CLUB BULLETIN: MEETING 1062: Service Above Self

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Isuri Serevirante, from Norwood Morialta High was our guest speaker at this week’s meeting. We were also honoured with the presence of David Jones AG/DGE 9510, Brian Kretschmer, President of St Peters Club along with his club buddy and Rotary Stalwart, Arthur Manser. Carol McKenzie, Kirsty Stark offered their apologies.

Isuri was the recipient of our club’s Service Above Self award for Year 12 Students. Isuri has just completed Year 12 at Norwood-Morialta. The text below is an extract from her address to the club and you can see why she was such a worthy recipient because of her activities this year:

  • In 2018, I was nominated as the senior gold team house captain.
  • As part of the school’s Student Leadership Committee, I specifically was a part of organising, promoting and speaking for Sports Day, Purple Day, demonstrating school support for the LGBTQ+ community, the school’s new Logo Launch, promoting multiple Casual Days, organising a House Color Fundraiser, the Italian Culture Day, the school’s Open Night and the annual International Assembly.
  • I gained study experience at the Gastroenterology Department with Dr. Suzanne Mashtoub and her fellow Honors students at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital this year, and had the rare opportunity to gain experiences with them in the laboratories and witnessing the progress of a number of clinical trials.
  • Weekly volunteer for Clayton Church Homes Aged Care facility in the Lifestyle Sector since earlier this year, to gain some experience in health and lifestyle service to possibly to give insight to how a career in the medical field would look like. Met very kind and caring personnel and made strong connections with some grandmas and grandpas at Clayton.
  • Being able to help workers carry out small activities such as Magill Club, where we were able to shoot a few ducks with a nerf gun, giving manicures, to singing songs to piano tunes have been some of those experiences.
  • Next year, I plan on entering the Health and Medical Sciences (Advanced) course at university. I want to always be of service to my community through my future career in the health field, hopefully being able to become a doctor.

Club Award: Rotary Citation from RI President

In Ian Coat’s year as Club President (2017-2018) we ticked enough boxes to qualify for the Rotary International President’s Citation. Ian is seen receiving the Award from David Jones, AG/DGE 9510.

Recent Notices

  • Mark, Chris and Ian have presented cheques for $1650, $1000 and $2000 to Youth Opportunities (Operation Flinders), Hutt Street Centre and East Adelaide Domestic Violence Centre respectively as the distribution of the profit from The Reel Event 2018.
  • Chris and Susan worked with RC Norwood at the Bunnings Mile End BBQ on 23rd Nov for an addition of $238 to the club’s fundraising account.
  • Chris, Ian, Julie, Lindsay, Susan and Suzette provided a BBQ for the Magill Campus & Community Children’s Centre on 30th Nov using the BBQ trailer borrowed from RC Morialta and received a donation of $100 for our ongoing projects.
  • District Conference registrations are now open.


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No guest speaker at this week’s meeting, but we were honoured with the presence of Jeff Neale from the Campbelltown Club. Carol McKenzie, Colin & Pauline Hill offered their apologies.

Club member Siony Gardner spoke to us about her homeland, the Philippines and in particular the role of women in that society. Maybe Siony wrote the following extract from Wikipedia because she expanded on the same points:

The Philippines is described to be a nation of strong women, who directly and indirectly run the family unit, businesses, government agencies and haciendas.

Although they generally define themselves in the milieu of a male-dominated post-colonial society, Filipino women live in a culture that is focused on the community, with the family as the main unit of society, but not always as this is a stereotype. It is in this framework of Philippine hierarchical structure, class differences, religious justifications, and living in a globally developing nation wherein Filipino women are respected well by men. Compared to other parts of Southeast Asia, women in Philippine society have always enjoyed a greater share of equality

Siony went to explain how the old colonial Spanish families ended up with the land leaving the native Malay inhabitants as landless peasants. Once the USA took control the Philippines in 1898 there was significant advancement in the education of not only women, but all inhabitants. Siony told us that a common goal for the parents of girls was for them to become nurses and then a high paying job in America.

Well done Siony on presenting a complex topic, made easy for us to understand.

