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This week Cessnock Rotary have been able to host our first fundraiser at Hunter Valley Gardens outside the Putt Putt and Aqua golf. We hope to be a regular in this space and with thanks to our events director Sharon Waite for thinking outside of the box. It was great to be out in the sunshine for a few hours. Some of the community may see our BBQ van at regular events such as Bunnings BBQ's but we are always interested in new opportunities and the money raised through this fundraising helps our local community of Cessnock LGA, National and International projects.  If you are interested in having us at your event, getting involved as a sponsor or even helping us out as a friend of Rotary please contact us via our website, facebook or instagram. 

 
Covid 19 has been a difficult time for our club, having to adjust to keeping in touch with zoom, the opportunity of this has been members have been able to enjoy our meetings from wherever they are. This flexibility of being able to check in via zoom will continue even as face to face meetings return in early August on our regular Thursday night time at Cessnock Leagues Club. Rotary has changed a lot over the years with its transformation into a far more inclusive, flexible organisations whose focus is to help, wherever they can.
 
On the 2nd of July we held our Club’s Changeover. The event itself was available via zoom and included a few physical presentations.  The meeting was attended by the District Governor Graeme Hooper. President John Rosee presenting his annual report detailing donations to the community, which was achieved through the sponsorship of businesses, fundraising and our BBQs in the community.  A special presentation was made to PDG Greg Bevan with his Paul Harris Fellow triple Ruby recognition.  This year the board decided to introduce a special award, where the President selects a person who has shown outstanding service, to receive the “David Clark Memorial Award”  to recognise the outstanding service rendered, this year Friend of Rotary, Ron Jackson was chosen for his continued participation in the Christmas Lights project for the last 7 years. Then the highlight of the night where John inducts Vicki Steep as our new president. She now becomes our 84th President and President for the third time which no other member has ever achieved in club history.