65th Charter Night celebrates birth of new Club
Line up of speakers from the 65th Charter
Leeds Phoenix members join the D.G. and Aireborough President
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
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
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
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.