Welcome to the Rotary Club of Mount Barker, South Australia
Proud Sponsors of      
Operation Flinders Mission Statement:
“Operation Flinders Foundation is to provide young men and women who have been identified as being at risk, with demanding outdoor challenges and support, to help them develop their personal attitudes and values of self esteem, motivation, team work and responsibility so they may grow as valued members of the community.”
These young men and women are taken to a remote location in the Flinders Ranges, trekking 100kms over 8 days, where they are confronted with physical, emotional and psychological challenges in an isolated and unfamiliar environment.
Operation Flinders site: https://operationflinders.org.au/
To read more about the relationship between Rotary Club of Mount Barker and Operation Flinders, please click here ...
Twice per year, the Members of the Rotary Club of Mount Barker participate in the Hungry No More program. Held weekly at the Mount Barker Uniting Church, the Club provided a meal for those less fortunate.
The Members provide the food and serve the meal up to the public as though they were in a restaurant.
On Sunday, 10th July 2022, the Club served a 3 course meal of soup, followed by roast chicken and vegetables followed by desert of puddings and ice cream.
During the ANZAC Gunfire Breakfast at the Mount Barker RSL, it was mentioned by RSL President Barrie Scott that they needed to spend a considerable amount if their funds to upgrade the smoke detector and alarm systems in their premises.
At its next Board meeting, the Rotary Club of Mount Barker discussed this matter and agreed to provide the funds to the RSL for this project.
Pictured are Rotary Club of Mount Barker President James Hawker presenting the funds to Mount Barker RSL President Barrie Scott.
The Rotary Club of Mount Barker is leading an impactful project that removes unwanted playgrounds in Australia and sends them to schools and communities in developing nations. Click here to watch a 5 minute video about the Rotary Overseas Relocated Playgrounds project and contact Mark Clemow on rorpsa@gmx.com or 0414 238 604 if you'd like to get involved.
The initial project was a joint venture between the District Council of Mount Barker, the Rotary Club of Mount Barker and the Mount Barker Community Centre. The Computer Refurbishment project resulted in 28 desktop computers and a few laptops becoming available for Not-For-Profit Charitable organisations, and families who are doing it tough and needing a computer for their children.
The computers, provided by the District Council of Mount Barker following an upgrade program, were fully refurbished with a new hard drive, Windows 10 Professional, Open Office software and Windows Defender AntiVirus.
As a true joint venture, the District Council of Mount Barker funded the replacement hard drives, the Rotary Club of Mount Barker funded the Windows 10 Professional software through its Volume Licencing Agreement with Microsoft, plus additional cables and parts as required, and the Mount Barker Community Centre provided the room to store the hardware, and the workspace, during the refurbishment project.
Since the completion of the initial project, 5 more computers have been provided to the project and are now available, under the same terms as the initial project being, Not-For-Profit Charitable organisations, and families who are doing it tough and needing a computer for their children.
For his outstanding contribution to his role as Community Service Director, the Board of the Rotary Club of Mount Barker submitted Peter Baur to the District Council of Mount Barker for consideration for an award presented during the Australia Day ceremonies held at Auchendarroch.
Peter was duly awarded the District Council of Mount Barker Community Service Award for his outstanding service to the Rotary Club of Mount Barker and the Community.
Congratulations Peter.
Year 12 graduating student Tahlia Badenock has been selected as the recipient of the Mount Barker High School Community Award funded by the Rotary Club of Mount Barker.

