“With COVID19 restrictions easing a small group of Warragul Rotarians were recently able to plant 1,000 pine tree seedlings” says Sunil Bhatt, president of the Rotary Club of Warragul.
Warragul Rotarians, suitably masked and socially distanced, planting Christmas tree seedlings at the club’s Burke Road Christmas tree plantation. Left to right – Ron Gardner, Geoff Chilver, Chris Major and John Gallienne.
It was a fine and warm September Saturday morning with all members at the working bee enjoying being able to get working once again on the club’s long running fund raising and community service project. Since the Rotary Club of Warragul started growing and selling Christmas trees in 1979 over 20,000 trees have been sold generating profits of $480,000 that have gone back into a range of Rotary supported community projects.
Trees this year have grown well and look just great, trees will go on sale as usual from the beginning of December.
“COVID19 restrictions have provided a number of challenges for the club”, explained Sunil Bhatt. “Unfortunately, the long running Warragul Rotary Art Show has had to be cancelled. However, the club has continued to be very active with the use of online meetings via Zoom. Regular club Zoom meetings with a range of guest speakers have allowed members to keep in touch. Committees continue the planning for future projects such as the proposed extension of Rotary Park in Latrobe Street"