2018/2019 Annual Report

Summary of the 2018/2019 Year’s events
Meeting Programme
At the risk of repeating what we have written in our bulletins, this summary is meant for historical purposes as well as reminding our Rotary community what we have achieved during the past Rotary year.

7/7/18 – 2710
For something different, we held our changeover dinner at the Berri Caravan Park making it a changeover weekend rather than just a meeting. We invited, and were joined, by members of the Rotary Club of Berri whose company we enjoyed. This had a touch of irony as we have learned during the year that they will be part of our area from 2020 as Districts 9500 and 9520 combine into District 9510.

16/7/18 – 2711
General Meeting

6/8/18 – 2712
Assistant Governor Marie-louise Lees came and introduced herself.
• Father a teacher & moved around country.
• Went to high school at Riverland.
• Joined Rotary in 2012 (Dad an active community supporter).
• Club Secretary at Gawler Rotary and was asked to be AG for Group 9 from this year.
• Passionate about Rotary Foundation & now AG Group 9.
• Looking at contribution to programmes & club involvements.
• Will be looking at joint Projects/Meetings/Socialising opportunities.
Stuart Hoerisch also attended to get some ideas for mural project.

20/8/18 – 2713
Kapunda High School Dinner – Kristen Masters, Principal
• Great highlight for hospitality students to have a real audience to prepare a meal for
• KHS has reached capacity over recent years
• State gov commitment to contribute $12M for building renewal/replacement
• Year 7 students to be integrated into high schools from primary
• Stage one – 4-5 new flexible classrooms in/around PE area
• Stage two – replacement of 60s era transportable classrooms Projection that KHS will top 800 students within 10 years Strong focus on student wellbeing – 47% sleep with smartphones, 40% have sleeping problems, 15-24 year olds exhibiting alarming increase in self-harm
• KHS is really appreciative of Rotary Kapunda’s continued support such as RYDA & Defibrillator projects

27/8/18 – 2714
• Intercity Meeting Gawler (Nixon’s) Small group attended Group 9 dinner at Gawler. Ron Kandelaars (Currently Channel 7) spoke about his life in the media.

3/9/18 – 2715
Club Assembly
The club discussed our purpose, future and future directions.

17/9/18 – 2716
Kieren Chappell, Light Regional Council

8/10/18 – 2717

22/10/18 – 2718
Stuart Hoerisch, Rotary Mural
Ideas and prototype discussed; club decided to proceed.

5/11/18 – 2719
David Cockshell, Donations in Kind
Dave gave a very informative presentation on the RAH Donations in Kind programme.

19/11/18 – 2720
Social evening at the Todd residence
With an inspiring talk by Ian & Sue’s daughter Tanya and friend Vanessa on their work with the “Muscle Car Run” fundraiser.

3/12/18 – 2721
Annual General Meeting
17/12/18 – 2722
Christmas Celebration Hodge residence

7/1/19 – 2723
Brad Perks. Lifestyle SA
Outlined the operations of the village in partnership with the light regional Council

21/1/19 – 2724
Phillipa and Leon Faulkner, Environmental Copper Recovery guest speakers and donation of defibrillator made to Kapunda Harness Racing Club.
Leon Faulkner from Environmental Copper Recovery spoke to the group about their plans to re-commence mining at the old Kapunda site. Much research and testing is currently underway to establish the viability and impact of such an endeavour.

Martin Dew (Secretary) and Stephen Norman (President) accept the defibrillator on behalf of the Kapunda harness Racing Club.

4/2/19 – 2725
Vicky de Prado (daughter of KRC Brazilian Exchange Student & Greg Mickan host family.)
In 1971 her father was an exchange student with Kapunda Rotary. Vicky spoke about her father’s experiences as an exchange student and how his life was changed by the experience. She also spoke about her own involvement with Rotary.

