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Forming South Gladstone Rotary Club
In April 1969, when Gladstone was no longer a small meat works town but a rapidly developing alumina city, District Governor Frank Ashton appointed Rotarian Jim Mills from the Gladstone Rotary Club as his special representative to conduct a survey to ascertain if it was feasible for Gladstone to have a second Rotary Club. Jim did the survey and decided a second club could be formed. This would require the Gladstone Rotary Club to agree to relinquish some of its territory to the new club. Before this was finalized the Rotary year ended, and it was not until Max Tite became District Governor on 1st July 1970, that Jim Mills was once again appointed District Governor’s Representative. Jim, with the help of Rotarians Perc Jones (father of current South Gladstone Rotaryanne Val Gill) and Joe Joseph (grandfather of South Gladstone Rotaryanne Marion Hayes), set about forming a second Rotary Club.
In 1970 the territory from which a Club could recruit members was strictly controlled and it was decided that the territory for the new club would be south of a line running down the centre of Short, Toolooa, Tank and Scenery Streets to Dawson Rd and out through Calliope. The territory would include Tannum Sands and Boyne Island. Members of the new Club would have to work or live in the defined area. This was agreed to by the Gladstone Club and Rotary International.
And so the Rotary Club of South Gladstone was formed with 21 members. It received its Charter on 11th September 1970. Charter President was Dudley Prizeman with Kevin O’Leary as Secretary and Col Gregg as Treasurer.
The Charter was presented by District Governor Max Tite at a Charter Dinner on 27th November 1970 at the C.W.A. Hall. Master of Ceremonies for the occasion was District Governor’s Special Representative Jim Mills of the Gladstone Rotary Club. President of the sponsoring Gladstone Rotary Club was Cyril Golding.
South Gladstone was one of 561 Rotary clubs admitted world-wide that year and joined the Rotary community that in 1970 consisted of 704,000 Rotarians in 14,890 clubs in 149 countries and regions