East Maitland Rotary - 1970 - 79
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History from 1970 - 1979

Features of 1970

This was the 10th anniversary year of the club.
Four families hosted Elaine Walker, our first incoming exchange student, from Canada. Special Canada night held with a telegram from the Prime Minister M. Pierre Trudeau. Rotaract Club chartered, 3 student sponsored to R.Y.L.A. Activities included golf and bowls days, the Annual Ball and a family picnic to Wyndham Estate.
Improvement at Rotary Park continued, with plans for a bridge, footway and gardens in place. Support for MaiWell and East Maitland pool continued - the club has given more than 25% of funds raised so far. International Convention held in Sydney with 17,220 registrations.

Features of 1971

The first steps were taken towards the formation of a new club in the Tenambit / Morpeth area.
Our club was again involved with MaiWell, and Ellimatta, the Mardi Gras and Morpeth Centenary celebrations.
Donations made to Maitland Hospital, East Maitland Swimming Pool, Villa Maria Home, the Red Cross, and Ellimatta. A movie projector was provided for a New Guinea school and 2 barbeques to local associations.
The Annual Rotary Ball was a great success. Randall Chapman arrived from New York and Anne Leverett went as our first outgoing exchange student. Four students were sponsored to RYLA. Members also assisted the North Rocks special school.

Features of 1972

P.P. Ken McKerihan involved in Lucerne organising the International Convention during the year.
An education program centred on the Four Way Test, which featured in the July edition of R.D.U. The club’s involvement with Ellimatta featured in August R.D.U. A Group Study team from District 109 was hosted and an outgoing team selected.
Rotary helped Maitland organise a District Conference for Ted Benson’s year. Supported incoming and outgoing exchange students.
The annual Rotary Ball again was a social highlight. Funds donated to Villa Maria and the Pool Appeal from Mardi Gras and barbecues at Rotary Park were repaired. A fishing trip to Manning Point undertaken. Bulli club visited and was entertained royally.

Features of 1973

Fund-raisers included the White Elephant Auction and (with Apex) efforts for “Foundation 41” and the Pool. Red Cross hall repainted, and MaiWell school helped.
A Group Study team from U. S. A. District 678 was hosted and Aidan Creigh selected as team leader for a GSE team to District 109 in England. District Assembly held in East Maitland, organised by our club. Books sent to New Guinea, and slides and a book of the Maitland district sent to Ashington, England.
Social events included a return trip to Bulli, the Ball, and a fishing trip. The club supported both incoming and outgoing exchange students. Both Rotaract and Interact Clubs were active.
Features of 1974
Community service featured highly with half the club signing on as blood donors. Ellimatta children were hosted at a family picnic in Maitland Park. Seats and tables at Fig Tree Hill were repainted, and an Adventureland erected at Villa Maria Pre-school. A contribution of $500 given to the Darwin Appeal. Two outgoing exchange students were sponsored by
the club and an incoming German girl was hosted. A short term exchange with New Zealand began.
Reciprocal inter-club visits with Gilgandra Rotary Club were highlights of the year. A Barn Dance featured “Rev.” Ellis Card and some “exotic dancers.” The club achieved 500% in donations to The Rotary Foundation.

Features of 1975

The White Elephant Auction was the most successful yet held. Donations made to Benhome and the geriatric Hospital and 2 refrigerators to Ellimatta Home. Tenambit Oval Board and Morpeth Scouts were assisted financially.
Fellows again supported MaiWell Special School and a Careers Night was held at Maitland Girls High. The Interact Club was, regretfully, disbanded. Incoming and outgoing exchange students were once again supported.
The annual Ball was replaced with a Dinner Dance, and fishing trips were a great (social) success. A trip up the Myall River in the Tamboi Queen set a high standard for a social event.

Features of 1976

The club’s theme for the year was “Let’s Look at the Aged” and much of our efforts were directed here. The Mardi Gras was organised in concert with Apex with proceeds to Maitland Aged Projects.
The District Conference was co-hosted with Dungog, Maitland and Rutherford / Telarah Clubs.
Our first ever Christmas Raffle was held, the stocking being a particular feature. The White Elephant was a part of the Maitland Festival Procession.
Exchange students were again hosted, both incoming and outgoing. Brother Hough was proposed by the club and awarded a Graduate Scholarship to study in Ireland.
Organised Service Clubs Dinner in Town Hall.

Features of 1977

Another successful White Elephant Auction was held. An International Cricket Match was held in support of the P.C.B.C. building program.
Our first Art Exhibition and Sale was a great success. The club reached 700% in supporting The Rotary Foundation.
Don Johnson was selected as a Group Study team leader to England. An outgoing exchange student to Germany selected.
Pilot “work experience” scheme commenced with boys from Maitland High School. Pride of Workmanship Awards were presented.

Features of 1978

The club ran a Mardi Gras in conjunction with Apex. An Art Auction held with many works from inmates of the Corrective Centre. A golf day attracted 108 entries.
Weekend working bees at the Morpeth Scout Hall were both productive and enjoyable.
An exchange student from Denmark was hosted by the club, and, for the first time, by a non-Rotarian family.
The club assisted in the renovation of, and alterations to, “Carrie’s Place” a refuge for women.
Club hosted District Governor’s Change-over Support given to the Lotte Thorkilgaard Trust when an apron embroidered by our exchange student was raffled.

Features of 1979

75th Anniversary year of Rotary. Ellis Card was given a Paul Harris recognition. Decision to charter a new club - Tenambit / Morpeth, within our boundaries.
Club served breakfast to 36 exchange students at the Morpeth Conference Centre. One incoming and two outgoing exchange student hosted by the club. The short-term New Zealand exchange was also supported.
Our club visited Taree club for a weekend.
Certificates of Recognition were presented to worthy members of the community. Club took part in the Sesqui Centenary celebrations.
White Elephant Auction and Christmas Raffles were again successful. Diners’ Club (for 3H plan) with dinners in members’ homes was also a social success.


 

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