Dual celebration for region’s Rotary clubs
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.