The Rotary Club of Forbes held their changeover dinner on Saturday 11 July at the Forbes Sport and Recreation Club, and it was a very successful evening all round. The previous President of the club, Michael Jelbart and Co-President Leo Butler ceremoniously handed down the presidency to Pauline Allan.
Pauline was inducted and acknowledged as the President of the Rotary Club of Forbes for the 2015-2016 period by the District Governor Gary Roberts. Everybody who attended the event congratulated Pauline by way of
acclamation and wished her every success. Representatives of the Rotary Clubs of Parkes, Grenfell, Condobolin and Wagga Wagga travelled to attend the evening, along with Deputy Mayor Councillor Graham Miller and Maureen, Rotary members of Forbes and invited guests.
Michael Jelbart, on behalf of himself and the Co-President, highlighted some of the projects the Rotary Club of Forbes are involved in such as raising money for organisations in Forbes and internationally. The Sunshine Club of Forbes, Forbes North School Garden Project and the Forbes District Hospital were each presented with cheques to help them continue the great work they do for the community.
Certificates of appreciation were also presented to Dominique, Kate, Will and Sam Nixon as well as Duke Jelbart for their assistance at various Forbes Rotary functions. As the previous President of the Club, Michael was awarded with a “Paul Harris Fellow” in appreciation of the tangible and significant assistance he has given towards the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among the people of our world.
Special mention was made of Mitchell Ashcroft, a local Forbes High School student, on being selected for the Rotary Student Exchange to Thailand for a year, beginning in January 2016. By Denise Jelbart and Louise Dwyer