The Rotary Club of Bundaberg Central held its charter dinner last Saturday evening at the Rowers Club.
Incoming president Jon Joiner acknowledged the work done by both East and West Rotary Clubs that made the way possible for a successful amalgamation of skills, experience and funds for the new club.
In his address Jon also sent a message to invite a younger cohort to join Rotary.
“Rotary is not an old folks club. Globally Rotary clubs have memberships from very young to older members and thrive on new ideas and experience. It’s a win-win,” he said.
“We are looking to recruit young people who have a desire to serve others and to be a part of a service club that serves local, national and international communities.
“We encourage new members to come along and to meet us, see what we do and join the rotary club of Bundaberg Central.
“There has never been a better time to get involved in your community than there is now.”
The new club didn’t waste any time getting to work, with more than 35 members and guests getting together on Monday night at the Club Hotel to carry out their first project for the Rotary year.
Historically a project run by East Rotary Club for seven years, it has been in support of a local Men’s Shelter and includes the supply and distribution of backpacks with toiletries that are very useful to those who are living hard.
Included in this year’s backpacks are vouchers donated by the Alowishus Delicious ‘Pay it Forward’ program, as well as necessary toiletries.
The Club Hotel sponsored the evening for Rotarians and this ensured a speedy packing of 100 backpacks that will shortly be delivered to the shelter.
Anyone wanting to donate items for the backpacks can contact the Rotary Club of Bundaberg Central via their Facebook page.
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