More than 80 members and guests helped Cessnock Rotary Club mark a major milestone, its 75th anniversary of service to the community.
The function was held in Cessnock Supporters Club with guests including present and former district governors from district 9670 and incoming exchange students.
President, Gail Thomas took the gathering through the proud history of the club that began with its charter in 1937 at a time when some in Rotary thought a club may not be viable on the Coalfields.
But survive and grow it did with many of its achievements evident at this present day. Cessnock Rotary Club built the scout hall and girl guides hall, was highly involved in launching the PCYC and the former Crippled Children’s Association.
President Gail also spoke of the legendary Pit Horse Derbies that began in the dark days of World War II when huge amounts of money was raised that provided comfort funds for our troops overseas.
At its peak the club boasted a membership of around 70 and has retained a solid foundation to keep up its work in the community.
The evening also featured an audio visual presentation that took the audience through photos of past presidents, club projects, portfolio of each Inbound and Outbound Exchange student,  and other club activities.