A range of community groups and volunteers who supported the first Whittlesea Garden Expo earlier this year were recognised at the dinner.

THE Rotary Club of Whittlesea earlier this month hosted a dinner to thank volunteers who supported the inaugural Whittlesea Garden Expo in March.

Incoming president Mick Hall presented certificates of appreciation to the volunteers who assisted in a variety of ways and contributed to the success of the event.

Multiple community groups were represented at the dinner.

Whittlesea Agricultural Society president Erica Hawke, left, is presented with the Paul Harris Fellow recognition by incoming president Mick Hall.

Whittlesea Agricultural Society president Erica Hawke was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow recognition for her service to the community, an award named after the founder of the club that would become Rotary International in 1905.

The award is dedicated to Mr Harris to recognise Rotarians and non-Rotarians who go out of their way to help others.

Ms Hawke was vice-president of the society for several years before becoming the president and administration officer. She was also the driving force behind the Christmas Tree Extravaganza, which last year brought together a range of community organisations and businesses.

Both volunteers and community groups reported it was encouraging to see the number of community members who took part in the garden expo and were looking forward to hosting it again in 2023.

The 2023 Whittlesea Garden Expo will be held on March 4 and 5, 2023.

People interested in being involved, or who have gardening books to donate, can email info@wgexpo.net.au.

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