Upcoming Club Donations

Operation Flinders

This Friday Mark Thompson will represent the club at the City of Campbelltown Council Chambers where graduates of Operation Flinders will be making a short presentation. Mark will be handing over $1,600 to Operation Flinders to fund one more attendee of the program (part proceeds from this year’s The Reel Event).


Stocks of Shelter Boxes have been depleted by the recent Indonesian tsunami, so the Club will be funding another Shelter Box. Shelter Box is like a sausage machine, one in, one out. Shelter Box can respond quickly to the next global emergency if clubs keeping topping up.

Drought Relief

The Club will be donating $1,000 to Rotary Drought Relief.

Council Elections – Congratulations!

We forgot to formally congratulate club member John Kennedy in last week’s bulletin on his re-election for Hectorville Ward in the recent Local Government Elections. Sorry John, better late than never.

Congratulations also to newly elected mayor, Jill Whittaker, who is on our ‘Friends of the Club’ mailing list.

Christmas Market – All Hands on Deck!

Greg reminded us that the last Magill Market for the year will be a bigger with extra stalls as well as our own raffle, so bring a Friend of the Club with you on the 9th December.

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Magill Sunrise Christmas Celebration

Sunday 16th December 5:30 PM, Nightingale Park. More details to follow. This will be in lieu of our usual meeting the following Tuesday and the last for the calendar year. bring a $10 Kringle (how’s this for an idea?).


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From President Chris Gascoine:

No guests at this week’s meeting. Carol McKenzie, Colin & Pauline Hill, Graham Holcroft and Siony Gardiner offered their apologies.

This morning Kirsty Stark spoke to us about the altMBA program ( that she completed as a student, and now coaches other students. The program is run entirely online, via video calls and written submissions, so Kirsty has never met most of the coaches and students she works with in person. This virtual world will change, because at the end of November, she’ll be travelling to NYC to meet with 80 other coaches from around the world, as well as Seth Godin (, the program’s designer.

Kirsty then ran an activity that has been used informally to help coaches get to know each other better. We each wrote down two questions on coloured paper, and took turns drawing a question out of the pile and answering it. It was a great way to learn things we didn’t know about other club members – such as, whether their favourite meal to cook, the movie they would watch over and over again, the thing they regretted not doing when they had the chance, the moment in life that gave them the most satisfaction, or what they would like to do in their remaining time.

Naturally, this activity created a few laughs, so thank you Kirsty and good luck in the Big Apple.

Graham’s Melbourne Cup Win

Graham was an apology Tuesday morning and there was a suggestion from your so-called mates that his winnings should go back into the kitty. Please try and make it next week Graham.

Service Above Self Award

Siony flew the flag at the recent Year 12 Graduation, Norwood Morialta HS. Siony is seen with this year’s recipient, Isuri Seneviratne.

Remembrance Day at Magill Sunrise Market

Greg reported that we had another successful Market last Sunday. In addition, Thommo recited the Ode to Remembrance, followed by The Last Post and observing a minute’s silence at 11:00 AM.


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From President Chris Gascoine:

No guests at this week’s meeting. Carol McKenzie and Julie Carman offered their apologies.

Susan Gascoine

Susan gave a short presentation on her experiences during her two fundraising walks For Cystic Fibrosis SA. The first in 2016 was from Renmark to Adelaide and the second last year was from Murray Bridge to Adelaide. She met some interesting characters along the way. One standout was a young man who turned around his own downwards spiral because of the death of someone suffering from CF. Susan raised a total of $32,000 from both walks for Cystic Fibrosis SA. Now there’s a segue to say that Cystic Fibrosis SA will be the primary beneficiary from next year’s The Reel Event. We hope to raise $10,000.

Melbourne Cup Sweep

Kirsty looked ‘a sure thing’ with either first or second with her 2 horses, but Graham’s horse literally ran down the entire field to provide him to the winnings. Good one Graham.

Market This Sunday

Greg has been looking for help this Sunday for our Magill Sunrise Market, which also falls on Remembrance Day. We will also be honouring the day with a tribute and one minute’s silence.

