THE UNLEY ROTARIAN: Meeting 4381 - 9 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 are into Angel Flights


Last Meeting

Venue:                        Castello's Cucina
Guest Speaker:           Vicki Kanakaris
Guests:                        Rob's assistants Eukabeth & Peter
Attendance:                21 members 3 guests


President John invocationed us with a fine piece poetry (such natural talent which augurs well for the future) and welcomed our guests. He reported that at the close of nominations last Tuesday, no one had put their hand up to be the inaugural Rotary Community Leader for our group......'twas left for the clubs to entice/strong arm a suitable candidate. There was a Committee meeting last week, the results of which are contained in the members' section of our website.....JP to key in John and Christina. Changeover is scheduled for 2 July here - special night being planned.  He reminded of the music night at Tabor College this coming Friday and urged strong attendance......the invitation to be reissued by Greg. Rhonda informed about how much effort the College was making to support our Youth Music Awards.

Guest Speaker: Vicki Kanakaris - Multicultural Aged Care

In the absence of Paul in Japan, President John introduced Vicki who is an accomplished leader in the field of cultural diversity, currently holding the role of Cultural Diversity Lead at Multicultural Aged Care. In this capacity, she focuses on advancing information, training and education initiatives across both metropolitan and regional South Australia, within the aged care sector. She works with other stakeholders in the aged care sector to increase inclusiveness and compassion for those who come from non-English speaking backgrounds.....culturally and linguistically diverse. The Commonwealth Government funds trainers for this purpose. Much of her contribution was about the My Aged Care program which was established in 2012.

Even after over 10 years this program can be difficult to understand and access. Persons over 65 who are failing to cope eg through falls, memory loss, incapacity, hospital discharge etc, can call the hot-line which will then determine whether they should be formally assessed in 1 hour interviews in their homes for inclusion in the Commonwealth  Home Support and Package Care Program. A full range of practical home care support is available from meeting daily personal needs, to mobility aids and equipment, and even social outings. Transitional care is common for those living alone. In the home support package there are levels 1-4. Packages provide about $10,000/year worth of assistance at Level 1, $18,000 at Level 2, $39,000 at Level 3 and $59,000 at Level 4. Money is paid by the Government to a service provider who charges a fee for managing each client. Care needs to be taken in the choice of providers. There are 3 types of care namely, Home Care, Short Term Care and nursing homes. The Regional Assessment Service (RAS) determines eligibility for Home Support while the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) determines level of support from home care to nursing home care. Participants in the schemes are subject to income tests to determine their contributions.

There is a Translating and Interpreting Service available as well as special help for deaf and vision impaired. There are a number of over 65s in strife who are incapable of communicating by phone or  via the web to provide relevant detail. Often a family member, friend or neighbour is called upon to represent them. In their absence an advocate can be appointed. Multicultural Aged Care often performs an advocacy role to help the most vulnerable. They also work closely with groups such as Catalyst.

Vicki was thanked for her full-some report on My Aged Care.

The bottom line is - order a very fast scooter!


John Peacham advised that Virginia had called in sick, and that Christina and Marie who had recently moved houses would appreciate some help with picture hanging.

Christina Way had a somewhat sad Thrift Shop tale.....her prized coat, which she took off and left in the back of the shop while she worked, was put out for sale and quickly snapped up. Great to know that someone else appreciates your taste in clothing.

Rhonda Hoare needs a replacement for Robyn who is helping with PETS on May 4.


Ken Haines purloined the cash, while visitor Peter plus Greg [AGAIN] scored late easter presents.......Greg's dentist must be worth a fortune>
President John closed the meeting at 7.58pm with a widow's tale.

Rotary International News

Rotary projects around the globe - April 2024


United States

OysterFest has been a calendar highlight of the Pacific Northwest’s fishing industry for more than four decades. The two-day festival is hosted by the Rotary Club of Shelton Skookum, Washington. Last year’s event, held in October, attracted 13,000 seafood enthusiasts and raised $170,000 for community organizations. Seasoned seafarers and landlubbers alike got in some serious shelling, as the victor in a speed-shucking competition opened 24 oysters in 73 seconds. The champion in the half-shell — a separate challenge that also accounts for presentation, with penalties for errant cuts — clocked in at an adjusted time of 2 minutes and 10 seconds. “It is quite an event with the crowd cheering on their favorite to win,” says Laurie Brown, the club’s president-nominee. “Anyone can sign up, but most of the shuckers come from the various shellfish farms or restaurants.”


