THE SIXTH DECADE


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History - The Sixth Decade

The Sixth Decade

2002-03

Our President was Neville Parsons
President elect was Robert Gilligan
The Prime Minister was John Howard

Rotary International President was Bhichai Rattakul of Thailand

At the beginning of the year President Neville stated that his objectives were to contribute to community & international service. President Neville also expressed his, & the Club’s gratitude to club historian Richard Horne for his monumental effort in compiling & producing the 50th Anniversary History booklet. This extraordinary effort was recognised at the Dinner to welcome the D9650 Florida team in March 2003. It was at that meeting that Richard was recognised with a Sapphire Pin to go with his “Paul Harris Fellow.” The Club was again heavily involved with the Australia Day Celebrations in Bain Park, with Darrel Eastlake the Australia Day Ambassador. A great community service day took place with the Club catering for the Lasiandra Committee Market Day with “Australian tucker.” The Club was also involved with “Clean Up Australia Day” & The Red Shield Appeal. The Club again hosted our Service men & women at the traditional ANZAC Night. One of our fundraisers was to staff the Comboyne Waste Management facility on a roster basis with Wauchope Lions. This arrangement continued for a few years, & was worth around $6,000 per year. Other fundraiser were; selling bowel scan kits, a Rock & Roll Video Night at the Wauchope RSL, staffing the Beechwood Road pedestrian Show gate, the Bain Park markets, staffing the gates at the Farmer’s Markets, distributing & selling Christmas cakes & puddings, & conducting a Christmas raffle with prizes including a TV & DVD, Mountain Bikes & trailer. These fundraisers helped the Club raise & disburse over $15,000 for the year. We also gave support & commitment to the “Towers of Strength” along our immediate coast & the Polio Plus campaign. On June 10th at our Club meeting, Diane Reynolds became the first woman from our Club to be recognised as a “Paul Harris Fellow.” The award was made not only for Diane’s contribution to the Club & Rotary in general, but also for her contribution to the community as Principal of the Wauchope Public School. At the changeover, President Neville acknowledged the contribution of Ian & Anne Gregory who provided the meals & catering for our Club for almost 20 years, & on behalf of the Club, wished them well in their new home in WA. The Club disbursed $15,498 including; $300 to Bundaleer Care Services, $300 to Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, $200 to Friends of the Royal Blind Society, & several amounts to other organizations & individuals. $3,389 was donated to the Polio Plus Appeal, $930 to the Towers of Strength, & $500 to the Hastings Diabetic Association.

Four people die in the Canberra bushfires. Seven die in the Waterfall Train Disaster. The Iraq war begins, & Australia sends 2,000 personnel. Major-General Michael Jeffries becomes Governor General after the resignation of Archbishop Dr. Peter Hollingsworth over his handling of child sex allegations. US President G.W. Bush & the President of The People’s Republic of China, Hu Jintao visit Australia simultaneously, & address Parliament on 22nd & 23rd. October respectively. President Bush announces he’s ready to attack Iraq even without a UN mandate. The space shuttle “Columbia” explodes killing all seven astronauts. March 15th, Britain & the US launch war against Iraq. Baghdad falls to US troops on April 9th.Saddam Hussein’s sons killed in firefight. Libya accepts blame for the Locherbie bombing. Saddam Hussein is captured by US troops on December 12th. Australia hosts the Rugby World Cup & is defeated by England 20-17 in extra time. “Media Puzzle” wins The Melbourne Cup. “A Moment Like This” by Kelly Clarkson is the top pop song. The deaths occurred of; Maurice Gibbs (of the Bee Gees) Ed Devereaux (actor) Slim Dusty (Country music singer) Jim Cairns (politician)

The Hastings Mayor was Cr. W. Richards who died in office on 19th August 2003, & was replaced by Cr. R. Drew.

2003-04

Our President was Robert “Bob” Gilligan
President Elect was Tony Morton
Prime Minister was John Howard

Rotary International President was Jonathan Majiyagbe of Nigeria

The year started badly for President “Bob” with the passing of Richard Horne PHF. Richard was a dedicated & hard working Rotarian & was responsible for the production of the 50 Year History of Wauchope Rotary booklet. Tragedy struck the Club again in February with the passing of Ron Downes, who was also a Salvation Army Chaplain. Ron was a big man, with a bigger heart. Although the Club continued its support for community service, the main emphasis was on supporting the Rotary Lodge project. Apart from our usual fundraisers, our two major events were an Arts Show of Bill Odds’ paintings, organized by Peter Laurantus, & our Christmas raffle. Some of our Service projects were; Clean Up Australia Day, The Wauchope Show, a new Community Service board was attached to the wall of the ANZ bank, the famous Beechwood Billy Cart Classic, Towers of strength, sale of Christmas cakes & puddings, the sending of ex-hospital beds to East Timor. Ester Tina McGrath was accepted as a member of the Districts GSE team to visit the UK. Raelene Monkley & Ron Dures are to be thanked for assisting in the preparation for this great candidate. The Club welcomed home Jo Bayliss, on her return from a GSE visit to Japan, & at the same time we welcomed Ayaka Uede from Sapporo, Japan. Callum Brindley is currently in Turkey as our outbound GSE member. The Club visited Bundaleer Nursing Home & were shown around by manager, Denis Marks. Another interesting vocational visit was to the partly completed Cowarra Dam. Situated between Wauchope & Port Macquarie, it’s designed to meet the demands of a growing population well into the foreseeable future. Under the auspices of the Pacific Aid Programme, our Club hosted Juey from Thailand, & Joy Gull from PNG. A visiting GSE team from D1180 North Wales & Central West England were guests at a combined Rotary Clubs meeting at West Port Club, & all had a great night. The Club was involved again with MUNA, sending 2 students from Wauchope High School to participate. Jennifer McLaren was our RYAG-Beef representative at Coonabarabran in early July.
At the changeover the Club distributed $36,000, which again reflects the hard work our members contributed. Some of the recipients were; Rotary programmes $6,394, Youth activities $2,500, Bowel scan kits $2,400, Wauchope/Bonny Hills SLSC $2,000, Family Assistance $1,100. There were other amounts ranging from $500 to $200 for several other worthy causes.

