World War II Vet Colin Wagener

On Monday, 30th November, our special guest speaker was Colin Wagener, father of member Paul Wagener.
 
Colin spoke of his experiences during World War II, a distant memory for most of us, but all fresh in Colin's mind.
 
On 1st December, Colin turned 103 years old and to celebrate this outstanding milestone, the club presented him with a special birthday cake.
 
 
World War II Vet Colin Wagener Rod Cooper 2020-11-29 13:30:00Z 0

Austerity BBQ November 14th

On Saturday, 14th November 2020, James and Judy Hawker hosted an Austerity BBQ at their property on Native Avenue, Mount Barker.
 
Attended by most Members, along with our Friends of Rotary Members, Honorary Members and Members partners we all enjoyed a great afternoon of eating and drinking and, more importantly, fellowship with like minded Rotarians.
 
There were a number of highlights during the afternoon:-
Austerity BBQ November 14th Rod Cooper 2020-11-14 13:30:00Z 0
Polio Ute Relay 2020 Rod Cooper 2020-10-25 13:30:00Z 0

Resumption of Meetings on Monday Nights

At the Club Assembly on Thursday, 8th October 2020, the members of the Rotary Club of Mount Barker voted to resume regular meetings on Monday evenings commencing at 6:00pm for 6:30pm start, with the next meeting to be Monday, 19th October 2020.
Resumption of Meetings on Monday Nights Rod Cooper 2020-10-07 13:30:00Z 0

Uniting Church Carpet Tile Laying

As a successful recipients of a Rotary Club of Mount Barker community grant for the purchase of carpet tiles for their hall, the Mount Barker Uniting Church asked the Club for assistance with laying the tiles.
 
On Saturday, 26th September, a team of Rotarians from the Club provided much appreciated assistance with the task of laying the tiles.
 
Most members had no trouble getting down to lay the tiles, but a few had quite a bit of difficulty getting back up again.
 
Thanks to President Shawn Hutchinson, Jack Cooper, Peter Baur, Paul Wagener and Ian Rose.
 
 
Uniting Church Carpet Tile Laying Rod Cooper 2020-09-25 14:30:00Z 0

District COVID-19 Relief Fund

A Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) fund has been established to provide financial assistance to people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions who are not eligible for other forms of financial assistance.
 
The partnering organisations managing this fund are:
  • Rotary Club of Mount Barker
  • Mount Barker District Council
  • Member for Kavel, Dan Cregan MP
  • Member for Mayo, Rebekha Sharkie MP
  • Mount Barker Community Centre
Requests for financial assistance will be submitted through the Mount Barker Community Centre and reviewed by a joint committee comprising personnel from the partner organisations.
 
Should you wish to make a donation to this fund via bank transfer or credit/debit card, please click ---> 
 
If you prefer to donate by cheque, please make it payable to Rotary Club of Mount Barker.  Please download, print and complete this , attach your cheque, and mail it to the address on the form.  Once the cheque has cleared, the club's fund administrator will enter the donation into RAWCS on your behalf using the details provided with the cheque.
 
All donations over $2 are tax deductible and your support is greatly appreciated.
District COVID-19 Relief Fund Rod Cooper 2020-06-23 14:30:00Z 0

Resumption of Meetings

The Rotary Club of Mount Barker is resuming regular meetings as of Thursday, 25th June 2020.
 
Note, the Club is meeting on Thursday evenings until at least the end of July as Auchendarroch is not opening on Monday or Tuesday until Government restrictions make it viable.
 
Rod Cooper
President 2019-2020
Rotary Club of Mount Barker
Resumption of Meetings Rod Cooper 2020-06-20 14:30:00Z 0

Inbound Exchange Student Presentation

On Monday evening, 25th May 2020, Our Inbound Exchange Student from France, Thibault Finnochiaro, gave a presentation on his stay in South Australia hosted by the Rotary Club of Mount Barker.
 
Whilst there were some disappointments as a result of the restrictions caused by the Caronavirus restrictions, Thibault focused  on the positive aspects of his time in Australia.
 
Please click this link to view a video of Thibault's presentation. 
Inbound Exchange Student Presentation Rod Cooper 2020-05-24 14:30:00Z 0

Supporting Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal

Each year, the Rotary Club of Mount Barker supports the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal by staffing a Bunnings BBQ with all proceeds being donated to the Appeal.
 
With the current COVID-19 restrictions in place, this year's Bunnings BBQ cannot proceed, so the club is supporting the Red Shield Appeal by promoting and supporting a Salvation Army initiative to go online.
 
The Salvation Army have stated "Not only is Covid 19 impacting those already doing it tough, but we are still continuing to work with those many families affected by the summer bushfires. We have also had an influx of  people in the community in financial need and general support".
 
