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Reflections on Service
The Fruit of Love is Service.
qualities does Rotary have that persuade businessmen and professional
leaders to work voluntarily and with endless dedication, motivated only
by the desire to help their fellowmen? What attraction does Rotary hold
for these over a million men and women who, while asking nothing in
return, offer their time, their talents, their efforts, their
intelligence and their resources to this cause? How is it that Rotary
manages to unite men and women from all parts of the globe as though
they were members of a single family, independent of their occupations,
their faiths, and their nationalities? What is this ideal that so
grasps the imagination of Rotarians, and what is this powerful calling
that moves their hearts so deeply? How can we describe this Rotary, and
the charisma that makes it seem to have a soul of its own? What is the
magic that Rotary possesses?
All of these
fascinating questions, condensed into just one-"Why am I a
Rotarian?"- were put to the past and present officers of Rotary
International. We wanted to capture the living and vivid testimony of
these dedicated individuals who have offered such a great part of their
lives to Rotary. We wanted to record-to immortalize, as it were-the
sincere and profound words of those who have lived rotary with such
intensity, and found their joy in the ideal of Service. We wanted to
leave a legacy of faith and enthusiasm for the Rotarians of today,
tomorrow and beyond.
testimonies presented here, we will not find mention of the
request for fame, for riches or power. Rather, these writers speak from
the heart. They speak of their commitment to serving mankind. They
speak of love, understanding, friendship and peace. These are simple
messages, singular and sincere that passionately express the great
wonders that Rotary has to offer. Rotary doctrine- Rotary
philosophy-Rotary service-Rotary unity-ROTARY INTERNATIONAL!
This is a book to be
read in silence, perhaps even with reverence,
mindful of these words of Mother Theresa:
fruit of silence is Prayer.
prayer is Faith.
fruit of faith is Love.
fruit of love is Service.
on the work and benefits can be found on the Rotary
As President of
International, I am extremely pleased to be able
to provide this rare and unique opportunity-to collect, in a single
volume, these wonderful essays that bring such honor to Rotary. I am
intensely grateful to all who have accepted my invitation, and so have
made their contribution to this genuine treasure trove of Rotary
Of course, there are myriad Rotarians who did not record their thoughts
in this book. For them, the testimony of their lives and their great
dedication to Rotary is itself a book-a book of hope, faith, love and
service. They, too, are part of this book.
Paulo V.C. Costa
R.I. President, 1990-91
book was donated to the Rotary Club of Hurstville in February 2002 from
the Estate of Ted Harrington, Past President 1972-73 and Paul Harris
Fellow, 1985. It is kept in the Club Archives.
of Past and
was asked to join the Rotary Club of Hurstville in July
1963. My sponsors were Mr Jack McCall, a baker and
Mr. Norm Macpherson, a manager and at that time the Mayor of the
Municipality of Hurstville. My classification was Garage
Having commenced my
own motor repair business in 1953 and being granted the Rover and Land
Rover car franchise in 1960 I was pleased to accept the Rotary Club
membership as it offered me the opportunity to meet with other business
people in Hurstville and become involved with community affairs.
I was impressed by
the Four Way Test and have always tried to apply it to my business and
private life. Fellowship with new friends developed and my
confidence increased. Public speaking was new to me and
Rotary certainly improved my ability in this field.
improved, both with customers and staff, my attitude towards all things
in general changed, especially as the business grew and family joined
to help make it the success it became.
As it was stated at
the induction, some of my fellow Rotarians have become my closest
friends over the years.
In 1964 I was asked
to join the Board of Directors at the Hurstville Community Cooperative
Hospital, a private surgical hospital in Gloucester Road. The
Rotary Club of Hurstville assisted this hospital in it's early stages
by providing new beds, cupboards, lockers, etc. for the wards and
continued to do this over many years. My election as Chairman
of the Hospital Board in 1973 ( an honorary position) brought more
responsibility and large extension of a Birthing Centre was built in
1990 followed by further extensions with Orthopaedic and Doctors Suites
later. Once again Rotary helped in no small way.
Retiring from both
my business and the hospital in 1998, I felt pleased to have been able
to carry out my role as Chairman for so many years. I felt as
though I was serving the Community of Hurstville and repaying for the
successful years in business.
After 38 years of
service in Rotary I am still happy to help wherever possible and am
still proud to be a Rotarian.
Arthur Garthon is
now retired and no longer living in the Hurstville area.
Rotary was known to
me very early in my life as my father was a Rotarian in Parkes. Later,
after leaving the RAAF at the end of WWII, I returned to Sydney
University and completed my Medical training. I started in a Medical
Practice in 1952 and have remained there since, though only part time
now. My eldest son is also a Rotarian first in Tennant Creek and now in
apart from being a way of earning a living, is a very
satisfying occupation, helping a mix of people, delivering babies,
becoming almost a part of the family, creating long term friendships
while, at the same time, it is a big responsibility.
