What the Club has been doing in the last month

Keswick Rotary Club celebrates in style

On December 21, 67 members, friends, family and guests of Keswick Rotary Club celebrated Christmas at the Skiddaw Hotel.    If the noise levels were an indicator of enjoyment, the party and delicious four course lunch were a great success.  The guest speaker Michael Roberts, Chief Auctioneer at PFK then entertained us with his experiences of finding unexpected “treasures” in some quite unusual locations as well as giving on the spot valuations of members own prized possessions – from a pistol to a coin collection, from a signed cricket bat to a copper “shoe”.

As part of the celebration, Donald Holme was presented with a Paul Harris Fellowship Award for long Rotary service and achievement.   Donald joins a global group of over 1 million Paul Harris Fellows, along with Mother Teresa, Jimmy Carter, Boris Yeltsin and astronaut James Lovell - as well as 6 current Club members.  

Donald has been a Keswick Club member since 1997 and has held the role of President as well as being an active member of Community Services and Membership Services. For example, he maintains the Rotary benches in town pretty much singlehandedly, has managed the Wishing Wells along with Vic Wilson for over 7 years - raising over £35,000 for local charities - and he has organised the “Old Folks Do” as it is known in town, for many years - when Rotary and Lions collaborate to invite senior citizens to a post-Christmas party.

The Award was presented by President Christine Sheldon who congratulated Donald and was surprised to find him uncharacteristically speechless!

Keswick Rotary Club is actively seeking to recruit new members.  To find out more, take a look at the website or email

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