THE UNLEY ROTARIAN: Meeting 4387 - 21 May 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 about the Rotary Foundation


Last Meeting

Venue:                          Castello's Cucina
Guest Speaker:           John Bauer
Our Guests:                 Rtns Bronwyn Kenny. Janet Rice and Sandy Matz plus Rob's assistants Carolina & Lucy
Attendance:                 32  members  6 guests


President John opened with the 4 way test and welcomed our visitors including honorary members Reno Elms and Mavis Martin. Di Clements is now officially our Group 8 Community Leader. Instead of a changeover dinner this year there will be a special dinner event on Tuesday 2 July which Patsy and Valerie have volunteered to help organise.

Guest Speaker: John Bauer - Looking after the homeless

Paul Duke introduced John Bauer who qualified as an occupational therapist with Uni SA. He spent much of his earlier working life in medical health services until joining Hutt St Centre service delivery in 2011. In 2022 he joined the Salvos team looking after the homeless.
The Salvation Army is one of the largest providers of homelessness services across the country. It provides services to adults, and families with accompanying children. These include accommodation, case management, assertive outreach support, financial assistance, together with connection and referral to other specialist services. The philosophy is that every person is afforded dignity, respect and quality of service and that no one should be without a safe, affordable and secure home. At the 2021 Census, there were 123,000 people without homes across the nation. Causes are many - unemployment, mental health issues, drugs and alcohol abuse, domestic violence, criminality etc. A key component of their operations is the partnership with other providers. There is a Salvos Toward Home team which specialises in finding homes, mainly through Housing SA. Strong working relationships have been developed with the Health Department (particularly mental health), police, ambulance and hospitals.They often handle discharges from hospitals and prisons.There is also an outreach service which involves a team of 2 people covering all the parkland areas of the Adelaide City council area each week to check on health and needs of those sleeping rough. A Q&A followed.
Emergency housing is very expensive - some families stay in motels for months because there is no suitable alternative. While there is a large stock of vacant houses with Housing SA, most is unsuitable because it is decrepit or has been trashed. Interestingly during the Covid pandemic, miracles were performed with repairs to poor premises but this is no longer happening....and there were many more motel/hotel options available. Even when accommodation is found today it is often for a very limited period eg 3 months. Shelters like St Vincent de Paul with its 49 beds and Catherine House for women experiencing domestic violence have long waiting lists. Salvos operate a sobering-up centre with 20 beds.
Other NFP organisations are engaged to assist the homeless in areas outside the Adelaide region and Fleurieu. 
Unley Rotary purchased 10 shelterbags which it has donated to the Salvos for those sleeping rough. These will be utilised by the Doorways emergency services. Below is our august Community Services Committee (Christina, Patsy, Robyn and Jerry with John Bauer and a shelterbag.
John was warmly thanked for his presentation.

Spots... another disease outbreak

Jerry Casburn firmly stated that he will no longer spend his weekends phoning members who have failed to respond to his weekly meeting invitation, but there will be a reminder.
Stephen Baker exhorted members to put tables or groups of friends together for the fabulous quiz on June 29.....6 tables out of the 20 available had to-date been booked. He also asked those members shortly distributing the Pride of Work material along Unley Rd to seek donations from shopkeepers for the quiz.
Christina Way is sleeping rough at the Soup and Sleep event of Food on the Table on 6 June and she would appreciate whatever support club members can provide. To donate to the cause and assist Christina:    [If this does not connect, cut and paste into search engine.] Christina thanked those who continued to donate stamps.
John Smith who formerly ran a computer repair business is looking for donations of 2 monitors to help people he is assisting. Jerry explained that these could be readily sourced from Donations in Kind (now RARE) in Salisbury if there were none available from our members.
Ross Burton would appreciate more wine donations for the Quiz Night.
Patsy Beckett reported a healthy revenue of $450 from the Mitre10 BQ last Saturday.
Paul Duke congratulated Christina for participating in the soup and sleep event (and will no doubt be helping Christina with recuperative massage the following morning). His grandson Harry is martyring himself for he family honour at this same event and would appreciate any donations.