The first “Ghan” passenger train sets off from Adelaide to Darwin. Qantas launches its discount domestic airline, Jetstar. Mary Donaldson marries Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark to become Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark. Jennifer Hawkins wins the Miss Universe title. A bomb blast outside the Australian Embassy in Jakarta kills 11 & injures 100. Australia’s first digital free-to-air TV channel, Tasmanian Digital Television begins broadcasting. “Deal or no Deal” debuts on channel 7. “Burke’s Backyard” ends. Steve Waugh retires from cricket. Australia wins the 3rd Test against India, winning the Border/Gavasgar Trophy, & the first away Test series against India since 1969. “Makybe Diva” wins The Melbourne Cup. “Crazy In Love” by “Beyonce” is the top pop song. The deaths occurred of; David Hookes (cricketer) Shirley Strickland (Olympian) George Mallaby (actor) Marcel Caux (at 105, last known survivor of the Battle of Poziérs in WW1. Keith Miller (cricketer) Janine Haines (Democrat senator)

The Hastings Mayor was Cr. W. Richards.

2004-05

Our President was Tony Morton
President Elect was Raelene Monkley
The Prime Minister was John Howard

Rotary International President was Glenn E. Estess Snr from Alabama USA

President Tony had the privilege of presiding during Rotary International’s 100th Year Celebration. The Club was again heavily involved with community service, “Clean Up Australia Day” the Red Shield Appeal, Farmer’s Markets, Lasiandra Festival, Small Farm Field Day & the annual Bowel Scan programme. Also during the year the Club ran two Antiques & Collectables Fairs in conjunction with the Bottles & Collectables Club & raised $2,500, which was donated to Rotary Lodge. The year’s big fundraiser was our Christmas raffle, a trailer & its load of electrical goods, which was vigorously promoted in the area. The Club welcomed YEP student, Celene Tovea from France & welcomed home Callum Brindley our outbound YEP student from Turkey. Callum was inducted by President Tony as our youngest member. Nicole Galloway was accepted as a GSE student to Norway next year. Despite a lot of work from Raelene Monkley, Ron Dures & Neville Parsons, we were unable to get Michael Debreceny into the GSE team. The Club enjoyed a good working relationship with DG Harry Durey & wife Joyce, & our AG for Zone 3, Neville Parsons. The Club held three raffles & President Tony successfully organized our Christmas Tsunami Appeal. The Comboyne Waste Management & the Farmers Markets were again good for our Club. They are a fun way to meet & talk with locals. Thanks to Stuart Weir we had a successful Lasiandra Alternative Field Day. Peter Laurantus conducted the annual Bowel Scan programme, with the sale of kits up on last year. Frank Harrison organized a great Australia Day, & even the bad weather couldn’t dampen the spirits of those who attended. The event was moved to the Youth Centre as the heavens opened up, but a great time was had by all despite the set back. We had a great roll up for the Antiques & Collectable Fair, with President Tony making all the prizes. The Club was also involved in manning the Show gates, Clean Up Australia & the Red Shield Appeal. We were involved in two interesting vocational visits, the first being to the Billabong Koala & Wildlife Park with a tour of the park by a keeper, & this was followed by a barbeque & fellowship with members of Port Macquarie West Rotary Club. The second visit was organizes by Laurieton Rotary Club, & was to the newly opened Country Fire & State Emergency Headquarters in Wauchope. Following the tour, all adjourned to our Rotary rooms for dinner & fellowship. In March the Club hosted Friendship Exchange teams from Wyoming & Colorado. At our changeover more than $19,000 was donated to worthy individuals & organizations. These included; $3,650 to Rotary Lodge, $2,000 for Bowel Scan kits, $2,800 for Youth Activities, $600 for Interplast, $2,000 Wauchope Bonny Hills SLS Club & other amounts from $200 to 500.

