Birth of the Rotary Club of Beecroft

 

In June 1972 the Club received its Charter becoming the 59th Rotary Club in District 268.

Some difficulty was experienced in a arranging a Charter Night. Grace Bros, Parramatta was booked for the occasion, but on confirming the booking it was found that the building was demolished.  However, the subsequent choice of the Masonic Club proved a good venue.

Charter Night, Tuesday 1 August 1972 was a memorable occasion with 602 registrations received and despite a petrol strike and torrential rain, five hundred and eighty (580) people attended.

In the initial period of 13 months, the club wisely concerned itself with its internal organisation. Learning as much as possible about Rotary and one another.

Summary of the achievements of the first year.

In the first year, the Rotarians of the Rotary Club of Beecroft mastered ideals of Rotary, The first year marked the initiation of the Club's involvement in many Service activities an involvement that has carried on every year since.

The initial band of 28 members were inspired to :

  • Organise a fair at Swane's Nursery which generated surplus of $2000.
  • Conduct the "Carols by Candlelight at the Beecroft Village Green.
  • Host the club's first Youth Exchange Student from overseas and send Lyn Gabb to spend a year in the USA
  • Sponsor two young persons to RYLA camp at Vision Valley.
  • Achieve the initial 100% plateau in Rotary Foundation Contributions
  • Initiated the first international project - assistance to the hurricane devastated Fijian Island of Ba.