Club Bulletin – Meeting 931: Lachlan MacKenzie

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From President Mina Ward:

With RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) applications now available, it was great to hear from Lachlan MacKenzie, our club’s candidate, at Tuesday morning’s meeting. Lachlan has already had a fair amount of experience leading groups at scouts and through his church. As well as being a very active member of the Stradbroke Scout Group and Morialta Uniting Church, Lachlan is a third year Chemical Engineering student at Adelaide University. Listening to Lachlan speak, it quickly became apparent he thrives on testing his limits and challenging himself.

One of Lachlan’s most interesting life’s experiences to date was a Nullarbor Caving Expedition in 2012 and 2013. As well having to crawl on elbows and knees for extended periods, there was the opportunity to swim in an underground lake. Due to the purity of the water, it was possible to see to the bottom of the cavern some 40 metres below, creating a sense of weightlessness and flight. In another cavern, larger enough to house 3 jumbo jet planes on top of each other, the team played Frisbee!! Keeping in mind there have only ever been about 200 people inside of these caves, it was amazing to see the photos Lachlan had taken, even though he reports they do not do it justice.

Thank you Lachlan for taking the time to come and speak to us this morning, and thank you to Jim Bond, group leader at the Stradbrooke Scout Group for also attending this morning and for steering Lachlan in our direction in the first place. It is a pleasure to sponsor this young man to attend RYLA and we look forward to hearing about his experiences on the camp.

It was fantastic to see Susan Gascoine, Friend of Rotary, also at breakfast this week. Susan has set herself the challenge of walking the equivalent distance of Adelaide to Renmark by the time she turns 70. That’s 406 km (along the River Murray path) over a six-week period in May/April 2016 in order to raise $10,000 for Cystic Fibrosis SA. RCMS is helping Susan with this project, and if you feel you are able to offer any assistance to Susan either with promotion or being a walking buddy, then please contact Susan on Susan will be joining myself and some other members of the club with RC Kent Town to “Walk A Mile In My Boots” on 7th August.

The good news continues as this week we heard that it has been one year since a case of Polio was reported in Nigeria. This is another huge step towards the eradication of Polio and the goal of End Polio now being realised. The fight continues to support Pakistan and Afghanistan, which are the only two remaining polio epidemic countries in the world. Visit for more information.

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Club Bulletin – Meeting 930: Club Assembly

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This morning we welcomed members of the Rotaract Club of Sturt along to join us for breakfast, thanks to Trephina, Chloe and President Josh for coming along. We also had the pleasure of friend of Rotary, Paul Hector, as well as my partner Bob Hobbs and Jacqui Marano from Norwood Morialta High School in attendance.

It is always an honour when one of the members of our club is recognised for their hard work and selflessness. On Tuesday, member Sue Hector, was presented with a Paul Harris Fellow. This award is an appreciation for everything Sue does as a member of our club and her daily life. The club, on Sue’s behalf, contribute money to the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International who allays suffering, improving living conditions, and providing educational opportunities for young people somewhere in the world. Together we strive to build a world of understanding and peace. Well done Sue, a well deserved recognition and we are grateful of everything you do.


Today’s meeting was committee meetings. A little different from the usual committee meetings. All members were split into two groups: Membership and Fundraising. Each group was given a couple of discussion points. There were some fantastic discussions happening, with a few action plans developed. On the membership front, it was agreed that we need to be targeting more local businesses as well as local residents. A flow chart is going to be developed which asks a person questions relating to attending a breakfast meeting. It was also discussed about having more mentor roles for current members.

On the fundraising front, we have set the goal of raising $21,000 over the next Rotary Year. Together with our regular events, such as the market and shed BBQ, we are looking at hosting a few other events and involving our school connections more. All in all, the wheels have been put in motion for the coming year…..I can’t wait to start implementing these plans and getting our hands dirty!!

I am happy to tell everyone that Bron Hyder has accepted the role of writing birthday cards for members this year and Licaria Scheepers has agreed to organise some fellowship event for the year as well has helping with grant applications. Thank you ladies for your support.

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Club Bulletin – Meeting 929: Adelle Martin

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From President Mina Ward:

As the mornings continue to be dark and cold, we were pleased to have so many guests at our meeting this week. Our guest speaker for the morning was Adelle Martin, who the club sponsored to attend Rotary Youth Enrichment Program (RYPEN) back in April. It was great to welcome her mum Sally and teacher Jackie Marano along as well. Also in attendance were Lachlan McKenzie, a potential Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) attendee for this year and Jean Cannon from RC Eastwood.


Adelle Martin

It was well worth the effort of getting out of bed early this morning, just to hear the enthusiasm and character of Adelle. For the three days that Adelle spent up at Shiloh Hills Camp Site, Ironbank, she definitely managed to participate in a lot of activities. From speed dating, boot camps, public speaking, guest speakers to a hypnotist, time went quickly.

