President Kevin’s Opening Speech

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Here is a transcript of President Kevin Smith’s club mission speech from the

 Change-over Dinner 2019/20.

President Kevin offered the following word as his aims for the next Rotary year:

Thank you to immediate Past President Otto, and all the members of the Rotary Club of Modbury Golden Grove. First of I would like to invite IPP Otto and his wife Pam to come up here. Thank you Otto for your work in making the merger such a success, you were a driving force and truly an inspiration and I know from meetings at your house that you enjoy a bottle of red- I present a certificate and bottle of wine to you and I also present flowers to Pam for her great support.

I would like to introduce to my Board for the coming year (will the following please step up here): Secretary Rob Carthew (who cannot be with us tonight as he is away), Treasurer Peter Rundle, Vice President Derek Stow, President-Elect Dean Bartley, Immediate Past President Otto Baumgartner, and Community projects John Richards-Pugh. Last year we were together celebrating the phoenix rising as the two previous clubs of Modbury and  Golden Grove merged. The Rotary theme for last year was “Be the Inspiration” and although there was a little bit of apprehension, two Clubs saw it upon themselves to take the giant step of merging. What a year it has been. Under Immediate Past President Otto’s leadership we all took inspiration from him and worked hard to make the merger a success. Incoming Rotary International President, Mark Daniel Maloney from the Rotary Club of Decatur, Alabama, USA speaks in his introduction to the Rotary Theme about connection: Rotary is built on connection. When Paul Harris came to Chicago as a young lawyer, he formed Rotary for one compelling reason: to help him connect to others in a new city. More than a century later, we have at our disposal countless ways to form friendships and networks, most of which Paul Harris never dreamed. Yet Rotary’s ability to connect us remains unique and unrivalled. Through its distinct mission and structure, Rotary
International provides a way to connect to our communities, to network professionally, and to build strong and lasting relationships.

In 2019-2020, it will be our challenge to strengthen the many ways that Rotary Connects the World,  building the connections that allow talented, thoughtful, and generous  people to unite and take meaningful action through Rotary service. Thus the Rotary Theme for 2019-2020 is “Rotary Connects The World” For the forthcoming Rotary year I intend to consolidate the beginnings of our new club that Otto  has worked on. We shall remain connected to local youth through such programs as the  Rotary Youth Leadership Award, National Youth Science Forum, Student of the year, and the  John Tilley Award for Modbury High School. I intend for us to remain connected to other organisations around the area that provide help or  support to the community including the Tea Tree Gully Toy Library, Various community assistance programs, and the Christmas Party for Special Children.  I would like us to try and continue to connect more with the local community by providing direct assistance or the development of projects that facilitate such help. We shall, for the first time in years, re-connect with incoming overseas exchange students with the Rotary Club of Tea Tree Gully sharing their hosting duties of an inbound student with us. I want to connect more with the other clubs in Group 4, some of whom are represented here tonight.

Thank you all for coming tonight: AG Colin Willington, Presidents Vineeta Dogra from Mawson lakes, Anthea Walker from Salisbury, Glen Mitchell from TTG, Marie-Louise Less from Gawler,  DR Richard Harvey MP for Newland, and Paula Luethen MP for King, and All our other visitors, thank you for supporting us. Last but certainly not least I would like to thank the continued support of the club by all of our members and their partners without whom we wouldn’t exist as a club. This concludes the evening. Once again thank you all for coming and I hope to see you all again soon. Tea and coffee is available so please stay and connect with others.

One church notice – Next week is Bunnings BBQ; Roster in hand I close meeting number 22 of the Rotary Club of Modbury Golden Grove

New Rotary Theme for 2019/20

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RI President Mark Daniel Maloney’s theme for 2019-20, Rotary Connects the World, asks Rotarians to strengthen the many ways that Rotary Connects the World, building the connections that allow talented, thoughtful, and generous people to unite and take meaningful action through Rotary service.

To read the Presidential Theme & Rotary Citation Brochure please click HERE.


Change-over Dinner for 2019/20

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Annual Change-over Dinner 2019/20

Tonight we had our annual hand-over dinner and introduced the world to the new board. It was a great night of toasts, awards and fellowship. Please checkout more pictures from the event HERE.

