Rotary turns 100

Celebration for Rotary centenary

Rotarians, partners, families and friends gathered at Glenbrook Park on Saturday, April 24, to greet the arrival of Rotary's big red Centenary bus and take part in a day of celebration to mark 100 years of Rotary in Australia.

Dozens of people gathered for a memorable flag raising ceremony followed by the arrival of the colourful double decker bus clad in Rotary colours.

Rotary Past Governor Bob Aitken AM was emcee for the day and welcomed Rotary Club presidents and members from Blackheath, Katoomba, Central Blue Mountains, Springwood and Lower Blue Mountains.

Special guests included the mayor, Mark Greenhill, and Rotary senior leaders in District Governor Dave Clark, District Governor-elect Lindsay May and his wife Tania, and President of Lower Blue Mountains Rotary Michele Ellery.

All heaped praise on Rotary's colourful history and achievements throughout the Mountains, along with its enormous contribution to communities around the world.

Fun and friendship was the order of the day with family groups enjoying the traditional Rotary fare of sausage sandwiches and music from Jerrah and Friends. Lower Blue Mountains Rotary's major sponsor Blaxland Tiles and Bathrooms proved a big hit, once again providing birthday gifts of stress balls and bags of sweets.

Along with the arrival of the Big Red Bus piloted by Springwood Rotarian Norm Kitto was Rotary's answer to Wonder Woman, Past Governor Jennifer Scott from Central Blue Mountains Club, and her support team, who chalked up a 100 kms walk to highlight Rotary's 100 years.

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