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From Vice President Mark Thompson:

Siony, Sue and President Chris offered their apologies. Kirsty was another apology due to competing interests with her career in movie production. One day we will be able to say, ‘We knew her when….’. Well done Kirsty.

As Club Vice President it was my honour to sub in for President Chris, while he and Sue are off to pastures greener for 3 weeks. I hope that I was able to maintain the level of dignity that befits the position:

Millennium Memories

Julie Carman led a light-hearted session in lieu of a guest speaker which she called Millennium Memories. Club members were allocated 2 minutes to recall what they were doing at the time of the Millennium as well as including any dreams and aspirations that they had at the beginning of the new millennium. Hey, I never ceased to be amazed at learning something new about a member that we’ve known for years. It even turned out that Greg was a visiting technician at a location where Colin worked full time, a fact that they only learned at the meeting. What a great idea Julie; thank you.

Another Successful Market

Greg reported that we facilitated another successful art and craft market in the carpark of the Campbelltown Library last Sunday. Well done to all who helped out and how lucky were we to beat the storm/high winds that hit later that afternoon.

Leonie: Back Room / Kitchen Champion

Leonie and son David make breakfast happen each meeting. Thank you both.


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From President Chris Gascoine:

Unfortunately, our proposed guest speaker was not able to make this meeting. And our alternative proposal to have each member speak of their memories of the Millennium Memories was bumped by discussions on important club admin issues.

Millennium Memories will now be the principal topic at our next meeting. Mark T will be subbing in for me over the next few weeks. And he has asked that you come prepared to disclose dreams and aspirations at the Millennium that may have been fulfilled or not as the case maybe.

Siony Gardiner and Sue Gascoine offered their apologies.

Club Assembly at Chris and Susan’s – 19th September: 

At this evening Club Assembly/Meeting, held at Chris and Susan’s we had further extensive discussions on the future of our club and began making detailed plans for The Reel Event to be held next May.

Treasury Tunnels Tour – 30th September: 

Pauline organised a tour of the old Treasury Building (now the Adina Hotel – formerly called the Medina Hotel) in Flinders Street, Adelaide. Thanks Pauline, because we learned a lot about the history of the early colony and the characters that made it happen. The Cabinet Room of the SA Government has been preserved despite being part of a working hotel. And to top off the day we gathered for lunch at the Alma Hotel. See us in the photos of below of us listening to the ghosts of the past in the Cabinet Room and in the tunnels that run beneath the building.

Recent Achievements

  • 21st Sept (Fri) — Chris & Colin assisted RC Norwood at Bunnings BBQ Mile End
  • 22nd Sept (Sat) — Siony attended RYLA Opening at Nunyara
  • 23rd Sept (Sun) — Chris, Colin & Susan assisted at CFSA “Barossa Great Strides”, Nuriootpa

    (see photo below – flying the flag at Nuriootpa)

  • 27th Sept (Thu) — Chris, Siony & Bob attended RYLA Graduation at Glenelg Surf Lifesaving
  • 30th Sept (Sun) — Tour of Treasury Tunnels followed by lunch at the Alma Hotel

Upcoming Events

  • 14th Oct (Sun) — Rotary Magill Sunrise Market
  • 14th Oct (Sun) — Australian Rotary Health High Tea at Riverside Rowing Club, Morphett

    Street Bridge, Adelaide

  • 26th Oct (Fri) —RC Norwood BBQ at Bunnings Mile End
  • 31st Oct (Wed) — Bunnings Mile End Halloween Family Fun Night
  • 4th Nov (Sun) — “End Polio” Film Night, 4:00pm at The Regal Cinema, Kensington Road,

    Kensington Park, $25 pp incl. wine and finger food starter

  • 30th Nov (Fri) — BBQ at Magill Campus & Community Children’s Centre, 14-16 Bundey

    Street, Magill

  • 28th Mar to 4th Apr 2019 — Conference Bicycle Ride, from the Ocean to the Outback, 636km

    from Victor Harbor to Broken Hill, a fundraiser for Australian Rotary Health, 7 days of riding,

    1rest day, averaging 90km per day — easy!!