Nine people were killed in bushfires in South Australia, our worst such disaster to date. A RAN Sea King helicopter crashes off the coast of Nias killing nine people. The “Bali 9” are arrested in Indonesia for drug smuggling. Schapelle Corby is convicted of the same offence. Sections of the Trans Australian Railway were washed away in heavy flooding near Nurina on the Nullarbor Plains halting freight & passenger services for 5 days. England wins “The Ashes” back for the first time since 1987. The Sydney Swans defeat the West Coast Eagles to win their first premiership flag. The Socceroos qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1974. “Makybe Diva” wins a 2nd. consecutive Melbourne Cup. “Yeah!” by “Usher” is the top pop song. Benedict XV1 becomes Pope. Syrian military withdraw from Lebanon after 29 years. 52 people are killed in London terrorist bombings. Hurricane “Katrina” wreaks havoc on the US Gulf Coast killing 1,000 & leaving millions homeless. A 7.6 magnitude earthquake devastates the Pakistan controlled area of Kashmir killing 80,000 & leaves 4 million homeless. Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein goes on trial for murder. The deaths occurred of; June Bronhill (opera singer) Joh Bjelke-Petersen (Qld premier) Al Grassby (politician) Sarah Henderson (author) Rene Rivkin (stockbroker) Graham Kennedy (TV & radio personality) Amy Gillett (cyclist) Donald Horne (social critic) Kevin “Big Kev” McQuay (entrepreneur) Kerry Packer (tycoon)

The Hastings Mayor was Cr. R. Drew.

2005-06

Our President was Raelene Monkley
Vice President was John Meldrum
The Prime Minister was John Howard

Rotary International President was Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar of Sweden

Our President started her Rotary career by setting some sort of record; she received 100% attendance recognition before becoming a Rotarian. It seems she came the first night, & just kept coming. President Raelene was also this Club’s first female President. Raelene stated at her induction that she was “not going to invent the wheel.” She had the club stick at what it did best, & again, it was done very well. The Club gained new members, but we lost a few as well, which seems to be a trend in Rotary. We farewelled Rudi Schmierer who moved to be closer to family, Callum Brindley began university in Canberra & the gentle Olga Laurantus who passed away. The Club held three Club Assemblies & completed a survey to gauge the needs of our members. Fellowship played a big part in President Raelene’s year, as evidenced by the laughter shared when members took part in “This Is My Life,” a segment where members shared their life’s story. For the first time in our District a simplified grant was obtained, & in conjunction with the Hastings & Camden Haven Rotary Clubs, as well as the Hastings Council, Zone 3 set about creating three water wise gardens. The largest will be at Port Macquarie, Laurieton’s is well under way, & our own garden in Sister City Park. The Wauchope Garden was officially opened on the exact day of the 40th Anniversary of our Sister City status with Canisteo, New York. Ron & Pam Dures did a fantastic job with the organizational side to the event. The whole event was significant to President Raelene as the Rotary Foundation funds for this grant were raised in 2003, the year of her selection in the GSE team that toured South West Florida. Our Mayor, Cr. Rob Drew noted that there were five past Mayors in attendance, & they were all from Wauchope. Later, Jann Zycki of the Holiday Coast Credit Union organized a formal cocktail party, with special guest Marie Bashir, the Governor of NSW. Dignitaries & guests enjoyed the Rawdon Island venue with funds raised going to Rotary Lodge. International Services Director Reg Pierce organized an International Ball at the Wauchope Country Club. Our DG, Jane Bradford attended, & was lucky enough to win one of the $300 cash prizes. Funds raised on the night were $3,000, which went to Rotary Lodge. Wauchope’s Public Speaking candidate, Trent Calcutt, won the District’s Harvey World Public Speaking Competition. The final was held at the District Conference in Tamworth, with Trent defeating three ladies. We had two candidates attend the RYLA seminar, Barbara Gilbert & Madeline Cassegrain, & both ladies took a lot away from the experience. The Club welcomed YEP student Minna Ojanen of Finland after Celene Tovae returned to France. Later in the year Celene returned to Australia & surprised us with a visit to our rooms. Our Sports Awards Presentations were held at the Wauchope RSL with Rhali Dobson named as Sports Person of the Year, & Boaden Motor Sports named winner of the Sporting Teams section. Our President was also the Bulletin Editor, & her witty “GUMPisms” were designed to make you think. Ron & Pam Dures were proofreaders. The annual “Golden Boot” competition was held in Laurieton & we lost under dubious circumstances. As part of the “People to People” programme, the Club played host to 47 American students for 36 hours. They were a delightful group of young people, who certainly enjoyed themselves. They attended Wauchope High School for one day, & although they found it different, it was an experience for them & the Australian students as well. The Club nominated Mark & Danena Stone of the Billabong Koala & Wildlife Park for a District Vocational Service Excellence Award. Whilst not being named winners at the Tamworth District Conference, they were highly commended by the District Committee, & were recognised with our Club’s Pride in Workmanship Award. The Club participated in many activities, some with no financial gain, but all contributed to our community. Some of these were; The Wauchope Show, Farmer’s Markets, Comboyne tip, Lasiandra Festival Australia Day, Moonlight Cinema, Christmas cakes & puddings, Governor’s visit & many more. At the changeover, disbursements totalled $20,473.50 including; $1,850 to The Rotary Foundation, $6,000 to Rotary Lodge, $3996 for Youth Activities, $625 to Wauchope Primary School, $750 to Wauchope High School & $650 to Camp Quality. There were of course many smaller donations to various groups.

Six Australians die in a bus crash in Egypt. 220 Australian troops are deployed to the Solomon Islands to restore order after rioting. Private Jacob Kovco becomes Australia’s first casualty in Iraq. On April 25th a rock fall at the Beaconsfield mine in Tasmania traps three miners. One is found dead; the other two are rescued on 9th May. Australian troops are re-deployed to East Timor following fresh outbreaks of violence. “Makybe Diva wins a 3rd” Melbourne Cup & is immediately retired to stud. “Hollaback Girl” by Gwen Stefani is the top pop song.

