Rotarian Sally Blenkinship from the Rotary Club of Church and Oswaldtwistle has been awarded the prestigous Paul Harris medal at a Club meeting on Monday 19th May, 2014. The photo taken by Franco Sanna shows, left to right: President Doreen, Sally Blenkinship and Assistant Governor Miles Leadbeater.
The award was presented by Assistant Governor Miles Leadbetter a Rotarian from the Clitheroe Club. Sally has been a Rotarian since 1992 having spent 3 years at the Preston Guild Club before joining the Rotary Club of Church and Oswadtwistle.
For 13 consecutive years Sally has served as an officer in all the various roles of the club a most unique record, and rightly so, the Paul Harris medal is fully justified.
Sally served as President in the year 2004/5 when she became the third lady President following on from 2 lady Presidents, this was probably a record in the Rotary Organisation of the United Kingdom-and is an indication that the Club welcomes men and women of all backgrounds.
The following year, and for the next 4 years, Sally became International Chairman and spearheaded 2 major projects in South Africa in association firstly, with the Rotary Club of Durban, where a water ram pump was installed to pump water up the hill to the village, and secondly with the Rotary Club Eshowe to build a toilet block for the local school.
To ensure the projects got underway, Sally led a party of Club Rotarians to South Africa where besides visiting the projects the members went on Safari and visited Cape Town.
For the following 3 years Sally took on the role of Treasurer and for the last 2 years as Membership Chairman where 6 new members were inducted.
From the above it is quite clear that Sally Blenkinship has been a tireless and effective Rotarian and fully deserves the award of the medal. The recognised founder of Rotary in 1905 Paul Harris would have been very proud of this lady.
We raise our hats to Sally.