The Rotary Club of Okayama Chuo in Japan, a sister club of the Rotary Club of Taree, visited the Manning over the weekend (September 23-24).
The two clubs have visited each other alternatively every five years for the past 19 years.
On Saturday night, September 23, Gloucester Rotarians joined the Rotary Club of Taree has it celebrated the presentation of the club’s Rotary Charter to the club 80 years ago (in September 1937), along with members of its sister club could attend.
The presidents of both clubs together announced a new sister club youth exchange program.
Each year a student from Taree will visit Okayama for a week, and a student from Okayama will visit Taree for a week. The students would leave on the Saturday and return the following Sunday.
Another highlight of the evening saw Brian Hole awarded a Paul Harris Fellow in recognition of his long and distinguished service to Rotary.
Harvey Else was awarded an honorary membership in recognition of his decades of service to Rotary.
The sister club relationship is part of Rotary International’s ongoing goal to provide goodwill and better friendship among all people throughout the world.
During the meeting, the visiting Japanese Rotarians all sang Waltzing Matilda in English, much to the enjoyment of their fellow Taree Rotarians.