Rotary Club celebrates 75 years of service

The founders of the Rotary Club of Lismore from 75 years ago... the faces may have changed but the vision has not. President elect Michael Munro discovered this photo, which has now been restored and hangs in the Lismore Workers Club. Michaels grandfather Chas Munro is seated in the front row on the far left.

Many people are unaware of the contribution that the Rotary Club of Lismore has made to the community over the past 75 years, so next time you use the airport, enjoy Opera at the Channon or (less enjoyably) endure a Bowelscan, spare a thought for this hard-working group of volunteers.

Lismore Airport, Lake Ainsworth Physical Fitness Club, Rotary Park, Bowelscan, Tucki Tucki Reserve, Opera at the Channon from saving koalas to detecting bowel cancer, the Rotary Club of Lismore have been busy serving the local community and now theyre going to celebrate.

This Saturday, February 24, at the Lismore Workers Club, members past and present, their families, and locals are invited to celebrate this significant 75th anniversary milestone with a dinner dance.

Even some Rotarians themselves are taken aback by the impressive achievements of the club, including president elect Michael Munro, who has been busy preparing a power point presentation for the night.

When I started to research the history I was quite amazed at what the Rotary has been involved in, said Michael. And I think its unfortunate that the wider community dont realise the incredible amount of work they have done.

Michael is a third generation Rotarian and when he is made president later in the year, he will be following in the footsteps of his father Barry Munro (a former president) and his grandfather, Chas Munro, who was one of the charter members back in 1931.

Michael actually discovered the dusty old photo of the charter members that has now been lovingly restored and hangs in the Lismore Workers Club.

I certainly never felt obliged to get involved in Rotary but when the opportunity arose I did see the synergy, said Michael of the family connection. What is great about Rotary is the potential to assist people, both locally, nationally and internationally.

Rotary has been instrumental in the creation of so many facilities and events that are often taken for granted and Michael believes it is getting harder all the time to get people involved in helping the community.

As president I will be trying to raise the profile of Rotary and keep up the good work, he said. The Lismore Rotarians have done a mountain of stuff and there is still much work to be done out in the community.

Tickets for the 75th anniversary dinner are still available. They cost $50 per person for a three-course dinner and dancing. Phone 6622 1696 for more information.

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