on the radar of ShelterBox. Although ShelterBox International continues to monitor developments closely, there has been no request from a state or the federal government for international aid which is a precondition for intervention. ShelterBox is constrained by very strict international, inter-agency and government (and UN) protocols to ensure the most effective and fair allocation of available resources.
Another important threshold criteria for the provision of support is the Global Development Index Rating which considers the capacity of the government, local NGOs and the community to respond.  Australia, as you can imagine, rates very highly on this index. For the most part, people displaced by these fires are largely already being accommodated in safe shelter, are being adequately fed and emotional and tangible support is being provided.
In addition to 2,000 firefighters on the ground in NSW alone, and the activation of disaster and disaster recovery plans in all dates involving all major NGOs, the federal government has sent in army personnel, air force aircraft, and navy cruisers for firefighting, search and rescue, and clean-up efforts.
The government has also allocated $23 million dollars in disaster recovery payments to affected families and businesses. A well organised support network is established to link those in need with insurers, banks, Centrelink, the Red Cross, Salvation Army and others for advice and support in reestablishing their lives and homes.
Although it is unlikely that ShelterBox will play a role here, this is only the start of the danger season and the situation here is being assessed weekly.
Upcoming Events
Committee Meetings
Jan 06, 2020
Regular Meeting (Greg Russell)
Stirling Hotel
Jan 06, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Rotarian Gavin Dallow, Celebration of Life
Adelaide Oval
Jan 10, 2020
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Regular Meeting (Hon Member, Isabelle Redmond)
Stirling Hotel
Jan 13, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Board Meeting
Stirling Hotel
Jan 13, 2020
8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Women's Tour Down Under
Jan 18, 2020
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Vocational Visit (Uraidla Hotel - Partners Night)
Uraidla Hotel and Bakery
Jan 20, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:09 PM
Men's Tour Down Under
Jan 22, 2020
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Australia Day BBQ Breakfast
Mylor Oval
Jan 26, 2020
6:30 AM – 9:00 AM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Bill McQuillen
January 7
Ron Malcolm
January 16
Greg Russell
January 30
Dick Wilson
Liz Wilson
January 5
Join Date
Owen Bevan
January 1, 1992
28 years
Veronica Forsayeth
January 6, 2017
3 years

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