THE UNLEY ROTARIAN: Meeting 4383 - 23 April 2024   Website:
 Rotary Club of Unley Inc.

 District 9510 - Chartered 17 April 1935

 President:  John Peacham 0431 618 359
 Secretary:  Greg McLeod 0417 811 838
 Address:  PO Box 18, Unley SA 5061
 Meetings:  Tuesdays at 6.00 for 6.30pm
 Castello's Cucina, 123 Fisher Street, Fullarton SA

President John Peacham 0431 618 359

Next week we have our Nepal eye team


Last Meeting

Venue:                        Castello's Cucina
Guest Speaker:           Dr Cathy Sanders
Guests:                        Rtn Heather Kilsby, plus Rob's assistants Eukabeth & Lucy
Attendance:                23 members  4 guests


President John welcomed our guests with a well delivered Anzac Day invocation theme. He asked members to respond promptly to his invitation to nominate the Committees on which they wish to serve next year.....membership and public image need help. The Solomon Islands' project is expected to be wrapped up soon.

Guest Speaker: Dr Cathy Sanders - Rotary Youth Exchange and Beyond

Paul Duke introduced Cathy who had been a Parkside GP for much of her working life. In the medical field she has a special interest in prevention, mental health and women's health. She has served on a number of State Government committees, including family doctor reviews and is on the board of the SA Post Graduate Medical Education Association. Her 'outside interests' include family, friends, fitness, food and hiking.
Cathy explained that she was shanghaied into this little adventure by Bob Mullins with whom she was having a chat at the Thrift Shop and he discovered she was a former RYE student, It all began back in 1974 when she was a year 12 student at Walford and was invited by a Rotarian friend of her father to apply. Which she did, and won a spot. 3 months of training intermingled with exams followed. This gave her the opportunity to understand the protocols, requirements, risks, and opportunities plus meet with former RYE students and other students heading for North America. She flew out after a big send off  to join RC Waterdown (near Ontario) in Canada on 15 January 1975 for 12 months. Her mentor and initial host family lived on the shore of Lake Ontario near Hamilton. 6 other families took their turn at hosting. Memories include the splendid lake setting, the rural experience, well structured programs of learning and fun, and the not to be forgotten PANCAKES AND MAPLE die for.....but not helpful weight wise. Initially she was enrolled in the local high school where she also did cheer-leading, badminton and euchre. There was a monthly meeting of exchange students. Rotary meetings each week involved numerous speeches about Australia and much travel. Scenic highlights included Niagara Falls, Canadian West Coast, the Rockies and Quebec. 
After 4 months of high school Cathy elected to study at a nursing school to test whether medicine, among her various career options, would be worth pursuing.....and it was. Cathy described the spectacular Canadian seasons: winter with its snow blanket, skiing, ice skating, ice sailing and curling; spring with its fabulous flowers and gathering of maple syrup; summer with sunshine and the best of holidays in shacks...heaven; fall (autumn) with its beautiful colours. It was an action packed year - the transition was abrupt but at least she arrived back to sunshine in Adelaide. In 1976 she became a first year med student and Haydn Bailey was in her class.
36 years was spent in her Parkside practice, only retiring 2 years ago. During that time overseas trips took her back to Ontario, and she has hosted 4 club members here. Other than her ongoing medical interests she is involved in coastal revegetation on the Yorke Peninsula and Dark Sky at Carrickalinga.
And what did the RYE do for Cathy:
  • life-long connections and great fun
  • highlighted the generosity of the Rotary community
  • inculcation of service above self
  • embracing of opportunities and taking risks
'The luckiest of people'
Cathy was applauded for her address and many questions followed.
President John spoilt the party by asking if anyone could repeat the core values of Rotary. Of course we all knew what they were - diversity, friendship, integrity, service and leadership.


Jerry Casburn wants members to Save the Date, namely 8-10 June long weekend, when a pleasurable working bee is planned for Calperum.

Paul Duke announced that our meeting in 2 weeks time (7 May) will be a quiz night challenge with RC Edwardstown at the Maid of Aukland Hotel, It was estimated that we would have about 20 starters...Jerry to put out the invitation tomorrow.

