Our book fair last weekend was a great success, with big crowds, particularly on the Saturday, and a boost in our takings, so that the fair has now raised more than $500,000 for the Rotary Club’s community activities since inception – unthinkable when we started out.
The great support from the community via book donations, attendance and book sales, shows that the book fair is much valued, which is very pleasing.
It’s a real community event – members of the community provided the stock, including the Friends of the Library and the Salvation Army, who have been very helpful to us.
We had wonderful support from the media, in seeking stock and publicising the event, particularly The Daily Advertiser and 2AAA FM.
Elders have, for many years, kindly made their premises available for book drop-offs; and Kurrajong assists with disposals.
Staging of the fair is a massive physical exercise and the Rotary Club members are grateful for the assistance of members of South Wagga Apex Club, Clontarf Foundation boys from Mount Austin High School; as well as partners and friends of Rotarians.
Uplift and transport of stock is provided by local firm Ron Crouch Transport and Nash Bros Builders.
Movie posters to decorate the hall come from the Forum Cinema; the wonderful bags with Book Fair signage offered to buyers are kindly donated by Bee Dee Bags and Hume Bank assists with banking facilities.
Members of the public buy the books and the receipts of course go back to the community via Wagga Rotary’s activities – over $500,000 since inception - what a great community cycle!
We thank all those people, and especially the thousands of buyers who made all the work worthwhile.
The Rotary Club of Wagga Wagga is a vibrant club serving the community since 1930, and welcomes new members who would like to be involved in its many projects.
Gerry Page, Rotary Club of Wagga Wagga
Family humbled by honour
I refer to the proposed motion by Cr Gil Kelly regarding Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council meeting room be re-named after my father, the late Alby Schultz.
My father worked across all three levels of government for over 34 years and was a highly respected and fierce advocate of his community.
His love of the bush and rural and regional communities drove him to be a strong and determined advocate.
I have always been proud of his achievements and of his steadfast representation of rural Australians.
I was both humbled and touched by the news that Councillor Kelly was proposing a motion in honour of my father.
On behalf of my dear mum Gloria (Glo) Schultz and myself, I would like to express our deep appreciation and thanks for Councillor Kelly’s motion to council.
Can I also thank all those in the Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council area who have voiced overwhelming support in this proposal.
I am sure that Dad would have been touched by this motion and pleased to see someone so in touch with his community. It seems we may be seeing a rising star in local politics.
And I wish him well.