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Drewan Park Plinth : 10-09-2013
Drewan Park Plinth : 10-09-2013

Photographs supplied by Nancy Alford

Drewan Park and memorial plinth commemorate the 75th anniversary of Rotary.

Rotary International (also known as the Rotary Club) is an international service organization whose stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. It is a secular organization open to all persons regardless of race, colour, creed, religion, gender, or political preference. There are 34,282 clubs and over 1.2 million members worldwide.

The first Rotary Club was formed when attorney Paul P. Harris called together a meeting of three business acquaintances in downtown Chicago, at Harris' friend Gustave E. Loehr's office in the Unity Building on Dearborn Street on February 23, 1905. In addition to Harris and Loehr (a mining engineer), Silvester Schiele (a coal merchant), and Hiram E. Shorey (a tailor) were the other two who attended this first meeting. The members chose the name Rotary because initially they rotated subsequent weekly club meetings to each other's offices, although within a year, the Chicago club became so large it became necessary to adopt the now-common practice of a regular meeting place.



Address:Cityview Drive, Drewan Park, Wandana Heights, 3216
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.173702
Long: 144.300022
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Park
Monument Theme:Culture
Approx. Event Start Date:1905
Approx. Event End Date:1980


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 19th December, 1980
Front Inscription

(On Plinth in park )

Drewan Park

A regional park constructed jointly by the  Rotary Clubs of Belmont - Grovedale - Highton in conjunction with the Geelong Regional Commission and Shire of Barrabool

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of Rotary

 Officially opened by the Hon R. J. Hamer E.D., M.P.  on 19th December 1980

Source: MA
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