Rotary celebrates 60th anniversary

By Southern Riverina News

Finley Rotary Club held a 60 year anniversary celebration on Monday, April 8.

The local club members were delighted to have Cobram Rotary president Robert Love and members of the Cobram Rotary Club join the celebration.

There is plenty of history between the Finley and Cobram clubs with the latter being the initial sponsors who chartered the Finley Rotary Club.

The district governor Malcolm Kerr and his wife Jill, assistant district governor Chris Sutton, Tocumwal Rotary president Aileen Phelan and the club’s members, former Deniliquin Rotary president Martin Wilmshurst and Finley Rotary Club members past and present were all in attendance.

Finley president Debbie Jewell welcomed all those in attendance and called on historian Ken Gray to mention the charter members.

Finley Rotary’s inaugural president was Jack Stowe, with other founding board members including secretary Wally Taylor and treasurer Jack Crockett.

Some of the original 21 members included Fred Burton, Rolly Atkinson, Dr Syd Vear, Keith Hawkins, Keith Angus and John Hetrelezis.

One of the highlights of the meeting was a presentation made to Brian and Betsy Phillips marking Brian’s 50 years in Rotary.

Mr Kerr also presented a Rotary International plaque for its 60th anniversary to Mrs Jewell.

The Finley Rotary Club is proud to note some of their achievements over this timeframe raised through running fundraisers.

Events and other achievements include: Crayfish nights at Springfield and the Ellis Thornton Memorial Finley Bowls Day; Merry go round, built by Finley Rotarians, to entertain children; John Bolitho Pavilion and BBQ; Mary Lawson Wayside Rest; Rotary Park and Skating Complex; Finley Lake Walking Track; Finley Gym sponsorship; sponsorship of student science courses in Sydney and Canberra; Presentation of book awards to all Finley school presentation days and many other ongoing sponsorships for the betterment of our district youth.

A current project of Finley Rotary is the outdoor fitness centre and children’s play area that is being built at Finley Lake.