Presidential Changeover Night

A Night to Remember
Back at our old stomping ground, the Hyde Park Tavern  our evening  began with Andrew Sullivan welcoming members, partners,  past members, visitors and the District Governor Kim Harvey.
Bernie Boxer offered the “Welcome to Country “ and Andrew proposed a toast to Australia.
Congratulations were offered to Robert Handley for his recent OAM .
District Governor Kim then spoke to the club members and partners about the current promotion of ROTARY awareness and the connect meetings with the Eastwood Rotary club.
She spoke of the success of the end to polio campaign and the few remaining countries, eg Afghanistan and Pakistan that are still affected due to civil unrest.
District Governor Kim also spoke of the new district 9510 and how Rotary connects the world. She also made mention of our charities, namely the Salvation Army, Royal Flying doctor and Second Chances. Also, our affiliation with Scotch College connecting the next generation.
President Gerry then thanked the club for their ongoing support and recognised previous members   and the incoming president of the Eastwood Rotary club Don Will.
The ceremonies continued with Andrew Sullivan introducing the outgoing President Gerry to his “Successor” Gerry.
Gerry continued the formalities by thanking outgoing secretary Alan Moss for his hard work and continued support over many years and of his strong aptitude for Cryptic crosswords.
Membership was next mentioned, the club now having 20 members and the disappointment of the resignation of Geoff Hudson. Numbers have remained the same however with Judy Greenway joining the club.
Proceedings then went into fun and nostalgia mode with Alan's many slides bringing back memories for many of us of the fun times and wonderful friends and experiences we have shared together throughout the years. It was delightful seeing the smiles on so many faces as we shared conviviality and fellowship.
Memories of a gathering on the Buffalo, Angus and his choristers, Sandy’s handover at the Pagoda, the” Two Rangas” and the Pit Stop Checks for men’s health awareness all reminded us of the ongoing importance of comradery and  service.
President Gerry was then gob smacked by the announcement by D G Kim that he was the recipient of a Paul Harris Fellowship. He was for once in his life temporarily stuck for words and embraced the experience  for the great honour that it was.
This was a wonderful meeting of friends and fellow club members ending the service year on a high note full of optimism for the future of our club.
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