Summary 1976 -1986

The following brief History of the Rotary Club of PORT PIRIE was compiled following a suggestion by D.G. Bob Perryman. It is presented in note form for quick reference.  The history is the result of considerable effort by Past President Bill Frith, with assistance in preparation by Club Service Chairman Peter Griffin.

1976 - 77
John Callary President, Darle Baker Secretary.

The formation and establishment of Rotaract took place.
Charter membership was 31 and this was increased to 38 after 8 months.
Fifteen new members were inducted into our Club, with a loss of 5 due to various reasons to make a total of 63 members.
Fellowship ~ Club visits once again to Clare, Port Augusta and Kadina.
Port Broughton annual interclub golf and bowls days proved successful.
Student exchange numbers sent overseas were increased from 2 to 3. Brian Richards was appointed to Student Exchange District Committee.
Rotary Foundation Group Study exchange team from District 310 in India were hosted by our Club.
The club contributed $2711.23 to Rotary Foundation. This raised the Club plateau from 800% to 1300%, and as a result we lead the District as a contributor.
Club held usual fund raisers including monster auction in conjunction with Rotaract. Profit from the auction was $1,600. A total of $11,889.62 was donated to deserving causes.

1977 - 78
John Plate President, Darle Baker Secretary.

Our club contributed $1,000,00 to Rotary Foundation raising us from 1300% to 1500% plateau.
Student exchange continued to be an important aspect of our Club. Two students returned home. after being in South Africa and Denmark, three students all left for Japan. Our club once again agreed to send two and host two with the added assistance of the Gladstone High School Council.
The Club raised $4,532.00 in various projects, and gave $3,358.00 to worthwhile charities during the year. Rotaract Club had a successful year raising $1,083.00 with the monster auction in combination with Rotary. The first Port Pirie Interact Club will be chartered at the Risdon High School.
Club visits were made to Kadina, Clare, Peterborough and Port Augusta, with all clubs making reciprocal visits.
New members totalled 8 but we lost 12 members due to transfers.
Directory sales contributed $820, some 16,000 copies being printed this year.
Work experience week ? 47 female secondary school students (year 11) gained experience in office procedure in local business and Industry. Sales Assistants seminar also proved popular, 50 persons attended.
Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange returned visit to India District 310. Mr. Don Patterson a Senior Industrial Chemist employed by B.H.A.S. was chosen in the team and spent 6 weeks in India.
Rotary Ball again proved a success, as did the Golf and Bowls days.
An innovation in the Club Bulletin was 'Vocational Corner", ? a number of proactive extracts taken from "Service is my Business" and published regularly in the Bulletin.

1978 ? 79
Kevin Todd/Frank Whitworth, Russell Freak Secretary.

Rotary Foundation ? a further donation was made to U.S.A. of U.S. $1,000 which entitled the club to nominate one more Paul Harris Fellow.
Establishment of 3H programme by the Past President of Rotary International, Australian Clem Renouf, to improve health, alleviate hunger and enhance human and social development throughout the world. Our Club made a donation of $200.
The club hosted a total of four exchange students and had students awawin Holland and Japan.
Rotary Foundation Group Exchange Club hosted 5 business and professional men from Nova Scotia (Canada). They toured throughout district and B.H.A.S., and had a flight over the Flinders Ranges to Leigh Creek and Andamoodka area.
Club donated $1,750 for a worthwhile amenity for the hospital, an electric organ for use in "day care" and the rehabilitation centre. Other donations totalling $1,000 were distributed.
Work experience week ~ 168 students spent the last week of 2nd term in various work places in Port Pirie and Crystal Brook. This programme was well accepted by employers, employees, and students.
The 1978 ? 79 edition of the Rotary Club Directory was released in September1978. A total of 16,000 copies were printed, cost $2,320, postage $774, other costs etc. totalled $3,137.16. Profit was $1,536 from 925 clubs in Australia and 200 in New Zealand.
Rotary Foundation contributions reached 1500%.
Past President Bruce James was made a Paul Harris Fellow.
The Rotaract Club had a very active year, initiating many projects themselves. The Interact Club is now meeting at Risdon Park High School. The club's formation followed considerable assistance from School Principal, Peter Griffin, and his staff.

1979 ? 80
Ron Johns ? President, Russell Freak ? Secretary.

