Plant for remembrance

CLAREMONT Rotary Club has planted a lone pine tree at the final point of the Claremont Walk of Remembrance at Claremont Golf Club.

The seedling was from an original lone pine and has been nurtured to its present height by the Vietnam Veterans Association.

Claremont Rotary president Greg Saunders said that planting the tree on the Walk of Remembrance was significant.

“It shows acknowledgement of the part that the Claremont area played in training soldiers for the First World War,” he said.

International Rotary 2017-2018 president Ian Riseley attended the event and helped to plant the tree.

The tree planting falls in line with Mr Riseley’s 2017-2018 presidential challenge to Rotary clubs across the globe to plant trees to help protect natural environments and promote environmental sustainability.

Before planting the tree at Claremont Golf Club, Mr Riseley, Mr Saunders and other Rotary and community members undertook the Walk of Remembrance.

During the walk, Mr Saunders and other Rotary members explained to Mr Riseley the significance of the Claremont area during the World Wars.

“Mr Riseley was extremely impressed with the respect the community has shown towards upkeeping the Walk of Remembrance,” Mr Saunders said.

The Australian and New Zealand Rotary Conference was held in Hobart recently.

Claremont Rotary’s next function will be a golf day on 5 October in collaboration with Speak Up! Stay ChatTy.

Caption: From left, immediate past Rotary International president Ian Riseley, Liz Coleman, past District Governor Tony Coleman and Claremont Rotary Club president Greg Saunders planting the lone pine.