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Changes at the top at Rotary

• THE TEAM: L-R: Helen Peters, John Atkin, Dr Tony Gregson, Peter Martin, Sue Watts, Bernie O’Connor, Rob de Vries and Christine Gunn join outgoing president Wendy Hewitt handover the instruments of power to incoming president, Chris Hewitt, at the Rotary Changeover Dinner.

WARRACKNABEAL Rotary Club held its annual changeover dinner and induction of the 2018-19 board at the Golf Club on Wednesday night.
Master of Ceremonies, Chris Gunn, led members and guests through a spritely but reflective look at the club’s activities during the previous 12 months.
Guests included the district governor, Anthony Ohlsen, representatives of Warracknabeal service clubs and friends of Rotary.
Outgoing committee members presented reports detailing the activities undertaken in their area of responsibility over the year.
The outgoing president, Wendy Hewitt, provided a witty annual report for 2017-18 which highlighted the club’s activities and wished the incoming president all the best for his term of office.
Some of the highlights included:
• Provision of primary school breakfasts where 300 meals were served to students;
• Fundraising projects, particularly the Sheep flock, car raffle, Rotary Shop and individual contributions which enabled the club to donate approximately $16,000 to worthwhile causes;
• Partnering with 10 local organisations in various projects during the year.
In a sombre moment, Mrs Hewitt paid tribute to two long-serving members, Graham Addinsall and Lindsay Smale who, after 35 and 46 years of service to the club respectively, made the decision to retire.
She also thanked all Rotarians for their hard work and support each provided her during her tenure as president, with a special thanks to her husband Robin, for his patience, understanding and support.
“I’m proud to be a Rotarian and it has truly been an honour to be the 84th president of the Rotary Club of Warracknabeal,” Mrs Hewitt concluded.
In a nutshell
• The Rotary has 20 members
• Undertook 13 fundraising projects including eight BBQs
• Worked on 18 Community Service projects
• Donated funds and pledged to 13 causes, both local and overseas
• Served over 300 primary school breakfasts
• Contributed 22,148 volunteer hours
• Hosted over 300 guests at Rotary functions.
As incoming president, Chris Hewitt provided members and guests with his vision of the forthcoming year.
In line with the International Rotary theme, Chris has chosen ‘Be the Inspiration’.
“The Rotarians who have the biggest impact through their service aren’t always the women and men with the greatest resources, the most experience, or the largest networks,” Mr Hewitt said.
“They’re the ones who are inspired. Whether it was something they did, something they saw, or someone they met, they’ve all had experiences that lit them on fire and inspired them to serve,” he said.
In addition to his vision and thoughts Chris thanked the incoming board for taking on their various roles.
Incoming Board
• President Elect and Club Administration – Tony Gregson
• Secretary – Sue Watts
• Treasurer – Chris Gunn
• Community Service – Peter Martin
• International Service – Helen Peters
• Youth Director – John Aitken
• Vocational service Director – Bernie O’Connor
• Public Relations/ Membership Development – Past president Wendy Hewitt.