Kate Porter relayed a message from Chris Davis about the need for volunteers to soon distribute the posters for the Pride of Workmanship Awards along Unley Rd....there was a positive response.


President John announced that the Thrift Shop had revenue of $2229 last week.....excellent. On Saturday, Christina will be doing Vera's afternoon shift at the shop and Jerry will be doing Jason's. The highlight of the night came when the editor purloined the filthy lucre. Wendy and Heather also did well.
Nice work of President John to finish on time after telling an old Irish joke.


Alex's funeral will be held 10am Friday 26 April 2024 at Peter Elberg, 280 Grange Rd, Flinders Park.
There will be a Wake the following day 12 noon Saturday 27 April at La Vita, 342 Grange Rd, Kidman Park. Those attending the wake need to RSVP his partner Irene by Monday 22 April - her number is 0402 465 652.

Rotary International News

Ukrainian refugee joins with Rotarians to help people back home

By Heidi Rickels, past president of the Rotary E-club of WASH
Posted on 
Rotarians have partnered with a solar energy company to provide solar generators that power critical      medical equipment at front-line hospitals in Ukraine. Photo by Olena Vynohradova
As a Rotarian and development professional, I’ve witnessed many remarkable stories of resilience and compassion. One that deeply touched my heart is that of Yurii Zinchenko, a highly accomplished lawyer with more than 20 years of experience practicing and teaching law in Ukraine. As his apartment building burned, he fled his home in eastern Ukraine, along with his wife, Vitalina, and their young daughter, Anastasia, in February of 2022.
The journey for the Zinchenko family was marked by hardship and uncertainty as they navigated the perilous path westward, fleeing the violent Russian invasion alongside countless other Ukrainians desperate for safety. It was a journey filled with displacement, confusion, and fear, which ultimately led to a beacon of hope.
Yurii Zinchenko
Through the Uniting for Ukraine program, the Zinchenkos found respite in Whitefish, Montana, thanks to the kindness of a local doctor and the formation of a sponsor circle through the Whitefish United Methodist Church. The community rallied around them, offering shelter, resources, and a renewed sense of belonging and support.
Yurii, driven by a deep desire to help his homeland and its people, began sharing his family’s story with local community groups and churches. My heart was moved by the stark difference in the images that he shared of his home city of Kharkiv before and since the invasion. Inspired by his resilience and determination, I approached him and mentioned the international network of Rotarians who might be interested in helping his people. Maybe we could all do something together.
Together with the Rotary Club of Evergreen, Colorado, and the Rotary Club of Kharkiv New Level, we founded the Rotarian-led Ukraine Resilience Campaign. Our mission was clear: to deliver much-needed aid to front-line hospitals in Ukraine.
Serendipitously, we connected with New Use Energy, a solar energy company run by a Ukrainian-American CEO and former Rotary Scholar, Paul Shmotolokha. Through our Power Up Ukraine program, we raised funds and were able to supply solar generators, which were delivered directly to hospitals in Kharkiv and Kherson. These generators became a lifeline, powering critical medical equipment and ensuring that healthcare professionals could continue their life-saving work amid chaos and constant danger.
Yurii’s journey didn’t end there. With the support of Rotarians, he was encouraged to pursue his dream of studying law in the United States. A global grant scholarship from The Rotary Foundation made his aspirations a reality, allowing him to enroll at the University of California-Irvine School of Law in the Master of Laws (LL.M.) program for foreign lawyers. At UCI, Yurii has become a diligent student and noted leader among his peers, being nominated to represent his program in the law school’s graduation ceremony this May.
Yurii’s dedication extends beyond academics. He continues to volunteer tirelessly, bridging connections between the Ukraine Resilience Campaign, Rotarians, hospitals, and critical facilities in Ukraine. Upon graduation, while he studies for the bar exam, he is seeking employment as a paralegal focused on immigration law, assisting Ukrainian and Eastern European refugees.
“My life’s paradigm was shattered but not lost, said Yurii. “It was reformed. I am more dedicated than ever to supporting and spreading the benefits of the rule of law and helping others.”
The impact of our joint efforts through the Ukraine Resilience Campaign continues to grow. We’ve expanded our initiatives to include supporting Rotarian efforts for emergency water interventions in the Pump Up Ukraine program. In the Med Up Ukraine program, we are partnered with Project C.U.R.E., the world’s largest distributor of donated medical supplies and equipment, which hopes to deliver an additional 30-40 containers of medical relief to Ukraine by the end of 2024.
The Ukraine Resilience Campaign has become a symbol of solidarity, uniting Rotarians and communities worldwide in a shared mission of empowering health, hope, and continued resilience. Together, we are working to turn the page on a dark chapter in Ukraine and help write a new narrative of compassion and resilience.
Yurii’s words resonate deeply: “My life’s paradigm was shattered but not lost … Peace is the only hope for our future.”

