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1986 - 1989

  Rotary Brings Hope

Charter Night July 5th 1986

Charter President: Daryl Callander

 Secretary:  Ric Long

 Community Service:  David Evans

Youth Service:  Graeme Broadbent

 Treasurer: Tim Dale

Our first project was to host a bus load of disadvantaged children from Heidelberg. We had a barbecue, soft drink and ice cream down on the river at John Tainton's. Ian Bell spent all day baiting hooks for the kids. One fish was landed for the day. A great day!

 Our next effort was spreading wood chips around the gardens at the Yea Nursing home, followed by a working bee cutting and delivery of wood to Legacy Widows.

We were fortunate to secure The Art Show from the Chamber of Commerce at short notice.

 We all got involved in a Livestock Industry Appeal to raise funds for the Community Centre at the High School. An evening was spent folding sealing and sending out letters. This was a brain child of Don Lawson which was a great success.

 Bernie Quinlan Director International Service arranged for Gina Callander to go to India, exchange student Bobbie to arrive from India shortly.

 Vocational Service: Graeme Clements arranged mock job interviews at the High School

 A joint service clubs bowls night raised $ 1000 for the community centre.

Youth Service: Graeme Broadbent was also involved in the mock interviews and arranged Youth Achievement awards for four students. We also sponsored two youths to a Rotary Youth Leadership Seminar.

Graeme also took out a contract to wash the police car and gave the money to Rotary

John Sinclair and Doug Zerbe both members of the Rotary Club of Alexandra were inducted into our club on our change over night.

 This was a good year for consolidating the Club.


                     The Rotary Club of Yea Art Show

The Yea Chamber of Commerce held their first outdoor Art Show in 1971 and functioned well until 1986 when several meetings failed to get a quorum. Ray Watson (Beaufort Manor) was in the Chamber of Commerce as well as a Rotarian and he suggested we take the Art Show on board as we were looking for a project this being our first year.

All relevant papers and artists’ names were dropped at our Community Service Director’s home on a Friday night, the last week in November, the Art Show being on 26th 27th 28th of December.

After a busy 2 or 3 hours sorting all the gear out I arrived at The Yea Chronicle office to talk to Ash Long whose help l needed. We agreed even at this late hour it was a must that we run it from a continuity point of view or we may lose it.

A new letter was written to inform the artists that it was still on, the entry fees etc. and it was all posted by 12 o'clock. Great credit to Ash Long.

I am not sure of the number of artists we contacted but we considered ourselves lucky as the entries kept coming in. Our approach was to run the show as best we could, learn from it and at least we had laid our claim to that day.

The Art Show stands were stored at the Butter Factory and I asked at a meeting could 3 or 4 chaps give me a hand on Saturday morning to sort it out - about 20 members arrived to help. That I will never forget.

When the show opened we noticed everyone was asking where the painting was for the raffle; that's how much we were with it! We purchased a nice painting by Lola Anderson which was very reasonably priced and away we went

Each night we had to take down the paintings and store them at Graeme and Marion Bruere's shed and put them out again each day. We used Brendan Dignam's trailer and had a large coil of plastic bubble insulation – one layer of paintings one layer of insulation and so on. Our first year exceeded my expectation when we had a profit of $ 1809. I realised after the Art Show that the support was greater than I had experienced before.

The second year we went indoors in the Shire Hall, which was a ‘learn again’ experience.

As each year goes another Director runs The Art Show and each one had 100% support that is probably why in a good year we hover around the $10000 mark.

Rotary Club of Yea Art Show & Profit Results as from December 1986

The first Rotary Art show was held outdoors on the centre plantation in 1986 from then on indoors at the Shire Hall High St. Yea

