The Rotary Club of Drouin was chartered on 29th March 1954, its sponsor Club being the Rotary Club of Warragul. Past President Norrie Moonie was the District Governor’s Special Representative, and he was assisted in the process by Past President Jack Murnane. The “Organisational Meeting” for the new Club was held on 5th March in Marj Stevenson’s reception rooms at 4 Bennett Street, Drouin.
The Charter having been granted by Rotary International, the Charter meeting of the new Club was held on 26th May 1954 in the RSL Hall in Palmerston Street, Warragul, attended by 274 Rotarians, wives and guests, at which the 23 Charter members were inducted. The Club’s Charter was presented by the District Governor, Eric Stinton. Charter President was Fred Armstrong, who served in that capacity until 30th June 1955, Vice President was Tulli Russell, Wal McDowell was Secretary, Bill McLaughlin, Treasurer, Basil Telford, Sergeant-at-Arms, with Noel Housden, Allan Doery, Reg Logan and Bill Kraft being the initial Directors.
The 25th anniversary of the Club was celebrated at a dinner meeting held in the Longwarry Public Hall on Saturday 24th March 1979. Kevin Fawcett was the Club President in 1978/79, and Keith Pretty acted as Chairman for the evening. A toast to the Rotary Club of Drouin was proposed by District Governor Neil Wickenton, and responded to by Charter President Fred Armstrong. A barbecue at Glen Cromie Park, Drouin West, was held the following day to round off a very pleasant weekend. As part of the celebrations, a history – “Rotary Club of Drouin – the First Twenty-five Years” authored by Don Roberts, was released.
The Club’s 50th anniversary was recognised during the town’s Ficifolia Festival at a dinner held at the Drouin Secondary College on Friday 20th February 2004. Rob Collins was the Club President in that year, and Keith Pretty again acted as Chairman of the function. The release of a book titled “A History of the Rotary Club of Drouin – The First 50 Years”, incorporating the 25-years history, and authored by Ted Gibson with assistance from Alan Ferguson and Wayne Robinson, was a feature of the celebrations.