Rotary gives to Leongatha
LEONGATHA Rotarians raised some than $29,000 for the community in the past year, aiding the eradication of polio, helping cancer patients and allowing young people to travel overseas.
The club continued to add to Leongatha’s social and cultural life by holding the annual Show’n’Shine car show, dinner dance and art show.
Outgoing president Kerry Pritchard and his board were farewelled at the club’s changeover dinner at Woorayl Golf Club last Monday week (June 23).
“It was another good year for the Leongatha Rotary Club – a year of enjoyable social interactions and fundraising,” he said.
Incoming president Gordon Morrison plans to continue the club’s range of community and club activities.
“I’m thrilled to have a dedicated team around me to help me in this wonderful journey,” he said.
He will be joined by secretary Sue Dutton, treasurer Chris McDonald, president elect Shirley Seabrook, vocational services director Mary Dortmans, immediate past president and joint public relations director Kerry Pritchard, joint public relations director David Panther, membership director Colin McKenzie-McHarg, service projects director Stuart Evans, Rotary Foundation director David Panther, and sergeants at arms Jeremy Curtis and Barry Paterson.
The club’s recent dinner dance was expected to make a profit of $5700, adding to the fundraising pool that has enabled the club to support teenagers on a study tour to Turkey, sent Daniel Lomani to the National Youth Science Camp, back Rotary’s polio cause, and support Rotary Foundation and Rotary Centenary House, which provides accommodation for cancer patients at Latrobe Regional Hospital at Traralgon.
The club celebrated its 60th anniversary during the past 12 months and supports the African Sustainable Project overseen by club member Michael Malone.
The club retains a strong focus on developing young people by hosting the longstanding interschool debate between Leongatha secondary colleges, sending four students to a weekend camp and sponsoring a team from Leongatha Secondary College to attend the Model United Nations Assembly.
Leongatha Rotary has hosted Austrian exchange student Therese Holl, who returns home this week, and sent Matt Dudley of Leongatha to Finland. Another Leongatha student, Matilda Morton-Pedersen, is also now in Finland.
Exchange student Anna Samon-Drzewicka will arrive from Poland in August.
Volunteers continue to back the Rotary Youth Driver Awareness program that teaches young drivers about safe driving.
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