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At 23, Tamara our youngest Rotarian

Monday, 5th August, 2013

Tamara Cuffe is not just the Rotary Club of Broken Hill South’s newest member- she’s also the youngest ever. Tamara Cuffe is not just the Rotary Club of Broken Hill South’s newest member- she’s also the youngest ever.

By Erica Visser

The average age of members is 60 plus, but that did not stop 23-year-old Tamara Cuffe from joining the Rotary Club of Broken Hill South.

Ms Cuffe is the youngest person to ever join Rotary in Broken Hill, which helps charities through catering and voluntary work.

She officially became a member last Wednesday and intends to “stick around”.

The office worker has recently been involved with national child sex abuse charity Bravehearts and said she wanted to help local charities in need.

“I have done charity work before but I wanted to be directly involved in the community and Rotary was the best way to do it,” she said.

“I have a family friend who does Rotary and he suggested Rotary to help me with some charity events I wanted to organise but when I heard about the amazing things they do, I wanted in.”

The Club’s President John Coff said that numbers had dwindled in recent yours so it was great to welcome an enthusiastic young member.

The second youngest member of South Rotary is aged 45 years.

Years ago, the club had around 40 members but the total now sits at 27.

“With people leaving town and passing away we’ve gotten smaller,” Mr Coff said.

“I thought that the fact that everyone was a bit older would have frightened Tamara off, but it didn’t.

“We don’t mind fundraising for charities like Bravehearts and we’ve told her we can help her out with any of that.”

But did Mr Coff think that age was a barrier for communication within the group?

“Not with Tamara, I don’t think so,” he said.

“If we can get some more of the younger ones involved it would be even better.”

Mr Coff said in order to qualify, a person must “be interesting and you’ve got to have a career of some sort.

“We meet weekly for a dinner meeting at the Democratic Club, it’s usually quite casual, we encourage chatting after we do our business.”

Ms Cuffe said that if any other young people were interested in joining, they should go for it.

“I would highly recommend it to young people, it’s rewarding and a beautiful thing to be a part of,” she said.

“The club is very welcoming and kind and there is such a sense of fellowship.”

Anyone interested in getting involved should call Mr Coff on 0412 996 017.

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