18/2/19 – 2726
Induction of new members Trish Sweet, Arlene Goff, Leon Dickinson

4/3/19 – 2727
General meeting

18/3/19 – 2728
General meeting

1/4/19 – 2729
Gavin Sidhu, Ugandan Dental Project & Marie-loiuse Lees ADG
Group 9 project; The Mbarara Oral Hygiene Education Program, Uganda. It is designed to teach 5000 kids in 10 schools each year for 5 years how to keep their teeth clean and prevent decay and associated tooth extractions.
Marie-louise encouraged members to next year’s Rotary district 9500 conference at Whyalla and the Clubrunner app – free app from the App Store. 

14/4/19 – 2730
Picnic at the Pines – approx. 90 people enjoyed a perfect afternoon at the pines reserve as a joint fundraiser for Rotary, Lions and the Pines Reserve.

6/5/19 – 2731
Brendan Moten, Lil Mo’s Bakery talked about his new premises and expansion of his business in the main street of Kapunda.

13/5/19 – 2732
President’s Report on District Assembly including new Child Protection procedures, risk assessment, membership and the new District 9510
Tarik Sauer, (accompanied by mum Renae) Junior Australian Basketballer from Eudunda spoke about his rise through the ranks to be selected to play junior basketball for Australia.
District Governor David Egan and his wife Chris.
David talked about his Rotary journey and his passion for effective leadership and the change required for this. Due to declining membership in the western world things have had to change relatively rapidly. This year membership has had a slight increase in numbers rather than the past years’ decrease. Chris spoke briefly about her work with young people and mental health.

17/6/19 – 2735
Greg May, Gallipoli on Anzac Day and the high cost and futility of the battles.

1/7/19 – 2736

Brief Summary
The year started with 10 members and we decided due to small numbers that we would all act as the ‘board’. In so doing the key directors were;
Secretary: Deane Rohrlach
Treasurer: Ian Todd
Youth Service: Bill O’Brien
Immediate Past President: Brenton Diener
Club Administration: Deane Rohrlach
Rotary Foundation: Frank Ware
Public Relations: Doug Smith
Public Officer: Deane Rohrlach
Bulletin Editor: Doug Smith
During the year Doug Smith relinquished the Bulletin/PR role and Trish Sweet as a new member took over the role. Andrew Amos also regained the webmaster role.

Other Key Points from the year.
• KHS Dinner raised $340 for Rotary’s Drought Relief Appeal.
• Kristin Hodge & Trish Sweet worked (as partners of Rotarians) at a 60th birthday and raised $200 for the Club.
• Mural project nearly completed.
• Donated $200 to KHS for end of year presentation
• Donations to Primary Schools for student presentations
• support the Kapunda Medical Centre mental health initiative, supported Clare NYSF (National Youth Science forum) students (they have supported us),
• IPP Brenton Diener and President David Hodge attended Group 9 membership forum.
• The club thanked Deane & Mary Rohrlach for the donation of a freezer and Raelene & Brenton Diener for housing same.
• Inducted 4 new members during the year; Tony Zerella, Leon Dickinson, Arlene Goff and Trish Sweet.
• Committee formed to plan 60th dinner celebrations on 10th August 2019.
• Supported 3 Christchurch NZ Rotary Clubs; RC of Riccarton, RC of Linwood/Woolston RC of Ferrymead by donation of $100 AUD to a Rotary fund that was set up to support the victims of the devastating attack on the Muslim community in Christchurch on March 15th, 2019.
• Club members and partners visited the SA Aviation Museum at Port Adelaide.
• Members and partners cooked breakfast at the Kapunda RSL Dawn Service.
• Members and partners cooked at the Gawler MC Rally raising $1400.
• Ugandan Dental Health Project – it was agreed to donate a one-off $500 to the Group 9 international project.
• Elijah Smith requested $370 to attend the UN Youth national conference. It was agreed that we should support Elijah with a $400 donation.
• Australian Business week – 24-29th June. It was agreed that we support this with a $300 donation.
• Barbecue gas is being provided by Gawler Caravan Centre who have also subsidised some trailer maintenance.

