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Adelaide Light
Service Above Self
We meet Thursdays at 7:15 AM
Naval, Military and Air Force Club
111 Hutt Street
Adelaide, South Australia  5000
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Welcome back from holidays John Wotherspoon (Iran) and Terry & Ange Rodoni (Gallipoli, UK, Ireland, Europe) who visitited their former Exchange students in France and Germany- nice to have you back again. Terry mentioned he made up at the Rotary Club of Abbeyville in the Somme, France (and presented us with their flag); it is interesting to note that this Club only meets for 25 minutes for their normal club meetings.
Reminder to bring along friends and colleagues to hear next Thursday's guest speaker - Professor Alan Crockett who is speaking on "Protecting our fire fighter's lungs". Emeritus Professor Crockett has spent more than 50 years in respiratory medicine and was responsible for setting up lung functioning testing at the Concord Hospital Sydney and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Flinders Medical Centre in SA. He has published more than 120 scientific papers and presented to more than 70 overseas conferences and Australian conferences. In 2003, Alan was awarded the Public Servic Medal for services to Community Medicine. This should be a wonderful presentation.
Guest Speaker - Andy Becker, former Electoral Comissioner
Starting off in medicine in 1961 aged 17-18 years old, Andy decided to try his hand at another profession when he failed his 3rd Year Medicine (twice). After joining a drug company in Melbourne, he learnt about computer programming and eventually joined the Public Service (which paid for his gaining of a degree). A singer for a time, he needed to give this up to take advantage of the free education, and learnt enough to become a Returning Officer by Don Dunstan (the pink shorts Don). Andy ran his first election in 1968 when Labor was out and Steele Hall was in even under the worst gerrymander under Playford. When Steele Hall was in power, the State boundaries were changed after remaining the same for 15 years. Steele Hall set up a Commission and Andy was appointed Secretary of that Commission.
Andy relayed some great stories of elections during the time of Corcoran and State politics; and then branched out into Federal politics when he was was successful in heading to Canberra to head up the national body. With 850 public servants and a budget of $200 million for Federal elections, life was busy. Running a Federal election is one of the largest logistical exercises in peace time as 80,000 staff are needed over 8,000 polling stations, and tonnes of paperwork for distribution to the booths.
The Commission also undertook overseas observer missions for elections in 30 smaller countries (lending our expertise) in countries such as Timor Leste, Nigeria, and the Maldives (during a sunami).

The worst controversy of course in Austraia was the losing of 1367 ballot papers in the Western Australian election (which resulted in two local resignations).

A very interesting talk, thanks Andy.

Friends, Romans and Countrymen and women, bring along your ears - and that of your friends - and come and enjoy the RC of Adelaide Light's Quiz Night.
Where: Hungarian Club, 82 Osmond Tce Norwood
When: Friday 12 June 2015, 7.00pm for 7.30pm start
Cost: $10 per person
Details: Bring your own food; drinks have to be purchased at the bar: wine $20/bottle; beer $4/glass; softdrinks available.
Tables of 10 available.
Ring Dean Sullivan to book - 0409 514 022.

Important dates coming up: 

