Congratulations Bevan Smith for 50 Years in Rotary
 
Bevan was encouraged to join Rotary by his father Don Smith who was Principal of Mana College at the time and also a Rotarian.  When Bevan was inducted into the Rotary Club of Porirua 1 April 1972 the club was 10 years old and Bevan was classified as Pharmaceutical.  Together with Bevan's late wife Jenny they worked hard to run their pharmacies that they owned in Porirua, always willing to give support and advice to many people over the years.  
 
During his time as a Rotarian just about anyone in the business community was a member of the Rotary Club of Porirua.  Many projects were supported, from international students and group study exchanges, sponsoring students to attend Outward Bound and Spirit of Adventure courses, career evenings at the local colleges, fundraising for the disabled, a night shelter for the Salvation Army, entertainment evenings, christmas parties for the underprivileged, supporting many families migrating from the Pacific Islands, many tree plantings, Saturday morning market and city clean ups, Te Pahi for Porirua Youth, the establishment of the Citizens Advice Bureau outreach station in Cannons Creek, and many many fundraising events to support community needs.  Not to forget the many Rotary conferences and events Bevan attended and the various committees he has been on.
 
A highlight for Bevan was the laying of 30,000 red bricks at a cost of $8000 in 1975.  It was a project that was two years in the making and is known to everyone in Porirua as the Rose Garden located at Aotea Lagoon.  There was also the sponsorship to establish the Rotary Clubs of Plimmerton, Tawa and Kapi-Mana and most recently the Probus Club of Porirua in which Bevan is a Past President.
 
These are just some of the many examples of what Bevan was involved in over the 50 years of being in Rotary.  Bevan you are a true Rotarian and a true inspiration to us all.  Congratulations for such an amazing achievement.
 
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