THE UNLEY ROTARIAN: Meeting 4391 - 18 June 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 'behind the badge'


Last Meeting

Venue:                          Castello's Cucina
Guest Speaker:           Brenton Ramsey
Our Guests:                 Alan and Dini Whyte (Morphett Vale) plus Rob's assistants Eukabeth and Lucy, 
Attendance:                  26 members  3 guests


President John:              John advised that as part of the transition to the new Regional structure,                                                         Edwardstown and Unley would temporarily take over the management of Rotary                                                 Youth Leadership Awards and Rotary Youth Program of ENrichment funds.
                                       John will be in Bali for the weeks leading up to Changeover. Next week's meeting                                           will have Greg McLoud standing in as President.
                                       Thrift shop takings for the last week were lower at $1331.00.

Guest Speaker: Brenton Ramsey - Variety SA

Owner Director of Ramsey Bros. Pty Ltd.
3 generation Farm Machinery Business born on Eyre Peninsula, 75 years ago, now with 7 Branches across SA.
  • Starting Bashing and volunteering for Variety in mid-1990’s.
  • Participated in all our Motoring Events ie Bash, 4WD, Moto and Aussie Muscle Car.
  • Board of Variety SA for 10 years
  • Chair of Board Variety SA for 2 years
  • Chair of Bash 2015/16/17
  • Chair AMCR 2023/24
  • Motoring Event Liaison Variety SA today.
Eleven men involved in the show business industry meet each week at a social club named “Variety Club”. On Christmas Eve, a baby girl is left abandoned on the club’s doorstep at the Sheridan Square Film Theatre in Pittsburgh with a note which reads:

Please take care of my baby. Her name is Catherine. I can no longer take care of her. I have eight others. My husband is out of work. She was born on Thanksgiving Day. I have always heard of the goodness of showbusiness people and pray to God that you will look after her. Signed, a heartbroken mother.”

Despite an extensive search, the mother is never found. The men informally adopt the baby and name her Catherine Variety Sheridan. They go on to pay for the Catherine’s education and upbringing. This prompts the club to start raising funds for other disadvantaged children and Variety – the Children’s Charity is born.

Brenton explained that there are two parts to Variety.  One group enables positive change for kids in need and the other raises the much needed funds to do so.  They exist to support youth in need either physical, mentally or through adverse circumstances.  Over the past 10 years more than $78 million has been distributed with $6.3 million in the last year. Over 600 volunteers provide this help.

Support is widespread from Novita Split Programme to special classes and the sunshine buses.

Brenton thanked the club for its generous support at the Adelaide Zoo Days, alongside the Rotary Club of Campbelltown.  This was originally supported by the Rotary Club of Brownhill Creek which has since handed in its charter.

Money is raised through a number of events, donations and the Variety Ball.  The latter raising $250,000.

Governance is strong and they have it written into their constitution that cost can be no more than 15% for any event.  The balance going to support for the children

Variety supports youth until age 17 and some arts of this can be the grant of scholarships for special needs.

The club thanked Brenton through acclimation and President John presented a bottle of wine.

Chris Davis advised that he has a letter drafted and Flyer prepared ready to post to school Principals about the teacher's award.  He is looking for volunteers to visit 1 or 2 schools to promote/ explain.
Christina Way advised that club of Eukabeth, Robert's helper, efforts to assist in raising money for the soup and sleepout and encouraged the club to support her with a donation.  John Peacham to follow up at the next Board meeting,
Jerry Casburn told the club of his, Briony's and Christina's attendance at the Onkaparinga City Concert Band's performance for "The Proms in the south at chich, Bronwyn and Brendon Kenny plus Janet Rice were players in the orchestra.  Great performance and the club should consider a mass attendance at future events.


Greg McLoud yet again won the raffle with Bob Mills and Geoff Hill taking the runners up prizes.
The meeting closed at 7.52pm.
Onkaparinga City Concert Band
Briony and Jerry Casburn, plus Christina Way attended a performance of the band at the Hopgood theatre, entitled the Proms in the South.  A rousing evening of mesic and traditions from the UK promenade concert performed by accomplished musicians.  Among the, our own Brendan and Bronwyn Kenny as ell as Janet Rice, the latter two hopefully about to join our ranks.  Next time with a little more promotion in the club we may get more members to join us.

