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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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We welcomed to our meeting NZ Rotarian Emily Gualter (who is undertaking engineering studies at Adelaide Uni) and former member Stefan Neszpor.
President Yvette invited Dean Sullivan up to the podium to accept a cheque (for our Club's coffers) for $283.78 - this being the 15% gain for selling RDU merchandise at the Port Lincoln Conference. Dean (who was suffering dreadfully from the flu throughout the Conference) and wife Pam spent the majority of their time selling Rotary shirts, jackets, pins and other logoed paraphernalia. Thanks Pam and Dean for undertaking this commitment.
One of our projects this year was to raise at least $1500 for End Polio Now - and we achieved a result of $3217.20 at our End Polio Now Fundraising Cocktail Party and a further $2404.00 via the Conference Dinner Raffle - a total of $5621.20). Combining that with President Yvette attending (at her own expense) a "Late Effects of Polio" Retreat in Victoria, it was great to learn that Polio Australia is partnering with RI Districts and Clubs in Australia to undertake two partnerships. The first is holding the 2016 Australasia-Pacific Post-Polio Conference on 20-22 September 2016 at the Four Season's Hotel in Sydney. The aim of the Conference is to invite health professionals with the knowledge to adequately treat the estimated 20 million people world-wide (including 400,000 Australians) who are survivors of polio. International health experts have been invited to exchange their knowledge about the diagnosis and treatment of the post-polio condition across different age groups to best preserve functioning throughout life. Rotary District 9685 (Sydney & coastal region) have pleged $10,000 towards the Conference, and other clubs and Districts are also considering helping with this cause. (for more info see-
The second partnership is general support for Australian polio survivors through tax deductible donations to Polio Australia - to rekindle tha links between Rotary and Polio Australia that began in 1925 with the Rotary Club of Sydney. Paul Harris introduced RC of Sydney's BR Gelling to Edgar "Daddy" Allen who had recently established the National Society for Crippled Children. Paul Harris and Edgar Allen established the National Society for Cripplied Children and, for the rest of his life, maintained a keen interest in the support of polio survivors. On his return from the USA, Gelling and his Club's Rotarians conducted an exensive door to door survey of most Sydney residences to determine the number of Australian families affected by all the polio epidemics. From this, the NSW Society for Crippled Children was established. (It's interesting to note that of seven state-wide organisations around Australia once known as "Crippled Children Societies", six were established by Rotary.
GUEST SPEAKER (7 May) - Rotary NZ make-up Emily Gualter
While attending an Emerging Leaders Scholarship, one of the guest speakers was President Tony Taylor of the Rotary Club of Papanui in Christchurch, NZ. Emily and her friend Toya were so impressed that they joined a test-dummy "Rotary Associates" program with the Club which involved attending three meetings per year, giving a short presentation to the Club, undertaking some hours of community service with the Club, and enjoying a family meal with one of the Rotarians; this was the year after the Christchurch earthquakes in September 2010.
Toya and Emily decided that a Rotary Family Day for earthquake affected families may be a great project, so they sought funding for $5,000 to provide bouncy castles, arts and crafts, petting zoos etc for children on the grounds of Canterbury Uni. This part of the planning fixed they then sought nominations of worthy families affected by the devastation through community leaders, Facebook and other social media, and ended up with 40 families invited to the Family Day.
As the success of the Day was even more than expected by the RC of Papanui members, they promptly sponsored the two girls to attend a RYLA Camp, kept inviting them back to social events over the next 18 months, and then promptly invited them to become Rotarians. For the first few years while the girls were attending Uni, their costs were paid for by the Club members (Rotary dues, meals etc) but Emily said she will be negotiating with them on her return (after her 6 months of undertaking Adelaide Uni's Engineering Course) to fund her all or some of her costs now!
With the addition of Emily and Toya, the average age of the Club apparently dropped by about 40 years! Emily is determined to stay with Rotary as she enjoys helping the community. An excellent talk.
GUEST SPEAKER (30 April) - Auctioneer James Bruce "Going, Going, Gone"
Our guest speaker James was a charter member of our Club in 1986, and subsequently moved on to live and work in the U.K. for a number of years eventually returning to Adelaide with his family, to live and work here.
The title of his talk refers to the changes in the art and collectibles industry as seen through the eyes of an auctioneer and valuer.
