History - The Seventh Decade

The Seventh Decade
2012-13
Our President was Patti Berrigan President elect was Paul Froome
The Prime Minister was Julia Gillard

Rotary International President was Sajuki Tanaka of Japan

President Patti’s stated aim prior to taking office was to have the club work together to make positive changes to ensure our club was viable & relevant in our community for the next 60 years. Another goal was to achieve the Presidential Citation, both goals were achieved. Part of this achievement was the inducting of a record of 8 new members, but this was offset with the loss of 2 treasured members in honoury member, Bill Russell PP, & Laurie Edmonds. The club is also in the throes of setting up a satellite club in an effort to attract some younger members, & this with other initiatives could see our membership almost double from its current 31 members. At the District Conference held in Taree the club was awarded the “World Community Service Award” for our ongoing efforts in International programmes.

The club was again involved with the Lasiandra Dance, the proceeds of which went to the Palliative Care Unit of the Wauchope Hospital, & other worthy causes such as The Rotary Foundation, APIA matching grant for the Solomon Islands, Australian Rotary Health, Soldier On, Life Line Mid Coast, Jim Bruce Prostate Cancer, Wauchope Men’s Shed, & our local schools to name a few.

Service projects for the year included Shelter Box funds raised at an expo. Held by member Robyn Flanagan’s Travel World, A Book & Orchid sale, Farmers Markets each month, an International Night at our club rooms was a lot of fun, the annual Relay for Life, & an International night held at Sails Resort for the visiting GSE team from the Netherlands, hosted by Port Macquarie Sunrise Rotary Club.

The club lifted its profile in the community through radio & print media, but the real breakthrough was the working with the Returned Services community to get Keith Payne VC as guest speaker at our fundraiser for “Soldier On.” The interest generated, & the stated desire that all the Returned Services clubs would work with us in future events was very gratifying.

Our New Generations director, Leonie McHugh reported that our long term exchange student, Tova Roos from Sweden returned after an amazing year for the young lass, & we welcomed back Kyannah Goggin who spent 12 months in Sweden. 16 year old Margaretha (Meta) Planeggar from Austria arrived in January as our long term exchange student. Another exchange student, Leonardo Jacob, from Brazil will arrive next year. One of our past Outbound Exchange students, Callum Brindley, visited the club & spoke of his work in the Philippines & India. In April, Leone Humber from NZ

The club also had a successful candidate for RYLA, & we fielded a team for the MUNA Assembly. Still on youth, we supported RY8, public speaking, & this year we supported an initiative by sponsoring 8 school leaders to attend a Leadership Course in Sydney in March. Kym Tout was accepted to attend RYAG Equine, & Stacey DeJoux along with Dane Elliot were accepted into RYAG Marine.

Our 60th year saw many in the club, & also local people, honoured with Paul Harris recognition. Our President Patti received a triple Sapphire, incoming President Paul a single Sapphire, local radio personality Mark Strachan a PHF, member Chris McCarron a PHF. At our changeover Peta Simmons of Bennett’s Steel was awarded a PHF for her contribution to Rotary & the community, Dr. Brenton Schutz an ARH Silver Friend award for 20 years of community service, also receiving a “Silver Friend” was Rotarian Warden Mercer for his work with Relay For Life, member Margaret Whitbread a PHF, & Diane Towel was given PHF recognition for her work with children at risk.

In June a coroner finally ruled that a dingo took Azaria Chamberlain. In August, carbon pricing was introduced to Australia. In November, Daniel Keihran of the SAS was awarded the VC.

In sport, Novac Djokovic won the Australian Tennis Open. Britain’s Jensen Button won the Australian motor racing Grand Prix. The Melbourne Storm defeated the Canterbury/Bankstown Bulldogs to win the Rugby League Grand Final. Green Moon won the Melbourne Cup. Top Pop song was “Tik-Tok” by Ke$sha

Notable deaths to occur included; Margaret Whitlam (ex-Prime Minister’s wife,) Jimmy Little (aboriginal singer,) Murray Rose (Olympian) Gulumbu Yunupingu (aboriginal singer & educator) Robin Gibb (of BG’s) Max Bygraves (entertainer) Tony Greig (cricketer)

2013-2014
Our President was Paul Froome
President elect was Barry Thompson
The Prime Minister was Julia Gillard/Kevin Rudd

Rotary International President was Ron Burton of USA

President Paul’s aim was to put fun into the equation as we went about our Rotary duties & fundraisers. Planning the club showcase was a learning experience for many, not only the presenters, but those who helped out on the night. PP Patti Berrigan must be singled out for thanks, as her contribution in this new venture was of great help.

