Summary 2000 - 2001

Summary 2000 - 2001

President.............. Stephen Lynch                                Club Service......................... Bryant Chivell
Secretary.............. Mick Prest                                      Community........................... Philip Johns
President Elect..... Bryant Chivell                                 International......................... Brian Hayes
Vice President...... Peter Franks                                   Vocational............................. Leigh Madigan
Treasurer............. Chris Keane                                    Immediate Past President.... Alan Paterson

o President Stephen gave a very comprehensive report at our changeover meeting on June 30, 2001. He diligently went right through all of our members mentioning everyone’s name and their particular contribution to the club during the year. His excellent three and a half page report should be read by all. {mosimage}

oThe Presidents project for the year was a continuation of a joint project with Past President Alan {mosimage}Paterson. In 1980-81 PP Ron Johns and then President Brian Richards also had a joint project and handed the original clock over to the citizens of Port Pirie. PP Alan & President Stephen together provided half of the funds for a new digital clock with the balance of funds required provided by the Port Pirie Regional Council. On November 30th 2000 the new clock was handed over to Mayor Ken Madigan. The new clock tells the temperature as well as the time. On the 14th of January the clock was put to a severe test when the temperature reached a record 48°C.

o Our Exchange Students have been an asset to the club. We have been most fortunate in the quality of {mosimage}students that we have hosted in the past and we have been particularly fortunate this year. Nadia Engler from Argentina and Arja Tiupelo from Finland have added spark to our regular meetings {mosimage}and are sadly missed now that they have gone home. It was sad that Nadia’s mother died early in her year here, but it was overcome with the thoughtful guidance from her Counsellor Bob Ward and his wife Bernice and from our honorary member Bishop Eugene Hurley.

o Zara Zerbe returned form Germany, Beth Hildebrandt is away in Germany and Michelle Pierce was selected to go to Denmark in January 2002.

o Our 21st biennial edition of our ANZO Directory was printed and distributed in December 2000 for 2001-02. Sales are quite strong again for this edition. A project we started 2 years ago in conjunction {mosimage}with District 6800 in Tennessee USA through our DG Geoff Schahinger and DG G.K. Thakral in District 3080 in India has finally reached a near completion stage. Our club and the D6800 together with a Matching Grant from R.I. raised US$38,340. The Rotary Club of Roop Nagar has overseen the construction of 20 Low Cost Shelters for the Homeless and we recently received progress photographs from DG Geoff Schahinger taken in April 2001, during a visit to India. The Foundation Stone in part says: “SHELTERS FOR HOMELESS; A project founded by Rotary Foundation, Rotary District 6800, USA and Rotary Club Port Pirie, R.I. Dist 9500. Foundation Stone laid by Rtn. Rajendra K. Saboo (Past R.I. President and Past Chairman of Rotary Foundation)”

{mosimage}o President Stephen presented the prestigious Paul Harris award to PP Peter Franks and PP Warren Johns. Brian Richards was declared the Rotarian Of The Year and a new award called “Four Avenues of Service Citation” was awarded to PP Gordon Martin.

o As is usual for our members, they have continued to commit themselves to wider Rotary service. PP Peter Caddy has continued on the District Committee for the Australian Rotary Health Research Fund, PP Philip Johns will take over as Deputy DG for Group 7  and PP Warren Johns is on the District Membership Development Committee and President Elect Bryant Chivell is still Chairman of the International Fellowship of Motorcycling Rotarians.
o Christmas celebration stretched over three nights. Children’s night on 14th of December, Ladies Night on the 21st, and finally a “Special Working Bee” to help Brian Condon reduce his surplus stock of Red. Special surprise this night was a visit form former Exchange Student Anna-Maria Bergbrandt with her parents and brother who were visiting Australia.
o Several other interesting activities were the regular Bowls and Golf events, Combined Picnic with Port Augusta and a visit to the Pichi Richi Railway Yard at Quorn followed by a BBQ catered for by Quorn Lions.
oThe Annual Intercity meeting was held as usual at Port Broughton. o The club Picnic at Mick & Joan Prest’s property

o The Community Service Committee kept us busy erecting the Stage, Marquee and BBQ on many occasions. There was a White  Elephant Stall for Lealholme Fete, Smelters Picnic, Driver Reviver, Christmas Pageant and our big one – manning the Football Gate o Our Pirie East Salinity Trial came to a conclusion this year with the printing of a Report and distribution of funds.

o Andy Hern organised the collection of surplus hospital beds for East Timor and after a lot of work and worry we finally loaded 28 beds from Port Pirie Hospital and shipped them to Darwin.

oThrough Rotary Australia World Community Service John Rowe organised a team of four to go to Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, to continue building new buildings for Papitalai Secondary School. Dino Gadaleta was team leader and Duane Woods & Nathan Lynch were from Port Pirie with Brian Moodie from Whyalla. The team was well looked after and did their fair share towards the completion of the school. There have been teams before and after our team to build these classrooms and stores.

oThis year saw a larger than usual number of 100% awardees. Pictured at right are Warren Johns, Owen Crocker, Ron Johns, Philip Johns, Don Hausler, Graham Nicholls, Garth Zerbe, John Banfield and Frank Whitworth. Well done by all.