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HISTORY OF OUR CLUB
- Our 50th Anniversary year
50 years ago Strathfield Rotary
Club was born. On 19th April 1971, at a formal dinner held at
Macquarie University, the official charter was presented to the President Bill
Boyce, Vice President Don Killip, Secretary Bill Veitch, Treasurer Brian
Cullen-Ward and the Board.
During the first year there were 12 members inducted, 3
resignations and sadly one member (Leo Langley) passed away. There new members
inducted post Charter Night including Roger Vince who is
still an active member and our Club historian.
Meetings for the first two years were held at the
Strathfield Recreation Club. This was followed by many moves and finally in
2003, to Strathfield Golf Club. Charter President Bill Boyce, was the first
recipient of Paul Harris Fellow on 21st August 1980. (For the full story of how
our Club began
Extract from DG Harry Pickett's Charter Night address at
“Tonight’s ceremony marks
an auspicious occasion for the community of Strathfield. Leading business
and professional men of this community have banded together to form a Rotary
Club accepting the constitution and by-laws of Rotary International and
agreeing to further the object of Rotary. This new Rotary Club of
Strathfield formed by men who accept Rotary’s philosophy of ‘Service above
Self’ and who will exemplify high ethical standards in business and
professional life, aided by the friendship and fellowship of Rotary will add
to the wellbeing and way of life of the community"
CLUB HISTORY: FIFTY YEARS OF THE ROTARY
CLUB OF STRATHFIELD
years ago on 19 April 1971 the Charter for the Rotary Club Strathfield was
presented by the then District Governor Harry Picket (left) representing Rotary
International at the investiture of our Charter President Bill Boyce.
The first 25 years of the Rotary Club of Strathfield was compiled into a history
by PP Maurie Moroney and produced as a written document. Some of us still have
copies. Lesley Smallwood who did the design and layout of the original document
has provided me with a series of PDF files which were provided weekly in the enews
from 25 April 2012 . Following Maurie's document PP Roger Vince and his
committee developed a follow up yearly histories for the 40th Anniversary. These
I set out in pdf documents. All these are now being include below as time permits.
The history begins in our Charter
year 1971 with our Charter President Bill Boyce
comments by the 1991-1992 Secretary Shane Smallwood;
the Charter from
our first program (Bulletin) page1 and Page
about our Charter
year and see a list of our Charter members
6th year. Merv
our 8th year Peter
President and the year Ross Brown was inducted.
our 9th year. Lew
first year of the ANZAC day breakfast and also the first time the Club
our 10th year. Dr Brian
was president. This was a year that sustainable things happened. The year that the first Probus Club was chartered in
Strathfield under Director PP George Hallworth; and the Rotaract Club of
Strathfield was chartered under Director PP Bob Templeman. Raymond
McCluskie was inducted.
was the year of our first District Governor PP Bob Taylor. There is a photo
of Margaret and David, another Peter Pan set; the photo could have been
taken last week. As you know David also went on to be District Governor in
(E_news 11 07 2012 (Click).
our 14th year was Harley
Harley's year was a ground breaking year for accommodating change; the
Rotary sing-a-long, an anachronism of days of past, was banned. Also if you
look closely you will see a photograph of a bearded Rotarian who eventually
became the managing editor of the Strathfield Rotary Club's e-news. Harley
went on to be District Governor in 2006-07. Harley was the also the CEO of
the South Pacific Office of Rotary International. We knew him as "Mr Rotary"