District Governor 9510 Jeff Neale Area Governor (Group 10) Shiralee Judge
  Club President James Hawker Club Immediate Past President Shawn Hutchinson
Club President Elect Karen Nolan Club Secretary Florence Yeardley 
Meeting Monday, 28/03/2022
Meeting Number 2573
The RC Mt Barker meets every Monday evening from 6.30-8.00 pm at
Auchendorroch House, 17 Adelaide Rd, Mt Barker
Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta 
Sergeant at Arms:  Ian Rose
Covid Marshall:  Ian Rose
President, James Hawker
Welcomed Rotarians and guests; Marie Harmon and Tatum Ashcroft and welcomed our new members Shanon Prum and Det Voges.
  • Marc Clemow RCMB RORP will give a Soap Box presentation at the 2022 District Conference.
  • R I International Webinar to be held on Thursday 28 April "Increasing the ability to adapt."
  • ROTARY Youth Exchange will commence in July 2022 Do we wish to participate?
Inbound from July 22, Outbound Jan 23, Inbound July 23
  • World Back up Day 31st March to protect all your devices
  • Australian Cyber Security Centre advises changes Register Domain 20 Sept
  • Conquer The Summit THANK YOU to Dave Gilles and Carola Sanders
  • Clay pigeon Shoot Monarto June 4th
  • S A Power Networks is offering grants up to $5000.  Applications  open on 21/3 and close 2nd May 2022
  • Wine Fund raiser forms are available
  • Joint meeting with Mt Barker RSL on April 11th
  • Congrats to Shanon who is attending his first meeting as the club's newest  member.

Advisory issued for Australian organisations

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You can reserve your .au domain name by visiting an auDA accredited registrar.The new domain name category, could leave your business or organisation open to fraudulent cyber activity. Register your .au domain name before it becomes available to the general public.

