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Welcome to our Club!
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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Lovely to welcome several guests to the meeting last week. Former Club members Allan Gale and Peter Bayeto attended as did former RC of North Adelaide member Peter Stobie - great that they came to enjoy the fellowship of the meeting.
Changeover - Monday 6 July
President Elect Miriam has chosen the date of Monday 6 July for her Changeover. The venue is the excellently reviewed Parwana Afghan Kitchen, 124B Henley Beach Road, Torrensville. The Parwana's owners Zelma and Farida Ayubi have specially offered to open the restaurant just for our Changeover on a Monday night (when it's usually closed) as the restaurant is popular and books out very quickly. One restaurant reviewer said "we came back for a second helping of dumplings that I had seared so deliciously into my memory", another said the dumplings were "little pockets of joy", a third said "My first experience eating Afghani food and I couldn't have been more delighted. Think middle eastern, Persian and Indian flavours, the food was delish. Most dishes had a blend of spices but somewhat lighter than Indian cuisine, quite palatable. Lamb, chicken and vegetable dishes are on the menu. A good mix of mains and sides as options on the menu and rice dishes to accompany." The Parwana's atmosphere is simple, homely and welcoming; it is also a BYO venue - and its corkage fee goes towards feeding the homeless. Miriam will provide more details on timings for the changeover soon.
Soles4Souls - Target 500!
Julie Campbell's S4S commitment this year was to source 85,000 pairs of shoes (and equivalent monetary donations) which equates to a container full of pre-loved shoes. Julie is just 500 pairs away from this important milestone, so I'm introducing Target 500 for the next month with our Clu of that of our other Group 1 Clubs to see if we can source this number of pairs before this financial year ends! Please ask all your friends, children, other family members if they have any pre-loved and gently worn shoes -especially kids shoes and sports shoes - that they'd like to donate with a gold coin to cover transport costs. Please let Julie know (M 0409 578 975) or bring to the Club so that Julie can reach her very attainable target.
Special thanks were extended by Julie to two club members Deborah Wotherspoon who sourced many children's shoes through her kindy connections, and Colin Davies who transported shoes down from Alice Springs.
So far, 1500 pairs have been sent to Vanuatu, the Australian Refugee Association and to women who have been affected by domestic violence.
Other Business
* June Board Meeting - Don Tindale sugested our Club place a "Roll of Honour" on our website to recognise deceased members. This excellent suggestion was agreed to by Board, and Richard Jarrett will design an appropriate page for the Roll.
* The joint Board meeting - for outgoing and incoming Boards - will be held on Tuesday 9 June at Geoff Bell's office; 5.45pm start.
* A recent email from the Rotary Club of Bogota Suba has detailed that, to date, our Club has sponsored 55 students for the Colombian Education Scholarships Program (with 10 students currently undertaking studies of between 3 months - 2 years). The RC of Adelaide has also provided funding of $1000 for the past two years to help sustain the program, and other clubs showed interest in getting involved at our Club's stand at the District Conference in Port Lincoln.
* Please note that our Club is just one year away from our 30th Anniversary of Charter - which occurred on 12 June 1986. Something to plan for and to celebrate.
* Dean Sullivan is still looking for donated prizes for our Quiz Night to be held on Friday 12 June (7.00pm for 7.30pm start) at the Hungarian Club, 82 Osmond Tce Norwood. If you can donate something or source a donation from a business, please let Dean know.
* The Board decided to donate $2000 to The Rotary Foundation as part of our usual annual contributions. This is over and above our combined End Polio Now donation of $5,621.20.
* Reminder for those wishing to personally donate $100 to The Rotary Foundation for their Centurion badges. Either ask David Riggall for a form (which he handed out some weeks ago) or go on-line to donate.
* Bob Buckerfield announced the birth of his new great granddaughter, Skye Amber. A little prem but doing fine, apparently.
* Best wishes were given to Don Tindale who is about to undergo treatment for the next four months starting 1 June. Ellen will keep us informed on Don's progress.

GUEST SPEAKER - Dave Bell "Adventures of Smarty"

As a young lad, Dave took his new rifle out and shot a bird - an owl. He regrets it now and it's too late to take it back, so as he matured he ended up saving birds and animals' lives when he found them after suffering some misfortune.

Smarty is a wild dove that made his home in Dave's backyard. He tamed Smarty enough that he'd fly-in for some little seeds that were offered but soon made his likes known when Dave offered larger seed that was more to Smarty's taste. He learnt so well that Smarty would "call" when he wished to be fed - and that is how he gained his name!

Disaster struck when a hawk attacked Smarty when Dave was in Port Lincoln on holiday, so Dave returned when the neighbour rang, and so began a long convalescence to regain the use of Smarty's wing, and Dave tried to repair Smarty's beak which was virtually severed at the junction with his face. Smarty was isolated in his shed so that Dave could feed him a paste of crushed seeds that he could swallow. Dave had to continue the feeding while he waited for the beak to grow back - a process that took 3-4 months.

