Gordon Andrews 60th Rotary Anniversary:
 
It was a real pleasure to join the Rotary Club of Orbost in celebrating Gordon Andrews' 60 years since his induction on the 1st of August 1959. Just imagine the changes Gordon has seen in Rotary.
 
It was also a real privilege to present a personal letter of congratulations to Gordon from Rotary International President Mark D Maloney.  Gordon’s wife Nina and daughter Angela were also present to celebrate this amazing milestone.
 
Many members from throughout the District will remember Gordon from the many years of Orbost Fishing Weekends, where he was always on hand to help. Gordon is still an active member of the Rotary Club and attends meetings regularly.
 
Congratulations Gordon from all of us.
 
Welcome to New Members:
 
After what was a very disappointing year in 2018-19 for membership, it is fantastic to see we are beginning to climb again.  RI President Mark is very keen for us all to Grow Rotary, though he does caution we need to make sure we fine tune our clubs to keep very high retention rates. As he so clearly puts it, “…there’s no point pouring water into a bucket full of holes…”.
 
While sadly we have lost 3 members to higher service, the great news is we have welcomed 15 new members to the District family, giving us a net gain of 12 so far this year.  Congratulations to the clubs enjoying this early success.
 
A very big welcome to these new members of our District 9820 family. I hope you all thoroughly enjoy being members of this great Rotary organisation.
            
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