Rotary Club of Raymond Terrace celebrate 70 years of service

Past President John Chambers, Anne Chambers, past President Tracy Jonovski and George Proszkowiec.

THE Rotary Club of Raymond Terrace has notched up an impressive 70 years of continuous service to the local community.

The momentous occasion was celebrated with a well-attended dinner, with the highlight of the evening the presentation of three Paul Harris Fellow awards.

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A Paul Harris Fellow is the highest award a Rotary Club can present to a Rotarian or community member in honour of their service to the organisation
Ernie Elbourne, Service Director of the Raymond Terrace Rotary Club told News Of The Area, “Recognition was given to George Proszkowiec from Terrace Showcase Jewellers who has, together with his family and in memory of his father, serviced and refurbished the internal workings of the Raymond Terrace Town Clock, free of charge for well over 50 years.

“Past President Tracy Jonovski instigated and led the School BackPack and Toys for Christmas appeals, amongst many other initiatives, and Past President John Chambers has been a member for the past fourteen years and was recognised with a second Paul Harris Fellow for his untiring commitment to helping others.”

In 2018 John saw a need within the community for essential household items that led to the formation of the Rotary Furniture Bank.

This is a significant project where donated household items and whitegoods are re-housed to those in need.

John remarked on the night that he was grateful for the support of his wife Anne, which has enabled him to help others.

During the evening, the five longest serving members were presented with awards recognising their 40 years of service to Rotary and the community.

“Recipients were Past President Ray Beaumont, Past President Ray Davies and Past President Chris Wilson.

“Two other recipients, Past President Don Flynn and Past President Greg Gannon, who were unable to attend, were videoed earlier receiving their awards and this was shared on the night.”

The Club works closely with the community and is extremely grateful for the support it receives on its projects.

Two awards were presented in recognition of this support.

“Past President Ken and his partner Heather Buckingham have been strong supporters of the Rotary Furniture Bank, and Osborne George Real Estate Raymond Terrace were recognised for supporting the BackPack Appeal and Toy Drive as well as being of assistance on many other occasions,” he said.

Past Rotary District Governor and Nelson Bay Rotary Club member Helen Ryan presented a certificate to President Adam Nicholas on behalf of District 9660, in recognition of the Club’s service.


Raymond Terrace Rotary Club President Adam Nicholas, with Heather and Ken Buckingham, being recognised for their support of the School BackPack and Christmas toy appeals.

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