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Sad news this week – Passing of immediate past president, David Smark

The members of the Rotary Club of Kiama are deeply saddened by the sudden and unexpected passing of immediate past president, David Smark. His contribution to our club and our community are greatly valued and he will be deeply missed. Last year, Dave took up the role of President for the third time in order to steer the club through the particularly challenging 2020-21 club year. Dave was an exceptional leader who always considered the bigger picture and took all perspectives into account. He was a mentor and good friend to his fellow Rotarians. Dave was the leading light on key projects such as the Melanoma Skin Cancer Screening and a number of new fundraising approaches as well as an active member of all club activities.

During his time with Kiama Rotary, Dave served as President on three occasions in 2003/04, for a part year in 2016/17 and again in 2020/21. In addition, Dave has participated on various Rotary Club Board’s in a number of roles throughout his 20 years of service with us. Dave was a member of Warrandyte Rotary, in north east Melbourne, from March 1986 to June 1994 and an active member of Kiama Rotary since moving to the district and joining us in March 2000.

Rotary rewards outstanding contributions by members with Paul Harris Fellows awards named in honour of the founder of Rotary. Dave was the recipient of three such awards. 

We would like to express our condolences to Dave’s wife Maria who is well known to our club through her ongoing support of Dave and regular participation in partner events.

Dave exemplified the Rotary motto of Service Above Self and is a very sad loss to our club.

Carol Jagger Club Member of the Year

The Rotary Club of Kiama is delighted to award Carol Jagger this year’s Robert East Rotary Club of Kiama Member of the Year.  The Award is named in honour of past member and President of the Club, the late Robert East, who was a major contributor to the Club, and the Kiama community.

Carol is an outstanding club member whose enthusiasm is infectious. She is always ready to raise her hand in both club service and fellowship. Carol brings new ideas and never hesitates to lend a helping hand to one and all.

The recipient of this Award is voted on by all members of the Club. It is awarded to the member who is deemed by the club members to be most deserving. Voting is anonymous with consideration of the criteria including contribution to the Rotary avenues of service:
o   Participation in Club Activities
o   Mentoring of new members
o   Introduction of new ideas,
o   Willingness to help fellow members,
o   Contribution to district or Rotary activities

Congratulations to Carol who has also taken up a role on the Board this year. We look forward to her continued leadership and contribution to our vibrant club. Carol joined the Rotary Club of Kiama to develop a greater connection to the community and takes great pleasure from the camaraderie in the club.

2021 CAR Raffle

Net proceeds of the raffle will support the Rotary Club of Kiama Inc. and Rotary Club
of Gerringong Sunrise Inc. with each Club’s respective Community Projects to help make a difference in their communities.
Recent major fundraising efforts include research into Melanoma, support for people
living with Parkinson’s Disease; the provision of free Skin Cancer Screening Clinics; support for The Mens’ Shed and ongoing Kiama Municipality Mental Health initiatives