The 2019 Changeover Night was called to order by our
M.C. for the night, Florin Pintilie. he began with the toasts and Don Hamilton proposed the toast to Rotary International. Florin kept the evening flowing and under control as he welcomed President Merle Maunder to the lectern for her last night as president.
After welcoming DGE Bruce Anderson (Rotary Club of Strathmore), Parliamentarian Anthony Carbines, Banyule Deputy Mayor Alison Champion & Br. Harry Prout from the Exodus Community and other guests, President Merle presented her annual report and referenced the loss of MPHR Ruth Stapleton who will be sadly missed by all members of the club. We also lost an Honorary member, MPHR Ron Dickson. Ron was our past "Bulletin" editor and took a great deal of pride in doing this task. Merle acknowledged Valerie McLaughlan and her family for their very generous donation again this year, such donations will always be directed toward projects support by Ron McLaughlan in the past.
President Merle thanked all the Committees for their wonderful dedication and work. She thanked Glenda for stepping up and taking on the role of Chairman of Community Service 2018/2019 and her input to the website and Facebook, keeping everyone up to date and aware of our activities.
President Merle also thanked very dedicated members in the background being our Secretary Barrie Williams and Treasurer Chris Hopkins and thanked them both for their advice and valuable input to our club.
A Presentation was made by Don Hamilton to Glenda Coswello-McCracken with a Paul Harris Fellow in recognition of her commitment to the Rotary Club of Rosanna and the community. Merle Maunder also received the Paul Harris Fellow in recognition for her work in the club and during her year as president. This was presented by DGE Bruce Anderson.
President Merle then inducted incoming President Gail Robertson, presenting her with the regalia, the pin and the President badge, etc.
President Gail Robertson addressed the members and guests and introduced her new board of Directors. We look forward to the coming year with passion and with the new theme of "Rotary Connects The World"