2023 marks one hundred years since The Rotary Club of Guernsey officially chartered.
To celebrate the occasion, Guernsey Post’s philatelic bureau is set to release a selection of commemorative stamps that depict some of the club’s local and international projects.
Guernsey Rotary has not only completed many community projects on the island, but they have also supported some of Rotary International’s key campaigns concerned with polio eradication and responding to natural disasters.
Brian Acton, President of Guernsey Rotary, said: “The club is very grateful to Guernsey Post for launching this issue to acknowledge the service provided to the community and we are sure that these will be enjoyed by many.”
The stamps are set to be available to pre-order soon and here are some of the projects the stamp will illustrate:
- Delancey Garden (56p) – Supported by individuals and local businesses, The Rotary Club of Guernsey transformed a derelict area of Delancey Park into a beautiful sensory garden and picnic area overlooking one of the best views in Guernsey.
- Round Island Walk (79p) – The Saffery Rotary Walk, which celebrates its 25th Anniversary in 2023, has attracted some 13,000 walkers over the years who collectively have raised over £850,000 for local charities.
- End Polio Project (87p) – Delivering lifesaving drops of polio vaccine into the mouths of children is critical to achieving Rotary’s dream of a polio free world. The Rotary Club of Guernsey proudly supports Rotary’s Global End Polio Now campaign.
- Japanese Pavilion (£1.21) – The Rotary Club of Guernsey, with support from the local community, led a centenary project to replace the Japanese Pavilion at Saumarez Park. This much-loved iconic structure is enjoyed by many people in the community.
- Christmas Food Hampers (£1.39) – The annual Flag Day, which raises funds to provide Christmas food hampers for those in need in the Bailiwick of Guernsey, was launched by The Rotary Club of Guernsey in 1938. It continues today, thanks to the generosity of the local community.
- Tree of Joy (£1.50) – The Tree of Joy campaign was launched by The Rotary Club of Guernsey in 1994. It continues today as a community project to provide Christmas presents to children across the island who might otherwise not receive a gift at Christmas.
You will be able to purchase the stamps online or by calling Guernsey Post Philatelic Customer Services on +44 (0) 1481 716486.