Pa­trick goes around again

Alpine Observer - - News -

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.

PHOTO: Justin Jenvey

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