Next Monday – RICon14 [aka Sydney Rotary Convention] ‘Show and Tell’ – attendees should bring along any giveaways they collected and spread them out for members to browse at (some very interesting ideas). Pres Ian is sharing a presentation he recently gave at Ginninderra Club – Australia’s Nationhood – Myths and Facts. You may never believe a history teacher or politician again!
Last Week – Changeover
On a very cold and wintery night, 28 members and friends of Gungahlin Rotary gathered in the cosy surroundings of the H2O Restaurant in Nicholls to wave off the past year and welcome the new.
PDG Bob Greeney, DGE Rowley and AG Graeme, acting as MC, were made welcome as were representatives from the clubs at Hall, Ginninderra, Canberra North and, of course, Aurora Gungahlin.
A number of events on the night highlighted the celebratory atmosphere. First Bob, who joined us two years ago, was asked to propose the toast to RI – with 41 years unbroken service, it just seemed he had earned the right! After dinner, District Governor Elect Rowley re-inducted outgoing President Ian in as the new President, given he is continuing for another year – this also meant no outgoing President’s speech.
A highlight was the announcement that our Treasurer, John Howlett, is the inaugural awardee of the Club’s Steve Bell Rotary Award. John was presented with a certificate, a book prize and his name is the first on the commemorative shield. John looked a bit surprised, as Emma who had organized childcare to permit her to also attend, had kept it a secret.
Then it was time to announce the award of four additional Paul Harris Fellows – Sandra (a second sapphire as a PHF+2), Bob (a sapphire as a PHF+1) and past member and ongoing supporter Caroline Richards. Then Treasurer John asked Ron Richards to come up and receive his award as a PHF as well for all his work and advice as our auditor – this was to have been an equal surprise but I think Ron had his suspicions.
A further highlight that was organized just in time for the night was the induction of Emma Hales into the Club as our newest member, carried out by PDG Bob. PP Jenny Somerset and David Muleney, from Emma’s old club at Young, drove over on an awful night to see the event – a big surprise to Emma!
Pres Ian gave an address as outgoing/incoming President on our past and future and then we switched to presentations, raffles and consumption of the Club Changeover Cake.
Words & pics from Ian Foster
- Sandra found a friend at Trash & Treasure last Sunday (or maybe it is a prospective new member).
- Liz is alive and well in Barcelona – via text message