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Rotary club revel in 75 year glory

CELEBRATE: Mareeba Rotary President Lenore Wyatt is looking forward to the 75th Anniversary Ball and is encouraging the past Rotary exchange students and the community to come along and celebrate.

THE Rotary Club of Mareeba will mark the 75th year of their founding with a celebration ball in November this year.

Chartered in 1944, Mareeba Rotary has been a long standing pillar in the community and will continue to be for a long time to come. The 75th Anniversary Ball will be held on Saturday, November 9, at the Mareeba International Club and will give locals a chance to look back and celebrate on not only this year’s achievements, but all the achievements over the past 75 years.

The ball is set to be a showcase of glamour and glee with the theme being 1940s dress. Mareeba Rotary Club President Lenore Wyatt is looking forward to the event and is encouraging people to attend.

“We’d like to see people coming along and supporting Rotary,” she said.

“Preparations are excellent, everything is moving smoothly at the moment – we’ve got the posters and invitations going out now.”

With Rotary being such a huge influence on the community, many of the major developments and programs have been touched and influenced by the Rotary club and its members.

“We will also be honouring past members for their service and doing a snapshot of the last 75 years.

“As well as celebrating and dancing.”

The Anniversary Ball will feature live music from local Mareeba band ‘Careless’, a two course meal plus special presentations and more.

The ball is not exclusive to Rotarians or ex-Rotarians.

“Everyone in the community is invited to come along and enjoy the party,” Mrs Wyatt said.

“We’ll be inviting other service groups, leaders in the community, etc.

“Anyone who’s ever been assisted, associated with or helped by Rotary.”

Mrs Wyatt believes that the work that goes on behind the curtain is much more important than what people see.

“We have influenced a lot of lives, there’s a lot of stuff we do that we don’t just go outside and blow our horn,” she said.

“There’s a lot of stuff that happens in the background.

“We would love to see those people come along and give us a bit of support.”

A call to action is being put out for past Rotary exchange students who studied overseas during their schooling to attend the dinner.

“It would be really great if the past exchange students could come along,” Mrs Wyatt said.

“We have supported exchange students over the past 75 years to achieve something amazing and travel to different countries.

“It’s a whole other experience for the students. As a past exchange student and present Rotarian, Mrs Wyatt understands both sides of the coin.

“It’s a pretty cool thing to be an exchange student, you meet so many different people and travel to different countries.

“If Rotary wasn’t sponsoring that or assisting with the program, what would happen.”

The night kicks off at 6.30pm and the cost for attending the Ball is $60 per person which includes a two course meal and complimentary drink on arrival.

Bookings for the night are open until November 1 and single tickets and tables can now be booked at www.trybooking.com/548595, or if anyone has any issues with booking through the website, please contact President Lenore on 0447 757 336 for any questions and more information.

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