The Rotary Club of Tumut held their annual changeover dinner on Saturday night, ushering in a new board and a new year with good food and good company for the 64th time.
This was also a special year for the Rotarians: 2017 marks the international Rotary Foundation’s 100th birthday, and the theme for the year was “rotary serving humanity.”
Outgoing President Steven Walker said that that was something the Tumut Rotarians strive to do every day.
“Our regular Rotary barbecues, Saturday monthly markets, providing manpower to support events such as manning the Tumut show gates, Visy family day, monthly markets, Riverina bluebell, catering for the Caravan Association dinner, and Gala Day, all adds up to making us a busy little Rotary club and one that works, because each and every one of us, with the support of our partners and community, wants the opportunity to change lives for the better,” he said.
“That’s Rotary serving humanity.”
Along with their regular activities, Mr Walker also pointed out some special achievements of the Rotarians over the past year.
They sponsored three students to attend the Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment held in Mogo, hosted international exchange student Kei Wei, raised $2,200 for the international Rotary Foundation’s polio eradication efforts, and saw the commencement and completion of the Labyrinth project in Pioneer Park.
They also took advantage of the Snowy Valleys Council Stronger Communities grants to begin construction of a new shelter shed for Pioneer Park, and a Ken Warby world water speed record interpretive sign at Blowering Dam. Steve Jenkins organised a makeover of the Pioneer Cemetery’s dilapidated iron gates, and Tom Arentz won the tender to remove the fallen gum tree in Bila Park, with the wood being used for raffles and practical uses.
As well as celebrating the club’s achievements in general on Saturday night, the changeover dinner also honoured two particular individuals by recognising them as Paul Harris Fellows: Rowan Bieske and Pamela Oppelt.
Paul Harris was the founder of Rotary International, and the title is awarded by clubs to members that show outstanding dedication to club and community.
The incoming Rotary Club Board is: President, Tim Oliver; President-elect, Cooryna Ackroyd; Past President, Steven Walker; Secretary, Pamela Oppelt; Treasurer, Tony Reid; Community, Meg Sutton; Vocational, Pradip Adhikari; International, Phil Bennetts; Youth, Susan Ivill.