History - The Fourth Decade

The Fourth Decade

1983-84

Our President was John Hinton
Vice President was Neville Parsons
The Prime Minister was Malcolm Fraser

Rotary International President was William E. Skelton of Virginia USA

The activities of the year really reflected Rotary International’s theme of “Share Rotary & Serve People.” The Club’s activities for the year included the Bundaleer Picnic Races, Red Cross Door Knock Appeal, Colonial Week float, the Billy Cart Derby, Tidy Towns clean up, a working bee for the recently established Quota Park & another at the Kew Centre. In September the “Learn to Drive” scheme was abandoned after GMH withdrew their support. Local dealers, Pearce & Henriksen were invited to a dinner & thanked for supplying & servicing 15 cars since 1969 at no cost to the Club or the community. Over 1,000 students from Wauchope High passed through the scheme. In early November the club co-hosted, with Port Macquarie West Rotary, a 3 day Friendship Exchange group from Kentucky. The visitors were entertained with a barbeque at Timbertown, & a seafood dinner at Wauchope RSL Club. A social cricket match with Wauchope Lions at Rawdon Island resulted in a win for Wauchope by 8 dubious runs. In January a GSE team from District 249 from Israel arrived for a 5- day visit. At a combined Rotary Clubs dinner, past District Governor, Ivan Meldrum, welcomed the group at a dinner held at the Wauchope RSL Club. During their stay the team visited The Magnet Factory, Timbertown, the beaches & the forests. A charity golf day at Wauchope Country Club raised $1,000. At Timbertown, the club provided the catering during the celebrations for the 1,000,000th visitor. Wendy Gartner was selected by the District’s YEP Committee to visit Iceland for 12 months.
Over 140 Rotarians & guests attended the changeover at the RSL Club. Donations included $800 to Bundaleer Nursing Home, $500 to the Wauchope Ambulance, $100 to the Royal Blind Society & $200 to the Manilla Combined Services Club for a young cardiac transfer patient, Fiona Coote. Andy Neal & Richard Marocco were credited with 100% attendance.

Malcolm Fraser granted a double dissolution of Parliament. In February, “the Ash Wednesday” bushfires claim 71 lives. In the March Federal Election, Bob Hawke wins government with the largest majority in Australia’ history at that time. The Sydney Entertainment Centre is opened. NSW Premier Neville Wran steps aside after an ABC “Four Corners” programme raises allegations that he attempted to influence the NSW Magistry. The Street Royal Commission later cleared him. On 26th September “Australia ll” wins the America’s Cup ending The New York Yacht Club’s 132-year dominance of the race. The High Court blocks construction of the Franklin Dam. The Australian dollar is floated. The last episode of “The Don Lane Show” is aired. In Rugby League, the value of a try is increased to 4 points, & the 6-tackle rule is introduced. After an Equity Court ruling, the NSWRL re-instate Western Suburbs. “Kiwi” wins The Melbourne Cup. Jason Krejza, Ben Hilfenhaus, Bec Cartwright & Cooper Cronk are born. The death occurred of Australia’s 15th Prime Minister; Frank Forde (b.1890) “Its Raining Men” by The Weather Girls is the top pop song.
The Hastings Mayor was Cr. N. Matesich.

1984-85

Our President was Neville Parsons
Vice President was Ian Gray
The Prime Minister was Robert Hawke

Rotary International President was Carlos Canseco of Mexico.

The board of Directors set the annual fees at $80 & the dinner fee at $5.50. Community Service Director, Barry Clarke was busy organising the pork & champagne lunches for the Bundaleer Picnic Races, & catering for meals at a RYLA Enrichment seminar held in Port Macquarie. We were joined by members of the Port Macquarie Rotary Club for a successful bush dance held at Rawdon Island. Vocational Services Director, Bill Cooper involved the club in a High School work experience programme, & mock interviews for employment. The annual dinner at the Wauchope High School, catered for by the Year10 Home Science classes was it’s usual success. During Colonial Week, the Club organised a billy cart derby, & entered a float, which won its section in the parade. The annual golf day was held, & the club challenged The Lions Club to a game of cricket at Sancrox Park. The scorers would not divulge the result. It was suspected they’d not taken their jobs seriously, & as a result, the match was declared a draw. Elizabeth Dever & Hardy Ammam were chosen to attend the RYLA seminar at the University of New England. In December the Club held a Christmas party for the residents of Bundaleer, & its own party just before Christmas at Timbertown. Our first ever candidate for the National Science Summer School, David Eldridge, was selected to attend the School in Canberra for two weeks. At the District Conference in March, Dr. John Bosler, chairman of the N.S.S.S. District committee, read out a letter from the organizers of The School in Canberra which specifically mentioned David Eldridge, & praised his contribution & commitment. The first Lasiandra Festival dinner was held in May, for which the Club changed it’s meeting to attend & support the Festival Committee. The Club’s selection for YEP, Tania Butler was chosen by the District Committee to spend 1986 in Ohio, USA. The Rotary & Quota Clubs annual Arts Festival attracted 300 patrons with 193 paintings displayed, valued at $22,000. The event was the most successful to date. At the changeover, major donations included $1,000 to Bundaleer Nursing Home, $250 to Wauchope SES, $250 to Wauchope Ambulance, $330 to the Rotary Health Research Fund, $233 to FAIM, & $300 to the Wauchope-Bonny Hills Surf Club. In August, Richard Marocco, as Chairman of Rotary/Quota Arts Festival Committee, presented a cheque for $4,000 to the Q-Robin School, the proceeds of the Arts Festival.