The club was again involved with, or supported, the Lasiandra Festival, The Rotary Foundation, securing the APIA grant for the Solomon Islands, Australian Rotary Health, Lifeline, Men’s Shed & the local schools to name a few.

Our Service projects for the year included: the Palliative Care Unit at the Wauchope Hospital, Street Beat parties for our youth, the annual Relay For Life, the Farmer’s Markets & various barbeques, including one to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Ulysses motor cycle club’s Mid North Coast chapter. On 23rd February, we were able to hold the Community Day, which was an idea put forward by PP. Patti, to celebrate the diversity of Wauchope. Unfortunately the day was washed out, but the club will take it on again next year. We also took part in the annual “Hat Day” with Port Macquarie, with Patti taking home the prize for best female hat, & Kathryn Stevens’ guide dog Perri, best hat for a dog! We had chef Brad Parsons put on a fabulous meal for Christmas In July, which was shared with the Wauchope Quilters group, in thanks for their support.

Australia Day celebrations took place in Bain’s Park, which attracted a large & enthusiastic crowd. Mayor Peter Bessling presided over the formalities before Australia Day Ambassador Prue Watt, a Paralympics gold medallist, spoke briefly before handing over to the MC Russell Churcher for fun & games. A great family day. We were assisted by the Wauchope Scouts, Girl Guides & Lions, which really made the day a community event. The club also reached out to the community thanks to the dedicated work of PR Director, PDG Neville Parsons. Neville made use of Facebook, local radio, The Gazette newspaper & our weekly Bulletin, to engage with our community.

Foundation Director, Kevin Whitbread reported that the club has contributed $14,091 in total, with $2,434 going to Polio Plus. The club continued the practice of donating $50 to the Foundation on behalf of our guest speakers, as a token of thanks for their contribution to our club & Rotary International.

The club continued its support of Youth by hosting Leo Jacob from Brazil, while previous guest Meta returned in August. We also supported students by way of the Rotary Australia

New Zealand Exchange (RANZE) as well as the public speaking competition. Our candidate, Caitlin Turner, was beaten by the eventual winner. The club also sponsored 2 students, Stacey De Joux & Lauren Kelly to RYMARINE, where both girls did well. Justin Hinton attended RYLA & gained a lot of self confidence & now has a desire to try anything. Inspirational speaker, Michael Crosslands, a key speaker from the District Conference, was encouraged by Youth Director, Leonie McHugh, to speak to our schools. Michael presented at Wauchope High, the Regional College, Wauchope Public School, including children from Huntingdon, Beechwood & St. Josephs schools.

Some of the clubs’ major disbursements include: $2,500 to APIA playground matching grant, $1,600 to Hastings Relay For Life, $500 to Wauchope Sports Award & $5000 to the Palliative Care Unit at Wauchope Hospital.

On a club level, the club held joint meetings & fun days with other clubs in our cluster, including “Hat Day” at Port Macquarie, “The Golden Boot” competition with Laurieton Rotary & hosted the local RSL sub-branch to a pre ANZAC dinner. President Paul marched with our returned service personnel on the big day, & proudly laid a wreath on behalf of the club. Membership remained static with the loss of two members, & the gain of two.

Black Caviar retires after 25 consecutive wins. The Liberal-Coalition led by Tony Abbott wins the federal election. Full transition to digital TV is completed.
In sport, Novak Djokovic wins the Australian Tennis Open, Australia wins the World Women’s Cricket Cup, The men’s cricket team win “The Ashes” series & Sydney Roosters defeat Manly Sea Eagles in the Rugby League. Notable deaths to occur included Joan Child, first female Speaker of The House of Representatives, Peter Harvey, TV journalist, Tommy Tycho, musician. Top pop song was “The Monster” by Eminem, featuring Rhianna.

