New rotary members

The Rotary Club of Tatura has inducted four new members since the middle of last year.

April 16, 2014 3:55am

New members at the Rotary Club of Tatura: Lou Worm, Frank Lagozzino, Jenny Lagozzino, president Ingrid Albrecht, Angeles di Corrado, Gino di Corrado and Rhonda Rose.

Rotarian Sam Lolicato said the first new member was Rhonda Rose, who originally came from one of the old farming families of Tatura, and now works in a senior administrative role in Shepparton.

‘‘She is already proving to be a great asset for the club and the community and has volunteered to be the secretary in the next Rotary year,’’ he said.

‘‘In February the club was fortunate to sign-up two men who were past members of other clubs. Many will know Lou Worm who runs a hire business in Mooroopna and was a member of the Rotary Club of Mooroopna.

‘‘He has decided to ‘come home’ and become a member of our local club.’’

Mr Lolicato said Mr Worm’s wife Debbie was also well known in Tatura as the friendly face in reception at Sacred Heart Primary School.

‘‘Lou was welcomed to the club with Gino di Corrado, who has moved to Tatura from Melbourne with his wife Angeles,’’ he said.

‘‘Gino works locally for WorkSafe and comes with a wealth of experience in providing community service with other Rotary Clubs.’’

Mr Lolicato said the most recent new member, Jenny Lagozzino, was inducted into Rotary for the first time this month.

‘‘She originally came from Seymour where she produced and sold the famous Seymour hamburger. She has brought her secret recipe to Tatura, where she and husband Frank are rejuvenating the Commercial Hotel (Top Pub),’’ he said.

‘‘Although she has not been formally involved with service clubs in the past, she has been active in community fundraising efforts in Seymour.’’

At her induction she said: ‘‘I love to talk and meet new people and enjoy working to help my local community.’’

Mr Lolicato said Mrs Lagozzino was already volunteering to take on active roles in the club, and showing the qualities of a good service club member — enjoying helping out neighbours.

‘‘The new members provide a good cross-section of our community and their fresh ideas and enthusiasm will contribute greatly to the health and vigour of the club,’’ he said.

Mr Lolicato said funds raised this year included proceeds from a car raffle and payment for cleaning-up at International Dairy Week.

He said the organisation of this year’s annual Rotary Art Show, to be held over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in June, was well under way and the Meals-on-Wheels roster was half completed.

Mr Lolicato said funds were made available by Rotary Club of Tatura to young school-leaver Stephanie Dunlop to assist with a Smith Family project teaching English in China, while the Bruce Anderson Scholarship was awarded to Naomi Lacy from Murchison to assist her with first year university studies.

‘‘While on holiday in Thailand, club secretary Jo Burgess made contact with local Rotary Clubs and was generously hosted by some of the members,’’ he said.

‘‘Later this year she will organise for Tatura members to reciprocate and host Thai visitors for three days.

‘‘This year the Tatura club has adopted a new program to alternate club business meetings with less-formal social meetings.

‘‘The social meetings have created a more relaxed atmosphere and have included a barbecue at a member’s home and a quail night at the Mooroopna Pizzeria.’’

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