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Campbelltown Rotary still packs a punch after 60 years

What they may lack in numbers, Campbelltown Rotary club make up in effort.

As outgoing president Murray Kear pointed out at the club’s changeover dinner last night, there may only be 17 members but the community service contribution from the 60 year old organisation is much bigger than that.

This was a point also emphasised by Campbelltown mayor George Brticevic and State MP Greg Warren in their speeches at The Hermitage restaurant where Mr Kear handed over the reins to Paul Hawker.

“I am honoured to be here among you,’’ Mr Brticevic said.

“What Rotary does is provide unbelievable service to the community.

“If it wasn’t for Rotary so much important work would not get done,’’ he said.

Handover: new Campbelltown Rotary president Paul Hawker, seated, with his immediate predecessor Murray Kear at the changeover dinner last night.

Mr Warren, who received a Paul Harris fellow award from Mr Kear for his support of Rotary and their fundraising activities, said he was humbled by the gesture.

“This is totally unexpected,’’ he said.

Incoming president Paul Hawker was immediately on the front foot after introducing his board of directors for the next 12 months.

The former mayor announced that Campbelltown Rotary would hold talks with Youth Solutions to form a partnership over the next 12 months.

“They do some really good work helping young people with drug and alcohol issues and it would be good for us to get involved with Youth Solutions,’’ Mr Hawker said.

“Campbelltown Rotary has been helping out in the community for 60 years but there is still so much more to do.’’

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