ICING ON THE CAKE: Long-serving Rotary Club of Proserpine member Paul Joice and president Faylene Cooke cut the cake marking 110 years of Rotary International.
ICING ON THE CAKE: Long-serving Rotary Club of Proserpine member Paul Joice and president Faylene Cooke cut the cake marking 110 years of Rotary International. Contributed

Rotary marks big birthday

ROTARY International marked 110 years of making a difference last week.

The international service organisation has been working for local people for more than a century, with the Proserpine branch not doing too badly either, with 60 years of good work under its belt.

The club celebrated by getting together for the cutting of a birthday cake.

Rotary Club of Proserpine incumbent president Chris Harvey marked the occasion with a speech about the first ever Rotary Club meeting.

"I did an international toast, which we do at every meeting," he said. "I did it on the Rotary Club of Chicago, because that's where the first meeting was held."

The incoming club president said Rotary had given him the chance to meet people he wouldn't have otherwise.

"They're not in similar sports, they're all different ages and live in different areas but all have the same thing at heart," he said.

Rotary International was the world's first service club and is today the world's second largest service organisation behind Lions International.

The local branch is going strong, but Mr Harvey said they always welcomed new members.

"We're always willing to take on new members, but we've got a good core group of people at the moment," he said.

Mr Harvey said he hoped to see the local club's good works continue into the future. "Rotary locally, I'd like to continue to grow and fund projects," he said.

"To keep doing the barbecues and the Christmas street fair, and to send kids outbound overseas and to keep accepting kids inbound, and to help make the community a better place."

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