Immediate Past President Otto’s Report for 2018/19

“Be The Inspiration”.

That was this year’s Theme.       Did we live up to it??

Otto receiving a Certificate of Service Award for 2018/19 as club president

After the two clubs merged, we quickly melded together as one club and went to work.

We supported 4 local schools by providing cash prizes for their top students.

We assisted with The Farming Relief for Drought Affected Farmers.

The Calperum Youth Camp, which is run by Modbury High School was again supported in conjunction of the Rotary Club of Onkaparinga.

With “The Rotary Youth Exchange Program” we had Isaac Awramenko return from Finland and Imogen Morris came back from a year in Denmark, both students had a great experience.
Currently we have Kirrilee Pendergast on a one year exchange to Germany.

Jessica Ostendorf attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Award program successfully, and currently we have a candidate in Brent Heaver for this year’s program.

The Good News Award is now in its third year, and it will continue to be part of our program.

The club supported two of our members raising funds by riding their bicycles, one was in aid of Childhood Cancer Research, the other was for research into Spinal Cord Injuries, through the Neil Sachse Foundation.

We continued our support of Food Bank SA, and delivered Christmas Hampers again this year.

There is a Food Bank project under way in July to donate cans of food at the Tea Tree Plaza.

We supported the CFS, The Christmas Tree Festival, Christmas Party for Special Children (held at the Adelaide Zoo each year), and supported Dance SA (which helps Children to just enjoy Dance without pressure of achievement).

The highlight of the year was our involvement with Scout Jamboree Catering —- Not—-.

It was a long hot windy and dusty day for 8 of our members and will probably never be repeated again in our lifetime.

After finally finishing our shift after 8pm we experienced problems with the car, the motor shut down just in front of the Tailem Bend Hotel, and we had to rehydrate ourselves.

The club provided a Defibrillator to U 3 A, luckily no one had to use it yet, as far as we know.

We gave Monetary Support to Rotary Shelter Box, Queensland Flood Relief, The Christchurch Mosque Appeal and Rwanda Cyclone Relief.

We also relend money through our KIVA Account, which assists Under privileged communities in Africa and South America.

Finally, we again like every year since 1982, supported the Rotary Foundation and Polio Plus.

The eradication of Polio has been a Rotary Project since 1982, we are nearly there, it has taken 37 years so far, but there are just a couple of countries where we still have the disease.

In closing I would like to thank all current members and the board for their support they gave throughout the year, it was really appreciated.


Colin Willington, “Thank You” for all the assistance you provided.

To President-Elect Kevin Smith, I wish you and your board all the success, and you will have mine and the clubs support in the coming year.


“Be the Inspiration” was the theme this year.

Were we the Inspiration??   I think we were!!!


Celebrating 20 Years of the Emergency Medical Information Book

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A plaque was presented by Natalie of SA Ambulance Services celebrating 20 years of a successful product


It was a great night celebrating a enormous achievement at the TTG Golf Club.

Sales are up to 67,000 Books a Year and only getting stronger.



A Brief History of the Emergency Medical Information Book Project Inc.
In late 1998 a member of the Rotary Club of Tea Tree Gully, whilst employed as an Estimator, was approached by a Paramedic from the SA Ambulance Service seeking an estimate for producing a book that had been designed by a group of Paramedics.
This Estimate was required so that Service Clubs could be approached to get financial support for a Pilot Project in local area.
In the opinion of the member it was a worthwhile concept and one that the three Group 6 Rotary Clubs in the North Eastern suburbs of Adelaide could adopt as a Community Service Project.
A combined meeting of the Rotary Clubs of Tea Tree Gully, Modbury and Golden Grove was arranged and a Paramedic of SA Ambulance Service was invited to explain the concept of the book and possible Project to the members.
The Book, to be known as the Emergency Medical Information Book — hereafter referred to as EMIB — is a pocket size book in which individuals record their personal and medical history, together with a list of medications they are taking and other relevant details.
When completed the book folds in half and fits neatly into a plastic wallet which has three magnets for attaching to the refrigerator door.
In the event of an emergency, and an ambulance is called, the paramedics can recover and check the EMIB for information relevant to the patient and possibly assisting them in determining the possible problem and allowing them to commence treating the patient prior to and during the trip to hospital.