'IF YOU'RE HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT CLAP YOUR HANDS' 😀👏😀👏
Thankfully Covid-19 restrictions had lifted enough in Western Australia for us to be able to meet in person on this important night and there certainly was a lot of happiness and clapping taking place at the recent Attadale Rotary Club's Changeover meeting.
Club members and friends showed their appreciation for the many great things that had been achieved during the past year with President Gail McCulloch at the helm. It was also wonderful to have District Governor Wayne Milnes and Suzanne as well as District Governor Elect Colin Burns and Sandra attend on the night. The evening commenced with Past President Ian Pittaway reading a Grace he had especially prepared for this important occasion. After a delicious meal President Gail went through all the projects the Club had been involved in over the year and she thanked her husband Colin for his constant support, patience and help which allowed her to devote her time to being President.
A highlight of the evening was the induction of Shelley Konig into the membership of the Rotary Club of Attadale and the Global Rotary Family. Heather McNaught will be Shelley's mentor and Keith McNaught her sponsor. Past Presidents John Sharp, Colin McCulloch and Ian Pittaway said it was a privilege to present the Past Presidents' Award for the Rotary year to Jim Calcei for all his Rotary work during the year. It was especially wonderful to see all Jim's large family present for the occasion. Another wonderful part of the night was President Gail announcing that Kerry and Abby Parsons were being recognised as Paul Harris Fellows in appreciation for the way in which their lives demonstrate a commitment to helping people in need, here and around the world, and for providing educational opportunities for young people. It was special that DG Wayne Milnes and DGE Colin Burns were able to take part in the Paul Harris Fellowship presentation.
Patricia Robertson was presented with an Honorary Membership badge to thank her for her service and contribution to Rotary over the years. Patricia had previously been awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship and is currently on the committee of the National Youth Science Forum.
District Governor Wayne Milnes proposed the toast to Rotary International during the evening and John Sharp proposed the Toast to Partners to which Greg James responded.
It certainly had been a year with the perfect theme of 'Rotary Connects The World' and President Gail wished incoming President Neil McKay and Giovanna all the best for the coming year where 'Rotary Opens Opportunities' and with a formal ceremony Gail inducted Neil McKay as the new President of the Attadale Rotary Club for 2020-2021.