The Rotary Club of Port Macquarie West donated more than $23,000 to local organisations at their recent changeover dinner.
On June 4, the club came together to celebrate 12 months of hard work in the community, recognising the large number of local projects undertaken by the club.
It was also a chance for dedicated members of the club to be honoured with Paul Harris Fellows.
Outgoing president Julie Constable said the night was a wonderful celebration of what can happen when dedicated community members come together.
"I am just so proud of everything my club has been able to achieve over the last 12 months," Ms Constable said.
"We have been able to come together and raise more than $23,000 for local organisations including YP Space, Sailability, Marine Rescue, Soldier On, Endeavour Club House, OzHarvest and Riding for the Disabled.
"We were also able to donate more than $10,000 to drought relief efforts in rural NSW which was especially heartwarming."
As president, Ms Constable wanted to bring Rotary Clubs in the Port Macquarie-Hastings region together and reflecting back said she is so happy with the partnerships she was able to strengthen.
"We have been very active in the community over the past year and our connections with other Rotary Clubs has certainly increased," she said.
"We have worked with other clubs collecting cans and bottles after major local sporting events and we organised a vocations night at the Billabong Zoo. We were also able to engage Hastings Rotaract in a project at Rotary Park."
At the changeover dinner five Rotarians were honoured with a Paul Harris Fellow, the highest honour someone connected to Rotary can achieve.
"We have some extraordinary members in our club and it was a privilege to give Helen Gleeson, Dave Comish, Rick Eller and Neville Clark OAM Paul Harris Fellows.
"Helen has been an outstanding treasurer of the club this year, no matter what was going on Dave always put his hand up to help and as community director, Rick has ensured our club was constantly doing great, local projects.
"Neville was awarded the prestigious commendation, a double Ruby Paul Harris Fellow for his outstanding contribution to the clubs, spanning 48 years. He was the architect and mastermind of the Rotary Community Centre in Port Macquarie and was given his eighth Paul Harris Fellow.
"I was also surprised with a Paul Harris Fellow for my work as club president and it is a testament to our members for whom I worked so hard for this year."
The Presidents Inspirational Member for 2019 award went to vocational director Heather Mayne for her leadership and vision in driving community projects.
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