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Mick Taylor

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And Peter came to prepare the food and wash the dishes. So thoughtful he is.

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3 months ago

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Rotary through the generations

The Rotary Club of North Balwyn (RCNB), Vic, recently experienced a rare event with the induction of a third-generation member. Andrew Sutherland, 32, is the son of the current club president, Peter Sutherland, who’s the son of Ken Sutherland, who, at age 92, is still an active member of the Rotary Club of Kogarah, NSW.

Although Rotary flows through the veins of the Sutherlands, Andrew never had a burning desire to be a Rotarian, until he attended the recent club presidency handover, where his father was inaugurated as president.
“I got talking with the chairman of Australian Rotary Health, Greg Ross, and the 2019 Rotarian of the year, Ken Maxfield. Ken was discussing a project he created, Camp Getaway, which is a retreat for people with disabilities. As I listened to Greg and Ken talk about the incredible impact of the camp, I was struck by their passion and the scope of what could be achieved. They were so genuine, and really cared. It was then that I decided I want to be associated with people like that,” Andrew said.
Not only is Andrew keen to get involved in international aid and health focused projects, he relishes the fellowship.

“I’m looking forward to being involved with club activities and meeting new people. It will be exciting to join a project and have the experience of helping others. I’ve wanted to be part of a community for some time.”
Andrew says it’s wonderful to see his dad thriving in Rotary.
“After having serious health issues, including leukaemia and prostate cancer, where there was a real risk that he might not have been with us at all, I admire him so much for his drive and commitment.”

Initially, the principal reason that Peter joined Rotary was for fellowship.
“Rotary has given me a network of friends and I enjoy our fellowship weekends, where we go fishing, golfing or bike-riding,” Peter said. “However, contributing to successful projects is also a source of joy; whether it be raising money through weekly catering with the members, renovating bikes for people in the Solomon Islands, or refurbishing donated computers for poor communities at Donations in Kind.

“I’m always in awe of those who invent projects and follow them through. Our farmers’ drought relief project has been very successful. When one of our members first brought the idea to us, I couldn’t see how we could do it, or indeed make it work. I thought it was too big to tackle, but he did it. If you dream of doing things in Rotary, people come on board to make it happen,” Peter said.

By Jeanette Leigh
Rotary Club of North Balwyn, Vic
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Congratulations to all...♥️♥️🎈🎈🎈🎈🍸🏅🏅🏅🇦🇨

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