THE UNLEY ROTARIAN: Meeting 4382 - 16 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 have Dr Cathy Sanders


Last Meeting

Venue:                        Castello's Cucina
Guest Speaker:           Owen Crees
Guests:                        Rtn Bronwyn Kenny, Roger Hoare & Mylo Merrett plus Rob's assistants Eukabeth & Lucy
Attendance:                24 members 6 guests


President John provided another enjoyable poetic opening about the spirit and fun of Rotary......and welcomed our guests. We had one minute's reflective silence in memory of Rotarian Alex Jonson.
Thanks to those who attended the Tabor musical event last Friday.
John reported on a recent Rotary membership webinar. The component strategies include examination of training structures, consolidation of material, audit of practices and targeting......mmmmmm......bit like scaling Mt Everest.
A memo will be sent this week asking members to specify their committee choices for 2024/25. There is a need to lift support for public image and membership. Under the new regionalisation approach, emphasis is meant to change from meeting centric to service centric.
Tomorrow will be our club's 89th birthday. [Greg Mcleod won a drink bottle for correct guess]

Guest Speaker: Owen Crees PhD - Angel Flights

Owen opened with a tall story. He was born into a 4th generation sugar cane farming family near Port Douglas and was sent to secondary boarding school. He won a scholarship in Chemistry to attend what is now James Cook University in Townsville, From there he joined the Sugar Research Institute in Mackay where he met his wife and won a Rotary International Fellowship to study at Bristol University - eminent in agricultural sciences - for 18 months. Rotarians were marvelous in their support while there. Thence back to Mackay (where his son and daughter were born) for 24 years. He learnt to fly and with a group of friends built a school. He worked in Brisbane for 5 years as CEO of Research Laboratories of Australia. Other adventures followed with the developing of world class printer technology, a medical start-up in Melbourne, on the board of Angel Flights and more recently with Aldinga Aviation.
Angel Flights was established in Australia in April 2003 by Bill Bristow with the first flight in May 2004. Its a bit like a dating service - there is a demand for transport from isolated communities and there is a supply of pilots who love flying. Originally the aim was to provide 300-400 humanitarian flights per year across Australia with small planes and volunteer pilots.To date there have been over 57,000 flights and about 5000 in SA. There are a range of circumstances to which AF will respond, with transport of sick children at the top of the list. Other common trips include: returning people to the country after an accident/sickness requiring hospitalisation in the city; bringing family members of sick patients; compassionate transfers for end-of-life and domestic violence; emergency supplies; and more recently, supporting doctors and nurses serving in the country. Covid brought interesting challenges and ingenuity in responses when passengers were being transported between States.
Flights are free! AF can access remote areas as most country towns have air strips, and is very flexible with its pick up and delivery. Importantly there are volunteer drivers waiting to take passengers to their destinations and back again to the plane without them having to rely on Uber. Places like KI, Eyre Peninsula and Oodnadatta are readily serviceable. Regional airlines are engaged when necessary. But there are limitations, namely there is no in-flight care, no time-critical patients can be carried, and passengers must be able to get in and out of the small planes.
There are about 4,500 volunteer drivers and 3000 volunteer pilots on their books, with 300-400 pilots active at any one time. Half are, or have been, commercial pilots and the other half amateur [who need at least 250 flying hours experience after licence qualification before they can be recruited] with an overall average flying time of 3,300 hours. Owen averages about 1 flight per week for AF in his 4 seater.
Pilot cancellations are never criticised - if they feel uncomfortable, they should not be in the air. Most bookings through the head office (with its 6 staff) in Brisbane are via referrals from health care professionals.....but some are direct.
No support is provided by Government. AF is funded by private donations, community service groups, community events, bequests and corporate sponsors. Landing and air service fees are mostly waved. The major outlay is fuel.
The motto for Angel Flights is "Help where help is needed" Owen would like everyone to spread the word about the achievements of Angel Flights. He was roundly quizzed and applauded.


Jerry Casburn's committee wishes to buy 250 Emergency Medical Information Booklets which would contain personal health and medication details of householders and be attached to fridges.....handy for ambos and people with failing memories. Booklets to be sold for $2.50 or given away. Members approved the expenditure of $500. Jerry also intends to provide the 10 Shelter Bags, which we purchased for $900, to the Unley Salvos to assist their homeless people.

Garry Taylor provided an update on the fabulous Quiz to be held 29 June and urged members to gather a table or two and provide wine for the wine wall.

Patsy Beckett related a close-to-injurious accident at Mitre10 last week when a car ploughed into the tree adjacent to the BBQ area where our team was incinerating sausages......Mitre 10 is going to insert bollards to protect.

Christina Way thanked Stephen for home help and indicated an intention to seek sponsorship for the sleeping rough night at Food on the Table on 6 June - the rash volunteers include Nathan, Christina and the 4 grandsons of Paul Duke.

Rhonda Hoare was delighted to announce that Unley Primary School had raised $760 which will benefit the Rotary Wash program.


