Rotary Club of West Lakes
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Agenda - 21 November

meeting #2408



6:30 pm

RCWL Invocation

Chair: peter Shaw

"We are proud members of Rotary International where we can serve our community and those needing help across the world.  We enjoy meeting together for meals and mutual service in the convivial company of other Rotarians and guests."
Record of Attendance
Apologies: Robin Weissel, Andrew & Ros DeGaris
Guests: Club Assembly 
Toast to the People of Australia -  Peter Shaw
International Toast -  Peter Shaw
Heads & Tails - Brian White
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Secretary Report - Lyn
  • Christmas dinner on Tuesday 19 December @ Largs Pier Hotel
    $55/head (members/partners)
    $75/head non Club members
    Payment details with name:
    BSB 105 142
    Acc 532 006 340
    RCWL Admin Account
Treasurer report - Len
  • Len will have the cheques ready for the School Graduations this week.
Club Image & Communications - Scott
  • Our new signage has been collected. It will be attached to the frames when Andrew returns. 
Coming up
  • Continue taking photos to document our community involvement and projects.
To do
  • Any ideas from members gratefully received
  • Social media pages to be updated 
Community & Fundraising report - Ros
  • 'Christmas Fun for Kids' -  A big thank you to Jean who has redone the flyer to include these sponsors - Golden North, ALH hotels and Olgas's Fine Foods.
  • Ros still organising the Christmas event - connection with City of Charles Sturt has proved difficult as normal contacts have either left or are on extended leave.
Coming up
  • Next Carousel 2 & 3 December
    Summer shift will start 
    2.0 - 2.5h shifts (11:00 to 21:30)
  • next Bunnings BBQ Monday 4 December with HeartKids
To do
  • 'Christmas Fun for Kids' - Sunday 10 December
  • New flyers to be circulated this week.
  • Need to ensure that Club has members organised for BBQ, drinks and ice-cream, with plans ready for tickets etc. Confirmation of all duties for the 10 Dec Christmas event to be finalised by end of November. Please register in Events Folder.
  • Committee meeting for 'Christmas Fun for Kids' event will take place on Sunday 3 December at Jane's home - 20 Bali Court - 11.00am
  • Accommodation for 2024 District Conference @ Loxton - Please register in Events folder
International report - Andrew
Well, we made it to Austin, and after a late start, also made it to the Rotary Club of Austin Westlake (in the Westlake Hills area). They meet weekly at a Mexican restaurant for lunch. About 25 members in the Club, however 13 plus one visiting member from a nearby Club, and us!
We did take a photo, but it was on one of their phones, so still waiting for it to appear. I have subscribed to their newsletter, so hopefully there might be a story on that as well. The one I have added is of their main banner.
Their guest speaker was a Human Resource consultant who had her own company, providing services to a number of Not For Profit organisations and others. They have a staff of just over 30. One of their typical workload is firing employees! She gave us a rundown of some of the issues, like a male employee biting a female employee…
She also talked about motivation and recompense for differing age groups (Gen X, Gen Y, Millennials, Baby Boomers) - very interesting. There was a question about how Rotary might use this information in attracting/retaining new members…
They gave us a banner, so we should probably find an old one and post through to them?
Coming up
  • Next update of the De Garis travels coming up
To do
  • End Polio Now fundraising
Vocation & Environment - Alison
Nothing new to report this week
Coming up
Frederick Miller Community Garden:
  • Planning to help them build furniture using the Grange Jetty sleepers - possibly March.
  • Encourage all members to come see the garden and what this community group have planned.
  • Rotary BBQ is an option to create more Rotary club awareness
Lion's Club Project
  • Barry's proposed plan to help the Lions Club provide assistance to those in need by repurposing unwanted eyeglasses would be a great way for our Rotary Club to support a good cause and work with the Lions Club to make it a reality.
To do
  • follow-up on Watchhouse Wardrobes
Youth report - Robin
  • Dianne Parcell Awards dates are in the Folder. 
    Please see either Denis or Tracey to confirm your attendance at either of these award ceremonies. 
  • West Lakes Shore School 2023 Year 6 Graduation. Presenters: Professor Denis Ralph and one other volunteer. The Graduation ceremony will be held at the Christian Family Centre at 185 Frederick Rd, Seaton on Thursday 7th of December. Doors open 6:15 for a 6:30 start.
  • Westport Primary School 2023 Year 6 Graduation. Presenters: Tracey Bartholomew and Jane English. The Graduation ceremony will be held on Friday 8th December at the Christian Family Centre.
  • Robin and Louie are on their way to New Zealand on holiday.
Coming up
  • Outbound Youth Exchange - Abby O'Brien (ITALY)
    will be presenting to us on Tuesday 12 December

