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Last Monday night Club members, family members, friends of the Rotary Club of Canterbury and invited guests attended a great farewell celebration to the old Rotary Year and a festive welcome to the new Rotary Year. The venue was the MCC Kew Sports Club in Barker’s Road, Kew and the ‘top hat’ and balloon table centrepieces set the stage for an evening of fine food, fine wine, good fun and warm fellowship. Some attendees even dared to wear a crazy hat!
Guests included District Governor Julie Mason, Assistant District Governor Therese McKinney and the CEO the Surrey Hills Community Bank Branch of the Bendigo Bank, Dick Menting. Also there were the Presidents elect from our cluster – Anne Murphy from Camberwell and Anthea Rutter from Balwyn, as well as participants of the Philippines Eye and Ear Screening Project, Merilyn Cunningham from the Boroondara Guides and four of our Seeds of Peace Scholars.
Our handover was low key but formalities were attended to, including the presentation of three Paul Harris Fellow Awards. Congratulations and thanks are extended to Max Holland for his contribution as the Bulletin Editor and the organiser of the weekly Bike Riding Group, to John Braine as Club Secretary/Public Officer and the provider of sound support and advice in that role and to Bill Granger who had a sapphire added to his existing Paul Harris Award in acknowledgement of his outstanding contribution and efforts as Program Director over many years - a mammoth task that we Club members have all gratefully received and appreciated.
Michael Chong was again the worthy recipient of the Club’s Perpetual Cup for his contribution and efforts in many Club activities and particularly with Community Services Projects. Thank you Michael for your drive and enthusiasm which encompasses and inspires our Club members as well as other members of the broader Community in achieving the goals of Rotary.
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Val Cunniffe was in her element as the English Bobby, handing out Fine Enforcement Notices and demanding folding money to fill the social coffers. Well Done, Val.
The music for the evening was provided by Beverley Sheehan who was a recent speaker at a Club meeting. Beverley is the sister of Judith Durham and has had a singing career focused on jazz music - at the Club meeting she sang an enthralling solo. This time Beverley was accompanied by the Swing Shift Trio – Kim Harris on keyboard, Jason Downes on clarinet/saxophone and Leon Heale on double bass. Beverley and the Swing Shift provided a mesmerizing performance of jazz and swing music - so much so that initially everyone was so entranced by the music that nobody got up to dance! But Val was soon in her law enforcement element again and had plenty of people gracing the dance floor.
A big thank you to all for your attendance, especially Peter and Judy May, Lyn Steel, Helen Hartnett, Graham Bishop and Val Cunniffe who participated in the planning and roles on the night.
The festivities are over for the time being and we certainly witnessed the 2015-16 theme “Be a gift to the World” in motion. Next Monday will be a time for reflection on the past year when Peter will be presenting a synopsis of the Club’s achievements. This will be followed by the Club Directors and Chairs for 2015 -2016, who will be providing an outline of programs and projects that are planned to be achieved this year. A copy of the Board approved budget will be distributed.
Best wishes to each and everyone as we face the challenges for the Rotary year ahead, which I’m sure will be fruitful and rewarding for us all, and which will hopefully “Be a Gift to the World”.