The Charter attracted a full house to hear guest speaker Lisa Thiel of BBC TV's 'Eggheads' as well as speeches from President Tony Scaife, District Governor Nigel Arthurs and President Sam Tasker- Grindley of Leeds Phoenix, the new kid on the block

There was plenty to celebrate at Aireborough Rotary’s 65th Charter in front of a full house beginning with Past President Heather Read handing over cheques to her three Charities of the year Caring for Life, Martin House and Myaware.

President Tony Scaife described the Club’s successes over the past year highlighting the Club’s earning of a Citation for having met all the criteria set by Rotary International. Aireborough was one of only 15 Clubs in a District numbering 102 to achieve this. This included an increase in membership and completing a range of projects with young people, within the community and internationally where members’ time as volunteers was worth around £15000 over the year.

One outstanding achievement of which he was particularly proud was meeting the challenge (Rotary2) set by National President Dennis Spiller of establishing an entirely new Club for people aged between 30 and 50.

The meeting was delighted to welcome to the evening eight youthful members of the new Club, Leeds Phoenix, which Aireborough had sponsored. They had now reached the magic figure of 20 members enabling it become a Club in its own right. President Sam Tasker-Grindley of Leeds Phoenix thanked Aireborough and particularly their mentor and adviser President Tony for giving his new members the opportunity to join Rotary and to continue the practice of Service Above Self in their own steadily developing manner. 

District Governor Nigel Arthurs added his praise and congratulations for a Club which consistently achieved, continuing to develop its diverse activities and projects - and never appearing to sleep!

President Elect Janet Appleton was also able to welcome an impressive group of Rotarians from eight visiting Clubs.

A surprise presentation was then made to President Tony for ‘almost single handedly working to establish this new youthful and dynamic Club’ ready to forge its own path within the Rotary family.

Guest speaker for the evening Lisa Thiel, a relatively new member of the BBC TV’s Eggheads Team then entertained the assembly with the story of how she had joined the team, the way the programmes were put together and with anecdotes about her colleagues, all of whom had made her very quickly welcome. Answering questions she spoke about the team’s feelings on losing but how winning the show and the finance involved had helped some of their adversaries to achieve their own dreams.