THE PLANETS aligned at South West Rocks this week for two huge celebrations for a little service club which makes a significant difference for the community.
The local Rotary club marked 30 years since its foundation, with 80 people on hand for the milestone birthday.
The cherry on the top at the evening was the presentation of a Paul Harris Fellow Award to club president Muni Osborne.
A Paul Harris Award is the highest accolade in Rotary-land - and Muni told the Argus she was blindsided by the honour.
"It was a huge surprise. I had no idea," she said.
"As a Rotarian you just get on with your work. I believe the role of leadership is to unite everyone. We are only a small club so it's important to work with the Kempsey clubs on things like the bushfires.
"We all have our positions (in Rotary) but we work as a team to reach up and embrace humanity. By working together we can achieve things together."
Muni has been president of the Rotary Club of South West Rocks since 2018 and is justifiably proud of the members' collective achievements for the local community.
The celebratory evening also paid homage to 100 years of Rotary worldwide.
Since the club's inception 30 years back, it has completed many local projects and fundraised to support schools, causes, and organisations such as the South West Rocks Surf club, Navy cadets, PCYC, Riding for the Disabled, Lifeline, the Clontarf Foundation, and the Trial Bay Triathlon to name just a few.
Many significant and lasting projects include the Skate Park, Rotary Park at Jerseyville, Saltwater Creek Landcare, entrance signage to South West Rocks, and the Boyters Ln bird hide.
Muni expressed thanks to past and present members of the club including partners and families, local businesses and friends of Rotary who have supported the club since its foundation.
The club meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month and visitors and prospective members are always welcomed.
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