Thanks to Member Sponsors
• Frank & Helen Ware and Allcovers Roofing – major sponsors of Mural Project.
• Brenton and Raelene Diener and Diener Solar Pumps – sponsors of Mural, Barbecue trailer (as well as Diener family assisting with labour on the Barbecue
• Deane and Mary Rohrlach – supplier of KDR Wood Pens

Club account Balance as of 14/06/2019 $1772.59
Fundraising a/c Balance as of 14/06/2019 $5599.75
Art Show a/c Balance as of 14/06/2019 $6772.72
Total $14145.06
Treasurer Comments
• Club account is holding its own allowing for guest speakers’ meals etc. and covering RI and District expenses, with work progressing on our Rotary Mural to be displayed on the Southern wall of the Post Office.
• Fundraising account income came from 2017 Art Show surplus, Pines Picnic, Tarlee Motorbike event, Trots BBQ and other small events. Donations went to New Generations $2740.00, International $330.00, and Community & BBQ expenses $6281.88.
• Art Show account for 2019 event , made up of Sponsorship and 1 entry, other Sponsorship and entries will flow in, in the new financial year.
– Ian Todd, Treasurer

Youth Director’s Report
I have been privileged to hold the office of the Rotary Club of Kapunda as Youth Director for the past twelve months. I have a strong interest in youth affairs and support young people where I can both in the community and in my role as Mayor of Light Regional Council. Probably the activity I enjoy most is the presentation of the Rotary Achievers Awards at the end of each school term at the Kapunda Primary School. These Awards have a long tradition having been presented over the last 15 years and the enthusiasm of the students, teachers and family members remains very high and to some is the highlight of the end of term. 
Our Club has also supported a young local lad Elijha Smith to attend Federal Parliament in Canberra and will watch his progress both through Kapunda High School and in the political arena. Our community has many outstanding young people and I’m sure our Rotary Club will hear from many and will continue to support them in the future…
– Bill O’Brien, Youth Director

In Summary
I would like to thank all members and partners (without whose help we would flounder) for all their hard work in the 2017-18 Rotary Year. Special thanks to my wife Kristin whose help and support I value highly. When we sometimes get frustrated by our lack of capacity due to small numbers to do things, it is extremely satisfying to look back at just what we have achieved. Congratulations to you all.
David Hodge

Roundup – June 2019

* In our first June meeting the District Governor (David Egan) and his wife (Chris) joined us for the evening. David spoke firstly about his Rotary journey and his passion for effective leadership. He raised the difficulties encountered in maintaining membership numbers in service organisations in recent years. Fortunately there has been a small overall increase this year in Rotary membership numbers and we were commended on the addition of our 4 new members. His wife spoke of her role in being a Friend of Rotary and work with young people and mental health.

* Our final meeting before changeover we welcomed Greg May as our guest speaker. He spoke of his recent visit to Gallipoli for the ANZAC Dawn service. A number of photographs illustrated the difficulty of the terrain the ANZACs encountered and he spoke in some detail of the futility of the campaign.

* In other news, the Rotary Mural has now been completed by Stuart Hoerisch and is ready to be put in place. I’m sure we’re all looking forward to another addition to Kapunda’s murals.

* Planning and activity continues with the organisation of the 60th Celebration Dinner and the Kidman Rotary Art Show

President David Hodge and Rotarian Don Franks with District Governor David Egan and his wife Chris.

Sue Todd, speaker Greg May and Ian Todd.

Roundup – May 2019

Roundup – May 2019

* On the 8/5 Brendan Moten was our guest speaker and spoke about Litl Mo’s bakery. 16 years after its start the Bakery is still going strong and finally expanding on a new site opposite its current location. It will have space for 40+ people who can eat inside and an outdoor eating area seating 20+ persons. 
* Our next meeting was a club assembly that dealt with a number of items of business requiring responses. It was agreed to support the Ugandan Dental Program, Kapunda High School Business week and Elijah Smith, a KHS student who has been accepted to attend the UN Youth National Conference, with cash donations. 
* Our final meeting of the month we welcomed Tarik Sauer – guest speaker. He spoke about his experiences playing basketball in New Zealand recently as an under 14 Australian representative and thanked the club for assisting him with financial support on this trip.

Roundup – March 2019

Rotary Roundup – March Highlights.

* Picnic at the Pines planning continues. Gather a table for Sunday 14th April.

