Narooma Rotary's changeover at the golf club last Thursday, held under COVID restrictions, was certainly different to any previous changeover with Rotarians enjoying their first face-to- face meeting since the lockdown.
Retiring president Bob Aston described the past year as one of the most challenging in the club's 62-year history.
In the absence of any one person willing to take on the presidency, several former presidents shared the year. The first six months was business as usual, but the second half overseen by president Aston was through the bushfires and the COVID-19 lockdown.
Even so, the club provided over $30,488 to local and international causes. The club also recognised Cr Lindsay Brown as a Paul Harris Fellow for his community leadership at the Evacuation Centre during the bushfires.
New president Rolf Gimmel is optimistic about the year ahead with Rotary International's theme 'Rotary Opens Opportunities' and the return of the markets.
Special guest was the District Governor's representative Past District Governor Phil Armstrong, recently awarded the District's Rotarian of the Year for his leadership of the combined Districts' Bushfire Recovery Committee.