Newsletter for the Rotary Club of Geraldton Greenough - Issue No.: 645 Issue Date: 13 Sep, 2021

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Our Bill, always working for Rotary!

"A Story Yet Untold"

In 1972 I resigned from my Buying Role with British Home  Stores at their London Headquarters to join an emerging Retailer in Australia. That Retailer was Target and I joined their Head Office in Geelong for a Buying career which   lasted thirty years and until my retirement.

I was recruited by GEOFF BETTS, the Target Managing  Director and co-founder of Target. Geoff was a retail  Visionary and his plans for Target materialised very quickly. From 26 Stores in 1972 Target quickly grew to 54 Stores in 1976. Target now has over 300 stores with 13,000 employees.  Target was bought by Coles in 1985 and acquired by  Wesfarmers in 2006. The change in Target’s fortunes since   these takeovers is another “Story..untold” and will wait for    another day. Suffice to say, in the opinion of this writer,  the knowledge and vision Coles and Wesfarmers had of higher- end discount retailing could be written on the back of a postage stamp. (Ouch!! –Doc) 

The real reason for sharing this story starts now. Geoff Betts was not only a mentor in retailing but he also had a long and illustrious 50 year membership of Rotary. Geoff was a member of the 1982 Rotary steering committee  which led to the creation of the Rotary Health Fund. Geoff Betts became Chairman of Rotary Health in 1988. You can read more on Geoff Betts by searching;  Geoff and Betty Betts Family Fund—Geelong Community.

Geoffrey Betts AM MBE 1920-2015

 And so I am happy to link my recent “ROY award”in a salute   to a Rotarian mentor of some fifty years ago who set a great  example in business and serving his community.  

At the recent District Governor change-over awards our Club    received the award for  “The highest Contribution to the  Rotary Health Foundation.  I hope members enjoy reading this link to the origins of the Foundation.   

                                               

Bill Frazer

 

Author: Bill Frazer

Published: 25 July, 2021

 


Meeting Rosters
Date
Setup & Door
Setup & Door
Guest Speaker Host
Invocation & Toast
Raffle & Rotary Cor
Guest Speaker Thanks
Fines Master
Student
22 Sep, 21
Raj Mavath
Bruce Ralph
Grant Woodhams
Ian Taylor
Kerryn Horo
Ian Taylor
Viki Fennell
 
29 Sep, 21
Jim Dillon
Jo Clarke
Douglas Bruce
Bruce Ralph
Terry Stewart
Bruce Ralph
Laurie Dines
 
06 Oct, 21
Dave Freeman
Phil Martin
Bill Frazer
Geoff Wood
Kim Stokes
Geoff Wood
Jo Clarke
 
13 Oct, 21
Viki Fennell
Peter Sukiennik
Jim Dillon
Grant Woodhams
Ian Taylor
Grant Woodhams
Kerryn Horo
 
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