Naracoorte Rotary's mid year round-up

Changeover: New office bearers Joyce Dinan, Ellis Roberts, John Agnew, Julie Burdett, Murray Burdett and John Probert. Absent: John Stafford and Judy Stafford.
Changeover: New office bearers Joyce Dinan, Ellis Roberts, John Agnew, Julie Burdett, Murray Burdett and John Probert. Absent: John Stafford and Judy Stafford.

The Naracoorte Rotary Club's 68th changeover dinner named the newest office-bearers for the 2019-20 financial year at Gather on Gordon last month.

In a first for the club, ongoing president John Agnew will hold the title for the next six months before handing the duties over to Julie Burdett to finish the term.

"One of the things that we're finding, as with many clubs, is there are people who are not necessarily able to step up to the responsibility for 12 months," president John Agnew said.

Julie Burdett, who will be travelling Australia for a significant part of the rest of the year, will take over as club president from January 2020.

The changeover dinner was well attended by Rotary members and featured a number of guest speakers.

Joel Carroll, the Rotary Club's sponsored exchange student spoke about his experiences while he was in Germany.

Sarah Edwards also took to the stage to speak about participated in this year's Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA); an intensive leadership experience designed to develop leadership skills.

"She spoke about the impact that had on her thinking, her ideas of what she can do in the future and that was a real highlight of the night," Mr Agnew said.

Looking ahead, club president Mr Agnew said the branch has a number of initiatives planned.

"A real feature of our last 12 months and a feature of what's coming up in the future will be our involvement in a range of youth projects," he explained.

"We have an incoming exchange student which we will pick up from Melbourne (July 22) on Monday and she is coming from Norway.

"We're also looking to get other people involved in RYLA for next year."

Additionally, the branch will be changing the way it decides what community causes to support, planning to take suggestions and feedback directly from locals.

"We will be looking at trying to work out what the needs are in our community and seeing if we can help," Mr Agnew said.

"There's a sense often in the past we sort of determine where we think the needs are, but we have this idea of trying to get ideas from people in the community as to where they could see Rotary helping."