What can one say.....Virginia won the big bucks and Greg some chockies......only consolation was that the editor (deservedly) also won some chockies. Fired up by this success, Secretary Greg announced he had an emergency medical info booklet on his fridge and his 2012 non-smart 46" TV was being given away to whoever wanted it. Editor not sure if there is a relationship between the two.
President John closed the meeting way past our bed time at 8.11pm .


Alex's funeral will be held 10am Friday 26 April 2024 at Peter Elberg, 280 Grange Rd, Flinders Park.
There will be a Wake the following day 12 noon Saturday 27 April at La Vita, 342 Grange Rd, Kidman Park. Those attending the wake need to RSVP his partner Irene by Monday 22 April - her number is 0402 465 652.

Rotary International News

Opening Minds, Building Bridges: A Rotarian Journey with the Open World Program

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By Past Rotary Club President Brenda Pollock of Biddeford-Saco Club, Maine, United States
For United States-based Rotary clubs seeking service opportunities, an exceptional program awaits: Open World. Through the program, Rotary clubs host and curate a multi-day visit for emerging Eurasian leaders to gain immersive insight into the intricacies of the local government, business, and community dynamics in the U.S., fostering camaraderie and mutual understanding.
In 2023, my club was selected to host a delegation from Ukraine. The experience not only united us as Rotarians but also expanded our perspectives and deepened our compassion in ways unparalleled by any other endeavor we’ve embarked upon.
Our esteemed visitors included some of Ukraine’s brightest minds. Their objective: to delve into the intricacies of U.S. democracy with a specific focus on renewable energy and energy independence. After an immersive start to their program at the nation’s capital in Washington D.C., our club hosted the delegation for an informative, inspirational, and emotional eight-day visit.  A warm Rotarian reception commenced the program, attended by representatives from six Rotary clubs. Local media joined us, eager to engage our Ukrainian guests in discussions regarding their mission and the insights they hoped to glean from their U.S. experience. Following the inaugural celebration, our guests shared a meal with their newfound Rotary families, who generously hosted them for the duration of their stay, marking the commencement of a week filled with stimulating roundtable discussions and engaging events.
At a formal community reception, our Ukrainian guests took center stage. Our delegation received a special welcome video from Rotary International’s General Secretary, John Hewko. The event featured a flawless rendition of the national anthems of the United States and Ukraine by local choral singers. Keynote speaker, Independent Senator Angus King, drawing from his recent visit to Ukraine, offered encouraging remarks. The Mayor of Biddeford, Alan Cassavant, honored our guests with a Proclamation, further affirming our commitment to their cause. This gala occasion underscored our unwavering support for their mission and laid the groundwork for the forthcoming endeavors. Ten roundtable discussions featuring experts, business leaders, and state officials fostered profound conversations around renewable energy topics.
Amidst a series of engaging meetings, Rotarians graciously extended their hospitality, introducing our guests to a myriad of new experiences. These included exclusive box seats at a Seadogs baseball game, a memorable road trip to Boston for a tour of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Harvard University campuses, a comprehensive discussion on sustainable solutions during a visit to the University of New England, indulging in Mexican cuisine, savoring Maine lobster, relishing in the simple pleasures of s’mores (a popular U.S. confection) around a campfire, and immersing themselves in a transformative day at The Ecology School. This unique experience reshaped their perspectives on science, food, the environment, and self-discovery through interactive, hands-on learning.
Not only did Rotarians fully embrace this mission, but our communities rallied behind it as well. A generous donation of a twelve-passenger van facilitated transportation throughout the week, while The Lincoln Hotel in Biddeford served as the central hub for the eight-day mission, hosting various events and round-table discussions. On the last day of the program, Joseph’s By The Sea graciously hosted a private brunch for Rotarians and our Ukrainian guests, overlooking the majestic Atlantic Ocean. Guests arrived bearing gifts and expressed heartfelt gratitude to the courageous delegation. As we bid tearful farewells, it was clear that these eight days had etched themselves forever in our hearts.
The Open World Program surpassed all expectations, exceeding what we could have imagined. Throughout my years as a Rotarian, I’ve encountered nothing that more profoundly encapsulated the essence of Rotary International: the commitment to serving others, upholding integrity, and fostering global understanding, goodwill, and peace through the collective efforts of our business, professional, and community leaders.
2024 marks the 25th anniversary of Rotary’s participation in the Open World Program, offered by the Congressional Office for International Leadership, an independent U.S. federal agency, and tailored for Rotary and Rotaract clubs in the U.S. The unique program brings international experience to clubs’ local communities and directly engages Rotary members with visiting leaders from Eurasian countries.

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 23 April 2024 6 for 6.30pm Castello's Cucina
Guest Speaker: Dr Cathy Sanders former Rotary exchange student and medico
Welcoming team: Vera-Ann Stacy & Garry Taylor
Tuesday 30 April 2024 6 for 6.30pm Castello's Cucina
Guest Speakers: Brendan Kenny and Jason Booth  Nepal
Welcoming team: Nathan White & Vivienne Wood
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: 11 May 2024  
Early: Greg Mcleod & Wendy Andrews |  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 was to be 20 April but is now 4 May
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.....

Nostalgia - Reno sent this as a reminder of the principles taught by our parents way back when Australia was coming out of the horrors of the Great Depression and World War 2.
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