Rotary Club of Adelaide Light

No meeting
Nov 30, 2017
Wed 29 Nov Group 1 joint meeting hosted by Adelaide Rotary Club
Michael Sachsse OAM JP
Dec 07, 2017
What does the future hold for Afghanistan
Shiralee Judge
Dec 14, 2017
Caring for our carers
No meeting
Dec 28, 2017
Christmas break
No meeting
Jan 04, 2018
Christmas break
Club Planning
Jan 11, 2018
Club Planning
Feb 22, 2018
Club Planning
Apr 05, 2018
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Community Service
Past President
Vocational Services
International Service
Rotary Foundation
Club Administration
Public Relations
Speaker Program
Rotaract Liaison
Youth Service
Fundraising / Fellowship
Public Officer
Bulletin Editor
Club Webmaster
Child Protection Officer
Newsletter 1590
Nov 13, 2017
Newsletter 1589
Nov 04, 2017
Newsletter 1588
Oct 30, 2017
Newsletter 1587
Oct 23, 2017
Newsletter 1586
Oct 19, 2017
Newsletter 1585
Oct 12, 2017
Newsletter 1584
Oct 05, 2017
Newsletter 1583
Sep 26, 2017
Newsletter 1582
Sep 19, 2017
Newsletter 1581
Sep 11, 2017
Newsletter 1580
Sep 06, 2017
Newsletter 1579
Aug 30, 2017
Club Information

Welcome to our Club!

Adelaide Light

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 7:15 AM
Royal Coach Hotel
24 Dequetteville Terrace, Kent Town
Kent Town, South Australia  5071
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Last week's speaker was Lisa Burman, originally a primary teacher, but now an educational consultant specialising in Early Learning.  Lisa spoke about her 120 years in New York, which started just a month after the World Trade Centre disaster in 2001.  Her role there was as a consultant in a company called "Aussie" (Australian-US services in education).  During her time with the company it grew from 60 to 350 consultants, 80% of whom were Australian.  She moved into a borwnstone in Brooklyn and consulted with 3-4 schools, the most challenging of which was a "bilungual" school, wgere each class had two teachers, one using American sign language and the other speaking in English.  She found some of the most effective changes were to change the environment from "cluttered" to "beautiful", and to introduce books into the classroom. 
A lot of the ideas for all this come from Carla Rinaldi, one of the Thinkers in Residence in Adelaide, who comes from Reggio Emilia in Italy - one of the leaders in innovative educational practices.  One of the fascinating aspects in what Lisa presented was the idea of young children producing their own books.  We saw a video of a 4-year old "reading" his own book, which consisted of a series of pictures he had drawn, and then another video of two 7-year olds who read and talked about quite complex stories they had written.  So, the program is about encouraging the children's imagination, and giving them a sense of "I can do this" - rather than criticising their shortcomings and failures.

If you have a passion for "serving the community", our Breakfast Club would like to welcome you to one of our meetings.  If you are a visiting Rotarians from interstate or overseas, we would love you to visit us.  We meet for breakfast each Thursday and feature entertaining guest speakers. One Thursday each month, we have meetings where we undertake the planning and review of our various service projects.

If you are interested in coming along to a meeting to see what we do and meet our other members, you can just show up, but it is probably wise to contact us first by email,  at

A massive thank you to last week’s impromptu speakers of Rob McLennan, Katrina Ball, Fred Fields and Di Lane who all responded, with no notice, to talk for 3 minutes on 3 highlights of their recent trips. Rob spoke of the railways in Canada and the number of Aussie youth working there , Katrina of the Isle of Arran where she took her parents ashes for an internment, Fred of Russian railways, vast lakes and trips best made before the insects breed and Di of boarding the wrong train in Stockholm and being offloaded in empty fields to await another train.  So we discovered that our rotarians have varying interests, travel off the beaten track and have wonderful stories to tell - plus none were able to keep to a 3 minute time slot!   This is something we must do again.
Next week there is no Thursday breakfast meeting as instead our members will be cooking a bbq at Bunnings Mile End.
The following Thursday 23 November is our Club Planning Meeting and in accordance with the current Rotary Constitution and Club By-Laws we need to elect Club Officers for the 2017/18 Rotary year before the 31 December 2017.  Voting on nominations will occur at 23 November Meeting.   
 Please consider rotarians for the positions of:
 President Elect
 Club Administration 
 Community Team Leader
 Fundraising/ Fellowship Team Leader
 International Team Leader
 Vocational Team Leader
 Foundation Officer
 Membership Officer
and provide their nominations to me by this date.
If anyone is having problems registering for “Howzat” cricket luncheon at Adelaide Oval on Wednesday 29 November, please speak to me and I can do it for you. Remember this is also our club meeting instead of Thursday 30 November and % of ticket sales will go to our Group 1 Rohingya Refugee emergency response project. I hope all Adelaide Light Rotarians are able to attend. Friends are most welcome to join us.
Adelaide City Rotaract have issued an invitation to all Group 1 Rotary Clubs to attend their 5th Birthday Celebration on December 10th , starting with a brunch at 276 Flinders St., at own cost and then 12 noon mini golf at Holly Morley, 170 Pultney St at $23 per head.   Unfortunately this coincides with our Xmas Tree selling roster at Bunnings Kent Town but please keep in mind if you can attend.
John Karran also reminded members of the Mentor Evaluation Evening on Monday 27 November at the Havelock Hotel. This is also an opportunity for mentors and club members to celebrate the success of this program with the rotaract club. Please diarise.
Thought for the week:

There is no greater wealth in this world than peace of mind.

