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Rotarians rally for community

Monday, 6th July, 2015

The Rotary Club of Broken Hill South bestowed the highest honour it can on long-serving member Geoff Cullenward on Saturday night. Geoff was “gobsmacked” and “tremendously honoured” after the announcement at the club’s 43rd annual changeover dinner. The Rotary Club of Broken Hill South bestowed the highest honour it can on long-serving member Geoff Cullenward on Saturday night. Geoff was “gobsmacked” and “tremendously honoured” after the announcement at the club’s 43rd annual changeover dinner.

By Michael Murphy

The Rotary Club of Broken Hill South honoured one of its longtime supporters on Saturday night.

Geoff Cullenward became a “Paul Harris Fellow’ - the highest award a club can present - at a gala function at the Democratic Club.

Outgoing president Bill Parker said Rotarians worldwide contributed to a charity that promotes goodwill, understanding and fellowship between nations and people.

“Through their contribution to the foundation, Rotary clubs are able to award fellowships in recognition of an individual’s service in devoting their lives to these principles.

“In receiving this award, you join the ranks of many other distinguished Paul Harris Fellows all over the world.

“I hope you will, at suitable moments, wear the pin with pride.”

Geoff said he was “gobsmacked” when the fellowship was announced.

Geoff joined the club back in November 1989 when he accepted an invitation from the late Gordon Florence.

From the outset he was involved in various committees and became president of the club just four years into his membership.

He has been involved in many projects over the years, including student exchanges, the Kidney Car Rally, and a project for the Home of Compassion.

Geoff said that when he got involved in something, it had always been his attitude to “get involved to the nth degree”.

“You do what you can, when you can, while you can,” Geoff said.

“I am tremendously honoured to be nominated for the Paul Harris Fellowship.”

The South Broken Hill Club also paid tribute to the late John Rouse, who died earlier this year.

Outgoing president Bill Parker recalled December’s Christmas pageant, and his dear friend.

“John Rouse and I had our usual stress time over a lack of participation, but a wonderful turnout of 40 floats made up for the stress,” Bill told the gathering.

“April 19 2015 was a sad day for our club with the passing of John Rouse.

“The works that John performed for our club over 30 years has been outstanding.”

Bill then passed the baton to the club’s newest president, June Spangler, who then presented the new board of the club, and rallied the troops for the year ahead.

June said the next 12 months would be punctuated with some big events such as the “Modern Living Expo” in August, the Christmas Pageant again in December followed by Agfair in the new year.

“An ongoing project I would like our club to invest time in this year is going to be that of gaining new memberships,” June said.

“I am looking forward to having as many members as possible participating in this drive.”

The club also presented various groups with donations on the night. More than $8000 in cash and items were presented to the Philharmonic Society, St Vincent de Paul, Broken Hill Autism Group and the Uniting Church (Flying Padre). Other groups to benefit included Palliative Care, Silverlea and the PCYC.

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