The Rotary Club of Yass is wanting to get younger, according to Membership Officer Alfred McCarthy.

Their weekly meeting at the Yass Golf Club last Wednesday was designed to inform prospective members on the benefits of Rotary Club membership, and in particular the benefits of membership in Yass.

Alfred McCarthy was one of the speakers at the event and was definitive in his statement.

“We are all proud of our past; we want Rotary to be a part of the future of Yass.”

“That future is not in my hands; it’s in the hands of the younger Rotarians.”

“We hope our guests will take the opportunity to join our Rotary Club and to bring with them other friends or acquaintances,” he said.

Another speaker was new member Steve Carter, who expounded on his reasoning for becoming a member of the Rotary Club of Yass.

“We were aware of the complaining within ourselves; we were looking at the news and looking at the things around us.”

“Here we are whingeing about things that could be better, but what are we actually doing?” he said.

A member who is not so new to Rotary John Brassil said being ethical and selfless within their community is the only demand placed on Rotary Club members here in Yass.

“Rotary is non-religious and non-political; we welcome members from all walks of life.”

“The key is to enlist the services of people who have a willingness to, as the Rotary motto says, ‘put service above self’,” he said.

John will be celebrating his 40-year tenure as a Rotary Club member of Yass on the 2nd of May.

President Toni Hopkinson was pleased with the event and hopeful that some of their guests would take the advice on board and join the Rotary Club of Yass.

“Today was about sharing the information about Rotary to some of the members of our local community.”

“Rotarians do a lot of work in support of the community, locally, nationally and internationally.”

“Today was about offering the opportunity to other members of our community to participate in that and give back to their community,” she said.

The Rotary Club of Yass is hosting a Men’s Health Forum on the 14th of April at the Yass Soldiers Club, followed by the big celebration of 100 years of Rotary in Australia on the 21st of April at the Royal Tara Motel in Binalong.

To contact the Rotary Club of Yass to register interest or seek further information about joining Rotary, email yassrotary@gmail.com.

Max O’Driscoll

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