Ro­tary club notches up nine decades

South Canterbury Herald - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - AL WIL­LIAMS

A Ti­maru club is on the look out for past mem­bers as it pre­pares for an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions.

The Ro­tary Club of Ti­maru is gear­ing up for its 90th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions and the club is seek­ing to con­tact past mem­bers to in­form them of a cel­e­bra­tion din­ner on Novem­ber 14.

Ro­tary Club of Ti­maru pub­lic­ity of­fi­cer Lionel Wil­son said the club’s 90th an­niver­sary would be marked on Novem­ber 10.

The club was of­fi­cially formed in Ti­maru in 1927, he said.

About 45 mem­bers now met on Tues­days at the Ti­maru Town and Coun­try Club, and were keen to hear from past mem­bers and prospec­tive ones, Wil­son said.

Ro­tary Club of Ti­maru pres­i­dent Peter Rus­sell said the club had lost touch with a few past

‘‘We have com­bined forces with other or­gan­i­sa­tions to get there.’’

mem­bers over the years and was keen to have more peo­ple along to join in with the semi for­mal cel­e­bra­tions.

Wil­son said Ro­tary was in the fi­nal stages of end­ing po­lio world­wide.

‘‘We have com­bined forces with other or­gan­i­sa­tions to get there,’’ he said.

Ro­tary Club of Ti­maru com­mit­tee chair­woman Gilly Op­pen­heim said the group was busy work­ing on a va­ri­ety of projects in the com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing the es­tab­lish­ment of the Park Cen­tre in the Ti­maru Botanic Gar­dens.

The fa­cil­ity was of­fi­cially opened in April af­ter a fundrais­ing project was launched in 2014 to con­vert the fa­cil­ity into a hub for com­mu­nity groups.

Rus­sell said the club was also work­ing along­side the Ti­maru District Coun­cil and plant­ing about 150 na­tive trees at the Otipua Wet­lands at the south­ern end of Ti­maru, as part of a world­wide Ro­tary tree plant­ing pro­gramme.

The club also pro­vided sup­port for a school teacher in Nepal and was work­ing on a project to take mid­wives to Mon­go­lia as part of an out­reach train­ing pro­gramme.

Rus­sell asked any­one in­ter­ested in get­ting in­volved in the cel­e­bra­tions to get in touch by email ro­tary.ti­ or by phon­ing Rus­sell on 686 1372.


Ro­tary Club of Ti­maru mem­bers from left, Gilly Op­pen­heim, Lionel Wil­son, Jess He­wit­son and Peter Rus­sell.

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