All this time, Smarty's mate "Poppy" waited in a nearby tree. When Smarty was released - albeit with a very lopsided beak - he fathered a batch of eggs by Poppy which unfortunately were eaten by a possum. Several more tries and more eggs and young chicks disappeared - the eggs eaten by a raven and the chicks by the possum (who relocated after Dave blocked off his roof space). 

Eventually Smarty and Poppy had some living "sons of Smarty" who were being driven crazy by feral noisy minors (Indian minors) - which were finally pushed away from the area when Dave and his neighbours started spraying them with their hoses. 

Thus Smarty and his family are a bit battered around the edges, but surviving in Dave's backyard along with 4 other bird species.  

Photos: courtesy Dave Bell of Smarty feeding from his hand, and Smarty's permanently crooked beak.



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                           
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.         ‘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” . You will find Adelaide West RC  at the Top of the Page! They have secured Google Sponsorship for this event.
3.         District Grant Reports -  Rotary Club of Adelaide                 
The RC Adelaide have successfully completed 3 projects and the reports are attached. The projects are a Literacy project, a Medication project and a Water project all in the Philippines.

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.         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:
District Dues                 $44.50
Conference Levy           $  8.50
Insurance                      $22.00
                                    Total                             $75.00
Rotary International SARs per Rotarian: (current exchange rate = 1.28)
Semi Annual                  USD27.50 x 2 = USD55.00 @ 1.28 = $70.40
CoL Levy                      USD1.50  @ 1.28 = $1.92
Total                             USD56.50  @ 1.28 = $72.32
Rotarian                        USD24.00  @ 1.28 = $30.72
RDU                             $20.00 x 2 = $40.00  (The rate is unchanged: $20 per half year including GST. Invoicing will be processed for the July-December period at the end of May/early Jun)                        
Please note that the number of Rotarians will be determined from the RI website database as at 31 May1

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 30  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                                  
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.         Directory Update
Please note that PDG Barbara Wheatcroft has changed her email – it is now
10.        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!
11.        Fighting Mental Illness in the Digital Age                                            
Australian Rotary Health is a major supporter of research into Mental Health.  This article is just one of the research projects being undertaken.  If you would like further information please visit the website (on the bottom of the article) and if you would like a speaker to visit your club please don't hesitate to contact me. PDG Barbara Wheatcroft, Aust Rotary Health Board member Mob: 0413 511 243


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

Responsibility  21 May 2015 28 May 2015 4 June 2015
Chairperson John Karran Kym Pedler Stephen Yarwood
Attendance Joe Morelli David Riggall Katina Jones
Attendance Terry Rodoni Colin Davies Miriam Silva
Hosting Richard Jarrett John Wotherspoon Tony Reade
Furniture Chris Dibden Simon Blight Angus Tuck
Furniture Vinda Kong Richard Jarrett Deborah Wotherspoon
Invocation Phil Harding Barry Grear Carolyn Wigg
Bottles/cans Graham Smith Andrew Black Dean Sullivan
Rotaract roster Nil Required Nil Required John Karran
Church roster Nil Required Dean Sullivan 31/5/15 Nil required
Bread Roster David Rowe/Graham Smith 24/5/15 Vinda Kong/Richard Jarrett 31/5/15 Carolyn Wigg/Rohan Richards 7/6/15
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   1465 14th May 2015  
Membership 37 Visiting Rotarians Apologies
+ Honorary 1 John Hunter of Adelaide John Wotherspoon in Iran
Present 20 + 1   Di Casey
Attendance 58.82% Club Guests Rob McLennan in UK
Apologies 5 Dave Bell Guest Speaker Terry Rodoni still overseas
Leave of Absence 2 Peter Stobie ex Nth Adelaide Graham Smith
Make-ups ?? Allen Gale ex Member  
Absent 10 Peter Bayetto ex Member  
Wine Raffle $25.00    
 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.

A couple go for a meal at a Chinese restaurant and order the “Chicken Surprise”... The waiter brings the meal, served in a lidded cast iron pot.

Just as the wife is about to serve herself, the lid of the pot rises slightly, and she briefly sees two beady little eyes looking around before the lid slams back down.

“Good grief, did you see that?” she asks her husband. He hadn’t, so she asks him to look in the pot. He reaches for it and again the lid rises, and he sees two little eyes looking around before it slams down. Rather perturbed, he calls the waiter over, explains what is happening, and demands an explanation.

“Please sir,” says the waiter, “what you order?”
The husband replies, “Chicken Surprise”.

(You’re going to hate yourself for loving this!)

“Ah! So sorry,” says the waiter, “I bring you Peeking Duck.”