  • 05-07 Apr 2019 — District Conference — Broken Hill



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From President Chris Gascoine:

No Special Guests this week. Siony Gardiner, Graham Holcroft, Pauline Hill, and Carol McKenzie offered their apologies.

Kirsty led us in initial planning and scoping of The Reel Event in May 2019.

Our aim is to make this more of a gala, or “red carpet” like, event, bigger and better than ever. To this end, we will make it an early Sunday evening event at The Regal cinema, Kensington Road, Kensington. We will offer to hold a working bee to spruce up the premises in exchange for a good rate, and we will look into making it an award event with a photographer, and guest judges in place of the previous Q & A session with the film producers.

In the past we have been slow on deciding on a primary beneficiary, which in turn makes it difficult to drum up sponsorship and marketing ideas. So, it was decided that the proceeds of this year’s event will go to Cystic Fibrosis SA for research into finding a cure for CF.

Magill Sunrise Market

Rotary Magill Sunrise hosts an art and craft market in the carpark of the Campbelltown Library on the 2nd Sunday of the month from 8am – 12 noon. This month’s market was very successful, thanks to the Dutch Pancake Stallholders who brought more stallholders into the fold. Of course, the Rotary Fritters are always popular.

Our new stall (books and videos) is now up and running.

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Dutch Pancakes are a big hit, so tell your friends.


  • A number of annual subscriptions are still outstanding
  • Next Tuesday’s meeting has been shifted to Wednesday (19th) evening, 6:15 for 6:30pm at Chris and Susan’s home for an extended discussion on strategy for reinvigorating the club. Bring a plate to share.

Thought for the Week

“There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist or accept the responsibility for changing them.” (Denis Waitley)

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Download the Bulletin for Meeting 1053 here.

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From President Chris Gascoine:

At our last meeting we welcomed DG Kim Harvey with husband Paul and AG David Jones. Graham Holcroft, John Kennedy, and Carol McKenzie offered their apologies.

District Governor Visit

DG Kim Harvey presented the priorities of RI President Barry Rassin and of District 9520 Leadership Team for this Rotary Year. It begins with the exhortation to “Take the LEAP into Leadership” with LEAP, the pneumonic for Love, Enthusiasm, Audacity and Proof.

The four priorities for RI are:

  • Maintain focus on the eradication of Polio and increase awareness of Rotary’s role in this campaign
  • Engage young leaders
  • Care for the Environment – and Rotary’s responsibility therein
  • Focus on a positive experience for all Rotarians

The three areas of focus for the District are:

  • Support and Strengthen Clubs
  • Focus and Increase Humanitarian Service
  • Enhance Public Image and Awareness

We are leaders who act responsibly and take action to tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

“Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.”

GSE Team

The incoming GSE team from will be here from 12th March to 9th April 2019, and the Outgoing GSE team to will be away from 31st March to 28th April.

Magill Sunrise Market

Rotary Magill Sunrise hosts an art and craft market in the carpark of the Campbelltown Library on the 2nd Sunday of the month from 8am – 12 noon. This month’s market clashed with the last day of the Royal Adelaide Show. Our new stall (books and DVDs is now up and running).

Kirsty and Ian are pictured with Joe who won the raffle along with Deputy Mayor Jill Whittaker.

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Dutch Pancakes are a big hit, so tell your friends!


Thoughts for the Week

#1 If you’re over 30, you were alive before every dog in the world. (anon.)

#2 It’s a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often will get it. (Somerset Maugham)

Upcoming Events

  • 11th September. Club meeting. Kirsty chairing, preparing for our key club events.
  • 19th September. Dinner meeting at the home of President Chris to formulate our plan for this year.
  • 23rd September. Assistance at the “Barossa Great Strides” event for Cystic Fibrosis SA
  • 5th to 7th April 2019. District Conference — Broken Hill


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From President Chris Gascoine:

At our last meeting we welcomed Jeff Neale from RC Campbelltown. Colin & Pauline Hill, Graham Holcroft, John Kennedy, and Carol McKenzie offered their apologies.