Rotary International News

The International Yachting Fellowship Transformed My Rotary Experience

Posted on  by rotary service
By Angelica Mesistrano, International Commodore of International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians 
Have you ever felt stuck in a routine at your Rotary or Rotaract club because you couldn’t find an outlet to turn your passion into action? That’s exactly how I felt two months after joining my local Rotary club. I was enthusiastic about giving back and taking action, but there was a lot of learning involved in the beginning, and I couldn’t take action. Disappointed, I considered leaving Rotary altogether.
Then, a chance conversation with a fellow Rotary member from another city changed everything. When I commented on my disillusion, she invited me to a meeting organized by the Rotarians for the Advancement of Latin Culture Fellowship, a group focused on celebrating Latino culture. “What exactly is a fellowship?” I asked, curious. Her response restored my enthusiasm.
Imagine a group of people who share your hobbies, interests, or professions – but who also share the core values of Rotary. That’s the magic of a fellowship! I immediately looked for a group that aligned with my love of sailing – the International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians. I didn’t hesitate to reach out, and from that day on, Rotary became an entirely different experience.
Suddenly, Rotary was more than regular meetings. It was about connecting with like-minded people, forging friendships beyond borders, and sharing a common passion while still upholding the ideals of Rotary. Meeting someone new within the fellowship meant instant camaraderie and a sense of belonging.
I found myself joining the International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians (IYFR) and, three months later, founding the Punta del Este fleet in Uruguay! Since then, my Rotary journey has been filled with wonderful memories. I’ve participated in several Rotary international conventions, helped organize booths in the House of Friendship, met inspiring people from all over the world, and even gone on post-convention cruises. I have friends from different cultures who are a great enrichment to my life. My perspective on Rotary’s internationality completely transformed thanks to my participation in Rotary Fellowships. Did you know the IYFR has a presence in 48 countries? We are one of the oldest and largest fellowships in Rotary, with more than 3,500 sailors, or, more importantly, we are more than 3,500 Rotary member sailing friends.
Here’s the best part: My involvement with the IYFR never overshadowed my commitment to my local club. I’ve held various positions within the club, participated in district teams, and even founded a new Rotary club. The International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians simply allowed me to enjoy my passion for sailing and the multifaceted world of Rotary.
Honestly, if I hadn’t discovered Fellowships, I might have walked away from Rotary. This program opened my eyes to the true magic of this incredible organization.
So, if you’re ever wondering what a fellowship is, let me tell you: it’s a way to experience Rotary in a new light. It’s about building friendships across the globe, enriching your Rotary experience with new activities, and truly understanding the global reach of Rotary International. It’s about serving your community with specialized skills, welcoming new members who share our values and passions, and promoting Rotary’s deep commitment to good work – all while enjoying the things you love most. Intrigued? There’s a fellowship out there for you! Take a look at the official list of Rotary Fellowships – you might just find your perfect match. And if you share my love for the water, the International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians would be thrilled to welcome you aboard!

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 5 July 2024

Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday 25 June 2024 6 for 6.30pm Castello's Cucina
Guest Speakers: Behind the Badge Speakers TBA
Welcoming team: Patsy Beckett and Valerie Bonython
Tuesday 2 July 2024 6 for 6.30pm Castello's Cucina
Guest Speaker: None The changeover celebration when you are not having a changeover
Welcoming team: Ross Burton and Robyn Carnachan
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 July 2024    
Early: Jerry Casburn & Haydn Baillie |  Late: Robyn Carnachan & Leonie Kewen
Week 2: 13 July 2024  
Early: Greg Mcleod & Wendy Andrews |  Late: Virginia Cossid & Vera-Ann Stacy
Week 3: 20 July 2024 
Early: David Middleton & Nathan White  |  Late: Vera Holt & Rhonda Hoare
Week 4: 22 June 2024  
Early: Stephen Baker & Judi Corcoran |  Late: Jason Booth & Vera-Ann Stacy
Week 5: 29 June 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: [Note Vivienne is away from 28 May to 25 June......please arrange a swap!]

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 6 July 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 24 June

The Tale End.....

You Learn if You Live Long Enough!
I choked on a carrot this morning, and all I could think of was, "I'll bet a doughnut wouldn't have done this to me."
Nothing spoils a good story more than the arrival of an eyewitness.  (Mark Twain)
It only takes one slow-walking person in the grocery store to destroy the illusion that I'm a nice person.
It turns out that when asked who your favorite child is, you're supposed to pick out one of your own.  I know that now.
It's fine to eat a test grape in the produce section, but you take one bite of rotisserie chicken and it's all, "Sir, you need to leave!"
I can't believe I forgot to go to the gym today.  That's seven years in a row, now.
Testing times at sea
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