James started ‘on the floor’ at Theodore Bruce Auctions Pty Ltd. in 1977 as a storeman, sweeping the floors and moving furniture and other items around.  He gradually moved up the corporate ladder to dealing directly with customers and the sale of their items. His main lament is that as he progressed further in his profession and took on management responsibilities he became disconnected from his clients.
He went to the USA in 1982 and spent a couple of years with Bonhams and Butterfields in San Francisco and then moved on to the UK working as an auctioneer and valuer.  During that time he was introduced to Lord Carrington and Tim Baker at Christies in London.  The experience he gained during this time helped form the person he is today.  He returned to Australia in 1986.  James also worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for about 9 and a half years.
James is married to Dianna and has 4 children and 2 grandchildren so far.  Auctioneering has become more complex today and is consequently less ‘fun’ than it used to be.  It now takes 3 to 5 years to bring some items to auction with all of the Government rules and regulations.  Our turnover in Australia is small by international standards, somewhere around A$90m a year whereas one item recently sold through Christies in London for US$167m.
The worldwide financial crash has caused some problems in the way that people view investments.  Initially, money was directed at banks but now people view art and precious items as the best investment causing prices to skyrocket.  Most investments now are out of the reach of the average person as corporate investments have driven up the prices beyond their reach.
Other changes have had a profound effect on auctioneering.  People are doing more business or investment over the Internet than ever before.  This has taken away opportunities for face-to-face contact.  James has known occasions when there have been around 400 potential buyers on-line at auctions.  The market has been separated into the high-end investors (corporates) and the bottom-end (brown market) where Mum and Dad investors are active.  Changes in the demographic as seen in the UK with the influx of people from the Middle East and India has also had a big impact on the market.  People from these countries have less interest in ‘traditional’ items such as European period furniture and the like.
James feels that Adelaide is still a ‘time capsule’ of the way it used to be in the auction industry but that as our population changes this too will have to move on, as it has overseas, hence going, going, gone!
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.
John's travelogue to family and friends back home has been a wonderful read. Here is just one of his daily recaps on his travel in Iran.
From Yadz to Esfahan
We left the desert city of Yazd this morning, famed for its Zoroastrian community, honest and industrious people and trading links with Asia. Marco Polo passed through Yazd and human occupation dates back as far as 5,000BC. Today, the old city is a mud brick (adobe) citadel of narrow streets constructed to maintain cool conditions as much as possible - the Central Desert is nearby to the east.
On the way we stopped for morning tea at a group of 3 caravanserais (ancient motels) the youngest being 17th Century. We stopped for morning tea yesterday at an old caravanserai that had been renovated by an enterprising Iranian who'd leased the building from the Govt (all caravanserais are the property of the Govt). During the 8 years of Ahmadinejad's presidency, tourism slowed to a crawl and when the lease came to the end of its term, the operator asked for an extension on the grounds that he'd made no money to recover his costs! He should have been given some compensation.
From morning teas the odd workings of my brain stray to toileting here in Iran! The toilet paper here is a downsized version of Scot-Towels - utiliitarian without any attempt to  pamper.  It took a while for me to notice, but the intent here is to use it for the intended purpose and then deposit it in an adjacent plastic bag lined bin rather than flush it down the loo. So at the first couple of places, they may now be struggling to unplug the sewage system and cursing western visitors - but you'll be pleased to know I'm on the straight and narrow now.  
On our path to Esfahan we also visited Nayin, a Sassanian town which has a 10th century mosque that was worth a visit as was the old bazaar (a Persian word, the arabic being a souk). About 5pm we made it to Esfahan, which is truly excellent. Its exact history is unclear but some history about it dates back to the Arabian conquest in 643AD, the Turkish Seljuks also ruled here for a while with Tuqhul making it his capital in 1047 and even the Mongols who fortunately swiped most of its artisans for work elsewhere but otherwise left it untouched. However, Esfahan's greatest glory was under Persian Sassanid rule. I'm sure you'll remember those guys. Shah Abbas the Great moved his capital here in 1598 and spent the rest of his life beautifying it.  Though it's had some ups and downs since, it remains the most magnificent of Iran's cities.  So far, it definitely gets my vote. John.

