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Rotary at different ends of the age spectrum

Rotary at different ends of the age spectrum

Rotary spreads across the generations – from a junior photographic competition, to an active Rotarian celebrating his 100th birthday.

Halifax Rotary Club this year organised a photographic competition for school children from Calderdale in Yorkshire in three different age groups.

Four schools took part; Rishworth School, Trinity Academy, Ravenscliffe High School and Ryburn Valley High School. There were also entries from two young members of the Halifax Photographic Society.

A presentation evening was held at Square Chapel in Halifax where certificates of participation were awarded to each contestant.

The entries were judged by Michael Bentley from Halifax Calder Rotary Club, along with Brian Harkness and Stan Richardson from Halifax Rotary Club, and the winners will go forward to the Rotary District 1040 competition in York.

The prize winners received gifts donated by Greens Photo Centre of Corn Market, Halifax.


Pictured: back row, from left to right: Jed Daker of Ryburn Valley High School, Polina Bondar and Jerry Tsang Tin Yuan of Rishworth School. Front row, left to right: Emily Shardlow and Elliott Taylor-Catherall of Halifax Photographic Society.


Meanwhile, at the other end of the age spectrum, Bexley Rotary Club’s Jim Belton celebrated his 100th birthday.

The night before his birthday, the Kent club held a party at which Jim was presented with a Paul Harris sapphire award for his outstanding contribution to Rotary.

As the manager of Barclays Bank, Deptford branch, Jim joined Deptford Rotary Club in the 1960s, but with his transfer to the Welling branch in 1976 he joined Bexley Rotary Club, so he has been a Rotarian for over 50 years.

During this time Jim has been a fantastic ambassador for Rotary. He helped form the Danson Rotary Club, which has since amalgamated with Bexley.


Bexley Rotary Club’s Jim Belton celebrated his 100th birthday.

Under his leadership, Jim organised four visits to South Africa where members visited local Rotary clubs and this led to Bexley becoming overseas partners to clubs applying for Global Grants.

Jim remains an active member of the club and has probably encouraged more people to join Bexley Rotary than any other club member.

As an ardent cruiser Jim and his wife, Irene, have completed 80 cruises.

While on these cruises, Jim organised Rotary meetings on board the ships and visited many Rotary clubs in different parts of the world including the Rotary Club of Bexley, near Sydney, Australia.

As a keen sportsman all his life, Jim took the opportunity to play some of the best golf courses in the world. He continued to play golf well into his late 90s.