Medicare comes into effect in Australia. “Advance Australia Fair” is proclaimed the national anthem, & green & gold the national colours. The one Dollar coin is introduced. The National Crime Authority is established. Australian banks are de-regulated. The Federal Budget is televised for the first time. The “Milperra Massacre” takes place with a shoot-out between Bandidos & Comanchero motorcycle gangs. Western Australia becomes the first state to abolish capital punishment. NSW retains it for treason & piracy with violence until 1985 when capital punishment is abolished nationwide. “Perfect Match” is launched into the 5.30pm slot, bringing in record ratings. Australia’s first nationally televised telethon on Network 10 to raise money for Australia’ Olympic athletes. Christopher Skase purchases TVQ-O. Network 10 televises the Summer Olympics from Los Angeles. All stations adopt a uniform on-air look. “Black Knight” wins The Melbourne Cup. Samantha Stosur, Delta Goodrem, Peter Siddle & Andrew Bogut are born. Bob Dyer passes away. “Thriller” by Michael Jackson is the top pop song.
The Hastings Mayor was Cr. R. Woodlands

1985-86

Our President was Ian Gray
Vice President was Alan Hayse
The Prime Minister was Robert Hawke

Rotary International President was Edward F. Cadman

The board increased the membership fees to $85 per annum, & the dinner fees to $7. This year saw the introduction of Rotary International’s Polio Plus Programme. This was the most ambitious & challenging programme ever undertaken by Rotary. The aim was to raise US$120 million &, in conjunction with The World Health Organization (WHO) & United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) & governments, to eradicate the scourge of poliomyelitis, diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus & measles from the world. It was to be a 20-year project & completed by the year 2005, Rotary’s 100th Anniversary. The club’s first activities for the year was the collection of clothes for The Smith Family, & the pork & champagne lunches for the Bundaleer Picnic Races. In late July, Tana Needham, the Club’s nominee for the National Science Summer School was informed that her application had been successful. In August the Club organised a family barbeque luncheon at Cassegrain’s Winery. Neighbouring Rotary Clubs were invited, & attendance was in excess of 200. Profit on the day was $860. At the end of August the Club welcomed Juliane Bohlmann, a YEP student from Moers in West Germany, to be hosted by the Club for 12 months. In October a new District Committee was formed to be known as Rotary District 965 Bowel Cancer Screening Programme Committee. Its formation was prompted by the success of the Coffs Harbour Rotary Club’s successful bowel cancer screening project. Our outlet at the Youth Centre sold 500 kits. Community Services Director, Neil Woodlands proposed that the Club introduce a monthly award to the outstanding sportsperson in the area. In 1985 the first award was made to Robyn Norris for athletics. It was intended that the following October the inaugural “Sportsperson of The Year Award” be held. In early November the Club was pleased to hear that its nominee for the GSE team to Virginia & Tennessee, Ron Crags, had been selected. Ron was an electrical engineer with the Oxley County Council. At the changeover, major donations included $1,500 to Mid North Coast Life Education Centre, $750 to FAIM towards the construction of a primary school in Honiara, Solomon Islands, $200 to ARHRF, $100 to the Diabetic Association & $100 to the Rotary House Appeal.

AM broadcasts begin in Australia. Australia cancels its involvement with US led MX Missile tests. Melbourne celebrates its 150th anniversary. John Howard becomes leader of the Federal Opposition by replacing Andrew Peacock. Capital Gains Tax is introduced. NSW abolishes capital punishment for treason & piracy, thereby abolishing capital punishment in Australia. The McClelland Royal Commission into nuclear testing at Maralinga during the 50’s reports its findings. The National Gallery purchases the painting “An Afternoon in Naples” by Paul Cézane for A$1 million. Ray Martin takes over Mike Walsh’s daytime show “Midday.” Network 0/28 becomes known as SBS. “Neighbours” premiers on the Seven Network, but is axed six months later. Channel 10 then bought the rights, & the show became a massive hit for them. “Hey Hey It’s Saturday” moves to 6.30 on Saturdays. NSW wins their first State of Origin series. The first Australian Formula One Grand Prix is held on the streets of Adelaide. Libby Lenton, Leisel Jones & Casey Stoner are born. The deaths of Sir William McKell, 12th Governor General of Australia & Premier of NSW, Percy Spender & Clive Churchill occurs.
“We built this city” by Jefferson Starship is the top pop song.
The Hastings Mayor was Cr. R. Woodlands

1986-87

Our President was Alan Hayse
Vice President was Bill Russell
The Prime Minister was Robert Hawke

Rotary International President was M.A.T. Caparas of The Philippines.

