Port Macquarie Rotaract reunion ticks all the boxes | photos

Thoroughly wonderful. 

Jennifer Pilcher says the 40 year reunion of the formation of the Port Macquarie Rotaract Club ticked all the boxes and more.

Over 50 former members of the club converged on Port Macquarie for the Easter long weekend reunion which included an extended lunch at Hibbard Sports Club and a recovery breakfast at the Port Macquarie Sailing Club.

Mrs Pilcher, who organised the event along with Noleen Turner, said the reunion proved how close friendships had been forged through the club.

“It was like 40 years hadn’t passed,” she said.

“The original charter president Rex Patterson and his wife Helen were there, along with eight past presidents.

“Pleasingly, some of the Rotary club members who helped forge our identity attended. Neville Clarke, Ron Dures and others were there. I think this was probably the highlight. That fact that we had wonderful support from the Rotary clubs who help us form Rotaract all those years ago and who still remain our friends today.

“There was a real spirit of friendship in the room with plenty of smiles and reminiscences.

“It was both thoroughly wonderful and I’m happily exhausted.”

Former members came from as far afield as Maroochydore, Brisbane, Gunnedah, Narrabri and Sydney while there were many local residents who attended.

With the memorabilia table loaded with albums, newsletters, scrap books and meeting notes, Mrs Pilcher said a Geoff Walsh inspired slide show was one of the great talking points.

“It kicked off many wonderful conversations. Particularly about our many trips to Moree and the like just for the long weekend,’ she said.

Residue funds from the event will be donated to the sailing club.


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