The Rotary Club of Claremont-Brighton was established in 1968 and in 1981 became the Rotary Club of Claremont when the Rotary Club of Brighton was formed. Club membership has fluctuated over the years with a high of 44 in the year of 1977, dropping back to 21 in the year of 1993. Current membership stands at around 38.
The club has always been noted for its friendly atmosphere and has served the local community well over the past 36 years. The original members were drawn from many walks of life; building, various contractors, milk vending, exporting, nurseryman, shop-owners, education, sales representative and so on. This variety of classification has always been the basic of club membership and has added to the vitality of the club.
A large and active Rotaract club was formed in 1971 and functioned for a number of years. The Rotary club has been supported for many years by an active Inner Wheel club, which is still strong in 2007.
Claremont Rotary Club has been involved in many varied activities over the years, such as bringing the train to Rotary Park at Granton, wool shed dances, christmas hamper raffles, pensioner picnics, hosting of Group Study Exchange teams, running District Conference and RYPEN (Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment), student exchange, assisted school programs, boat shows, family fun days and golf days. Currently we are running the Rotary Craft Fair in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Brighton.
The club actively supports a number of local organizations, including the Classic Car Show, the scout group and the guide company; Claremont High School and Claremont College, the Claremont Community Library, The Salvation Army, St Paul’s School and others. We take responsibility for cleaning a section of the Brooker Highway. We have regularly Assisted with providing wheelchairs for handicapped persons and have provided Emergency Medical Information books for the sick and elderly persons. To celebrate the Centennial of Rotary we particapated with two other clubs in the purchasing and erection of a rotunda at the Montrose Bay Reserve. The club has supported various international activities, including FAIM projects in SE Asia, support to a rural community in Fiji and the effort to eradicate polio, (PolioPlus).
Over the years a number of club members have been awarded Paul Harris Fellows. The first was Ray Dickenson, followed by Campbell Gunn, Goeff Hinds, Max Clark, Gerrad Strickland, Barbara Sattler, Terry Scoles, Paul Grubb, Ron Walsh, Ted Best, Bryan Harrington, Len Dimmick, David Verrier, Werner Beyer, Roy Tabrett, Tony Purdon, Bill Lethborg, Dennis Bordin and Jacob Mathews.
The Club was honoured to have Campbell Gunn selected as the District Governor in 1986/87 and Paul Grubb was the Governor for 2005/06