Youngest member loves her Maclean Rotary family
MACLEAN lawyer Holly Schilling knows how important service clubs like Rotary and Lions are to the community.
At 27, Holly is also the youngest member of the Maclean Rotary Club.
"I wanted to be involved in a local organisation that was making a difference in Maclean and the surrounding areas," Holly said.
"I wanted to do something more than just throw money at a good cause.
"I actually wanted to get among the community and assist in meeting people's needs outside my usual circle."
Holly started attending Rotary meetings in March and said it was like a big family.
"We're all very different but we have a common goal of wanting to serve our locals as well as the broader issues that Rotary is concerned about," she said.
The decline in volunteer numbers is something that concerns her, but joining a services club was something she would definitely recommend.
"Clubs like Rotary and Lions are full of locals who have made huge contributions to the community," she said.
"It would be a shame to see all that experience and talent go to waste.
"Most of us wouldn't be where we are without our community supporting us.
"Becoming part of a club like the Rotary allows us to give back to the people who have so generously supported us."
Holly moved from Sydney in 2004 and now lives at Brooms Head with her husband.
Her parents and in-laws also live in the Clarence Valley.