On Saturday, 12 September 2015, Shoalhaven Rotaract celebrated it’s Charter by holding a two part event. Chartering signifies a Rotaract club has become an official club as recognised by Rotary International. It also allows the club to reflect on it’s achievements to date, share it’s outlook and vision, and welcome the charter members. District 9710 has strong relationships with Rotaractors, with the chartering of Shoalhaven being the sixth club in our district! The chartering event aimed to bring together members of the district to represent the cohesiveness, camaraderie and fellowship of Rotary and Rotaract.

The celebrations began at Crooked Winery, Gerringong for tastings and socialising, followed by Charter formalities and trivia hosted by the club at Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemen’s Club, Nowra. The evening itself opened with DG Monica Garrett welcoming Shoalhaven into District 9710 and apart of Rotary International. Charter President, Adam Lachlan, was officially appointed as President and he followed suit by recounting the origins of the club, introduced the board and an expected outlook for 2015-2016. After the formalities, trivia began with the HoneyJumblers taking out first place.

The event was attended by over 70 people including Rotarians from our four sponsor clubs, Rotary Clubs of Berry, Bomaderry, Nowra and South Nowra and representatives from nearby Rotary clubs; Rotaractors from Canberra and Sydney; and importantly, family, friends and guests from the local community. A generous donation from the four sponsor clubs was presented and further, a donation from Rotary Hall and RYLA D9710 2015.

Shoalhaven Rotaract expects to further strengthen the relationship with Rotary and Rotaract within District 9710 for the following year by working together on joint projects and activities, as well as developing networks, providing mutual professional development services and importantly, having fun doing so. If you know of young adults within the Shoalhaven region, or the South Coast, or you yourself are in this area interested in being involved in Rotaract, then come along to one of our meetings. Our meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 5:30 pm at the Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemen’s Club (157 Junction St, Nowra, 2540). Meetings generally go for an hour and guests are always welcomed!