Kiama service club news

KIAMA ROTARY CLUB

We wish Rotary International a Happy 115th Birthday. On the 23rd of February, 1905, Rotary started with the vision of one man - Paul Harris. The Chicago attorney formed the Rotary Club of Chicago, so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Much has changed in the world since 1905.

Then, the global population was roughly 1.7 billion; today, it is 7.7 billion. From one Rotarian, we have grown to over 1.2 million members worldwide. Seemingly everything has changed except Rotary values in the 115 years since we commenced. We began, and remain, committed to fellowship, integrity, diversity, service, and leadership. While our Service Above Self motto dates to 1911, six years after our formation, the ethos behind those words by Rotary's founders were already well ingrained.

"As the pace of change worldwide continues to accelerate, the need for Rotary service is more significant than ever. It's one thing to read about service projects, quite another to see them in action and to see the grateful faces of people who have benefited from them. Rotary projects change lives and connect the world, and over the past year, I have seen some amazing Rotary projects in action." - Mark Daniel Maloney, President of Rotary International 2019-2020.

In every area of focus, and every part of the world, Rotary projects are improving lives and helping communities adapt in a time of rapid change. As we celebrate another great year for Rotary, let us rededicate ourselves to strengthening the connections that make our service so impactful. We will continue to make lives better as Rotary Connects the World.

KIAMA LIONS CLUB

On March 12, 1970, a very important and community-changing event occurred in Kiama. On that night the newly formed Kiama Lions Club (KLC) received its Charter at a formal dinner attended by representatives from the sponsor club ( Wollongong Lions), many local dignitaries, and of course the 20+ original members of KLC, all men at that time. A lot has happened in the intervening almost 50 years and we are pleased that two of our original members are still in the Club.

With some 70 current members KLC is in great shape and its 50th anniversary will be celebrated at a very special dinner on Thursday, March 12, at Kiama Leagues Club. Past members and family representatives of those past members themselves unable to attend, will be very welcome. Anyone who would like more information about this forthcoming landmark event should contact Lion Veronica Dzelde ( 0439383487) as soon as possible.