The Hastings Mayor was Cr. R. Drew

2006-07

Our President was John Meldrum
President Elect was Will Jamieson
The Prime Minister was John Howard

President of Rotary International was William Boyd of New Zealand

This year saw the passing of Club stalwart & loved member, Noel Brennan. Noel was the perfect sidekick to Sergeant Andy, quick with the jokes & witty comments. President John had a tough year himself with serious medical problems, but he carried on, & has recovered fully. This year we lost out in our involvement regarding the Comboyne Tip. This was a great little earner for the Club, & the members were happy to spend the day there chatting to locals, or catching up on paperwork. However, we were kept busy with other programmes such as the local Farmer’s Markets. The Comboyne Spring Fair parking duties, guiding visitors on the “SS Duyfken” (Little Dove) the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal, catering lunch at the Lillydale Gardens, providing the B.B.Q at the Bonny Hills Surf Carnival & Carols by Candlelight. The Club was also involved with the Sports Award presentations at the Wauchope RSL, the Lasiandra Festival, and Clean Up Australia Day. Another programme the Club was heavily involved in was the “Carnival Of The Pines” This was an annual Port Macquarie event which faded out years ago, & was revived by Rotary as a fundraiser. This year was the first of the revived Carnivals, & a total of $60,000 was raised by all the Rotary Clubs’ involvement, & donated to the Rotary Lodge Appeal. It was enough money to ensure that the Lodge could be self-supporting. In International Service the Club got behind Director Reg Pierce in his capacity as Chairman of AAS & DIK, packing & loading goods to be sent to Sydney. The Club also donated $1,000 from the International Ball Reg organized to be used to purchase school requisites to be sent to Vanuatu. Reg also arranged with local trucking company, R&T Trucking to transport all goods to the DIK depot in Sydney free of charge, thereby alleviating a serious logistic problem. Vocational Service, our “2nd avenue of service” saw Director Ron Dures work well with the local Chamber of Commerce & the community at large to continue with the Australia Day Celebrations, Clean Up Australia & the maintenance of “Sister City Park.” The Club welcomed Bess Englehardt from the USA as our inbound YEP student. Nicole Galloway returned from her visit to Norway, & we said farewell to Minna Ojanen who returned to Finland in July. Ty Clayworth, Emily Ostler, Anita Gray & Rosemary van Linden, all students of Wauchope High School, were delegates for Mexico & Malaysia at the MUNA conference held in Port Macquarie. Abbie Cass did the Club proud as our representative in the public speaking competition. The changeover was held at the Wauchope RSL, with representatives from all the local Rotary Clubs, Apex & Lions attending, making it a good night. A highlight of the night was when Tony Morton & Bob Gilligan, two very hard working Rotarians, were recognised as “Paul Harris Fellows.” Total disbursements on the night amounted to $30,990. Some of those to benefit were; Rotary programmes, Rotary Lodge, Motor Neurone Association, Westpac Rescue Service, Salvation Army, the CWA & many more worthwhile groups.

James Hardie announces compensation arrangements for asbestos victims. The Australian Government approves an A$11 billion sale of Qantas airline. An electrical fault on a Northern Line train near the Harbour Bridge strands 4,000 passengers on the rail system for 3 hours. 11 people are killed & nearly 100 injured after a V/Line train collides with a truck at a level crossing near Kerang, Victoria. Radio personality John Laws retires after 54 years. Anna Bligh is sworn in as Queensland’s first female premier. The 171-year-old Myer building is destroyed by fire in Hobart. Kevin Rudd is elected as Labour Prime Minister. The Australian animated film, “Happy Feet” wins an Academy Award for animation. Shane Warne, Glen McGrath & Justin Langer announce their retirement from cricket after the 06-07 series. Australia wins the 2007 Cricket World Cup. Australia wins the 2007 Netball World Cup. “Delta Blues” wins The Melbourne Cup. “Sexyback” by Justin Timberlake is the top pop song. The deaths occurred of Sir James Killen (politician) Billy Thorpe (singer) Norman Von Nider (golfer) Frank Scarrabelotti (at 109, Aust, oldest man) Gordon Samuels (Gov of NSW) Clem Jones (Mayor of Brisbane) Charles Court (premier of WA)

The Hastings Mayor was Cr. R. Drew

2007-08

Our President was Will Jamieson
President Elect was Reg Pierce
The Prime Minister was Kevin Rudd

