THE UNLEY ROTARIAN: Meeting 4379 - 26 March 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 Behind the Badge


Last Meeting

Venue:                        Food on the Table
Event:                         Vocational dinner at FOTT
Guests:                       Heaps - Rtn Briony Casburn, Rtn Bronwyn Kenny, Di Duke, Linda Matthews, Charles McLean, Harry McLean, Chris Parrington, Mal Parrington, Seamus Pitcher, Janet Rice plus Rob's assistants Eukabeth and Ruby
Attendance:                 23 members and 13 guests


President John opened the meeting at 6.33pm and welcomed everyone to Food at The Table. He thanked members who helped at the Julia Farr occasion last Sunday and the Variety Club zoo occasion for children with disabilities today. Much gratitude for those who had muscled the less than light trailer to the zoo exit. Next week he will provide a progress report on the District reorganisation.

Dinner at the Table - Roxy Jones

Meals of roast beef and Atlantic salmon were served. General Manager Roxy then provided a briefing on Food on the Table. It stemmed from Cafe outside the Square in Whitmore Square about 7 years ago. The cafe morphed into a NFP organisation providing meals for the homeless and needy from 2017-19...about 30,000 meals per year were served from the premises. To broaden the scope and clientele it was decided to deliver meals rather that provide at the premises. 18 months ago they were forced to move and chose 2 Chief St, Hindmarsh to cook the meals and to hold fundraising functions. From 2017 - 2024 300,000 meals have been cooked, most of which have been delivered in fresh or frozen form to partnering organisations feeding the needy. They have 15 partners including Hutt St Centre and Puddle Jumpers.
The major fundraising function is Soup and Sleep which will be held on 6 June this year - last year it raised $300,000. Sponsored supporters cook meals (8,500 last year) and are then meant to sleep out under the stars in the car park to get a taste of life in the rough.
The hall is used for fundraising events such as that tonight with our club. There are 3 paid staff and the remainder are volunteers cooking and dispensing about 2,500 meals per week. Cooking shifts run from 9-12 and 1-4 each weekday. Foodbank is a major supplier of ingredients. Consideration is being given to expanding into the regions. Harmonious relationships are maintained with the Anzano Social Club which owns the premises.
Of special note - Paul Duke, who survived last year's wet adventure, has volunteered his 3 grandsons for this year's event.....that's what leadership is all about! And Christina Way is joining in this year as well, perhaps intending to look after Paul, but he will be home in the warmth. .
Roxy thanked us and we thanked her.


President John closed the meeting at 7.31pm......a new record.

Rogues Gallery

Variety Club sausage bash at the zoo for kids with disabilities and their excess of 1000.
Serving up a storm with RC Campbelltown
Wining and dining at FOTT....the editor's camera does not adjust for light differentials but you all already knew this.......

Rotary International News

Empowering and elevating women in the workplace

Posted on 
By Lee Ann Searight, RI membership resources specialist
This International Women’s Day, 8 March, the Membership Development team at RI produced a webinar on the future of women in leadership. As I researched the issue, I read an article about women’s place in the global economy and their challenges in achieving gender equity. The UN estimates it will take up to 286 years to close gaps in legal protection and remove discriminatory laws and 140 years for women to be represented equally in positions of power and leadership in the workplace. But despite these challenges, the panelists remained hopeful.
Manjoo Phadke, recipient of the 2023-24 Sylvia Whitlock Award, spoke about empowering women to realize their potential rather than just handing them power. She believes that winning this award gives her one more tool to inspire confidence in the women around her and encourage them to lead.
Angela Walker, who has held leadership positions at both the club and district levels in Rotary, talked about the challenges women leaders face and the importance of perseverance. She said women need the strength not to let roadblocks discourage them from becoming who they want to be as leaders. Aja Castillo, the panel’s moderator, emphasized the importance of allowing women to hold positions of authority and supporting them in navigating those tricky spaces.
Throughout the webinar, the panelists offered practical suggestions for supporting women in leadership – from mentoring and sponsoring to being a good ally. They stressed the need to understand the difference between equity and equality and to step back so others can step forward.
Reflecting on what I learned from the webinar, I’m reminded that we all have a role in advancing gender equity – regardless of gender. Whether learning more about the issues facing women or using our voices to speak up for their advancement, we can all make a difference.

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 this Friday 5 April 2024

Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday 2 April 2024 6 for 6.30pm Castello's Cucina
Guest Speakers: Behind the Badge with Garry, Vivienne and ......
Welcoming team: Rachel Randall & Ross Smith
Tuesday 9 April 2024 6 for 6.30pm Castello's Cucina
Guest Speaker: Vicki from Multicultural Aged Care
Welcoming team: Rachel Randall & Ross Smith
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: 6 April 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: 30 March 2024      Shop closed for Easter
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 on 6 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.....but next one is 31 March (Easter Sunday)

The Tale End.....

Life after 21
These are actual ads seen in “The Villages” Florida newspaper.  Who says seniors don’t have a sense of humor!
Sexy, fashion-conscious blue-haired beauty, 80’s, slim, 5’4 (used to be 5’6) searching for sharp-looking, sharp-dressing companion.  Matching white shoes and belt a plus.
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Recent widow who has just buried fourth husband, looking for someone to round out a six-unit plot.  Dizziness, fainting, shortness of breath, not a problem.
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Active grandmother with original teeth seeking a dedicated flosser to share rare steaks, corn on the cob and caramel candy.
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I can usually remember Monday through Thursday.  If you can remember Friday, Saturday and Sunday, let’s put our two heads together.
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MINT CONDITION Male, 1940 model, high mileage, good condition, some hair, many new parts including hip, knee, cornea, valves.  Isn’t in running condition, but walks well.
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A lady in the Villages in Florida (a senior retirement community), was sitting on a bench, near another bench with a gentleman sitting on the bench.
She asked him if he was new to the community and he said “no, I have owned a condo here for 20 years.”
She then said “I have been here for 15 years and I have never seen you around!”
He then said “I have been in prison for the last 17 years.”
She was stunned and asked him what he had done.
He said that he had murdered his first wife!
She was stunned again and after a long pause she said…
So you’re SINGLE???
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