  • Tuesday 9 June - Combined Board meeting of incoming and outgoing Boards - Geoff Bell's office 5.45pm start
  • Friday 12 June - Quiz Night at Hungarian Club, 82 Osmond Tce, Norwood. 7.00pm for 7.30pm start
  • Monday 6 July - Changeover at Parwana Afghan Kitchen, 124B Henley Beach Road Torrensville (start time and cost tbc)
1.         Pichi Richi Marathon                            (1 Attachment)
The RC Port Augusta in conjunction with Alinta Energy are again running the Pichi Richi marathon on Sunday 28 June. Entry details are on the attached flyer.
2.         District Grant Report – Rotary Club of Port Adelaide                (1 Attachment)
Restoration of the Comfort Room at Rondon High School, from a rundown unsanitary facility used for storing junk to a facility that the students and teachers are proud to own. Details in the attachment.
3.         District Grant Report  -  Rotary Club of Regency Park               (1 Attachment)
Project: To enable Green Pastures Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre, Pokhara, Nepal, to purchase and provide patients with aids to daily living in the form of wheelchairs. Read more in the attachment.
4.         Adelaide Parks Cabaret/ Dance fundraiser                    (1 Attachment)
The RC of Adelaide Parks would like you to join them for a cabaret on 1 August. Come dancing or just come to enjoy the 60s and 70s music. See the attachment for details.
5.         RYLA is coming and needs participants
Applications for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards are now open! Potential awardees can be found in your community at sports clubs, youth council, workplaces and are award winners - this is a great way of connecting a young leader to your Club and Rotary.
RYLA will be held 11-17 July 2015 at Nunyara Conference Centre, Belair. More information is here:  Your Club can register their commitment to sponsor ($650) here:
Please be aware that due to District clashes, RYLA 2016 will be held in April 2016 . This will mean that two RYLA seminars will be held in one Rotary year (July 2015 and April 2016). Please advise your Treasurer for budgeting purposes. We encourage you to interview your awardee informally, check their referees and have them at your Club meeting before and after RYLA. If your Club would like to learn more about RYLA our team leaders are always keen to visit as a guest speaker. For any further information please contact RYLA/RYPEN District Chair Susan Clift,
6.         District and RI Dues for 2015-16
District Dues per Rotarian are as follows and includes GST:
District Dues               $44.50
Conference Levy        $  8.50
Insurance                    $22.00
Total                            $75.00 Includes GST
Please note that the Insurance component may be paid from your project account.
Rotary International SARs per Rotarian excluding GST: (current exchange rate = 1.28)
Semi Annual               USD27.50 x 2 = USD55.00 @ 1.28 = $70.40
CoL Levy                    USD  1.50   @ 1.28 = $1.92
Total                            USD56.50  @ 1.28 = $72.32 + GST = $79.55
Rotarian                      USD24.00   @ 1.28 = $30.72 + GST = $33.79
Rotary Down Under per Rotarian (unless opt out for Rotarian) and includes GST:
RDU                            $20.00 x 2 = $40.00 Includes GST
Please note that the number of Rotarians will be determined from the RI website database as at 30 June 2015. However, due to the lag in processing/updating the RI database, it is recommended that each club ensures their data is up to date by 31 May 2015. This is preferably done through the District website (assuming the club has opted for synchronisation)
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the District Treasurer, Colin Davies
7. District Grant Reports are due!!
Clubs are reminded that Reports for this year’s District Grants fall due on 31st May 2015. Clubs should be completing their projects and finalizing all payments and completing the report. Please email the report including financial documentation to PDG John Rowe  Email Address:    
Reimbursement will occur once full documentation is received.
Reminder: The District is required to return any unspent funds on June 30th  to The Rotary Foundation in Parramatta for crediting to our  District’s Global Grant Account.  
Club’s having difficulty meeting their obligations need to contact John on 0417 101 858 or email him at the above email address.
8.         Rotary Success Conference and Youth Summit                                   (1 Attachment)
RIDE Noel Trevaskis  would like to invite all Rotarians to the 2015 Rotary Success Conference and Youth Summit which will be held at the Hellenic Club, Canberra on 5 – 6 September 2015. This conference is an affordable conference as the price of $120 per person covers, morning teas, lunch, afternoon tea and the Saturday night dinner. It will commence at 8.30am on the Saturday morning and conclude at 12.30pm on the Sunday. Please have a look at the attachment for full details.
9.         Voice of Rotary for June                                                                       (1 Attachment)
The June program for VoR is attached for your listening pleasure.
10.        Burnside Symphony Orchestra plays for Rotarians Against Malaria       (1 Attachment)
On Wednesday, 15 July at 8 pm, the Burnside Symphony Orchestra concert proceeds will aid RAM. Have a look at the attachment for full details.
11.        Applications for District Grants
Applications for grants close on 1 August so clubs contemplating projects should visit the District website very, very soon and fill out the application form and submit it!   
12.        VTT Farewell dinner invitation                                    (1 Attachment)
All Rotarians, Partners and friends are invited to the 2015 Rotary District 9500 Vocational Training Team farewell dinner on Friday 12 June at the Grenville Connections Hub. See the attachment for further details and put this event in your diary to attend.
13.        ENGRAVERS WANTED – Club Fundraising Opportunity!                     (1 Attachment)
Carers SA have contacted Rotary asking if any Club / member is able to assist them with engraving owner ID’s onto 40 or so iPads for Seniors. They are quite willing to pay Rotary for the service. Carers SA have just received the iPads in a batch, ready to go out to their new homes, so they’re hoping for a Club to offer engraving assistance within the next week or two. Please contact Marianne Lewis on 8291 5600 or to offer assistance and negotiate a fee. They will be truly grateful for our assistance and are delighted to be able to partner with Rotary. Have a look at the Attachment – Technology Training for Seniors, to see more about the program  to operate in the Playford, Western Metro-Pt Adelaide area and Northern Country Port Augusta areas. For this purpose, Carer SA has recently purchased 40 digital tablets (Android and iPads). These will be used to assist older carers to make the first step into the digital world to access information specific for carers, those they care for and to stay connected with family/friends and support networks.

