Posted by Nick Tyllis on Jan 05, 2018
Rotary exists because people, wherever they are, want to feel connected to others around them, to their community and to the world at large.
The photo shows charter President Dan Conway holding the Club Charter, while DG Charles Butler (D255) looks on.
Early in January, 1961, Bill Weigh, the then President of the Rotary Club of Mt. Isa in District 255, sent a letter addressed to the Mayor of Alice Springs. In his letter, Mr. Weigh advised he, along with other representatives from the Mt. Isa Rotary Club, would be visiting Alice Springs, with the object of establishing a Rotary Club.
There being no Local Government, then in Alice Springs, Dan Conway, the District Officer received the letter and was intrigued and impressed that private citizens would take the trouble and expense to fly from Mt. Isa. He met them at the airport and attended the meeting, on Friday, 17th February at the Gillen Club (now the site of the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress medical clinic), where the founding executive officers of the provisional Rotary Club were elected.
The charter members were:
Charter members of the Rotary Club of Alice Springs
Dan ConwayGovernment AdministrationPresident
Len KittleAutomobile Industry:RetailingVocational Service Director
Murray NeckElectrical Appliance: RetailingSecretary
Andy HoggLaw Court: ReportingTreasurer
Bill EastIndustrial EngineeringCommunity service Director
John RyanTransportation: Motor FreightClub Service Director
Bob WinkworthPure Science: Biological ServicesInternational Service Director
Harry BrownIron & Steel Industry: Distributing 
Stan CawoodTransportation: Bus Services 
Bill FennellPublic Defence: Air 
Colin FordReligion: Protestantism 
Tony GreatorexInsurance: General 
Glen HewittElectrical Industry: L & P Services 
Don HigginsonMineral Oil Industry: Distribution 
Bernie KilgariffPoultry: Egg Distribution 
Frank KingFurniture: Retailing 
Brian LaingGeneral Merchandising: Department StoresBulletin Editor
Bill McCoyGovernment Welfare 
Ted MarronNewsagentClub Historian & Librarian
Wally MasonFood Industry: Grocery Distribution 
Jim PymanAnimal Husbandry: Livestock Commissioned MarketingAttendance Officer
Jeff RussellFinance: BankingClub Programme Chairman
Bruce VerrierTransportation: Air 
Keith WarringtonAgricultural Equipment: Implement Marketing 
Bill West LauHotels, Restaurants and Resorts
The thoughts of Dan Conway, Alice Springs' first Rotarian, is probably reflective of the thoughts of many who are newly introduced to Rotary: "Nor did I have a clue about Rotary except that it was a men's club of some sort".