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RIP Merv Genrich OAM PHF

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It is with sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Past President Merv Genrich (2005/2006), a former Shire Chairman and lifelong supporter of many community organisations in the Redlands. Merv came to Rotary quite late in his community life — having given so much in his previous roles in local government, a community leader and respected citizen — he found the Rotary Family one he could assimilate with easily & still provide some meaningful input.

 Members will be able to pay tribute to Merv by attending the Memorial Service to be held at Redlands Cultural Centre on Thursday 25th October at 1pm.

In his year as President of the Rotary Club of Cleveland the following is noted in our club history:

Major Community Service:  Four home garden clean-ups; Sausage Sizzle at Bunnings Victoria Point; Relay for Life at Cleveland; Auto Classic at Cleveland Showgrounds; Planted 100 trees for Cleveland’s Centenary; Erected fencing at Redlands Museum; Assisted two Triathlon events; Assisted “Miss GV” Contest; Conducted BowelScan program

 Sponsored students in Siemens Science Experience, five students to RYPEN Camps, Kirstyn O’Donnell to the NYSF program;  Commenced action to re-establish Rotaract Club in the Redlands.

Further information from Redland City Bulletin Online.

FORMER Redland Shire Council chairman and councillor Merv Genrich has passed away.

Mr Genrich was first elected as a divisional councillor for the Division 2 area of Victoria Point and Redland Bay in 1976.

He served a second term as councillor for Victoria Point and Coochiemudlo Island (then Division 5).

In 1982 he was elected as chairman of the council, a position he held until he lost the election in 1991.

Deputy Mayor Lance Hewlett expressed his condolences to Mr Genrich’s family and friends.

“Merv Genrich has certainly left a strong legacy in the Redlands,” Cr Hewlett said.

In 2016, Mr Genrich was recognised as the father of the orchestra having set up the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra about 30 years previously.

The orchestra went on to become the Cleveland Sinfonia.

Mr Genrich was a founding patron of the Redland Shire Band, which became Redland City Band, formed in 1984.

He was also patron of the Victoria Point Garden Club, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year.

Redland City Bulletin has sought further comment on Mr Genrich’s passing.

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