Oamaru used to have two Rotary clubs, both of which were in decline.
They amalgamated but the attrition of members continued.
This isn’t peculiar to this club or organisation. Service and sports clubs, political and religious organisations and a variety of other volunteer groups are finding it harder to recruit and retain members.
But it’s not all downhill.
In the last couple of years the Rotary Club of Oamaru has had a renaissance with an influx of new members who have increased the membership and decreased the average age.
The club is reinvigorated and it showed at tonight’s meeting.
The outgoing president handed over the chains of office to the incoming one then everyone participated with enthusiasm and generosity to the auction which followed.
Service and fellowship are the guiding principles of Rotary. Both of which were on display this evening with a third – fun – and I”m grateful for all of that.