Col Story, Charter President of the Club
A decision was taken in 1959, by the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Mackay to form a new club, to be known as West Mackay. District Governors Representatives Charles Barton and Al Soxman carried out the initial survey and were responsible for the formation of the new Club.
Linus Bagley was the President of the Mackay Club during this period 1958/59 and Storrar Galletly was President during 1959/60, when the West Mackay Club actually started up.
The Club began with 24 members including 8 experienced Rotarians who were members of three other Clubs prior to the formation of West Mackay. They had occupied various positions in their respective Clubs. The Following is a copy of the address to the Club by Charter President Col Story on Charter Night…
This is a most auspicious occasion for the Rotary Club of West Mackay. The Club first met at the end of June, we received notification that our Charter had been granted in October, the delay in this respect was occasioned by a small technicality. The necessary papers ceding territory from Mackay Club were incomplete. This matter was quickly rectified and we improved our status from a provisional Club to the qualified Rotary Club of West Mackay.
Tonight is the fulfillment of one of our ambitions, we have been presented with our Charter. This is of paramount importance to the members of the Club, we appreciate that we take our place amongst the thousands of other Rotary Clubs in the World. Our Club includes eight Rotarians who were members of three other Clubs prior to the formation of West Mackay, these Rotarians have occupied various positions in their previous respective Clubs. Our other members possess all the attributes of persons worthy of the name of Rotarian, already they are imbued with the importance, objects and ideals of Rotary and appreciate the motto of Rotary – “Service above Self. He profits most who serves best.”
Each member is a worthy representative of his classification in Rotary. Our Club is young, virile, enthusiastic, we are eager to learn to be good Rotarians and uphold the objects of Rotary.
I doubt if any President could wish for better Charter Members in a new Rotary Club. West Mackay commenced with a combination of one fairly experienced Rotarian for every two new Rotarians, this augers well for Rotary in Mackay, we make a trinity with Mackay and Sarina Rotary Clubs and are a further member Club of District 255 and Rotary International.
I wish to thank all present for their attendance, support and good wishes, especially those visitors who have travelled long distances from other Clubs to be with West Mackay tonight.
My special thanks to our sponsor Club, D.G. Merv, Rotarian Charles Barton and Chairman Al Soxman for their efforts on behalf of West Mackay. Charles is not present in person tonight, but we know he is with us in spirit. On behalf of the members of the Rotary Club of West Mackay, I deem it an honour and a pleasure to accept from Rotary International by the hand of D.G. Merv Fleming the Charter of the Rotary Club of West Mackay.