AFTER five years of work, the Rotary Club of Wonthaggi now has a place to store essential equipment – including their trusty barbeque.
The shed, next to their hut at the South Dudley Reserve, also pays tribute to two of the club’s life members.
“It’s not just a shed,” said Rotary Club of Wonthaggi’s Graeme Sprague at the official unveiling of the shed on Saturday.
“This shed has been the culmination of a lot of people, recognising the support from the Bass Coast Shire and many other people along the way.
“I think Garry Sharrock (Rotary Club member) pretty much lived in the shed over the last few months, getting everything ready.
“I got here this morning to cut the lawn and here he was, still working.”
The shed was named after Rotary Club of Wonthaggi life members John Owens and Ian Mabin.
They both joined in 1965 and were active members of Rotary for more than 50 years.
John, back in his heyday, was a highly regarded and respected first rate plumber.
“Any public toilet constructed in Wonthaggi has John Owens signature on it,” Graeme said.
“Countless hours, time and money was put into the club by both men, John and Ian.
“Ian and wife Dot lived on and ran a dairy farm on the Lower Powlett Road, Wonthaggi.
“Dot was also a primary school teacher. Ian pitched in and helped out at all club functions and programs.
“He was a past president, Paul Harris Fellow and well-respected member. He also ran a successful Mastitis (cow infection) Awareness program for dairy farmers, with assistance from vet John Crawford.”
The two attended many district conferences with their wives, John said, as well as three international conferences.
“Rotary’s been a huge part of my life,” John said.
“We had a wonderful time in the club. We built quite a few toilet blocks, as well as three gazebos.
“There was a lot of sweetening the labour with beers back then.”
The decision to name the shed after the two men was made prior to the 50-year celebratory dinner for John and Ian, back in 2015. Ian passed away 18 months later.
More than just a shed