Summary 1998 - 1999


President................... Geoff Stewart Club Service......................... Neville Ferme

Secretary.................. Alan Paterson Community Service.............. Andy Hern

President Elect......... Stephen Lynch International......................... Peter Bickley

Vice President.......... Michael Prest Vocational............................. Graham Nichols

Treasurer.................. Stephen Lynch Immediate Past President.... Garth Zerbe


o Our year got away to a wet start with our bowls night washed out and the joint venture with Apex, “Shenanigans in the Park” also badly affected by weather and later the Golf Day was hampered by windy conditions. Four new Rotarians were inducted during the year. President Geoff’s Project to complete a restful pergola covered garden area was completed Geoff handed it to the Port Pirie Regional Health Service on June 9th for the use of staff and visitors. The meeting at Port Broughton was organised by DG’s Representative, Garth Zerbe and the highlight was an informative talk on the History of Rotary by an excellent speaker, Colin Brideson.

o This year the Combined Service Clubs held a Brunch at the Golf Club and the guest speaker was Christopher Price who entertained with poetry & song. Some missed out due to inclement weather interfering with the Shenanigans in the Park clean-up. Donations were made to several well deserving activities including a First Aid Kit for the Port Pirie West School and Hepatitis B Vaccine was provided for the local Lifeline Volunteers as well as numerous donations to worthy causes.

o The Hospital donated 500 nurses and orderly uniforms as well as 2 typewriters which were forwarded to “the donations in kind” section of Rotary International for distribution to the most needy areas.

o Past President Brian Richards and his Directory Committee were busy this year preparing, printing and distributing the 1990-2000 edition of the Directory of ANZO Rotary Clubs. Our Web Site on the Internet helped this year. We had a good year and profit generated was combined with District 6800 in USA, who also put in funds and together we applied to RI for a Matching Grant and the combined result is that about US$40,000 has been generated and given to Rotary District 3080 in India for the erection of 20 Low Cost Houses for the disadvantaged.

o Our Internet Web Site has been a great boon to our Rotary Exchange Students, both past and present. There has been a steady increase in traffic from these students who have been able to access our site and learn of club activities and also visit sites from Links in our pages which contain up-to-date photographs of Port Pirie. Email is an easy way to keep in touch with our club and make contact with other students elsewhere in the world with whom they had lost contact. Student Exchange continues to prosper in Port Pirie with 2 excellent ambassadors in Lana Pearce (to Canada) and Bridgett Leopold (to Germany) going overseas and currently hosted students, Anna-Maria Bergbrandt from Sweden and Kumi Mizutani from Japan. Anna presented an unusual farewell “speech”. She wrote and played the music herself and sang her farewell speech. She is a talented musician. We also had a visit from Cathy Kelley, nee Funk, who was an Exchange Student here in 1974/75. She was the first RES to be hosted by the Gladstone High School.

o A special raffle run by Gordon Chivell raised $1,000 for the Papua New Guinea tidal wave disaster.

o Maurice McBride and Gordon Martin once again have controlled the Rotary Shed and been readily involved in barbecues, stage and marquee erections.

o Alan Williams has been providing his vegetable produce to raise funds and this money has been donated to the local hospital to purchase a bedwetting (enuresis) alarm system.

o Bill Burns and Owen Crocker looked after the Bulletin and Dino Gadaleta provided us with a good variety of speakers and programmes.

o During the year a number of our usual events were organised. A visit to the Moonta Mines with the Northern Yorke Peninsula Club was held in February.

o The Rotary Picnic was great outing at Mick & Joan Prest’s property. Over 50 people attended the picnic and 24 decided to brave the bush and took part in a 2 hour walk organised by Mick and timed to arrive in time for lunch.

o And our involvement in other Community Projects such as the Athletics & Cycling Carnival, Mothers’ Day Flowers, Smelters Picnic and Christmas Parade are but a few. Trevor Werfel did an excellent job arranging the Football Gate Roster.

o Mock Interviews were organised at Booleroo Centre by the Vocational Committee. Kathy Rogers & Sharon Morris were chosen to go the YMCA camp on Kangaroo Island. Citizenship Awards were presented to students at John Pirie, St Marks, Gladstone & Booleroo secondary schools. We were unable to find any participants for the annual RYLA camp. Damon Green & Lisa Adams from the John Pirie Secondary School were both successful in being chosen to participate in the EDS Careers Forum 1999, later this year.

o PP Brian Richards put a proposition to the Vocational Committee to run a “Where Are They Now?” project in conjunction with The Recorder as part of the celebration for the New Millennium. Names are coming in.

o Vocational visits were organised to the Gem & Mineral Club and to the Tourism & Arts Centre to see the “Up Front - Face of Australia” exhibition.

o We were involved in the Student Doctors Rural visit once again. The success of this project will be felt in the health care in our region in the next Century. Once again Rotarians and their wives were prominent hosts to the Student Doctors. A special disaster exercise was conducted on the airport.

o We received a brief visit from “Pedalling Pete”, a Rotarian and his entourage who were riding push bikes around Australia to raise funds for the Rotary Health Research Fund. The Mayor provided them with lunch and those Rotarian who could attend enjoyed a brief encounter with these adventurous people. Alan Williams joined the riders along the Highway 1 and rode into Pirie with them.

o Seven of our members achieved a perfect attendance record. They were Gordon Chivell, Owen Crocker, Don Hausler, Philip Johns, Ron Johns, Warren Johns and Garth Zerbe.

o Two fellowship Snooker nights were organised by Graham Nichols at the BHAS Club during the year. Unfortunately no visible improvement was noticed in any of the players.