The year had barely begun when Andy Neal took control of supplying the pork & champagne for the Bundaleer Picnic Races. Community Service Director, Ron Dures kept enthusiasm up for the Kew Centre by organising the surrounding Rotary Clubs into working bees. Richard Jones & Megan Hollis were selected to attend a Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment at Yarrahapinni. In November the Club selected Judith Hulme, Paul Hoole & Brad Hinton to attend the RYLA seminar at the University of New England. Family barbeques were continued at Timbertown, & YEP student Laurelle Stennett was farewelled to Sulphur Springs, Texas, & Tania Butler was welcomed home from Ohio. The club was pleased to accept Julie Tarrant as a candidate for Lasiandra Princess. A project proposed by Ron Dures, & accepted by council, to erect a shelter & picnic table at Andrews Park was deferred due to lack of funds & skilled manpower. In March the Club hosted a GSE team from District 757 Tennessee/Virginia, & then transported them to the District Conference in Tamworth. Kelly Dark was selected for the YEP with her destination being Miamisburg, Dayton Ohio. A joint meeting with Kempsey West Rotary was held at Cassegrain’s Winery, & all had a good time. In November, Stephen Atkins & Jeannie Costigan were selected to attend Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment (RYPEN) in Walcha. At the end of November the club ran a Field Day & Gymkhana at the Wauchope Showground. Although a formidable task, the Club was rewarded with great success, & a profit of $1,000, which was shared with the Wauchope Show Society. In January the club held its family barbeques at Timbertown. During this time Tania Butler, our YEP student was farewelled to Ohio, & Wendy Gartner was welcomed back from Iceland. A tremendous boost was given to the Kew Centre project with receipt of a grant of $70,000 from the State Government, & a further $50,000 from the Hastings Council. The Club’s involvement with the Lasiandra Festival increased with the sponsorship of Gai Rumbel as a Princess candidate. Gai went on to be sashed as Lasiandra Princess. The club agreed to host YEP student Jamie Bishop from Ontario for 12 months, & nominated Laurelle Stennett for the exchange programme, for which she was chosen. The Club also hosted a District Assembly at Wauchope High School. The 6th Rotary/Quota Arts Festival was held in June at the Wauchope RSL, with over 300 turning up. Commission on sales totalled $1,600, which was donated to Bundaleer Nursing Home. At the changeover, major donations included $1,500 to Mid North Coast Life Education Centre, $750 to FAIM towards construction of a primary school in Honiara, Solomon Islands, $200 to ARHF, $100 to the diabetes Association & $100 to the Rotary House Appeal. Eric & Anne Doyle with Ian & Marj Gay went on a Rotary Friendship tour to Denmark, & attended the Rotary International Convention in Munich. After the demise of the Quota Club, Rotary took over the running of the Arts Festival. Guest of honour was French Resistance fighter, Nancy Wake, then residing in Port Macquarie. Nett profit from the Festival was $4,200. Kim Maitland, an 11 year old student from Wauchope High School was selected to the National Science Summer School in Canberra. At the changeover, guests included PDG Kevin Hardes of Taree, the Mayor, Bob Woodlands & Bruce Jeffrey MP. Donations made included $500 to the 2nd Wauchope Scout Group, $500 to The Guide Dogs Association-Pets in Therapy Programme, $200 to the Peer Support Foundation &$100 to the Rotary House Appeal. In accepting a cheque for $500 for the Polio Plus Programme, PDG Hardes, as Chairman of the District Polio Plus Committee, commented that Wauchope were the first Rotary Club in the District to contribute to Polio Plus.The Club had donated $350 earlier in the year.

Anita Cobby is murdered. Her 5 killers get life without parole. The Russell St bombing takes place. Australians, Barlow & Chambers are executed in Malaysia for drug trafficking. The “Australia Act” removes the right of appeal from State courts to the British Privy Council, making The High Court the final court of appeal in Australia. A mine explosion at Moura, Qld. Kills 12 people. A low-pressure system from South Australia which redevelops off the NSW coast dumps a record 328 millimetres of rain in a day in Sydney. Resulting floods kill 6 people. “Crocodile Dundee” is released in Australia. SBS ceases VHF transmissions. “Neighbours” debuts on the Ten Network. Red Symons signs with “Hey Hey Its Saturday” & launches “Red Faces.” AUSSAT satellites are launched, bringing TV to remote areas. Parramatta Stadium is opened. The last game of Rugby League is played at the Sydney Sports Ground; Eastern Suburbs defeat North Sydney 21-14. “Al Talaq” wins the Melbourne Cup. Jessica Schipper is born, & Lionel Murphy passes away. “That’s What Friends Are For” by Dionne & The friends is the top pop song.
The Hastings Mayor was Cr. Bob Woodlands.

