I was very proud to have been chosen by Rotarian members to be President of the Rotary Club of Yamba for the next 2 years.
My interest in Rotary started back in 1999 in Townsville Qld when I was presented with a Pride of Workmanship award. This was for work I was doing at the Townsville University Hospital at the time, and I remember thinking, “Isn’t this great”. I didn’t really know much about Rotary but sometime later, I was invited along to a Rotary meeting as a guest speaker and managed to get a donation for a colour printer for my work at the hospital. Again, I thought… “Isn’t this a great club”. With my husband and family, I moved to Yamba 14 years ago and we both joined Yamba Rotary seven years ago.
Why do I volunteer? I do it for a variety of reasons. It offers the chance for me to give something back to the community and make a difference to the people around us. It can help change lives of people we have never met. It has provided me an opportunity to develop new skills like running a 3-legged race on the beach and to build on existing experience and knowledge like educating the public on how to use a defibrillator, or to remove a fishhook from a finger with a piece of string.
Volunteering also provides friendship with like-minded people and a sense of fulfillment in one’s life. It keeps me mentally stimulated and provides a sense of purpose. Volunteers don’t get paid. We get out of bed before the sunrise on some cold mornings, and we pack up our events in the pouring rain in the dark.
We are volunteers that serve to make a difference and serve to change lives. Our Rotary club is actively engaged in moving forward and we are excited by our prospects of having some great events in 2021-22, like Eat Street Yamba and The Twilight Markets, and our regular BBQs at Mitre 10. These fund-raisers help finance our projects for the benefit of our community.
You only have to drive into town to see the Rotary pride in serving our community. There is Rotary seating, Rotary BBQs, Rotary toilet blocks, Rotary Park, the Ford Park walkway, Rotary steps to the lighthouse and Rotary defibrillators and with the Rotary van driving around, you know that Yamba is a proud Rotary town. Yamba Rotary has achieved much over the past 38 years since being chartered and as the new President I intend to continue that proud tradition.
I don’t know where the next two years will lead us. Like Covid-19, the world is changing rapidly and so is Rotary, but I am happy, with the help of my new board and our members to steer the club along this journey.