To view a video promoting the Red Shield Appeal, please click here ...
 
To make a donation to the Red Shield Appeal, please click here ...
 
Supporting Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal Rod Cooper 2020-05-07 14:30:00Z 0

Anzac Wreath Laying Ceremony

Due to the RSL Anzac Day Dawn Service being limited in numbers this year, the Rotary Club of Mount Barker performed their own Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Mount Barker War Memorial at 8:00pm on Friday, 24th April.
 
Attended by 15 members and partners, it was an honour to invite 102 year old WWII Veteran Colin Wagener, father of Rotarian Paul Wagener, to lay the wreath.
 
Colin also recited the Ode of Remembrance and led the 1 minute's silence.
 
Colin is a WWII Veteran who served with the Second AIF, Sergeant with 2/3 Anti Aircraft Regiment attached to the 9th Division, 6 years Army service in the Pacific Region.
 
Anzac Wreath Laying Ceremony Rod Cooper 2020-04-24 14:30:00Z 0

Meeting Cancellation

As of Monday, 23rd March 2020, the Rotary Club of Mount Barker has cancelled its Monday night meetings due to the latest social distancing advice from the Federal Government.
 
  • All relevant information will be distributed to club members via email.
  • Committee meetings will be conducted by email.
  • Board meetings will be conducted by email or via Zoom online meetings.
Should any member of the public wish to contact the club, please use the Contact Us page on this website.
 
We trust we will be back on deck as soon as possible to support the community, but in the mean time, everyone please stay safe and healthy and follow the advice of the experts on this matter.
 
Rod Cooper
President 2019-2020
Rotary Club of Mount Barker
Meeting Cancellation Rod Cooper 2020-03-22 13:30:00Z 0

Austerity Evening for Bushfire Relief

On Monday, 17th February 2020, the Club held an austerity evening at the Olive Branch Cafe in Balhannah.  Attended by 30 members, family and friends, the evening supported cafe owner Nicole McIntosh and her family who sadly lost their home in Lobethal during the recent Cudlee Creek fires. 
Austerity Evening for Bushfire Relief Rod Cooper 2020-02-16 13:30:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Mount Barker Supports CanTeen

On Monday, 3rd February 2020, the Club hosted Anna Baric and Stephen Handrick from Beyond Bank who are in training for a Ride for Cancer event in April which will see them riding from Adelaide, along the great Ocean Road to Melbourne.
Being a fundraising event for CanTeen, meeting Chairman Shawn Hutchinson presented a donation of $1,000 on behalf of the Club.
Rotary Club of Mount Barker Supports CanTeen Rod Cooper 2020-02-02 13:30:00Z 0
Royal Adelaide Show "Thank You" BBQ and Wine Labelling 2019 Rod Cooper 2019-10-25 13:30:00Z 0
End Polio Film Evening 2019 Rod Cooper 2019-10-24 13:30:00Z 0

Austerity Evening October 2019

On Monday, 21st October, the Club held an austerity evening at the home of James and Judy Hawker.
 
Our thanks go out to James and Judy for opening their home.
 
Great for the Club to have social time together.
 
Austerity Evening October 2019 Rod Cooper 2019-10-20 13:30:00Z 0

President's Changeover 2019

On Saturday, 29th June, the Rotary Club of Mount Barker held it's President's Changeover in the Community Centre of the Lifestyle SA Village.
 
Highlights of the evening were:-
 
New Member Al Jawhari, and Ingy, inducted into the Club by District Governor Elect Tim Klar and President Shiralee Judge
 
Past President Brian Vourmard bestowed Honarary Membership by District Governor Elect Tim Klar and President Shiralee Judge
 
Margaret Brook bestowed Honarary Membership by District Governor Elect Tim Klar and President Shiralee Judge
 
Margaret Rose and Margaret Inglis awarded Paul Harris Fellow by District Governor Elect Tim Klar and President Shiralee Judge
 
James Hawker awarded the Club's "Wipeout Award"
 
Rod Cooper (and Jeanette) inducted as Club President for 2019-2020 by President Shiralee Judge
 
Sergeant for 2019-2020: Ian Rose
Board members for 2019-2020: Peter Baur, James Hawker, Shawn Hutchinson, Shiralee Judge and Rod Cooper
Absent: Helen Marshall, Florence Yeardley and Mary Roebuck 
 
Hills Radio presenter and Entertainer Steve Bleach entertaining the guests 
 
President's Changeover 2019 Rod Cooper 2019-06-28 14:30:00Z 0

International Women's Day 2019

On March 6th, President Shiralee Judge, Helen Marshall, Carola Sanders and Mary Roebuck from the Rotary Club of Mount Barker celebrated International Women's Day by attending the Women in Rotary SA Chapter breakfast at The Pavilion, Veale Gardens on South Terrace.
 