Passing rates on secondary school entrance exams that have dipped as low as 50 percent have vexed officials in Suriname. The Rotary Club of Paramaribo Residence, whose members include several teachers or retired educators, is aiming to improve those results and reduce dropout rates. In October, the club instituted a mathematics training project for around two dozen teachers at schools serving older children. The program includes courses on topics such as set theory, equations, functions, plane geometry, and trigonometry. “You have to use mathematics at every level of your life, and statistics show that in Suriname kids have low grades” in the subject, says club member Yvonne Mohabir. A retired school dean and Rotarian, Ewald Levens, leads the sessions, which are funded with the support of the Dutch Association of Mathematics Teachers.


The Rotary Club of Macau’s meeting place — one of the world’s most profitable casinos — has turned out to be an ace in the hole for the club. Sands China, the operator of The Venetian Macao, sponsors the club’s signature project, a Christmas party for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It supports the gala that is the club’s primary fundraiser. And in December, Sands employees were among about 200 volunteers involved in a club effort to assemble 27,000 hygiene kits destined for the Philippines. The packages were provided to an organization that collects bath items from hospitality companies to be recycled and redistributed. Club President João Francisco Pinto says the club’s projects align with Sands’ philanthropic endeavors. 


Nigeria has one of the world’s highest breast cancer mortality rates, a statistic that has not gone unnoticed by the Rotary Club of Ikoyi. “With an incredibly scary rise of the incidence of breast cancer in Nigeria, the club became saddled with the huge responsibility of combating this scourge with every resource available,” says club member Winifred Ebiye Imbasi. The club partnered with the Sarah Ayoka Oduwaiye Foundation to conduct free breast cancer screenings for more than 500 women at Lagos Island General Hospital in July 2023 and for 400 women in the neighborhood of Obalende in December. In January, the club held a Jazz Nite concert and awards ceremony at the Alliance Française theater to raise awareness.


A stroll inspired Rod Morrison to suggest that his Rotary club in southeast Australia offer public tours of a structure that has long loomed beside the Barwon River: the 1878 Fyansford Paper Mill. Though listed by Australia as a heritage site, the mill and its legacy hadn’t received their due, says Morrison, a member of the Rotary Club of Highton. Rotary members pored over old photos and drawings to assemble displays for the 75-minute guided tours, which began in 2022. The mill made paper out of rags, ship sails, frayed rope, military uniforms, reeds, and other old fabrics until it closed in 1923. “It was one of Australia’s first recyclers,” Morrison says. During World War II the plant served as a secret sea mine facility for the Royal Australian Navy. The heritage tours have already generated more than US$12,000 for community projects, along with enthusiasm for history.

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 16 April 2024 6 for 6.30pm Castello's Cucina
Guest Speaker: Owen Cress Angel Flights
Welcoming team: Vera-Ann Stacy & Garry Taylor
Tuesday 23 April 2024 6 for 6.30pm Castello's Cucina
Guest Speaker: Dr Cathy Saunders former Rotary exchange student
Welcoming team: Vera-Ann Stacy & Garry Taylor
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 & Leonie Kewen
Week 2: 13 April 2024  
Early: Greg Mcleod & Wendy Andrew) |  Late: Virginia Cossid & Vera-Ann Stacy
Week 3: 20 April 2024 
Early: David Middleton & Nathan White  |  Late: Vera Holt & Rhonda Hoare
Week 4: 27 April 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 20 April
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 29 April

The Tale End.....

Jerry's contribution towards your everlasting enjoyment.......if you are a fan of Donald just substitute another name!
A little Aussie humour to make up for the above
An Englishman, a Scot and an Australian went for a job. The boss asked them all the same question, "What is the capital of Ireland?"
"New York," said the Scot.
"No, it's Vancouver," said the Englishman.
"Fools!" said the Australian, "Anybody knows the capital of Ireland is Brussels."
The Australian got the job because he was the closest.
Kevin and Bruce had overstayed their holiday in England and were in desperate need of a job, so they responded to an ad in 'The Times', namely "Two butlers needed for Scottish mansion - reference a must".
The reference was an initial problem, but they sorted this with some Aussie ingenuity. They wrote each others.
When they were ushered before the lady of the mansion they proffered their references but she brushed them aside. "Later," she said, " First I would like to check your knees as formal wear requires a kilt, so please drop your trousers."
The lads thought it a bit strange, but they did so. "Not bad," she said, "Now you can show me your testimonials."
When they picked themselves up from the gravel driveway. Kevin said: "With a little more education we would have got that job."
A migrant went for a job and he was told he would have to pass an IQ test. When he asked what an IQ test was, the employer explained that someone with an IQ of 150 would be admitted to university, but a bloke with an IQ of 50 would have trouble tying his shoelaces.
"Oh," said the migrant, "So that's why so many Australians wear thongs."
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