Rotary International President was Wilfred J. Wilkinson of Canada

This years Rotary theme “Rotary Shares” was very appropriate for the Club, as we gave support to The Men’s Shed, Clean Up Australia Day, the annual Bowel Scan programme, Public Speaking Competition & Australia Day to name a few. Sadly this year we lost a fine Rotarian, & a good man in Jack Eggett. Jack was a giant in the Wauchope community, & leaves a huge legacy. In International Service the club has supported President-Elect Reg Pierce in his duties as Chairman of AAS & DIK. So far, with the help of R&T Transport, this club has been responsible for sending 15 pallets of goods to Sydney. Reg also managed to get $3,000 from some of the other Clubs towards the cost of containers. As part of our commitment to Community Service, the Club took part in working bees for Rotary Lodge, as well as having two members on that body’s committee. We also manned the food stall at the Lasiandra Festival, & the gates at the annual Wauchope Show. The Farmer’s Markets featured in our activities, as did the Comboyne Spring Fair. Raelene Monkley did an excellent job of keeping the members informed of events & information relating to Rotary. Her work with the “People To People” ambassadorial visit was outstanding, & a huge monetary success. Emily Ostler represented the Club in the Public Speaking Competition, & although she progressed to the Zone round at Laurieton, she could not progress further. Jessie Galloway from The Holiday Coast Credit Union attended the RYLA seminar at Bonny Hills, & gained quite a bit from it. This year we had two students attend the RYAG Dairy at Wingham. The changeover was held at the Wauchope RSL Club, with a strong Rotary contingent in support. Also attending on the night were APEX, Lions & Probus members. Total disbursements came to $12,427. Among those to receive a donation were Wauchope Delivered Meals, Riding for the Disabled, Hastings Diabetes, Vision Australia, Rural Home Nursing, Wauchope Primary School, Wauchope High School, Wauchope Hospital & many other worthy causes.

An Airbus A319 lands at Wilkins Runway in the Australian Antarctic Territory, becoming the first passenger flight from Australia to Antarctica. After 128 years, the final edition of “The Bulletin” is published. A salvage consortium finds the wrecks of “HMAS Sydney” & the German auxiliary cruiser “Kormoran” both of which sank during a WW11 sea battle. Five people killed when a run-about collides with a fishing boat on Sydney Harbour. Australia ends it’s combat operations in Iraq, & brings home 550 troops. The Pope visits Australia as part of World Youth Day. Quentin Bryce is sworn in as Australia’s first female Governor-General. “Efficient” wins The Melbourne Cup. “Single Ladies” by “Beyonce” is the top pop song. The deaths occurred of; Heath Ledger (actor) “Smokey” Dawson (country singer) Norm O’Niell (cricketer) Clyde Cameron (politician) Bill Brown (cricket “Invincible”) Jack Gibson (RL coach) Jane McGrath (wife of Glen & cancer victim) Reg Lindsay (country singer) Michael Pate (actor) Frank Crean (deputy prime minister)

The Hastings Mayor was Cr. R. Drew

2008-09

Our President was Reg Pierce
President Elect was John Betts
The Prime Minister was Kevin Rudd

Rotary International President was Dong Kurn Lee of Korea

The year was a very busy one for the Club, as evidenced by our being awarded a Significant Achievement Award, which was presented at the District Conference in Narrabri. One of the highlights of the Club’s year was a Past Presidents Night. We hosted 17 past Presidents, & it was a trip back in time to hear each one speak briefly of their particular year. Another pleasurable event was the “Golden Boot” competition with Laurieton Rotary Club. This was won convincingly by the superb athletes from Wauchope Rotary! Australia Day was held in Bain Park, with good numbers in attendance. A record number of members turned out to make the District Assembly a huge success. The Club was very active in community service, supporting events & organizations such as; Wauchope Rotary/Hastings Gazette Sports Awards, the WBHSLS Club, Oysters in the Vines, The Farmers Markets, Wauchope heated pool, Clean Up Australia Day, the Red Shield Appeal, The Great Australian Bike Ride & Lasiandra Festival to name a few. There were two significant highlights in our year; one was a fundraiser for the School of St. Jude in Tanzania. The other was the Victorian Bushfires. The Hastings & Camden Haven Clubs gathered for a joint meeting to hear Jemma Sisia, the founder & principal of St. Jude’s speak of the great work being carried out by her team in Tanzania. The event was held in the Wauchope Function Centre, where great food & wine added to the friendly atmosphere. Over $3,000 was raised on the night, but with a two for one dollar arrangement with Jemma’s publishers, this in reality was a $9,000 night. The other significant event was of course the Victorian Bushfires in which 173 people lost their lives, & hundreds left homeless. It’s Australia’s worst ever bushfire. On a Sunday, two days into the fire, it became apparent to President Reg that the fires were devastating. He contacted Neville Parsons, the CEO of The Holiday Coast Credit Union, & arranged that every branch of the Credit Union be a collection point for donations, & this arrangement was in place by Monday morning. A series of fundraisers including a concert, sausage sizzles & “bucket brigades,” & the raffle of a hand made rocking horse, saw our Zone collect & disburse nearly $200,000. Within the Club we had great fellowship & great speakers such as Dick Perrson the Council Administrator, Mark Strachan our local radio personality, Dave Reneke local astronomer & Rob Oakshot, our local member of parliament. At the District changeover President Reg was recognised with a “Paul Harris Fellow,” & was also given the job of District Chairman for International Services, a task he was happy to take on as well as Chairman of Adopt A School, & Donations in Kind. All of this only reflects on the depth of commitment our Club was prepared to make for the ideals of “Service Above Self” Our own changeover was held in the dining room of Timbertown, & the open wood fire gave a wonderful ambience to the night. Meg Pierce & Jean Rumble really excelled themselves with the table decorations & general décor. Significantly, $23,867 was disbursed to local & international organizations & individuals, which again demonstrated the hard work & dedication of our members.