The Hastings Mayor was Neal Porter (administrator) Peter Bessling became the elected Mayor.

2014-2015
Our President was Barry Thompson
President elect Kevin Whitbread
The Prime Minister was Tony Abbott

Rotary International President was Gary C.K. Huang

President Barry’s vision for the year was to ensure that the club grew and prospered in an atmosphere of camaraderie that saw the club engage not only in fundraising activities, but also contributing to the needs of the local, national and International Communities, in the spirit of the Rotary theme for the year, “Light Up Rotary.” Our President’s project was “life Straws” These straws were designed to filter out 90% or more of contaminants which would make drinking from polluted water such as a puddle possible.

The club also carried on with past President Patti Berrigan’s project, “Operation Cleft” and thanks to the huge effort of member Paul Pollett, and the club, a considerable sum was raised which will give many children in Bangladesh a chance in life with a “new face.”

Some of the projects and activities which the club engaged in were: parking duties at the Farmers Markets, various barbeques, our continued support of RAWCS, the annual Bowel Scan programme, public speaking contest, and contributions to, and support of, local organisations such as the Wauchope Hospital, Riding for the disabled, Westpac Helicopter Service, and many others.

President Barry, and wife Chrissy put on a wonderful morning barbeque by the river, we’ve also engaged with our fellow Rotarians by way of interclub visits, and even managed to retain “The Golden Boot” after a fierce contest! This years’ District Conference was held in Inverell, and for those who went, it was rewarding and very informative.

Past President Raelene Monkley put in a huge effort to organise the annual Sports Person of The Year awards which were highly successful, and also the annual book-sale which was also successful.

One of the highlights of the year was the “Pride of Workmanship Awards,” with guest speaker Dr. Ian Brooke who gave us food for thought about business dealings. 24 employees from the Hastings area were recognised for the pride in their work, and support of their employer.

Rotarian Kathryn Stevens with help from “Peri” her seeing-eye dog did a magnificent job in the Community Service area, organising and overseeing activities such as: The Farmers Markets, interacting with Council in regards to beautifying Wauchope, the Palliative Care Unit on Wauchope Health Campus, Hospital Volunteer lunch, Hastings Education Fund, Australia Day celebrations, Community Day and annual book-sale, Wauchope street party, Melbourne Cup trifecta ticket sales, a movie outing to raise funds for Polio eradication and the Relay For Life.

Our Youth Exchange student, Leo, returned to Brazil, and from his parting talk to us, he had a marvellous time, and got a lot from the adventure. Our Public Speaking candidate, Caitlin Turner did a wonderful job to finish runner-up, while Willis Thompson represented us well in the National Youth Science Forum. Brittani Harris was sponsored by the club to attend RYLA, and returned with a passion to help others.

Our club membership remains about the same with a few members leaving for health and family reasons, but we’ve almost gained what we lost when we inducted Loris Hendy, Paul Pollett, Steve Wrigley, John Edwards and Wayne Ditchfield.

The club also contributed $4,257 to the Rotary Foundation to continue Rotary’s work, and members have been encouraged to become “Centurions” by donating $100 per year to The Foundation.

On November 12th, the spacecraft Philae landed on comet 67P, the first time in history for such a feat. Australia defeated New Zealand 30-18 in the ANZAC Day rugby league Test. In tennis, Stanislas Wawrinka defeated Rafael Nadal to win the Australian Open. “Protectionist” wins the Melbourne Cup. The South Sydney “Bunnies” win the Rugby League Grand-Final. Notable deaths include: Alice Coachman, 1st black woman to become an Olympic Gold Medallist, James Garner (actor) Johnny Rebb (Aust rock & roll) Top song was “Happy” by Pharrell Williams.

The Hastings Mayor was Peter Bessling.

