Rotary Club of McLaren Vale
|Type of organisation:||Community Service|
|Also known as:||McLaren Vale Rotary Club|
|Town or locality:||Willunga|
|Date established:|| 1978
|Business or purpose:||Community Service Club|
Rotary in Mclaren Vale began in 1978 and the President then was AG Baxendale husband of Ruth Baxendale who also contributed ? to the community, since those days there have been 35 presidents.
The last one, Kevin Lamb of Willunga, served as President for 2 years running and has now passed on the baton to William Brown from Seaford.
List of Presidents
1978/79 AG Baxendale 1979/80 JE Mansfield 1980/81 ML Prime 1981/82 R Dellow 1982/83 DL Light 1983/84 AB Dunstone 1984/85 AHM Ellison 1985/86 DM Ross 1986/87 TR Sharp 1987/88 MW Farrall 1988/89 NJ Brown 1989/90 KJ Van Der Pennen 1990/91 SV Head 1991/92 KS Kerrisk 1992/93 MD Pridham 1993/94 BJM McNamara 1994/95 CR Jarrett 1995/96 RD Thomson 1996/97 RJ Plummer 1997/98 PC Crabb 1998/99 CL Rowley 99/2000 T Hadert 2000/01 JH Brougham 2001/03 M Pridham 2003/04 C Rochford 2004/06 D Merrell 2006/08 D Bartley 2008/09 D Merrell 2008/09 L Cester 2009/11 A Bigg 2011/13 K Lamb 2013 WH Brown
The club is involved in lots of fundraising both here and overseas, eg research in the eradication of polio is a huge project that Bill Gates is also sponsoring along side Rotary. The club has raised huge amounts over the years in overseas aid after floods, fire and sunamis to name a few and also provides a service called Shelter box.
The Australia Day Breakfast on 26 January is held in the Courthouse grounds Willunga and this year the club hope to present a joint event with National Trust SA (Willunga) The Mock Accident.planned for the 18 October this year is co-ordinated with the Police, CFS, Ambulance service, a magistrate and prosecutor. They present the scene as a re-enactment of a road accident, trial and consequences to local school teachers and children who also participate and learn from it. Sponsors are ? local Car breaker supplies the wreckage, Nigel's Driving School donated some driving tuition to deserving students.