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History of the Rotary Club of Ku-ring-gai

Our club was chartered on the 6th February 1959. (The following article was written in February 1999)

ROTARY COMES TO KU-RING-GAI. NEW CLUB RECEIVES CHARTER

This headline appeared above the report of the charter of the Club published in the Ku-Ring-Gai Recorder on February 18th 1959. The report describes the evening as follows:

 "The newly-formed Rotary Club of Ku-Ring-Gai was formally admitted to membership of Rotary International last Friday night" (6/2/59),"when the official Rotary Charter was presented to President Lloyd Davies, by the District Governor HugLloyd-Owen, before a large gathering held at Killara Memorial Hall.

 The beautifully decorated hall was packed to capacity and delegates from 54 Rotary Clubs in all were present to welcome the 26 new members of Ku-Ring-Gai into the fellowship of some 467,000 business and professional executives throughout the world"...

"Chatswood Rotary Club under the direction of Mr George Nicol (Past President) who was the District Governor's Special Representative were the sponsors of the new Club, and ably organised the Charter Night. Among those present and who spoke were Mr John Mallyon, President of Chatswood Rotary Club, His Worship the Mayor of Ku-Ring-Gai, Ald. A Campbell, the Hon. the Minister for the Army, Mr John Cramer and Mr John Pierce, Vice President of Chatswood Rotary Club.

The fellowship of the evening was in the capable hands of Mr Sam Pearce, of Chatswood Club, and Master of Ceremonies was Mr Alan Walsh (Past President of Chatswood Rotary). Mr Jim Cornish contributed solos during the evening and Mr Harold Ralph (Past President of Casino Club) was song leader.

The "Recorder" extends a cordial welcome to the newly-charted Rotary Club of Ku-Ring-Gai. To its officers and members, we offer our congratulations for bringing Ku-Ring-Gai into the world-wide Rotary family"...

"We look for great things from our new Rotary Club which will build warm friendships and understanding among men representing the various businesses and professions in our city. On that solid foundation the Rotarians will undertake activities - based on Rotary's "service" ideals - which will promote high standards in business and professional life, help to make the community a better place in which to live and contribute to the formation in Ku-ring-gai of an informed viewpoint on world affairs."

It is believed that the first project of the new-born Club was to assist the Sir Eric Woodward Memorial School for handicapped children. It is not possible to list all the projects in which the Club has been involved but let us try, at least, to list some of the highlights.

Hands on Projects

Construction of a residential unit at Camp Breakaway; the Fire Circle at Vision Valley; the Senses Walk in the Ku-Ring-Gai Wildflower Garden; Fusion Cafe.

Hospitals and Health

Polio Plus; The Microsearch Foundation of Australia; Laparoscopic equipment for Hornsby Hospital; The Rotary Wing of the Children's Hospital at Westmead; Modern hospital beds for HOPE Health Care (Neringah Hospital); Rotary Health Research Foundation; Rotary Against Malaria; assistance for heart surgery in Nepal and the Solomon Islands.

Community and Charitable Organisations

Ku-Ring-Gai SES; Ku-Ring-Gai Bushfire Brigade; Tree for Joy; Anglican Home Mission Society; Smith Family; Salvation Army; The Merry Makers; Sydney City Mission; Lifeline; The Carers Program; Altzheimers Association; ME/CFS Society of NSW and the Formation of Probus Clubs.

Youth Projects

International Youth Exchange; International Group Study Exchange; RYLA and National Summer Year 9 Science Schools; Vision Valley Camps; Trees for Survival Project in Schools; Camp Quality; local public school computer facilities; Model United Nation Assembly.

Vocational

Pride of Workmanship Awards; The Achievement program conducted over 13 years and continuing; Employ Australia Project; CompAware - computer training for members and partners.

International

Rotary Foundation; School Construction in Papua New Guinea; Equipment for blind and vision impaired people in PNG; Donation and delivery of Books to PNG; Thailand School - Fish Farms and Literacy Program; Mount Hagen Foundation and other clean water projects; International Refugee Relief.

Is the Rotary Club of Ku ring gai an outstanding Rotary Club?

Probably not, but is an honest and hard working one. Do its members and partners enjoy good fellowship? They undoubtedly do. This much also can be said without dispute. For the past forty years the Ku ring gai District, and even places far beyond Ku ring gai, have been better places in which to live because there has been a Rotary Club of Ku ring gai.

May it long continue to thrive!

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