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Rotary Club of Seymour celebrates 60 years

The changeover dinner sees a new guard take charge.

JUDY DAHLKE June 27, 2014 3:16am

50-year member Jock Wallis joins charter member Henry Whiteman in cutting the 60th anniversary cake.


The Rotary Club of Seymour celebrated its 60th anniversary on May 18 with a gala luncheon at GoTafe’s Shearers restaurant.

With almost 100 members and guests attending, the celebration also marked the changeover of president and committee for the next year.

Incoming president Catriona Jarman congratulated the club on achieving this significant milestone and all members contributing to the club’s success during the years.

Mrs Jarman acknowledged the club’s charitable works during the past year under the leadership of president Gary Doherty and the 2014 committee.

Significant achievements included a very successful first year managing the Seymour Australia Day celebrations.

Other regular service activities include ‘‘Adopt A Road’’, ‘‘Shake the Can’’ and manning the gate at Seymour Market.

For many years the club has been involved with the Ian Murphy Debating Competition, and congratulates the Seymour College team in its achievement as runner-up this year.

Mrs Jarman also advised of president-elect Mark Dossor.

Sponsored by Rotary Club of Euroa, the Rotary Club of Seymour was among the first 50 clubs to be chartered in Victoria.

The 60th anniversary celebrations honoured charter member Henry Whiteman, who along with 21 other members established the Rotary Club of Seymour on May 18, 1954.

Long-standing member Ian Chadwick was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow for his service to community and club for more than 20 years.

Former president and club ‘‘living legend’’ Jock Wallis OAM was also honoured for his service.

He will celebrate 50 years’ membership of Rotary in July.

Club memorabilia was on display reflecting a nostalgic journey through 60 years of local history and the people who form the club today.

The Rotary Club of Seymour has a long established history of service to local community and charitable works through efforts of members to fundraise throughout the year.

The club is focused on increasing membership, thus enabling greater service contribution.

— Judy Dahlke

Rotary Club of Seymour

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