Important dates coming up: 

  • Quiz Night - 12 June at Hungarian Club, 82 Osmond Tce, Norwood. 7.00pm for 7.30pm start
  • Monday 6 July - Changeover (date and venue to be confirmed)
1.         ROMAC News and request for hosting                          
ROMAC was formed by concerned Rotarians in 1987 and is a program of all the districts of Australia and New Zealand and Rotarians continue to volunteer their time and expertise to run this great program. Unlike other similar medical programs, as valuable as their work is to the community ROMAC has been approved and supported by Rotary International and able to proudly display the Rotary Logo. Have a look at the DG newsletter for more information on the work of ROMAC and how you can help with hosting.
2.        ‘A Royal Night Out’ – a right royal film!
A Movie Day Fundraiser to help the people of NEPAL rebuild their lives – particularly in the remote villages of the mountainous regions still cut off from Aid. Entire villages and schools flattened. Our fundraising can reach directly to the people in need through local charity Childreach Nepal and the Rotary Club of Bagmati.  MOVIE:- Sunday 24 May @ 6 pm, Capri Theatre, 141 Goodwood Road. Full  details at  -   Online Ticket Bookings 
If that fails, just Google   “A Royal Night Out Adelaide” 
 3.        Interplast – our thoughts are with Nepal                      
Following the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal last Saturday our thoughts are with our local Nepalese partners, colleagues and all of those affected by the tragedy, including those in Australia. We were relieved to hear from Nepalese surgeon and one of our key local partners, Dr Shankar Rai, that he and his team were not harmed in the earthquake, and that both of the hospitals that they work in are not damaged. However, they have reported that they are overwhelmed with huge numbers of trauma patients from the earthquake. We have extended the offer of Interplast's assistance to them directly, and to other local and international partners. Over coming weeks and months as the immediate humanitarian response transitions into recovery, there will be ongoing need for support in reconstructive surgery. Interplast is ready to help where our local partners request us to. Please have a look at the the DG Newsletter attachment to read more about the work of Interplast. 
4.         Call for help for the Calvary Volunteer Craft Group              
A group of volunteers at Calvary North Adelaide Hospital are asking Rotarians for assistance in finding an alternative place for their handicraft work. Their site at the hospital is now needed for other purposes and the group would like to continue their valuable work. Calvary Hospitals and this Craft Group have provided a lot of valued goods to the Rotary Donations in Kind program. The Craft Group has not been able to find alternative accommodation to date, so they are now looking for help from Rotarians.
The following letter from the Group’s coordinator explains the group’s work. Essentially they are looking for:
  • Work room 5m x 10m (approx.) with good lighting and plenty of power points
  • Within inner Adelaide area (eg within 5km of CBD) or on a bus route from the city
  • Access to toilets and a power point for a kettle for cuppas
  • Public access (to sell goods) or an outlet for such
Some parking facilities (about 6)
If you have, or know of, possible sites that may suit these requirements, I am sure that the Craft Group would appreciate hearing from you. Please contact Marion Rogers if you can help. Please have a look at the attached flyer for more info.
Dave Cockshell Chair RAWCS Donations in Kind (Central Region)
5.           Rotary Success Conference and Youth Summit                                   
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 in the DG newsletter for full details.
6.           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 11-18 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,
7.           Volunteers needed at Calperum
Calperum committee is seeking volunteers to assist in various maintenance tasks at Calperum  which is Rotary District 9500/9520’s  largest Environmental project in South Australia - 20 minutes out of Renmark.
The work is planned for June - Tuesday 9th till Thursday 11th. The main task is to stop a roof water leak in House 4, repair damage ceiling and repair some grouting in a bathroom  and some other items which will be confirmed at a later date. Contact David Gooley on 0418 539 496 for further information and registering  or Jeff Cluse 0417 573 696
8.            Grant Report – Prospect RC Calperum Water Trailer Project                 
Calperum is a D 9500 & D 9520 Community Service Project to rehabilitate and restore a property that had been run as sheep station back to its previous native vegetation. It serves as an education facility for high school and university students. Rotarian volunteers plant native trees as part of the land restoration. They need to be watered for the first 12 months. There are water pods strategically placed in the property that need regular filling.  That task is currently a struggle with one trailer and pump over a 1 million hectare property. .


