ROTARY CLUB OF FRANKSTON

Chartered 17th May 1950

District 9820

   

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HISTORY

The Rotary Club of Frankston was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Melbourne and, while it was proposed that the Club meet on a Wednesday at 1.00pm, the first meeting of the provisional club was held on Thursday 11 May 1950 so that the members of the Rotary Club of Melbourne could attend without missing their own meeting.

Charter No. 7524 was granted to the Rotary Club of Frankton on 17 May 1950 and the Charter night was held on 9 August 1950. Some 200 Rotarians and guests attended the charter night.

Charter Members were:

President

Sidney Plowman

Medicine – General Practice

Vice President

Nelson Morris

Grocery – Retailing

Secretary

Frank M Smith

Education – State Secondary

Treasurer

Tom M Wright

Accounting Services

Sergeant at Arms

Bruce W Scharp

Irrigation – Water Supply

 

George G Austin

Real estate Agency

 

Clarrie T Coates

Dairy produce – Catering

 

Alex McK Eadie

Clothing Industry – Mercery

 

H William Hanton

Drugs and Chemicals – Retailing

 

Ernest J Kent

Electricity – Supply

 

Alf W Lester

Hotel – Licensed

 

Adam A Morton

Hospitals – Secretary

 

Joseph E Sorraghan

Gas Industry – Distributing

 

Keith S Stevenson

Banking – Commercial

 

Jack W Carter

Dentistry

 

Charles H Cutler

Meat – Retailing

 

Eric M Hall

Bus Services

 

Percy G Hosking

Jewellery – Retailing

 

Ray F Lees

Restaurants

 

Samuel H McGhee

Tailoring

 

W Lionel Richards

Newsagency

 

A J Ham Spark

Draper – Retailing

 

J Henry Varcoe

Municipal – Engineering

 

Jack S Womersley

Timber - Retailing

 

 

Attendance at mid-day meetings were proving difficult and it was decided to change the meeting time to 6.15pm on a Thursday from 9 November 1950. Subsequently the time was changed to 6.30pm and has remained at that time ever since.

THE SPREAD OF ROTARY

In 1952 the Rotary Club of Melbourne ceded portion of its territory, the City of Chelsea, to the Rotary Club of Frankston and this was approved by RI on 30 September 1952.

Subsequently the Rotary Club of Frankston ceded that territory to the Rotary Club of Chelsea on its charter on 11 October 1954.

On 21 April 1969, the Club ceded the southern part of its district, now in the Shire of Hastings, to the newly chartered Rotary Club of Hastings.

On 15 June 1971, following the Club ceding territory from both the north and south of its district, the Rotary Club of Seaford and the Rotary Club Mount Eliza (sponsored by the Rotary Club of Mornington) were chartered.

On 7 May 1973 the Club ceded territory from the north of Beach Street to the southern boundary of the Rotary Club of Seaford to the newly chartered Rotary Club of Frankston North.

On 5 October 1981 the Club sponsored the chartering of the lunch-time Rotary Club of Frankston Central (now the Rotary Club of Frankston Long Island

On 16 January 1991 the Club sponsored the chartering of the breakfast time Rotary Club of Frankston Sunrise.