Trooper Mark Donaldson of the SAS-R is awarded the Victoria Cross. The cargo vessel, MV “Pacific Adventurer” leaks about 230,000 litres of fuel along 60 km. of the Queensland coast after battling a cyclone. Former Superior Court judge, Marcus Einfeld is jailed for 3 years for perjury. The 1st case of swine flu is reported in Qld. On 11th August, nine Australians are killed in a plane crash near Kokoda in PNG. Kristina Keneally is sworn in as NSW first female Premier. Researchers at Swinburne University of Technology announce development of an optical disc technology that can hold 10,000 times more data than a DVD. Rafael Nadal defeats Roger Federer to win the Australian Open Tennis. Australia loses The Ashes series 2-1 to England. “Viewed” wins The Melbourne Cup. The deaths occurred of Nancy-Bird Watson (aviation pioneer) Peter Wherrett (motoring journalist) E. Beatrice Riley (at 112 Aust. oldest person) Edward Kenna VC, Frank Gardener (motor racing) Ray Barrett (actor) Mike Leyland (adventurer & film maker) Don Lane (TV personality) “I Got A Feeling” by “The Black Eyed Peas” is the top pop song.

In February the Hastings Council was dismissed, & Dick Perrson became Administrator.

2009-10

Our President was John Betts
President Elect was Reg Pierce
Prime Minister was Kevin Rudd.

Rotary International President was John Kenny of Scotland

At the first board meeting the annual fees were set at $170 per head. The year was quite an eventful one at home, & on the international scene. The club moved a meeting to PP Reg Pierce & Meg’s home, as we hosted the Hon. Bob Loughman, member for Tanna, Vanuatu. Guests also included Ray White, co-ordinator for Tanna projects & Rob White District Chair for RAWCS. Mr Loughman thanked the Club for the donation of solar lamps, & Rotary for over 20 years of humanitarian work, including the provision of clean drinking water, hospital refurbishment & equipment, school materials & sporting goods. On 7th February, PP Reg & Meg flew to India with a team of Rotarians as part of the Polio Plus Campaign. Over 14 days, 1.27 million volunteers immunised 1.24 million children against Polio. It was a huge task, & quite emotionally draining. Meg was recognised with a “Paul Harris” at the D3159 Conference in Secundrabad, as were others in the team who were not already PHF’s. On 30th June our Club moved it’s meeting to West Port Club to support West Port Rotary’s changeover. It was a great turn out as usual, & a lot of fun. The District changeover took place in Tamworth, where Ron Dures proposed the toast to RI, & PDG Laurie Barber responded. Our Club was also pleased to support Laurieton Rotary Club for its changeover on 21st June. Again, great camaraderie, & an enjoyable night. We were also involved with the Beechwood Billy Cart Classic, Australia Day celebrations in Bain Park, Christmas carols at Timbertown & the Comboyne Village Fair. Throughout September, Bev Meldrum worked tirelessly to see that our Carnival of the Pines Queen entrant, Charlene Kirkman & the other entrants were kept busy fundraising & giving a profile to the big event. This took place on 3rd. October at the Panthers Club where a crowd of over 600 attended the Carnival of the Pines Ball. On the 6th October our club member, DG Neville Parsons “came home” to the Club, if only for the official DG’s visit. Neville gave a brief but insightful talk on what it means to be a DG. This was also a partner’s night, & a really good number turned out to hear Neville speak. The Club also hosted the People to People students from the US. We utilised the Youth Centre as a dining room, & later, a disco was held in our rooms. Our visitors enjoyed their stay, especially the entertainment & sightseeing. Our Club welcomed Ana Paula Ferreira Silva, a YEP student from Brazil. “Nani” as she was known, thoroughly enjoyed her stay with us. She was a bright bubbly lass who was very emotional when it came time to return to Brazil. Thanks to the persistence & hard work of Kathy Jones, our web page finally became a reality. The Club once again hosted the annual Sports Person & Sports Team presentation night. Jacqui Jones won the Sports Person Award, while the Bonny Hills SLSC Masters Boat Crew won the Team Award. Our Christmas party was held in the Rotary Rooms, where good cheer & fine food made for a pleasant night. Santa arrived & made a lot of children happy. The following March we welcomed our new chef, Caroline Hall & were instantly pleased by the quality & quantity of the meals. In May, PP Reg put on an open film night to show what it means to have polio in India, & also the marvellous work being done by Rotary to eradicate the disease. Despite a major technical hitch, the night went smoothly enough. We welcomed fellow Rotarians from the Hastings & Camden Haven areas, including PDG Neville Clarke & wife. The Club welcomed Barry Thompson into its ranks, & we hosted PDG Harry Durey who gave us an invaluable insight into the workings of The Rotary Foundation. Our changeover was held at the Wauchope RSL with about 110 in attendance. Bev Meldrum was made an Honoury Member in recognition for her past & continuing hard work. Our disbursements totalled $23,524, of which $12,440 went to Rotary programmes such as $782 for Operation Cleft, $3,392 to TRF, $1,220 to the Youth Exchange Programme, $4,200 to the Bowel Scan programme & other lesser amounts to other Rotary programmes. A total of $11,083 was donated to community groups such as; $1,536 for the Vic. Bushfire Appeal, $922 for The Carnival of the Pines, $2,472 for the Farmers Markets, $1,250 for The Men’s Shed. Other amounts from $75 to $700 were also donated to other deserving groups.

