SAVE the date for this Australia Day Friday afternoon, January 26, 2024 and make your way to the Foster Museum lawn to celebrate the Corner Inlet community and the generosity of local volunteers with live entertainment and a lamington.
The Rotary Club of Foster will be serving free barbecued sausages in bread for an hour or so from around midday, ahead of the presentation of the Club’s inaugural Volunteer of the Year Award at 2 pm.
Foster Rotary president Dr Laurie Warfe said the Club will be “recognising an outstanding local volunteer by presenting them with an award for their exceptional contribution to the Foster community throughout the year 2023.
“The Club has received eight very good quality nominees for our Volunteer of the Year Award, and all of them definitely deserve public recognition for their individual efforts,” he said.
“However we can only give one person this award for their volunteer work during 2023 and the winner will be given a certificate and the opportunity to nominate a charity of his or her choice to receive the Rotary Club’s $500 cash donation.”
Community event organiser Margaret Haycroft extended an open invitation to residents of and visitors to the Corner Inlet district to “come along on Friday and join in for an afternoon of fun and enjoyment.
“This day has always been an annual celebration of the Corner Inlet community, nothing more and nothing less,” she said.
“This year, local buskers will be providing a great range of performances, and there are still a limited number of time slots available if you would like to show off your talents and sing, or dance, or juggle, or perhaps do magic tricks … !
“All performers are also guaranteed at least some remuneration in the form of real money in their respective hats, as well as the satisfaction of a happy, live audience!” Margaret said.
“Children will be well catered for on the day with special activities along with classic Australian treats like lamingtons, cordial, and snags with tomato sauce.
“There will also be plenty for grown-ups, too, with a stall selling local home-made produce and the chance to take in the wonderful Focus on Fashion exhibition that’s now on show in the Foster Museum itself,” she said.
“The Foster Museum is offering free admission on Friday and visitors can be assured of a fascinating experience as they learn about the Corner Inlet district’s history.
“An absolute highlight of the 2024 Corner Inlet community celebration will be the Bibliophile’s Book Sale, which has been made possible through the kindness of John Carmichael,” Margaret said.
“John has given his late wife Clare’s book collection to the Foster Museum to sell as a fundraiser, with all proceeds going towards the Museum’s ongoing projects,” she said.
“On Australia Day there will be a stall set up outside the Museum to display some of the books, with more available to purchase on the council table inside in the