NEW BEGINNING: Rotary Club of South Gladstone president Peter Corones holds up a candle to light up the world of Rotary in Calliope.
NEW BEGINNING: Rotary Club of South Gladstone president Peter Corones holds up a candle to light up the world of Rotary in Calliope. CONTRIBUTED

Calliope welcomed into world of Rotary clubs

ROTARY Club has been turning conversations into actions for almost 110 years and that's what created the Calliope Rotary Club.

When Peter Masters was asked to join the Rotary Club of South Gladstone, he had the idea to set one up in Calliope.

A few months later, the Calliope club had 24 members and is now set to become an independent club.

Mr Masters said the members captured the heart of the Calliope people.

"The mix of people in our group is phenomenal, from guys in their 70s to guys in their mid 20s," he said.

"We've got some real community leaders and if I sat down and asked what ingredients I wanted when this started, I couldn't have got it any better."

Currently operating as a satellite club of South Gladstone, the plan is to be independent on February 23.

Mr Masters said the club planned to work on Calliope issues.

"Naturally there is a strong focus on youth services and the disadvantaged," he said.

"We have rural leaders, managing and working tirelessly in the beef industry, who are keen to look at rural youth."

South Gladstone president Peter Corones said February 23 was a fitting date to bring in their newest club.

"We picked that date as it is the 110th anniversary of Rotary," he said.

"Globally there are 30,000-odd Rotary clubs and Calliope should be proud they now have one."



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