Rotary club notches up nine decades
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 email@example.com or by phoning Russell on 686 1372.
Rotary Club of Timaru members from left, Gilly Oppenheim, Lionel Wilson, Jess Hewitson and Peter Russell.