To do

  • Youth Safari BBQ request - Saturday 24th February @ West Beach Big4 Caravan Park. Details closer to date.
Program (please refer to Calendar)
  • 25 November: Club BBQ to assist Semaphore Surf Lifesaving Club
  • 5 December: BBQ at West Lakes Shores School
Other Business 
A reminder that the AGM is being held on Tuesday 28th November 2023.
Please print or get a nomination form. If you are interested in a position, please complete and sign the nomination form and return to President Rosie by Thursday 23rd November 2023.
The positions up for nomination are as follows:
  • President elect 2024/2025
  • President nominee 2025/2026
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • International and Foundation
  • Youth
  • Community and Fundraising
  • Environment and Vocation
  • Club Admin (the Bulletin)
  • Programme
  • Public Image and Communication
Position descriptions are available on myRotary.
Please feel free to contact Rosie if you would like further information.
Club visits or notices from visiting Rotarians

6:30 pm

dinner & fellowship


7:20 pm

guest speaker:


7:50 pm

President Rosie 

Sergeants session
Wrap up and close

the four way test

of the things we think, say or do

1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

RI Theme:

Rotary Foundation Month



7  November - Andrew
14 November - Charles
21 November -  Peter
28 November - Ken
Upcoming Events
RCWL weekly meeting
Bartley Hotel
Nov 21, 2023 6:30 PM
RCWL weekly meeting
Bartley Hotel
Nov 28, 2023 6:30 PM
Carousel December
Dec 02, 2023 11:00 AM –
Dec 03, 2023 5:00 PM
Bunnings BBQ December
Dec 04, 2023
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
West Lakes Shore BBQ
Dec 05, 2023 2:00 PM
West Lakes Shore School breakup BBQ
West Lakes Shore School
Dec 05, 2023
2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Christmas Fun for Kids
Neighbourhood Reserve
Dec 10, 2023
10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
RCWL weekly meeting
Bartley Hotel
Dec 12, 2023 6:30 PM
Bunnings BBQ 16 December
Dec 16, 2023
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
View entire list
Upcoming Speakers
Nov 21, 2023
Club Assembly
Nov 28, 2023
Dec 12, 2023
Youth Exchange Student - practice
Jan 16, 2024
Jan 30, 2024
Women's Safety Services SA
Feb 06, 2024
Shelter Box
Past Speakers
Nov 14, 2023
View entire list
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Ros De Garis
November 2
Join Date
Alan Raggatt
November 1, 1986
37 years
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Welcome to our new members
It brings us great pleasure to extend a warm welcome to our newest members: Bob Close, Steve Hay, Brian McDonald and Bob Singleton. Their decision to join our West Lakes Rotary family is a testament to the vibrant community we have built together.

Bob is welcomed as a new member of our Fundraising Committee, and part of a dedicated team working towards fundraising excellence which helps us to support our community. We are pleased to have Steve on board in the Club Image and Communications Committee, adding his expertise to enhance our strategies to promote our Club. Brian is welcomed onto the Youth Committee, bringing fresh perspectives for our Youth-focused initiatives. Bill will be joining the Environment Committee, championing environmental causes within our community.
These new members’ diverse backgrounds and shared commitment to service will undoubtedly strengthen our club's endeavours and bring new energy to our collective efforts. Let us embrace their enthusiasm as we continue our journey of service above self.
Puddle Jumpers

Founder of Puddle Jumpers, Melanie Tate, provided our Club with an interesting and informative presentation outlining the wonderful work that they do for young people, also outlining opportunities for us to support this charity organisation. Puddle Jumpers equips young people with the confidence and skills to assume more control and make informed choices in their everyday lives. They support children and families at risk through holidays and recreational activities designed to promote personal, social and cultural growth and development. Their programs are designed to empower young people to develop social, communication, co-operation, team building, conflict management and problem solving skills, as well as to develop self-esteem and confidence. 