I was delighted when
in 1960, Dr John Crawford (still a member of
Hurstville Club), invited me to a Rotary Club meeting in Hurstville.
This I accepted with glee as I could see it as a means of serving the
community outside my field of work and in a different capacity, as a
After a few years in
Hurstville Club I was entrusted with the
responsibility of President of the Club and saw this as an opportunity
to get the Club interested in commencing a Meals on Wheels Service in
the Hurstville area. Council required me to survey the area and prove a
need. This was readily done and Hurstville Rotary supported the idea.
After sufficient funds were raised, with the help of a Rotarian
architect and a Rotarian builder, the building of the kitchen was
The first 4 meals
were served from Hurstville Community Hospital kitchen on 4th July 1967
and shortly afterwards from our own kitchen rising to 150 per day for
quite a while. Our 1 millionth meal was served by our President at the
time, Dorothy Dixon, 30 years later. Hurstville Council has been very
supportive financially, with services and with supply of kitchen sites
as we grew and moved to bigger premises. I have continued to maintain
an active interest in the service, have been Patron for many years. In
the last 3-4 years, and with more time available, first with my late
wife Jan and now by myself, I found being a volunteer an enjoyable
experience. A great band of dedicated and cheerful volunteers deliver
the meals on a roster basis.
Many other factors
continue to make my involvement with Rotary, and
particularly Hurstville Club, an enjoyable part of my life. Fellowship
and friendships are high in the pleasures of being in Rotary as well as
the feeling of satisfaction in being able to help others. Rotary helps
the local community as well as overseas aid. A check on our website
elsewhere will give a lot more detail. As a Rotarian I know I am
welcome at any Rotary Club meeting in the world. I have made many
friends as a result of joining Rotary.
Barry Pearson, Past President x2, Paul Harris Fellow x2
whom it may concern...
I'd just like to say
that I believe the experiences I gained through membership of the
Rotary Club of Hurstville enabled me to develop my personal skill and
built the network relationships throughout the community to get where I
The Four-way test of
Rotary is a perfect example of what life, in and out of Rotary, is
about. Rotary is the perfect vehicle to be able to give back
to the community in some small way. God gave us the talents to use for
the benefit of all in the community. The greatest reward that
you can get in an organisation is the motivation to do things that will
bring benefits to all, and improve the quality of life for
all. Rotary is a great vehicle for sharing and expressing
this attitude. God rewards those who pass on to
The way Rotary
functions, with people from different vocations in life, broadens your
outlook and enables you to touch in lifestyle and experiences.
It has been a
rewarding experience contributing to the development of Hurstville and
St. George Community. Giving back to the community is a rich
and rewarding experience that should be shared by all. I
strongly recommend it to young people who want to develop themselves
and their business and life experiences.
Dominelli Group of Companies
is now retired and no longer living in the Hurstville area.
been my privilege to be to a member of the Rotary Club of Hurstville
since 1968, when I was
nominated by one of my then partners in our Real Estate Agency.
been familiar with ideals and objectives of Rotary for many years prior
to this, because, for
almost twenty years preceding, I had been a member of the Apex Club of
Hurstville, which was formed in 1948 as a project of the Rotary Club of
Hurstville, and Apex and Rotary worked closely together on many
My experiences in
Service Clubs over the past 53 years have contributed greatly to my
personal development, I have learnt much from listening to many
interesting guest speakers and I have made many friends in working
together on a wide range of community projects.
One should not join
any Service Club or organisation with the intend or expectation of
increasing one's business, as this is the wrong approach, but it has
been my pleasure to help friends and business associates with their
Real Estate matters if requested.
I can assure
prospective members that membership of a Service Club offers many
opportunities to put something back in the community, both with "hands
on" physical work such as operating the Rotary barbecue trailer,
erecting "Shade Houses" for tree propagation in schools, collecting for
such organisations such as Salvation Army, and Red Cross, serving on
committees to assist handicapped children and on many other
It is an experience
which should not be missed, if the opportunity comes your way.
Phil Paul, Past President, Paul Harris Fellow.
Director Nationwide Realty
Schoeffel & Paul Real Estate Agents & Valuers
– Hurstville Established 1904.
Phil Paul is now
retired and no longer living in the Hurstville area.
I was nominated by a member of the club that I knew through work.
1995 my daughter was doing her year 11 of the HSC and applied for a
Summer Science School position through Rotary, and this was passed to
the Rotary Club of Hurstville. She was subsequently interviewed and
given a place in the Summer Science School program. She gained a great
deal from this experience and went on to do very well in her HSC exams.
