Community Service Report
Martin Rowe
The purpose of the Community Services Committee continues to be to provide assistance to local initiatives, organisations and clubs operating in the Blackwood and surrounding areas and in some instances initiatives that operate in the southern region that may have an impact on the local community.
This year our committee has focused on maintaining our relationships with local community organisations by providing financial assistance that assists in a meaningful manner and increasing the profile of Rotary Club of Blackwood.
Our committee currently consists of Martin Rowe, Helen Henbest, John Walters, Peter Geer, Richard Dix, Chris Howard, Jacquie Wright and Alan Eldridge. We would also like to thank Hilary Flynn and Bernie Morgan who retired from the committee and club during the year.
Our committee works on having a consensus of agreement through discussion prior to agreeing to assist with a project.  At the present time as in previous years we have concentrated on assisting organisations rather than individuals as this helps the broadest range of people.
This year’s donations while being much reduced due to covid has included providing assistance to 
  • Belleview Heights Primary School
  • Blackwood Memorial Hall
  • Eden Hill CFS
  • Beacon Emergency Support
  • Food Bank
  • The Christmas Party for Special Children
  • Purchase for materials for the Community Bookcases
  • Purchase of materials for the bird boxes donated to Minton Farm in cooperation with the BREC Shed. 
The 2020-2021 Rotary year has been successful for the Community Services Committee despite covid restrictions and reduced funding, and the committee members are looking forwarded to 2021-2022 Rotary year.
Martin Rowe.
Community Services Coordinator.