Welcome to 2022!  

It's a big week ahead as we celebrate Australia Day on Wednesday and the Santos Festival of Cycling makes its way through many Hills communities throughout the rest of the week. 

Reflect, Respect & Celebrate

Did everyone get the email about Rotary's Australia Day online, celebration event?  It promises to be an action packed hour of entertainment and great speakers.  It runs from 11:30am to 12:30pm Adelaide time on Wednesday, 26 January, Australia Day.
There is, of course, no charge but you need to register to get the link to attend online.
To register, Click HERE

Last Week's Meeting

It was quite special to hear from one of our own about the fantastic work Rotarian Nick Kentish is doing to mentor farmers to  regenerate over-worked soil and discuss how to develop sustainable agricultural practices for long term health. 
Australia is a land of feast and famine and, already, landowners are adopting best practices to ensure their future after adopting the basic principles of nurturing the land and ensuring sustainability.
Australia extracts a trillion, or so, TONNES of carbon from earth but we have an obligation to convert the carbon dioxide created back underground with plants, especially those with deep roots and long growth.  Those with highly photosynthetic leaves are even better. Plants, sheep and cattle and microscopic creatures all go into battle for the future of life on earth.
Seriously, though, Nick.  Three Billion microbes in every cubic centimetre of soil?

Next Week's Meeting

Please join us next Monday for an important Club Assembly to review the first half of the Rotary Year and plan for the next 6 months.  Again, this is YOUR club and your ideas, suggestions and thoughts are crucial  components of the planning process. 
Please familiarise yourselves again with the Club Plan which was passed by the board at our last meeting.
There is a link to the document HERE.

Stirling Market on Sunday

Our responsiveness to a last minute request in late December has, as hoped, led to Rotary being approached on short notice to yet again this month run a sausage sizzle.
A big Shout Out to John Norris, Steve Blacketer, Pauline Annear, Grant Andrew, Michelle Lesiw, Dick Wilson, Greg Russell, David Hogan and Robert Koehne for putting up their hands to help us kick start our 2022 fundraising! 

Sculpture for Interiors and Gardens V

The Committee has been meeting now for some months to prepare for the next Exhibition to open on Friday, 29 April, 2022.  The National Trust Mount Lofty Branch has closed and management of Stangate House has now transferred to the state based office.  The process of developing new relationships and getting the new team committed  has taken some time, but it is full steam ahead, now.
The Adelaide Hills Council is particularly anxious to get events going after a couple of difficult years, and have offered very tangible support to the organising committee, including the graphic design and printing of the catalogue.  They have also offered to help with the promotion throughout the community.
The committee is also exploring a new program of private, organised tours for seniors groups.
Jan and Tim have an impressive number of Sculptors committee to ensure this year's event is bigger and better than ever.
Pauline kindly hosts the congenial meetings on her beautiful patio  Members of the committee.  Left to right are PDG Dick and Liz Wilson, Tim Boon, Jan Lyon, Winnie Pelz and Pauline Annear.  Dan Edmonds took the picture.
Winnie Pelz AM is a very welcome addition to the team and is already making important cntributions.  She has been described as an arts legend, artist, writer, arts administrator and current affairs presenter.  

Jessica Beinke Update

Jessica, as most will recall , is a successful alumnus of the ARH Indigenous Scholarship program and was sponsored by the club.
She and Dick are in regular contact.  While she and the family are fully vaccinated and remain healthy and well, her twin sister, husband and 2 children got COVID.  Fortunately, the symptoms were mild and they are all now fully recovered.
Jess shared a happy snap of the family to show off her two daughter's, Kelsey, 2 and Ella, just about 7 months! She advises that both are good kids.  Kelsey is "pretty" well behaved and Ella is a relatively easy baby just very attached to mum!

...a Bit of a Backlog Being Cleared out Here...

...but we STILL ARE!
For those still hesitant about getting vaccinations, here is peek behind the scenes at God's Help Desk
Here is an actual Canadian TV spot put out by a health care union about testing. Click HERE

Upcoming Events
Planning Meeting
Stirling Hotel
Jan 24, 2022
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Club Meeting (Peter Campbell)
Stirling Hotel
Jan 31, 2022
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Club Meeting (Committees)
Stirling Hotel
Feb 07, 2022
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Regular Meeting
Stirling Hotel
Feb 14, 2022
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Regular Meeting (Hamish Cooper, CFS)
Stirling Hotel
Feb 21, 2022
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Ron Malcolm
January 16
Greg Russell
January 30
Dick Wilson
Liz Wilson
January 5
Michelle Lesiw
Taras Lesiw
January 8
Join Date
Owen Bevan
January 1, 1992
30 years

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