Our 50th Birthday Celebrations

   Published: Saturday, 20 February 2016

Held in the beautifully decorated San Giorgio L Molara Centre 200 people gathered to celebrate 50 years of Rotary Service. It was wonderful to see so many former members, AND some VIP's as well,all of whom were warmly welcomed.

Read President Damian's words of welcome to our guests AND his concluding comments on our Future:

President Damian's welcome And Vision of the Future

Stephany Martin gave a moving Invocation:  Invocation

Tony Lagozzino gave  the toast to Rotary International, to which DG Dick Wilson responded.

Snapshots of the years were given both in film, produced by PP Eric Webb, and with these presentations

  • 1996 to1975: by Rtn Glenys Fereday, wife of our charter President Richard Fereday
  • 1976 to 1985: by PP Peter Rumbelow
  • 1986 to 1995: by PP Ian Reddy and PP John Schubert
  • 1996 to 2005: by PP Garth Holmes and PP Margaret Northcote
  • 2006 to 2016: by PP Brian Stevens and PP Jim Silvestri

Then followed 13 well deserved awards: three PHF's, 6 PHF+1's, 4 PHF+2's.
The evening finished quite late, but who cares, it was memorable.

Our current charter members: 

These Photos are from 1966

Eric Webb

Barry Donaldson

Reg Neale

President Damian presents PHF
 double Saphire (PHF++) to 
 David Richards, Reg Neale,
 Barry Donaldson and Eric Webb,

for service to our Club and the
 Community over many years


12 Rotarians and 1 partner
 were awarded PHF's.

President Damian's award
commendations to each of them
is in this 
50th Birthday Awards

Our Club always has FUN.  Most in the audience remembered the 'infamous' Mock Wedding in 2013.
Trying to identify these prestigious Rotarians bought some laughter.  This event is featured HERE.
Below is one section of the beautifully decorated San Giorgio Centre.