Hi there,
Since our last District Bizz we have all been through a traumatizing time.  As we have informed you by email, district website and Facebook, our friend and fellow Rotarian Gavin Dallow has now been confirmed deceased along with his stepdaughter Zoe.  Lisa Dallow is in the Burns Unit in the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne with her mum and brother by her side.  I have been told that Zoe’s dad has gone to New Zealand and will stay there until he can bring her home.  Many Rotarians are asking about an appeal for the family.  If you would like to donate to the Dallow Family Appeal it can be done through My Booking manager here.
December is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month.  I wonder if you realise when we talk about PolioPlus that we are not only doing a wonderful job in eradicating polio but there are many added benefits.  The “plus” is something else that is provided as a part of the polio eradication campaign. It might be a hand-operated tricycle or access to water. It might be additional medical treatment, bed nets or soap.  A 2010 study estimates that Vitamin A drops given to children at the same time as the polio vaccine have prevented 1.25 million deaths by decreasing susceptibility to infectious diseases.  Read more here ... 
As most of you know, David and I are currently residing in Adelaide because this is where the work is.  On Friday, 20 December we will be going back to Whyalla to start organising our family Christmas.  We have five grandchildren who are all in Whyalla (how lucky are we!) and we have a lot to do before the big day.  Although I will be in Whyalla, I am only a phone call or an email away.  We shall be back in Adelaide mid-January.
Jane Owens
Governor,  District 9500 - 2019/20
In this issue ... 
  • Great Christmas Gift Idea
  • Share the Story of Your Special Club Project
  • End Trachoma 2020 - Champions needed
  • Art Show Frames for Sale
  • District Conference Whyalla - Put your feet up and relax,  Take the bus to Whyalla
  • Media Campaign - It's ready!  Check out all the available Resources
  • The Rotary Foundation - District Grants update
  • Drought in South Australia - Tap into RAWCS for projects that make a difference
  • Rotary Friendship Exchange - Get ready for a Spring Fling in 2020
  • Sir Charles Bright Scholarship
  • Rotary Art Show - Victor Harbor - celebrating 41 years
  • Calperum and The Environment (CATE) News Spring 2019  - Click here
  • Past Issues:  
    Plan Your Work, Work Your Plan - Download Your Public Image Plan
Upcoming Events
Community Christmas Day Lunch
Dec 25, 2019
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
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Your Editor,
Convoys up the Track and Outback Corridor are pictorial historical accounts of the transformation during World War II of outback Northern Territory and Queensland.
Authored by the late PDG Alan Smith (Rotary Adelaide West), these books are popular Australia-wide with collectors, historians, RSL Clubs, rail, motoring and military enthusiasts.  Not to mention those tracing their family trees.
Hundreds of well captioned photos show the laying of the outback road and rail networks, with all the trials and tribulations that went with this back-breaking work.  Many photos of troops, nurses and military support personnel all stationed in northern Australia during the war.
Much of the road network we drive today and the famous Ghan rail line exist from the Military’s efforts during WWII to open up the top end of Australia.
Available to order online from the Rotary Adelaide West website, your recipient is sure to be enthralled, with each book containing around 300 pages of fascinating stories and images.  Quote the Discount Code CONVOYS for a 25% discount or phone Bill on 0410 523 106 to collect from a city location and save.

The next issue of Connections is underway and we would love to hear about all those great projects that are being undertaken by Rotary clubs in District 9500.
According to a new study released today by the Johns Hopkins Center (sic) for Civil Society Studies, with just 563 paid employees globally, Rotary International annually mobilizes volunteer effort equivalent to nearly 27,000 full-time paid workers. What is more, this study reveals that the efforts of Rotary volunteers save communities an estimated US$850 million in service costs per year.   You can read the full story about how effective we are across the globe:
So, where are your volunteer hours going?  What is your favourite project?  What are the outcomes?  How is the community benefiting?  One or two good quality action photos along with a hundred words will give us an outline on which to build a good story to share with the rest of the District.  Please send to ... or phone Glenda on 0414 769 459.
With one End Trachoma by 2020 Champion in Whyalla and another in Loxton, getting to Rotary clubs in southern suburbs and metropolitan Adelaide is something of a challenge.
Trachoma is now well on the way to being eliminated in Australia but there is still a way to go.  As usual, many hands make light work (and help get the message out faster).
To learn more about how you can help as an End Trachoma by 2020  Champion, please contact Kerre Willsher at
e: or m:  0427 393 602
  • 87 Frames - Hanging area 1.85m wide x 1.2m high.  Height of the frame 1.83m
    (ie hanging area is about 0.6m)
  • Pull ties
  • Sufficient feet with trolleys
  • Attachments for frame numbers
    (plus large number of cardboard frame numbers and blanks)
  • Assorted materials including tape, extension cords
  • 4 covered pallets (possible small stage)
  • Mystery plastic boxes
  • Container (optional)

