Rotary donates over $13,000 to the community

Sharon Snelson (representing ROAR), Cathy Manns (St John’s School), Therese Hill (Cobar Weekly Association committee), Rotary Club of Cobar returning president David Snelson and Liz Whiteman (Cobar Public School) at Saturday’s Rotary Club of Cobar changeover dinner. ▪ Photo contributed

The Rotary Club of Cobar has handed out $13,475 in donations to local community groups over the past year.
Representatives of four groups collected $2,000 worth of donations at the club’s Changeover Dinner at the Cobar Bowling & Golf Club on Saturday night.
They included the Cobar Weekly Association (which received a donation of $1,000 to pur-chase a new computer monitor and sorting desks), $250 each went to the Cobar Public School, St John’s Primary School and Cobar High School libraries (to purchase books) as well as $250 to ROAR, Rural Outback Animal Rescue/Respite (to help with their ongoing costs to feed and care for surrendered animals).
Other beneficiaries over the past financial year have included the Macquarie Homestay (with $1,500 donated by the club during the Tour de OROC charity ride); Louth and Her-midale schools benefited from the School in a Box program ($3,150); $1,000 was donated to the Louth Community Christmas Tree event to buy presents; Cobar Show Society received $300 to help run their Junior Stewards program at the 2021 and 2022 shows; Cobar High School received $200 for end of year presenta-tions; LiveBetter received a donation of $1,000 to run an art program for clients; $400 was contributed to the costs of bringing the MERV Van (men’s health van) to Cobar; $225 was donated to help with catering for the Science & Engineering Challenge and three local families in need received a total of $3,700.
Club secretary Gordon Hill said the Cobar club has been busy raising funds through their barbecues, catering for events and collecting cans and bottles for the Return and Earn pro-gram.
During the formal part of Saturday’s change-over dinner, David Snelson was returned as president and Geoffrey Langford as vice presi-dent.
Mr Hill was re-elected as secretary and Julie Fairbank was returned as treasurer.
Therese Hill is the Club Services Director and Molly Patton is the International Service and New Age Director.
The club has recently welcomed a new mem-ber in Kerrie Wilson and Mr Hill said he was pleased to report that a couple of other Cobar residents have expressed an interest in joining.