MEETING 1135: CROATIAN EARTHQUAKE

Our speaker today is passionate about the Land of his Fathers and more so since the tragic earthquake centred on the town of Petrinja, about 50 kms from the Capital, Zagreb. Croatia is around 80% the size of Tasmania with a population of 4 million, with an economy of double that of Tasmania. This means that it is a relatively poor country where the average income is about $1000 per month. The town of Petrinja has a population of 20,000 (similar to Mt. Gambier). So, imagine every house in Mt. Gambier made unliveable. 1135 Bulletin

MEETING 1134: GUMS LANDCARE

Our guest speaker at breakfast was Gerry Butler, the founded and current leader of The Gums Landcare Group which has done a huge amount of work on the northern side of The Gums in Tranmere, particularly improving the Third Creek environs. He’s also been heavily involved in Clean Campbelltown initiative and the new Campbelltown Community Nursery that is being formed in association with LOVE Campbelltown. 1134 Bulletin

MEETING 1133: HAWKER HAY RUN

Pauline, with the help of Colin, Ian, Robyn and Graham presented on the time they had at Hawker with other Rotary Clubs and the “Hay Run”. It was more than a Hay Run it was a Rural Show with fun rides and free gifts for every attendee. Gifts ranged from free haircuts to white goods. Team Magill worked their tushes off preparing meals. Suzette, seen in the photo below, pitched in too. 1133 Bulletin

MEETING 1132: SERVICE ABOVE SELF

Late October I had the pleasure of attending the NMHS Senior Campus Graduation Ceremony at the Convention Centre and personally congratulating the school’s nominated beneficiary for our Service Above Award. Our club’s award was in addition to numerous academic awards for William’s Year 12 achievements. 1132 Bulletin

MEETING 1131: FOOD AND HEALTH

Earlier this year I had cause to pay Linda Lowen’s Highbury clinic a visit because of a persistent cough which turned out to be linked to a post-nasal drip. Linda, a doctor of Naturopathy, sent off my hair for analysis and then recommended an initial radical change in diet, 4 weeks later I could ease back on the restrictions. The persistent cough has gone and the post-nasal drip is still with me to some extent, but some other spinoff benefits have been no hip pain and reduced joint inflammation, weight loss, normal blood pressure and blood sugar levels. So why not have her as a guest speaker? 1131 Bulletin

MEETING 1130: MAGILL VILLAGE

City of Campbelltown’s Wade Della Torre, Manager Assets and Engineering and Kevin Lowe, Executive Manager Economic Development and Innovation spoke to the club on the progress of the Magill Village. This exciting regeneration of this shopping and business precinct radiates out from the corner of St Bernards and Magill Roads and includes the participation of the City of Burnside. It sure will be something when the project is finished. 1130 Bulletin

MEETING 1129: A TRAGIC LIFE

Foundation member, Pauline Hill, told us about the tragic life of Elizabeth Woolcock, the first and only woman to be executed in South Australia. Elizabeth was hung in the Adelaide Gaol 147 years ago, but her life leading up to that was so sad. Born in Burra, the family lost all of their possessions when their creek bank home flooded. 1129 Bulletin

MEETING 1128: BERNARD’S STORY

Our octogenarian and honorary member, Bernard crammed a lifetime into 25 minutes with his address to the club. Born on the legendary North West Frontier (I saw the exciting movie with the same name as a kid, starring Kenneth More and Lauren Bacall), enjoyed an idyllic life as boy, especially with his favourite pastime was riding his pony. 1128 Bulletin

MEETING 1127: A VISIT FROM DG DAVID

David kicked off with a little bit of personal history with his link to Rotary via Rotaract and his progression through the various levels of youth programs and senior Rotary roles. Some of those ancient snaps made me think of myself in the olden days when I carried less weight and had more hair. With the aid of a slick electronic presentation DG David’s theme was R100; One Hundred Years of Rotary in Australia and New Zealand. 1127 Bulletin