Rotary Club of Burnside meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month at the Kensington Hotel, 23 Regent Street, Kensington, 6:00pm for 6:30pm

We also hold a “vocational meeting” on the 3rd Wednesday of every month to visit businesses or get involved in an organisation, please contact Craig for times and location.

To RSVP please contact our membership team via Craig Ritchie on 0481 373 266

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    • Guest Speaker Merilyn Russell Interplast. 8th May 2024.

      Merilyn gave an excellent summary of the work of Interplast and the many countries they visit. They provide surgical procedures for many congenital defects for example Cleft Lips, Palates and Burn injuries. The teams are all volunteer surgeons, Anaesthetists and Nursing staff.

      Interplast works with both the College of Surgeons and Rotary Australia and New Zealand. As well as operating on patients they provide training to the local doctors and help these doctors to fins placements in teaching hospitals in Australia. Once they gain more knowledge and skills, they can return to their country better equipped to deal with the many different procedures they meet.

      The are now sending teams to Bhutan and have enabled one doctor to train in Australia so he can do Plastic surgery in Bhutan. He is now the only Plastic surgeon in Bhutan. Interplast has had a significant impact in Bhutan.

      It is truly an inspiring organisation in that they provide surgical services to many people who would not be able to receive the treatment they need.

      Merilyn is obviously very enthusiastic about the work Interplast carries out and is keen to spread the word.

      Funds are a particular issue with Interplast as they must take all the surgical equipment they need. The hospitals and clinics they visit do not stock the sophisticated equipment needed for Plastic surgery.

      We hope as a club we can support the work of Interplast in the future.

      Thank you, Merilyn, for your inspiring presentation to the Rotary Club of Burnside.

    • Community Wellness Hub – 16th May 2024

      Numbers continues to be small, but enthusiasm is still high from the participants.

      Unfortunately, our most loyal supporter, Patsy was not in attendance and her presence was missed. Patsy did ring the next day to apologise but she had a fall and dislocated her shoulder. She is currently being looked after until ready to return to her Retirement village. We all wish her well for a speedy recovery.

      Guest Speaker; Jane Somers ‘Big Sky Flower farm’

      Jane spoke about her flower garden and how it all came about. Jane was a successful Travel agent but that all stopped with Covid. She was also affected by the Cuddlee Creek fire in 2019. Jane then decided to grow flowers as she loves to garden. Inspired by her mother and father who are both keen gardeners Jane set about planting out her flowers. She is now doing well and extremely popular in and around the Adelaide Hills. Her floral arrangements are quite stunning, and she is now doing a few weddings.

      Her presentation was well received by all and there were many questions.



    • Baptist Care – Donation Emergency Food Packages 24th April 2024.

      President Margie Maloney President RC Burnside, Baptist Care representatives, Stefano Tocci, Manager Inner City services, John Caddy Rotary club of Burnside, Marie Roswell, Community Food Hub Coordinator.

      Wednesday morning 24th April 2024 John Caddy and Margie Maloney from The Rotary Club of Burnside visited Baptist Care. We were there to see examples of the Emergency Food parcels that are available to people in a desperate situation trying to provide food for the family.

      With a donation from the Rotary Club of Burnside and a District grant we were able to provide Baptist Care with enough funds to buy four hundred Emergency food parcels.

      Baptist Care are finding the need for Emergency Food Parcels has increased due the high cost of basic food supplies. More people people are struggling to provide food for their families as well as the increase in homelessness.

      The Rotary Club of Burnside are happy that we have been able to help in this time of great need.

      We were also grateful for a generous donation from the St. Peters Rotary Club of $1500 which helped go towards the Food parcels.

      Stefano gave us an update on the instillation of the Air Conditioner in the kitchen. This will be happening very soon and Gary the amazing chef is very grateful. The kitchen provides over 150 meals a day to the homeless struggling with food supplies. The kitchen at Baptist Care while very functional is small and very hot in the summer months.

      Examples of the Emergency Food parcels for families struggling with basic food supplies.
    • Wellness Hub April 18th 2024

      We are having more people attending, and delighted to see that we have some regulars who enjoy the session.

