What's So Great About Rotary?...


Rotary International brings together people from all walks of life in order to provide humanitarian services and encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the World.

Rotary members around the globe are serving humanity by providing clean water to underdeveloped communities, promoting peace in conflict areas, and strengthening communities through basic education and literacy. But none more important than our work to eradicate polio worldwide.

However, I would like to bring you closer to home. One of Rotary's greatest achievements is the work that it does in its local communities like here in Forster and Tuncurry.

Our club has donated in the 2015/16 financial year over $20,000.00 to local charities and not-for profit organisations.

In addition, to this we have helped in a voluntary capacity at many community events and functions. Youth is an important focus of our club by providing education and development programs.

We have hosted overseas student Clara Nami from France while Makayla Randall from Forster left for Germany.

My fellow Rotarians and partners' thank you for helping to serve our community through Rotary, together we can make a difference in the world.

New members are welcome.

Rotary serving Humanity

Brian Bruton: President

Great Lakes Rotary: 2014-2015

The 2014/15 Rotary Year has been hugely successful for the Rotary Club of Great Lakes under the stewardship of president Mark dePlater.

A special moment at the club's annual changeover dinner was the presentation of a significant donation to the Great Lakes Women's Shelter Appeal. This, along with other donations from the community & other service clubs (including Club Forster) will ensure that the project will become reality in the near future.

A highlight of the year was the Great Lakes Rotary involvement with Rotary International Youth Exchange, which has enriched the lives of two outstanding young students - one visiting the Great Lakes from France and one from Forster who travelled to Sweden.
Clara Nami from France has been hosted by the club & friends of Rotary for the past 12 months & returned home late July, 2015. She was given a final fond farewell at the changeover dinner.
Forster student Matt McGarrigle experienced 12 months in Sweden and returned home during the year.

International Youth Exchange is one of Rotary's most successful enterprises, which focus on development of youth with consequent improvement in international understanding.

The Changeover Dinner, as the name implies, climaxed with the handover of the club's Presidency from Mark de Plater to Brian Bruton who outlined plans for the ensuing 2015/16 year & introduced his new Board of Directors for the year.

Great Lakes Rotary 2015-16 Board of DirectorsGreat Lakes Rotary 2016-17
Board of Directors
(L - R)
Brian Bruton (President)
Brian Lidbury (Club Service)
Jim Morwitch (Vice President)
Tony Summers (Secretary)
Mark DePlater (Vocational Service)
Kim Morris (Youth Service)
Deb Verdich (International Service)
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Great Lakes Rotary: 2014-15 Year in Review Great Lakes Rotary: 2014-15 Year in Review
History of Rotary International Rotary International's Beginnings...
Rotary's Statement of Purpose Rotary's Statement of Purpose.

Rotary's Objectives...

The main objective of Rotary is service — in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world.
Rotarians develop community service projects that address many of today's most critical issues such as children at risk, poverty and hunger, the environment, illiteracy and violence.
Rotarians also support programmes for youth, educational opportunities and international exchanges for students, teachers and other professionals plus vocational and career development.