Naracoorte Rotary celebrates busy year

THE 2013-14 Rotary year is all done and dusted in Naracoorte with a new president at the helm following Monday night's changeover dinner.

Peter Flavel is the new Naracoorte Rotary president, taking over from Andrew Shouksmith.

In his departing speech, Mr Shouksmith reflected on a year where Naracoorte Rotary went from "strength to strength".

"It's not been a year without challenges," he said. "But it's been a good year." Mr Shouksmith spoke of the highlights, including the fun run and pedalfest and the annual headlight testing.

As a result of the fun run $2000 was donated to the Naracoorte District Men's Shed - a project the Rotary Club supported throughout the year along with the water project in Papua New Guinea.

Certificates were presented to headlight testing volunteers Jason Conduit and George Cornwell and fun run volunteer Kimberly Bounds for their help in the two events.

As a result of April's district conference in Bordertown a generous donation was made for $4000 to the Naracoorte CT Scan Project and another $1000 to the Men's Shed.

Mr Shouksmith paid special tribute to the dedication of Rotary members, particularly Ellis Roberts for his community work and John Agnew for his work with youth.

Students from Naracoorte are currently on exchange in New Zealand on short term exchanges as well as Caitlin Castine (United States) and Claudia Bartosek (Germany) on longer stays.

"We do punch well above our weight in youth projects," Mr Shouksmith concluded.

Mr Flavel said he was excited to take on the role as president and announced this year's Rotary theme - Light Up Rotary.

He said there needed to be changes to engage new members and bring them into the club, including possibly looking at changing meeting times and engaging social media more.

The headlight testing will be expanded into the Riverland and western Victoria while the club will also continue to give its support to other community projects with their motto "Service Above Self".