Rotary in Action: Serving the Dapto community

Sausage sizzle: Twelve members of Dapto Rotary Club manned the barbecue at the Father's Day Dapto Street Fair. Proceeds will go to community projects around Dapto.

Sausage sizzle: Twelve members of Dapto Rotary Club manned the barbecue at the Father's Day Dapto Street Fair. Proceeds will go to community projects around Dapto.

The weather was ideal for a huge crowd to attend and support the Father’s Day Dapto Street Fair organised by the Dapto Chamber of Commerce.  

Ian Fitzgibbon, the President of the Chamber and Past President and member of Dapto Rotary Club, manages the logistics for the day.

The Dapto Rotarians have provided a barbecue at the Fair for the past 10 years.

This year 12 members attended serving sausage sandwiches, drinks, etc, with the funds raised to go into the Club’s annual distribution of funds to organisations in and/or serving the Dapto community.

The Club has been supporting a project at the Dapto Dogs, the next to be held on September 14, 2017. This is another fund-raising event for the Club whilst sponsoring several races.

Graffiti removal is an outstanding service provided to this area.

Led by Mick Chamberlain, the team is kept very busy following up on calls from Wollongong City Council, a daily walk by Mick, also from Rotarians and community members, checking to keep Dapto graffiti free whilst trying to restore community pride. Currently Mick is preparing for Graffiti Removal Day, Sunday, October 29, 2017, in the Unanderra area.  

To follow this amazing service, check out Mick Chamberlain’s Facebook page.

This coming Wednesday, at St Luke’s Church, Brownsville, 100 people are expected to attend a special ceremony to recognise the restoration of the William Beach grave site. 

This has been two years of dedication and hard work on the part of Dapto Leagues Club and Dapto Rotary. 

On November 18, 2017, the Club will be hosting a Rotary International family picnic day at Don’s Farm, located on Avondale Road, at the bottom of Huntley Hill Climb. 

All clubs and members of the public are invited to attend and join in the celebration, food and fun.  Further details will be provided in this column closer to the date.

For further information about Rotary and the Dapto Club projects, contact  Jeff Huisman on 0418 421 045, Huisman.jeff@gmail.com or Graffiti removal, Mick Chamberlain on 0422 187 734, esquire1@tpg.com.au

Footnote: The recent Imagination Library Illawarra movie night raised sufficient funds to supply 411 books for a year to 34 children. 

This is an amazing effort on the part of a committee comprising representation by Rotarians from the clubs of the Illawarra, and supporting community groups. 

The team wishes to thank all who attended and supported this event, many of whom were as a result of the recent publicity through this column.

“Service Above Self”

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