Several Canterbury members attended the District Changeover Luncheon at the Taylors Lakes Convention Centre on Sunday 30 June.
Grant Hocking took over from Bronwyn Stephens as our esteemed District Governor for District 9800. It was a well-attended and festive event and showcased the work of our district in many different ways, as well as the excellent work of Bronwyn over the past year..
Canterbury Rotary had the honour of receiving one of 12 Recognition Awards. Our award was for ‘Addressing Health, Hunger and Clean Water in the Philippines in an Integrated Manner’.
It was fitting that Doug Hawley was present with his wife, Avril,  to receive the award  accompanied proudly by the immediate past president, Steve Wylie, and newly inaugurated president, Lili-Ann Kriegler. Doug’s immense efforts over the last 22 years in organising the annual Eye and Ear Medical Mission to the Philippines,  and his work in initiating the FORaMEAL project received well-deserved recognition. The work of Val Cuniffe and her team in supporting and growing the impact of the FORaMEAL project are key to receiving this award and deserve mention.
Also shown at the event was the award-winning video made by Janet Hay about the FORaMEAL project. The video was recorded at the Multi -District Conference in Melbourne in February.  Well done Janet!
In addition our Club, together with the Rotary Club of Mitchell River, received recognition for its work in drought relief to farmers with the award of $45,000  from the District fund of about $350,000.  Ted Waghorne, Bill Granger and Past President Steve Wylie were responsible for obtaining the award and its disbursement to needy families.
Congratulations to Canterbury Rotary on the wonderful achievements.