Rotary donates $15,000 to the community

The Rotary Club of Cobar held their changeover dinner on Monday night with Geoffrey Langford taking on the president’s collar for the year ahead. Mr Langford is pictured with club service director Therese Hill presenting donations to ROAR representative
Sharon Snelson and Copper City Men’s Shed representative Tony Punzet. ▪ Contributed

The Rotary Club of Cobar handed out $15,000 in donations to local and regional organisations as part of their changeover board meeting on Monday night.

Among the recipients were: Macquarie Home Stay, Dubbo ($5,000), the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Dubbo Support Group ($2,500), Cobar Girl Guides ($2,500), Cobar Rural Outback Animal Rescue/Respite (ROAR)  ($2,000) and the Copper City Men’s Shed ($1,000).

Donations of $500 each will also go to the Rotary Foundation, Cobar Public School, St John’s School and Cobar High School.

Returning secretary Gordon Hill said the club’s Return and Earn recycling program has been well supported by the community and has proved to be a real funding boost for the club enabling them to continue to support the Cobar community.

Mr Hill commended the work done by the Cobar Girl Guides in assisting Cobar Rotary club members to sort and pack the recycled containers.

“All funds raised by this program are used by the club to support local community groups,” Mr Hill said.

At Monday’s changeover dinner, Geoffrey Langford, a former president, received the president’s collar from outgoing president David Snelson.

Mr Hill will continue in the secretary’s role while the club’s long serving club treasurer, Julie Fairbank, has handed over her job to another club member, Molly Patton.

The club’s community service director for 2023-2024 is Kerry Wilson who has taken over the position from Therese Hill.

Mrs Hill has now taken up the club service director’s role.

The vocational service director’s position has been filled by retiring club president David Snelson.

Mr Hill said that the Cobar Rotary Club, like many other local community groups, is struggling to attract new members.

“As a result, the club has had to reduce some of the services it provides to the Cobar community until we are able to recruit more members,” Mr Hill said.

“Cobar Rotary will however continue to assist those in need in the community where we can.”

He said any interested new members will be made most welcome.