Rotary plaque a permanent thank you

The plaque at the Morwell Centenary Rose Garden.

A commemorative plaque has been installed in the Morwell Centenary Rose Garden to
acknowledge our local medical, hospital and other health personnel for their dedication during the past two years, bringing the Latrobe Valley community safely through the COVID-19 pandemic.
An initiative from the Rotary Club of Morwell, the plaque has been in planning for several months as part of the club’s vocational service portfolio.
“This plaque is a good fit for our Rose Garden, which is one of Morwell’s most valuable assets,” club president David McInnes said.
Originally, an unveiling event and afternoon tea was intended for the public and representatives from all medical, hospital, ambulance, pharmacy, and other related organisations.
However, this plan was stalled and postponed by intermittent lockdowns.
It became clear that public attendance would not be possible.
Despite these challenges, support for this project held strong in the Morwell Rotary Club and was extended over two Rotary years, supported by last year’s club president, Mike Answerth, and this year’s club president, David McInnes, and their boards.

Thank you: Mike Answerth (past president of Morwell Rotary Club), Lyn Reid (secretary of Morwell Centenary Rose Garden Committee), David McInnes (president of Morwell Rotary Club) and Bev McGuire (acting chair of Morwell Centenary Rose Garden Committee) noting the installation of the Rotary Acknowledgment Plaque. photograph supplied

In lieu of a public event, a smaller gathering was held recently to note the installation of the Rotary Acknowledgement Plaque, attended by members of the Rotary Club of Morwell and the Morwell Centenary Rose Garden Committee.
Gloria Auchterlonie, who initiated the project as past vocational service director for the Morwell Rotary Club, was among the attendees.
“Despite public attendance not possible on this occasion, the most important thing is that the plaque is now permanently placed in the beauty and quietude of our Rose Garden. It’s an everlasting tribute to our medical and hospital personnel for all to see and appreciate in years to come,” Mrs Auchterlonie said.