President                  Year

Community Service

Art Show Director


Daryl Callander 1986-87

David Evans

David Evans


Les Hall                 87-88

David Evans

David Evans


Gary Fitzgerald       88- 89

Tony Mc Carthy

Tony McCarthy


David Evans           89-90

John Sinclair

John Sinclair


Adrian Sier            90-91

Doug Zerbe

Doug Zerbe


Graeme Broadbent 91-92

Royce Kronberg

Royce Kronberg


Neil Beer                92-93

Bob Adams

Bob Adams


Ash Long               93-94

Les Hall

Les Hall


Norm Berndt           94-95

Gary Fitzgerald

Trevor Reid


Doug Zerbe            95-96

Dick Dashwood

John Sinclair


Charles Rattray        96-97

David Anderson

Greg Alexander


John Sinclair           97-98

Les Hall

Charles Rattray


Dick Dashwood        98-99

Lionel Heres

David Anderson


Greg Alexander 99-2000

Charles Rattray

Norm Berndt


Lionel Heres         2000-01

Greg Fletcher

Bob Dewar


David Anderson         01.02

Norm Berndt

Peter Beales


John Bett                02/03

D. Long & J Sinclair

David Roberts


Bob Dewar               03/4

Sandra Hanley

Terry Hubbard


Ruth Konig              04/05

Terry Hubbard

Russell Hogg


David Roberts          05/06

Jeannie Handsaker

John Handsaker


David Long              06/07

Elaine White

Carol Hogg


Peter Tull                07/08

Elaine White

Ian Lynch


Sandra Hanley         08/09

Les Hall

Russell Wealands


Rodney Ridd           09/10         

Les Hall

Peter Tull








Les Hall - Year of Office 1987 Ending 30th June 1988

 Rotary Theme: Rotarians - United in Service Dedicated to Peace

Secretary Ric Long
Treasurer Tim Dale
Art Show & Community Service : David Evans

Once again we hosted the disadvantaged children from Heidelberg on the river at John Tainton’s. No fish caught as the river was higher and nobody brought any worms but Les Hall had his Shetland pony who was kept very busy.

A new experience as the Art Show went indoors this year. Financially it was down a little mainly because of extra expense but no rain worries.

A new fund raiser was the Landowners and friends Luncheon held at Murrindindi Station - an all hands on the pump job and the ladies too. It was a lot of work for all but financially very successful.

President Les Hall reported:

Our Livestock appeal was a winner. This year we hosted Indian student Bobby Sen. Significant contributions were made to aged and infirm and youth. Reg Scott who was instrumental in our formation as a club, passed away.

 Youth Graeme Broadbent:

 Job interviews at the High School. Washing Police car contract won again. Youth achievement and Rotary Youth Leadership funded. DECA funded again. Stephen Stewart was our exchange student who is in Japan.

 Club Funds

1987                              1988

$2906.72                        $6653.15 

Art Show ( First Indoor ) Art Show




Expenditure. Exchange Student


Rotary International



Gary Fitzgerald - Year Of Office ending June 1989

Rotary Theme: Put Life In Rotary – Your Life

Secretary: Neil Beer

Treasurer: Royce Kronborg

Art Show & Community Service: Tony McCarthy

This year we erected a safety fence around the extended care nursing home and laid out garden beds and wood chips in the garden area.

The Show Committee approached us for help, so the Club organised a display of local industry, erected a large marquee and organised about 15 exhibitors that created interest and helped ease the load on committee members. The Art Show indoors again still getting established but slowly improving. The Annual Luncheon this year at Nar Darak was again a success and our best money earner at this time.

The Club offered to help the cemetery trust clean up but there appeared to be lack of support or interest.

  Vocational Service: Adrian Sier

High School interviews carried out again

Youth Service: Daryl Callander

DECA Driver training students driven to Shepparton by Rotarians and funded by Rotary.

Exchange student Bobby has returned home to India and Stephen Stewart has returned from Japan. President Gary said he was a great ambassador.

Gary also said stability has returned as we had venue changes from Beaufort Manor to Grand Central Hotel - Church of England Hall - and finally Royal Mail Hotel. Also a few firsts: First attendance at District Conference at Albury, Polio Plus obligation fulfilled and first joint Service Clubs participation Christmas Party and Australia Day. Gary's wife Liz was President for a day when we had a ladies night where roles were reversed.

This year we paid out our obligation to Polio Plus.

Club Funds:                                                                       Donations


1988                                                    1989
$6653.15                                             $5944.64

Yea Primary School




Polio Plus ( Foundation)


Sponsor Volley Ball




Preston Rotary Club


R I Papua New Guinea





Art Show $ 1637.36

David Evans Year of Office 1989 Ending 28th June 1990

Rotary Theme: Enjoy Rotary

Secretary: Peter Mangan

Treasurer: Royce Kronborg

Community Service and Art Show: John Sinclair


We had a very successful Calcutta that was held in the Molesworth Hotel. Adrian Sier was a great help.

The Art Show brought some new ideas including the Catalogue with advertisements which paid for its self. A campaign to boost attendance commenced.

A main street BBQ evening commenced the Art Show that was opened by the Commander of the Police Air Wing in support of the Helipad which was our prime object this year. The Annual Luncheon was back at Murrindindi Station with over 300 people attending; it was a great day from all points of view.

We received the problem of the old cemetery but could not get any local interest. We helped the Yea Show with manpower.

Together with the Lions Club we celebrated Australia Day with the usual barbeque. DECA driver training is funded by the car washing contract. Graeme Broadbent's involvement with youth is extremely good.

We had 2 visits from The Belgrave Club and 2 exchange students as guest speakers.

We had a good year financially and we can cover our commitment to the helipad and are now committed to support the Life Education scheme.

This was the year Stephan Slucki was bulletin editor "So what that Stephan is blind! The visitors sometimes got confused’.

This was the time The Art Show started to come of age.

Club Funds


1989                                                         1990

5944.64                                          14930

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Rotary Club of Alexandra


Shire of Yea ( Special needs )


Newcastle disaster Relief


Helipad Lights




$ 1980.00

Art Show Profit:          $ 4697.71.

Luncheon :                 $241.2.69

Calcutta :                   $388.00