Mornington Rotary Club celebrated their 70th birthday.
Seventy years of community work throughout the Mornington area was celebrated this week by the Rotary Club of Mornington at a Luncheon attended by local dignitaries, Rotarian leaders from three States, past & present members and friends.
Amongst a range of programs & projects supported by the club have been for support given to local schools, medical equipment, park facility improvements – gazebos and the installation of a Long Table in  the Schnapper Point Park, sailing boats for the Mornington Yacht Club Sailability program as well as scholarships for the Australian Rotary Health Rural Nursing Program and support for further medical research.
One such scholarship awarded four years ago, the Ron Fallaw Memorial Scholarship, has seen Dr Bevan Main complete his Doctorate at Melbourne University where his area incorporated work on Parkinson’s disease. He has now been invited to work at George Town University, Washington studying the effects of concussion both in the sporting and armed forces areas.
During proceedings President John Parkinson presented Rotary Paul Harris Awards to Past Presidents Frank Fisher & John Renowden for their continued support of Rotary projects as well as Graeme Lyell (Coordinator of the Mornington Yacht Club Sailability program).
The birthday luncheon was attended by around 90 former Mornington Rotarians as well as current members, visitors and community friends of Rotary.
It was a resounding success and a joyous occasion which celebrated the work of Rotary across the world. It highlighted the success of Australian Rotary Health begun in 1981 by the Rotary Club of Mornington and launched the fundraising “Muster for Mental Health Research”  The celebration also acknowledged the on-going work of Mornington Rotary locally and with international humanitarian projects. Mornington Rotary Club is the oldest Rotary club on the Mornington Peninsula and one of the oldest clubs in Victoria.
Our community has been fortunate to have such active volunteer community service members of Mornington Rotary for the last 70 years.