1987-88

Our President was Bill Russell
Vice President was Neil Woodlands
The Prime Minister was Robert Hawke

Rotary International President was Charles C. Keller of California

At the first board meeting the annual fees were raised to $90, & funding for the Polio Plus Programme discussed. Every Rotary Club in the world had been allocated a sum to be raised, with the Club’s target being $4,746. The Club, in conjunction with the Hastings Bi-Centenary Committee, launched a competition, with a prize of $350 to design a Wauchope flag, using Wauchope’s accepted colours of red & blue. The winner was Kirrily Dures, a Wauchope High School student, & daughter of director Ron Dures. As a major fundraiser for Polio Plus, PP Alan Hayse ordered a bottling of Old Yarras port in specially made & labelled crock-pots from Cassegrain’s Winery. Initial sales were excellent, with $1,000 handed over to Polio Plus in November. YEP student Irene Lorentzen from Norway arrived & was hosted for 12 months. The Club co-hosted an International Friendship Exchange group from southern India for several days. Our Lasiandra Princess candidate, Julie Cleaver, started her fundraising with a “chicken & bubbly dinner dance” at the Country Club. The Club’s Christmas party was held aboard the “Port Venture.” The trip up the Hastings River combined with a festive meal meant all had a most enjoyable night. The 1st meeting in January was held at Timbertown, the 2nd was a progressive dinner, & the 3rd a gala night at the Wauchope RSL Club. Our Club, together with Laurieton & the Port Macquarie Rotary clubs were given the task of organizing a special District 965 dinner meeting to welcome PP of Rotary International, Ed Cadman. Mr Cadman was in Australia to promote the Polio Plus campaign. The meeting was well attended with visiting Rotarians from as far afield as Warialda. A highlight of the evening was the awarding of “Paul Harris” recognition to PP Fred Frary, for his strong support & work for the community. The following week the Club ran, for the 2nd time in succession, the Australia Day celebrations in Bain Park. The programme was devised & organized by Ron Dures, who gained support & participation from groups such as the boy scouts, girl guides, & the Hastings Pipe Band. Attendance was good, & the Club gained much favourable publicity. The community project of erecting picnic shelter & seating at Andrews Park proposed by Ron Dures, & held over from the previous year, was revived as the Club’s contribution to Australia’s Bi-Centennial Year. A grant of $800 from The Hastings Municipal Council was much appreciated. In February Club members travelled to Laurieton for a combined meeting for a ladies GSE team from District 611 USA. February ended with the Club selling bowel cancer screening kits. Gary Rainbow was selected to attend a RYLA seminar at the University of New England. The Sports Star of the Year Award night was held, with Bruce Hollis recognised for campdrafting. In March our Lasiandra Princess candidate, Julie Cleaver, was sashed as with the Lasiandra Crown. Julie was credited with raising $6,013.40. The Club’s nominee for YEP, Kylie Trotter, was accepted & will spend 12 months in Finland. The pre-Anzac dinner saw 20 Diggers hosted at the RSL club. Guest speaker was Bill Cawsey, a 2nd world war pilot, aeronautical engineer & Deputy General Manager of the Atomic Energy Commission in Sydney. In April, PP Alan Hayse proposed sponsorship of a Probus Club. The board endorsed the concept, & Bill Cawsey, who, in a matter of weeks had obtained 47 prospective members, undertook the task. The Club was formed, recognised & operating by July, with Bill Cawsey its 1st. President. In June, Anson Needham was selected to attend the National Science Summer School in Canberra. The 8th annual Arts Festival, organized by Neville Parsons & strongly supported by Don & Bev Graham, was a huge success, with profits of $ $3,800. The special guest was Wendy Machin, MLA. The highlight of the changeover was the awarding of two “Paul Harris Fellows” Honoured was Hastings Mayor, Bob Woodlands & PP Eric Doyle. Donations totalled $ 4,300, & included $1,000 to Bundaleer Nursing Home, $500 to the Wauchope SES, $500 to Diabetes Australia, $500 to the Royal Blind Society, $500 to Mid North Coast Life Education Centre, $200 to the Wauchope Ambulance & $200 to the Wauchope Fire Brigade.

On 23rd. February the first mobile phone call is made. The “Hoddle Street Massacre” shooting spree sees 7 killed & 19 injured. Fifteen years after the last soldiers returned from Vietnam, their contribution was recognised by a welcome home parade in Sydney. Alan Bond purchases TCN-9 & GTV-9 from Kerry Packer. The expanded Nine Network becomes the first coast to coast network. Long running ABC programme, “Countdown” airs for the last time. The Brisbane Lions & The West Coast Eagles make their debut into the AFL. Nikki Webster & Darius Boyd are born. Jack Renshaw, as past Premier of NSW passes away. Kensei wins The Melbourne Cup. “Living On a Prayer” by Bon Jovi is the top pop song.
The Hastings Mayor was Cr. R. Woodlands.

1988-89

Our President was Neil Woodlands
Vice President was Jack Parsons
The Prime Minister was Robert Hawke

Rotary International President was Royce Abbey of Melbourne Australia.

