Birthing Kit Assembly Day

We held a Birthing Kit Assembly Day at the Institute on Friday 24th September 2021. Members of the Rotary Club of Kapunda in conjunction with Birthing Kit Foundation (Australia) and members of the community volunteered to assist in the assembly of clean birth kits to be distributed in low resource settings to help prevent maternal and infantile infections and fatalities.
We had a good turn out for a pleasant morning, with money for the Birthing Kit Foundation also being raised.

Rotary Roundup – September/October

* President David welcomed Elijah Smith to our first September meeting, who spoke enthusiastically about his attendance at the UN Youth national conference. It brought together over 100 young people from Australia and the neighbouring region. The age of information was the topic under consideration. Interesting keynote speakers and plenty of sharing of stories. Lots of fun but some more serious benefits included – Knowledge – sharing of ideas between participants. Friendship – 109 young people meeting together and forming connections. Self – learning to speak more positively and fluently in public. Experiences like these are instrumental in helping young people develop their passion and voice. It was a life changing experience for many young people. Elijah thanked Kapunda Rotary for assisting with funding to enable his attendance at the conference.

Elijah Smith
Elijah Smith

* Planning and preparations for the ‘Branched Out’ event BBQ and the highly successful ‘Kapunda Rotary Kidman Art Show’ took up much of our meeting time during these months.

* Of course the Art Show itself consumed much of our remaining time. With much assistance from the Kapunda Art Gallery friends and supporters and various other volunteers, the Art Show was once again a tremendous success. Congratulations to everyone involved. Some amazing works were on display.

Prize and Merit winners at the Gala night for the Kapunda Kidman Rotary Art Show
Prize and Merit winners at the Gala night for the Kapunda Kidman Rotary Art Show

Acquisitive prize - Wayne Williams (Broken Hill)
Acquisitive prize – Wayne Williams (Broken Hill)

Oil and/or Acrylic- Christopher Meadows (Watervale)
Oil and/or Acrylic- Christopher Meadows (Watervale)

Watercolour and/or Gouache - Natalie Lewcock (Saddleworth)
Watercolour and/or Gouache – Natalie Lewcock (Saddleworth)

* Upcoming events will include support of the Kapunda Xmas Street party with a donation and provision of a BBQ on the night.

2019 Kidman Art Show Results

25 to 30 October 2019

The seventh biennial Kidman Art Show ran from Friday 25th until Wednesday 30th October 2019. 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.

For information about our generous Art Show sponsors for the 2019 Art Show, click here.

Some of the Award Winners with some of the Art Show Committee members
From left to right: Alan Ramachandran, Beth Wreford, Robert Anderson, Maxine Donald (KCG Chairperson), Joe Dennis, Frank Ware (Rotary), Ellen Steyn, Anita Thiele, Natalie Lewcock, David Hodge (Rotary) and Doug Smith (Rotary and Photographer).
Brian Forgan (Photographic Category Judge)
Maxine Donald (Kapunda Community Gallery Chairperson, who presented the prizes)

Winning Entries

Best in Exhibition
Winner $3500 (Acquisitive Prize) “Old Shearing Bench” Wayne Williams
Oil & Acrylic
Winner $1000 “Getting Through the Drought” Christopher Meadows
Very Highly Commended   Joe Dennis
Highly Commended   Robert Anderson
Watercolour &/or Gouache
Winner $1000 “Lilies Unfolding” Natalie Lewcock
Highly Commended Alan Ramachandran
Highly Commended Paul Whitehead
Drawing and Pastels
Winner $1000 “Early Morn, Boston Island” Meredith Mayr
Highly Commended Pat Fidge
Highly Commended Elizabeth Wreford
Winner $1000 “Light River Light” Anita Thiele
Highly Commended Doug Smith
Highly Commended Sonia Collins
Sculpture, 3 Dimensional Works and Fabric Arts
Winner $1000 Not Awarded
Highly Commended Roland Weight
Highly Commended Stephen Oatway
Highly Commended Matt Slizankrewicz
Connection to the Land
Winner $500 “Ploughman’s View” Ellen Steyn
People’s Choice
Artwork $250 “Ploughman’s View” Ellen Steyn
Photography $150 (Joint Winners) “Lyndoch” Doug Smith
“The Sky In Her Eyes” Annette Marner

Roundup – August 2019

* August was largely filled with planning and preparations for the clubs 60th celebrations on August 10. A report of the evening follows.