Mark Clemow, Rotary Overseas Relocated Paygrounds Director
RORP is currently working on 9 projects.  The committee needs at least one more coder, (please contact Kathy Horn for training) and at least one more site manager (please contact Peter Baur for training).
For more information click on the link below.
Conquer the Summit, Committee member, Dave Gillies
This project was initially run by the Mt Barker Lions club.  The committee has now merged with the RC Mt Barker.
Carola and Dave are members of this committee. This year there were a record number of starters viz:  450  There were some pull outs on the day.  An extra event was added this year- 5 ks around the wetlands and 60 people enrolled.
The principal beneficiary is Operation Flinders. Some minors took part including the Scouts. Sponsors were able to register on the online app, MY CAUSE.  This encouraged more registrants.  460 runners ran 10 ks.  This was a big course and required effort. 
The Scouts did a good job.  Some assistance was given by the Lions, all the rest came form the RC Mt Barker.
Shawn organised the volunteers.  Most of the club members were involved. A lot of money was raised.
The District Governor ran to the top!  i.e.  10ks and 159 metres.
Winery Hill was hard work.
For those runners over 70 there was not much competition.
Thanks to Mary for delivering hot cross buns, coffee and hats to some of the volies.
Congratulations to Dave and Carola for the effort they have put in representing Rotary so well.
Guest Speaker, Chris Cleveland, Behind the Badge
Chris Cleveland moved to South Australia from Darwin,   and now  lives in Littlehampton.  A former member of the RC Darwin Chris recently transferred to our club.
  • Chris was born in 1947 in Melbourne.  His mother was a professional ballerina and his father was a merchant mariner
  • In 1951 the family moved to their plantation in Papua New Guinea
  • In 1955 Chris and his borther attended boarding school in Moss Vale
  • In 1960 his parents divorced- his father went to sea and his mum struggled
  • In 1966 Chris attended Sydney Uni and developed a love of rugby and beer.  He was conscripted in to the Royal Australian Naval Reserve
  • In 1968 he became a RAN Midshipman
  • In 1969 Chris was aboard the HMAS Melbourne when it collided with  the USS Frank E Evans.  The incident  occurred at about 0300 on 3 June 1969 in the South China Sea about 650 miles south-west of Manila, when the Evans ran under Melbourne's bow in the course of changing station from ahead to astern of Melbourne. Evans was cut in two.
In this same year Chris was married.
  • In 1970 he went to Vietnam aboard the HMAS Perth.  The Perth served as a unit of the US Seventh Fleet operating off the coast of Vietnam providing naval gunfire support to land forces. The ship was awarded the United States Navy Unit Commendation following her first deployment, and the United States Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation after her second deployment.
  • In 1972 Chris transferred to the  HMAS Derwent  named for the Derwent River.  She was a River-class destroyer escort of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). She was laid down by Williamstown Naval Dockyard in 1959, and commissioned into the RAN in 1964.
  • HMAS Assail was initially based in Sydney before relocating to Darwin in 1969. From there she conducted continuous patrol work and was involved in a number of arrests of foreign fishing vessels that had been caught illegally fishing in Australian waters. She was also involved in escorting several boatloads of refugees to Darwin for processing and provided survey support to HMAS Moresby . Occasionally the patrol work was punctuated by visits to Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.
In December 1974 Assail sustained damage during Cyclone Tracy when she broke free of her moorings that necessitated her having to ride out the violence of the cyclone under her own power within Darwin harbour. Following this ordeal her Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Chris Cleveland, RAN reported that the vessel had rolled up to 80 degrees and that on several occasions her navigation lights had been in the water.
  • In 1976 Chris moved to the UK for a course and an exchange on the HMS Achilles and the HMS Bacchante.  Chris worked for the Caribean Guard, the Belite in Norway and the Med.
  • 1979 found him on HMAS  Melbourne and CAGTAS
  • In  1980 he went pearling and worked for Paspaley Pearls in Darwin
  • In 1996 he began the Darwin Harbour Cruises
  • In January 2020 Chris sold his business and set out on his current life journey and beyond
Chris ended his talk with the following quote:
"We live in a time where intelligent people are being silenced so that stupid people won't be offended."
Members wore their  tropical outfits  to create a real tropical atmosphere which made it a fun night.  Chris’s life has been eventful and interesting and this was a memorable evening not to be missed.
The Assail survivied Cyclone Tracy thanks to the skipper and crew. 
HMS Bachante
HMAS Derwent
L-R.  Chris, Jo and Ric.  Jo even brought along his towel.
Chris Cleveland in Darwin uniform.
Chris and Ric show off their gorgeous tropical shirts.
Coffee catch up every Wednesday at 10.30 am at the Laratinga Cafe, 6 Dutton Rd, Mt Barker.
Upcoming Speakers for the next 2 months
May 16, 2022
Voice of Youth (VOY)
May 23, 2022
Rotary Brand Centre
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Upcoming Events for the Next 3 Months
Sophie's Easter Open Garden
Sophie's Patch
Apr 16, 2022 9:00 AM –
Apr 18, 2022 3:00 PM
Easter Monday No Meeting
Apr 18, 2022
Coffee Catchup
Laratinga Cafe
Apr 20, 2022 10:30 AM
Nature Play Forest Festival
Rocky Creek Hut
Apr 20, 2022 9:00 AM –
Apr 21, 2022 3:00 PM
Anzac Day - COVID Marshals and Members Breakfast
Apr 25, 2022
No Meeting. Public Holiday. Anzac Day.
Apr 25, 2022
Coffee Catchup
Laratinga Cafe
Apr 27, 2022 10:30 AM
Club Assembly
May 02, 2022
Coffee Catchup
Laratinga Cafe
May 04, 2022 10:30 AM
Art Show
May 06, 2022 – May 15, 2022
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 Sergeant Ian Rose then took our money and made us laugh as usual.
President James closed the meeting with the following quote:
" Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it’.
Charles R Swindoll


Rotarian  Dr Angie Shafei  is Director of Healthcare Management Programs at Flinders University

Rotarian Dr Luc Mulimbalimba is the founder of MHCD, a small group of volunteers based in Australia passionate about helping the people of DR Congo, primarily through supporting the work of Mission in Health Care and Development (MHCD)
The RC Mt Barker is sponsored by Howard Vineyard.
The RC Mt Barker is sponsored by the Royal Adelaide Show.
The RC Mt Barker is sponsored by Sophie's Garden.
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Apologies and Visitors/Guests to:  Mary Roebuck  Mob:  0412 808 444