THE UNLEY ROTARIAN: Meeting 4384 - 30 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 Quizzing with Edwardstown


Last Meeting

Venue:                          Castello's Cucina
Guest Speakers:         Jason Booth and the Nepal Eye Team
Guests:                         Rtn Bronwyn Kenny, Rtn Janet Rice, Alice Edge, Tom Bielby, Evie Booth, Zac Grivell, Alisa Luong Vo, Olivia Sodano, Justin Yee, plus Rob's assistants Eukabeth & Peter
Attendance:                 28 members  11 guests


PP Jerry Casburn chaired the meeting in the absence of John Peacham who was crook (medically speaking). JC welcomed almost all of our many guests. Alice Edge is now in charge of Unley Salvos. President John needs members to supply their preferred committees for next year ASAP. Di Clements has been nominated as the inaugural Group Community Leader - closing date for any objection is 7 May. The PETS (President Elect Training Scheme) will be held this Saturday followed by the District Assembly on Sunday at St Michael's College, Henley Beach. There will be a coffee chat this Friday at Impressa and the Bunnings BBQ yielded $1043 yesterday. Volunteers are welcome to join the happy mob of snag incinerators.

Guest Speakers: Jason Booth and Nepal Eye Team

Jason Booth informed that the trip to Nepal in March was the 21st which he had led. This year there were 2 teams running in parallel for 2 weeks comprising 40 Australians (Optometry specialists, and students, with Rotary support) and 40 Nepalese counterparts, from 1 - 15 March 2024. The Australian support contingent was drawn from Mclaren Vale, Wodonga, Dubbo, Brisbane and Hervey Bay. Since its inception the scheme has delivered over US$5m aid in eye health and vision care. He presented the team members who were able to attend our meeting :
From left to right we have Alisa Luong Vo, Zac Grivell, Rtn Bronwyn Kenny, Evie Booth, Tom Bielby, Rtn Janet Price, Olivia Sodano with Jason and Jerry
Zac and Tom flew into Katmandu to commence their 15 days in Nepal. The team had 6 Flinders Uni students in it with support and Nepalese counterparts. They headed for the hills of Jujarkot into an area prone to earthquakes.....very stark. And slept in tents for 6 nights.....notable for the first night of thunder. lightening and heavy rain. From the initial base there was a continuum of eye camps in various locales. The hilly terrain and large number of people seeking tests made for an exhausting trip. Clinics where the testing and fitting of glasses took place provided space for 3 optoms to work at any one time plus there was a dispensing room to ensure glasses were fitted properly. Many of the patients walked for hours to the clinics. The rewards for the teams were the grateful Nepalese smiles.
In all, there were 3685 people tested, 107 recommended for cataract surgery and 1871 glasses fitted.
Olivia and Alisa from the second team (with 3 Australian and 2 Nepalese optoms) provided an account of how each day progressed. After receiving a tour of Katmandu they headed into East Nepal. In their first eye camp 339 people were tested, 13 recommended for eye surgery and 173 glasses fitted....quite a slow start. In Camp 2 at the Sindhuli hospital on the 4th day numbers rocketed and teams  worked for more than 12 hours, 525 people were tested, surgery recommended for 13 and 148 glasses fitted, before a bus trip to the next camp. Large numbers turned up at each of the following camps in the District, although there was a day off for the Holi Festival. Nepal belly (as distinct from Delhi belly) reared its ugly head at Camp 6 with poorly cooked chicken being the prime suspect. Their team completed 4193 tests, 249 recommended for surgery and 2433 fitted with glasses. It was a testing trip but with much reward. Olivia has picked up on some of the language.
Jason emphasised that the glasses were funded by the eye team members. Dark glasses are also much in demand to provide better eye protection. 15kg of them had been ordered but did not arrive in time. Each of the eye clinics has an affiliation with a hospital where the cataract surgery is carried out; some of it is paid for by team supporters like RC Edwardstown. 
Bronwyn Kenny (who has been on the eye trips 6 times) related how she and Brendan had also been working with donors to resurrect a medical clinic formerly built by Malaysian interests.....the Nepalese can use all the medical help they can get.
Jerry lavished praise on Jason and team members for their humanitarian efforts - he had been on an earlier trip. It was a heart warming rendition and the team was roundly applauded.


Paul Duke explained that quiz participants at the Maid of Auckland next Tuesday needed to be there between 5.45pm and 6.i5pm to order meals from the extensive menu. It was also fortuitous today at the Thrift Shop with takings of $640. Jerry could not resist informing Paul that they had outpointed him on Saturday.

Chris Davis is aiming to have the Pride of Workmanship posters distributed down Unley Rd during the week commencing 13 May.....he will confirm volunteers. The Teacher's Award documentation is progressing well and it is intended to hold the presentation here on 22 October 2024.

Patsy Beckett informed that the protective barrier at Mitre10 BBQ is yet to be installed and there will be no more BBQing until this is done.

Garry Taylor again reminded of the Quiz Night on 29 June. To date only 2 of the 20 tables have been booked. Justin Yee, with us tonight, is organising the musical segment. Please donate more wine for the wine wall.

