TAREE was the place to be on Saturday night as local entertainers showcased their talents to welcome more than 400 delegates from 56 Rotary Clubs, for the Rotary District Celebration Conference.
Rotarians from as far as Coffs Harbour in the north, Forster in the south and Lightening Ridge out west, experienced top class local entertainment including: the Kantabile Choir, Taree Gymaroos, local guitarist Jake Davey, Qualia Tribal Bellydancers, and dancers from Carmen's School of Dance.
District Governor Brian Beesley said the weekend was a huge success and he was particularly proud to witness the depth of talent from our region.
"Taree is not known as the entertainment capital of NSW, but on Saturday night the efforts and enthusiasm of our local entertainers have changed the minds of a lot of people. We have enormous talent in this region," Brian said.
Brian said the success of the weekend involved the whole community.
"There are a lot of people to thank. Club Taree was an outstanding host, their conference facilities proved to be of a very high standard. The St Clare's catering students worked extremely hard on Friday and Saturday night, to assist with catering for over 450 people. And of course we mustn't forget it was the dedication and enthusiasm of the Manning Valley Business Chamber who brought the event here to Taree in the first place, along with the help of our major sponsor Southern Cross Ten," Brian said.
Other highlights of the weekend included presentations from Peter Sharp, the son of Kevin and May Sharp of Pampoolah who is the director of Walmart Realty based in Hong Kong; Stuart Heal, a Rotarian and business mentor based in New Zealand; and Dan Gridley, organiser of the Outback Postie Bike Challenge.
"The conference is not just about Rotary itself, it is a celebration of the work Rotarians do," Brian said.