On an occasion that emulated history on two counts the Rotary Club of Kapunda celebrated the 50th Anniversay of the Presentation of its Rotary International Charter on Saturday, October 31, 2009 on one of the hottest nights in recent memory.
According to one of the guest speakers, Dr Bruce Eastick, who was the only person in attendance who was present at the original Charter Presentation, that night was also a “scorcher”.
Just on 100 people shared in the celebrations of 50 years of the Rotary Club of Kapunda with many guests travelling long distances to attend. It was pleasing to see many former Kapunda Rotarians who enjoyed catching up and meeting current members.
All nearby clubs were well represented along with members of other Rotary Clubs with local connections. District 9500 Governor Roberta Waterman and her husband Geoff Ellershaw travelled from Adelaide to take part in the celebrations.
Several representatives of local organizations were present, including the Kapunda Historical Society, Kapunda CWA, Kapunda Probus, Kapunda Lions, Kapunda High School, Kapunda Primary School and Kapunda Tourism.
We were also pleased to have in attendance local parliamentary representatives Mr Nick Champion, Wakefield; the Hon Graham Gunn, Stuart, and Mrs Jan Gunn; and Mr Ivan Venning, Schubert and Mrs Kay Venning.
Current President, Frank Ware welcomed all those present and read a long list of congratulatory messages and apologies from non-attendees.
All guests enjoyed hearing from a variety of speakers on the various achievements of the Rotary Club of Kapunda.
Mayor of Light Regional Council, Rotarian Robert Hornsey spoke on the history of the beginnings of the club, giving some amusing observations on the way the world has changed from fifty years ago.
Dr Bruce Eastick, a charter member of the Rotary Club of Gawler, and Kapunda’s sponsor club, spoke on his recollections of the Charter Dinner and the role of Gawler club in the establishment of the Kapunda club.
Former Rotarian David Quodling gave an insight into the beginnings of the construction of Map Kernow, which still remains the most well-known of all Kapunda Rotary projects. David also spoke on the Rotary Youth exchange programme in which he had been involved in both hosting a number of exchangees and having his daughter, Nicole, undertake an exchange to Korea. David’s exchange involvement has continued over a number of years with visits to past exchangees, the most recent being a catch-up with Debbie Ratzker from South Africa who is now living in the United States.
Current Rotarians Brian Goodfellow and Don Franks presented an overview on the planning, construction and launch of the Kapunda Helipad in October 2001. Both Brian and Don praised the efforts of the Kapunda community in their generous donations of time and money to the project. A plaque in the Kapunda Hospital outpatients foyer lists major government and corporate support and also contains the names of the community financial contributors who responded to a mailout fundraising effort which raised over $16,500.
A highlight of the evening was the presentation of a Paul Harris Fellow to Rotarian Deane Rohrlach who has been a member of the Rotary Club of Kapunda for twenty-five years.
The club is also enjoying a membership surge and was pleased to induct another member, Pat Dobbin, into the club during the evening. Pat, who brings many skills to the club, is keen to become involved in the work of Rotary. Along with her husband, Fred, we welcome them to our ranks.
The evening was enhanced with brackets of Community Singing, accompanied by local musician and friend of Rotary, Peter Murphy.
A slideshow comprising photos and activities of members over the last fifty years was produced by Anne Hornsey, along with further visual highlights of the club’s efforts with Map the Miner and the Kapunda Helipad. These were received very well by everyone present.
A brief historical record of the past 50 years of the club, produced by Sondra Franks and Anne Hornsey was presented to mark the occasion.
The catering arrangements were co-ordinated by Don and Sondra Franks and the very attractive table decorations were tastefully executed by Kristin Hodge and Elaine Goodall. The evening ran very smoothly in the capable hands of Master of Ceremonies, PP David Hodge.