Guest Talk: Corvettes of the Royal Australian Navy

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Tonight we welcomed Navy LEUT. Ron Read (Ret.) speaking on the Corvettes of the Royal Australian Navy.

Ron is a retired Navy Lieutenant having served the RAN since 1964 aboard HMAS Sydney, HMAS Melbourne (twice) and later in the destroyer Escort, HMAS Torrens.  Now retired, Ron is a full-time History student & researcher, and key-note speaker.

He presented a story about some very remarkable navy ships called “Corvette’s”, which were ALL built in Australia and ALL served with distinction during WW2.

A “Corvette” was a small navy warship, they were 700 tons, capable of 16 knots and have a crew of 67 sailors and 5 officers . It is traditionally the smallest class of vessel considered to be a proper warship. The modern types of ships below a corvette are costal patrol craft, missile boat and fast attack craft. Corvette’s were capable of patrol work, shore bombardment, survey duties, sink submarines, mine-sweeping, and short range troop transport. The Royal Australian Navy designed and built 60 Bathurst-class Corvettes in record time and expense (within budget), that became vital to defending our country and supporting the war effort. These were officially described as Australian minesweepers, and were named after Australian towns.

The result was a ship as Australian as a kangaroo – designed by Australians who had never designed warships before, built by Australians who had never built ships before and manned by Australians, most of whom had never been to sea before.

Interestingly, General Motors in 1953 was inspired to name one of their new sports car model “Corvette” after these ships-small, fast, and highly manoeuvrable!

We were fortunate to learn about this amazing part of Australian history and Ron’s personal experience with Corvette’s in his career of the Royal Australian Navy. It was fascinating historical account of these marvellous vessels and their crew, in service to our country. It’s important we remember!


New Local Youth Author: Nomiki Thomas

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13-year-old student Nomiki Thomas published a fictional children’s book called “Goodbye” for her Year 7 personal project last year.

President Alan & Nomiki Thomas

Tonight, at our club meeting (#1732), Nomiki presented her journey of writing the book and becoming a published author by the age of 13! An amazing achievement for someone so young and we happily support such passion.

As part of the Year 7 curriculum at her old school in 2021, students were required to complete a Personal Project. Nomiki decided that for her Personal Project she wanted to write and publish a book and donate part proceeds from the sale of her book to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Since the publication of her children’s book “Goodbye”, Nomiki has been invited to speak at numerous clubs, invited to speak at Prospect Council’s Children’s Writing Completion presentation ceremony, and won the 2022 Walkerville Council Young Volunteer Award for her sense of social responsibility and her regular involvement in a vast range of fundraising activities and leadership attributes.

“Goodbye” is about Anne – a public school student, who is told her father has died when it is not actually the case. Anne’s adventure begins when she finds a letter addressed to her.

“Goodbye” is written for children aged 8-12 years old, and available for sale at Dymocks Bookstore Adelaide, and Dillon’s Bookstore Norwood.

Well done Nomiki. We look forward to your next publication!

Happy New Rotary Year 2022-23!

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The NEW Presidential Theme for 2022-23: Imagine Rotary

Incoming RI President Jennifer Jones imagines a Rotary where members act to make their dreams become reality and they make the most of their club experiences. She urges members to engage more with each other and use these connections to build partnerships that change the world.

Jennifer E. Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, has become Rotary International’s president for 2022-23, a groundbreaking selection that will make her the first woman to hold that office in the organization’s 115-year history.

“Imagine, a world that deserves our best,” Jones told incoming district governors on 20 January, “where we get up each day knowing that we can make a difference.”


The 2022-23 presidential theme logo was designed by renowned Australia-based Indigenous artist Riki Salam to represent RI President Jennifer Jones’ theme and initiatives.

The logo represents key elements of Rotary while honoring the Indigenous culture:
The circle signifies connections to one another.
The dots around the circle represent people, one for each of our areas of focus.
The circle and the dots together become a navigation star, which signifies Rotary’s guiding light.
The solid line underneath signifies a digging stick used for hard work —
a tool that Rotary’s people of action use to get things done.

Please respect the logo and we ask it doesn’t get altered in any way.

We Imagine this New Rotary Year is going to Amazing!


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Watch this video from President Elect Alan Howard-Jones about RYPEN

Rotary’s RYPEN provides a group of young people aged 14-17 years an opportunity to develop self-awareness and valuable leadership skills. RYPEN 2022 will be held between Friday 30th September to Sunday 2nd October at Nunyara retreat centre in the Adelaide Hills.
Applications for sponsorship and attendance are now open!
Visit to learn more and to apply.