Contact Terry George  mobile 0411 018 787  

Des’s Minibus is the Conference Transport Sponsor.  For the duration of the conference Des’s will provide free transport in Whyalla between venues for conference events.
Des’s are also providing the option of travelling to and from the conference by bus, offering a carefree option of getting there.  The cost of the bus trip is $75 each way.  Choose between a leisurely scenic drive or an after-work express service (subject to demand).  Passenger pickup/drop off along the route can be accommodated by prior arrangement.  Prior registration for the selected options to and from the conference is required.
Any queries, please contact Julia Merkel (during the evening) on 0434 353 276.
The multi media campaign is ready and elements are being added to the resource page.
A campaign using Social Media, Community Radio and TV and print is targeted for local communities to create awareness of opportunities to volunteer with ROTARY.
For further information please contact Graham Fussen, 
Email:       Mobile:  0412 694 461
District Grants are now being returned. The District Grants Committee was able to provide funding for twenty District Grants with four completed to date.  Well done to the Rotary Clubs of West Lakes, Adelaide Parks, Gawler and Regency Park.  Applications have also been received for Global Grants. All these exciting projects will be featured in coming issues of Connections.
Please keep the Foundation in mind as “our Charity” when you consider distributions for Christmas. 
If your club would like to know more about the Foundation and its activities please contact Foundation Team Leader, Doug Layng on m: 0418 882 144.
(Click here to see a map of drought affected areas)
You have an opportunity to support rural communities located in drought declared areas of our Rotary Districts 9500/9520 by directing RAWCS monies amounting to $200,000 to communities you find in need.
This assistance is targeted at bolstering community wellness through offering parcels of $5,000 for 40 projects that you find; projects which are organised and managed by local community leaders to lift community spirits. The local leaders could come from sporting clubs, a local church group, District Council, or a service club such as Rotary, Zonta or Lions.
It would be helpful if any supplies for the project identified for each location, could be purchased from local suppliers.  Read more ... 
Contact person Past District Governor, Bob Cooper, mobile 0418 802 986.
New Friends Await in Every Corner of the World
Following the successful recent visit from members of District 5080 (British Columbia and Idaho), a return visit is proposed to host a District 9500 Team for a “Spring fling” Exchange in June 2020.   Exact dates to be determined by the participants and Hosts.
Three couples and a single are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity, one from each of the Hosting Clubs (Maitland, Regency Park and Adelaide). They are seeking one or two more couples or singles from other Clubs in the District.  You don’t need to have actually hosted to benefit from this unique opportunity. 
There is also an ideal opportunity to on-travel before or after the Exchange.  Read more ...
District 9500 RFE Chair, Reg Hutchinson (Adelaide Rotary): 0416 215 795  or

International Team Leader, Jack Kelso (Regency Park Rotary): 0411 616 186
Providing $2000 Scholarships to University and TAFE students with disability
Please consider before your Christmas break...
Scholarships are awarded to students with disability who are undertaking education at University, TAFE or other recognised post-secondary institutions.  Applications made during October through January are considered by the Board and detailed interviews follow during February.
Applicants can apply through the various tertiary institutions’ Disability Services and / or by requesting an application form through email:  Students who come from country areas are encouraged to lodge applications and can be interviewed by telephone.
The Trust is seeking support from Rotary clubs to consider funding a student or donating to the Trust.  Click here for more information or text/email/call Adelaide Rotary Club Past President, John Seaton on 0419 804 840 or  for more information as to how to provide a scholarship.
The 41st Award winning Victor Harbor Art Show will be held on Warland Reserve (adjacent to the Causeway ) in Victor Harbor, South Australia with a ticketed Preview on 10 January 2020 then open to the public daily from 9:30am - 8:30 pm from Saturday to Saturday, 11-18 January.
Entry Cost - Adults $8.00, Children under 16 years of age free.
The Rotary Club of Victor Harbor’s Annual Art Show is a very special event as it continues to grow in strength and popularity. In 2020 it will be the Rotary Club of Victor Harbor 41st Art Show and it has become part of the culture of Victor Harbor and many people look forward each year to the event.
The Victor Harbor Art Show is Australia’s largest outdoor art exhibition. It continues to break all records, with the sales of artwork in excess of $300,000, over ten thousand people attending the event over nine days viewing in excess of fourteen hundred paintings on display.  The Victor Harbor Art Show is held in a marquee on Warland Reserve, Victor Harbor during January each year during the town's peak tourism period.  Over three hundred paintings are couriered from interstate, recognising the event as a highly regarded art exhibition. 
Please download the poster and share with family, friends and colleagues