Download the Club Bulletin for meeting 982 here.

From President Kirsty Stark:

This week’s speaker was club member, Susan Gascoine, who gave her “Behind the Badge” talk. It was a great opportunity for all members to learn more about Susan and her life.

Susan attended Cabra and Mercedes before beginning her nursing training. While training, she was set up on a blind date with Chris Gascoine (also a club member). She said that when she walked downstairs to see him for the first time, she knew that he would be the person she would marry. Apparently he took a little more convincing, but after conning Chris into attending several balls together (Debutant Balls, as was the custom in those days) and having a great time, they married. Debutant Balls still survive. This link gives you an idea on what they were and are like:

At the time, marriage meant that nurses had to quit work, and Chris’ work took he and Susan overseas. They ended up living in twelve countries over the years, in between four children – a son and three daughters, who are now spread between here and Canada.

Susan and Chris have several grandchildren, and the second-youngest has Cystic Fibrosis, which inspired Susan to take on her Renmark to Adelaide walk for CF last year. It was a fantastic success, and Susan is now searching for sponsorship to begin another walk next year.

Susan’s experience at last year’s District Conference inspired her to join Rotary, and we’re excited to have her as our newest member. Welcome, Susan!

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ICE Forum

Thanks to Mark Thompson, who has volunteered to be our club representative at the next ICE forum meeting with other Group 7 Clubs.

No Regular Meeting Next Week

There is no meeting on Tuesday morning, in lieu of the Combined Services Dinner Wednesday Evening. The Board Meeting will be meeting at Hibernia (in the old Magill Institute Building) instead, from 7:30am.


Our card game has now hit a jackpot of $50, so it’s well worth getting out of bed the following week!

Thank You from Eastwood

A Thank You from Andrew Kelly, Rotary Club Eastwood for supporting their recent Business Breakfast. $1500 was raised for the Hutt Street Centre. See link:

Download the Club Bulletin for meeting 982 here.


Download the Club Bulletin for meeting 981 here.

From President Kirsty Stark:

It was a full house at Hectorville Sporting Club on Tuesday for our visit from District Governor Sam Camporeale. We also welcomed several other guests – Lee Camporeale, Group 7 AG Don Will, Peter Poulton from Norwood, and our newly arrived exchange student, Marie Hermanns from Germany.

Exchange Student Marie Hermanns

Marie introduced herself to the club and said that she has been warmly welcomed by her host family and students at Marryatville High School. We will be looking forward to spending more time with Marie at club activities throughout the year. (And see her update below!)

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District Governor Sam Camporeale

DG Sam then gave us an overview of the coming Rotary year. There are many great events planned that club members can get involved with, including:

  • The Centenary of the Rotary Foundation, during which a 4 minute Rotary video will be played at all film screenings at cinemas around the country, with support from Fox. We have the opportunity to set up in the cinema foyers to promote Rotary during this time.
  • The International Conference in Atlanta
  • The District Conference in Mt. Gambier (see Ian Coat to let him know if you are interested)

Sam also spoke about many of the inspiring stories to come from Rotary Foundation initiatives, including that of Peace Scholar, Caterina Becorpi. You can watch Caterina speaking about the impact of her scholarship here:

Thanks Sam – we’re looking forward to the year ahead.

Update from Norwood: Marie Hermanns – the first two weeks.

As Marie marks her first fortnight in Oz it’s worth having a look at the major happenings to date. After arriving 14 days ago, Marie enjoyed a couple of days with her Counsellor, Di Clements and Dennis, getting over minor jet lag, arranging bank accounts etc.

On Friday 29th she enrolled at Marryatville High, and also moved in with Suzzanne, Tino and Emily Porcaro, her first host family. The Porcaros’ other daughter, Isabella, is currently on exchange in Switzerland. The next day, she attended Norwood club’s Dance Party Fund Raiser, and cut some pretty fancy moves on the dance floor with the Poulton’s two exchangees, Chiara from Italy and Penny from France and their friend Georgia, also from Italy.

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Wednesday 3rd saw her at Norwood club’s meeting.

