ON one of the bleakest and wettest evenings this Winter, over seventy members and guests of the Rotary Club of Myall Coast attended the 17th Changeover night last Monday to witness the induction of the incoming President, Ian Mackenzie-Smith.
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Emcee, Geoff Latona, took great delight in entertaining the audience with his jokes and humorous stories as he officially opened the evening and continued to keep the members and guests enthralled as the night progressed.
Member, Judy Richardson, orated the toast to Rotary International and emphasized the importance of fellowship whilst working together and putting “Service above Self.”
Judy also focused on the promotion of high ethical standards and said to her audience, “All of what I have said this evening regarding fellowship, service, high ethical standards, they all depend on people, people like you and me so if you want to see the true face of Rotary, look in the mirror and remind yourself that you are the face of Rotary.”
Next on the agenda was the presentation of the Paul Harris Awards which date back to 1957 and these were presented this year to husband and wife team, Bev and Geoff Latona.
These awards are a way for a local club to recognize individuals for outstanding and exceptional service in the community.
After receiving this prestigious award, Bev said, “I don’t believe that I am the only person who is worthy of this award.”
Charter President of Rotary, Geoff said, “It is a privilege to be honoured with the Paul Harris award by our local club and it is great to be part of the team.”
Kate Washington MP, amidst her very busy schedule, was in attendance and spoke with sincerity about the good work that the local Rotary Club achieves in our community and said, “I always find that this club is a very caring group and when I come to these meetings, I am inspired.”
Finally, PDG Peter Sivyer OAM, took pleasure in inducting Ian Mackenzie-Smith as incoming President for the Rotary Club of Myall Coast who stressed that whilst the club would still be focusing on matters of a professional and serious nature, his new theme for the ensuing year would be that of “Fun, Fun, Fun.”
By Ann SCULLY