Coffee Chat at Impressa, Unley Shopping Centre

10.30 am on the first Friday of the month is good for a chat with Rotary friends and a caffeine fix - Next one is Friday 3 May 2024

Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday 30 April 2024 6 for 6.30pm Castello's Cucina
Guest Speakers: Jason Booth, Brendan Kenny and members of Nepal Eye Teams  Nepal
Welcoming team: Nathan White & Vivienne Wood
Tuesday 7 May 2024 6 for 6.30pm Quiz night at the Maid of Aukland with RC Edwardstown.
Apologies and Meeting Enquiries to: Secretary Greg McLeod on 0417 811 838 or email to
Venue Set-up Enquiries to: Bulletin Editor Stephen Baker on 0403 687 015

Saturday Thrift Shop Roster

Early Shift: 10.00am to 1.00pm    Late Shift: 1.00pm to 4.00pm 
Week 1: 4 May 2024    
Early: Jerry Casburn & Haydn Baillie |  Late: Robyn Carnachan & Ken Haines (Leonie Kewen)
Week 2: 11 May 2024  
Early: Greg Mcleod & Wendy Andrews |  Late: Virginia Cossid & Vera-Ann Stacy
Week 3: 18 May 2024 
Early: David Middleton & Nathan White  |  Late: Vera Holt & Rhonda Hoare
Week 4: 27 April 2024  
Early: Stephen Baker & Judi Corcoran |  Late: Jerry Casburn (Jason Booth) & Christina Way (Vera-Ann Stacy)
Week 5:      
Early: Bob Mullins & Wendy Andrews |  Late: Virginia Cossid & Paul Duke
Rotarians, who are unable to attend as rostered, please arrange a swap or as a very last resort contact: Vivienne Wood 0408 819 630; e-mail:

Mitre 10 and Bunnings Barbeques 

The Mitre 10 BBQs are the first and third Saturdays of each month. Morning shift 8.30am - 12 noon; afternoon shift 12.00 - 3.30pm, then one is Saturday 4 May
ALL the Bunnings Mile End Barbeque shifts are from 8am to 5pm
Morning shift: 8.00am – 12.30pm | Afternoon shift: 12.30 – 5pm
We have been allocated the last Monday of each month and the next one is Monday 29 April

The Tale End.....

More Australian Humour
As the old stockman lay dying, she sat beside him wiping his fevered brow. Raising himself up on one elbow, he spoke: 
"Ethel you have been through it all with me. Remember when I got trampled in the stampede? You were there."
"And when I lost all that money at the cattle sale, you were at my side."
"And now I have been shot by a rustler, here you are again. You know Ethel, I am beginning to think that you are bad luck."
At the Ockers picnic, they were selling coffee at 50c per mug. The queue of mugs stretched around the corner.
Now for some US lawyer humour
American lawyers are the most ruthless in the world. One was approached by the Devil who told him he could fix all his cases so that he never lost, would double his fees, become a millionaire before he turned 30 and live to be a hundred.
"All I want is your soul," said the Devll, " your parents' souls, your wife's soul, and your children's souls."
"Okay,it's a deal," he said, "But what's the catch?"
Two young women who had not met for years were recounting their experiences since their school days.
"I'm delighted to say I married a lawyer and an honest man."
"Isn't that bigamy?" asked the other.
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