April Halliday second woman in 40 years to become Rotary Club of Shepparton president.ESTELLE GRIEPINK July 5, 2014 3:44am
April Halliday is the new president of Rotary Club of Shepparton, the club's second female president in 40 years.
Shepparton’s April Halliday will be the centre of attention at a Rotary Club of Shepparton changeover dinner at Shepparton’s GV Hotel tonight.
Mrs Halliday has been appointed as the second female president of the club, which was established in 1974. Until 1989, Rotary International membership was open to males only.
‘‘I think it’s meaningful because Rotary has gone from an all male service club to having women in the club,’’ she said.
Mrs Halliday joined Rotary Club of Shepparton about 10 years ago, after years of involvement through her husband Barrie.
‘‘My husband has been involved in Rotary since the mid-1980s and I just wanted to join a service club,’’ she said. ‘‘They were accepting women into the club and I was asked to join.’’
Mrs Halliday said Rotary had given her the opportunity to help people across the world.
During her time in the club members have built toilets in Nepal and sponsored students in South Africa. Locally, the club’s annual car and craft show has raised money for community facilities including Goulburn Valley Health’s birthing chair.
‘‘I like the good works that Rotary does,’’ Mrs Halliday said.
‘‘There’s always something we’re doing, like giving out all-rounder awards to all of the schools to the student who is trying the hardest and is involved in everything. It’s just about being positive and helping the young ones achieve.’’
Mrs Halliday said she loved spending time with her fellow Rotary members and encouraged people to consider joining the club.
‘‘We’re a very social club and lots of friendships have been made, we often go out for meals together,’’ she said.
‘‘I’d say ‘just come along’ because everyone is welcome to come along to a meeting and just sit and see what it’s like.
‘‘But I think once anyone visits our club, they’ll want to come back.’’
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