Rotary changeover dinner welcomes new president

BEAUDESERT Rotary Club held its changeover dinner last night at the RSL Services Club.

The evening was chaired by Joy Drescher and attended by Mayor Greg Christensen, Cr Michael Enright, state MP Jon Krause and Alice Warby representing Scott Buchholz, MP.

District governor Terry Brown was also in attendance, as was Father Kevin Njoku from St Mary's.

One person missed throughout the evening was Keith Reinke, who sent his apologies as it was announced that he would be retiring from selling raffle tickets in town to support Rotary projects.

Everyone at the dinner wrote a personal message to Mr Reinke on cards distributed to each table, wishing him well and thanking him for his service and inspiration over the years.

Outgoing president Lesley Turton joined Mr Brown in presenting Warren Eyers with the prestigious Paul Harris Fellowship, named for the founder of Rotary International.

"Warren was our provedore this year and he said yes to every single job, those that earned money for Rotary projects and those that did not," she said.

"He went above and beyond, everyone went above and beyond really but Warren did not stop, forging relationships within the community on behalf of Rotary while at the same time running his own business, TMB Tyres Mechanical Brakes."

Ms Turton was unaware that she would also be receiving a Paul Harris Fellowship.

"That was a complete surprise," she said.

"I am so unbelievably honoured to receive the Paul Harris Fellowship but really it is not for me but for all the outstanding members.

"I think I got it because of the club doing so well this year."

It was also announced that Beaudesert Rotary had been awarded a Platinum Presidential Citation for achievements in the past year.

The club had increased membership, adding eight new members and initiated or continued sustainable projects including a school in Cambodia and a campaign to reinstate koala habitats.

Ms Turton said the club also gave US $100 per member to Rotary and improved community engagement with support from local media and an increased presence on social media.

"Of the 54 clubs across the region only 11 received Presidential Citations and only two were awarded Platinum - us and the Gold Coast," she said.

"The citation is for meeting goals that strengthen Rotary and the club."

The event featured an introduction to the 2019-2020 board of directors including president Linda Jackson and president-elect Tamara Jarrett.