Club Assembly

This was our third in the series of club assemblies discussing how we might make our club more attractive to new members, and then to actually attract new members. Great progress has been made and we are in a position to create and implement our strategy to revitalise our club and increase our member numbers. Jeff Neale, from Campbelltown club made an impromptu appearance (‘make up’ meeting) and gave us some meaningful input. Thanks Jeff.

Board Meeting

District Governor Kim Harvey took the long trek from Brighton to attend our Board Meeting last Tuesday evening at Café va Bene. Kim added her thoughts to our robust discussion on not spreading ourselves too thin and focusing on 2 key projects. More detail at meeting and email to members. Kim will be our guest as our next scheduled club meeting on 4th September.

Donations in Kind – Sunday 18th August

Susan and I (Chris) attended Donations in Kind (DIK) last Sunday and after putting in a fair effort working on various projects for dispatch overseas we were rewarded with a fine BBQ lunch.

Operation Flinders

Towards the end of Immediate Past President Ian’s year, our club agreed to support the Operation Flinders Foundation in sending a team from Charles Campbell College this month.

The feedback from the students and leaders, following the completion of their exercise a couple of weeks ago, has been compiled into a report which was emailed to members of the club. Despite some challenges (including the weather!), there were some very positive outcomes for the team. In fact, three students were recommended to join the Peer Group Mentor training program, through which they will have the opportunity to undertake further training with Operation Flinders, and then return to the Flinders Ranges again in support of a new team as young leaders/mentors.

Once the details of the team presentation have been finalised, we will be given the opportunity to attend and meet with the students. See link and video for more information about the program:

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From President Chris Gascoine:

At Tuesday’s meeting we welcomed Euan Miller, District 9520 Membership Chair as Guest Speaker, and David Jones, District 9520 Group 7 AG and District 9510 DG Nominee.

Colin & Pauline Hill, John Kennedy, Carol McKenzie, and Kirsty Stark were apologies.

Member Attraction and Retention

This week, Euan gave us a “Walk the Talk” presentation on attracting, and being attractive to, new members.

Positive factors in being attractive to younger prospective members are having interesting projects, providing mentoring in skill and career development, having flexibility in participation at meetings and service activities, and by-the-month direct debit payment of membership subscriptions. New friends and meetings with meals are generally not seen as being included in this list.

On the other hand, the “7 Deadly Sins” making club meetings unattractive to the younger generation are seen to be:

Bling (president’s chain etc.), singing the national anthem, the invocation, toasts (except for significant occasions), the Sergeant’s Fines Session (as opposed to Happy Bucks), head tables (us and them), and too many grey heads (members of advanced years).

Things to be considered in moving to attract new members are to conduct a health check on the current state of the club, to work on making necessary changes to the culture of the club, to have a strategic plan, to conduct an information meeting, to have a fast induction process, to ensure that new members are inspired, and to let new members lead and develop their own project. Of these, having a strategic plan, ensuring inspiration, and allowing responsibility are most important.

Some points to note about holding an information event are (a) serious planning to start 6 weeks before, (b) to be held at same time and place as regular meetings, (c) to last no more than an hour, (d) promotion strategy to suit the target demographic, (e) every member to attend and to bring a guest and to speak to every guest, (f) serve sparkling wine and finger food, (g) standing not sitting, (h) 3 speakers no more than 3 minutes each about their own passion in Rotary about mid-way through the event, (i) ask guests to sign an application form, (j) invite guests to meetings, (k) follow-up.

Sue Hector: Rotarian of the Year

Café va Bene was the venue last week for presenting departing club member, Sue Hector with the 2017-2018 club Rotarian of the Year. Sadly, Sue has now resigned from Rotary to pursue other interests, but since joining Magill Sunrise she has led from the front with many fundraising projects. Sue roped in husband Paul on many occasions and we also thank him for his service to Rotary and the community. Well done the Hectors, we will miss you both. And it’s not many of us who can claim that suburb has been named after them. Immediate Past President 2017-18, Ian had the honour of making the presentation to Sue.