Changeover ush­ers in big year for Ro­tary

The Western Star - - News -

WITH a big year ahead planned, Scott McDonell took over the role of Ro­tary Roma pres­i­dent on Satur­day night, while wel­com­ing the club’s new­est mem­ber.

Tak­ing over from Greg Shaw, Mr McDonell said it was re­as­sur­ing to see a re­cent rise in mem­ber­ship num­bers.

“On Satur­day, Travis Jackson was in at­ten­dance. He’s our new­est mem­ber at just 22,” Mr McDonell said.

“He’s a Roma boy that did the Ro­tary Youth Ex­change Pro­gram to Brazil for a year back when he was finishing Grade 12.

“It’s great to see those peo­ple, who started off as re­cip­i­ents of our pro­grams be­come Ro­tar­i­ans a few years later.

“We also handed over a wad of cash to Paul An­der­son, our trea­surer, on be­half of Chris and De­bra Van’Thof from the Club Hotel who have been rais­ing money for us from their Fri­day night raf­fles to go to­wards lo­cal youth pro­grams.”

Mr McDonell said the 2019-20 year would see big move­ment from the lo­cal Ro­tary club, in­clud­ing fur­ther de­vel­op­ment of Pi­na­roo and Ro­tary Park.

“We’re mov­ing into our next phase, where we’ll go from 60 beds to 70,” he said.

Ro­tary meets every Tues­day at 6.30pm at the Club Hotel.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

RO­TARY: New Ro­tary Roma pres­i­dent Scott McDonell with new­est mem­ber Travis Jackson.

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