“Shocking” wins The Melbourne Cup. “We R Who We R” by “Ke$ha” is the top pop song.

2010-11

Our President was Reg Pierce
President Elect was Neville Parsons
Prime Minister was Kevin Rudd-replaced by Julia Gillard.

Rotary International President was Ray Klinginsmith of USA.

This was a particularly good year for our Club on several fronts. Our fundraising was so successful we recorded the Club’s best ever figures for disbursements. Importantly, this was done with much camaraderie & fun. Thanks must go to PP Bob Gilligan for his hard work & drive in securing funding to refurbish the kitchen in the Rotary Rooms, & for our marquee, which will be welcome as we conduct many barbeques & fundraisers within its’ shelter. As well, the Club was able to donate $2K to the Rotary Foundation, honouring our pledge of per capita payments. Queensland suffered a disastrous flood, but the Club was able to raise $2,971 & ship over 10 tonnes of goods to the stricken areas. Under the new Club structure, Laurie Edmonds became director for Club Services, which takes in International Service, Youth (New Generation) Vocational Service & Community Service. There were a few teething problems, but with the help of other members, Laurie handled the task well. PDG Neville Parsons as Membership Director conducted a valuable survey to ask members the key questions to identify areas for attention & improvement. As a result, a definite strategy has been formulated to address the on going question of membership. Kathy Jones did a fantastic job of dragging the Club into the 21st century by getting our own web page up & running. This was a huge task for Kathy, who’s a very busy person in a senior position at NSW Forestry. Our Club contributed $3,663.41 to the Polio Challenge. Since 1/12/07 the Club’s contribution to the End Polio campaign has been $6,088.98. The board decided that for each guest speaker the Club hosted, a sum of $50 would be donated to the Rotary Foundation End Polio Campaign on their behalf. President Reg & wife Meg were booked to go back to India as part of the Polio Plus Campaign, but Meg injured her foot & their trip was cancelled. A highlight of the year was the recognition of PP Raelene Monkley as a “Paul Harris Fellow.” This took place at a very enjoyable Christmas party at the Wauchope Country Club. Raelene was recognised for her tireless efforts in fundraising for the Club, her contribution to Rotary & the community at large. We also supported MUNA, the National Youth Science Forum, & the District Literacy Fund. The changeover was held at the Wauchope RSL with about 140 attendees. A new award was introduced, that of “Club Person of the Year” their peers, the members, choose the recipient. The inaugural award went to popular member, Laurie Edmonds. The Presidents’ encouragement awards went to Laurie, incoming secretary, Paul Froome & honoury member Jean Rumbel for 30 years of catering service to the Club. Also honoured were Kevin Whitbread with “Paul Harris” recognition for his years of service, particularly as treasurer. Long serving member Andy Neal was awarded a “Sapphire Pin” to go with his “Paul Harris.” Another person to be recognised as a “Paul Harris Fellow” was non-Rotarian Rob Baker of R&T Trucking for his valuable contribution in transporting goods to our DIK depot in Sydney, & into the Victorian bushfire & Queensland flood zones. To date, R&T have shifted approximately 80-100 tonnes of goods over several years. Another well deserving member recognised for their outstanding work was Peter Laurantus who was awarded a “Silver Friend of Rotary Health.” New President Neville Parsons took great pleasure in inducting Beverly Meldrum into the Clubs’ ranks. Beverly had worked very hard for the club over several years, so it was good to have her join us.

Australia’s population reaches 22,300,000. Pope Benedict XV1 declares Mary MacKillop Australia’s first Saint. Sixteen-year-old sailor Jessica Watson completes a solo round the world voyage. Julia Gillard replaces Kevin Rudd as Labour Leader, & therefore Prime Minister of Australia, becoming the 27th & this country’s first female Prime Minister. On July 19th 250 British & Australian soldiers from WW1 are laid to rest in a new Military Cemetery in Fromelles, France. The 2010 Federal Election ends with a hung Parliament. Labour retains office with the help of Independents & The Greens. A boat carrying asylum seekers crashes off Christmas Island killing about 30. Around 200,000 people in 22 cities & towns across QLD are affected by the worst flooding in that states’ history. The Melbourne Storm RL club are fined a record $1.689 million, stripped of all 8 points for the premiership season, their 2007 & 2009 premierships, & barred from accumulating any points in the current season due to systematic breaches of the salary cap. Stephanie Gilmour wins her 4th World Surfing title. French horse “Americain” wins the Melbourne Cup. The deaths occurred of Lady Sonia McMahon (wife of Sir William-Prime Minister) Jon Cleary (novelist) David Warren (“black box” inventor) Malcolm Douglas (TV personality & bushman) Dame Joan Sutherland (opera singer) Gus Mercurio (actor) James Dibble (TV presenter) “Moves Like Jaggaer” by “Maroon 5” & Christine Aguilera is the top pop song

The Hastings Council Administrator was Gary Payne. In September Neal Porter as Administrator replaced Gary Payne. Neal was a serving Rotarian.

