Thursday, 2 June 2011

Celebrating 50 Years of Rotary in Maleny

On 29 April 2009, exactly 50 years to the day after the inaugural meeting of the Rotary Club of Maleny, Sir Clem Renouf, 1978-79 President, Rotary International launched a book on the history of the Club. The book was written by Club historian and archivist, Jack Wilcox AM.
Describing the theme, the cover of the book has the message: 'In 1959 the village of Maleny embraced the wide world of Rotary. Tales of challenges, achievements and camaraderie abound in this 50-year journey to the global village of 2009… graphically capturing the essence of Rotary, Service above Self'.

Sir Clem wrote the Foreword. Some of his comments:                        

"The spirit of the book the enduring bonds of friendship and fellowship generated by membership of the Rotary Club the pride in its contribution to the life of the community for half a century pervades its pages. I found some of the specialised chapters interesting, despite my familiarity with most of them. Who could read the chapter on Youth Exchange without being impressed by the potted histories of so many young people whose lives have been profoundly influenced by the club’s participation in this great program? Or the chapter on Mary Cairncross Park with the club’s fifty year commitment to a project of great significance to Maleny and beyond."

The book is essentially a history of Maleny from a service club perspective ― the history of a country village based on dairying and timber-getting making the transition to the global village of the 21st century.

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