ROTARY'S BIRTHDAY in February.    DO  YOU REMEMBER OUR CENTRAL COAST  100yr PROJECT in 2005 ?
 
Rotary International celebrated its 100 years in February 2005 and as Assistant Governor for all 14 Central Coast Clubs at the time, I was elected/seconded to coordinate all clubs to combine to provide a remembrance of Rotary’s achievements for our local community.
 
All 14 clubs contributed and enthusiastically supported the idea. My committee initially proposed contributing to a 100 bed student accommodation at Ourimbah UNI, but red tape etc led us to productive negotiations with Mt Penang Gardens.
 
Our combined Rotary club funds of $70,000 provided construction of the appealing “Puddle Gardens” and  “Rock Gardens” within the Complex at Kariong. Rotary plaques and a time capsule were installed. The time capsule included newsletters and details of great Rotary project by our local clubs over many past years. See www.mtpenangparklands.nsw.gov.au
 
Fifteen years have past and the gardens are looking very good with a fabulous variety of unusual plants, shrubs and trees, pleasant waterways, a kids play area and good café/restaurant .
 
I suggest local Rotary Clubs or Rotarians should make a return visit. Its free, outside and safe from the “CV “ bug. 
 
If you wish to arrange a transfer meeting there contact Café owner Jas on 0425 835 605 to discuss dinner arrangements and extending hours of park opening.
         
Regards & Thanks to all Coast Clubs.          
Graham Black    
Project Coordinator   
[Gosford North Rotary]  Mob 0410 509 071
 
QUIZ: What was Rotary local project to commemorate Rotary’s 75th Birthday ?
 
ANSWER: Coast Rotary Clubs combined to build six units at Gosford Hospital for family short term stays to support patients.
                   After 40 yrs good use they have just been demolished to make way for our great new hospital facilities.
 
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