For the benefit of members, we will aim to give the Duty Roster a few weeks ahead - see below.

Responsibility  28 May 2015 4 June 2015 11 June 2015
Chairperson Kym Pedler Stephen Yarwood Katina Jones
Attendance David Riggall Katina Jones Deborah Wotherspoon
Attendance Colin Davies Miriam Silva Dean Sullivan
Hosting John Wotherspoon Tony Reade Simon Blight
Furniture Simon Blight Angus Tuck Graham Smith
Furniture Graham Smith Deborah Wotherspoon Christopher Dibden
Invocation Barry Grear Carolyn Wigg Richard Jarrett
Bottles/cans Andrew Black Dean Sullivan Graham Smith
Rotaract roster Nil Required John Karran John Karran
Church roster Dean Sullivan 31/5/15 Nil Required Nil required
Bread Roster Vinda Kong/Richard Jarrett 31/5/15 Carolyn Wigg/Rohan Richards 7/6/15 Terry Rodoni/David Riggall 14/6/15
Members' Corner      

Chairman: meets/ greets speaker for the meeting; introduces and thanks speaker preparation:- find details about  the speaker prior to the meeting.
Attendance: set up reception table (attendance sheet; members list – re -payments; guest welcome sheet; money; wine raffle sheet; ticket books); register member payments/ apologies/ guests.
Hosting: set up name badges display; welcome all at the door; ensure speaker and guests are introduced to appropriate persons.
Furniture: flags; banner display; raffle balls; collection boxes; Rotary theme banner; S-A gong and hammer; lectern position before and returned after the meeting. Toshiba laptop set up – Connect to projector. Switch on. Hold function key & press F5 twice.
Invocation: reciting Rotary or other invocation relating to Rotary and fellowship.
Bottles/cans: collect bags of bottles/cans at meeting and take to recycle centre for refund, pass refund and empty bags to David Rowe at next meeting
Members’ Corner: write for the Newsletter on a topic of your choice, particularly during the 3 weeks you appear here on the roster, but also anytime you have something to say.
Rotaract, Church, Bread roster: Roster is for the Sunday/Monday after the meeting date.
Rotaract: Meets alternate Mondays at 6pm (for a 630pm start) at the General Havelock Hotel in Hutt Street.
Church: Sundays, 5.30pm at Pilgrim Uniting Church, 12 Flinders St (Park via boom gate in Flinders St. from 5pm).

Members rostered for Thursday morning duty are asked to be in attendance by 6.45am

If you cannot attend, please arrange a substitute

Meeting Number   1466  21st May 2015  
Membership 37 Visiting Rotarians Apologies
+ Honorary 1   Angus Tuck
Present 20 + 1   Di Lane Over seas
Attendance 58.82% Club Guests Rob McLennan in UK
Apologies 8 Andy Becker Guest speaker Paul Richardson Over seas
Leave of Absence 2   Julie Campbell
Make-ups 3   Don Tindale in Sydney
Absent 7   Miriam Silva in Melb.
Wine Raffle $21.00   Joe Morelli work
 Leave of Absence
Cans & Bottles this week $20.00 John Campbell at Gawler Kym Pedler
Cans & Bottles YTD $1172.40 Terry Rodoni at Abbeyville France Rohan Richards
    David Riggall Bread run  

For apologies, please phone Fred Field, Club Secretary 8339 2065, or Bob Buckerfield on 8278 7615. Makeups count 13 days either side of each meeting.