In March 1996 I was
talking with a member
of the Rotary Club of Hurstville whom I met through work and he invited
me to attend a meeting, which I did. After attending a couple of times
to meet members and find out more about what Rotary does I decided to
join and have been a member ever since. I have made good friends with
many of these members and have followed their example to make our local
community a better place.
I can only commend
the work done by Rotary for the benefit of not just individuals and
organizations in the local community, but also for the work done to
promote international friendship and understanding. This small
community group has achieved amazing things since it began in 1939 and
the club still has members working for the benefit of others after
forty and fifty years membership. Group Study Exhanges for local
business people with other countries, a wide variety of Youth programs
to develop leadership and foster self improvement, the Polio Plus
program aimed at eradicating polio globally, support for international
aid and health programmes, are only a sample of what Rotary does. You
can find out more about these activities by looking at the pages on our
Club site and that of other clubs in our district and Rotary
Since I joined I
have played an active role in a number of projects but particularly the
Magic Show which has benefited many families with intellectually or
physically disabled children. A side benefit is the surplus funds
raised, after covering costs, have provided much needed equipment for
George Hospital and other local community groups supporting children
with special needs.
I am proud to be
associated with this group of people with high ideals, and who are
prepared to work to achieve the betterment of society from the local
community to the international community. I can only recommend that
others investigate Rotary International and the Rotary Club of
Hurstville for themselves, and join it so that the long history of
service to the Hurstville community continues.
There are over 32000
clubs in 200 countries with a total membership of just over 1.2 million
people but collectively what these people have achieved is staggering.
Each club participates in the overall organization from the local to
the international level. The motto of "Service above Self" is very
applicable. Serving others is an experience which should not be missed.
It provides great personal satisfaction that is not obtainable any
James Forrester, Past President, Paul Harris Fellow.
Retired from the position of
Head of Studies, Business Services, St George College of TAFE.
I am the first
female member in The Rotary Club of Hurstville and I later became their
first female President in 1998\99.
My membership designation is Primary Producer because of the farming
business owned jointly with my former husband Harvey, who had been a
member of the club since 1986. It was a great honour to be asked to
join this club as I had assisted the Club with many fundraising events
and projects including the:
of a park
on the cnr. Henry Lawson Drive and Hymen Street, Peakhurst.
Carnival in Penshurst Park
Life Education Caravan for the St.George Area
in Westfield Hursville
for the Salvation Army
I was asked to join
The Rotary Club of Hurstville in 1996 after my husband passed away and
the club constitution was modified to approve women members.
Shortly after this a proposal was put forward by President John Groom
to Hurstville Council to recognize the work done by my husband for the
community, to rename the park he helped create, “Harvey Dixon
It was a great honour for myself and family and I am
eternally grateful to him. Since then I have continued to work on many
fundraising projects including the Antiques and Collectibles Fair, The
Kogarah Bed race for the St George Hospital, the Book Fairs project and
many others in conjunction with the Rotary Club and the Hurstville
Council. I fully support the Rotary theme, “Service above
Self” and have gained great personal pleasure in contributing
to the benefit of our local community.
Rotary is open to men and women of all denominations and nationalities,
and I urge more women to become members of this wonderful organization,
Our club has 4 women members and we would like to see more attending
Dorothy Dixon, Past President, Paul Harris Fellow x2.
Why I joined Rotary.
I realise that, at my age, I will never match the achievements of my
fellow Rotarians in the Rotary Club of Hurstville, but as long as I am
able, I will give it my best shot.
shortly after I stopped work, I was invited to speak to the Rotary Club
of Hurstville about heart surgery and also about the Knights of St
George Heart Association, which raises funds for and provides community
support for the Cardiothoracic Surgery Unit at St George.
On the evening of my talk, I found myself among a group of people who
had made a staggering contribution to community service. I was inspired
to join Rotary to join these amazing Rotarians in the hope that I might
be able to support them in their good work, including fundraising for
their many needy beneficiaries.
After retiring from a forty year career in Cardiothoracic and Vascular
Surgery, I felt that I must continue making a contribution to the
David A'Court Horton, F.R.A.C.S.
How I joined Rotary.
I lived in Hong Kong I heard about Rotary Clubs, but did not
really know about how the Rotary Club operates until my husband and I
got involved with fund raising for the Antiques and Collectibles
Fair in February 2007.
We helped making scones for the coffee shop and have done since then.
My husband joined Rotary and I came to the meetings as he works late in
the day for his shop.
We became part of the Rotary family, and I am inspired by all the good
things that Rotarians contribute to the world and to the people that
are in need.
I joined the Rotary Club of Hurstville in 2008 and am delighted to be
part of Rotary.
page last updated 30th June 2012