The Rotary year commenced with the collection of two tonnes of clothing for the Smith Family, & providing pork & champagne lunches for the Bundaleer Picnic Races. Our Lasiandra Princess candidate, Jennine Mackaway entered into the fundraising in a most enthusiastic way raising $4,000. By August the shelter sheds at Andrews Park were completed with a large sign proclaiming the park’s name, with this inscription; “Dedicated to the late J.R. Andrews, Shire President, Hastings Shire Council, 1965-1969.” During a brief ceremony the Mayor, Cr. Bob Woodlands, unveiled the sign. Also attending was Cr. Andrew’s widow, Moira, & members of the Andrews family. Geoff Edwards, A Wauchope High student was selected as a YEP student to spend 12 months in Sweden. A past Presidents night held on 29th November saw 21 past Presidents attend, of whom eight were still members of the Club. Two students from Wauchope High School, Rachel O’Brien & Brad Pead were selected to attend a Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment seminar at Nambucca Heads. Prior to the District Conference in Taree, the Club hosted an International Friendship Exchange group from Kingston-on-Thames, Canada, who were welcomed at the Conference. The Sports Star of the Year presentation was particularly well attended. The awardee was Emma Everingham for swimming. Sports Team of the Year award went to the Wauchope High girls 15 years relay team. The team were gold medallists at the Combined High Schools Athletics Carnival in September 1988. Guest speaker was State, Australian & Olympic cyclist, Graham Seers. In August the Club welcomed YEP student Mari Lisalmi from Finland for 12 months. At the changeover President Neil Woodlands announced that donations during the year amounted to $10,000, including $3,500 to Wauchope Memorial Hospital, $1,500 to the Rotary Foundation, $500 to Diabetes Australia, $500 to the Royal Blind Society, $750 to Mid North Coast Life Education Centre, $250 Wauchope Ambulance & $250 To Australian Rotary Health Research Fund (ARHRF) Reflecting the high regard with which Andy Neal is regarded within the community within or outside Rotary, the Club recognised him a “Paul Harris Fellow” Andy also chalked up 25 years of 100% attendance.

Brisbane hosts the World Expo. The 20th January saw the first express trains run between Melbourne & Adelaide. The ANZUS treaty between the US, Australia & New Zealand comes into force. In June, disastrous floods in the southeast corner leave 600 homeless, & render the major rail line near Moss Vale unusable throughout winter. Qantas Empire Airways commences the first service between Australia & South Africa. Lang Hancock discovers the world’s largest deposits of iron ore in the Hamersley Ranges of Western Australia’s Pilbara region. The first British nuclear test in Australia is carried out on Monte Bello Island. Joan Sutherland debuts in Covent Gardens. At the Olympics, Marjorie Jackson wins gold in the women’s 100 & 200 metres. Shirley Strickland wins gold in the 80 metre hurdles. Russell Mockridge wins gold in the men’s 1,000-metre time trial & then teams with Lionel to win the men’s 2,000-metre tandem ride. Norman von Nida wins the Australian Open. “Dalray” wins The Melbourne Cup. The Australian Grand Prix was held in Bathurst & was won by Doug Whiteford driving a Talbot/Lago. Australia defeats the US in the Davis Cup 4-1. Leigh Mathews (AFL) Mike Munro (journalism) Clare Martin (Chief Minister of NT) Glenn A. Baker (music historian) Graham Yallop (cricketer) Trevor Chappell (cricketer) John Howard (actor) Peter Beattie (Qld Premier) Rick Charlesworth (sportsman) & Frankie J. Holden (entertainer & Rotarian) are born. The deaths occurred of King George Vl, Keith Murdoch (journalist) Billy Hughes (Prime Minister of Australia) & nurse Elizabeth Kenny. “Pour Some Sugar On Me” by Def Leopard was the top pop song.
The Hastings Mayor was Cr. R. Woodlands.

1989-90

Our President was Jack Parsons
Vice President was Phil Leonard
The Prime Minister was Robert Hawke

Rotary International President was Hugh M. Archer from Michigan, USA

The year began with an offer to donate $20,000 worth of X-ray equipment to the Wauchope Hospital, providing the Club organized the necessary alterations to the hospital to accommodate the equipment. The offer was promptly accepted. Barry Clarke did most of the work himself, except for the plumbing, which was done by Andy Neal. The Club’s nominee for the Australia/New Zealand Matched Twin Student Exchange, Susie Dark, was selected to take part. Susie was matched with Emma Jackson from Omaru, NZ, & each spent four months in opposite countries. Jodie Raffin, an 11 year old Wauchope High School student, was selected to attend the National Science Summer School in Canberra. The 9th Annual Rotary Arts Festival saw major changes to its format. It became competitive, & paintings divided into six categories. Robert Colligan, (FRAS) accepted the position of judge, & the Rev. Roger Bush opened the Festival on 31st October. Awards were sponsored by Wauchope Rotary ($1,800) Hastings Computer Service ($300) National Australia Bank ($275) & Port Stationers/Jasco Pty. Ltd. ($250) Sales & attendance was down on previous years, but a profit of $1,222 was made. The Club’s candidate for Lasiandra Festival Princess, Sue Flanagan came in as runner-up, but managed to raise $3,000. Sharon Stevenson was selected to attend the RYLA seminar at the University of New England. In December the Club again hosted residents of Bundaleer Nursing Home to a party & entertainment. Later in the month members enjoyed a cruise aboard the “Port Venture” followed by a picnic on the riverbank. In January the first proposal was made for the construction of Rotary Lodge in the Grounds of the Port Macquarie Base Hospital. It was proposed that all the Rotary Clubs in the Hastings/Camden Haven area raise $30,000 each. A daunting task at the time. In March the District Conference was held in Port Macquarie, with our Club awarded a trophy for Membership Growth. Maree Reynolds was chosen to attend the Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment at Stuarts Point. In early April the club hosted a GSE team from Scotland for four days. Paul Jones, the editor of the Hastings Gazette offered to co-sponsor the Club’s annual Sports Star Award. On 1st May at a meeting at the RSL, Natalie Bayly received the award for surfing. The Club’s ANZAC dinner was the best attended for many years with 40 Diggers present. On 5th June the Club enjoyed a pleasant evening attending the Charter presentation of the Rotary Club of Port Macquarie on Hastings. At the changeover donations totalling $8,550 were made, including $3,650 to Combined Energy Services, $1,000 to the Salvation Army, $500 to the Newcastle earthquake appeal, $250 to the ARHRF, $200 to the Alison Pilkie Memorial Scholarship Fund & $200 to the Hastings District Pipe Band.

