Church Wilne Rotary Charter Night

Our 32nd Charter Night Celebrations held at Trent Lock Golf and Country Club
7th April 2017

Church Wilne Rotary Club celebrated their 32nd Charter Anniversary at the Trent Lock Golf and Country club on Friday evening 7th April when president of the club Simon Beal welcome around 100 members and guests which included members of their mother club Long Eaton and sister club Long Eaton Dawnbreakers along with 7 other clubs.

The formal part, after a most enjoyable meal, was opened by the president of the club, Simon Beal, who spoke about the many highlights of his year so far and linked it to the extra mile many Rotarians of the club have achieved as a member of the Rotary organisation. He spoke about the founder of Rotary, Paul Harris, and how the highest club honour is a Paul Harris award. This year the club were able to award three Paul Harris Fellowships.

The 3 new Paul Harris Fellows
Gary Dundas, Tony Beenham and Graham Markwell.

The first was to a member of Rotary for 32 years, who was also a past president of the Long Eaton club, before joining Church Wilne 8 years ago along with Ray Terry and Ken Austin. Gary Dundas, who has been the chairman of the PR Team since 2010, was then presented with his Paul Harris Fellowship.

Simon Beal then spoke about a member who was the club's 25th president and has been involved for many years with the Derbyshire County Show and is also the Assistant Governor for the Erewash Group. He then presented Graham Markwell with his award.

The third club member to be honoured was Tony Beenham, who joined the club 6 years ago, having been a Rotarian in Bolton before moving to the Derby area. Tony had been secretary of the club for 3 years, is the immediately past president and in July 2015 he cycled with members of our twined club, Hinnerup in Denmark, from their home town to Paris which was a journey of 1,500km which took 7 days.

President Simon Beal watching over the new Paul Harris Fellows.

Chris Tew ably proposed the toast to Rotary International and this was followed by the District Governor Elect Michael Longdon who thanked the club members for their many continued achievements. Michael gave an update on the Polio Plus campaign that Rotary has been committed too since 1985, when there were 350,000 cases a year throughout many countries. So far in 2017 there have been just 5 cases reported with Nigeria just a few months away from being declared Polio free which would then just leave Pakistan and Afghanistan remaining.

Club president Simon thanked Michael Longdon for his kind words and introduced the entertainer Billy Flywheel. Billy was very humorous and he was able, somehow, to perform many illusions, almost beyond belief during his 45 minute performance.

To see more photographs of the evening, please Click Here.

For more information on Rotary, our speaker evenings, events and the main activities organised by our club please contact Rotarian Nigel Roberts at: rccw1220@gmail.com

Ray Terry
For the Rotary Club of Church Wilne


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