At the recent 53rd Anniversary dinner of the Rotary Club of Shellharbour City, Rotarian Ray Tarlinton was recognised for achieving 40 years of dedicated service to Rotary and the club.
Ray was admitted to Rotary on March 1, 1979, and was Club President in 1984 and again in 2014.
Ray's drive and commitment for involvement in International Service saw him become a working participant in FAIM (Fourth Avenue In Motion) in 1983.
Our Rotary service is provided through “Four Avenues” – Club, Vocational, Community and International from which is derived the name FAIM.
In later years, Rotary Australia World Community Service Limited (RAWCS) replaced FAIM.
In 1986, Ray travelled to Vanimo, Papua New Guinea to assist in the construction of a building to house "Wayward Nationals".
During 1989 and 1990, a team of seven club members including Ray, participated in a FAIM project in PNG involving building domestic service blocks and the completion of two classrooms 60 kilometres north of Port Moresby at Marionville, Sacred Heart Girls High School.
Ray has a vast history of association in DIK (Donations in Kind) by the collection of hospital beds, computers, school desks, clothes and anything else that wasn't bolted down.
They were transported to the RAWCS warehouse located at that time in Prospect and then ably assisted by other club members, loaded into shipping containers bound for overseas.
The moving of all these resources was completed by the selfless use of Ray's work truck.
Ray participated in a number of local service projects conducted by the club over the years, including the construction of shelters and toilet blocks at Blackbutt Reserve, the construction of tables and barbecue facilities and the archway to the entrance of Bass Point Reserve.
As part of his recognition at the dinner, Rotary District Governor Sue Hayward presented Ray with a congratulatory letter of his achievements, Club President Larry How presented him with a commemorative plaque on behalf of the members, and District Governor Elect, Di North, presented Ray with a Paul Harris Fellow, his second, one of Rotary's highest awards for service.
President Larry congratulated and saluted Ray for his dedicated service to the club on behalf of everyone present.
The Rotary Club of Shellharbour City meets every Wednesday at 6.30pm at the Warilla Bowls and Recreation Club.
Contacts: 0431 975 345 and www.shellharbourcityrotary.org.au.
Rotary's motto is "Service Above Self".