Andrew and Ros International News
Andrew and Ros's adventures:
11-13 Nov Grand Canyon, absolutely sensational
15-16 Nov Las Vegas, full of glitz, and more chaotic as the Grand Prix hit town after an absence of 41 years. Not sure why they put the track down the "Strip”.
17-19 Nov Austin, sister city of Adelaide (also founded in 1836), great music venue
Now in San Antonio, stunning - waiting to have a look around...
Robin and Louie's Travels
Through the Heads.....and off to New Zealand!
Rotary Walk - No to Domestic Violence
RCWL AGM - 28 November

Club By-laws stipulate that our AGM has to be held in November


  • Select President Elect, President Nominee and Board for the following year (2024-25)
  • Review audited accounts for past year
  • Raise any issues that require alteration of By-laws
  • Incorporated bodies have to have an AGM

Nomination forms available from President Rosie

***If you want a say in how the Club is run, then join the Board***

A healthy Club will have:
  • a robust succession plan
  • engaged members willing to join the Board
  • members willing to assist the President for their "year in the sun"
***If you want a say in how the Club is run, then join the Board***
This link will take you to the Nomination formwink
End Polio in the World
  • This year, 24 October was World Polio Day, a chance to raise awareness and resources to help deliver a polio-free world in the very near term. 
    If you would like to make a personal, voluntary donation towards the effort, we would invite you to contribute via Rotary International’s End Polio Now campaign, a key partner alongside WHO and others in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
    Each donation made to Rotary’s End Polio Now effort is matched 2:1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to maximise its effect. As such, if you give US$10 to the effort, as an example, the amount becomes US$30, and with that, 60 children will be vaccinated in the remaining affected countries. Thank you for everything that you do! We wish you a very successful World Polio Day!
  • The Global Polio Eradication Initiative would like to offer our heartfelt congratulations to Professor Rose Leke for receiving the 2023 Virchow Prize for Global Health, for her outstanding contributions to advancing global health, including polio eradication. Professor Leke is the Chair of the Africa Regional Certification Commission and member of the Global Commission for Certification of Poliomyelitis Eradication (GCC).

Wild Polio Virus (WPV) is only endemic in 2 countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan

- number of cases are diminishing
- surveillance and vaccination is increasing, despite geopolitical issues
You could be part of a team that eradicated the second disease from the planet! Smallpox was declared gone in 1980, and has not been seen since!

RI history
In 1979 Rotary International started a multi-year project to immunize 6 million children in the Philippines.  

In 1988, the World Health Assembly passed a resolution to eradicate polio – to achieve its permanent reduction to zero, with no risk of reintroduction –  and in the same year, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) was launched. 

The Assembly’s work towards this milestone was complemented by the efforts of Rotary International, who wanted to keep the momentum of smallpox eradication going to ensure that no child was unnecessarily paralysed for life ever again.

The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that all children get polio vaccine to protect against polio, or poliomyelitis, as part of the series of routine childhood vaccines. Inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) is given by shot in the leg or arm, depending on the patient’s age. Oral polio vaccine (OPV) is used in other countries.
CDC recommends that children get four doses of polio vaccine.
Most adults in the developed world have been vaccinated as children and are therefore likely to be protected from getting polio. In general, unless there are specific reasons to believe they were not vaccinated, most adults who were born and raised in the developed world can assume they were vaccinated for polio as children.
Unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated adults who are at increased risk of exposure to poliovirus (see below) should receive and complete their polio vaccination series with IPV. Other adults who are unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated should talk with their doctor to understand their risk for polio and need for polio vaccination. Adults who completed their polio vaccination but who are at increased risk of exposure to poliovirus may receive one lifetime IPV booster.