Sunday 7th, Marie was introduced to that great Aussie tradition – the Bunnings Barbecue – where she helped out behind the counter, and doubtless gained some familiarity with our currency. Michael and Gail trained her well, ‘cos she’s already volunteered for the next one.

Later that day, she attended the briefing session run by the District Committee, and attended by the Counsellor and every host family member. And well done Norwood and Magill Sunrise – a 100% turn out for the first time in this correspondent’s 25 year involvement with Youth Exchange.

Tuesday morning saw her attend her first Magill Sunrise meeting, where she met President Kirsty Stark and DG Sam Camporeale. Highlight of the meeting was obviously Sam’s presentation, but a close second was Marie’s first encounter with Sergeant Mark. Germany 1, Oz nil. And Marie still has her €2 coin

That’s a pretty hectic first 2 weeks, and we can look forward to frequent updates on Marie’s adventures. And speaking of adventures, the success of Marie’s time with us depends on Rotarians taking the initiative by including her in as many activities as they can. Whatever you’ve got coming up, pause long enough to think about how you might involve Marie in it. If everyone in both clubs thinks of just one thing, she’ll have a pretty good year. Feel free to speak to Marie, Di or Peter.

Weekly Challenge

This Week’s Challenge is to send Mina a message of encouragement for her upcoming Channel swim. Mina’s timing window for her swim with sister Bridget is now open, and if you’re on Facebook, you can stay up to date with all of her news at

Lucky Card Jackpot: $40 Next Tuesday

There is no Natural Justice when it comes to gambling. If you haven’t been attending you can still win the Jackpot next Tuesday, with only one proviso; YOU MUST BE THERE.

Download the Club Bulletin for meeting 981 here.


Download the Club Bulletin for meeting 980 here.

From President Kirsty Stark:

At this week’s meeting we welcomed Suzette Coat to speak on the topic, “Trials of My Life” (no, not about her husband, Club Secretary, Ian – but her work as a Clinical Trial Coordinator).

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Suzette’s presentation was really interesting, discussing the various trials she has conducted in recent years.

Suzette achieved a PhD in Microbiology in 1998 and for over a decade, has coordinated national and international clinical trials, particularly focusing around the health of pregnant women.

Some of these trials have focused on the outcomes of drug use for gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia, with a focus on the best outcomes for mothers and children, rather than simply testing whether drugs work without any attention to side effects.

Suzette spoke about how she has had the opportunity to get to know the women and children involved in many of the trials, with one trial having follow-ups year after year to check ongoing effects. Some of those involved in long term follow-up now feel like long-term friends and she has a relationship with them where many women feel they can talk to her about personal medical information they wouldn’t necessarily tell others.

Suzette reminds the women she works with that their participation in the trials has a direct effect on medical practice. Suzette has this advice, however, for anyone considering participating in a trial:

  • You don’t have to answer immediately
  • Take the time to weigh up the information and whether it’s right for you
  • You can also pull out of a trial at any time

Thanks Suzette, for an insightful presentation, and for sharing your story. You’re welcome to come to meetings anytime.

Weekly Challenge

This week is Donate Life Week, and Rotary Australia is playing a key role in providing information about organ donation. Only one in three Australians is registered for organ donation, despite most agreeing that it’s important.

This week’s challenge is to go to and register your intentions around organ donation. You can state whether you want to donate organs or not, and specify which, if any. I did it the other day in it only took a few minutes to register with my Medicare number, so click through now and discuss it with your family.


Congratulations Gran and Gramps Carman who are proud to announce the arrival of their first grandchild.

Theodore Rodney Lloyd was born last Saturday 30 July 2016.

Walk a Mile in My Boots

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Many of our club members braved the cold Friday morning to participate in “Walk a Mile in My Boots,” to raise money for the Hutt Street Centre. This is a small first step in our club’s focus on homelessness over the next few years.

If you couldn’t make it for the Walk, then consider an on line donation. Logon to the site below if you care to make a donation. Thirty dollars feeds 2 people:

Download the Club Bulletin for meeting 980 here.