The Parkes Rotary Club ‘no-Changeover dinner’ held at the Bushman’s Motel on Saturday was a wonderful night of recognition and celebration attended by 70 people.
President Robert Shore introduced a new award and presented Life Membership to three stalwarts of the club: Arthur Byrne, Bill Ward and John Pizarro. The three current Rotarians have each been with the club for over 50 years.
Charlie Pecenka received the Arthur Roeder Shield for service to the Rotary Club, and three Paul Harris Fellowships were awarded to members of the community. Kerrie Peden and Janice Cassidy were recognised for their service to the community and to people in need, and Charlie Pecenka was also presented with a Sapphire Pin in recognition of his service in the Parkes community and within the Parkes Rotary Club.
Robert was inducted for a second term as president, and the board members also remained unchanged from last year.
Robert praised the board members for the way they had worked together to create a welcoming and enthusiastic club that everyone was proud to be associated with.
A new member, Michelle Cook, was inducted from the Grenfell Club by District Governor Nominee Rob Uhl.
A fundraising game of heads and tails was played with proceeds (over $300) going to Robert and Judy’s fundraising for ShelterBox. Robert has recently taken on the role of chairman for ShelterBox in the District. Shelterbox is a charity supported by Rotary that provides emergency aid for people who have lost their homes. Robert, and his wife Judy recently spent the night sleeping at Jemalong Weir without power and raised over $2,000. The Parkes Rotary Club also donated a Shelterbox for the Haiti Appeal.