Patsy Beckett won the filthy lucre but......just to rub salt into the wounds of the rest of us.......stated that she had asked Greg to make the ticket selection. Now, thinking laterally, we should arm Greg with some cash to buy a modest priced lottery ticket with the Rotary Foundation being the benefactor.....(or maybe the editor?).
The Thrift Shop produced revenue of $1758 last week.
The meeting closed benignly at 7.45pm after an amphibian tall story by the Prez.

Rotary International News

Young brigade takes charge

Posted on May 14, 2024
By Jigneshh Karria, President, Rotary Club of Pune Baner, India
A Rotaract member in Pune watches polio drops being administered to a young child during a national immunization day.
Seeing a twinkle in the eye of a baby you have helped gives you a happy feeling. When you see someone with a disability run or dance, you get inspired. My conviction in community service was strengthened when I realized how Rotary enables us to touch lives in a million different ways. During my presidency, I vowed to participate in as many Rotary signature projects as possible. One of those involved Rotary’s top priority, the eradication of polio. Rotary members are a huge reason India is polio-free.
In Pune, we observed a national immunization day on 3 March. Rotary District 3131 joined hands with our municipal government. In association with the Indian Institute of Education and Business Management (IIEBM), my club helped organize volunteers and set up immunization booths three days before.
On the day of the drive, an army of volunteers from the Rotaract club based at the Institute turned out to ensure its resounding success. We all met bright and early at 6:30 a.m. and reviewed our plan for the busy day. We set up 82 booths covering the neighborhoods of Aundh, Baner, Pashan, Bopodi, and some adjoining areas. We were joined by 25 Rotary members and five Rotary Anns. Our job was to assist and participate in administering the polio drops.
The enthusiasm among our young brigade was incredible. We divided into 82 teams. Each team put up posters, distributed promotional materials, and helped doctors and staff at the booths. They watched each baby and mother with care as the drops were administered into tiny mouths. Some of the youth got to administer doses themselves.
Dr. Ganesh Damale, Ward Medical Officer for the Pune Municipal Corporation, and Dr. Maya Lohar, Dhanori Ward Medical Officer, had their teams stationed with vaccine supplies. People from every corner of the city showed up to get their babies immunized. Many applauded our efforts.
Lata Pawar, a young mother with an 18-month-old toddler, asked one Rotaractor if he was a doctor. When the young man corrected her that he was a business management student, she praised Rotary for the great job we are doing.
The Result: 
A total of 11,705 infants received doses of the vaccine. We thank Dr. Bhagwan Pawar and Dr. Rajesh Dighe, Assistant Immunization Officer, for their guidance throughout the drive. We also thank Girish Dapkekar, Assistant Commissioner of Aundh Baner Ward, who helped us coordinate with the medical teams from the Pune Municipal Corporation. Jai Singh Marwaha, Managing Director at IIEBM, Dean Dr. Poonam Nikam, and faculty members Dr. Vishal Bhole, Sandeep Kanse, and Chandrakala Rai, also assisted us.
But it was youth power that made this day possible. We could not have done it without the large Rotaract turnout. Let’s go Rotary!

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 7 June 2024

Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday 28 May 2024 6 for 6.30pm Castello's Cucina
Guest Speaker: Jerry Casburn The Rotary Foundation
Welcoming team: Wendy Andrews & Stephen Baker
Tuesday 4 June 2024 6 for 6.30pm Castello's Cucina
Guest Speaker: Raj Gautum From Nepal
Welcoming team: Judy Barton & Graham Beckett
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: 1 June 2024    
Early: Stephen Baker (Jerry Casburn) & John Kikkert (Haydn Baillie) |  Late: Robyn Carnachan & Marie Rothe (Leonie Kewen)
Week 2: 8 June 2024  
Early: Greg Mcleod & Wendy Andrews |  Late: Virginia Cossid & Vera-Ann Stacy
Week 3: 15 June 2024 
Early: David Middleton & Nathan White  |  Late: Vera Holt & Rhonda Hoare
Week 4: 25 May 2024  
Early: Jerry Casburn (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 Saturday 1 June 2024.
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.....

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