The coronavirus lockdown failed to prevent Mumbles Rotary from celebrating their 50th charter anniversary.
The South Wales club had planned a celebration dinner at the North House Hotel before COVID-19.
However, this did not prevent Mumbles Rotarians from celebrating the occasion by using Zoom.
It was not the evening which President Gareth Morgans had planned but it still proved to be a huge success.
The coronavirus lockdown failed to prevent Mumbles Rotary from celebrating their 50th charter anniversary.”
Donna Wallbank, the President of Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland and Peter Hamilton, the Southern Wales District Governor, both thanked the club for their dedicated work in supporting both the local and international community.
A certificate for 50 years’ service was presented to Mumbles Rotary by President Donna and a letter of congratulation was sent by Mark Maloney, President of Rotary International to mark the occasion.
A congratulatory letter was also received from HM Queen Elizabeth who said she had been interested to learn about the club and the success of its members since its inauguration and she sent her best wishes to all club members.
Dr John McDonald, a founder member of the Club, who was unable to take part in the event, was recognised for his 50 years’ service to the club, receiving a Long Service Certificate and congratulatory letters from Rotarians both internationally and locally.
In North Wales, Rhyl Rotary celebrated the 94th anniversary of receiving their charter also online.
Organised by club Secretary, Gordon Marshall, the club hosted 43 Rotarians from Wales, England and the USA.
Rhyl’s youngest ever President, 31 year-old Gareth Davies, gave a resumé of the social, vocational and community service activities of the club during the past year.
Notably, the club had. He thanked Rotary for giving him the opportunity to express himself at a relatively young age and prepare him for his role in life.
Donna Wallbank, President of Rotary GB&I, forecast that the use of online conferencing would become an increasingly important tool in supporting the activities and development of Rotary clubs in the future.
In Kent, Gillingham Rotary have been celebrating the 100th birthday of long-standing Rotarian, Douglas Moutrie. He was born on June 19th, 1920 in Wood Green in North London.
Rotary has been a big part of his life since 1979, and since retiring he has been heavily involved with the charity REMAP, which makes aids for disabled people. A President of the Kent club twice, he was presented with an MBE by Prince Charles.
In Derbyshire, Denby Dale & District Rotary has come up with a novel way of raising funds after the cancellation of its annual golf day.
Since 2012, the golf days have raised over £34,000, of which over £21,000 has been donated to the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice in Huddersfield.
A huge thank you to the Rotary Club of Denby Dale and District who raised a magnificent £3500 for us at their Charity Golf Day! pic.twitter.com/0ddVUawE3U
— ForgetMeNotChildren (@ForgetMNotChild) December 6, 2017
Like many other organisations, this year’s event is a victim of Covid 19 but, at a time when charities like Forget Me Not desperately need support, the club has launched the Rotary Charity Golf Challenge.
Raising funds for both the hospice and also Carers UK, with whom Rotary GB&I has recently announced a 12-month partnership, golfers can compete in the event by playing at any course at any time until Sunday September 13th.
The entry cost is just £10 per person and after teams of four have completed their round, they simply email their scorecard. The winning team will receive 10% of all entry fees collected with prizes for the top four teams.
The Stableford competition is open to any combination of men and ladies. The only restriction is that golfers must be a member of a golf club and have a current CONGU handicap.
Like many other organisations, this year’s event is a victim of Covid 19 but, at a time when charities like Forget Me Not desperately need support, the club has launched the Rotary Charity Golf Challenge.”
Denby Dale & District Rotary President, Gil Davies, said: “Our annual golf day is just one of thousands of fund-raisers that have had to be cancelled this year.
“But we were determined to try to generate some much needed revenue to be able to donate bearing in mind current restrictions and so the golf challenge was created.
“We hope that as many people as possible can both get involved but also help us to promote it to others too and so, even if people reading this aren’t golfers themselves, we would urge them to send for information and then pass it on to all the golfers they know.”
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