3H Programme, the club's commitment of $15.00 per member was fulfilled, and we received our banner.
Eight new members were inducted during the year, however three were transferred or resigned.
Fund raising was again most successful with the Football Carnival being the principal source of income. However $5,000 was donated towards the clock project (75th anniversary of Rotary) and other local charitable organisations.
Two exchange students are being hosted from Brazil and Indonesia, while two are overseas in U.S.A. and the Philippines respectively.
Sale of 1978 ? 79 edition of Rotary Club Directories continued and $1,224.14 was raised from the project. Rotary Foundation currently at 1600% plateau.
Past President Cordon Martin was made a Paul Harris Fellow.
A special dinner was held to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the formation. of Rotary International and well attended. Club has now paid $548 towards 3H programme.
Rotaract Club had a successful year helping with Monster auction, Lightning Football Carnival, and making donations to missions for Seamen Central Mission and other worthwhile organisations.
Philip Johns was elected as District Representative of Rotaract and Port Pirie' Rotary Club Won the Rotaract Involvement Award.
Interclub activities were again successful between Kadina. and Kangaroo island (a first for our Club), 21 persons from Port Pirie attended the conference at Alice Springs.

 

1980 ? 81
Brian Richards ? President, John Gander ? Secretary.

This year marked the 25th Anniversary of the beginning of our Club ? 25 years of fellowship and service.
One hundred and seventy members have passed through the club, not including the present fifty six Rotarians.
Ron Johns was District Governor's representative in our area. Brian Condon was Chairman of the Rotary Foundation promotion committee, and also his recent election as Aust. President of the Aust. region of the I.F.F.R. and Ian Christall has continued on the youth exchange committee for District 950.
Several members attended New Guinea F.A.I.M. project.
We journeyed to Port Augusta, Peterborough and Kadina on Club visits, and received appropriate return visits. We visited Port Broughton on two occasions. one was an inter?city visit, and the other to defeat Kadina on our Annual Bowls Game our Club was also successful for the first time in winning the Round Robin Bowls Tournament held amongst service clubs.
District conference at Henley Beach was also well attended.
Paul Harris Fellowship was awarded to Frank Whitworth.
"Interviewing Applicants for a Job" booklet was presented to the Club ? part of vocational service week on October 16th. ? several hundred copies were distributed.
Two exchange students were hosted, one at Gladstone by the High School Council, the other in Port Pirie. Also two students departed to New Mexico, U.S.A. and Johannesburg, South Africa.
Donation was made to Orana Workshop to become a "Patron of this Organisation" of $1,000.
Several fund raising functions were held during the year e.g. Football Carnival. The Rotary clock was handed over to the citizens of Port Pirie as part of the Clubs 25th Anniversary and R.I.'s 75th Anniversary. This followed a 25th Birthday Dinner at the Town Hall in May.
The Club reached the 1800% plateau in Rotary Foundation.

 

1980 ? 81

 

Brian Richards ? President, John Gander ? Secretary.

This year marked the 25th Anniversary of the beginning of our Club ? 25 years of fellowship and service.

One hundred and seventy members have passed through the club, not including the present fifty six Rotarians.

Ron Johns was District Governor's representative in our area. Brian Condon was Chairman of the Rotary Foundation promotion committee, and also his recent election as Aust. President of the Aust. region of the I.F.F.R. and Ian Christall has continued on the youth exchange committee for District 950.

 

Several members attended New Guinea F.A.I.M. project.

We journeyed to Port Augusta, Peterborough and Kadina on Club visits, and received appropriate return visits. We visited Port Broughton on two occasions. one was an inter?city visit, and the other to defeat Kadina on our Annual Bowls Game our Club was also successful for the first time in winning the Round Robin Bowls Tournament held amongst service clubs.

District conference at Henley Beach was also well attended.

Paul Harris Fellowship was awarded to Frank Whitworth.

"Interviewing Applicants for a Job" booklet was presented to the Club ? part of vocational service week on October 16th. ? several hundred copies were distributed.

Two exchange students were hosted, one at Gladstone by the High School Council, the other in Port Pirie. Also two students departed to New Mexico, U.S.A. and Johannesburg, South Africa.

Donation was made to Orana Workshop to become a "Patron of this Organisation" of $1,000.

Several fund raising functions were held during the year e.g. Football Carnival. The Rotary clock was handed over to the citizens of Port Pirie as part of the Clubs 25th Anniversary and R.I.'s 75th Anniversary. This followed a 25th Birthday Dinner at the Town Hall in May.

The Club reached the 1800% plateau in Rotary Foundation.

 

1981 - 1982

David Hart President John Gander Secretary.

•The main fund-raising projects were the Auction, Smelters Picnic ice-cream stall, Football Carnival and the Golf Day. Profits exceeded $5000. Other supporting projects included the Hospital Fete, Apex Food Festival, Urine Testing and Medic Alert, Mission to Seamen, TV tower and booster for Milkana Cottages.

•A refrigerator/freezer was provided for the Northern Cultural Centre and the Rotary toddlers pool was refurbished at the Community Swimming Pool.

•Highlight of the year was a training seminar for sales assistants and receptionists. Sixty three nominations were received. This project won the Clair Rogers Vocational Service Award at the District Conference in Whyalla.

