Members and partners enjoyed the trip to Traralgon last week. Sue Elliott was an interesting tour guide and for those of us who hadn’t been there before, it was an eye opener. Gippsland Rotary Centenary House was an initiative of the former Latrobe group of Rotary clubs, including Drouin, and is strongly supported by all clubs across the region. The name of the facility acknowledges the Centenary of Rotary International in 2005. Centenary House offers low cost, supportive accommodation on a temporary basis for patients and families who are attending the new Gippsland Cancer Care Centre and families of in-patients who would otherwise need to travel unreasonable distances to be with their loved ones.
After our tour we were treated to a lovely three course meal served by volunteers and Ray Howe, Chairman, opened the business side of the evening. Ray spoke about the support the Drouin Rotary Club had given GRCH over the years and described how Ken Peake and Carol Crewe were the main drivers behind this outstanding facility.
Rex Greenland was asked to move a vote of thanks and commented that Drouin Rotary had been very involved in Gippsland Rotary Centenary House especially the year Rob Collins was President. Centenary House was a great facility, and much needed in the community. The beautiful arbour we saw at the back of GRCH leading to the Hospital is now completed with healthy looking camellias growing each side. It will be covered with wisterias making it a delightful and cool area to sit and relax.