President's Message
Susanne Marie
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President’s Ponderings

I trust you have all been having a good week. Mine as always has been busy, this week mainly with my work and that includes all weekend. I have nothing to report from the past week as there was no meeting.
However, Greg Russell has reported to me about the great job everyone did on the gates at the Uraidla show last weekend.  Thank you to all those who put in a great effort.  It is good to see people working together as a great team. The gate takings were up 20% on last year. 
          I don't care WHO you know!                       Winding down at Gate 1
      You're NOT getting in without a pass!           Don Reid and Colin Fraser
     Shelly Hogan and Carmen, a Volunteer          Ken Jeffrey and John Goslett
                       Well done to all for the hours you put in!
I have also received a report from the organisers of the Health of the River Forum through Bruce Cole of the RC of Blackwood.  That report appears below in this Newsletter and makes great reading.
We sponsored a student, Ava Roach, from Heathfield High School to attend. Bruce, who was a convenor of the Forum, thanked us for supporting a student this year and advised us that the Forum is going ahead next year too. 
As a follow up from DG Tim Klar's visit, he sent us all a copy of RI's updated Vison, Values and Strategic Priorities a copy of which is now on our website.  Click here to view them.
Lest we forget
Monday is November 11th which is, of course, Remembrance Day.  Very appropriately, Stephen Blacketer who walked the Kokoda Track with his son, will tell us on Monday of his experience and impressions in following in the tortuous tracks of the brave Australian reserves. Although 600 died in the campaign, 1600 were wounded and 4,000 came down with tropical diseases, the Aussies persevered with the help of local tribesmen.
I look forward to seeing you all on Monday.
Yours in Rotary
Susanne Marie   President
Health of the River Forum 2019
The 2019 HOTR Forum held from the 28th October to November 1st up at Calperum Station, near Renmark, has just been completed and I’m very pleased to announce that the week’s educational activities were very well received by the 13 students involved.
The weather was very hot on most days, which meant the day’s activities were re-arranged to enable us to get most of the field work done before 1 pm but this didn’t stop us having full and interesting activities, follow-up studies and discussions.
The programme of educational activities run by the experienced team of Calperum education officers and ecologists, included an extra day this year and enabled the students to experience an even broader range of ‘river health’ tasks.
One of the great features of this special research and science based camp is that it enables students to do many ‘hands-on’ tasks with very qualified personnel and to experience first-hand, the sorts of conditions and challenges researchers face in their studies.
   Pitfall Trapping specimen       Water research                 Group planning
This year students were involved in the following studies: River System Restoration, Erosion and Habitat Rehabilitation Study (Branching), Tree Health (salinity issues), Healthy Ecosystems (Macroinvertebrates study), Cultural use of the environment, Fauna Survival (Pit-fall Trapping), the History of Local Irrigation (Olivewood), Salinity Issues and Control and the role of Environmental Flows in sustaining a healthy river system.
A whole range of skills that are important for achieving credible research and the reasoning behind the science of managing and maintaining a ‘healthy’ river system were continually emphasised by the Calperum team and it can be well affirmed that the “Health of the River Forum” met its goals of assisting in the development of future young scientists through this special Water Study Rotary opportunity.
The camp is not all about science though because another important focus of the HOTR Forum is the development of young people’s outlooks and character. There were a whole range of activities that had these students from a range of different schools, mostly unknown to each other, involved in group tasks, leisure time, fun and games. The Quiz Night and Calperum’s Got Talent were again successful in bringing students together and our night of fun, clowning and balloon animal making was a real winner with all! I’d like to thank all the people involved in this year’s programme.
Without going into great detail they are – the staff of Calperum, the parent supporters, the school liaison teachers, our excellent caterer, the local volunteers who provided great insight to regional issues, the Rotarians and clubs that facilitated and supported this unique experience, and my small band of helpers who attended and backed up all the student experiences.
I very much recommend the Health of the River Forum as a thoroughly worthwhile programme for our future generation to be involved and hope that even more students and clubs will support future events.
Bruce Cole (HOTR 2019 Convenor) Blackwood Rotary Club
Student Feedback – Just a few excerpts from the students who took part.
I really enjoyed this experience and it’s not one I will forget soon! Alex R   
It was an amazing experience learning about the different ways we can help our environment. Lucy   
Even people who don’t enjoy Science would like this experience. Zoe              
It is a great opportunity to learn about the ecology and conservation work. Cherie 
It has been an awesome camp! Rachel  
I would recommend this camp because it is something totally different from anything else. You also help with the research that is being done here. Sara.  
It is a great opportunity to learn about the ecology and conservation work. Cherie            
It is great to go to a remote area and learn about the environment from ecologists, the real deal! Harmony   
Everyone got on really well and the ability to make friends was very easy. I would 100% recommend this experience to other students. Ava  
I would recommend this to other students because they could learn a lot about themselves, science and our home. Dylan  
It’s been very hands on and fun. It’s an amazing experience and there should be more young people getting into this stuff. Owen
The activities were very fun and I really enjoyed handling the lizards and spiders. Alex F
I have really enjoyed my time and have liked meeting new people and also learning and growing my knowledge on the river and flood plains and how the salt is influencing the river and land around it. Skye  
I absolutely loved the time I had. It opened my eyes up to new things that we really need to be addressed. Shanti
HOTR 2019 Students
Upcoming Events
Remembrance Day
Adelaide Hills Coventry Library
Nov 11, 2019
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Regular Meeting (Stephen Blacketer)
Stirling Hotel
Nov 11, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Bonfire Night (Partners and families)
Bickles Road
Nov 18, 2019
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Board Meeting (time and venue TBA)
Stirling Hotel
Nov 18, 2019
8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Regular Meeting (Michelle Lesiw)
Stirling Hotel
Nov 25, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Stirling Pageant
Stirling Oval
Dec 01, 2019
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Regular Meeting (Malcolm Horton)
Stirling Hotel
Dec 02, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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November 4
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November 18
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November 1, 1980
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November 1, 1989
30 years
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November 1, 1983
36 years
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November 30, 2015
4 years

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