The Four Way Test

Of the things we think, say or do:

  1. Is it the Truth?
  2. Is it Fair to all concerned?
  3. Will it build Goodwill and better Friendships?
  4. Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?


United in the spirit of Service we value truth, fairness and friendship; and we welcome the opportunity that Rotary gives us to contribute our talents and resources in support of others.


Rotary Club of Adelaide Light Mission Statement

To be recognised as the Service Club of Choice in the Eastern Precinct of Adelaide because we are a Friendly Breakfast Club that appeals to a broad range of busy people who want to make a difference to local and international communities.


Home of 3 Past District Governors

Home of 3 Past District Governors

Since the Rotary Club of Adelaide Light was chartered on 12 June 1986, three members have been elected to the highest District position - that of District Governor - overseeing the needs of the 40-50 autonomous clubs within District 9500. For a club that is 29 years old, it is pleasing that we have welcomed members with the commitment, vision, Rotary values and ethos of "Service Above Self" who have sought to serve as District Governors. Our first member to seek office was our club's Charter President District Governor 1993-94 Anthony (Tony) Reade; followed by District Governor 2005-05 Katina Jones; and then John Campbell 2014-15.  


District Governor John Campbell (2014-15)
Adelaide-born John Campbell spent his first three years in Cummins, Eyre Peninsula and returned to Adelaide to attend Adelaide Boys High School where he joined the Interact Club (sponsored by the Rotary Club of Adelaide). He then joined Rotaract in 1971 and held Club Board and District positions. While working in Port Pirie, he joined Apex and in 2000, John joined the Rotary Club of Adelaide Light and was President in 2011-12.
John worked in the financial services industry including his own insurance agency and, later, financial planning practice. John has been an active member of several financial adviser associations and was admitted as a Life Member of the Million Dollar Round Table (now Premier Association of Financial Professionals) where he was SA Chair from 2004-2009 and Australian Chair for 2010-2012. PDG John's wife, Julie, was a Rotary Exchange student to Belem Para in Brazil in 1971 and later joined the Rotaract Club of Edwardstown including a stint as Club President. Julie became a member of the Rotary Club of Adelaide Light in 2014.

Image Past District Governor Katina Jones (2004-05)
In the 1990s, Katina recognised the need for a development and training centre focusing on a sustainable future in a rapidly changing world, thus founding EQUALS International Pty Ltd. Twenty years on, EQUALS International has been established in Asia, Europe, Americas, Africa and the Middle East. As a successful business owner, Katina’s passion for industry-driven vocational education and training, continues to motivate her to make a difference in the vocational education sector and workplace.
Katina joined the Rotary Club of Adelaide Light in 1996 as their first female member. Katina was  elected as District 9500's first female District Governor during Rotary's centennial year of 2004-2005. Among other appointments, Katina has served on Australia’s Executive Committee for UNIFEM (United Nations Development Fund for Women), Cancer Care, TAFE SA, Voices for Women and as a Rotary International training leader - training incoming District Governors from around the globe. For 20 years, Katina has represented Australia at the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations in New York and more recently was appointed as a delegate to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

ImagePast District Governor Tony Reade OAM (1993-94)
Tony Reade joined the Rotary Club of Adelaide in 1985 and was involved in the formation of the Rotary Club of Adelaide Light, being Charter President of the new Club - the first breakfast club in District 9500 - in 1986-87.
Tony undertook many District committee roles before being elected District Governor for  1993-94.  He innovated many changes to the annual District Conference that saw a marked increase in attendees - over 800 attendees.
When he moved his city-based business, he transferred to his local club of Walkerville (where his wife had been a Rotarian since 1990) including taking on the Presidency in 2002-03 before transferring back to the club of his heart - Adelaide Light - about six years later.
PDG Tony's wife, Yvette was President of the Rotary Club of Walkerville in 2004-05, transferred to the Rotary Club of Adelaide Light in 2006 and was elected President of Adelaide Light for 2014-15. PDG Tony was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia on 25 January 2011 for 40 years of service to the community particularly through Toc H Australia, Rotary International and as Councillor (and Acting Mayor) of the City of Walkerville.  Tony was awarded an Honorary Membership of the Rotary Club of Adelaide Light on 5 June 2016.