The Rotary Club of Ballarat West had a very enjoyable changeover dinner recently at the newly restored Provincial Hotel. President Lidia Aitken gave out two club awards named after well respected past members of the club, the “Jamie Gear” Car rally award to Anne Hives and the “Merve Collins”all-rounder to Ross Huntington. Lidia awarded a Paul Harris Fellow to Wayne Cooper who raised over $100,000 from the Murray to Moyne bike race for Asthma Research during a fifteen year period. Lindsey Florence was presented with a Paul Harris Sapphire for his outstanding support to the Ballarat community and the Ballarat swap meet. In handing over the reins to Garry Harrowfield in the presence of his proud family, Lidia Aitken mentioned what a privilege it was for her to serve the community through the work done by Rotary in our local and global communities, she then gave a very brief over view of her year before the annual report was given out by her grandson Hugo Aitken-Thwaite. The newly installed President Garry Harrowfield presented Ludie Olenchalk a short term exchange student from Fresno California with a club cap which had both past and present rotary motto pins “Light up Rotary” and “Be a gift to the world”.
He then gave Hugo Aitken Thwaite a gift for the support he had given his Grandmother Lidia Aitken while she was president. Garry then talked about the challenges he had ahead and that he had the honour of being the thirtieth President of the club and the good works done over that time.