FRIENDS FIRST: Rotary Club of Airlie Beach president Fred Dixon with friends Rachel Farrel from NAB, former Victorian Rotarians Jennifer and Barry Wood and district governor Merewyn Wright at Monday’s launch.
FRIENDS FIRST: Rotary Club of Airlie Beach president Fred Dixon with friends Rachel Farrel from NAB, former Victorian Rotarians Jennifer and Barry Wood and district governor Merewyn Wright at Monday’s launch.

Rotary welcomes friends

IF YOU have always wanted to join your local Rotary group but felt you didn't have the time, your opportunity has arrived.

On Monday night the Rotary Club of Airlie Beach launched a program at Reef Gateway Hotel.

Friends of Rotary is an initiative that allows individuals or businesses to work with Rotary to help with local and international community events without becoming a full-time member.

Proving successful in other places around Australia, the Rotary Club of Airlie Beach decided to jump on board.

The requirements for becoming a Friend of Rotary are quite simple: you must share the ideals and objectives of Rotary, have a passion for helping the people around you and be able to assist in Rotary projects and activities.

The night was attended by Rotarians from near and far.

Previously a Rotarian in country Victoria and recently retired in Airlie, Jennifer Wood is considering becoming a friend of the Rotary Club of Airlie Beach.

"It's great to travel as a Rotarian - you're quite literally welcomed anywhere in the world," she said.

"If you have to work and travel, you can go to a meeting and be surrounded by comforting, like-minded people."

For information on how to become a Friend of the Rotary Club in Airlie Beach, contact district governor Merewyn Wright via email to merryjay17@bigpond.com.


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