PROUD MOMENT: Rotary Club of Airlie Beach’s new president Fred Dixon. PHOTO: DIXON.CAMERA.COM
PROUD MOMENT: Rotary Club of Airlie Beach’s new president Fred Dixon. PHOTO: DIXON.CAMERA.COM

Fred steps up as president

LIKE many other Rotarians, Fred Dixon felt it was part of his life duty to give back to the community.

On Saturday night he stepped up to take over the Rotary Club of Airlie Beach presidency from outgoing president Allan Robinson.

Originally from Townsville where he was a Rotarian for 10 years, he moved to the Whitsundays four years ago to retire and join the local club.

"(As president) I would like to build the club numbers up - we are always looking for new recruits and we need it to be able to continue our work in the community," he said.

"I'm going to encourage the club to approach people and also to do something we haven't done before which is putting ourselves out there more than ever."

Mr Dixon is particularly passionate about Rotary's local, national and international projects such as their fight to end polio.

"I'm from the generation that remembers when Australians were getting it (polio). It was something very close to me. I still remember those faces in the Townsville hospital," he said.

He is very proud to announce that, to his knowledge, there have only been 29 polio cases recorded in the world this year which is a 70 percent improvement.

The annual changeover dinner was held at BIG4's Palm House on Saturday night.

Steve McDonald from Airlie Beach Music was presented with an honourable Rotary award, the Paul Harris Fellow, for creating quality sounds for the Whitsundays.

The recognition is given to those who make an extraordinary contribution to their community.

Current secretary Merewyn Wright and Allan Robinson also both received sapphires to add to their Paul Harris Fellow medallions to further recognise their services

Each year presidency and board members are changed in Rotary groups.

The new board is made up of Merewyn Wright as secretary, Ann Johnston as treasurer, membership director Ken Sharpe, club public relations Merewyn Wright, club administration John Mol, David Paddon on Rotary Foundation and Dalwyn McErlane continuing her role as club administrator.

The night was attended by Mayor Jennifer Whitney and members from the Airlie Beach Chamber of Commerce, VMR, Zonta, Proserpine Rotary Club and Probus.


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