THE UNLEY ROTARIAN: Meeting 4386 - 14 May 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 is about the homeless


Last Meeting

Venue:                          Castello's Cucina
Event:                           Visit to Salvation Army Emergency Services Centre
Our Guests:                 Graham Ey plus Rob's assistants Carolina & Tarn
Attendance:                 12  members  3 guests

Salvos Visit

Our mate Reno Elms welcomed us to the Salvos State Emergency Services Centre which is in a very large warehouse building with 50' high walls......could set up an adventure climbing apparatus there. The complex also includes a sizable thrift shop plus Doorways which is full of cartons with kids stuff for needy families at Christmas time.
The meal served (without cost to us) was typical of that provided in the field during a bush-fire or flood emergency (as in Ki bushfires and Murray floods).........bangers......nicely charcoaled like we do at Bunnings accompanied by rice, veggies and gravy.  Reno mentioned that the CFS crews now like plenty of chips.To round it off we had fruit salad and icecream. In all, better than that which is cooked for the editor's wife.
Reno with the help of the famous Ruby Roo explained that there is a big transformation now taking place. The two main field trucks are William and Catherine, named after the Booths who founded the Salvos. William is due for the chop (another male bites the dust) to be replaced by a smaller more agile truck to improve flexibility. Catherine is getting a big make-over (as would be expected given the growing number of grey hairs) with fitting of wifi, solar panels and a range of new appliances. A new supply truck and freezer truck are on order, as are 2 utes, one of which will serve as a coffee dispenser. Reno aims to have all the changes in place by 21 September in time for the bushfire season, SA dodged a bullet this year with the relative scarcity of hot northerlies, but that will not continue if history is any guide. 
A tour of the premises followed. Catherine is a big kitchen on wheels with an impressive array of cooking,warming, cooling, and freezing equipment, plus an inbuilt generator.......about to get even better. See photo to the left of the potential motley crew for Catherine.
Reno is attending CFS training to forge stronger ties with the fire fighting community. He has a vision of training a Salvos group, much like the Army reserve, to assist during emergencies.  
Reno is doing a 60km walk for the Red Shield Appeal. He would appreciate our support. The editor undertook to send out the donation details to members as Salvos and Reno are both most worthy causes.
The visit finished a tad after 8pm......a worthy and well-fed night out!

Note from Reno

Red Shield Appeal 60 km walk for 60 Red Shield Appeal training …  … you can sponsor my walk which will take place on Wed May 29 … wouldn’t it be good if I could raise 60 x $100 ($6,000) and I’m 60 !!!

Rotary International News

Rotary projects around the globe - May 2024

By Brad Webber
A community kitchen built by the Rotary Club of Nuevo Santander at a local school is ensuring hundreds of children have meals in low-income neighborhoods of Nuevo Laredo, a city on the U.S. border. “Most of the houses in this area do not have running water or electricity,” says Club President Jorge Tello. The club launched the $150,000 project in 2018, and the kitchen at the Comedor Santa María school began operating in August 2020; meals were first served to-go due to the COVID-19 pandemic before the dining room opened in May 2021. “Operation costs for providing breakfast and lunch for 230 children every day is $9,300 a month,” Tello says. The funds are donated by businesses and individuals. Club members supervise the operation, and Rotarians are providing solar panels to the facility.
United States
The Viva! Vienna! festival offers a master class in how a special event can galvanize residents and community groups, says Gunnar Spafford, a member of the Rotary Club of Vienna, Virginia, which took on the project in the mid-1990s. The Memorial Day weekend event in a suburb of Washington, D.C., has grown into a celebration that features food, ukulele performances, singing princesses, and tributes to those who’ve died in military service. The 2023 event raised $230,000 and attracted 60,000 people. The biggest share of the proceeds, about $130,000, came from carnival rides. The next highest sum was brought in from vendors, who pay higher fees for spots closer to the town green, the hub of activity. “I see this as an opportunity to have other Rotarians experience Viva! Vienna! for the fundraising prowess it has,” Spafford says.
Thousands of Rotary members celebrated the centennial of Rotary in the Netherlands in 2023 in typical Dutch fashion: with a bicycle tour, specifically a yearlong, 3,100-mile journey on an electric cargo bicycle. Cyclists taking turns in the relay-style tour visited most of the roughly 500 clubs in the country. Past RI President Holger Knaack, district governors, and about 1,000 other revelers were on hand for the start of the relay in January at Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam. At the end of the ride in December in the province of Zeeland, Rotarians planted trees for a food forest, a type of food cultivation based on woodland ecosystems. “With the electric bike and the forest, we made many people aware of Rotary’s environment area of focus,” says Madelon Schaap, of the Rotary Club of Amsterdam-Zuid, immediate past governor of District 1580. The project made Rotary visible to the public. Schaap adds that “connecting the clubs and unifying them is a great achievement that we did not expect at the beginning.”
In December the Rotaract Club of Durrës delivered care packages to 30 families in need in the city on the Adriatic coast. Each package was tailored for the recipients, an approach that was important to the project’s success, says Club President Geri Emiri. Rotaractors gathered information on the number of family members, their genders, and their health needs before assembling the packages, which were supplied using monetary and in-kind contributions. The club distributed food packages, along with panettone (a Christmas sweet bread), lemonade, fruit and vegetables, hygiene goods, detergent, children’s books, toys, clothing, household appliances, and furniture. The aid “was modest and does not solve the problems of these families,” Emiri says, “but it aims to strengthen the relationships.”
A spinal surgery for a child in Burundi was made possible by the coordination of Rotary members on multiple continents. The young girl, named Maïssa, had early-onset scoliosis, a curvature of the spine. A team of Belgian surgeons working in the country found that she was in urgent need of intervention. A local doctor was not available, and her family could not afford to travel out of the country. So the doctors contacted Pierre De Vriendt, a member of the Rotary Club of Gand Maritime-Gent Haven with experience coordinating medical missions, to help recruit surgeons from India in hopes of finding a lower-cost option. Word of the girl’s need eventually reached Els Reynaers Kini of the Rotary Club of Mumbai Sobo, which supports the work of the Spine Foundation in India with the help of a Rotary Foundation global grant. In November, two doctors, Abhay Nene and Harshal Babulal Bamb, traveled at their own expense to Burundi, where they performed the first operation on Maïssa, now 6. Reynaers Kini, who intends to expand the medical work in Burundi, relays the gratitude of the girl’s mother, Martine Karabona: “Not only has Maïssa been given a new lease on life so she can grow into a confident woman, but along the way all of us have grown really close and are now truly one global family spread across India, Belgium, and Burundi.”

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 7 June 2024

Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday 21 May 2024 6 for 6.30pm Castello's Cucina
Guest Speaker: John Bauer Salvation Army Coordinator for the homelessness
Welcoming team: Wendy Andrews & Haydn Baillie
Tuesday 28 May 2024 6 for 6.30pm Castello's Cucina
Guest Speaker: Jerry Casburn The Rotary Foundation
Welcoming team: Wendy Andrews & Haydn Baillie
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: 1 June 2024    
Early: Jerry Casburn & (Haydn Baillie) |  Late: Robyn Carnachan & (Leonie Kewen)
Week 2: 8 June 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: 25 May 2024  
Early: Stephen Baker & Judi Corcoran |  Late: Jason Booth & 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 18 May 2024.
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 27 May

The Tale End.....

Jerry's contribution to your happiness
This email was sent by Stephen Baker
Rotary Club of Unley | PO Box 18 | Unley | SA | 5061 | Australia
Trusted email from ClubRunner Unsubscribe Unsubscribe
© ClubRunner 2002—2023. All rights reserved.