Ro­tary club cel­e­brates 70th birth­day

Narrogin Observer - - NEWS - Michael Traill

The Ro­tary Club of Nar­ro­gin cel­e­brated their 70th birth­day on Mon­day night at the Duke of York Ho­tel.

Usu­ally, the club has a mem­ber count of 12. How­ever, that num­ber swelled to well over 40 for the spe­cial oc­ca­sion, with no­table at­ten­dees in­clud­ing district gover­nor Robyn Yates, for­mer pres­i­dent of the Nar­ro­gin branch Chris In­grey and youth ex­change pro­gram co­or­di­na­tor Thomas Popp.

Cur­rent club pres­i­dent Mike Beck­with said there were many mis­con­cep­tions to what a Ro­tary Club ac­tu­ally does.

“Ro­tary to a lot of peo­ple seems like it’s a se­cret so­ci­ety al­most,” he said.

“A lot of that is not be­cause they’re be­ing se­cre­tive, but when they’ve done things for peo­ple, they’ve built things, do­nated money or raised aware­ness about some­thing, they don’t blow their own trum­pet. “Things are done qui­etly.” Ro­tary op­er­ates across for dif­fer­ent lev­els — in­ter­na­tional, na­tional, district and club.

Mr Beck­with said clubs raised money through fundrais­ing and club fees.

That money can go to­wards lo­cal projects, or be con­trib­uted to a larger cause be­ing tack­led by the or­gan­i­sa­tion at a higher level.

Re­cently, the Ro­tary Club of Nar­ro­gin do­nated $1000 for “Shelter Boxes” to be sent to tsunami­af­fected areas of In­done­sia.

Pic­tures: Michael Traill

Robyn Yates, Mike Beck­with and Thomas Popp cut the club’s 70th birth­day cake.

Linda Bil­ney, Lyn Bod­ding­ton, Mal­colm McDon­ald, Frank House and Thomas Popp.

Brian Seale, Alina Peter and De­bra Seala.

Brian Lange, Heather Nea­smith and Travis Barry.

Chris­tine and Steve Gor­ton and Chris In­grey.

Sue Sim­monds, Linda Not­tle and Kaye In­grey.

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