The core curriculum of the RYPEN Seminar addresses the following topics:

  • leadership
  • team work
  • problem solving
  • communication – public speaking
  • motivation and goal setting

All of these skills are important for life and something Adelle can take forward into any aspect of her life.

RYPEN coordinator, Peter Poulton, who sadly couldn’t attend Adelle’s presentation (holidaying in the Northern Territory took precedence) complimented Adelle by saying ‘If you’re going into politics, I’ll vote for you’.

Thanks Adelle for your presentation this week. Magill Sunrise Rotary Club is very proud to have been your sponsor and look forward to helping you towards your goal of attending RYLA in a few years to come.

Eastwood Business Breakfast

Jean Cannon from RC Eastwood invited us to attend a Business Breakfast they are organising for the 5th August. Guest speaker will be the Federal Minister for Small Business the Hon Bruce Billson. If we can get a critical mass of attendees then we will get credit on money that will go to the eradication of Polio.

Click here to download a PDF flyer for more information.

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Club Bulletin – Meeting 928: Jenny Weaver

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From new President Mina Ward:

Meeting number 928 saw the start of a new Rotary Year and my first meeting as President. I was pleased to present Immediate Past President, Colin with two awards.

Screen Shot 2015-07-13 at 4.24.28 pmDuring the 2014-15 year the hard work of the Rotary Club of Magill Sunrise was recognised by the District in two ways: District Governor’s Club Award and Best New Generations Project Award.

By continually punching above our weight, the club ticked all the boxes along with 21 out of the 51 clubs in the district to meet all the criteria for the District Governor’s Award.

A combined effort of six out of the seven clubs in group 7 (Burnside, Campbelltown, Magill Sunrise, Morialta, Norwood and St Peter’s) to establish the Rotaract Club of Sturt saw that all six clubs received the accolade of Best New Generations Project. Well done Colin and RCMS!!


The new theme for the Rotary Year is ‘Be A Gift To The World’. We all are a gift to the world in some shape or form.

Our guest speaker this week was Jenny Weaver, from Birthing Kit Foundation Australia (BKFA). This organisation definitely is a gift to the world. Since 2006 when the organisation was founded, over 100 million birthing kits have been handed out to women in developing countries. The birthing kits address the seven necessities for a safe delivery. Each kit contains: a plastic sheet, soap, gloves, sterile scalpel blade, string and gauze.

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Jenny is a member of the Zonta Club of Adelaide Torrens whose main aim is to improve the lives of women. In 1999, Dr Joy O’Hazy, a member of the Zonta Club of Adelaide Torrens, devised the simple birthing kit which is still in use today. Together with the commitment from the Adelaide Hills Zonta Club members the production of kits started and has never waned.

In 2004 the project became Australia wide for Zonta and received funding from AusAID as well as International Zonta recognition. Since Zonta helped establish BKFA, the business has developed further and will continue to grow as it follows a sustainable business model. There is good money flow and it is well organised. BKFA has set about achieving two other goals:

1) Getting kits made in the developing countries themselves, with support from their local governments.

2) Provide five day health, nutrition, hygiene and birth attendant training programmes designed and established to complement the supply of birthing kits.

These programmes have proved invaluable in poor communities with the knowledge around health, hygiene and birthing embedded for the long term. BKFA hopes it eventually goes out of business due to 100% safe births and support from local governments.

If you would like to find out more about the foundation please head to either of these websites: &

As our first club activity for the year, we will be putting together 1,000 birthing kits together with the Zonta Club of Adelaide Torrens. If you are interested in coming along on Saturday 18th July 1.30pm at Morialta Uniting Church Hall, please contact Julie Carman on

Thank you Jenny for your informative talk.

Also thank you to our newest Honorary Member, Jeff Neale, who attended Tuesday’s meeting- it’s always a pleasure to see you Jeff.

We’re looking forward to see some more Sunrisers and at the next meeting on Tuesday 14th July, when Adelle Martin comes along to tell us about her experiences at RYPEN.

Please remember to put in an apology if you’re unable to attend. Thanks for your support and enthusiasm as we embark on a new year….Be a gift to the world.

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Club Bulletin – Meeting 927: Changeover

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From outgoing President Colin Hill:

My thanks to everyone who came to the changeover breakfast; a great turn up on a sunny day organised by Mina, with many Rotary and community dignitaries attending. It was the first time that the Club had organised a Changeover Breakfast rather than a dinner. Feedback has been all positive on the breakfast time slot.

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In addition to inducting Mina Ward as the Club President for 2015-16 I was privileged to thank the club members for all the help that they had given me over the past year and to make the following presentations:

  • Paul Harris Fellow with Two Sapphires – Lindsay Davis
  • Paul Harris Fellow – Ian Carman
  • Rotarian of the Year for 2014-15 – Siony Gardiner
  • Rotary Club of Magill Sunrise Honorary Member – Jeff Neal

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My Address to the Club is attached as a PDF.

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Download Colin Hill’s Address to the Club here.