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

Responsibility  14 May 2015 21 May 2015 28 May 2015
Chairperson Phil Harding John Karran Kym Pedler
Attendance Carolyn Wigg Joe Morelli David Riggall
Attendance Bob Buckerfield Terry Rodoni Colin Davies
Hosting Vinda Kong Richard Jarrett John Wotherspoon
Furniture Deborah Wotherspoon Chris Dibden Tony Reade
Furniture Barry Grear Vinda Kong Richard Jarrett
Invocation Kym Pedler Phil Harding Barry Grear
Bottles/cans Fred Field Rob McLennan Andrew Black
Rotaract roster Nil Required Nil Required Not required
Church roster Nil Required Nil Required Dean Sullivan 31/5/15
Bread Roster Terry Rodoni/David Riggall 17/5/15 David Rowe/Graham Smith 24/5/15 Vinda Kong/Richard Jarrett 31/5/15
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, 530pm at Pilgrim Uniting Church, 12 Flinders St (Park via boom gate in Flinders St. from 5pm).

Members rostered for duty are asked to be in attendance by 6.45 a.m.

If you cannot attend, please arrange a substitute

Meeting Number   1464 7th May 2015  
Membership 37 Visiting Rotarians Apologies
+ Honorary 1 Emily Gualter R C of Papanui NZ Simon Blight work
Present 15 + 1   Andrew Black work
Attendance 44.11%   Di Lane work
Apologies 8   Terry Rodoni still overseas
Leave of Absence 2 Club Guests Phil Harding in Brisbane
Make-ups ?? Stefan Neszpor Rob McLennan in UK
Absent 12   John Wotherspoon in Shiraz
Wine Raffle $18.00   Paul Richardson work
$ ??
 Leave of Absence
      Kym Pedler
      Rohan Richards

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.

1. To remove a bandage painlessly, saturate the bandage with vodka. The stuff dissolves adhesive.
2. To clean the caulking around bathtubs and showers, fill a trigger-spray bottle with vodka, spray the caulking, let set five minutes and wash clean. The alcohol in the vodka kills mould and mildew
3. To clean your eyeglasses, simply wipe the lenses with a soft, clean cloth dampened with vodka. The alcohol in the vodka cleans the glass and kills germs.
4. Prolong the life of razors by filling a cup with vodka and letting your safety razor blade soak in the alcohol after shaving. The vodka disinfects the blade and prevents rusting.
5. Spray vodka on wine stains, scrub with a brush, and then blot dry.
6. Using a cotton ball, apply vodka to your face as an astringent to cleanse the skin and tighten pores.
7. Add a jigger of vodka to a 12-ounce bottle of shampoo. The alcohol cleanses the scalp, removes toxins from hair, and stimulates the growth of healthy hair.
8. Pour one-half cup vodka and one-half cup water into a Ziploc freezer bag and freeze for a slushy, refreshing ice pack for aches, pain or black eyes.
9. Fill a clean, used mayonnaise jar with freshly packed lavender flowers, fill the jar with vodka, seal the lid tightly and set in the sun for three days. Strain liquid through a coffee filter, then apply the tincture to aches and pains. 
10. To relieve a fever, use a washcloth to rub vodka on your chest and back as a liniment.
11. To cure foot odour, wash your feet with vodka.
12. Vodka will disinfect and alleviate a jellyfish sting.
13. Swish a shot of vodka over an aching tooth. Allow your gums to absorb some of the alcohol to numb the pain.
... And silly me, I used to drink it!