2011-12
Our President was Neville Parsons
President Elect was Patti Berrigan
The Prime Minister was Julia Gillard

Rotary International President was Kalyan Banerjee

President Neville began the year by implementing the Club Strategic Plan which set out the club’s vision for who we are, what we stand for, our vision & our core values. These include fellowship, service & diversity. As part of the changes made to invigorate the club & lay the foundation for the next 60 years, the club dispensed with the “fine session” & replaced it with a “happy dollar” segment. This & other changes have seen the club made eligible for the Change Maker Award, & Presidential Citation. At the District Conference held in Inverell the club was rewarded with trophies for The Rotary Foundation Award, The Australian Rotary Health Award, The Archive Award & the Most Significant Achievement Award. Although the club lost members, Frank Harrison and Brendon Lewis moving to Honorary Member status, past President John Betts moving out of the area & Grahame Beeforth resigning, the club inducted 2 new members (Beverly Meldrum & Tim Walker) with a further 3 new members “in the pipe line.” However, we were saddened with the death of Eric Doyle. Eric was a past President & Paul Harris fellow. He was also a huge contributor to the community in many ways outside of Rotary. President Neville acknowledged the contribution of all members, but singled out Bev & John Meldrum & Marie Winter for their outstanding work in organising the “Lasiandra Swing Dance” which raised $4,500 which was donated to the Wauchope Memorial Hospital’s palliative care unit. Also recognised was the work of Paul Froome as Bulletin editor, Reg Pierce for updating the club’s history, & Carolyn Hall & son Thom for excellent food & service in our rooms. Recognised for his work in our cluster, was Assistant Governor John Robson, who was recognised by the 5 clubs in the Hastings area as a Silver Friend of Australian Rotary Health. A special highlight for President Neville, & indeed the club, was the hosting of 12 District Governors from the class of 2009-10. Another pleasurable moment for our President was the awarding of Paul Harris recognition to Olympian, James Magnussen out of his own Foundation giving credits. Club secretary Paul Froome reported that with help he managed to survive the year! Treasurer Raelene reported that the club had disbursed $21,903 to deserving organisations & individuals. Some of these were: The Rotary Foundation $5,400 the palliative care unit $5,400 Australian Rotary Health, $1,000. Others to benefit were the local primary schools ($900) Hastings Urology ($500) Hastings Men’s Shed ($500) & many more. Bob Gilligan, the club’s Administration Director was very pleased with the refurbishment of the Rotary Room’s kitchen. Special thanks went to Eyvonne Parsons, the widow of PP Jack, for agreeing for the funds set aside in her late husband’s name, for use in this venture. Membership Director, Patti Berrigan reported various strategies to attract & retain members, including a generic business card as an introductory tool. Public Relations director, Reg Pierce reported that his entire year was focused on updating the 50th Anniversary book produced by the late Rotarian, Richard Horne. It has been a huge task, but very rewarding. The club was also involved with the Billycart Classic at Beechwood, Australia Day ceremony, Clean-U Australia Day, Relay for Life Canteen, The Wauchope Show Gate, Bowel Scan Kits & the hosting of the returned servicemen & women on ANZAC day. In International Service, the club continued to support RAWCS, & DIK. Youth Director, Leonie McHugh, reported a strong year with the club welcoming Youth Exchange Student, Tova Roos from Sweden, who was hosted by four sets of “parents.” Our outbound YEP student, Kyanna Goggin was exchanged to Sweden for 12 months. Her e-mails & photos demonstrate what a positive programme this is for our youth. Others to benefit from our club’s involvement with youth were Anna Rienstra (National Youth Science Forum) Talya Wehlburg (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) The club also supported the Model United Nations (MUNA) & Rotary Youth in Agriculture (RYAG) The club made its first Paul Harris Award to an organisation when we honoured the Black Magic Big Band for their 2 year commitment to the Swing Dance. Paul Harris recognition was also given to Bev Meldrum for her outstanding work on the Swing Dance. At Change-Over, Paul Harris recognition was awarded to PP Wil Jamieson & to John Grahame on behalf of the late Eric Doyle. Sapphire Pins were awarded to PP Ron Dures, & Stuart Weir. Australian Rotary Health Silver Friend was awarded to Heather Secombe & Dr. Warwick Hain in recognition of their valuable contribution to the health of residents over many years.

Severe flooding occurs in Qld. & our club assists with 10 tonnes of goods. Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith of the SAS is awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery in Afghanistan. Human remains found in Pentridge Prison identified by DNA as those of Ned Kelly. US President Barak Obama visits Australia. England wins the Ashes 3-1. Australia wins the World Netball. Cadel Evans wins the Tour de France. Manly Sea Eagles win the Rugby League grand final against the New Zealand Warriors.

Flooding & mudslides kill 903 in Rio de Janeiro. Egyptian President Mubarak resigns. Osama Bin Laden is killed by US forces in May. The world’s first artificial organ transplant is carried out using an artificial windpipe coated with stem cells. Anders Behring kills 77 in Norway. Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is killed. Iraq war formally ends. The deaths occurred of Anne Francis (actress) Gerry Rafferty (musician) Jane Russell (actress) Elizabeth Taylor (actress) Seve Ballesteros (golfer) Betty Ford (US president’s wife & activist) Amy Whitehouse (singer) Steve Jobs (Apple computers CEO) Sir Zelman Cowan ( Governor General) . Claude Choules, last surviving combat soldier from WW1 dies. Arthur Beetson (Footballer)

Dunaden wins the Melbourne Cup. “Rolling In The Deep” by Adele was the top song.