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Peter Grinter
March 1
Eleanor Chevor
March 3
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March 8
Peter McNair
March 13
John Turner
March 19
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March 2
Katy Campisi
March 7
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March 8
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Malcolm Lye
March 6, 2001
22 years
Alan Hession
March 8, 2016
7 years
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March 8, 2016
7 years
David Robertson
March 23, 2010
13 years
Sally O'Neill
March 25, 2003
20 years
Luke Keighery
March 27, 2018
5 years
Ros Virtue
March 28, 2006
17 years
Garth Carter
March 29, 2016
7 years
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Club Meeting News - 7 March 2023
President Rob Coote welcomed all members, and our guest speaker, Alex Edwards, and prospective member, Sherry Goudarzi.
Ros Virtue toasted the RC of Port Lincoln SA. The club meets twice monthly on a Tuesday evening at Ravendale Community Sporting Club. Ros spoke about one of the Club’s community projects - the Tuna Poler Statue on the foreshores of Port Lincoln. The statue depicts a tuna fisherman wrestling a Bluefin tuna on the end of his pole. The idea came from the Rotary Club in conjunction with the Maritime Museum. Ros advised the current multimillion dollar tuna industry in Port Lincoln grew from tuna poling in the early 1960s when only a handful of boats were involved. Ros showed a picture of the Statue and said how wonderful it is to visit a place and see the Rotary emblem and Rotary’s contribution to communities.
David Perabo reminded members about the bookstall to be held on Sunday 19 March 2023. Some time spots still need to be filled, particularly as a number of regular volunteers will be away at the District Conference that weekend, so please let David know if you are available to assist for an hour or two.
John Turner advised that he will shortly be sending out an email asking for volunteers and support for the upcoming Fireworks.
Peter Grinter confirmed that 8 March is the Rostrum Voice of Youth and noted the names of those members who will be assisting as adjudicators and timekeepers.
Therese Stubbs advised that the RC of Springwood has a project underway to help the earthquake victims of Syria and Turkey, particularly the children. The club has developed an easy knitting pattern for these cute little “Pocket Pals”. They are encouraging Rotary members and friends in our District to knit as many as possible of these little stuffed toys which can be easily held or kept in the pockets of children. The aim is to send a consignment of some 1,000 Pocket Pals to the distressed areas. So get out your knitting needles and wool and contact Therese Stubbs ( so she can send you the easy pattern!
      Pocket Pals
Peter Russell advised there are still 5 tables available for the "Quiz Night with a Difference" so please considering making up a table, or joining one. You can book your ticket at The dining room will be open and a special bar menu will be available.
Peter also passed on some information from Andrew Miller, CEO Deaf Action relating to a fundraising dinner they are holding on 14 April 2023 at Northbridge Golf Club. If you recall, Andrew spoke to us last year about the work of Deaf Action which supports deaf people in developing countries.
Guest Speaker - Alex Edwards - Embodied Carbon in
Commercial Buildings - the drivers and the opportunities
Bob Edwards introduced his son, Alex Edwards, a structural engineer who also holds a Masters Degree in Architecture. In 2001, Alex joined Arup, a multinational collective of engineering and sustainability consultants, designers, architects and experts working globally.
Alex has applied his knowledge to the design and construction of many structures across the globe including, footbridges, sports venues, buildings and even Giant Observation wheels. He is interested in innovation in design and construction, especially with regard to analysis techniques and to using new materials. To this end Alex has been heavily involved in a number of research projects.
He said that building design is driven by investors, tenants, and what customers and staff want. There is a need to shift public expectation of office buildings from what is fashionable to what is sustainable. Alex showed a graph of Global Carbon Emission and talked about how the industry wants to achieve zero emission by 2050.
Alex also showed a graph of two buildings, one built in 1980 and one in 2009, and the difference in relation to use of energy.
Alex’s points were:
  1. Building less and repurposing of old buildings as opposed to knocking them down. He showed us a number of commercial buildings that have been redesigned and reused.
  2. Build clever with new systems. Some buildings overseas have the air conditioning coming up through the floor.
  3. Build efficiently.
  4. Minimise waste – build off site and reconstruct on site and Alex showed us examples of this happening.
  5. Alex advised it will take a lot of hard work however to head in the right direction, with many technical challenges ahead.
Peter Grinter thanked Alex for his informative and most interesting talk.
Ros Virtue

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