President's Message

Malcolm Horton
member photo
Fellow Rotarians, family and friends,
Thank you to all that attended the joint meeting with RC Onkaparinga. It was a good evening as well as a worthwhile PR exercise with another Rotary Club. We built on our relationship and looked towards increased cooperation and collaboration in the future.

From sunny Yorke Peninsula, stay safe and well.

Joint Meeting with the Rotary Club of Onkaparinga

At the invitation of President Laurie Doube, the Rotary Club of Onkaparinga hosted Stirlinng at a joint meeting of the two clubs.  It is now 46 years since Onkaparinga was first chartered with the sponsorship of Stirling, 
PP Susanne, PDG Jeff and Jenny Neale and President Malcolm
in high level power discussions!
             Our Host, President Laurie Doube                Michelle and Taras Lesiw
                     and AG Shiralee Judge.                          enjoying a night out
Held at the Loebethal Recreation Centre at the Oval, it was a gala affair in recognition of both clubs' many achievements throughout many years of service to the community. 
Great food and good company!    The event even attracted the paparazzi!
The Guest Speakers were PDG Jeff and Jenny Neale who entertained all with their anecdotes and highlights of their year of club visits when Jeff was District Governor.  In 2021-22, such is the breadth of District 9510, they chalked up some 26,000kms on the road, visiting 90 Rotary and Rotaract every corner of the great state of South Australia and in parts of NSW and the NT! 
In describing some of the many terrific projects undertaken by clubs in the District, they came away understanding that it did not matter how many members a club had.  The Rotary Club of Charles Sturt Grange, for instance, a small club of only 9 members, manufactures and distributes over 500 large and small wooden toys at Christmas every year.  Click HERE to watch the 7News short feature broadcast on Wednesday night.
Other small clubs found clever ways to increase their reach into the community by using volunteers. 
Several clubs, for instance, host op-shops generating tens of thousands of dollars a year staffed exclusively by non-Rotarian volunteers. 
Another way of extending a club's reach into the community at little or no expense, is to collect food items for Christmas hampers by simply handing out Christmas hamper wish lists of grocery items needed for Christmas hampers to arriving customers at large grocery stores.  The lists would include a plea to shoppers to ask them to consider buying something from the list for those less fortunate and to then drop it off at the Rotary collection point upon departure.  
A great variant of that concept was successful for the RC of McLaren Vale.  They partnered with a local nursery, asking customers to buy a plant and donate it to Rotary for a garden they were building at a local Retirement Village.
Jenny Neale who took on advocacy for All KIDSs, then took to the podium to update everyone on progress in in the Cambodian schools project..
The All Kids Learning Centres offer additional tuition for all children in the community to supplement the public schools' programs by offering such things not taught, such as English and IT. 
There are currently over 700 students enrolled and 32 young, enthusiastic local staff.
A new centre which is now the focus of their efforts to address needs in other locations, is nearing completion but to meet unexpected rising costs, the project still in need of more funding to complete the toilet block and security fencing.

Shelterbox Giving Day for International Human Rights Day

On 10 December, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  This year marks the 75th Anniversary of its adoption.
In the lead up to the anniversary, Shelterbox has declared 9 December their annual Giving Day; its major annual fundraiser.
Some generous sponsors have offered to MATCH all donations to the Shelterbox Giving Day campaign, so a $100 or $1,000 donation magically translates to a $200 or $2,000 donation to the fund!
Click HERE to visit the UN's Human Rights page and HERE, anytime until 10 December,  to make a donation to Shelterbox to continue to provide shelter those who have been displaced by natural disaster or conflict. 
If you, or the club, were thinking about giving this year, now is the time to do so to make twice the impact!
Shelter is a Human Right!

Possible Auction of Unclaimed Lost and Found Item!

Here is a photo of a priceless (to somebody) item of clothing left at PDG Dick and Liz' home after the Bonfire Night. 
Dick would like to return it to its proper home, though...

Thanks to Matthew Brooks who Posted this on Quora

A little three-year-old boy is sitting on the toilet. His mother thinks he has been in there too long, so she goes in to see what's up. The little boy is sitting on the toilet reading a book.
But about every ten seconds or so he puts the book down, grips onto the toilet seat with his left hand and hits himself on top of the head a few times with his right hand. His mother says, “Billy, are you all right? You've been in here for a while…”
Billy says, “I'm fine, Mommy…i just haven't gone 'doodoo' yet."
Mother says, “Okay, you can stay here a few more minutes, but, Billy, why are you hitting yourself on the head?"
Billy says, “It works for tomato sauce."
Upcoming Events
Regular Club Meeting
Stirling Hotel
Nov 28, 2022
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Stirling Pageant (Bahn Mi Rolls)
Stirling Oval
Dec 04, 2022
Club Meeting (Committees)
Dec 05, 2022
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Christmas Dinner
Home of Mark Higgins
Dec 12, 2022
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Social Night (PIzzas at the Stirling Hotel;
Stirling Hotel
Dec 19, 2022
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
No Meeting Tonight
Dec 26, 2022
No Meeting Tonight
Jan 02, 2023
To Be Determined
Jan 09, 2023
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November 4
Robert Hill
November 18
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Colin Fraser
November 1, 1980
42 years
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November 1, 1989
33 years
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November 1, 1983
39 years

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