Rotary club celebrates 70 years of service to Mullumbimby
MULLUMBIMBY wouldn't be the same without Rotary - well it certainly wouldn't look the same.
The Rotary Club of Mullumbimby is celebrating 70 years serving the Brunswick valley community - holding a dinner at St Martins Hall earlier this month.
Club president Nerida Dean said it was quite a milestone for the very visible and active club.
"Many members of the community will have seen us selling raffle tickets or sizzling sausages," she said.
"We raise money for local, national and international projects.
"As Rotarians pay to belong to Rotary, we cover all our administration costs and every cent we raise goes to our projects. We are currently raising funds to help people affected by the drought. All funds will be distributed through Rotary clubs directly to those in need."
Since its formation, the Mullumbimby club has been involved in all sorts of major projects both Mullumbimby and Brunswick during its proud history.
"We have undertaken many local projects over the years," said Nerida, whose dad was also president of the club while her mother was a "Rotarianne".
In 1991 we planted a rainforest on the western side of the Brunswick River at Pine Avenue'" she said.
"This year we were the inaugural awardee for the Environment Section of the Byron Shire Council's Australia Day awards.
"Mullumbimby Rotary Club provided the original gateway to Mullumbimby sign which is now at the Mullumbimby Museum.
"We collaborated with Byron Shire Council and created Pilgrim Park at the entrance to Brunswick Heads including building the amenities block recently removed by Council.
"We also support the Mullumbimby Neighbourhood Centre, and we raise funds to support victims of domestic violence."
While Rotary student exchange programs are widely known, it isn't the only young project that the Mullum-Brunswick based club supports.
"We support participants to attend a program for 14 to 17-year-olds (RYPEN), and to a transition seminar for Year 11/12 school leavers (RYST) and for 18 to 28-year-olds to the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)," she said.
"An annual award for a student in Year 10, Year 11 and Year 12 is given at Mullumbimby High School. At our celebration dinner there will be an auction with all proceeds going to the Chrysalis program at Mullumbimby High School."
The club also supports programs nationally and internationally and is always looking for new members. Contact club president Nerida Dean;