Tonight’s meeting was a Celebration dinner for Kapunda Rotary’s 60th year of Charter. An entertaining evening and a delicious meal were enjoyed by the 60 participants.

Past President Frank Ware was our MC for the evening and, after welcoming everyone, introduced Trish Sweet who proposed the Toast to Australia.

President David Hodge welcomed and introduced a number of special guests.

A brief history of the club and its involvement in many community, Australian and international projects was presented by Secretary Deane Rohrlach. Deane spoke of and recognised the fellowship and camaraderie within the club. “Over the years I have had the pleasure of working with many great people….and it has been a privilege.”

District Governor Jane Owens, Rotary Club of Whyalla, congratulated the club on its 60th anniversary and presented the club with a plaque celebrating a 40% increase in membership this year, the biggest increase in the district.

District Governor - Jane Owens

Past District Governor, Peter Thomas, gave an entertaining address regarding his involvement in a number of overseas Rotary projects over many years. He concluded “Rotary takes ordinary men and women and gives them extraordinary opportunities to do more with their lives…. I was able to achieve things I never thought possible.”

Past District Governor - Peter Thomas

President of the Rotary Club of Norwood, Alyssa Morran, gave an account of her Rotary journey, beginning with her sponsorship by Kapunda Rotary Club and involvement in a RYPEN camp in 2006 when she attended Kapunda High School. After approaching Rotary Norwood to find out how she might become a member, this year she was inducted as the Club President.

President of Norwood Rotary Club - Alyssa Morran

President David made final remarks and thanks to the attendees and fellow Kapunda Rotarians in closing. He concluded with “One of the biggest challenges for the Rotary Club and the community is to make sure it is there in the future to continue to work locally, nationally and internationally to better lives for others.”

Throughout the proceedings, the club acknowledged the contributions of our oldest and longest serving member of the club, Brian Goodfellow, who had sadly passed away on this day.

A full report of the evening and many photographs were published in The Leader Wednesday, August 14, 2019.

* Our final meeting in August was held at Kapunda High School and was catered for by The Year 11 Hospitality class. A delicious meal was enjoyed by Rotary members, partners and guests. Our guest speaker, Principal Kristen Masters spoke about a significant redevelopment of the school and the addition of Year 7s to the High School in 2022. There are possibly 120 year 8 students starting next year. The new school is designed to accomodate approximately 700 students in 2022. Old transportables will go and be replaced with new permanent buildings in a staged project. Staff have been invited to provide ideas for the redevelopment.

Rotarians and Guests enjoy a Rotary Dinner catered by KHS Stage 2 Hospitality students.

Stage 2 Hospitality students

Roundup – July 2019

Rotary Roundup – July highlights

  • Our first meeting in July saw the presentation of the annual report by President David and his induction for a second term. The Changeover was a relatively low-key affair, given that in August this year the club is hosting a Dinner celebrating the club’s 60th year of Charter.
  • In his outgoing report David described a busy year in which we have inducted four new members to the club. Guest speakers spoke on numerous topics of interest and club business focused on assisting worthy causes in both our local and the global community. More specific business included organising a mural to display Kapunda Rotary’s contributions to our community, the planning and organisation of the Dinner celebrating 60 years from the formation of Kapunda Rotary, as well as the biennial Kidman Rotary Art Show.
  • After his induction by Past President Brenton Diener, President David spoke of what he considered the club’s priorities for the coming year. Moving forward we would love to continue to increase our membership, please contact Kapunda Rotary Secretary, Deane Rohrlach, if interested in becoming part of our club. Another priority for this year is the development of a local major club project. President David then introduced Office Holders for the new Rotary Year  who are Immediate Past President Mr Brenton Diener, Secretary Mr Deane Rohrlach, Treasurer Mr Ian Todd, Youth Service Mr Bill O’Brien, Rotary Foundation Mr Frank Ware and Bulletin/Public Relations Mrs Trish Sweet.
  • Mrs Kristin Hodge was presented with a token of the club’s appreciation and the evening concluded with thanks and a toast to the supportive partners of Kapunda Rotary’s members from Ian Todd.
  • Our other meeting of the month consolidated planning for the upcoming events, Kapunda Rotary 60th Celebration dinner and the Rotary Club of Kapunda Kidman Art Show.

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.