* The Kapunda Hospital Helipad upgrade will be coordinated with a number of other organisations in the town, including Light Regional Council and Kapunda Charity Car Cruise.

* The Kidman Rotary Art Show planning continues, Art Show entry forms and information is now available on the Kapunda Rotary website.

* A monetary donation was made to the Christchurch Rotary appeal fund.

* Funds and assistance are required for RYDA (Rotary Youth Driver Awareness) September 23, 24 and 25 this year.

* A visit is planned to the South Australian Aviation Museum in Port Adelaide for lunch and an open day visit for Sunday the 28th April.

* Our club’s next guest speakers will be Gavin Sidhu to speak about the Mbarara Oral Hygiene Education Program in Uganda and Marie-Louise Lees to speak about the ‘Clubrunner’ app.

Roundup – February 2019

* Greg Mickan introduced our Guest speaker, Vicky de Prado. She gave an interesting talk about how her father was an exchange student with Kapunda Rotary and attended Kapunda High School in 1971. This experience changed both his life and hers in a number of ways (including her father meeting her mother) and she spoke about his and her continuing involvement with Rotary in South America.

* 3 new Rotarians were inducted and boosted the membership of the Kapunda Rotary club. The club welcomed Leon Dickinson, Arlene Goff-Dickinson and Trish Sweet. 
* The 2019 Kidman Rotary Art Show date has been set for 25th – 30th October.
* Planning is continuing for a 60th Anniversary dinner to be held at the Kapunda Bowls Club in August.
* Doug Smith and Trish Sweet attended the Berri Rotary Club Vocational awards, Doug as official photographer of the event. Both spoke of it being a very successful and well attended evening that raised money in the mid $30000s. This money is predominantly used to support vocational students in the Riverland.

Roundup – January 2019

A snapshot of some of Kapunda Rotary’s activities during the month.
* Our first meeting included a presentation by Brad Peerks of SA Lifestyle Villages about Kapunda’s own lifestyle village. A very interesting tour of the current units was provided.
* Philippa and Leon Faulkner spoke about Environmental Copper Recovery at the Kapunda mine site.
* Kapunda Harness Racing Club was presented with a defibrillator purchased for their use by the Kapunda Rotary Club
* The Kapunda Rotary Art Show committee will be reconvened in February with a view to commence planning for this year’s event.
* This year is the 60th anniversary of the Kapunda Rotary Club. 2 committees have been formed, one to review the club’s history and bring it up to date and one to plan an event to be held in August to celebrate the event.

Kapunda Harness Racing Club was presented with a defibrillator purchased for their use by the Kapunda Rotary Club

2017 Kidman Art Show Results

20 to 25 October 2017

The sixth biennial Kidman Art Show ran from Friday 20th until Wednesday 25th October 2017. The main venue was the Soldiers’ Memorial Hall in Hill Street with the Photographic Exhibition in the Kapunda Community Gallery at the corner of Main and Brown Streets.

The Art Show was again supported by the Light Regional Council and we are also very appreciative of a number of other generous sponsors.

The Kapunda Community Gallery again provided their valuable support and expertise, including staging the Photographic Exhibition in conjunction with the Kidman Art Show.

The Kidman Art Show provides an opportunity for regional artists to compete for generous prizes and to display their work for sale. All proceeds from the Art Show go towards local and international Rotary humanitarian projects.

Best in Exhibition (Acquisitive Prize)
“T-Junction, Seppelstfield” Christopher Meadows (Clare)
Oil & Acrylic
Winner “Heading Home” Robert Anderson (Kapunda)
Highly Commended “Still” Julie Lloyd (Burra)
Watercolour / Gouache
Winner “A View of Clare” Alan RamaChandran (Aberfoyle Park)
Highly Commended “Basking in the Bowl” Maxine Donald (Kapunda)
Drawing and Pastels
Winner “Sandhills – Pt Victoria” Meredith Mayr, Pastel (Watervale)
Highly Commended “The Redgum” Tony Smith, Drawing (Lyrup)
Photography and Print Media
Winner “Burnt Earth” Janelle Amos (Greenock)
Highly Commended “Abandoned” Penny Heighes (Callington)
Sculpture, 3 Dimensional Works and Fabric Arts
Winner “Family Bonding” Malcolm Craig (Kapunda)
Highly Commended “Brian Cox as Bernardo Guadagni” Gerhard Ritter (Uleybury)
Connection to the Land
Winner “Road from Light” Lise Temple
Highly Commended “Twilight Gold, Light Range” B.J. Moore (Kapunda)
People’s Choice
Artworks “The Redgum” Tony Smith, Drawing (Lyrup)
Photography Drawing “Windy Hill” Leanne Walding (Murray Bridge)

