|Posted on April 9, 2021 at 3:15 AM|
On the weekend of 14th to 16th February 14 Camden Rotarians and spouses made the 3 hour trip to Boorowa to forge a relationship with the Rotary Club of Boorowa. Previous contact had been made by President Stephen Humphreys and Rotarian wife Judith through a previous visit in June last year.
The Boorowa Rotarians planned an extremely interesting weekend of activities starting on the Friday night with a welcome dinner at the Boorowa Pub which is owned by Boorowa Rotarian Mike Ward. We were formally welcomed by Boorowa President Ingrid Corcoran and enjoyed a great evening of fellowship and getting to know each other.
After breakfast we explored the town and did some shopping, spending money in the variety of small shops in the town. Boorowa Rotary Club operates, together with the Boorowa Lions Club, an op-shop in the town which was well worth a visit. All proceeds from sales are distributed to a wide range of community groups and is a great benefit to the whole community.
In the afternoon we were taken on a tour, in the Boorowa Hotel bus, to have a look at the countryside which has quite obviously received varying degrees of rain. Some areas are showing a slight greenness following 20mm of rain the previous week while other areas are virtual deserts. We visited a huge racehorse stud, Newhaven Park, where we were given a tour by the third-generation owner, John Kelly, and got to hear about the property’s history and see quite a few of the horses. On the way back to the hotel we stopped off at the Frogmore Community Centre which was built from funds raised through a Lee Kernaghan concert, becoming the very first ‘’Hat Town’’.
That night we again jumped into our bus transport to visit a local fish farm where we enjoyed further fellowship and a great meal of perch soup, pork and lamb. The effects of the drought were quite evident at the farm through the very low dam levels on the property which is restricting the fish farm business significantly.
On Sunday morning we visited a sheep farm owned by one of the Boorowa Rotarians. Again we were able to see first hand the significant impact of the drought at the farm which normally has 1200 fine fleece merino sheep but currently only has 600 on the 500 hectare property.
The visit to Boorowa has cemented a strong relationship between our two clubs and we are already planning future visits and discussing ways we can support the Boorowa community and surrounding areas. There is also talk of a reciprocal visit to Camden.
A really great weekend enjoyed by all.