The Rotary Club of Stamford held a celebration to mark the end of a successful year – in which female members were admitted for the first time in its history.
The club, which was founded in 1947, held a dinner at The George of Stamford attended by more than 60 guests.
The end of the Rotary year, which runs from July 1 to June 30, marks the handover of the presidency of the club from Jim Guthrie to Alex Evans.
Outgoing president Jim had served two consecutive terms – the first time that had ever happened.
He stepped into the breach when the president-elect in 2015 was unable to take up the position.
Jim presided over a very successful two years and oversaw the introduction of two female members into the club – something else which had never previously happened.
The immediate past district governor, Geoff Blurton, was in attendance to congratulate three members who were made Paul Harris Fellows.
Paul Harris was the founder of Rotary and Rotarians designate a Paul Harris Fellow to recognise a person whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives and mission of The Rotary Foundation to build world understanding and peace.
The awards went to Jim Guthrie and Philip Heath, plus Zena Coles, the President of the Inner Wheel Club of Stamford who, as reported in the Mercury, has recently been appointed President of the Association of Inner Wheel Clubs in Great Britain.