Each year the Rotary Club of Gunnedah welcomes a new President and various Board members at a Changeover Dinner and this year Shenhua accepted an invitation to attend the function which was held on 29 June 2015.
Rotary is the world's oldest service club, and is made up of over 32,000 clubs in 168 countries. Its members form a global network of men and women of all ages and backgrounds, who volunteer their time and talents to serve their communities. Rotary's motto, 'Service Above Self’, exemplifies the humanitarian spirit of the organisation’s more than 1.2 million members world-wide. By using their skills and expertise globally, members also enhance their professional network, career development, and cross-cultural understanding.
Outgoing President, Mr Steve Benham, presented his Annual Report in which he outlined the major projects undertaken by Rotary during the year including the Shenhua sponsored Riverine enhancement program which continues to be their major project. He thanked Shenhua for their continued support with Stage 3 to progress during the coming year.
Debbie Watson, Shenhua Community Liaison Officer, said that a great working relationship has been established with Rotary during the last five years through their application in 2010 for the $5m Shenhua Community Fund. The Community Fund was established to support the development of the region's economy, enhance and maintain the environment, improve important local facilities and develop and promote training and employment opportunities. The partnership that has developed through this relationship has enabled the Community to benefit with a wonderful asset enjoyed by many now and for the many generations to come.
Mayor Owen Hasler congratulated Rotary on their work in the community, and in particular their initiative to apply for the Shenhua Community Fund, that enabled this project to be undertaken with many more people able to utilise the river areas for walking, cycling and passive recreation. It is now a major addition to Gunnedah's civic amenities.
Shenhua takes its community involvement very seriously and has taken great pride in seeing not only the Rotary project come to life for our community but many other community projects funded through the Shenhua Community Fund.
Shenhua staff Mark Howes, Environmental Manager and Debbie Watson, Community Liaison Officer pictured with Chris Eather, incoming Rotary President for 2014-2015 and Gunnedah Shire Mayor Owen Hasler at the Rotary Changeover Dinner.