Kapunda Rotary – dispelling some myths!


“I would like to be part of Rotary – but I haven’t got the time to attend weekly meetings”. How often have busy and talented people said that when invited to consider becoming Rotarians?

Well, it is not compulsory to attend every meeting! That’s just one of the minor myths that is associated with the world’s best-known service club.  We all lead busy lives, so it is OK to attend when you can.  You can even become a “Friend of Rotary”, and be even more flexible.

“Old” People

Other myths include the perception that a Rotary Club is only for older, retired males and that younger men and women would not be interested in, or gain anything from becoming members.

Again, this is not correct. Most clubs have a broad age-range and a good mix of both male and female members.

Many younger people in management positions, or who are running their own businesses, have welcomed the opportunities provided by Rotary to become involved in their local communities and to take advantage of the personal development skills that are to be gained through Rotary service.


Networking opportunities abound throughout Rotary and the knowledge that such a strong, professional support group exists is a factor which attracts thousands of young men and women world-wide.


Over the 2008-09 Rotary year the Rotary Club of Kapunda celebrated 50 years of service to the Kapunda community. As one of over 33,000 clubs throughout the world, it is part of the Rotary International organization which supports thousands of local and international programmes designed to improve the lives of people from all levels of society.

Since 1958-59 the Rotary Club of Kapunda has undertaken projects which have encouraged and supported local youth; the aged community; local schools; sporting groups; libraries; local tourism; emergency services and major projects such as the construction of Map the Miner and the Kapunda Hospital Helipad. Every second year we run the very successful Kidman Art Show.  This attracts entries from many artists, with generous prize money and sales being generated throughout the art communities of South Australia.


The club has continually supported international Rotary programmes including the 25-year plan to eradicate the Polio virus which has seen a world-wide reduction of this insidious childhood disease to where it now exists in only five countries and the number of cases has fallen to just over 1% of its original numbers.

Many local Rotarians have taken the opportunity to provide practical and financial help to humanitarian programmes in neighbouring Pacific countries with the building of schools and medical facilities, and the provision of health and educational resources. The club has also donated three ShelterBoxes for use as emergency shelter in natural disasters.

Rotarians are able to use their vocational skills to assist in many areas and also to gain valuable contacts and friends through the social activities associated with Rotary.

The Rotary Club of Kapunda members have regular contact with members from other nearby clubs and have frequently combined with them in major Rotary projects and social events.

The opportunity to attend the annual district conference, usually held during October, is available to all members. The conference is designed to educate and motivate members in the wider world of Rotary, with a line-up of excellent speakers on a wide range of topics including Rotary programmes along with current and relevant social issues.

A place for you

No matter at what level you feel you would like to become involved in Rotary, there is a place for you in your local Rotary Club.

The Rotary Club of Kapunda currently meets on the first and third Mondays of the month at the North Kapunda Hotel, Kapunda, commencing at 6.20 pm for fellowship followed by a dinner meeting at 6.45 pm until approximately 8.00 pm. During January social meetings are held in various members’ homes – please check with our Secretary. You are very welcome to contact the club if you are interested in attending a meeting.

Contact Information

For further information about the Rotary Club of Kapunda, please telephone Secretary: Deane Rohrlach on 8566 2371.

2015 Kidman Art Show Results

16 to 21 October 2015

The fifth biennial Kidman Art Show ran from Friday 16th until Wednesday 21st October 2015. The main venue was the Soldiers’ Memorial Hall, Kapunda with the Photographic Exhibition in the Kapunda Community Gallery, in their new location at the corner of Brown St.

