The Rotary Club of Northlakes Toukley – A Brief History
The Rotary Club of Toukley had its beginnings in August 1961 when DG Sleath Lowrey enquired at a Wyong Rotary meeting about the possibility of a new club in the area. An 'extension' survey was then run by Wyong President Tom Murray and Secretary Dom Hammer. In a letter to the District Governor, dated 3rd May, 1962, George Taylor, the District Governor's Representative said, "I had no difficulty in getting 27 good members to extend the influence of Rotary in the area."
On 28th July 1962, The Rotary Club of Toukley was chartered with 25 enthusiastic members at the Florida Hotel, Terrigal. With President Bev Wittman as the Charter President, this young club began what has been a long history of outstanding service to Toukley and the surrounding areas.
Today the club is known as the Rotary Club of Northlakes Toukley, a decision taken in 2008 to define the growing region the club serves and to recognise its historical origins. In 2002 the club changed its constitution to allow women to become members for the first time and in 2004 the first female member, Lee Gimbert, was inducted, while in 2010, the club inducted its first female President, Annette D'Adam. This Rotary Club has changed a great deal since its charter and has repeatedly demonstrated its ability to change for the betterment of Rotary and its ideals.