Australia’s population is 16,814,416. Australian Federal Police Commissioner, Colin Winchester is shot dead, by David Eastman. Joan Kirner becomes Victoria’s first female deputy Premier. The first Australian Capitol Territory election held. Australia’s first private tertiary education institution, Bond University, opens on The Gold Coast. Ananda Marga member, Tim Anderson is arrested in relation to the Hilton Bombing. 13 people die in a hot air balloon accident in Alice Springs. All of Australia’s 1,645 domestic pilots resign following disputes & a strike. The “Grafton Bus Crash” kills 21 & injures 22. On 22nd December the “Kempsey Bus Crash” claims a further 35 dead, & 39 injured. A Magnitude 5.6 earthquake hits Newcastle killing 13 people. The ICAC is formed. Alan Bond’s Bond Corporation goes into receivership with the largest debt in Australia’s history. The NRL unveils its massive advertising campaign featuring Tina Turner. Canberra defeats Balmain in the NRL grand final, to take the trophy outside Sydney for the 1st time. Australia regains The Ashes on English soil for the 1st time in 40 years winning 4-0 in a 6 test series. “Tawriffic” wins The Melbourne Cup. “Love Shack” by the “B-52’s” is the top pop song.
The Hastings Mayor was Cr. R. Woodlands.

1990-91

Our President was Phil Leonard
Vice President was Ron Dures
The Prime Minister was Robert Hawke

Rotary International President was Paulo V.C. Costa of Brazil.

President Phil announced that annual dues would be set at $120, & dinner fees at $12 due to “the parlous state of the Club’s finances.” Despite the Clubs financial straits, plans were made to improve the lighting, & covered cushioned chairs were ordered. The Club had succeeded in raising its allocated share of $4,746 for Polio Plus, & more impressively, the world total raised was US$213,237,977. The original target was US$120 million. The YEP was a hive of activity, with Kylie Trotter back from Finland, Marie Juuti returning to Finland, Geoff Edwards going to Sweden, & Susie Dark to New Zealand. The Club had an excellent candidate for Lasiandra Princess, in Naomi Lobert. Naomi had suffered from a spinal complaint from age 5, & requested that a portion of what she raised went to the Spinal Care Foundation. In August, Vice President Ron Dures was selected to lead a GSE team to District 798 Florida. September saw the Club, through the efforts of Pam & Bill Russell, run the annual Arts Festival. The judge was Rupert Richardson, (FRAS) of Barraba who went on to become our District Governor in 1995-96. The profit from the Festival was $1,520, & the board subsequently decided that the immense effort & work needed to run the Festival was not commensurate with the monetary return, & resolved to suspend the Club’s future involvement. In October, Vocational Director Chris Pearce organized the Club’s inaugural Pride of Workmanship Awards. The function attracted much publicity, & was deemed a huge success. The 38th anniversary of the Club’s Charter presentation was celebrated on 29th November. Guest speaker was Charter President Daryl Pead, who was accompanied by Bill Jocelyn, President of our sponsor Club, Port Macquarie in 1952. On December 1st a bus load of Rotarians travelled to Taree to hear an address by RI President, Paulo Costa. John Raffin & Lyndall Huisman were selected to attend the Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment at Walcha. Angela Ward was the Club’s nominee to attend the RYLA seminar at the University of New England. For the 5th successive year the Club conducted the Australia Day celebrations in Bain Park under the organization of Community Service Director, Peter van Zealand. Proceedings commenced at 9.0am with a free sausage sizzle courtesy of the town’s butchers. The Rotary/Hastings Gazette Sports Star of the Year Award was held in February. Guest speaker was David Barnhill, General Manager of NSW Country Rugby League. The award went to Emma Everingham for swimming. In March the club helped host a 34-member International Friendship team from Normandy & Picardy for three days. On April 1st the Club hosted a GSE team from Florida with a trip to Timbertown, & a combined club’s dinner at the Port Macquarie RSL club. Through the efforts of Rotarian Rudi Schmierer & Trish, the club took part in it’s first Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) Our students for this event were Scott Hillard, Nick Jewiss, Jeff Rogers & Rebecca Sullivan. A memorable wine bottling was held at our meeting on 21st May. Jack Parsons selected a “robust red” & a “specially blended port” along with bottles, corks & labels. A near tragedy occurred when the supply of bottles ran out, but those present averted this by consuming the excess wine. The changeover was held at the Wauchope RSL Club with guest speaker Mr. Rick van Groningen, General Manager of the Spine Care Foundation. A donation of $5,000 was made to the Foundation with the bulk coming from funds raised by our Lasiandra Princess candidate, Naomi Lobert. Other donations totalling $11,000 included $1,500 to Wauchope District Hospital, $200 to Diabetes Australia, $200 to the Royal Blind Society, $1,670 to The Rotary Foundation. The highlight of the night was the awarding of a “Paul Harris” to charter President Daryl Pead.