2015-16

Our President was Kevin Whitbread
President elect was Kathryn Stephens
The Prime Minister was Tony Abbott
International President was K.R.Ravindran
President Kevin stated his intention to carry on with Past President Barry’s theme of “Fun, Fellowship & Friends.” This theme proved very successful with most meetings characterised by laughter & camaraderie. Our meetings were re-structured so that the 1st Tuesday was a social meeting, followed by a Board meeting on the 2nd, followed by regular meetings for the next two Tuesdays. This has proved to be a winner, & has perhaps made it a little easier for some members to continue their commitment to Rotary.
Some of the highlights of the year included the 70’s/80’s dance, which was held at the Wauchope RSL club. The night was a hit, with all enjoying a great night, as evidenced by a packed dance floor, with most patrons taking the trouble to dress up in 70/80’s gear. President Kevin took great pride & pleasure in presenting a cheque for $3,000 to the Wauchope Hospital Urgent Care Unit.
Farmers Markets. The Markets started off with a period of instability, but with the help of willing members, the club not only retained both markets, but have increased their activity, & in doing so, raised the profile of Rotary in the community.
Rotary Lodge. The club had the pleasure of organising & cooking a roast dinner for the residents of Rotary Lodge. Our team was headed by George Campbell who had it all under control so that our members could provide a hot meal for people who were under stress of serious illness. Again, a great meal, good company & fun, showcased what Rotary can accomplish.
Australia Day. The only way to describe the results of our Australia Day, is a resounding success! We had a crowd larger than expected, which in turn created an atmosphere of patriotism & high spirits which was enjoyed by all, particularly the official party. The speeches were relatively short, from the heart & to the point. It was very heart warming to see the manner in which our newest Australians accepted their citizenship.
ANZAC Day. Our traditional ANZAC dinner was a huge success with a final count of 32 ex-service personnel plus 3 of our own members who also served. Credit must go to Diana, Caroline, Marie & Reg for their efforts.
It was with great pleasure that President Kevin presented PP Barry with a “Paul Harris Fellowship.” Not only is Barry a past President, but as Administrative Director, the club has enjoyed a wide variety of speakers- some inspiring, some confronting, but all extremely interesting.

The District Conference held in Taree was not only entertaining, but very inspirational as well. It was certainly an event which reinvigorated all to “do good” in the world, & we look forward to the next Conference with DG Ian Jackson in Laurieton. Our club was recognised for our Annual Giving to the Rotary Foundation on a per capita basis, making our club the 3rd highest giving club in the District, which is a great result for our small club. Governor Maurie Stack presented Reg Pierce with the inaugural “District Governor’s Award for Excellence in Services to Humanity.” These accolades only highlight the commitment & dedication of our club to the ideals of Rotary.
Other memorable projects undertaken by our club included: Sports Person Awards. Annual Book Sale. Support of Luminosity, RYLA & RYPEN. Relay for Life, & a very successful combined “End Polio Now” film night with our friends from Laurieton Rotary Club. A President of this club will, in 2 to 3 years, be able to announce that Rotary has eradicated Polio from the world, & what a day that will be! From 350,000 cases per year, to 17 in 2016 is a marvellous achievement.
The club’s reception area underwent a much needed makeover, with hammers & brushes at 40 paces under the leadership of George, Paul, Diana & Gary. Our Mayor, Peter Bessling was on hand to name it the “Andy Neal Reception Area.” This is a fine tribute to our long serving club stalwart, PP Andy.
At the suggestion of Assistant Governor Patti, the club took on a Cluster Project in support of Dr. Ray Hodgson’s “Australians For Women’s Health” & his amazing work in Nepal. This worked in well with President Kevin’s stated interest in supporting women’s health.
The first event of the year for our Youth Services was the Public Speaking competition. The club was also represented at end of year presentations at Wauchope Primary, & Wauchope Public schools, supporting students in a number of areas. Four capable students From Wauchope High, Aiden Waite, Isabelle Hay, Rose Last & Kym McKenzie entertained & informed us on a number of topics. We also supported Wauchope Primary with a leadership programme held in Sydney, & it is a great opportunity for these young students to gain valuable tools to become leaders of tomorrow. Two very good candidates, Ashleigh Kiem & Natalie Schmitzer attended RYLA, both coming back with great memories & life goals.

