A gala dinner at The Crossing Theatre on Saturday marked the 75th anniversary of the Rotary Club of Narrabri.

Current club members and partners were joined by dignitaries, other Narrabri service organisations, neighbouring Rotary clubs as well as former Narrabri Rotarians for the momentous occasion.

The club’s president, Darrell Tiemens, welcomed attendees to the dinner before inviting Narrabri Shire mayor Ron Campbell to the dais to reflect on Rotary’s role in the community.

“In this community, organisations like Rotary, like many other community organisations, get into the community and volunteer their services and their know-how and passion to community,” Cr Campbell said.

“Rotary is a fine example to our youth and to other members of the community.

Cr Campbell praised Rotary for leaving a lasting legacy in Narrabri.

District governor-elect Neville Parsons told the gathering the need for Rotary in communities, Australia and the world was greater today than it was before.

“I acknowledge the great work of this Rotary club and the work it has delivered to this community and it will continue to do so,” said Mr Parsons.

Mr Tiemens thanked the dinner’s organisers, Tricia Hadley and Dylan Smith.

He also thanked representatives of the Lions Club of Narrabri, the Rotaract Club of Narrabri and the Inner Wheel Club of Narrabri as well as visitors from Rotary clubs in Wee Waa, Boggabri, Coonabarabran and Gunnedah West.

The club’s newest member Kat Denniss delivered a reflection on her early time on Rotary and the organisation’s importance at a local, national and international level.

To celebrate the milestone, a 75th anniversary book was published by the club and compiled by Pat Carberry and Dylan Smith.

Mr Carberry, the son of late charter member Stan Carberry MBE, also spoke at the dinner about the extensive history of Rotary in Narrabri.

Mr Tiemens described the pair as the book ends of the club as the oldest and youngest members.

Mr Carberry and Mr Smith officially cut the cake before commemorative photographs were taken of past presidents and Paul Harris Fellows.

Following the formalities, members and guests enjoyed music by Jazz Junction which performed throughout the evening.

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