It was a busy and productive year for Woodend Rotary. There have been many new projects and fundraising ideas, all of which have been successfully implemented.
Over the last 12 months Woodend Rotary excelled at their tried and true activities such as The New Woodend Star, community Luncheon, Halloween community event, and Australia Day with the RSL.
These new achievements include;
- Cooking demonstrations
- Avenue of honour memorial wall fence and picnic setting
- Vanuatu water tank
- Youth Mental Health First Aid programs in Woodend
- Live 4 Life awards support
- Books for Vanuatu schools
- Blankets for the homeless
- New members ‘EQUAL’ project with the MRSC Youth Ambassadors
- Walking group continues weekly activities
The club received a District recognition and a Rotary International recognition.
Youth director Jenny Zimmerman was awarded the Darryll Crozier Award as best club person for 2015-16 for her outstanding and consistent efforts in supporting Woodend Rotary over the year.
Howard Bradfield was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship (PHF) recognition for his service to the club locally and internationally via Disaster Aid. Jim Noy was recognised with a PHF sapphire for services to Rotary and the community.
Members did well in achieving most items of the strategic plan and many more throughout the year. Overall $40,000 was put to good use to support the community locally and internationally. Woodend Rotary made donations to Disaster Aid Australia, Woodend SES, CFA, Landcare and Mens shed as well as to Operation Cleft which performs cleft palate repairs in Bangladesh.
Outgoing President Grant was also awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship (PHF) Sapphire recognition by the District for roles at district level over the last 4-5 years.
Grant thanked everyone for their support and participation in club activities over the year. Josephine Falzarano was inducted as President for the next 12 months.