We had one candidate for the NYSF go through for interview, & our local youth have benefited through the Sports Awards.
Community Services under the Chairmanship of Kathryn Stephens has been hectic at times, but rewarding, not only in terms of monies raised, but also in terms of benefits to our community. Riding for the Disabled, Lifeline, Australian Rotary Health, End Polio campaign & the recovery efforts in Fiji after the natural disaster there, are only some areas where our club has been able to make a difference. There was a record attendance at the performance of the Brisbane Waters Brass Band. This annual event makes a valuable contribution to the Wauchope Health Campus. The club also undertook a few vocational visits which were entertaining & informative.

The club membership is down to 23 from 28, & is reflective of the world trend. We are fortunate to have 9 Honorary members who take up the slack on occasions. Provisions are being made to not only encourage new members, but to mentor them so that they have a real sense of belonging from day one.
Cuba & America agreed to open Embassies. Solar Impulse completes first around the world flight.

In sport, England beat Australia 3-2 in the Test series, & also won their 5th, World Series. Britain won the Davis Cup. Michelle Payne becomes the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup on 100/1 outsider, Prince of Penzance. The North Queensland Cowboys won their 1st NRL grand final 17/16 in “Golden Point” time. Top pop song was “Cold Water” by Justin Bieber.

Notable deaths included: Natalie Cole, King Abdulla of Saudi Arabia, Actress Anita Eckberg, & Australian author, Coleen McCullough.
The Hastings Mayor was Peter Bessling.

2016-17

Our President was Kathryn Stephens.

President Elect was Neville Parsons.

The Prime Minister was Malcolm Turnbull

Rotary International President was John F. Germ

President Kathryn based her year around team effort, & this was reflected in the success of the many Directorates within the club. President Kathryn signalled out Secretary George Campbell for his great support & back-up.

Membership was steady at 21 members, 9 honorary & one new member in Liti Nabukabuka joining our ranks.

Community Service Director, Bob Gilligan oversaw the recovery phase of the Pappinbarra bush fires. Our club was instrumental in raising over $25,000 to re-establish those affected. Bob also the club's involvement with the Ulysses Club event, Bowel scan programme & was also a member of DGE Ian Jacksons' District Conference Committee.

The quality of our guest speakers was maintained, thanks to the efforts of Barry Thompson, who also contributed significantly in the direction the club should take. Barry also co-ordinated visits to Rotary Lodge catering for patients & carers.

Kevin Whitbread was again heavily involved with the Rotary Foundation, encouraging members to contribute to "Rotary/s Bank" Kevin was always on hand to answer questions, & assist in all matters relation to the Foundation.

Paul Pollet started the year as International Service Director, but due to family matters, passed the baton on to Reg. Our club has been involved with building toilets & water facilities at the Salam School in Bali in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Canggu. With help from Steve Wrigley, & publicity in the Gazette & local radio, strong support was given to the people of Haiti in the aftermath of Cyclone Mathew by way of Shelter Boxes. Our club also supports Dr. Ray Hodgson with his work in Nepal which provides services in female health.

Treasurer Neville highlighted our club's contribution to RDA, Westpac helicopter service, Wauchope off leash dog park, Guide dogs, Hastings Education Fund, & many more worthwhile projects & services. Our total disbursements for the year was $24,718.

In Youth Services, Loris has really taken the role to heart by making contact with our local school Principals, producing a team for Muna, the address by Wauchope High School Captains at our annual ANZAC day dinner, & the hosting of exchange student, Oscar Boyer from France.

The club had a very successful year in every area of service. This was highlighted with the awarding of a Paul Harris Fellow Ruby Pin to past President Patti.

This year saw the engagement of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle, Donald Trump became the 45th President of the USA, tensions escalated between North Korea & the USA, 59 people killed & 500 wounded in mass shooting in Las Vegas.

In sport, Roger Federer won the Australian Men's Open tennis crown, Brookes Koepka won the US open golf, & Rekindling won the Melbourne Cup."Praying" by Kesha was the top pop song.

Notable deaths to occur included: Chuck Berry (singer) Mary Tyler Moore (TV star) Roger Moore (TV & screen actor) Adam West (Batman) & Jim Nabors (TV star).