THE UNLEY ROTARIAN: Meeting 4377 - 12 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 - Wednesday - is about lawn bowling and camaraderie


Last Meeting

Venue:                        Castello's Cucina 
Guest Speaker:          Jenny Grant
Guests:                       Rob's assistants Eucabeth and Gemima
Attendance:                 25 members and 3  guests


President John invocated with the message of how much more is achieved working together (as we do in Rotary) rather than as individuals.

Guest Speaker: Jenny Grant - Hepatitis

Paul Duke introduced Jenny who was born in Ingle Farm and now lives near the water at West Lakes. Most of her professional life has been in public health and currently she is Hepatitis SA's education coordinator after being with Drug and Alcohol Services. She has 2 teenage sons, and enjoys tap dancing, cake making and camping.
Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver, often caused by alcohol, drugs and viruses. It causes scar tissue to form on the liver, The liver is robust and can regenerate rapidly. However if hepatitis is not treated properly there is the risk of developing fibrosis and cirrhosis which is serious.
Hepatitis A affects 600 people nationally, has flu like symptoms, is of a short term duration, and caused by fecal matter in water/food. It is readily treated with 2 doses of pills, with recipients then being immune for 30 years.
Hepatitis B affects about 237,000 Australians, but it can take 10 - 15 years before there are symptoms (ie an estimated 67,000 cases remain undetected)  and can cause serious liver damage if left untreated. It is transmitted through blood and sexual intercourse. Mothers with Hep B will give it to their babies......if the mothers condition is known, a course of 2 lots of medication for the baby will clear it up in 95% of cases, and there will be lifetime immunity thereafter. The Hep B vaccine was first developed in the late 1970s. 3 doses over 6 months will normally control the complaint. It is vital for Hep B sufferers to see their doctor every 6 months to avoid liver cancer.
Hepatitis C has been detectable through screening since 1990. It is transmitted through the blood only; the affected blood can remain active for 6 weeks. There are 120,00 - 150,000 Australians with it, 20% un-diagnosed. 1 in 4 of infected people reject the virus, but the remainder suffer. There is no vaccine. There is a risk of transmission through blood related events like injecting, dentistry, first aid, transfusion vaccination and needle stick but most of those areas are well covered by stringent health and safety requirements. The best way to manage potential Hep C problems if contracted through needle stick is to allow the wound to bleed and wash thoroughly in running water. The clear message is - Be Vigilant if exposed to blood from unknown sources.
Advisory and treatment services are available through Hepatitis SA for people with hepatitis and HIV issues. While some areas, such as defence, health care, blood donations and boxing, require clear evidence from participants of being hepatitis free, employees in other areas are not required to disclose their condition.. Considerable progress has been made in combating HIV/AIDS but hepatitis remains a work in progress.
Jenny was warmly congratulated for her address.....her next tap dancing lesson awaited.


President John raised 3 issues:
  • Nominations are now open for the next round of Rotary Peace Fellowships - the aim is to fill openings for 130 RPF University enrollments and 52 masters degrees......presumably across the globe. For further info, see Jerry.
  • At the Board meeting last week, the main item of discussion was the future of the Thrift Shop as our lease expires next year. A committee has been formed to report back to the club by September. John will place details of committee reports to the Board in the members section of our website.
  • Our club will be catering for the 80 - 100 participants in PETS [President-Elect Training Sessions] to be held at St Michael's Church, Henley Beach on 4 May and JP sought assurances that we could provide 4 volunteers for that purpose.........shouldn't be too hard - one large urn with instant coffee, water from the tap, and left overs from nearby bakeries.
Stephen Baker again informed that our annual bowls match with RC Mitcham will be next Wednesday 20 March,  6.15 for 6.30pm at the Sturt Bowling Club, Unley. A night of camaraderie and fun is guaranteed.....the formal competition has been scrapped. Pizzas will be served at the bowling finale. Cost of participating is $10 for the bowling and $10 for the pizzas. Please bring cash and wear flat shoes. Jerry will be issuing the invitations to get final numbers.
Paul Duke mentioned that we will be away from here for the next 2 weeks with the bowls and Food on the Table (special note for David M). Paul has been asked to include presentations of Behind the Badge,in multiple form instead of a guest speaker, or in addition to a guest speaker each week......members voted for both options........likely the first option will be exercised on April 2, with victims drawn in reverse alphabetical order.
Christina Way reinforced the need for full club participation in the visit to Food on the Table on Tuesday 26 March at 2 Chief Street, Hindmarsh. Timing is 6pm start, 9pm finish. The cost of the meal, alternate drops of Salmon and Roast Beef (both with seasonal vegetables) plus a glass of wine will be $41. We need 30 - 35 members and friends to attend. There will be a guest speaker from the organisation. Christina was also keen to raise our profile by handing out drinks during City to Bay Fun Run in September.
Chris Davis summarised progress from the Vocational Committee:
  • Our Unley Road Pride of Workmanship Awards each year may be about to change as Unley City Council is considering City-wide business awards
  • SAPOL appears to be favourably disposed to presenting the annual SA Police Officer of the Year Award (POOTY)  in the Goyder Pavilion at the Royal Show
  • Chris's proposal to initiate an annual best teachers award is progressing well with help from Council, and a presentation date penciled in for mid October.


