The Rotary Club of Oberon’s Changeover Dinner 2007

The changeover dinner was held on 14th June 2007. At the changeover the outgoing president Graham Parker presented his report. The club now has 24 members – and always looking for more!

During the year the club has participated in many inter club activities, including debates with both the Bathurst and Blayney clubs. The club supported the Bathurst East club in their Mental Awareness Programme. The club organised activities with the local Lions and Apex groups. See blog entries and

The majority of the club’s income is achieved by catering and during the winter months – wood raffles. This year we catered for The Oberon Show, Polaris Endurance Bike Ride and Kowmung Music festival, to name a few of the major ones. These events tested the clubs resources, but we came through with flying colours. See blog entries

A ‘Readeo’ was organised by the Oberon Library to encourage all children to read. Rotary was asked to cater for the event and to organize reading groups. The club also catered for the Oberon Interagency Committee’s event ‘ Put Christ back into Christmas’ street party. See blog entry on The Oberon Library blog

The Blenhiem Walk project was completed with the help of the weekend detention groups from Bathurst.

The club promoted and assisted in many activities for the youth of the area, including sponsoring students to both the Honeywell Engineering Summer School and the Siemens Science Experience. The club continued its annual sponsorship of prizes for schools in Oberon and surrounding areas. The club sponsored the equestrian teams from Oberon High School and St Josephs this year.

For the first time in years the club sent a team to Model United Nations Assembly. The two high school girls were allocated Kenya as their country and they successfully put a resolution to the ‘UN General Assembly’ event that was held at Forbes. The club also sponsored an attendee, John Causer, to the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards programme.

One of the highlights of the year was our participation in the Rotary Youth Driver Awareness programme. All year eleven students from Oberon High School attended the programme that was held at Mt Panorama. See blog entry

The ‘Why Try’ programme that was jointly funded by the Oberon RSL and Oberon Rotary was successfully implemented in the Oberon High School. See blog entry

The club made a successful visit to the Bathurst Gaol as part of our vocational programme. We also had many guest speakers talking on their vocations, including Professor Sommerville who spoke of his career as an archaeologist, geologist and collector. See blog entry

A major event for the club this year was the Environmental Awareness Awards – this program involved the students of the high school setting guidelines, obtaining nominations, conducting evaluations and organising awards. More details at

During the year a work team was sent to Tanna Island in Vanuatu where further work was carried out on the hospital. The club has also organised for surplus hospital equipment to be forwarded to Tanna Hospital. The club continues to support a disabled child from Tanna.

A Swedish Group Study Exchange team visited Oberon as part of their visit to Australia.

Some photos from the night!

New president John Pearson and outgoing DG Geoff Bargwana

Geoff Bargwanna, Gerard Martin, Graham Parker and John Pearson

The new board: John Philp, Outgoing DG Geoff, Beryl Gibbons, Gary
Hart, Brenda Lyon, Graham Parker, Julie Stott, John Pearson, Kevin Hansen

The head table at the changeover!


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