Jason Booth advised that respiratory issues (presumably altitude related) were common for Nepal eye team members and Detmold had donated masks.


Marie won the filthy lucre and Evie Booth and Virginia scored the chocolates. Jerry mentioned that the medical fridge booklets were almost ready for distribution and each member would be allocated 5 to sell.
The meeting finished in fine style at 7.50pm.

Rotary International News

Rotary’s Give Every Child a Future program vaccinates 100,000 young people

The island countries of the South Pacific are tropically warm, economically diverse, and really, really far apart. In this region, which spans millions of square miles, even individual countries’ islands are scattered across vast distances. Public health workers face unique challenges in vaccinating the islands’ children.
“It’s hard to transport vaccines to the outer islands because of the distance and transport availability. Sometimes they have to wait one to three months to get a boat across,” says Rufina Tutai, who oversees immunizations for the Cook Islands. The 15 islands in her jurisdiction are spread over nearly 2 million square kilometers (770,000 square miles).
“Flights are expensive to charter, and we’re lucky if a flight can go to the outer islands in less than two weeks,” she adds.
Such obstacles didn’t deter the Rotarians of Australia, New Zealand, and several Pacific Island countries from organizing a major vaccination program in the islands. Called Give Every Child a Future, the effort – which celebrates 100 years of Rotary in the region – is providing three new vaccines to 100,000 children in nine Pacific Island groups: the Cook Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.
“Public health programs in the developing world are some of the most effective forms of assistance we can provide. The payback is just enormous,” says James Allen, a member of the Rotary Club of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, and the project’s director. “We agreed that the Pacific was the area we wanted to focus on because it was in both New Zealand’s and Australia’s backyards.”
Give Every Child a Future took about eight years to develop. At first, the Rotary members knew only that they wanted to raise enough money to have a major impact on childhood health – more than US$1 million. Their goal didn’t crystallize until they found a partner capable of helping them carry out the kind of effort they dreamed of. UNICEF, which has frequently worked with Rotary, was the ideal partner. At first, though, UNICEF officials weren’t certain the Rotary members could fund a comprehensive intervention.
“It took several emails before they realized I was serious,” Allen says. “But then they came back and said, ‘This sounds like a really good idea.’”
UNICEF’s representatives suggested that the effort focus on immunizing children using new vaccines for rotavirus, pneumococcal bacteria, and human papillomavirus (HPV). Rotavirus, which causes diarrheal disease in very young children, and pneumonia are among the top three causes of mortality in Pacific Islander children under five, says Libby Hodgson, chief marketing officer for UNICEF Australia. And HPV vaccination for adolescent girls can prevent them from developing cervical cancer later in life.
“We looked for gaps in the routine immunization schedule in those countries, and at the impact those diseases were having on children,” Hodgson says. “There’s also a high burden of cervical cancer cases across the Pacific, and most of that is attributable to HPV.”
The scope of the program meant that Rotary clubs in the region needed to raise around US$3.9 million – almost twice what they’d initially imagined. “We thought, ‘Well, that’s ambitious.’ But after all, we wanted to do something significant,” Allen says.
Ultimately, the members applied for 23 global grants, securing more than US$980,000 in funds from The Rotary Foundation. The program was also funded by about US$807,000 in District Designated Funds, US$990,000 from clubs and individual members, US$264,000 from other foundations, and US$860,000 from the Australian government.
That funding paid for much more than vaccines. It was used to purchase special refrigerators, insulated containers, and other equipment to keep vaccines cool and transport them to the most distant islands. The health ministries in the nine island groups will be able to use this equipment for many years. That fulfills the project’s other goal of helping the targeted areas add the three vaccines to their regular immunization schedules.
“This program is not just about vaccinating 100,000 children,” says Michelle Tanner, 2016-17 president of the Rotary Club of Matamata, Waikato, New Zealand, and the marketing chair for Give Every Child a Future. “This program is about strengthening primary health care systems and vaccine delivery systems. It’s about expanding staff capacity and updating equipment. And it’s about updating policies and procedures, such as record-keeping.”
The program also trained almost 900 health workers, meeting a critical need.
“What we face is mainly a shortage of staff,” Tutai says. “That’s because it’s our policy to have at least two registered nurses double-check a vaccine before giving it to the child.”
Jennifer Jones, Rotary’s president in 2022-23, visited the Pacific Islands in March 2023 to review and promote the program.
“I had a chance to talk with one couple [whose] son had been immunized but still contracted rotavirus. Because of [the immunization], he was able to survive,” Jones said during her visit. “The fact that we can be here, that we can give every child a future – this is what we do. We deliver on the promises we make.”

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 3 May 2024

Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday 7 May 2024 5.45 for 6.15pm Maid of Auckland Hotel, 926 South Rd, Edwardstown.
(plenty of parking at rear) Early start to order meals.
Event: Quiz night with RC Edwardstown
Tuesday 14 May 2024 6 for 6.30pm Castello's Cucina
Event: Club consultations
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: 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: 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 will be notified when protective bollards are in place.
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.....

A simple treat......cartoons from decades ago when the world was flat
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