Carmen Lawrence becomes Australia’s first female Premier when she becomes Premier of Western Australia. Bob Hawke wins a 4th term as Prime Minister. Six people die in the Cowan Rail disaster on the Hawkesbury River. Joan Kirner becomes Victoria’s first female Premier. Dame Joan Sutherland announces her retirement. The Australian domestic aviation market is de-regulated. 29th November Prime Minister Paul Keating announces that Australia is in recession. Media Company Fairfax is placed in receivership. Kerry Packer purchases back the Nine Network TV from Alan Bond. The VFL is renamed the AFL. “Kingston Rule” wins The Melbourne Cup. The deaths occurred of Sir Henry Bolte (Premier if Vic) Jimmy Carruthers (boxer) Robert Holmes à Court (businessman) Patrick White (author) Clifton Pugh (artist) “Electric Boogie” by Marcia Griffiths is the top pop song.
The Hastings Mayor is Cr. R. Woodlands.

1991-92

Our President was Ron Dures
Vice President was Ron Howard
The Prime Minister was Paul Keating

Rotary International President was Rajendra K. Saboo from India

President Ron expressed his wish to increase the visibility of the Club & to further enhance it’s standing in the community. The first activity was the pork & champagne lunches at the Bundaleer Races, which was in the capable hands of Andy Neal & his helpers. The day grossed $800. Dr. Richard Marocco organized a winemakers’ dinner with wine donated by Drayton Family Wines in The Hunter Valley. A profit or $2,000 was donated to Rotary Lodge. Mathew Bloomfield, a student at Wauchope High was selected to attend the National Science Summer School in Canberra. Eric Doyle told the Club that extensive repairs had been carried out to the roof of the Youth Centre by the Hastings Shire Council, & in addition, renovations to the kitchen costing $5,000 had been completed. During Colonial Week in October the Club ran the Colonial Week Ball, & operated 2 stalls in Andrews Park selling hot dogs, pizzas & donuts. Nett profit for the day was $400. Later in October ultra marathon runner, Pat Farmer, on the 85th day of his Thursday Island/Tasmania run called at the club. His goal was to raise $100,000 for diabetes research. The Club gave him $250, matched by the same amount from the Lions Club & the Hastings branch of the Diabetes Association. Our Lasiandra Princess candidate, Heather Buckley maintained a heavy schedule, & although finishing runner-up, raised $9,500. A Christmas meeting was held at President Ron & Pam’s home with several ex-Rotarians & partners present. Richard Marocco organized a 2nd winemakers’ dinner. Wyndham wines were tasted with $600 profit to go to Rotary Lodge. Director Andy Neal organizes a well-run & enjoyable Sports Star Award Presentation night. Guest speakers were Ray Price, an international representative in Rugby League & Rugby Union, & Reg Smith, our Wauchope Rugby Union International. The Sports Star Award went to David Bransdon for golf. The Club hosted a GSE team from Brazil. They attended a combined Rotary Clubs’ dinner at the Wauchope RSL, & breakfast next day at the home of Richard & Margaret Marocco. The Lasiandra Festival Committee took charge of the team, putting them to work planting lasiandras! Mathew Greaves & Mark Stewart were selected to attend the RYLA seminar at the University of New England. In mid-June the Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) was held in Port Macquarie under the guidance of Rudi Schmierer. President Ron & his board decided to purchase a caravan for $2,000 & fit it out to serve hot food & drinks. At the changeover a total sum of $12,206 was dispersed, including $1,000 to the Salvation Army, $2,905 to Rotary Lodge, $250 to ARHRF, $1,300 to The Rotary Foundation, $200 IPAC projects in India & Zimbabwe, & many smaller donations. Andy Neal set a mark of 28 years of 100% attendance. Richard Horne was recognised with a “Paul Harris” for his continued work for Rotary.