      This month as Guest Speakers we had Kate Kenning and Even Reay talk about the Aged Care Packages, Social Support Package and “the Shed’ The presentations were well received as there is a need for information on these topics. Thank you to Kate and Evan giving up their time to present.

      Kate Kennings, Social Support Services.
      Evan Reay, Burnside Shed.

      The seated chair exercises with Instructor Clo from Support for Life are a big hit and enjoyed by the participants and The Rotary club of Burnside Volunteers.

      The lunch again was delicious and many compliments from the group, thank you to Peter Fowler.

      Ruby Balmer from the city of Burnside came with a photographer, Andrew for photos for the City of Burnside magazine ‘Focus.’

      There was a post on the City Burnside facebook page about the Wellness Hub, thank you Ruby.

      This event would not be possible without the volunteers who help put it all together. Thank you to S. Girke, S. Rockliff, J. Rockliff, P. Higgins, J. Caddy, and P. Fowler.

      Next meeting for the Wellness Hub is May 16th at Glenunga Hub. 11am – 1pm.

      Guest Speaker for May is Jane Somers of Big Sky Flower Farm.

      Hear Jane’s inspiring story of becoming a flower grower after her job as Travel agent was lost due to Covid. Jane also suffered through the Cuddly Creek fires 2019 with damage to the family property. Jane slowly set up her flower garden while raising to small children with her husband Dave.

      Her floral arrangements are now very popular and she has quite a following.

    • Australian Timbers Certificate of Appreciation. 10th April 2024.

      John Caddy and I started the week by visiting Australian Timbers in Trinity Gardens. Last year John went to buy ten sheets of Plywood for Habitat Boxes for the scouts at Australian Timbers. The company donated another ten sheets of plywood for the scouts. This enabled the Rotary club of Burnside to make ninety flat packs for the scouts to build Habitat boxes.

      We were extremely grateful for the donation as it enabled the club to make more flat packs.

      We met with Deeon Otto and presented the company with a Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of their kind donation.

      Deeon was delighted and it turned out that he had a strong connection to the Scouts with his sons being part of the Woodhouse Scouts. Deeon himself had attended a Jamboree at Woodhouse many years ago.

    • Leadership in Conservation & Volunteer of the Parks Award presentations. 10th April 2024.

      A truly memorable evening with everyone keen to hear the winners of the awards. However, it was said many times that all the nominees are winners as they all do an amazing job protecting wildlife, Fauna, and the Parks.

      We welcomed all our guests including:

      • Paul Thomas, Immediate Past Rotary District 9510 Governor.
      • Elizabeth Gagliardi, Rotary District 9510 Area 8 Governor.
      • Ian Coat, Rotary District Chair of the CATE Committee.
      • Duncan MacKenzie, President, Friends of the Parks Inc.
      • Mary-Anne Healy, Director, Community and Nature Partnership.
      • Stuart Paul, Director, Regional Operations.
      • Helen Donovan, Acting Manager, Volunteer and Visitor programmes.
      • Gill Peacey, Manager Volunteer and Visitor Programmes.
      • Jo Podoliak, Acting Executive Director, National Parks, and Wildlife.
      • Jack Batty Bragg MP. Shadow Assistant Minister to the Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Assistant Minister for the Environment and Heritage.

      It was exciting to see so many people attending, the nominees for the Parks Awards, families, and members of the Rotary Club of Burnside.

      Winner of the Volunteer of the Parks Award was Penny Kothe – Volunteer Ranger, Flinders & Outback Region.

      Winner of Leadership in Conservation Award was Tammy Leggett – Senior Ranger North Lofty District (Parawirra)

      Both Jo Podoliak and Jack Batty gave a short presentation acknowledging the work done by the winners and all the nominees. We are fortunate to have such resolute people protecting one of our most valuable assets, the Environment. Their stories are all very inspiring and I know the selection panel had an exceedingly tough time selecting winners.

      It is such an amazing evening and one that the Rotary club of Burnside are honoured to support. It has been 39 years since Rotary began supporting these awards and we all hope this will continue for many years to come.

      A special thank you to Bob Cooper and Pamela Smith for all their hard work bring this wonderful event together.

      Thank you to John Caddy and John Rockliff for aiding Bob Cooper with the evening and selecting the winners.

