Since then the Ashford club has gained a high reputation for good fellowship and for impressive fund raising, especially through its Christmas collections.
After dinner speakers including the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey, Michael More-Molyneux, immediate Past President of Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland (RIBI), Peter King, and Mayor of Splethorne, Councillor Mark Francis, himself a former Ashford Rotarian, all heaped praise on Ashford as a relatively small club which punches above its weight in its support for the local community and beyond.
The Ashford Rotarians made a special presentation to their President Vernon Leader, a founder member of the club, in recognition of his long service and having taken on the role of President on no less than five occasions.
Honorary Ashford Rotarian Councillor Tony Harman proposed a toast to the guests to which Peter O’Keefe, District Governor of Rotary District 1145, gave the reply.
Staines President Shirdi spoke of our club’s pride in its high achieving daughter and, in recognition of this special occasion, presented President Vernon with a new gavel for use in the club’s meetings.