East Maitland Rotary - 1980 -  1989
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 History from 1980 - 1989

Features of 1981

Our club’s 21st birthday celebrations were held this year. Our biennial White Elephant Auction again was successful this year and the Christmas Stocking Raffle was well supported.
Weekend working bees with other service clubs helped to clean up Hiland Crescent Cemetery. Catered for Tenambit / Morpeth Club “Anything Goes” night, which raised $1600 which were donated to Mai-Well Special School.
The club supported the Aged Persons Home that is scheduled to be built in East Maitland which this years funds were channeld towards. Another short term exchange with a New Zealand club was done.

Features of 1982

The club sponsored the formation of a Probus Club in East Maitland. A F.A.I.M. project to build a Health Centre in Sulawesi, Indonesia was sponsored by the club, with proceeds from our Christmas Raffle of $1400.
A Golf Day raised funds for the NBN Telethon and the Mardi Gras for the Green Hills Nursing Home.
Working bees held at Hiland Crescent Cemetery and St. Catherine’s Pre-school.
An exchange student from Finland was hosted and a Finnish night saw the Ambassador from this country join us. An outgoing student to Denmark was selected.
An amount of $10,000 is in hand for Green Hills Home.

Features of 1983

Fund-raisers for the year included the White Elephant Auction, Christmas Stocking Raffle and catering for “Anything Goes”.
Involved again with F.A.I.M. projects, with a donation of $2,000 and participation by Ken Lawrence in Gimpu, Central Celebes.
Two members were passed “to higher service” (Ken McKerihan and Don Graham) and a Paul Harris Award was presented to Chas. McNeill.
An incoming exchange student from Denmark was shared with Tenambit / Morpeth club. Two children were sponsored to “Camp Quality” for cancer sufferers.
A student was sent to the National Summer Science School, and involvement with both Maitland High and Maitland Girls High Schools continued.

Features of 1984

Fund raising efforts included a Halloween Mardi Gras, and catering for “Anything Goes” and Tocal Field Days.
We had an incoming exchange student from Norway and two outgoing, to South Africa and Holland. One student was sponsored to RYLA. A G.S.E. team from U. S. A. was hosted jointly with the Maitland club.
A drive to collect Australian books for despatch to the Philippines was undertaken.
A combined meeting with Tenambit / Morpeth and Raymond Terrace heard about “Peer Support” from television personality James Dibble.
Neville Arthur given a Paul Harris Award and Ken Lawrence passed “to higher service”.
Five “Pride of Workmanship” awards presented.

Features of 1985

Both Art and White Elephant Auctions held this year.
A membership development program saw us gain six new members, and we joined with Maitland, Raymond Terrace and Tenambit / Morpeth clubs for meetings.
We sponsored a South African student and had a visit from the Ambassador. We sent a student to Holland.
We sent 2 students to RYLA and one to the National Summer Science School. All students attended at least one meeting and all spoke to the club.
A careers night was held at MGHS, and “Pride of Workmanship” awards were presented.
An amount of $6,000 was set aside for future work at Rotary Park and a plateau of 1500% was reached in contributions to The Rotary Foundation.

Features of 1986

25th Anniversary Dinner held with a Silver Anniversary Booklet printed.
Six fellows had 100% attendance.
A Ladies Probus Club co-sponsored and chartered.
Rotary Park received more attention. Historic markers were located and plaques affixed. Citrus trees planted at local aged care facilities.
Polio Plus campaign initiated and over $7000 was contributed. A GSE team from USA was hosted. Both incoming and outgoing exchange students were also part of our international efforts. Exchange student night held with 7 countries represented.
P.P. Jack Latter became District Governor nominee and two Paul Harris Fellows were presented during the year.

History From 1980 - 1989

Features of 1987

Fellowship and fund raising went hand in hand this year.
Polio Plus was again fully supported, as well as Green Hills Nursing Home, Children’s Activity Van, and the ARHRF.
International project in PNG supported financially.
Club involved in both RYLA and Peer Support Scheme.
Incoming and outgoing exchange students were part of our involvement with youth. Summer Science School at Newcastle – club assisted 5 students to attend. Also took part in a short-term exchange with New Zealand.
Emphasis on family participation with 2 picnics held during the year, as well as 2 theatre nights.
Some work done on Rotary Park and our elephant was a feature of the Australia Day Parade.

Features of 1988

The focus for the year was on Rotary and Club Service.
We hosted a most successful District Conference at the end of Jack Latter’s year with the help of the other local clubs. The East Maitland Ladies’ Probus Club was chartered with over 100 members.
A YEP student went to Belgium, and 3 students were sent to RYLA. Peer support programme was supported again. 4 students supported to Summer Science the Schools. Australian and U.S. Rotary Foundation Scholars spoke to the club.
Club in the “top 10” for attendance in the District for 9 of the 11 months. Moves towards incorporation begun.
Plans for a group of our fellows to undertake a project at Golgobip in New Guinea put in place for next year.

Features of 1989

A very full year of fund raising, but with plenty of good fellowship as well, fitting the theme for the year !
F.A.I.M team went to New Guinea – Errol Avard, Keith Laing, Alan Brazier and John Farragher. The service of 5 fellows to Rotary was recognised by the presentation of Paul Harris Awards during the year. We lost Ken Smith, a long serving member, and John Kennedy through a work accident.
Incoming and outgoing YEP exchangees were hosted.
Summer Science Schools, RYLA and RYPEN were also supported. Three Pride of Workmanship Awards were presented.
An Art Auction was attended by more than 250 people and raised $9,500 for ARHRF. We also ran a Golf Day.



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