Patrick goes around again
By JUSTIN JENVEY
PATRICK O’Shea will continue on as president of the Rotary Club of Bright in what will be his fourth stint in the top job.
Mr O’Shea was inducted at the club’s 59th changeover dinner at the Bright Chalet on June 28.
He said it was an honour to once again be president, a role he held in 2004/05, 2009/10 and last year.
In his president’s report, Mr O’Shea praised the efforts of the club’s members during another busy 12 months.
“What can I say about our great band of volunteers, no word could ever express our gratitude to them, without volunteers the waterslide could not run and we would have no presence in the street regularly with the Saturday Sausage Sizzle,” he said.
“We have continued to support our local community and international projects and most importantly the youth of the area.”
The biggest commitment the club made this year was to commit $5000 each January, for the next 10 years to the 4 Kids and Carers Future Foundation.
Five markets during the year also allowed the club to donate $10,000 to both the Autumn Festival and Spring Festival, funds which will greatly assist with the running of the two events.
Mr O’Shea said he was looking forward to the next Rotary year.
“I ask that all members pull together in the same direction, to support local community projects, international projects and youth projects and maybe a new project suggested by members,” he said.
“There are a couple of periods in the year when we are fairly quiet so maybe this new local project could fill one of these periods and be something that we can hang our hats on.
“We also need to continue on to find new members that will help all of us to do our work in the community.”
Also on the night Elaine O’Shea was recognised as a Paul Harris Fellow for her efforts assisting Patrick in his role as president and with other Rotary projects including collecting old medical equipment to be sent to third-world countries.
Elaine also received the honour for her time spent as a volunteer driver for Alpine Health along with her ongoing involvement with the Bright Bowls Club and past contributions to Bright’s football and cricket clubs.