Greg McLeod did it again with the raffle!!!!!!!!! He has collected more than his fair share of the money and is now plundering the wine cellar. Other recipients, included Vivienne (chocolates) and Paul (an unmarked small parcel).
The meeting closed late at 8.02pm - the puzzled look on many faces at the Prez's French butter joke was self explanatory. .

Rogues Gallery

From Nepal, we have Brendan seeking spiritual advice on how to fit glasses and, from Adelaide,  Haydn and Sue with RC Somerton Park luminaries at Foodbank blowing up paper bags.

Rotary International News

Bringing hope and joy to abandoned, neglected Filipino children

By Maurice Librea, past president of the Rotary Club of Cubao Edsa, Quezon City, Philippines

Posted on 

Members of the Rotary Club of Cubao Edsa visit with children at Cottolengo Filipino in Rodriguez, Philippines.

Recently, we celebrated the fourth year of our signature project by dedicating three hours to a facility that offers residential care for abandoned, neglected, and orphaned individuals with disabilities.

Cottolengo Filipino is located in Rodriguez, Rizal. On our visit, we encountered children with a range of disabilities – autism, cerebral palsy, mental illness, and more. Their frail physiques and innocent eyes conveyed stories of abandonment and longing. It was a gut-wrenching experience that weighed heavy on our hearts.

Our service project aimed to provide sustainable assistance to these special children, who are among the most vulnerable among us. We distributed school supplies and tablets in recognition of the transformative power of technology in teaching special education students – especially those with autism. In addition, we provided essentials like frozen food, milk, canned goods, and more to address basic needs.

But beyond the tangible items we brought, what truly shone through was the hope and joy we witnessed in those we came to visit. Spending time with these children and the dedicated caregivers at Cottolengo Filipino reminded us of the resilience of the human spirit. Despite their challenges, their laughter and smiles radiated hope and touched our hearts in ways we cannot fully express.

We didn’t just bring supplies, we immersed ourselves in the care of these special children. We spent time playing with them and engaging in activities that brought smiles to their faces and joy to their hearts. We looked after a child who required feeding through a nasogastric tube, ensuring their comfort and well-being throughout our visit. This hands-on approach allowed us to connect with the children on a deeper level, nurturing their physical and emotional needs with love and compassion.

It is our mission as Rotarians not only to create change but also to bring it home to these children who deserve every ounce of love and support we can offer. Let us continue to spread hope, joy, and compassion in every community we serve, making a difference in the lives of those who need it most.

Together, let’s be beacons of light to guide children toward brighter futures filled with love, opportunity, and endless possibilities.

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

Wednesday 20 March 2024 6.15 for 6.30pm Annual bowling event with RC Mitcham ...all about fun and camaraderie......, Sturt Bowling Club, Cnr Trimmer Tce and Edmund Ave, Unley.
Pizzas will be served after the bowling.  Modest cost TBA
Tuesday 26 March 2024 6pm Food on the Table 2 Chief Street, Hindmarsh
A vocational visit with guest speaker and meal - cost $41pp.
Inquiries to Christina Way 0403 131 510
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: 16 March 2024 
Early: David Middleton & Nathan White  |  Late: Vera Holt & Rhonda Hoare
Week 4: 23 March 2024  
Early: Stephen Baker & Judi Corcoran |  Late: Jason Booth & Vera-Ann Stacy
Week 5: 30 March 2024
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 16 March.
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.....some more nonsense

Important profiling
Fine dining quiz
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