There has been a great deal of activity for the Rotary Club of Batlow over the last few weeks, starting with a most successful Sunday morning road side clean up.
The weather was fine and Rotarians were pleased to have members of the community respond to the advertisement for volunteers to assist with this activity.
Thirteen Rotary Club members and community volunteers proud to keep Batlow tidy on the roadside clean up. Over five cubic metres of rubbish collected from approaching roadsides of Batlow from White Gate and Cemetery Road last Sunday.
The group picked up mostly food and drink containers that have been tossed from passing vehicles.
Club Secretary, Margaret Isselmann said: “Motorists are encouraged not to be tosser. “Keep the Shire tidy and attract more visitors”.
Rotarians and the community thanked Tena Dye, Anne Robson, Chris Horsley, Steve Horsley, John Robson and Dick Sedgwick for their support.
Morning tea was provided at the home of Dick and Margaret Sedgwick.
A most enjoyable evening was held at the Batlow RSL dining room last week when District 9710 Governor Steve Hill from the Rotary Club of Bega attended.
This is a traditional event for all Rotary Clubs.
Assistant Governor Brian Matheson accompanied District Governor Steve as he attended the Rotary Club of Tumbarumba meeting on Monday and the Rotary Club of Tumut meeting on Wednesday.
DG Steve commented that the Rotary Club of Batlow were the most hospitable club he had visited. He was taken to lunch at Coffee and More and then had a tour of the Batlow Fruit Co-Op with CEO John Power as his tour guide.
All this was then followed by a Hat Day barbecue at the RSL Bowling Club last Thursday. Nearly 30 people enjoyed wonderful food and good fellowship. A paper bag auction was held to raise funds for Australian Rotary Health initiative Hat Day, one of the largest not-for-profit funders of mental health in Australia.
Great fun was had during the auction with Adam Peel paying $35 for a rock and others who most generously supported this event and bid for unknown objects.
Donations can be made online at hatday.com.au
Dakota Armitstead-Hanson represented the Rotary Club of Batlow and Batlow Technology School at a zone heat for the Four Way Test Speaking Contest held at the Rotary Club of Tumbarumba dinner meeting.
Dakota was selected as the zone representative. Last Sunday Dakota attended the semi-finals which were held in Canberra.
These semi-finals were for the zone representatives across District 9710. The district covers the area from Mittagong across to the cost, down to the Victorian boarder and across to Tumbarumba, which includes all of the ACT, Cooma, Queanbeyan and Yass.
Dakota is one of three semi-finalists to go on to the District Conference to be held in Goulburn late October. We wish her every success and Rotarians will be there to give their support.
The Rotary Club of Batlow meet every Thursday evening at the Batlow RSL at 6.30pm for fellowship and dinner at 7.00pm.
The Club is always seeking new members and if you would like to join us then speak to one of the Rotarians.
Future events for the club include Interact conducting a Chocolate Wheel at the Apple Blossom Festival.
All prizes will be baskets of chocolate to the value of $20.00. Many Interact members have volunteered to dress up for the festival. Rotarians will also be rostered on the gate for the festival.
Also the Rotarians from Batlow have been invited to join the Rotary Club of Tumut international dinner to be held at the Indian Restaurant.
Another upcoming event is the Halloween Disco to be held on Saturday, October 22. The junior disco will go from 5pm to 6.30pm and the under 18 disco to go from 7.30pm to 10pm.
Those attending should try to go in their best Halloween costumes. The traditional Carols evening will be held on Friday 2nd December at the Literary Institute.