•Two participants were chosen for the R.Y.L.A. camp.

•Bill Williams applied for and was accepted as a F.A.LM. member to help construct a Health Centre at Baiyer River in Papua New Guinea.

•Brian & Josie Richards attended District 279 Conference in Chiba Prefecture, Japan.

•Exchange Students:- One going to India & one to Japan. One coming from Sth. Africa and one from Canada. The latter to be hosted by the Booleroo Centre High School. Involvement was instigated to participate for the first time in the Short Term Direct Exchange with New Zealand. Four applications have been received.

•Rotaract and Intereact are both going strongly.

•Port Pirie again won the Adelaide Rotary Fours Bowls Tournament. Bob Newman, Dene Cretan, Brian Condon and Dennis Schenke were our winners. Pirie also won the Service Clubs Round Robin.

•Paul Harris Fellowship Award was bestowed on Past President Ron Johns.

•District Committee involvement:­

Brian Condon. Chairman of both the Rotary Foundation and LF.F.R. and a member of the F.A.LM. committee...... Ron Johns on the Vocational and Ian Christall on Student Exchange.

•The Rotary International Convention held in Melbourne this year.

•The first Rotating Dinner was held and was a popular success.

 

1981 - 1982

Dene Cretan President David Sandell Secretary

•The main fund-raising projects this year were the Football Carnival, Smelters Picnic Ice Cream Stalls, Food Festival, Cabaret and Golf Day. A special joint fund raising effort together with Lions raised $12,488 for the Lord Mayor's Bushfire Appeal.

•Support was given to the Hospital Fete, Jaycees Parade, Medic Alert, Urine Testing, Picnic for the handicapped and Mothers Day flowers for the Hospital.

•The meeting procedure list for the Chairman at each meeting was first produced.

•Rotaract and Interact are still going strongly.

•A decision was made to commence hiring the marquee to finance refurbishment.

•Two Awardees were sent to the R.Y.L.A. camp.

The first Vocational Award presented by this Club was awarded to John Richter vocational service

•The first Probus Club in Port Pirie was formed with 36 charter members. .

•Rotary Club Directory was again produced. 14,000 were distributed. M 11 Fr

•Club contributed a further $US 1050 which elevated the club to 2200% plateau.

•Bill Frith was made a Paul Harris Fellow.

Brian Condon became Chairman of District 950 Rotary Foundation Promotion Committee.

•Student Exchange involved two out and two in with Gladstone High School hosting one from U. S.A.

•Our first involvement with the Australia/New Zealand Matched Twin Exchange. Karen Wiles from Auckland and Susan Franks from Port Pirie were the Exchangees.

•Other fellowship activities included the Family Picnic, Rotating Dinner, Bowls & Golf with Kadina and several interclub visits.

•There were 7 new members inducted and 9 resignations.

•A commitment was made to hold the 1984 District 950 Conference in Port Pirie and a Steering Committee was formed.

•A Group Study Exchange team from Finland was hosted here.

•In line with the R.I. Presidents Theme of "Building Bridges of Friendship" a special project was undertaken of sending $US20 to ten overseas clubs for them to return a gift. This gift was then auctioned at our meetings to raise funds. Considerable interest was generated by this project.

 

1983-84 CONFERENCE MR

Gordon Cheesman President Bill Williams Secretary

The highlight of this year was the staging of The District 950 Conference.

•The Conference Committee was:­

Chairman Stephen Lynch David Hart

Secretary John Gander Ron Johns

Dene Cretan Geoff Nichols

Russell Freak Brian Richards

•The Northern Festival Centre was an ideal venue. 610 persons were seated for the conference banquet.

Rotaract provided an excellent Barbecue on Sunday prior to the break-up.

•Wonderful support was received from Rotaryannes.

In the words of Chairman Stephen:­

"There are many benefits to be gained from staging the Conference, as I am sure the Conferees went away from Port Pirie with a much improved impression of our City, it's people, its facilities, its hospitality and it's environment.

Just as importantly, the Club has surely gained strength from it's commitment to a major objective and ancillary benefits of fellowship and improved member knowledge of Rotary and it's work. "

Other club news:-

•Membership increased by 12 induction's but there was a loss of 5 through transfers.

•Sad passing of member and past Mayor of Port Pirie - Jack Nykiel

•Our Club achieved the District Conference Attendance Award.

•Intercity meeting and Bowls at Port Broughton with an added twist. We took enough food for all at the bowls match against Kadina, which added a greater degree of fellowship to the evening.

Installation of TV towers at Nykiel and Funnell Villages.

•Traditional events received the usual Rotary support and involvement.

•Replacement of the marquee top.

•Donations were given to 17 worthy causes.

•Although almost all of the foundation members have retired from Rotaract, because of age limits, the club is still functioning strongly.

