The History of  Rotary Club of Hurstville

The Following Years

 1992 -

 1992-93 when Brian Heaton was District Governor, our club and The Rotary Club of St.George Central organised the District Convention in Canberra.

1993 - 94 President Barry Dunn with a group of Rotary Annes headed by Marion Smith put together 1 large Bandaged Bear carnival in Penshurst Park

1994-95 President Brian McFarlane had the second Bandaged Bear Carnival and both these were held in Penshurst Park where the Aquatic Centre now stands. Money was raised and the Rotary Wing at Westmead Children’s Hospital was dedicated and still stands there today. 

 1996 the club created a Rotary Park on vacant land supplied by Hurstville Council on the corner of Henry Lawson Drive and Hymen Street Riverwood. That is now known as Harvey Dixon Park. The play equipment was constructed by pupils from St. George TAFE.

1997-98 we had a visit from Rotary International President Glen Kinross to present a “Presidential Citation” to the club. In that year our Antique Fair raised over $10,000; the “Lucky Wheel” $11,000 and a Fashion Parade $2,300. We also hosted a special “Titanic Dinner” with a menu copied from the original.   Also  our first lady Rotarian was inducted into the Club, it was Dorothy Dixon .

 1998-99 in our continued support for the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal, $33,000 was collected from our allotted zone.

 1999-2000 we celebrated the club’s 60th birthday and a “Hope for the Children” car raffle raised $30,000.

2000-2001 President Kevin Smith a special swing for the disabled, designed and built by our member, Wayne Devine, was installed at Olds Park Peakhurst; the Salvation Army Red Shield raised $35,782 and our antique Fair $19,000.

2001-2002 President James Forrester we distributed $12,500 to Hope for the Children and $12.500 to St. George Hospital’s Paediatric Ward. We also won the Rotary Shield at Rose Bay Rotary Club’s Trivia Night.

The establishment of The Magic Show was formed and is still growing very strong.

Many youth programmes were accomplished also this year:

Year 11 Summer Science Student; Year 10 student in the Siemens Science Program; Honeywell Engineering Student Program; Muna program at Gerges River college

 2002 we invited pupils from Hurstville Primary School to propose a project to mark Rotary’s Centenary in 2003. A great response from the children of 35 entries resulted in a new netball court being constructed in the school grounds, a combined project with Hurstville Council, the Education Department and our club.