Bill Hardman celebrating 50 years in Rotary Club of Kalamunda

Bill considered his personal highlights over the years:  President twice, Assistant Governor once, Board member assuming most of the roles, Group Study Exchange Team Leader in Florida and actually attending a meeting at Rotary International Head Quarters in Chicago, the place where Rotary was initiated. He then outlined the  achievements in Community Projects and Rotary Projects of Kalamunda Rotary Club over the last 50 years.

In 1963 the Club was chartered sponsored by Swan Districts with 25 members.
Early Projects included:
  • providing a drinking fountain and First Aid Kit for the Swimming Pool.
  • 1965 started Red Cross Club appeal.
  • First Exchange student came form USA followed by many more over the years.
  • 1972 the Club organised an Octoberfest at the Kostera Oval together with Apex and Lions groups. This event had about 3000 attendees! 
  • A Rose Garden was developed outside St. Barnabas Church. 
  • 1973 raising awareness of importance of Blood donors contributing to 2000 pints of blood, greatly increasing over the years.
  • The Club built Memorial Gates at History Village.
  • 1974 there were 40-45 members. 
  • 1981, Kalamunda Rotary Club ran the District Conference in Forrestfield. with 900 attendees as there was only one District in WA.
  • 1983 Foothills Rotary Club was formed.
  • 1988 Club organised a Music Hall event at Agricultural Hall which ran for 4 consecutive years very successfully.
  • Bill designed the Shell at Stirk Park, Club planted Rose garden in the Park and a Probus Club was formed. 
  • Bill was involved in the planning of the Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre. Club was involved in selling Kalamunda number plates with all profits going towards KPAC building. 
  • The first woman was inducted to the Club in 1999 with a few males leaving as a result. 
  • In the year 2000 the club was involved in the Christmas Pageant and setting up the Rotary Markets.
Bill has remained in Rotary for all these years because he enjoys the friendship and challenges of working on a variety of Projects.