June 22, 2024 4:31 AM

Love receives coveted award



Outgoing Rotary Club of Singleton Sunrise president Wendy Love was left speechless last week.

Standing before her proud Rotarians gathered at the club’s changeover, she was asked to stand up moments after inducting her successor Stacy Munzenberger.

Then came the following announcement.

“It is a great pleasure now for me to call up our past president Wendy Love as the recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow award to be presented by our past district governor Brian Coffey,” Mr Gerard McMillan announced.

The honour proved to be a fitting end to her eventful tenure as president.

“I was wondering what I had let myself in for at the beginning, but it has been a wonderful experience,” Wendy told The Hunter River Times.

Her long list of highlights across the past year included the club’s participation in the ‘Lids for kids’ program.

The program collects plastic lids to be sent away, melted and transferred into artificial limbs.

Other memorable moments in 2019/20 included the Variety Bash, Operation Uplift, Tree planting at St Catherine’s Catholic College and a Charity Bowls Day which raised funds for End Polio Now and Breathe For Life.

Under Love’s presidency the Rotary Club of Singleton Sunrise also inducted two new members (Darlene Flockhart and Jade Cameron) as well as the Singleton Diggers as a corporate member.

Love also announced her predecessor Karen Stout as a recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award in September.

The club also contributed a cheque to the Integra Service Dogs Australia, a charity aiming to reduce veteran suicide through the provision of excellent service dogs to Veterans and First Responders who have served Australia.

“One dog costs $30,000 and we donated $1,000 and adopted a toy dog who we appropriately named ‘Sunshine’,” she added.

“The theme was Rotary connects the world and I most certainly made lots of connections and I would like to wish Stacey all the best for the coming year.”

Photo captions –

  1. Outgoing Rotary Club of Singleton Sunrise president Wendy Love inducts Stacy Munzenberger at the annual changeover.
  2. Gerard McMillan presents Sue Hooper and Integra Service Dogs Australia a cheque for $2000 from the Singleton Diggers.