Dual cel­e­bra­tion for re­gion’s Ro­tary clubs

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

THE Ro­tary clubs of Bowen, Proser­pine and Air­lie Beach got to­gether on Mon­day night for a dual cel­e­bra­tion at the Reef Gate­way Ho­tel.

The night was both a ‘din­ner to end Polio’ and a party for Ro­tary’s 109th birth­day.

As­sis­tant gover­nor for District 9550 Merewyn Wright said the first Ro­tary meet­ing was held on Fe­bru­ary 23, 1905 and on or near this date around the world, clubs ei­ther fo­cussed on a fundraiser, such as the End Polio cam­paign, or sim­ply cel­e­brated the years of global ser­vice since the for­ma­tion of the first Ro­tary club.

“In our area we have cho­sen to gather to­gether the mem­bers and part­ners of the three Ro­tary clubs in the Whit­sun­days – Air­lie Beach, Bowen and Proser­pine to both cel­e­brate Ro­tary’s birth­day and to help con­trib­ute to the End Polio cam­paign,” she said.

Ms Wright said Ro­tary started its cam­paign to rid the world of polio in 1979 with over 230 meals to end polio now reg­is­tered through­out the world.

She said this was a cause that had al­ways been “close to home”, be­cause the cam­paign was started by Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional Pres­i­dent Clem Re­nouf, who was born in Ing­ham, within Ro­tary’s District of 9550, en­com­pass­ing the Whit­sun­day clubs.

“Each Ro­tary club in the world is asked to make a con­tri­bu­tion an­nu­ally to the End Polio cam­paign, and by hold­ing this event, and our Bun­nings Sausage Siz­zle on Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 28, we are hop­ing to make the pub­lic more aware of this im­por­tant cam­paign as well as mak­ing a fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tion,” she said.

Pres­i­dent of the Air­lie Beach Ro­tary Club Roger Boast said Ro­tary was able to con­trib­ute con­sid­er­able amounts to a va­ri­ety of com­mu­nity needs thanks to funds raised through it’s phone guide. He en­cour­aged lo­cal res­i­dents and businesses to sup­port the book.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit the Ro­tary Club of Air­lie Beach Face­book page or www.my­whit­sun­day.com.au.

CEL­E­BRAT­ING: Proser­pine Ro­tary Club's pres­i­dent elect Fay­lene Cooke, as­sis­tant gover­nor of Group 7, District 9550 Merewyn Wright, Arilie Beach Ro­tary pres­i­dent Roger Boast and Bowen Ro­tary pres­i­dent Mark Steen, cel­e­brat­ing Ro­tary's 109th birth­day at the 'night to end Polio' on Mon­day.

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