The club provided funds to sponsor two students and one teacher from each of Mount Barker High School, Cornerstone College and St. Francis de Sales College to attend.
 
This year's guest speaker was Megan McLoughlin, SA’s Local Hero, who told her story of hope and inspiration.
 
“Quite simply, Megan McLoughlin says she is filled with hope each time she reflects on the greatest gift she has ever received - life. The 37-year-old Tanunda woman is a double transplant recipient following medical conditions which left her legally blind. Her desire to live a full and rewarding life was strengthened after she was named the 2019 South Australian Local Hero for her advocacy work towards organ donation”
 
The Governor’s wife, Mrs Lan Le, is patron of the Women in Rotary SA Chapter and asked to be photographed with the students and club members.
 
 
International Women's Day 2019 Rod Cooper 2019-03-05 13:30:00Z 0
Community Grants 2018-2019 Presentation Rod Cooper 2019-02-24 13:30:00Z 0

Royal Adelaide Show "Thank You" BBQ

On Saturday, 22nd September, the Board of the Rotary Club of Mount Barker hosted a BBQ to thank all Club members, family and friends who helped out in the donut van at the Royal Adelaide Show.
 
Held at the Lifestyle SA village, home of Community Service Director Rod Cooper and Jeanette, guests were treated to a meal of gourmet sausages and gourmet patties, complemented with salads, and later desserts, provided by Club members.
Royal Adelaide Show "Thank You" BBQ Rod Cooper 2018-09-21 14:30:00Z 0

Rotary Club Shed Cleanout

A massive undertaking to cleanup the Rotary Shed was undertaken over 2 days.
 
  • On Thursday, 26th July, additional shelving was installed
  • On Saturday, 28th July, EVERYTHING was removed from the shed, cleaned, and returned to the shed, hopefully in some order.
Rotary Club Shed Cleanout Rod Cooper 2018-07-27 14:30:00Z 0

Conquer the Summit Joint Meeting

The Conquer the Summit event, which is held in April each year, has been an undertaking of the Mount Barker Lions Club, for some 6 years, with assistance on the day from the Rotary Club of Mount Barker. The event is an 11km run (or walk) from Keith Stephenson Park, along the Linear Trail, then up to the Mount Barker Summit and raises funds for Operation Flinders, a program that provides support and guidance to "young adults at risk".
 
This year, the Mount Barker Lions Club approached the Rotary Club of Mount Barker proposing the event becomes a Joint Service Club event, to which the Rotary Club of Mount Barker agreed.
Conquer the Summit Joint Meeting Rod Cooper 2018-07-24 14:30:00Z 0

Hills Boxing Shed Insulation

On Saturday, 21st July, Members of the Rotary Club of Mount Barker, ably assisted by a few Members of the boxing club, spent the day installing insulation to the roof of the "Counter Punch" training facility.  This involved removing all the roof iron, installing the insulation, then re-installing the roof iron. Thanks to everyone involved, especially Marg Inglis who provided a great lunch.
Hills Boxing Shed Insulation Rod Cooper 2018-07-20 14:30:00Z 0

Council Shed to Yankaninna

The Mount Barker Council approached the Rotary Club of Mount Barker with a proposal that, if the Club wished to clean out, dismantle, transport and re-erect it, there was a 4-bay shed available that could go to Operation Flinders Base Camp at Yankaninna in the Flinders Ranges.
 
Never being a Club that backs down from a challenge, the Club accepted. Over a period of 2 weeks, members worked on the shed and, eventually, on Thursday, 19th July, the shed was finally cleared, ready for the next phase of dismantling.
 
Along the way, members encountered a number of species of wildlife so great care had to be taken so that they were not disturbed too much.
Council Shed to Yankaninna Rod Cooper 2018-07-18 14:30:00Z 0

Community Grants 2017-2018 Presentation

Each year, the Rotary Club of Mount Barker allocates a sum of grants money which community groups can apply for. Each grant is limited to a maximum of $1,000 which allows the funds to be spread over a larger number of community organisations.
 
The 2018 recipients were:-
  • Callington Agricultural & Horticultural Society
  • Mount Barker Community Centre
  • Mount Barker (Dunn Memorial) Uniting Church
  • Mount Barker Community Centre (The Hut Community Centre)
  • Mount Barker United Soccer Club
  • Wistow Cricket Club
  • Prospect Hill Community Association
Community Grants 2017-2018 Presentation Rod Cooper 2018-02-13 13:30:00Z 0