    • Neighborhood Watch BBQ Sunday 17th April 2024

      A beautiful day for a BBQ in the Warrego Reserve. Thank you to Neighbourhood Watch for inviting The Rotary Club of Burnside to do the BBQ. There were a number of residents there to enjoy a suasage or 2. Both Jack Batty and the Mayor, Anne Monreaux were their to support Neighbourhood Watch.

      It was to be Andy Bill’s last event as president of Neighbourhood Watch. Both Andy and Margie have worked very hard to keep Neighbourhood watch alive and well and both will be greatly missed. Thank you both for all that you have done over the years.

      Congratulations to Andy for receiving the Burnside Council Citizen of the year Award 2024.

      Thank you to the Rotary Club of Burnside volunteers, John Rockliff, Des Munro and Keith Lowman. Thank you to Trish who came to enjoy a sausage but stayed to help with the serving, good job Trish

    • Tour of Catherine House: 2nd April 2024

      “Catherine House is South Australia’s only homelessness and recovery service for women. The aim at Catherine House is to end homelessness for every woman who walks through the doors.”

      This amazing place offers more than a bed and a meal. Women who enter are treated with respect and empathy. The staff are very caring and make the women feel at home and safe. They provide many different services:

      • Health Services
      • Counselling services
      • Mental Health and NDIS support
      • Financial and legal advice
      • Personal development
      • Education and employment.

      We had three staff members at Catherine talk about the services they provide and how over time they see the women grow in confidence and feel ready to move forward.

      We were fortunate to hear from two women who have been in Catherine House and the benefits they gained. Both are now working and happy in their life.

      The commitment and dedication of the staff at Catherine House was truly incredible. They invest time and support to the often-traumatised women. Their reward is to see the women gain their self-respect and gain life skills to enable them to move back into the work force and accommodation.

      Catherine House is a very tranquil place to be in. There are gardens and an atmosphere helpful for healing.

      Overall, our experience was truly heart-warming and could see how Catherine House is essential to help women in crisis.

      I would like to thank the staff of Catherine House for helping us see the reason why Catherine House exists. Unfortunately due to the high cost of living more woment are experiencing homelessness and there is a wait list for Catherine House.

      I would like to thank the 2 women who bravely spoke about their lives before entering Catherine House and how their lives have now changed.

      We all felt very honoured to be part of this tour and hope many more people can have the same opportunity.

    • Mark Moore AM, Craniofacial Surgeon Guest Speaker, Wednesday 27th March 2024.

      Mark spoke about his work in East, West Timor, and Flores Island in Indonesia. Mark has been going to these places for many years performing surgery on children and adults with Cleft lips, Palates and Burn injuries.

      There are no Plastic surgeons in the villages and towns he visits so they are unable to receive any surgical repair. Mark values his time in these places and the joy of the parents when these congenital defects are repaired. There are also many burn injuries as the cooking is done on open fires causing extensive injuries. There are people who suffer from seizures and fall into the fires causing large burns.

      There are times Mark sees a patient with extensive congenital defects that can not be done in the local hospital. These hospitals are basic with limited resources, inexperienced medical and surgical staff. There is no possibility of post-operative care and follow up with major cases.

      Mark will then involve ROMAC to help bring the patients to Adelaide where they will receive the specialised care they need. He has brought many patients to Adelaide who receive good outcomes and can return to their village and lead a normal life. Without the support of ROMAC it would be impossible to help the patients needing complex surgery as they need special x-rays and imaging and extensive port-operative care.

    • Aviation Museum Tour 20th March

      With the organising skills of Gerald Barker, the Rotary club of Burnside had the opportunity to tour the Aviation Museum in Port Adelaide. Our tour guide, ex-pilot Steve Nelson, was a wealth of knowledge. As we toured around the massive hangars, Steve had all the history of the various aircraft. There were aircraft from many different conflicts, again with much history attached. There was also a display of memorabilia from different Air personnel both male and female.

      It was a fascinating afternoon and we all gained a great deal from the experience.

      I recommend this tour to anyone with an interest in aviation and even to people wanting to see something very different.

      We finished off the afternoon with a delicious lunch at the Birkenhead Tavern. It was a great opportunity to see Rotarians and their partners. We always look forward to the regular vocational tours and lunch. Thank you to Gerald and our tour guide Steve Nelson.