Changeover Dinner

Out with the Old – in with the New!

Saturday 03 June 2017. 1800 for 1830. Foreshore Cafe, Nightcliffe. Be there.

And we were, for the changeover of presidency from Mark “Fingers” Taylor to Jeff “Speak Up” Swann.

Over 50 members and guests assembled in the dying hours of the day (sunset for the more pragmatic) to celebrate the end of one Rotary year and to welcome the new.

Members and guests watch the proceedings

And now time for some fellowship

The evening commenced with drinks and canapes in the beautiful evening setting on the lawns of the Foreshore. Scruffy then called us to order to assemble in the dining area, partly indoors, partly out. Here we were welcomed by President Mark who asked  John Hardy, Administrator of the NT, to lead us in Rotary Grace and Loyal Toast, which he did with his usual aplomb (and correctly – no mention of republics).

Then for the main course – grilled medium fillet steak (beautiful) or Grilled Barramundi – OK I guess, being a beefeater.

Then to the formalities.

Mark gave his end-of year report which succinctly covered all our major achievements for 2016-17, with appropriate references to the efforts of individual members.

Mark presents PP Dan with his Paul Harris Fellow certificate and Lapel Badge

He then presented Dan Easton with a Paul Harris Fellow, in recognition of Dan’s high performance during the past few years.

This ceremony was followed by the club’s award for 2016-17 of the Sid Lauder Award – Rotarian of the Year which Mark presented to Ian Jackson.

 

Ian with the Sid Lauder Award

 

 

Then the big moment.  MC for the evening, Scruffy, introduced the President-Elect, Jeff Swann, to members and guest, before passing the buck to Mark to make the exchange of the Chain of Office. Which he did.

President of Rotary Club of Darwin 2017-18, Jeff Swann.

And Jeff was now THE MAN.

Board of Directors 2017-18 (while David slowly slides off his chair, having slept through proceedings so far).

President Jeff, having worked out how the mike worked, introduced his directors for the new Rotary year, presenting each one with his director’s badge, before addressing members and guests with his directions for his year.

Following a reading of the incoming RI President’s bio, and a toast to RI by John Emslie, the  president declared fellowship time, which coincided with the delivery of sweets to the tables.

After that, it was all over bar the shouting until members started to drift off sometime much later.

Good Night, and a good night.

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