Clubs's 3000th Meeting

Over 100 people including dignitaries, former and current Rotarians, partners and friends helped the Rotary Club of Gawler celebrated its 3,000th meeting at Nixon’s Function Centre on Monday evening.
The Guest Speaker was former Gawler Rotarian the Hon Neil Andrew.  Neil outlined the history of the club from its first meeting on March 1st 1954 to the Charter Meeting on April 24th 1954 to the current day.  Two people who attended that first meeting, the Hon Dr Bruce Eastick and former SA Governor Sir Eric Neal, were present on Monday.
Neil also spoke about the achievements of the club, beginning with the first project which was redecorating the interior and front of the Gawler Institute at a cost of £1,500 – somewhat less than the renovations and upgrades at a cost of $15 million.
Many major projects followed including the swimming pool, entrance gates to the Caravan Park and Pioneer Park, the Settlers Memorial and War Memorial in Pioneer Park, Clonlea Park, the Sport and Community Centre and the Gawler Aged Cottage Homes.
President Jacqui presented Mayor Karen Redman, Bunyip Editor Grady Hudd, Past President Barry Stewart and Past President Brian Burt with Paul Harris Awards.  Immediate Past District Governor David Egan presented outgoing president Jacqui Atyeo with a triple sapphire Paul Harris Award for work as District Secretary and Gawler President.
As the 3,000th meeting coincided with the Presidential Changeover, local businessman Steve Barilla was inducted as President for the 2019/20 Rotary Year.  Steve thanked Jacqui for her work as President and said he was looking forward to the busy and exciting year ahead.