Charter Night 2016

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Stewart Hill, President Tony Beenham and District Governor Dr Roger Summers

All Past Presidents of Church Wilne who were present on the evening

One table of Rotarians and guests enjoying the evening

Peter Woods and Ken Austin main event co-ordinators

The Church Wilne Rotary Club's 31st Charter Anniversary was held on Friday 15th April at the Trent Lock Golf and Country Club when 115 enjoyed good food and some excellent talks and presentations.

The roll call of the 16 visiting clubs was announced by secretary Mick White.

President Nominee Adrian proposed the toast to Rotary International which included amusing and factual details of the club's many international achievements this year.

District Governor Dr Roger Summers thanked Adrian and spoke enthusiastically about both the club and some of Rotary's world wide achievements. He spoke about Tim Peake's message from outer space and then continued with the success of Rotary's world wide Polio eradication programme which has protected over 3 billion people since 1985.

Club President Tony Beenham spoke about the many club successes during his busy year which included several International projects, the Charity Horse Ride which raised over £11,000 for the two chosen charities and three social events during the Christmas period. Last December was indeed a busy month for all members with two weeks dedicated to its Christmas float.

Tony then introduced the main speaker for the evening Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Stewart Hill.

Stewart led an operation in Afghanistan on the 4th July 2009 with temperatures of 50c and they were in full combat dress and kit weighing 55kg. His talk was supported throughout with photographs and video clips of the lead up to that day when they came under fierce attack and they had to get out quickly. There were several badly wounded and one fatality. During the taking off of the helicopter there was an enormous blast and Stewart was thrown high into air and suffered several injuries. He suffered with amnesia for three weeks and his recovery was very slow.

Stewart describe his injuries which included some brain damage, lost of hearing and depression during his long recovery. He has learned to appreciate beauty, to take a step at a time and take pleasure from simple things.

Many will remember him being part of the 1,000 mile walk last autumn from Scotland to Buckingham Palace and Stewart, who lives in Draycott, was delighted with the support on their early Saturday morning walk from the Market Place, Draycott to the railway bridge at Breaston which raised over £5,000 in donations.

Stewart now enjoys writing poetry about emotions, has a good eye with his painting and is looking forward to being part of the Gareth Malone choir at the Invictus games this May from the 8th to the 12th in Orlando.

His talk was moving with some very sad moments but many uplifting times which he shared with all present.

Please click here for information on the photographs taken at the Charter Night.

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Ray Terry
For the Rotary Club of Church Wilne



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