Last Friday night we celebrated the 30th Anniversary of our Rotary Club.  A huge thank you to Roger, Liz and Judy for bringing this excellent evening together.  We enjoyed our meal, short speeches and plenty of fellowship.  Our DG Dennis presented awards to Geoff & Roger in recognition of being Charter members and remain active members in our Club.  30 years of service to one club brings with it a wealth of knowledge on our Club and tremendous support for Rotary.  Congratulations and thank you on behalf of all members.  We also presented a donation cheque to the rebuild fund for St Mary’s Anglican Church.  It was gratefully received by Rev. Bryn.  We also acknowledged their contribution as volunteers to the Hole in One.  A wonderful group to work with.

On Tuesday I attended the second meeting of the Kangaroo Flat Aquatic Centre reference committee representing our Rotary Club.  We were presented with design plans, very similar to the draft presented at the first meeting. This will be a state of the art facility with the only limitations being funding.  At present the target is $30 million split three ways – local, State and Federal funding.  Fortunately (or not) we are in election mode this year and next year. Demolishing the existing building to make way for a new facility is exciting with the architects renowned for state of the art designs which is clearly visible.  The Fire Brigade will retain their track, existing users of the facility will be accommodated at new locations with potential assistance from the Council.  Our next meeting is with local Federal politicians to ramp up support for funding. It is intended to have plans presented for town planning approval in October and then a further 9 months or so to obtain planning approval.  At this point we will be “shovel ready” once funding is organised.

The little Chapel at the Kangaroo Flat cemetery has been saved from demolition.  The opportunity for our Club to be involved in the restoration would, once again, have us out in our local community being seen, volunteering our skills and time.  Can members please give thought to ways we could contribute eg. Painting.  At our next meeting I will ask for ideas and someone to head the project – it will only be one aspect of the restoration – we can then offer our services to the restoration committee.

Next Monday we have our intrepid travelers talking on their Kokoda experience.

Have a wonderful week.