Rotary club celebrates 70th anniversary
Some 68 Rotarians and friends attended a lunch to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the charter of the Rotary Club of Stamford.
The lunch was held at Greetham Valley Golf Club on June 3, and members and guests were addressed by Bishop John Flack, a former representative of the Archbishop of Canterbury to the Holy See. The Bishop gave an amusing talk on the ‘Lighter Side of Living in Italy’.
President David Tilson reviewed the Rotary club’s successes over the past year. These included the Rotary District Disability Games and the Purple for Polio campaign where some 10,000 crocus corms were planted around Stamford, with the help of other Stamford Rotary Clubs, Stamford Welland Academy and Stamford in Bloom, together with continuing support for Sri Lankan schools, providing books donated by local schools and colleges and providing 150 sewing machines donated by the general public to help Sri Lankans support their families.
The club has also supported Rutland Sailability, The East Anglian Children’s Hospice (Each), Thorpe Hall Hospice, the Stamford Household Essentials Project (Shep) and many other local causes.
Other projects supported by the Rotary Club of Stamford included sponsorship of the Young Chef and the Young Photographer competitions, with one Stamford entrant reaching the national final of the latter. In the Young Artist competition, four Stamford artists reached the prize giving at De Montfort University, while all three Stamford Rotary clubs supported the Young Designer competition, with the Rotary Club of Stamford providing the prizes.
Rotary District Governor, Chris Davies, from the Market Harborough club, attended, as did representatives of seven other Rotary clubs from the Stamford area.
Chris presented Paul Harris Fellowship awards, the highest accolade an individual Rotarian can receive, to Jim Guthrie of the Stamford club and Glenys Robertson of Grantham, who were the driving force behind the successful 2018 Rotary District Disability Games held at Stamford School.