Injectable (IPV) v Oral (OPV)
A second type of polio vaccine, the oral polio vaccine (OPV) was developed by physician and microbiologist Albert Sabin.
Sabin’s vaccine was live-attenuated (using the virus in weakened form) and could be given orally, as drops or on a sugar cube. 

The ease of administering the oral vaccine made it the ideal candidate for mass vaccination campaigns

- OPV had an added benefit that paved the road to eradication. While IPV protected the vaccinated child, it did not stop the poliovirus from spreading between children. 

- OPV, on the other hand, interrupted the chain of transmission, meaning that this was a powerful vaccine to stop polio outbreaks in their tracks.

We now know that in areas with poor sanitation and low vaccination rates, a circulating Vaccine Derived Polio Virus (cVDPV) can arise, which can cause paralysis. Fortunately this can be easily prevented by increasing the vaccination dose rates in such areas.

This is why continuing vigilance is imperative to ensure that Polio is eradicated.




Rotary SA Centenary
Let's celebrate a century of Rotary in South Australia with lunch on the 4th of February 2024 at the William Magarey Room, Adelaide Oval.

This very special lunch will be a celebration of the people of Rotary, Rotaract and Interact that have made up the rich and diverse tapestry of Rotary in South Australia and the current District 9510. Guests will include members past and present from around Australia and the world. Everyone is invited to come and hear about the story of Rotary in South Australia.

The event will be held 100 years to the day from when the first Rotary Club in South Australia, the Rotary Club of Adelaide was officially chartered by Rotary International on 4 February 1924. This was the start of the Rotary movement in South Australia.

Today there are around 2,200 Rotary, Rotaract and Interact members in over 90 Clubs across South Australia and District 9510.

 What you can expect

  • Amazing guests and speakers
  • Dynamic entertainment
  • Magnificent food
  • Fabulous company
  • A Rotary experience on a grand scale

Please register by Sunday 28 January 2024. Unfortunately no late bookings will be accepted.

$80.00 includes a 2 course meal, coffee, tea, guest speakers and entertainment. Drinks are at own cost and available from the bar. Adelaide Oval is a cashless venue, so card payments only. 

Rotary centenary merchandise will be available for purchase.

2024 District Conference
Why not make it a club Event, book early and plan.
15-17 March, 2024 @ Loxton
2023-24 Club Committees
Community & Fundraising:
Ros De Garis (D), Gary West, Stephanie Thorpe, Brian White, Ted Manka, Yvonne Wilson, Jane English
Robin Weissel (D), Brian Thomas, Susan Kendle, Denis Ralph, Sue Lockwood
Club Image & Communications:
Scott Anderson (D), Rosie Erasmus, Lyn Grant, Neil Butler, Jean Mailey
International & Foundation: 
Andrew De Garis (D), Charles Camilleri, Alan Raggatt, Peter Shaw, Len Loechel, Ken Parcell.
Vocational & Environment:
Alison Howlett (D), Barry Dixon, Barbara Hay, Brenda Butler, Kevern Kendle, Tracey Bartholomew.
Rosie Erasmus
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Members on leave
- Ros & Andrew
Meals on Wheels
Port Adelaide Kitchen Roster
(Member to confirm attendance by 9.00 am on the day of their roster by calling 08 8447 5171)
Monday 20 NovLen Loechel
Monday 4 DecKen Parcell
Monday 18 DecYvonne Wilson

2024 Roster - refer to Len

Meeting Chair - Committees

November:     International & Foundation

December:     Youth

January:        tbc

February:      tbc

March:           tbc

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- name tags
Meet and greet Guest Speaker, arrange for introduction, introduce to other members
- Arrange meal for Guest speaker, cost to the RCWL account (so that Len can pay later on)
Chair meeting
- manage timeliness
- organise meal delivery
Arrange Sergeant At Arms
Liaise with President to close meeting.
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Public Officer
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Community Service
Child Protection Officer
Youth Service
Club Image
International Service
Rotary Foundation
Bulletin Editor
Fundraising & Special Events
Vocational & Environment

City of Charles Sturt

Beyond Bank

Adelaide Brighton Cement

Golden North

Olgas Fine Foods

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