IN MEMORY OF MEL MOORFIELD
By Tom Callander
Mel Moorfield was one of our original 39 charter members on Charter night 1 May 1987 (although the actual Charter certificate is dated 3 April 1987).
Mel’s first “official” Club position of office was as Director of the Club Service Committee (and President Elect) in our third year, under President Herb Greenwood. Under Mel’s directorship, Club Service Committee led the move to amend our constitution to allow for the admission of women.
Mel’s year as our fourth President commenced on 1 July 1990. He was a dynamic Club leader with numerous achievements being accomplished.
In the area of membership, the net membership increased from 39 to 51 (a record) and he inducted our first five female members. Noteworthy is also that he inducted our current members, Bernie Gerlinger and Alan Seale as members.
In Mel’s year, several new programs were initiated including our continuing relationship with Shirley Osborn and her “Steps Ministry” looking after street kids. The long running Vocational Service Program “Operation Livewire” commenced, which continued until 2005 (Mel was a judge in that first year). Our first fundraising “Supper Auction” was held. Mel’s spouse Elizabeth commenced occasional “Partners’ Lunches” as a means of increasing involvement and fellowship for partners of members, particularly new members. Another first was sending our first youth exchange student, Melissa Gilmore, to Brazil.
In the following year (John Meehan’s presidency) our first Paul Harris Fellow Breakfast was held in November 1991. Establishing the very successfully running PHF Breakfast was Mel’s brainchild.
Mel’s engagement with Rotary went beyond the club level as he was very active at the 9800 District level. He was appointed as a District Governor’s Representative for 1991-1992. He was a member of Foundation-Promotion/Information 1992-1993, Director Community Service 1993-1994 and 1994-1995. He received a District “Special Service Award” for his co-organising of the Repair and Painting Volunteers (including many from our Club) after the Benalla floods of 1993.
During our eighth year Mel resigned from our Club, as he no longer worked in the city and he joined the Rotary Club of Croydon. In that year, our Club presented Mel with a “Sapphire” additional Paul Harris Fellow Recognition.
Our Club benefitted greatly from Mel’s membership during the Club’s first eight years. Our sympathy is extended to Elizabeth and Mel’s family.