Church & Oswaldtwistle Rotary Club were honored to welcome our District Governor, Roger Mason and Assistant Governor South East, Miles Leadbeater to their weekly meeting where a number of successes were celebrated.
District Governor Roger began the meeting by presenting Rotarian Peter Grange, with a certificate from Rotary International Britain & Ireland in recognition of 25 years’ service to Rotary – Peter, in fact, has actually given 28 years’ service so far and long may it continue!
The next item on our agenda was to make a presentation in return to District Governor Roger. His chosen charity for the year is Aquabox – a unique and specialized water purification kit which is sent to counties in desperate need of clean water for drinking. In addition to raising funds for the Aquaboxes, DG Roger is appealing to Clubs in the District to collect baby clothes which can be added to the kit and provide much needed comfort and protection to the new lives facing extreme hardship in these areas of the world. Church & Oswaldtwistle Rotary have been working hard to collect as many items of baby clothing as possible and DG Roger was astounded to be presented with over 500 items, from this one club alone!
This would not have been possible without the generosity of members and their contacts, and in particular the enormously substantial donation from Jacqueline Southward of the Oswaldtwistle Knitting Group who spent many hours producing around 100 babygrows and other baby’s clothing for the campaign.
The members, guests and visitors were then treat to a talk by Rotarian Michael Jackson on the life of Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Rotarian Michael’s knowledge of history is second to none and he has enjoyed giving presentations for the last 20 years on a wide range of historical topics. How he remembers all the dates and facts and figures is amazing – and he usually catches his audience out when choosing someone to test their memory! His wit and humor results in an entertaining and informative half hour.
The meeting closed on a high – having celebrated so many successes today, being able to contribute so well to the campaigns going on in the Rotary District, and giving thanks to the local residents for their wonderful contribution to make this possible.