The state government of South Australia is forced to bail out the State Bank of South Australia to the tune of $2.4 billion. The secret “Kirribilli Agreement” between Bob Hawke & Paul Keating comes to light. Former Queensland Police Commissioner, Terry Lewis is sentenced to 14 years imprisonment for corruption. The Palm Grove Hostel fire in Dungog kills 12 people. The “Strathfield Massacre” takes place when a gunman kills seven. On 19th December Paul Keating succeeds with his 2nd leadership challenge & becomes Prime Minister. Heart surgeon Victor Chang is gunned down. The Adelaide Crows play their first AFL game. “Let’s Elope” wins The Melbourne Cup. The deaths occurred of Sir John Kerr (former governor general) Manning Clarke (historian) Vladimir Petrov (defected spy) Russ Hinze (Qld politician) & Victor Chang (heart surgeon) “Unforgettable” by Natalie & Nat Cole is the top pop song.
The Hastings Mayor is Cr. R. Woodlands.

1992-93

Our President was Ron Howard
Vice President was Peter Van Zealand
The Prime Minister was Paul Keating

Rotary International President was Clifford L. Dochterman of California

An early Board decision was to set up a trust fund in memory of the late Jack Parsons. A sum of $1,360 which was equivalent of a “Paul Harris Fellow” was set aside. This was to be invested, with the interest each year used to provide some sports awards at Wauchope High School. “Fellowship” was declared to be our goal this year, with special objectives being the attainment of a “Presidential Citation: from RI President Clifford Dochterman, & it was proposed to investigate the expansion of the Club. Anne Doyle solved a shortage of crockery & other utensils when she attended an auction & successfully bid on these items. The 1st of many requirements for a Presidential Citation were satisfied when Richard Marocco organized a family sports day at Sancrox Park. In August, Sue Harvey, a local veterinary surgeon & the Club’s nominee, was selected to join a GSE team to D4800 in Argentina. In October the Club was involved with the Colonial Week Ball. George Burn painted & embellished the Club’s food van. Phillip Edwards, a Wauchope High student was selected to attend the National Engineering Summer School in Sydney. Phillip became one of 300 students selected Australia wide. A works visit was organized to Oxley County Council’s centralised systems control room. President Ron Howard drew up plans for the intended extensions to the Clubrooms & submitted them to Hastings Council. To be known as the “Jack Parsons’ Lounge,” the plans were deferred by council due to major works to Bain Park being considered. A very successful Pride of Workmanship Awards presentation night was held, with special guest PDG Jack Henderson of Florida who was staying with Ron & Pam Dures. The Club catered for a rodeo at the Wauchope Showground, & thanks to the efforts of George Burn’s hard work, an excellent profit of $1,400 was returned. A model Mercedes Benz car was raffled at the Christmas party raising $609. As the car had been donated by the late Jack Parsons, it was decided to add this amount to the Jack Parsons Memorial Trust Fund, raising the amount held to $2,000. A highly successful Australia Day celebration was held at Bain Park, at which former Police Commissioner, John Avery gave the main address. The Club joined with the Kempsey West Rotary Club & the Port Macquarie West Rotary Club for a combined meeting at Cassegrain’s Wines. Bulletin editor Bill Russell reported “ the food was good, the wine was too good, & the fellowship excellent.” Angela Wooster, Matt Cornish & Veronica Oldham were selected to attend the RYLA seminar at the University of New England. The Club received an urgent request from the Wauchope District Hospital for a replacement recovery monitor at a cost of $14,000. The Club joined forces with the Lions & Apex clubs, & with the help of the Gazette & the RSL, ran a 1950’s-60’s video disco supper dance. The event was particularly well supported by the people of Wauchope, with $ 7,000 raised. A working bee was held at Timbertown to improve the surface of the barbeque area, which was used by the Club for family meetings. In May the Club hosted an International Friendship Team from D5450 Colorado at a lunch in the Rotary rooms. In June, club member Rudi Schmierer chaired a Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) at the Westport Technology High School. Our student delegates were Peter Saville, Daintree Peters & Fleur Ganet. Guest speaker Dr. Dieter Gescher, the Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, addressed the assembly. The Rotary year ended with the Club receiving a Presidential Citation. At the changeover, donations included $1,430 to The Rotary Foundation, $250 to the Salvation Army, $2,905 to the Rotary Lodge Appeal & $225 to the Wauchope High School. The sum of $3,500 was transferred to the Jack Parson’s Lounge building fund. Richard Marocco received “Paul Harris” recognition.

George H.W. Bush becomes the first US President to address Parliament. One & two cent coins begin to be withdrawn from circulation. Lindy Chamberlain receives compensation for wrongful imprisonment. The High Courts hands down “The Mabo Decision” recognising Aboriginal land title. “Strictly Ballroom” & “Romper Stomper” debut. Peter Sterling announces his retirement from NRL due to injury. New Zealand Warriors admitted to the NRL competition. Will Hopoate is born. The deaths occurred of Judith Anderson (actor) Lang Hancock (mining) Brett Whitely (painter) Peter Allen (entertainer) Bill O’Reilly (cricketer) & Sidney Nolan (painter) “Baby got back” by “Sir Mixx-A-Lott” is the top pop song. “Subzero” wins The Melbourne Cup.
The Hastings Mayor was Cr. R. Cooper