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History 1961 - 1969

Features of 1961

Preliminary meetings began on 9th May, 1961 under the sponsorship of Maitland Club with Joe Taylor as the Governor’s special representative.
The 22 charter members were formed into the 4 usual committees, and District Governor Ian McKenzie formally presented the Charter on 24th June 1961.
Fellowship was at a premium, with attendance often at 100%. Fundraising was directed to the provision of a “Talking Book” for the blind. The Rotary Foundation was also supported. Over £50 was raised.
There were many visits from district officers to teach the rules and aims of Rotary. Ladies nights were a highlight. The main aim was to use fellowship to knit fellows together and form a solid basis for growth.

Features of 1962

In 1962 the Clubs first banner was produced and Rotary Annes were presented with their dinner badges. A member would give a talk each evening on Rotary Information. A special card was designed to try to establish contact with foreign Clubs.
A Seven Paths to Peace speaking program started and set of slides was produced to show the local way of life. Contact was finally made with 14 overseas Clubs. Projects completed were painting of the Scout Hall, erecting a directions sign on the highway to point to Our meeting place. Three tables were built and installed on Fig Tree Hill, Morpeth. Rotary Park, Eastville Began. New Guinea Mission received writing materials as well.

Features of 1963

In 1963 visits to the Mercury, HVCC, and Fieldsend Pottery Works, and a B.B.Q at Wangi were highlights. A visit to Newcastle races took place, and Maitland Club was played at cricket. Clearing and grassing of Rotary Park, painting of Red Cross Rooms and fundraising for Ellimatta Home were among the community activities.The first student was sponsored by the club to RYLA.
International involvement included the Matched Districts program, the completion of the Seven Paths to Peace, and donation of $75 towards Water Wells for India. Contact was made with districts 715,709 and 712. Over 200 Rotarians visited our club. There was also career liaison with local High Schools.
Features of 1964
In 1964 our Club won 2 attendance awwards at Dubbo District conference. P.P. Ken McKerihan was elected District Governor. Fellowship was a high priority, and there were 2 barbecue's held during the year. Shelters were built in Rotary Park, and fellows drove the Ellimatta girls to the movies each month as well.
As assisting at Mai Well fete and doorknocks. Two more students were sent to RYLA.
Close liaison with local schools continued with on-the-job talks and career nights and 2 students from each High School spoke to the Club. Correspondence with Matched Clubs continued, with Clubs in more than 8 countries contacted. Donation of $170 made to Freedom from Hunger.
Features of 1965
In 1965 Member P.P Ken McKerihan was District Governor, and the Club hosted the District Conference. It was a production attended by several hundred Rotarians.A booklet, Maitland Just a Little Different was produced for the Conference.Fireside meetings, barbecue`s and a Christmas Party was held. Two more students sponsored to RYLA. Matched Club involvement continued, and the Club reached 170% status with The Rotary Foundation. Movie visits for Ellimatta girls continued and more work done on Rotary Park.
Local High Schools maintained contact. There was a lecture held for house wives on the introduction of the decimal currency.

Features of 1966

In 1966 Fellowship activities included a Night in Hawaii, and a get-together with the Dungog Club. Father & Son, and Mother & Daughter nights were also held. Annes won the Harry Chadwick Cup for Attendance at the district conference in Kempsey. First Rotary Ball a success. Working bees completed the shelters at Rotary Park and maintenance at Ellimatta. RYLA was again supported with 2 students being sponsored.
There were two debates in the year, one against APEX. International Service focused on Asia, with speakers from many countries. An essay competition was held. Interact was launched at MHS. The Club nominated a member of a Group Study Exchange team. Club also hosted the Governor`s Changeover Dinner.

Features of 1967

In 1967 there were many fellowship activities, including a car drive, barbecue, theatre night and bowls night against Maitland Club. Fireside meetings were also held. Over 200 Rotarians visited our club.
Interact involved in a dental project for New Guinea. Presentation made to Maitland, Florida, club by GSE team. Thai girls from Dominican Convent attended ladies night. Another 2 students sponsored to RYLA.
4 working bees at Villa Maria. Rotary Park to be extended towards Brunswick Street. Shelters painted.
First White Elephant Auction held - $420 donated towards a car for District Nurse. Club held a vocational service night at the Town Hall and attended Council meeting. Donation of $1,000 promised towards East Maitland Olympic Pool.

Features of 1968

In 1968 Barn Dances were held in Dal Osborn`s barn. Two more RYLA sponsorships given. Golf days and Bowls days with Maitland Club were popular, and a B.B.Q and picnic at Clarencetown were well attended.
Fireside meetings continued and the third Rotary Ball attracted 400 dancers. Interact sent $500 to Port Moresby for a project there. Community involvement included doorknocks, a Mardi Gras(with APEX), Ellimatta maintenance, and MaiWell walkathon. A toilet block for Rotary Park (1,200) was the major project. Tables at Morpeth were painted. International aid was sent to PNG school ( sewing machines) and 2 sailors from the USS America were hosted. A GSE team iowa were hosted for a week.

Features of 1969

In 1969 it was our Bicentenary year – White Elephant constructed and entered in Parade. Second auction a success. Strong fellowship activities, including interclub visit to Toronto, Annual Ball, Picnic, Bowls night and family day. Rotary Park expanded, and trees planted at MGHS. Support for Ellimatta, MaiWell and Austcare. A girl was sponsored for Spastic Centre Queen Contest. Visits to Maitland Gaol and Bradmill Industries. Enjoyed international speakers on Egypt and Thursday Island. School debating competition arranged. Two more students sponsored to R.Y.L.A. New residential qualifications applied by R.I.Features of 1980The club sponsored the new Tenambit / Morpeth club. Birthday presents were given to each girl at Ellimatta home. Rotating Diners’ Club dinners was a great success. Funds raised this year were put towards an optical facility at Maitland Hospital. Both outgoing and incoming exchange students hosted. A weekend at Barrington House was well attended.
A “Third World” night saw people from emerging lands at Rotary and afterwards in fellows’ home for fellowship.


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