The Art Show was again supported by the Light Regional Council and we are also very appreciative of a number of other generous sponsors.

The Kapunda Community Gallery have again provided their valuable support and expertise, including staging the Photographic Exhibition in conjunction with the Kidman Art Show.

The Kidman Art Show provides an opportunity for regional artists to compete for generous prizes and to display their work for sale. All proceeds from the Art Show go towards local and international Rotary humanitarian projects.

2015 Kidman Art Show Results

Over $9,000 in prizes were awarded as follows:

Best in Exhibition (Acquisitive Prize)
“Picnic Tree” Mike Barr
Oil & Acrylic
“End of the Ride” Alison Halliday
Watercolour / Gouache
“Drafthorse Foal” Gerhard Ritter
Drawing and Pastels
“Sand Dune Shadows” Margaret McEntee
Photography and Print Media
“Splatter” Emily Williams
Sculpture, 3 Dimensional Works and Fabric Arts
“Beyond The Door” Malcolm Craig
Connection to the Land
“Head Study No. 1” Warren Farley


Art Show Sales

17/10/15 Amey, Wendy Willow Birdbath         X $145.00 3
  Carvanna, Sarah The Magic of Ones Thoughts       X   $150.00 39
  Clarke, Janice Thistles   X       $160.00 43
  Hancox, Trevor Seen Better Days     X     $325.00 104
  Hill , Sarah High Exposure   X       $390.00 118
  Low, Patricia Harvest   X       $150.00 160
  Nielsen, Susanne Wheels of Time X         $100.00 188
  Nielsen, Susanne Rustic Charm x         $100.00 189
  Payne, Lesley Burning Silence   X       $850.00 196
  Spehr, Melanie Poppies in the Limelight   X       $210.00 232
  Vidovich, Becc Raw Rural X         $450.00 260
  Williams, Emily Splatter X         $50.00 270
18/10/15 Cooper, June Barossa Gold     X     $250.00 56
  Elliott, Ksenia Rose Water   X       $140.00 81
  Farley, Warren Head Study #1       X   $400.00 83
  Scholich, Caol Untiltled   X       $200.00 217
19/10/15 Collins, Sonia Main St, 6am X         $70.00 50
  Ramachandran, Alan Late Evening     X     $1,200.00 204
  Sprason, Maxine Drover’s Cottage, Sedan   X       $160.00 234
  Elliot, Ksenia Blue Yarn   X       $180.00 80
20/10/15 Ritter, Gerhard Drafthorse Foal     X     $600.00 209

2013 Kidman Art Show Results

18 to 27 October 2013

The fourth biennial Kidman Art Show ran from Friday 18th until Sunday 27th October 2013. As before, the main venue was the Soldiers’ Memorial Hall, Kapunda with the Photographic Exhibition in the Kapunda Community Gallery.

The Art Show was again supported by the Light Regional Council. We were also very appreciative of a number of other generous sponsors.

The Kapunda Community Gallery provided their valuable support and expertise, including staging the Photographic Exhibition in conjunction with the Kidman Art Show.

The Kidman Art Show provides an opportunity for regional artists to compete for generous prizes and to display their work for sale. All proceeds from the Art Show go towards local and international Rotary humanitarian projects.

2013 Kidman Art Show Results

Over $9,000 in prizes were awarded as follows:

Best in Exhibition (Acquisitive Prize)
“Black Joe’s Road” Len Vodic
Oil & Acrylic
“The End of the Drive, Flinders Ranges” Lise Temple
Watercolour / Gouache
“Sheep In Morning Sunshine” Coralie Armstrong
Drawing and Pastels
“Reflections at Twilight” Tony Smith
Photography and Print Media
“No Flys on Me” Dani Lorriaux
Sculpture, 3 Dimensional Works and Fabric Arts
“Hide and Seek” K & K Jenkins & Wohler
Connection to the Land
“Johnno” Stephen Oatway
People’s Choice Award
[Still to be decided]