Rotary's 90th Anniversary Dinner - 23rd May 2011
The celebration of Rotary’s 90th Australian birthday was a magnificent affair. Just on 400 attendees representing 42 Clubs joined together at the magnificent MCC Members Dining Room.
Rotarians came from far and wide – many from throughout Victoria, as well as from Lightning Ridge, Sydney, Sandy Bay in Tasmania and Osaka in Japan.
Guests were entertained by a pre-dinner Jazz Quartet and throughout the evening by acclaimed opera soloists accompanied by Maestro David Kram.
The Governor-General, Her Excellency Ms. Quentin Bryce was named a Paul Harris Fellow. You can read the citiation that accompanied this award by clicking here. Thereafter, she delivered a rousing address, the standing ovation a testament to its thoughtful content and elegant delivery. The Rotarian from Lightning Ridge was even mentioned in her speech. You can read the text of her speech by clicking here.
The Governor General’s graciousness was felt throughout the evening as she greeted attendees both on arrival with the Official Party and at her table during the evening.
An outstanding ‘Tribute to Rotary’ was also delivered by Past President David Wittner with coordinated slides by Chris Knight and an emotional soloist finale, all captured on in-house audio visual displayed on 25 screens installed into the ceiling of the room. To read the text of his presentation please click here.
The celebration was truly a Gala Evening for a milestone occasion. It was a superb response from 135 members of the Rotary Club of Melbourne, their partners and friends, and well captured by Club Photographer John Tozer. A sample of his great photographs appear below.
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