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We cooked 330 magnificent Egg and Bacon rolls in 2 hours and 30 minutes to feed a mixture of homeless persons and those who work or volunteer in related support areas.     Coast Connect is a very large scale day for those workers and volunteers.      It is both a tool for networking and a reward for efforts in the field.     Gosford Rotary is proud of our own rotarian, Bob Thomas, who is the Chairman of the organising committee.
 

 
 
The changeover evening was a good time to review the year just finished, and our incoming board takes a serious view of their responsibility to keep up the good work.
 

 
Gosford Rotary started another year in its 70+ year history on July7.        Over 50 people turned up to see outgoing President Don Wiseman preside over his last meeting then hand the baton to incoming President Dennis Allen.          Before standing down Don reviewed and thanked each of his directors in what was a fantastic year of achievment.       In a long list of events Gosford Rotary moved the school desks and furniture from the old Gosford Public School all the way to Poppondetta in PNG (a shared project with Gosford North Rotary which provided much of the initiative and most of the man power).      We sent year 10  students to RYPEN and another year 12 student to the National Youth Science Forum, a full 2 week live in event at the ANU.         We built 3 waterfront shelters in a heavily used park on Gosford's waterfront and we continued our association with Gosford's wonderful Musical Society with numerous theatre outings.         In association with 12 other Coast Rotary clubs and the Uni of Newcastle we organised the Science and Engineering Challenge for the 16 th year, engaging nearly 500 of the Central Coast's most promising year 10 science and maths students.        The Gala Concert was a great success once again.                                                                                   And we had a lot of fun at the same time.
Before standing down Don presented Robyn Kapp with a cheque fro $1000 to fight Huntington's Disease, and another $1000 cheque to Nancye Booth of the Inner Wheel for their continued research into the use of cord blood.                Don topped that with a great big cheque of $25000, presented by treasurer and chief fundraiser David Boardman, to Laurie Maher of Coast Shelter for their relief of victims of domestic violence.
               The evening closed on a high note when incoming President Dennis made a Don a very well deserved Paul Harris Fellow.
 
 
 

 
 
The 19th annual gala concert was again a wonderful success, featuring the Central Coast Brass Band, Central Coast Concert Orchestra, Central Coast Youth Orchestra, Central Coast Philharmonic Choir and a special guest appearance from members of the Gosford Musical Society.       It proved to be a great antidote to what was a wet and windy day with patrons asking for the dates for concert number 20.      Once again Gosford Rotary will donate all the funds raised to the participating musical groups.      W are proud to have once again presented the premier concert of the year for the Central Coast.
 

 
 
We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.
 
 
 
An optimist is the human personification of spring.
 
 
 
 
 
Gosford Rotary is the oldest Rotary Club on the Central Coast of NSW and for around 70 years, the club has served the region, and contributed to local organisations
 
‚ÄčIt has instigated projects such as Pioneer Park at Point Frederick, Bradys Gully Park at North Gosford and the memorial steps and fountain near the Gosford waterfront. It also built and subsequently refurbished Rotary Lodge at Gosford Hospital.
 
The Rotary Club of Gosford meets every Thursday at 6.15pm at the Gosford Golf Club. If you'd like to attend, please contact us.  You will be most welcome.
Postal Address PO Box472,Gosford,2250,NSW,Australia
 
 
 
 
 
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