•Unfortunately Interact succumbed to lack of interest from students and dedicated teacher liaison.

•Brian Condon Chairman of District 950 Rotary Foundation Promotion Committee.

•Two R.Y.L.A. awards were made.

•Secondary School Awards were made to the three Port Pirie High Schools plus Gladstone and Booleroo Centre High Schools.

•A successful Sales Assistant Award scheme was conducted.

•Involvement in The Apprentice of the Year Award.

•Rotary International Fellowship Foundation plateau was increased to 2600%

Two Paul Harris Awards were given to David Hart and Vern Potter. Joyce Condon became an Additional Paul Harris Fellow.

•One Exchange Student journeyed overseas while two came from Finland & Germany.

•Another successful "Twin Exchange" with New Zealand.

Brian & Joyce Condon attended the International Convention in Birmingham, England.

 

1984-85

Brian Tayler President Bill Williams Secretary

•The first “Rotarian of the year” award was give to John Banfield.

The major project of the year was to provide a portable grandstand for the City Council.

Profit of $2834 was realised from the Rotary Directory.

Rotary Foundation was swnt US$2000, which kept us at the top of District 950 with 3000%.

•Two Paul Harris Fellowships were bestowed on John Callary and Gordon Shearwin.

Brian Condon….Member of Rotary International World Fellowship Activity Committee.

•Ian Christall, together with his wife Arvon, were selected by the District Committee for Student Exchange • chaperone the Exchange Students from Australia bound for Europe and other

countries en route. They flew via Japan and the North Pole with over 90 students and four other Chaperones.

•Club maintained it's 100% membership of F.A.LM.. We now have 63 Life Members.

•There were 8 new members inducted, 3 lost, leaving a total membership of 66.

•There were many social and fund-raising events which included our usual Interclub and Intercity meetings, bowls and golf tournaments (Round Robin Bowls won by Port Pirie Lions), Barbecue for Heartbeat Fun Run, Youth Beach Carnival, Waiters at the Miss S.A. Ball, visit from Port Pirie Lions, etc.

•We obtained our first roving microphone.

•Two outgoing R.E.S. to South Africa and Japan and two incoming from Finland and U.S.A.

•Short Term Exchange with New Zealand continued with one student each way.

•A reunion of all Past Exchange Students is to be held at St. Peters College in Adelaide.

•Brian Condon member of District 950 Rotary Foundation Promotion Committee.

•Over 100 Clubs in the Port Pirie area were invited to a seminar for Club Secretaries and Treasurers. This was thought to be a project worth repeating sometime in the future.

•Reverend Ern Heyne was awarded our Vocational Service Award for outstanding work as a Lutheran Minister.

•Club sponsored one child to Camp Quality.

•Dannielle Marshell was our student sponsored for the National Science Summer School.

•Two awardees were sent to R.Y.L.A. camp at the new venue of Roseworthy Agricultural College.

 

1985-86

Dino Gadaleta President Bill Williams Secretary

•The two major programmes this year were the provision of Shelter Sheds at sporting grounds and the Vandalism Awareness Programme.

•The Vandalism Awareness Programme received high support throughout the community. Police officers gave lectures at schools, pamphlets were distributes widely, a poster competition resulted in over 250 posters being submitted for judging. The excellent film "The Silent Crime" was made by High School students in co-operation with GTS 4.

•Forty eight applications were received for the Shop Assistants Award.

•Awards of $25 were presented to Students of the Year at Port Pirie, Gladstone and Booleroo Centre High Schools.

•Many fund-raising projects took place with the Football Carnival heading the list with over $4000. This was boosted to over $6000 by the other regular fund raisers.

•Brian Richards was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship.

•Secretary Bill Williams was named as Rotarian Of The Year.

•Club fellowship included the usual Intercity meetings and interclub bowls and visits, Rotating Dinner, Golf, Family Picnic and Combined Service Clubs Dinner.

•Membership declined from 65 to 63.

•Two Awardees were sent to the R.Y.L.A. Camp

•International Youth Year was highlighted by a special guest speaker from the Y.M.C.A.

•Three candidates were selected to face the District Committee for possible selection for the National Science Summer School.

•A new innovation was introduced by having the Board Members of Rotaract attend the Club Youth Committee meetings to keep a strong liaison between the two Clubs.

•One Short Term Exchange Student has been selected, subject to a suitable student being found in New Zealand.

•Three Exchange Students have been selected to go overseas next year and we will receive one each from South Africa, Malaysia and Mexico.

•Group Study Exchange Team from Denmark were hosted by our Club.

•Rotarian, Reverend Ian Barlow spent 3 months in Texas on a direct exchange, organised by the South Australia 150th Year Organising Committee.

•Brian Condon elected Vice President LF.F.R. to 1992.