Club Bank Account details:  BSB 085-458, Account Number 20-505-9719

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?


For good food, for good fellowship and the opportunity to serve through Rotary, we give thanks

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.

Remember this poem when you next meet an older person who you might brush aside without looking at the young soul within. We will all, one day, be there, too!
When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in an Australian country town, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value.
Later, when the nurses were going through his meagre possessions, They found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital.
One nurse took her copy to Melbourne. The old man's sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the Christmas editions of magazines around the country and appearing in mags for Mental Health. A slide presentation has also been made based on his simple, but eloquent, poem.
And this old man, with nothing left to give to the world, is now the author of this 'anonymous' poem winging across the Internet.
Cranky Old Man
What do you see nurses? . . .. . .What do you see?
What are you thinking .. . when you're looking at me?
A cranky old man, . . . . . .not very wise,
Uncertain of habit .. . . . . . . .. with faraway eyes?
Who dribbles his food .. . ... . . and makes no reply.
When you say in a loud voice . .'I do wish you'd try!'
Who seems not to notice . . .the things that you do.
And forever is losing . . . . . .. . . A sock or shoe?
Who, resisting or not . . . ... lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding . . . .The long day to fill?
Is that what you're thinking?. .Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse .you're not looking at me.
I'll tell you who I am . . . . .. As I sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding, .. . . . as I eat at your will.
I'm a small child of Ten . .with a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters .. . . .. . who love one another
A young boy of Sixteen . . . .. with wings on his feet
Dreaming that soon now . . .. . . a lover he'll meet.
A groom soon at Twenty . . . heart gives a leap.
Remembering, the vows .. .. .that I promised to keep.
At Twenty-Five, now . . . . .I have young of my own.
Who need me to guide . . . And a secure happy home.
A man of Thirty . .. . . . . My young now grown fast,
Bound to each other . . .. With ties that should last.
At Forty, my young sons .. .have grown and are gone,
But my woman is beside me . . to see I don't mourn.
At Fifty, once more, .. ...Babies play 'round my knee,
Again, we know children . . . . My loved one and me.
Dark days are upon me . . . . My wife is now dead.
I look at the future ... . . . . I shudder with dread.
For my young are all rearing .. . . young of their own.
And I think of the years . . . And the love that I've known.
I'm now an old man . . . . . . .. and nature is cruel.
It's jest to make old age . . . . . . . look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles .. .. . grace and vigour, depart.
There is now a stone . . . where I once had a heart.
But inside this old carcass . A young man still dwells,
And now and again . . . . . my battered heart swells
I remember the joys . . . . .. . I remember the pain.
And I'm loving and living . . . . . . . life over again.
I think of the years, all too few . . .. gone too fast.
And accept the stark fact . . . that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, people .. . . . .. . . open and see.
Not a cranky old man .
Look closer . . . . see .. .. . .. .... . ME!!
A nurse of 48 years' responded to this lovely poem with this:
What do we see you ask....what do we see
Yes, we are thinking whilst looking at thee!
We may seem to be hard when we hurry and fuss....
but there's too many of you and so few of us
We would love much more time to sit by you and talk,
to bathe you and feed you and to help you to walk.
To hear of your lives and the things you have done,
your childhood, your wife your daughter your son,
But time is against us, there is too much to do...
patients too many and nurses too few.
We grieve when we see you so sad and alone...
with nobody near you, no friends of your own.
We feel all your pain and know of your fear,
that nobody cares now your end is near.
But nurses are people with feelings as well,
and when we're together you'll hear often tell
of the dearest old gran in the very end bed
and the lovely old Dad and the things that he said.
We speak with compassion and love and feel sad.
When we think of your lives and the joy you have had.
When the time has arrived for you to depart,
you leave us behind with an ache in our heart....