Home' Rotary Down Under : April2015(NZ-Pacific) Contents CELEBRATING 50 YEARS
It is an honour to extend my congratulations
and best wishes to Rotary Down Under and
all those involved in the publication of this
excellent regional Rotary magazine on its 50
anniversary. This important milestone is a sign
of your quality and the way you have served by
informing and inspiring Rotarians in Australia,
New Zealand and the South Pacific.
As former editor of the regional magazine
Vida Rotaria, which covers Argentina,
Paraguay and Uruguay, it was a privilege to
serve in that position with Bob Aitken, an
outstanding Rotarian and very successful
director-editor of RDU.
I want to express my appreciation to Bob
and to all previous and current editors for
their passionate work, for keeping up the high
standards and making the magazine a leading
publication in our World Rotary Press. Happy
50th, Rotary Down Under!
Celia Elena Cruz de Giay
vice president (2014-15)
When I joined the Rotary Club of
Hamilton, Qld, 55 years ago The
Rotarian magazine was the official
publication. Fifty-five years ago it was
very difficult for The Rotarian to cover the world wide
activities of Rotary clubs and be relevant to Rotarians
living in far flung and distant places.
In 1965 the Board of Rotary International granted
permission for a magazine to be known as Rotary
Down Under to more effectively serve Rotary clubs in
Australia and New Zealand.
The early days were tough. Paul Henningham,
the first editor of our magazine, faced an enormous
task in beginning a fledgling publication. It was not
in any way like the magnificent publication delivered
today. The paper used was newsprint. The magazine
was printed in black and white, yet it contained
information relevant to Rotarians in Australia and NZ.
The one thing I enjoyed most about Paul’s time as
editor was reading his editorials. They were a delight
to read and thought provoking.
As the magazine grew, the quality of the paper
improved and eventually it was able to attract
enterprises to advertise their goods or services.
Bob Aitken was the second RDU editor. Under
Bob’s leadership the publication continued to grow
from strength to strength. RDU is now a high-quality,
gloss, colour magazine.
It has been my privilege to serve twice on the
RDU Board. I have seen RDU grow and develop and
today it is one of the finest regional publications in the
world, if not the best. The magazine we now receive
is a credit to the many Rotarians and staff who have
served the publication admirably since 1965.
Like all Rotarians I am proud of the magazine
and congratulate RDU as it celebrates its 50th
anniversary. We wish current editor Mark Wallace well
as he leads RDU into the future.
Glen Kinross – Rotary International
past president (1997-98)
Congratulations Congratulations on the 50th anniversary of Rotary Down Under. This
anniversary is a significant milestone for your zones and offers all your
members time to reflect on the dedication given to publishing this
valuable magazine. In celebrating the history and achievements of
your zones’ clubs and Rotary Down Under, I invite you to keep talking
about Rotary and telling the story of your clubs’ role in the community.
Encourage others to get involved and join your efforts. I wish your clubs
much success as you look forward to many more years of providing
great Rotary service and future issues of Rotary Down Under.
John Hewko – Rotary International General Secretary
As a past president of Rotary International, I have had a
chance to review all the regional magazines in the world
of Rotary. I did the same when I was the founding editor
of the Mexican regional magazine Rotarismo en México
back in 1973. Rotary Down Under always served as an
example to follow.
All regional magazines have to be indebted for the
valuable advice given them over the years, first by Paul
Henningham and then by Bob Aitken. Rotary Down
Under led the way for all Rotary Regional Magazines.
They helped Rotary International reconsider the value of
all regional magazines.
Please receive my congratulations for the outstanding
first 50 years, which is just the beginning – the world
of Rotary expects to see you continuing to help Rotary
change with the times.
Frank J Devlyn
Rotary International past president (2000-01)
“As important as Rotary Down Under
has been to the development of Rotary
in Australia and New Zealand, of
greater significance must surely be
its crucial role in the establishment of
Rotary regional magazines.”
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