THE UNLEY ROTARIAN: Meeting 4368 - 9 January 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 is our AGM and Club Consultations

Last Meeting

Venue:                       District Rotary Shed, Hove 
Event:                        Picnic in the Shed
Guests:                      Rtn Briony Casburn, Rtn Bronwyn Kenny, Graham Ey, Vivienne Liddle, Linda Sellers, Genese Mullins, Steven Randall and Rob's assistants Eucabeth Mokaya and Caroline Palacios
Attendance:              25 members and 9 guests

Early assembly

The finest of our muscled members gathered a tad after 5pm at the District Shed (otherwise known as Trailer Park) to cleanse the BBQ trailer (which we inherited from Brownhill Creek), ready for a paint job. Not all went to plan as a number of the 'removable' items were firmly welded in. Paint 'spray master' Graham Ey assured us that he could manage provided all the fatty bits were removed....bit like a functioning diet actually. Stay tuned for the outcome. 

Welcoming in 2024

Over the next hour or so members meandered into the dinner venue, while our cordon bleu chefs, Graham Paul expertly cooked the Atlantic salmon (no mean feat) and the lamb chops. The photo next door depicts our club's answer to the Blues Brothers. 
Salads provided by members were excellent.
The weather was sublime. And there was no dramatic exodus after the Prez opened and closed the meeting a little after 7pm with best wishes for the year ahead. Unfortunately the editor did not have the capacity to tape conversations to see whether everyone passed the first of the 4 way tests,,,,but all seemed to be having a very enjoyable absolute steel at $15 per head thanks to Jerry and Briony and our band of saladeers.
President John again entreated members to nominate for the Board. The two key positions needing to be filled are President elect and Secretary.
Next week we have the AGM plus a review of the constitution and by-laws.


It was an unusual end to the night. After clean-up, 3 trailers had to be reinserted into the shed. The biggie donated by the Bendigo Bank proved recalcitrant and the special 'engine' designed to improve maneuverability could not quite cut the mustard......fortunately muscles again prevailed.
A very pleasant evening to kick off 2024.

From the Gallery

Please note those who were committed to eating while world class shots were being taken by the editor.
And let's not forget the trailer with Ken closely studying the aerodynamics!
Thrift Shop Volunteers' Thank You on December 7. The missing photo  



Rotary International News 

Rotary projects around the globe - January 2024


United States

The Rotary Club of the Lower Keys, Florida, is known for the Independence Day festival and fireworks display it sponsors in Big Pine Key. At last year’s event, the night had a sweet send-off: the creation of a massive Key lime pie in celebration of Monroe County’s bicentennial. Rotarians joined local chefs Kermit Carpenter and Paul Menta as they scooped free samples of the pie, which spanned a precise 13.14 feet in diameter. The dimension, harking back to the mathematical constant pi, squeezed past a 12.25-foot creation made in 2018 by a Florida business; its producers were awaiting certification of the grand concoction — made of Key lime juice and condensed milk spread atop a graham cracker crust — as the world’s largest. The precise tally of servings was unclear, but club member Keara McGraw says it’s safe to say it was “a lot.”


Improper disposal of household cooking oil is not only an ecological hazard, it’s also a missed opportunity to recycle the waste into new products. Oil poured down drains also increases water treatment costs. Members of the Rotaract Club of Penápolis in São Paulo state distributed 400 funnels to help residents collect oil in bottles, along with pamphlets explaining the benefits of recycling and how to do it. Members of a recycling cooperative in Penápolis gather the bottled oil and sell it to be turned into biodiesel, homemade soap, paints, resin, and animal feed. “It’s essential to reduce and prevent pollution in all its forms,” says club member Lucas Silveira de Campos.


Rotary members are working with the Finnish Environment Institute to collect, categorize, and measure trash in the Baltic Sea. “Scientists have little time for this kind of work,” explains Liisa Stjernberg, a past governor of District 1420 and a member of the Rotary Club of Helsinki City West. Stjernberg, the Finland country coordinator for the Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group, leads a group of volunteer members from her district who monitor blue algae blooms, raise funds for research, and promote marine conservation. In September the group enlisted 22 Rotary Youth Exchange students to join a measurement outing off the islands of Suomenlinna. They fished out trash including polymer fibers and shock tube detonators used in construction, Stjernberg says. Afterward they took up their oars for another cause: the Rotary-led “Rowing for Herring” longboat regatta, which drew 300 participants.


Dr. Anand Jha, a pediatrician and past president of the Rotary Club of Birganj, noticed that many children in his region of Nepal, about 50 miles south of Kathmandu, were underweight. “Most parents would feed only [cow’s] milk to their children,” says Jha. “As a result, the children were mostly iron-deficient,” a condition easily addressed with an improved diet. Since 2018, Jha has conducted 11 conferences on child nutrition, attracting as many as 80 parents at each session. The events include discussions of problems parents face, including, he says, the challenge of steering children from junk food. “I try to give them practical solutions. The biggest mistake that parents make is that they do not plan the diet” and fail to consider the nutritional value of foodstuffs, he says. Members of the Birganj club assist with the logistics and the management of the sessions.

South Africa

The Rotary Club of Polokwane, northeast of Johannesburg, has given new meaning to the expression “waste not, want not.” The club has helped train more than 550 preschool teachers and caregivers to turn common household waste items — cardboard tubes, plastic sticks, egg cartons, newsprint, and more — into craft projects for children. In 2017, the club teamed up with Shayne Moodie, founder of an initiative called Empty Toy Box Education, to train rural educators to engage children with such projects. Club members collect recyclables and supplies such as glue and scissors, assist with the training, and provide the certificates for teachers. “The early childhood development program has been the most successful, sustainable program offered by our club in recent years,” says club member Ursula Moodie, who is Shayne’s mother. The program has reached as many as 17,000 preschoolers, the club estimates.

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 2 February 2024

Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday 16 January 2024 6 for 6.30pm Castello's Cucina
Event: AGM and club consultations
Greetings Team: Rhonda Hoare & Brenton Judge
Tuesday 23 January 2024
Guest Speaker: TBA - High Tec.
Greetings Team: Rhonda Hoare & Brenton Judge
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: 3 February 2024    
Early:  Jerry Casburn & Haydn Baillie |  Late: Robyn Carnachan & Leonie Kewen
Week 2: 13 January 2024  
Early: Greg Mcleod & Wendy Andrews |  Late: Virginia Cossid & Vera-Ann Stacy
Week 3: 20 January 2024 
Early: David Middleton & Nathan White  |  Late: Vera Holt & Rhonda Hoare
Week 4: 27 January 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 on 3 February.
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 one is 29 January 

The Tale End.....  

To encourage member participation in story telling for the Tale End, two recent contributions from Brendan Kenny are shown below.
According to Brendan, the source of this first joke is true.......
And Jerry's suggestion for enjoying 2024 is on the left and the editor's on the right:

                  HAPPY NEW YEAR ONE AND ALL

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