The Rotary Club of Cobar held their changeover dinner at the Services Club on Saturday night with Tony Punzet inducted as the club’s new president.
Among the group of more than 60 diners were special guests district governor of 9670 Steve Jackson and his wife Janette from Cessnock and past district governor Don Stephens and his wife Marjorie from Dubbo.
Mr Stephens spoke at the dinner congratulating the Cobar club on yet another very successful year.
“This club’s been very busy over the last year. The long list of donations in the program is one way of evaluating how a club is going.”
He said raising over $25,000 in one year had been a tremendous effort for such a small band of members.
“Another way is attendance and the contributions the members make to the club,” Mr Stephens said.
“This club has been very active in giving other support to the community by manning barbecues, holding events for youth and other activities.”
Mr Jackson reiterated Mr Stephens compliments to the club and also congratulated the club on their continued support of the Rotary Foundation which does a lot of good work around the world.
Also in attendance at Saturday’s dinner was RSL Sub Branch Cobar president Ben Hewlett who was the guest speaker for the evening.
Mr Hewlett spoke about his life in the army, an accident which changed his life, how he came to Cobar and the work the RSL Sub Branch is currently doing to create a World War I memorial in Drummond Park.
Mr Punzet, who is a former Cobar Apex Club president, said he was very honoured to be named as Rotary’s new president.
“Being part of a service club has been a big part of my life.
“Serving our community and helping people in need,” Mr Punzet said.