From the Bombala Rotary Club
ON Saturday, June 30, the Rotary Club of Bombala met in the Auditorium of the RSL Club to celebrate the achievements of the 2011 and 2012 Rotary Year.
With Glen Warren as President, the Club carried out fundraising activities including catering for the Celebration of Motorbikes in November, the Bombala Show in March and two street stalls.
The profits from these activities were distributed to the local community, relief emergency funds and international causes such as Polio Plus.
As well as the serious fundraising ventures, members enjoyed a fun year with meetings at a variety of venues with a variety of themes.
It is always a very special meeting at the end of the Rotary year to hand on the historic Rotary Presidential sash to the incoming President. This year Glen Warren handed over the reins to incoming President Fiona Crawford.
As Deputy Principal of Bombala High School, Glen juggled his responsibilities at work, at home and in the community very successfully and now it is Fiona’s challenge as Year Five/Six teacher at Bombala Public School to lead the Rotary Club of Bombala through the next 12 months.
The theme for the coming year is “Peace Through Service”. In Fiona’s speech at the luncheon she spoke about how peace can be achieved from the ground level at home by biting one’s tongue, through into the workplace, the community, national level and into the International arena.
“We need to see the needs of others as more important than our own. When we focus our energies on a goal that is good for all, things change. Our priorities change. We can help create peace,” Fiona said.
To set the scene for the year origami peace cranes decorated the tables with folding instructions added to keep everyone focused on the theme.
The blue and yellow Rotary colours dominated the room reminding everyone of the importance of this occasion.
Finger nails (just one per person) were painted blue to raise money for Polio Plus and Polio Plus money boxes were on the tables for members to fill or take home.
The raffle of all Australian goods raised money and the lucky door prize was a voucher for two people on the Jervis Bay Eco Experience donated by the Jervis Bay Eco Adventure Company.
Jono and his team served a delicious roast meal and lovely dessert which was enjoyed by all.
Fiona introduced her Board to the meeting –
Glen Warren, Past President; Lesley Smith, Treasurer; Philip Steel, Secretary; Pam Wood-Davies, Club Administration; Grantley Ingram, Club Service; Chris Page, Rotary International; Jak Cuttle, Membership; Stewart Lee, Sergeant.
The Rotary Club of Bombala is very mindful of the support that we receive from the Bombala community and the friends who are always with us throughout the various stages of the Rotary Year and we would like to thank everyone for your support.
Glen can now take a much earned break and Fiona will put “Service Above Self” to lead the way for the next twelve months.