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The Terrotarian : Rotary Club of Darwin



The Terrotarian : Rotary Club of Darwin

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Bulletin : Rotary Club of Darwin


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Rotary Club of Darwin -- Periodicals.; Clubs -- Northern Territory -- Periodicals.

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Rotary Club of Darwin

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Darwin (N.T.)

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How the Rotary Club of Darwin became involved with The Beat The year was 1981, and Peter Wells, former NT Surveyor General, was Club President. The Club Service Director was Dick Hosking and he was one of the prime movers for Rotary's involvement in The Beat. In the club bulletin of 30 July 1981 he explained why and the following are excerpts from that publication; so why should Rotary become involved?....Having been your secretary for the last year, the problems surrounding Rotary's image in Darwin are very clear to me - people generally see us at the Show; they hear of us during the Toy Appeal and Tomaris lottery and, when natural disasters occur elsewhere, we get some publicity for the money we donate to assist the needy. But, ask most non-Rotarians about what our club means to them and the answers are not always very encouraging.The Beat Goes On gave me what I believe to be an ideal solution. The producers of the annual show need outside help to promote and organise their events - the Rotary Club of Darwin needs to improve its image. At that time the Beat was in its 3rd year and our club was in its 23rd year. In 1981 a partnership between the club and the NT Education Department was established. Much of the credit for the success of that partnership goes to Harry Payne, PHF and Past President of the club, who recently passed away. Harry was instrumental in securing an ongoing funding stream from the NT government. Harry at that time was also the NT Regional Director of Education. The name of the partnership was changed in 2006 to The Beat Foundation Inc. The Foundation board, which has club members sitting on it, coordinates two major events each year -- the Annual Beat Productions Combined Schools Spectacular Events, and the Annual Beat Awards. The awards are presented to outstanding students to enable them to further their studies in the performing arts. Many of these students have gone on to successful careers in their chosen fields and some have returned to the Territory as teachers in the performing arts. The club still donates an annual sum to cover two major Memorial Awards which commemorate former club members, Nick Paspaley and Tham Thamarajah. This year no awards were presented as somehow in recent times the awards have got out of whack with the Beat performances. Up until relatively recently awardees have been announced in April or May and have then been featured in the Beat performances the following September. As of 2016 the synchronisation of these two events will be restored.

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