Tahlia has been recognised for her community involvement and particularly her interest in assisting First Nation people in the APY Lands. Tahlia applied for, and was granted, 2 weeks of experience as a student in the APY Lands.
On Monday, 18th October 2021, family, friends and fellow Rotarians were present at a special event to witness Rotarians Florence and Richard Yeardley become Australian Citizens.
Approximately 55 people attended the ceremony conducted by Mayor Ann Fergusson in the Robert Charles Room at Auchendarroch.
Florence and Richard have been members of the Rotary Club of Mount Barker since 2012 and decided it was time to become citizens of this wonderful country.
Both hard working and dedicated Rotarians, Florence is in her eighth (and last) year as Club Secretary and Richard is always putting his hand up when there is a donut or two to be made.
One of the highlights of the evening was the Lobethal Harmony Choir performing Advance Australia Fair to welcome Florence and Richard. 
On Monday, 27th September, the Rotary Club of Mount Barker hosted the Rotary Club of Stirling at a joint meeting to celebrate the 47th anniversary of the charter of the Rotary Club of Stirling.
63 members, partners and guest from both Clubs listened to Guest Speaker, the Honourable Martin Hamilton-Smith.
He spent 24 years in military service.  He is an Alma Mater of the Royal Military College, Duntroon.  His rank is Lieutenant Colonel.  Martin was Commander of the Australian Contingent multi national force in the Sinai desert and spent many years in the Special Air Service and as head of the 1st Commando Regiment.  On retirement from the army, Martin moved into the  small business sector where he operated and built a number of child care centres. He then spent 21 years in parliament where he represented the seat of Waite in the SA House of Assembly.  His ministerships include Investment and Trade, Small Business, Defence and Space Industries and  Health Industries.  He is a former Leader of the Opposition and holds a Masters degree in Asian History and an MBA.
Of Mount Barker. 16/11/1931 – 12/05/2021. Aged 89 Years. Dearly loved husband of Anne for 64 years. Brian joined Rotary on Sep. 14, 1966 and was a member for 55 years.
Brian's whole family was involved in Rotary. Brian and his wife Anne hosted a number of Long Term Youth Exchange students and all 4 of their children also became Long Term Exchange Students.
Brian was a long time volunteer at this club. After the bush fires a fundraiser was held at the oval. Brian was the auctioneers and raised many thousands of dollars for projects over the years.
The club's 'Wipeout Award' came from one of Brian's auctions. The club's current recipient of the 'Wipeout Award' is Ian Rose who keeps it in a special place in his shed.
Brian was club president twice. Board meetings were then held at the President's home and Ian Rose remembers Anne's cream puffs well.
Sadly, Anne suffered from dementia in her later years. Brian took care of her until he himself moved in to Southern Cross Homes.
Our club is very proud of the contribution that Brian made. He is fondly remembered as a lovely bloke.
Brian spent his life in stock sales as a stock agent where he moved around the state. He grew up on the Eyre Peninsular. 
He was very much loved by his family. A thorough gentleman, who was generous and meticulous in everything he did. His total devotion to his family, friends and the Rotary community will be forever remembered.
Rotary 4-Way Test
Of the things we think, say or do
  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
August 2022
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We meet In Person
Mondays at 6:30 PM
Auchendarroch Tavern
17 Adelaide Rd
Mount Barker, SA 5251
0488 084 698
Non-Meeting Mondays
Mondays on which the Club WILL NOT be meeting:
Jul 25 2022
  • Joint Conquer the Summit meeting with Mount Barker Lions on Jul 27 2022
Oct 03 2022
  • Labor Day
Dec 26 2022
  • Boxing Day
Jan 02 2023
  • New Years Day
Mar 23 2023
  • Adelaide Cup
Apr 10 2023
  • Easter Monday
Jun 12 2023
  • Queen's Birthday
Greg Pattinson, CEO Foodbank SA
Aug 22, 2022
Foodbanks SA

Greg is the CEO at Foodbank SA, having held the role since 2014.  
Greg leads the team at Foodbank SA and along with the board drives the strategic direction for Foodbank SA.
In the last several years, Greg has developed an innovative approach to getting food to those in need.
He has seen the organisation grow by more than 200% in his time as CEO.

Fundraising Committee
Aug 29, 2022
Royal Show Refresher
Brian Gepp
Sep 19, 2022
Love me and Let me Die - Advance Care Directives (ACDs )