Mile­stone for Ro­tary club

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - TONY RAGGATT

THE Ro­tary Club of Townsville is cel­e­brat­ing 90 years of ser­vice to the com­mu­nity.

The club held an an­niver­sary din­ner re­cently to mark the oc­ca­sion and past pres­i­dent Gra­ham Wheeler has writ­ten a book, The Past 90 Years, A His­tor­i­cal Rec­ol­lec­tion, to com­mem­o­rate the club’s re­mark­able con­tri­bu­tions.

The book doc­u­ments projects in­clud­ing The Chil­dren’s Traf­fic Train­ing Cen­tre, the Bow­elscan aware­ness pro­gram, Gluyas Ro­tary Lodge, the school fur­ni­ture “drive for desk” project for PNG and the es­tab­lish­ment of the Good Shep­herd Home.

Ro­tary Club pres­i­dent Joe Moore said the club had a huge im­pact on the life of Townsville.

He counted the cam­paign to rid the world of po­lio among the move­ment’s big­gest suc­cesses.

Mr Wheeler de­scribed the orig­i­nal Townsville club as the “tap­root” of Ro­tary in North Queens­land, hold­ing its first meet­ing on Jan­uary 12, 1927 and act­ing as char­ter spon­sor for other clubs to fol­low.

He said the Ro­tary Club of Townsville had raised and con­trib­uted to com­mu­nity causes $ 5 mil­lion since its in­cep­tion.

While he con­ceded that mem­ber­ship at ser­vice clubs, for what­ever rea­son, had been in de­cline, he said 10 clubs con­tin­ued to op­er­ate suc­cess­fully in Townsville and that “Ro­tary al­ways has its doors open”.

MILE­STONE: Ro­tary mem­bers Joe Moore and Gra­ham Wheeler cel­e­brate.

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