The Rotary Club of Victor Harbor held its Annual Changeover Dinner at the Encounter Bay Bowling Club with more than 80 members, partners and guests attending. Incoming president Marty Alsford, and president elect Julie Irwin, took over from outgoing president Mark Cox to start a new year of fundraising and support for community events.
Mark Cox and his partner and fellow Rotarian Leonie Cox were acknowledged for the fantastic work they did in organising and participating in the Ocean to Outback bike ride from Victor Harbor to Broken Hill, which raised funds for Australian Rotary Health Mental Health Research.
Outgoing Rotary Art Show Chairperson, Sue Ellers, received a specially commissioned painting by Lorraine Lewitzka to acknowledge the past four years of organising the acclaimed annual Art Show. Secretary David Elliott was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship for his outstanding service to the club and special recognition was awarded to Brian Liddy and Neville Williss.
Membership numbers are increasing with two new members inducted at the Changeover Dinner. Meetings are held on the first and third Wednesday from 6.30pm at the Crown Hotel. For more information visit www.victorharborrotary.org.au or from the club secretary on 0429 678 085.
The club held its annual Workmanship awards on July 3 and awards were presented to Kelsey Allen (The Times newspaper), Erika Clarke (JaDs Hairdresser), Simon Howell (Boulevard Cafe), Cate Bennier (Bill Lowe Painters) and Stef Wilden (See Optometry).
Rotary helps to revegetate Geoff Walker Reserve
On Saturday June 15 th , members of the Rotary Club of Victor Harbor planted around 200 trees and shrubs assisted by advice and expertise from Lee Jeffery of the Open Space unit, Victor Harbor City Council who also provided the plants. Ms Jeffrey gave the members a short orientation on what to do and where to plant before they enthusiastically got to work.
The trees and shrubs were planted along the lower end of Geoff Walker Reserve in Encounter Bay to protect the creek and soil along the banks. After good rains during the week, the soil was very moist and it was encouraging to see the number of earthworms and other invertebrates present as digging took place.
About 200 trees and shrubs were also planted by the Victor Harbor Rotary members in July 2018 covering the top part of the creek and those plants despite have successfully grown through the very dry summer months. Members watered the plants during the dry when they could and it appeared to help the plants take hold and flourish.
All the volunteers ended the morning with muddy hands and shoes but feeling very happy with the outcome. Always looking for a social opportunity, Rotary members met at Yilki for a well - earned coffee, cake and chat on the way home.
The community is encouraged to enjoy and protect these small reserves as part of the lifestyle of Encounter Bay.