Summary 1993 - 1994


President Les Waddington Secretary Alan Paterson

President Elect Warren Johns Vice President Brian Richards

Treasurer & Community Service Director John Rowe

Club Service Warren Johns International Peter Orvad

Youth Malcolm Will Vocational Neville Ferme

m This year saw the Club reaching out on an ever increasing circle of activities including privately funded overseas trips by members to investigate and assess a possible project in the Philippines.

m This updated version of our Club’s History was first handed out at the District Governor’s visit and a little later in the Rotary year the added pages of photographs of all Past Presidents and outgoing and incoming Exchange Students was completed. Past President Brian Richards expressed his thanks to all current and past members and Exchange Students who helped him in his quest to obtain all of these photographs, a task he thought was impossible.

m Our first function for the year involved a visit from members and Rotaractors from the Rotary Club of Burnside. This was to assess a possible joint project to initiate a Tree Planting & Salinity Control Plan on the “Wheatlands” property of the Johns’ family. This was also one of the first functions for our new Mobile Barbecue. A great fellowship day. This was followed at the end of the Rotary year when Burnside helped us to plant 2,400 trees followed by a Barbecue before they returned home.

m The Probus Club of Port Pirie & District was responsible for organising a Picnic for all Probians in our District. This was held in Memorial Park and received support from our club.

m The Inaugural Rotary-Probus Bowls Day was organised which apart from being a resounding success and a great day of fellowship for all, raised enough for a cheque for $1,200.00 to be sent to the Bone Marrow Register Fund. There was also a Fund-raising Open Night Tournament organised early in January.

m Our major fund-raiser was once again the Apex-Rotary Food Festival, proving most successful, not only in financial terms but also proving what can be achieved in joint projects with other Service Clubs. Our share of the profits was $5,500.

m Many hours of work were put into the successful construction of a Mobile Stage which was completed in time for the Food Festival. A semi-trailer chassis was converted to a fully integrated Mobile Stage which has since been in demand for other Community events.

m A Group Study Exchange Team from District 1180 in England & Wales proved to be a valuable and entertaining experience for both members of the Team and our members who were able to share and participate in this exchange.

m A successful Family Picnic was organised and held at Bowmans Park.

m District 9500 Conference was held at Broken Hill and a record number of Members and Wives attended from our Club.

m Many other projects were organised by the Community Service Committee. These included a float in the Christmas Parade, assisting at both Port Pirie Power Boat Championship and later the Go-Kart Grand Prix, Rotary Golf Day, Football Gate, Smelters Picnic, Blessing of the Fleet Ball, Australia Day Committee and Mothers Day Flowers for the Hospital and Elderly Citizens Homes.

m The ever popular Rotating Dinner was well attended and a Christmas Ladies Night was held at the Sportsman Tavern. Visits were also made to Port Augusta and Clare.

m Students at Solomontown School raised $200 for the Peter Nelson Leukaemia Research fund and this was subsidised by our Club 2:1, resulting in a total of $600.

m Gordon Chivell co-opted the help of Dennis Coad, Brian Tayler, Bill Burns and Jim Gorey to go with him to the Philippines to investigate an aid project for victims of the eruption of the Mount Pinatubo Volcano. As a result our Club has set aside $Aus10,000, which is planned to be used for a Youth Training Scheme through the help of three local Philippines Rotary Clubs in the affected area. Applications have been made for a Matching Grant from Rotary International and for a subsidy from the Australian Government to boost this amount. We await their decisions in the hope that a much larger amount will result. In recognition of his hard work towards this project, President Les rewarded Gordon with the Rotarian Of The Year Award.

m The Youth Committee again found applicants for the Siemens Summer Science School, National Science Summer School and R.Y.L.A. Considerable help was also given to Rotaract to help them recruit members.

m We were unsuccessful with our submission for a local Police Officer to be awarded the Police Person of the Year Award.

m Ron Johns, Philip Johns, Warren Johns, Mick Prest, Brian Tayler & Garth Zerbe were all awarded for their record of 100% attendance. Philip Johns also received an award for 10 years of consecutive 100% attendance.

m Brian Condon brought great distinction to this Club by being elected as World President of The International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians at the World Conference at Taipei in Taiwan.

m Maurice McBride was recognised for his excellent efforts this year for the Club, especially associated with the Mobile Barbecue and Stage, with a Paul Harris Sapphire Award.