In late 1981 District Governor, Ken Galbraith of Terrigal Rotary Club appointed PP Bruce Dunlop also of Terrigal Club as District Governor’s Special Representative to investigate the possibility of forming a Rotary club in the southern part of the Rotary Club of Terrigal area. There were only two members of Terrigal Club living in that territory. Bruce was also requested to receive the grant of territory from Terrigal Rotary Club and to select the name of the proposed new club.
Several interest meetings were held. PDG Harry Fieldhouse from the District Club Extension Committee with Charter Secretary, Michael Hunter, Charter members Ted Johnson and Clive Barrett and others were enthusiastic and were encouraged by Bruce Dunlop and the extension committee.
The Rotary Club of Kincumber was chartered on the 22nd June 1982 at the Central Coast Leagues Club, with a chartered membership of 22. Those present included DG Ken Galbraith, Presidents of Terrigal Rotary Club, George Gibson (1981/82) and Arthur Raymond (1982/83)
|Clive Barrett||Ted Johnson|
|Malcomb Cole||Clyde Marshall|
|Peter Cole||Stewart Maher|
|Ian Diamond||Rex Norman|
|Bruce Dunlop||Frank Parker|
|Terry Hoban||Ron Peterson|
|Michael Riley||Brian Pobjoy|
|Michael Hunter||Ron Tesoriero|
|Les Sparks||Barry Waterson|
|Terry Hunter||Max Williamson|
The new Rotary club name was chosen as Kincumber as it was the hub this new rotary area revolved around. The new territory boundary was from Box Head, Broken Bay north to Avoca Beach then west through Picket’s Valley to the Davistown Road turn off following Cockle Creek to and across the Rip Bridge to Half Tide Rocks and finishing back at Box Head.
The new Club met at the Lizzie Frost Restaurant at the Kincumber Hotel, Kincumber until 2000 then moved to the Avoca Tea House, Avoca Drive, Avoca Beach. The club currently meets at Avoca Beach Hotel 6.30pm for 7.00pm on a Monday evening.
Consider for a moment that in 1982 there were only two businesses operating on Avoca Drive, Kincumber between the St Paul’s Church and Dunlop Hill. There are many today with a thriving shopping village as well. Chartered with 22 members there were 35 at the tenth birthday.
The first year was spent on establishing the club. International Director, Clive Barrett suggested that the club support the Barr Methodist School in Fiji, entertain overseas students from University and to involve the club in a FAIM project in New Guinea. Ian Diamond, Vocational Service director put forward the proposal that we sponsor Work Experience for year 10 students from Erina High. Community Service Director, Les Sparks helped to establish the Saturday Market in the car park at Kincumber Hotel. This project was among the first for our club.
The club has been involved in many and varied projects over the years including the Christmas Raffle and other money raisers. Community appeals include Red Shield, Red Cross, Bowel Scan, Picnic in the Park, Avoca School chocolate wheel. The Putt Putt Regatta in conjunction with Brisbane Water Marine Watch was conducted at the Davistown Waterfront for the first time in 2001 and is the biggest club commitment so far. These activities have allowed our club to give back to the community generous amounts each year. The club has supported the local primary schools and Kincumber High school, surf clubs and bush fire brigades as well as Rotary sponsored charities in the local area, in Australia and overseas.
Many new members and experienced Rotarians coming from other clubs have brought fresh and varied ideas that have helped our club to keep abreast of the times.
Chartering three Probus Clubs is a major achievement which makes a difference to the lives of some 120 families in our area as these clubs bring friendship to each member by simple social contact and association.
I wish to congratulate the members of our Kincumber Rotary Club on their past performances over the last 21 years and wish all continuing success in the years to come.
BRUCE DUNLOP (deceased 2014)