Dennis Ginn was the driving force behind the formation of the Rotary Club of Inverloch. He was the inaugural President, a Paul Harris Fellow and guide and mentor of the club.
Through Rotary he was part of the birth of the Community Radio Station 3mFM, which the club supported financially.
He ran many fundraisers which established the club’s financial stability. Dennis facilitated the donation of a block of land to the club, which he auctioned for a considerable sum. He invited his son Drew and his Oarsome Foursome Olympic Gold Medal crew to a fundraising function which also raised a considerable sum of money.
Dennis was the auctioneer at the annual Dinner Auctions which were an annual highlight of the club’s year and were attended by many of the townspeople.
Although he left the club and returned to the Wonthaggi Rotary Club, he was always interested in the activities of Inverloch.
His legacy was the catalyst for many Rotary projects in the town during and after his time in the club: the Rotary Clock, the Kevin (Jock) Bradley Basketball Stadium in the Hub, the Centenary BBQ on Ramsay Boulevard, the Rotary Park BBQ on the Esplanade, the kitchen in the Hub, our contribution to the Ripple Replica, the board walks and beach access steps, and the assistance given to many school children to be part of Rotary Camps.
Internationally Ross Wise, Frank Bain and Ray Peters went to Samoa to help build a school, and we have contributed to providing buildings, drinking water and other facilities in their towns in Timor Leste other Pacific Island nations.
Ian Turnbull, Secretary, Rotary Club of Inverloch.