MATLOCK: National Rotary president-elect is guest at town club’s charter dinner

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Ninety-six Rotarians and guests attended the Rotary Club of Matlock’s 85th Charter Dinner held in Audley St, Elphin’s House in Darley Dale.

Ninety-six Rotarians and guests attended the Rotary Club of Matlock’s 85th Charter Dinner held in Audley St, Elphin’s House in Darley Dale.

After dinner, Matlock senior vice-president Cynthia Machent, proposed a toast to the Rotary International movement in a very amusing and novel speech. Responding to this toast, District 1220 Governor Dave Ashley, highlighted the major contribution of Rotary with the International efforts to eradicate polio in the world. Matlock Rotary president, Peter Wigglesworth, responding, praised the work of Matlock Rotarians whose efforts this year have resulted in donations to Rainbows Hospice, First Responders, Derby Mountain Rescue and many others. In the local community, Rotarians had planted 60 trees to celebrate the Queen’s jubilee at a local school and in a practical way, donated dictionaries to pupils at several primary schools in Matlock.

Rtn Diane Blount proposed a toast to the guests and visiting Rotarians which included several past district governors and club presidents. Responding on behalf of the visitors, Ms Nan McCreadie, president elect of Rotary International of Great Britain and Ireland, gave an interesting outline of her plans for the future of the Rotary movement in Great Britain and Ireland during her year in office.

Also in attendance were Mrs Anthea Bent and Mrs Margaret Jillings, joint presidents of Matlock Inner Wheel and Cllr Tony Millward, chairman Derbyshire Dales District Council.

Following the meal, District Governor Dave Ashley and Cllr Millward were presented with cheques for £100, in response to challenging walks that they are undertaking for their own specific charities.

A party of Rotarians and partners will travel to Portugal later this year for a week of fellowship with the members of Matlock’s twin club in Silves.