Rotary celebrates 75th year

29th Jun 2021

It was a scaled down celebration of 75 years of service to Guyra by Rotary Club members last Saturday night, 26th June at a dinner held at the Bowling Club.
Although he did not know it, Steve Mepham was the guest of honour and was surprised when President Wendy Mulligan announced he was to be given the highest award a Rotary Club can give: a Paul Harris Fellow. Steve has given many years of community service to Guyra and district, most notably as President of the Lamb & Potato Festival Committee and as a member and now President of the Guyra Chamber of Commerce.
Past District Governor, Bob Ryan inducted Wendy Mulligan for a second term as President of Guyra Rotary Club for 2021-22. A presentation of $2,000 was made to the Garden Club in support of the Memorial Avenue of Trees and Mandala Garden.
In her report on Rotary’s year of activities, she stated that this year has been a disjointed year for Rotary.
“The Guyra Club continues to meet regularly on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month, well hosted by the Guyra Cafe. As the Covid issues persist, we are concentrating on fellowship, supporting each other during this trying time and Rotary Programs.
“We had two NYSF candidates who participated through a different format due to Covid. One student participated in public speaking.
“Our Christmas Street Carnival on 4th December was cancelled due to Covid restrictions, however we proceeded on 11th December with a Christmas Tree Lighting in the Main Street, providing a free sausage sizzle and fairy floss for all who attended. This was a very successful event.
“Guyra Rotary Club hosted a special Men’s Health Education Rotary Van (MHERV); 35 men and 6 women attended. In conjunction with the MHERV program, a RAWCS program was also undertaken, with 32 debit cards provided to farmers.