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In the 1977-78 Rotary year four new clubs were formed in the District. This was the greatest amount of new clubs formed that year of any District in Canada. The District governor for 1978-79, Frank Hussey, wanted to continue having the greatest number of new clubs formed in his year. He had six locations in mind. These were; Madawaska, Shediac, Nackawic, Campobello-Lubec, Perth-Andover and Grand Manan.
Duncan Wathen, a member of the Saint-John Rotary Club, was the Governor’s Representative for Club and Membership Expansion for district 7810. He was the one in charge of getting these new clubs started.
Grand Falls was to be the sponsor for the new club in Perth-Andover. Duncan Wathen had asked Ejvind Hansen, secretary of the Grand Falls club, to make a classification list for Perth-Andover, which he did. Forty classifications were needed.
In August of 1978, Mr. Duncan Wathen made a visit to the Grand Falls club to discuss the possibility of forming a club in Perth-Andover. The progress in forming the club was very slow and it wasn’t until May of 1979 that Mr. Wathen made a visit to Perth-Andover to complete the Extension Survey.
There was a meeting on June 4th in Grand Falls. Governor Frank Hussey attended as well as potential members of the Perth-Andover club. The meeting was held so that potential members could learn more about Rotary. They were hoping to get definite commitments for membership and attendance at the organizational meeting. Members of the Grand Falls club explained what Rotary was all about and what it meant to them to be Rotarians.
As it turned out only one club was formed that year in Shediac.
In 1981-82 efforts were renewed as to forming a Rotary club in Perth-Andover. The Fort Fairfield Rotary Club was the sponsor club. The Fort Fairfield club was a relatively new club itself; it was chartered in 1978.
The organizational meeting for the Perth-Andover club was held in October of 1981. Members of the Fort Fairfield club and the president of the Fort Fairfield club, Rodney Doody, were at the organizational meeting.
The date that Rotary International has that the Perth-Andover Rotary Club was admitted to Rotary International is Jan. 13, 1982. The first president of the new Perth-Andover club, Arnold (Bud) Goodine, accepted the club’s official charter on May 7, 1982, at the Aroostook Valley Country Club. Frank Fraser, District Governor in 1981-82, presented the charter. Rodney Doody, president of the Fort Fairfield club and Past District Governor Frank Hussey were also present.