Seymour’s GOTAFE campus sparkled with the theme colours of silver and teal as the Rotary Club of Seymour changed presidential banners on June 26.
Outgoing president Ruth Byers thanked her board and club members for their dedicated work throughout the year.
Donations of money raised during the past 12 months were given in support of Karingal Aged Care Hostel, the Seymour Youth and Fitness Centre and Goulburn Options, and nationally to Angel Flight.
The School of St Jude in Tanzania and Destiny Rescue, which works towards the removal of children from sexual slavery, were the international programs recognised.
Ruth Byers provided a moving rendition of her year as president via a video display before passing on her legacy to incoming president Ron Halicki, who announced a new board of directors following his induction.
In memoriam was past Rotarian Jock Wallis OAM, who was honoured for more than 50 years involvement with the organisation.
Rotary guests included past district governor David Anderson, district governor Bernie Bott, assistant governor Anne Reid and members of the Rotary Club of Yea.
Local dignitaries in attendance were Mayor Rhonda Sanderson, Councillors Bill Chisholm and Fiona Stevens, and members of the Seymour Goulburn Lions.
Chairman and past-president Catriona Jarman presided over the successful evening and all enjoyed a three-course dining experience catered for by GOTAFE’s staff and students.
Bush poet Rhonda Tallnash entertained the room with her original Australian works.
Paul Harris Fellow medals were bestowed upon past-president Mark Dossor and community member Sergio Prada for his extraordinary involvement with the development and running of the Seymour Youth and Fitness Centre.
A financial contribution from these presentations has been made to the Rotary Foundation for international charitable causes which includes working towards the global eradication of polio.
More information on the Rotary Club of Seymour is provided on the first Monday of each month at 1.30pm on Seymour radio 103.9FM or visit the website www.rotary seymour.org.au
— Catriona Jarman