Club Bulletin: Meeting 985 – Vincent Tarzia

Download the Club Bulletin for meeting 985 here.

From President Kirsty Stark:

Our guest speaker last Tuesday Morning was Vincent Tarzia, Member for Hartley (in which the Heccies Club Rooms are situated). Vincent spoke about his days at Rostrevor [research shows he was Head Prefect and Dux of the School] and an epiphany moment in Year 12, when Mary, his mother, was diagnosed with Breast Cancer.

In addition to bringing the family closer together it made Vincent focus on the welfare of others rather than just on himself. Mary Tarzia was also an inspiration for Vincent. After successful treatment for her condition she then threw herself into fundraising to assist others with illness.


One of Vincent’s passions is the support of Victims of Domestic Violence and in particular the Eastern Adelaide Domestic Violence Service (EADVS). The EADVS provides a wide range of services including health, mental health, financial and education support.

Vincent then invited us to Vincent Tarzia’s Soup Night the following night for support for Domestic Violence Services. Club members and friends of Rotary who attended this function were Ian and Suzette Coat, Susan Gascoine, Sue Hector, Mark and Mari Thompson, and John Kennedy. In addition to fine pumpkin soup, we were treated to zeppole for dessert.

Kathy Lilis (Director of the local service) was the key note speaker. It was made clear that accommodation underpins the transition of a fleeing family to some sense of normality and eventual recovery. Crisis and longer term accommodation is in desperately short supply. The EADVS provides a range of accommodation services between emergency crisis (1-2 days) to longer term (1-2 years).

The EADVS is currently building a new educational unit that will hopefully be open for business by the end of the calendar year.

Ian Coat spoke at length to Kathy Lilis and learned that the EADVS is very keen to develop a relationship with RC Magill and have us support them in a variety of ways. Kathy Lilis is happy to come and talk to us about the service and about opportunities to help.

Weekly Challenge

Hand out one of our new Magill Sunrise business cards to a friend who might be interested in Rotary.


Please note that there is no meeting next week as we will have a number of club members away overseas and interstate. We encourage those of you who are still here to visit one of our local Group 7 clubs. Meeting times below, but check with the club to check details and let them know you’ll be attending. See you all on the 20th when Anthony Guiduci will be talking about “Back in Motion.”


6.30pm Campbelltown Athelstone Football Club 150 George St, Paradise


6.15pm St Peter’s Kensi Hotel 23 Regent St, Kensington
6.30pm Kent Town The Kent Town Hotel 76 Rundle Street, Kent Town


7.15am Eastwood Royal Coach 24 Dequetteville Tce, Kent Town
1.00pm Norwood Manto Café Parade, Norwood
6.30pm Norwood Kensi Hotel 23 Regent St, Kensington
6.30pm Burnside The Maylands Hotel 67 Phillis St, Maylands
6.30pm Morialta The Rezz Hotel 20 Hamilton Tce, Newton

Download the Club Bulletin for meeting 985 here.