Yarrawonga Chronicle

Plants Raised $20,000 for Health Research

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Gordon Oakley was one of them.

Gordon a Rotarian for over 50 years championed many Community Service Projects but had special passion for the Australian Rotary Health Research Fund.

Gordon’s novel, successful Pelargoniu­ms project initiated in the 1980s was a continuing activity by the Rotary Club for some 10 years which raised over $20,000 for Rotary Health Research.

The Pelargoniu­m project worked like this – the club had access to 75 different varieties in Rotarians’ gardens.

In February, the plants are pruned, and cuttings saved. The cuttings were then planted into boxes of river sand and labelled, after two months in the sand the roots have developed.

The rooted cuttings were planted into pots. Club members took the planted pots home and cared for them until October when the plants come into flower and are ready for sale.

Rotarians sold the flowering plants at street stalls, Rotary markets, horticultu­ral shows and doctors’ medical clinics.

The Research Fund showed its appreciati­on of support by naming senior participan­t member Gordon Oakley a companion of the Australian Rotary Health Research Fund.

The Rotary Club of Yarrawonga has had many giants of Community Service in the Club’s 75 years’ history.

 ??  ?? Rotarian Gordon Oakley in his home nursery the base for a novel fundraisin­g project initiated by Gordon in the 1980s – the propagatio­n and sale of Pelargoniu­ms which raised over $20,000 for the Australian Rotary Health Research Fund.
Rotarian Gordon Oakley in his home nursery the base for a novel fundraisin­g project initiated by Gordon in the 1980s – the propagatio­n and sale of Pelargoniu­ms which raised over $20,000 for the Australian Rotary Health Research Fund.
 ??  ?? For his dedication and passion in raising funds for Rotary Health Research Gordon Oakley (centre) was named a Companion of the Australian Rotary Research Fund, an award presented by the District Governor Ron Pearce in October 1972 watched by Ross Lloyd club president.
For his dedication and passion in raising funds for Rotary Health Research Gordon Oakley (centre) was named a Companion of the Australian Rotary Research Fund, an award presented by the District Governor Ron Pearce in October 1972 watched by Ross Lloyd club president.
 ??  ?? Two of the large team of Rotarians that worked enthusiast­ically for the Pelargoniu­ms Project – Bill Tuttle (left) and Ben Nowell.
Two of the large team of Rotarians that worked enthusiast­ically for the Pelargoniu­ms Project – Bill Tuttle (left) and Ben Nowell.

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