History of Rotary Club of Warners Bay
The Rotary Club of Warners Bay was admitted on 30 June 1975 with 30 Charter Members.

The first meeting was held at the Lakeside Motor Inn on The Esplanade at Warners Bay.
The first President was Mr Ed Filmer of Warners Bay and the first Secretary was Mr George Boileau of Valentine.
The recommendation of the District Governor Mr Vic Brain to Rotary International was dated 17 June 1975, and reads as follows:
“My special representative Mr Chris Piggott and PDG Steve Collier in conjunction with my Extension Chairman have worked very hard to establish this new proposed club.  The Rotary Clubs of Belmont, Cardiff and New Lambton have all been instrumental in fostering interest among the right type of potential member and as you can see from the attached Charter Member list there is quite a diversification of classifications.

The enthusiasm shown at the interest meetings and the stability of the general approach to the formation of this club over the past months has more than guaranteed a really strong and well founded club.

The sponsor Club of Cardiff will, in my opinion , be very proud of the result of their efforts and have already offered to me the fact that they would like to get a joint project under way with them to introduce them to inter Club fellowship and service.”
District Governor also had given the following favourable endorsement:
“Special representative Chris Piggott first approached me regarding this area which I agreed that we should look at.

As described in his description of the area, it is beautifully located, is growing rapidly and has the population to support a club.  He is such a very enthusiastic young (about 32) Rotarian with a very capable mind and I know that the interest meetings will be properly carried out.
The area would only be about 8 miles from my Extension Chairman’s home and I know will be constantly watched by him.
Interest meetings have commenced and I hope to give you a further report in one month from now.  As stated in my covering letter, I believe this will be one of the most successful clubs in the area.  Also in my opinion it is an area that could have been developed two or three years ago.

I would like to recommend that Rotary International give this proposition for a new Club their utmost consideration.”

Dated 13 February 1975
List of Charter Members 10 June 1975:
Donald Bennett - Leather goods Manufacturing
George Boileau - Steel Distribution (Secretary)
Richard Caelli - Parcel Service
Owen Chaffey - Electrical Appliances Retailing
Steve Collier - Life Assurance
Allan Cox - T.A.B. Services
Laurie Cox - Motel Proprietor
Patrick Delahunty - Hospital Pharmacist
Ed Filmer - Paper and Stationery Distribution (President)
Rev. Cyril Gundry - Anglican Church of Boolaroo
Professor Frank Henderson - Dean, Faculty Civil Engineering, Newcastle University
Ron Henderson - Elcom Colliery Engineer
Colin Hutchinson - Building Construction
Jim King - Postmaster, Warner’s Bay Post Office
Dr. Frank Marples - General Practitioner, Valentine
Arthur May - Bank Manager
Alan McDonald - B.H.P. Colliery Teralba
Peter Mead - Sulphide Corporation, Cockle Creek
Bruce Morrow - Industrial Packaging
Robert Murray - Interior Decorating
Thomas Palmer - Accountant
Geoffrey Pendlebury - Manager, Ells Bookstore
Gary Price - Menswear
Ron Roberts - Pharmacist
Dr. John Smart - Medicine
Alan Smith - Gift and Toy Wholesaling
Richard Taperell - Solicitor
Roger Wakefield - Marine Servicing
Ronald Walker - Dentist
John Wright - Service Station Proprietor



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